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Over the past few months, I have been listening to the creole rhythms of an incredible musical genre called kompa. As a young West Indian lad traveling around the Caribbean on national tennis duty, I was exposed and attracted to both Spanish and French Caribbean melodies which have contributed to my musical appreciation of the creative cultural sounds that emanate from all corners of the region. But I am not quite sure what got me hooked on this latest round of musical vibrations this year. Could it be the background music while getting my hair cut at the Haitian barber shop in New York that I have frequented for more than a decade? Or was it because I had worked tirelessly on a fundraiser for Haiti with a fellow islander who speaks French in Toronto? Even as I write this, the sounds of kompa on YouTube are the musical inspiration for this weekly column.
The term “piranha is defined as any of several tropical American freshwater fishes that are voraciously carnivorous and often attack and destroy living animals. The word came to mind recently as I sought a description of what Republicans are really doing to United States President Barack Obama. Of course, there were some other unprintable descriptions as well that surfaced immediately, especially after U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano faced the House Appropriations Homeland Security Subcommittee. But I decided for this article to stick to piranha over the much overused vampire phrase. Because short of offering up his blood to be toasted on the GOP's sacrificial altar, it's unclear what exactly the president can do to actually gain any support from the Republicans.
On Equal Pay Day, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) released the following statement: "In 1963, President John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act into law, stating, “It is a first step. It affirms our determination that when women enter the labor force they will find equality in their pay envelopes. Forty seven years later, I am deeply saddened that the wage gap President Kennedy spoke of so long ago remains open today. And it is in protest of this wage gap that every April we mark Equal Pay Day  the month in which the wages paid to American women “catch up to the wages paid to men from the previous year.
Miami, Florida...March 22, 2012...The Florida Chapter of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) condemns the Sanford Police for negligence in the murder of the 17-year old black Miami Gardens youth, Trayvon Martin, who was killed as he visited family in Sanford, Florida. Self-proclaimed Neighborhood Crime Watch volunteer, George Zimmerman, shot and killed the unarmed Martin as he walked from a store in the rain carrying no more than a bag of Skittles and juice.
Dear Partner, As we prepare for the transition of Air Jamaica and Caribbean Airlines to one stronger Caribbean airline, we want to assure you that our operations will continue as usual. In fact, we already have thousands of passengers booked and continue to get more each day. Our March load factor was over 75% and through April 12 the load factor has increased to 85% for the month of April. New Transition Date
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