April 20th, 2012

Caribbean One-Minute Mobile Film Festival to open in Trinidad

Posted on 20 Apr 2012 at 6:10pm

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — ‘Can we have a minute of your time?’ That is the artistic mantra for a new type of film festival called the Caribbean One-Minute Mobile Film Festival scheduled to premiere September 6 – 9, 2012, in Port of Spain, Trinidad.

Though the first instance of the mobile film festival will be held in Trinidad and Tobago the festival will move to other Caribbean countries every year where there is an interest.

Can we have a minute of your time, is a question directed to aspiring filmmakers whose artistic passion can be expressed within a minute of time using only a smartphone. The one-minute film…

OAS summit evidence of ever-growing abyss, says Cuba

Posted on 20 Apr 2012 at 6:08pm

HAVANA, Cuba — In a statement on Wednesday, the Cuban government said thae the Summit held in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, gave evidence of the ever-growing abyss that exists between “Our America”, as Martí called it, and the “turbulent and brutal North that despises us”.

The statement continued:

Cartagena witnessed a rebellion of Latin America and the Caribbean against the imposition of “one and a half government” which applied the imperial veto against the paragraphs of the Draft Final Declaration of the so-called Summit of the Americas that demanded the ceasing of the blockade and of Cuba’s exclusion from hemispheric events.

Since the celebration of the former Summit in 2009, the…

Carlos Santana to headline Curacao jazz festival

Posted on 20 Apr 2012 at 6:06pm

WILLEMSTAD, Curacao — The highly-anticipated third annual Curacao North Sea Jazz Festival will kick off with world-famous Santana headlining this year’s event, August 31- September 1, 2012.

The Festival returns for the third year with world renowned performers including Maná, Ruben Bladés, Sergio George’ All Star Salsa Friends, Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band lead by Paquito D’Rivera, India.Arie, Jill Scott, and more, for a first-class jazz and blues concert series, incorporating the best mix of salsa, Latin, and pop!

“The third annual Curacao North Sea Jazz Festival will draw a huge crowd as our line-up features world famous Award-winning artists, including Santana, and many more to be announced shortly,”…

Crime and violence in the Caribbean an obstacle for development

Posted on 20 Apr 2012 at 6:04pm

WASHINGTON, USA — High crime rates in Latin America and the Caribbean not only take a terrible toll in terms of human lives and social problems, they also often constitute the main obstacle to these countries’ development.

Large numbers of crimes and criminals carry considerable costs for the countries that must fight them, but also for economic activities, due to the high costs of security and the lack of confidence they generate among potential investors.

The problem is increasingly serious in Central America, for example, where more than 18,000 homicides occurred in 2010, a figure that places the isthmus among the world’s least secure areas.

Experts agree that all of these deaths,…

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