Month: August 2020

Recipe: Patacones (Panama)

Recipe: Patacones (Panama)

first_imgBy Celina DeCastroOne of the familiar side dishes in Panama is that of the double fried green plantain, called Patacones in Panama but in other countries this is called Tostones. Often paired with any meal, including breakfast, this fried plantain borders between a chip and a fruit. It can be served with a sunny side up egg for breakfast, as a side to Panamanian arroz con pollo (chicken and rice), or can be eaten by itself. This crispy treat as well as other traditional foods reflects the various Spanish, American, Afro-Caribbean and indigenous influences on the Panamanian culture.What you’ll need:Un-ripened green plantains (the amount varies on how much you would like to make)Vegetable oilSaltWhat to do:Remove the peel off the plantain. Do so by cutting off both ends and cutting a slit down the length of the plantain to remove the peel.Cut the plantains at a slant, leaving each piece a quarter inch thick.Heat 1/2 inch of oil in a skillet on medium-high heat.Add a layer of sliced plantains into the hot oil. Flip occasionally to cook both sides. Lower heat of you notice the patacones cooking too quickly.Once they have started to brown and have absorbed oil, remove and it cool.Use a plantain smasher or a cup with a flat bottom to squish the plantain.Place the now squished plantains back into the oil, flip occasionally to cook both sides. Remove once they are crispy and golden. Turn down the heat if you notice they are burning and not getting crispy.Add salt to taste and serve to hungry friends or family.last_img read more

Caribbean Bar Association (CBA) hails its finest

Caribbean Bar Association (CBA) hails its finest

first_imgFrom left: Jamel Marshall (board member of the Caribbean Bar Association), Nikeisha Pryor (board member CBA), Aaron Beharie and Garry Louima (both FAMU School of Law-scholarship recipients), and Serena Witter (vice-president CBA) at the October 28 Caribbean Bar Association’s Scholarship and Awards Gala at Conrad Hotel in Miami. Photo credit: GLP Images/Patrick Green The Caribbean Bar Association (CBA) held its 21st annual Scholarship and Awards Gala on October 28 at the Conrad Hotel in Miami. Its theme, “Servant Leadership: We Rise by Lifting Others”.The event is main fundraiser for the CBA’s Scholarship Program. It takes care of judicial and public service internships for law students in Miami-Dade and Broward counties.Three scholarship recipientsThis year, Aaron Beharie and Garry Louima, students at FAMU School of Law, and Rebecca Miranda, a student at Florida Coastal School of Law, were scholarship recipients.The CBA also honored Juliet Roulhac, Esq., Regional Manager for Corporate External Affairs, Florida Power & Light Co.; Hamilton, Miller & Birthisel, LLP; and Javier A. Soto, Esq., President & CEO of The Miami Foundation, for their contributions to the Caribbean community.Keynote addressKeynote address was delivered by George F. Knox. Jr., Esq., who challenged attendees to foster social change and experience humanity more fully, by making the conscious decision to put others needs before their own.Patrons participated in a raffle that offered a variety of prizes.Proceeds will be donated to hurricane relief efforts in the Caribbean through Food for The Poor, Inc.The event was attended by judges, attorneys, elected officials and community leaders who live in Florida.There was entertainment by cellist Guy Michel, singer Halle-Rae Dougall and DJ Dorenzo.The Honorable Judge Fabienne E. Fahnestock, 17th Judicial Circuit (Broward County), swore in the Caribbean Bar Association’s 2017-2018 executive board. The board includes:New CBA BoardNiyala A. Harrison, president –  Public and Corporate Finance Attorney at Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP in Miami; Charise A. Morgan-Joseph, president-elect, Litigation Associate, The Joseph Law Firm, P.A. in Miami; Serena Witter, vice-president – Senior Associate atRobert Allen Law in Miami; Anna-Bo Emmanuel, treasurer-Staff Attorney at Legal Services of Greater Miami; Tricia-Gaye Cotterell, secretary-Litigation Associate at Kim Vaughan Lerner, LLP in Fort Lauderdale; Hillary Creary, board member – Partner at Benjamin-Wise Creary, PLLC in Pompano Beach; Nikeisha Pryor, board member – Commercial Litigation Associate at Haliczer Pettis & Schwamm, P.A. in Fort Lauderdale; Jamel Marshall, board member – Assistant State Attorney, 17th Judicial Circuit of Florida; Devona A. Reynolds Perez, immediate past president – General Counsel of Cruise Planners in Coral Springs. Based in Miami, the Caribbean Bar Association was founded in 1994. It has over 200 members.To see the winners of the CBA’s 2016 scholarship awardees, click the link: Caribbean Bar Association announces Scholarship winnerslast_img read more

Caribbean Carnival Entrepreneur Kandi King featured by Essence magazine

Caribbean Carnival Entrepreneur Kandi King featured by Essence magazine

first_imgIf you are even slightly attuned to the Caribbean carnival scene, you’ve heard of Kandi King – a young entrepreneur who is conquering the business of carnival across the region and beyond. It’s no wonder then that international media has caught wind of this equal parts brain and beauty business woman. Yesterday, she was featured in Essence magazine’s online portal. Read the piece below… If you’re one of the lucky ones who understands how special it is to revel in the glory of feteing and playing mas during Carnival, then you know the experience is one to be treasured. For Kandi King, she has not only made it her life—but her livelihood…and a successful one at that.After attending her first carnival in Trinidad, she later realized how difficult it was to have a premiere experience if you didn’t know the ins and outs of the carnival scene, so she sought to make it easier for other revelers. While Airbnb is always a favorite option for accommodation, navigating costumes choices, fetes, bands and more can be overwhelming—even for  veteran carnival-goers.Through her company, Karnival by Kandi, King is a carnival concierge offering first-timers and veterans the experience of a lifetime. Now, five years later, she’s become the “King” of carnival, and her business is only growing—now extending beyond Jamaica and Trinidad to other carnivals internationally.The Jamaica native talked to ESSENCE about why Jamaica Carnival should be on your radar, how she’s become an “it” girl, and what makes Xaymaca so special after all.ESSENCE: You’re known as the go-to carnival girl in the Caribbean. How did you first get involved?Kandi King: Growing up, we always had carnival as part of our culture. For many, it was because our parents were involved with it, but It wasn’t really what it is now. It actually was much more unifying at the time because people of all social classes used to participate, versus now, which we don’t really have in Jamaica. Once I got to an age where I could participate in a carnival, I did. When I got to a stage where I could afford to go to Trinidad, I did. My first Trinidad Carnival was in 2011 or 2012, and when I came back the following year a couple of people asked me if I could help to go. And every year I started helping more and more people. Then I became known as the girl you call when you want to go to carnival. So, I started a carnival concierge service called “Karnival by Kandi,” and I would create packages that would help people get to carnival around the region. I started it in 2014 as a paid service and that’s how I got my start in the industry.ESSENCE: What sets Jamaica apart from all of the other carnivals?King: Honestly it’s the price point. We don’t have the economy that Trinidad has. So you get the Trinidad experience but for a lower experience here in Jamaica. So that has been a big part of why it has grown significantly. Outside of that, it’s just really fun. As a differentiating factor in Jamaica, you get to do some other excursions that you probably can’t do in Trinidad, because they can’t do beaches and things like that. You get a two for one vacation experience when you come for carnival.ESSENCE: If I’m a first-timer attending carnival, what do I get through the Karnival by Kandi experience?King: We offer flights, accommodations, party tickets, costumes and transportation. You can mix and match any of those things. What I try to deliver is a seamless carnival experience for each of the masqueraders. I do five carnivals around the region: Jamaica, Trinidad, Cayman, Miami, and Barbados. For Trinidad, I typically have over 100 clients, and for Jamaica as well I now have over 100 clients, and they all request a combination of those services.ESSENCE: What in your opinion, is the best carnival experience in the Caribbean?King: Trinidad, for sure. It is the mecca of all carnivals. It’s the one you have to go to before you go to the others. It’s the one that will make you understand what carnival is. That’s really the one with the best experience, carnival-wise. But Jamaica is right behind it.ESSENCE: As director of Xaymaca, what makes that mas band special?King: As I mentioned, I’ve had the reputation as thee carnival girl in Jamaica. In 2016 Andrew Bellamy brought the idea for Xaymaca to a couple of people, myself included, and he asked if we were interested in starting a band here in Jamaica. Of course, we all were. The seven of us then became the directors of the band. That’s how I became a director. As far as Xaymaca is concerned, we don’t care to be the biggest band in the world, or even in Jamaica. We focus on the experience, and that is our selling point. We want you to have the best carnival experience when you come to Jamaica. Every touchpoint for our masqueraders — from registration to the road — everybody will have a good time and a seamless experience. We want to make sure that everyone who is in the band, has a really good time.ESSENCE: What are your tips for first-timers on the road in Jamaica?King: It has a tendency to rain in Jamaica, but as carnival masqueraders we are never afraid of rain. It’s also extremely hot — so sunblock, sunblock, sunblock! The route is also very long, so wear comfy shoes. I also recommend masqueraders to wear stockings or fishnets just to give you an extra layer — you’re rubbing up on people all day, and you’re probably going to sit down on the floor. This will help to protect you from germs. And just come prepared to have a mind-blowingly good time. It always exceeds everyone’s expectations and we get that feedback all the time.ESSENCE: What are your top fete picks for 2019 Jamaica Carnival?King: My top three would be: Moonshine on Tuesday, Sunrise Breakfast on Saturday morning and the PM Fete on Saturday night.last_img read more

Guyana’s High Court Orders Recount Of Ballots In Disputed Election Region

Guyana’s High Court Orders Recount Of Ballots In Disputed Election Region

first_imgActing Chief Justice, Roxanne George-Wiltshire GEORGETOWN, Guyana, (CMC) – Acting Chief Justice, Roxanne George-Wiltshire, ruled, today, that the declaration, made by the Returning Office in Region 4, in Guyana’s disputed regional and general on March 2, was “unlawful” and in breach of the Representation of the People’s Act.In a lengthy ruling, the Acting Chief Justice acknowledged her ruling would be of national importance and would evoke widespread interest and awareness.“I understand that whatever rulings are made today, are likely to excite emotions of different kinds from the parties involved, as well as the wider audience and community,” she told the Court.The High Court had to decide whether or not, the injunction — granted to a supporter of the main opposition People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) to block the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) from declaring the results of the elections — was justified, on the grounds that the votes declared for Region Four were not completely verified.In her ruling, the Acting Chief Justice said she did not agree with the declaration, being sought, that GECOM “is the only body constitutionally and statutorily authorised to declare the results of the general election, pursuant to section 96″, to be necessary, adding “this is a given fact”.She said the Court orders “that the declaration, made on the 5th of March 2020, by the Returning Officer in District Four, for the total votes cast in District Four, was unlawful, as being in breach of section 84 (1) of the Representation of the People’s Act…and is null, void, and of no effect”.She said also that the declaration made on the same day “is hereby vacated and set aside”.“Any act, done in pursuant of the said declaration, is hereby deemed null and void and of no effect,” she said, noting also “it would be for the Returning Officer, the Deputy Returning Officer to decide whether they will restart or continue the process. It is their decision to make”.She said it was also “their decision to decide on the best methods in tabulating…the poll”.“So I want to emphasise, everybody else, who think they can have an input in the say, (it) is not their statutory duty. It is also ordered that the Guyana Elections Commission cannot lawfully declare the results of the elections of March 2, 2020, unless and until the Returning Officer or Deputy Returning Officer for District Four, complies with and ensures compliance with provisions of section 84 (1) of Chapter 103.”The Acting Chief Justice said the injunction is granted, restraining the Returning Officer for District Four “from any manner, whatsoever, declaring the votes in District Four, recorded for each list of candidates in District Four, before complying with, or ensuring, the compliance with the process, set out in section 84 of Chapter 103″.She said also that the injunction, restraining GECOM from declaring the total number of votes cast for each political party, until the Returning Officer or the Deputy Returning Officer for District Four complies with the relevant measures, as outlined in the legislation, is also being made final.The Acting Chief Justice said that because of the urgency of the situation, she was making the following orders: “The Returning Officer and Deputy Returning Officer for District Four must commence compliance, with section 84 (1) of the Representation of the People’s Act Chapter 103, no later than 11 hours on Thursday, March 12, 2020.“That in the interest of transparency, taking into consideration the need for urgency, the Returning Officer, the Deputy Returning Officer in District Four is to decide, whether the process of ascertaining the total votes cast in favour of each list in the District, by adding up the votes recorded in favour of the list, in accordance with the statements of poll, should be restarted or continued.“It is also ordered that this order is to be served on counsel for the parties and is to be deemed service on the parties.”But in her address to the Court, the Acting Chief Justice noted an earlier ruling, nearly two decades ago, by retired Justice Desiree Bernard, that the Court ruling today, “does not decide the result or the validity of the elections for District Four, regionally or nationally”.“This decision is concerned with the conduct of a Returning Officer, in compliance with section 84 (1) Chapter 103. Further, I must lament that it is particularly saddening that, 19 years after the Hamilton case, the words of Chief Justice Bernard …still ring true.“I quote, ‘the role of the Elections Commission and its staff is to take such action, as it appears necessary, to ensure the impartiality, fairness and compliance with the provisions of the constitution and any other acts of Parliament. In the present volatile situation, which pervades our country, no effort must be spared to assure everyone that the process was fair and impartial. Lingering doubts will hang like a sword of Damocles over the head of the Commission must be removed. Confidence in the electoral process must be restored. This is absolutely essential, if we, as a nation, have to move forward and strive to heal the wounds that divide us, Let fairness prevail in all of our actions at all times’, end quote,” the Chief Justice said.“I could not have said it better,” the Acting Chief Justice said, adding “I will add, going forward, all must try to encourage respect for the other. While elections are often fraught with anxiety …and hostility, we must remember that the elections staff are human and they must be treated with respect.”She urged the leaders of political parties to encourage their supporters to be civil, respectful and responsible.“The integrity of our nation demands that we act, responsibly. In this regard, I am compelled to admonish all, to respect the processes and orders of the Court,” the Acting Chief Justice said.last_img read more

Jamaican Sprinter Usain Bolt Says Open to Comeback, If Coach Asks

Jamaican Sprinter Usain Bolt Says Open to Comeback, If Coach Asks

first_imgBolt, who last competed internationally at the World Championships in London in 2017 where he won bronze in the 100m, said he does not visit the track any more. Bolt said fatherhood was “harder than breaking a world record”. The world 100m and 200m record holder and eight-time Olympic champion told Variety magazine he had no plans to resurrect his sprinting career. “So I know if he says we’re going to do this, I know it’s possible. Give Glen Mills a call, and I’ll be back.” Bolt, meanwhile, said he is adjusting to life as a father after he and partner Kasi Bennett welcomed a baby girl in May. “My coach gets too excited when I come to the track, so I stay away,” he said. (Jamaica Observer) Jamaican sprint king Usain Bolt has hinted he could be tempted out of retirement if former Coach Glen Mills asked him.center_img “I got sick that first week as I was scared to fall asleep, so I stayed up at nights just watching her,” he said. Olympia Lightning Bolt However, the 33-year-old told the magazine in a video interview he would at least consider a comeback if veteran Coach Mills asked him. “If my coach came back and told me, ‘Let’s do this,’ I will, because I believe so much in my coach,” Bolt said. “I am a heavy sleeper but I have learned that I am going to wake up, I am going to get up no matter what; I am getting better and I am learning.”last_img read more

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez Worried About the Reopening of Schools

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez Worried About the Reopening of Schools

first_imgMiami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez has admitted that he is worried about the reopening of schools in a month, as the COVID-19 cases throughout the state continue to rise. Superintendent Carvalho has said that if the county is still under phase one reopening by August 24, the first day of school, then schooling will be held entirely online. “In addition to scientific data, the unique circumstances our community is facing must be taken into account. We are working closely with the Mayor, seasoned medical experts and educators to guide our decision making, and ensure all community parameters are clear for the safe return of our students and employees,” he added. “I also want to make sure that working parents have options for the school year, but we must have a safe environment. Children and teenagers may not even know they have the virus, but they can be spreading it to their teachers and classmates with autoimmune problems or other medical conditions, as well as spreading it to their parents and grandparents, who are at highest risk of severe symptoms and death from COVID-19,” Mayor Gimenez added. Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez The reopening plan was crafted with the understanding that its implementation is based on Miami-Dade County moving into Phase 2 of the state’s reopening plan.center_img “The Superintendent and I are very worried about our children returning to school next month unless the spread of the virus is tamped down immediately,” Mayor Gimenez said. “That’s why it’s so important for everyone to wear masks, social distance and wash their hands often. It’s up to all of us to change the trajectory of this deadly virus.” “The reopening of schoolhouses across our state and nation cannot be a one-size-fits all approach,” said Miami-Dade Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho. The Miami-Dade School Board unanimously approved a detailed and dynamic schools reopening plan, which allows parents to choose the mode of schooling for their children. last_img read more

Legal Adviser to President Moise Resigns

Legal Adviser to President Moise Resigns

first_imgPORT AU PRINCE, Haiti – Reynold Georges, the legal adviser to President Jovenel Moise, has resigned claiming that “the policy currently followed by your administration is not in line with my ideal and my convictions”. Georges in a July 17 letter to Moise also said that “it is clear that despite my title of Counsellor for Legal and Political Affairs of the President of the Republic, my advice in this area are neither sought nor followed.” The resignation comes less than 48 hours after Youth and Sports Minister, Max Attys, tendered his resignation to Prime Minister Joseph Jouthe, indicating that he was stepping down even though he does not regard himself to be a failure. “My determination to assist and serve you was real, but my loyalty remains above all to the Haitian people and to the constitution. Consequently, Mr. President, I have the honour to inform you by this correspondence that I am resigning from the post of Councillor which I have officially held so far in your Cabinet,” he added. His resignation letter follows statements made at a news conference where he indicated that “what we found as sports infrastructure is insignificant. CMC He said as a result, his role as advisor makes him obliged “to defend the orientations that I often do not approve and put myself in as a politician and as a lawyer.last_img read more

Bahamas Government Announces More Lockdowns as COVID-19 Cases Soar

Bahamas Government Announces More Lockdowns as COVID-19 Cases Soar

first_imgReligious services may be held virtually. Live streaming is permitted between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from a religious facility, provided that no more than 10 people participate from the facility.” “The lockdown this coming weekend begins at 7 p.m., Friday, 31 July to 5 a.m., Tuesday, 4 August 2020 for all islands of The Bahamas, excluding Grand Bahama, where a complete lockdown is currently in place,” the statement said, noting that food stores, gas stations, pharmacies and water depots will be permitted to operate on Saturday for an 11 hour period. The second lockdown will begin at 7 PM on August 7 to 5 AM on August 10. The authorities said that during the lockdown, exercise is permitted within the confines of an individual’s yard only. “The government of The Bahamas again reminds Bahamians and residents that wearing masks, physical distancing and thorough handwashing are essential measures in limiting the spread of COVID-19. The cooperation of every Bahamian and resident is vital to protect the general health and the general welfare,” the statement said. On Tuesday, the Ministry of Health said that 65 new cases had been confirmed, bringing the total number of COVID-19 cases to 447. “All individuals wishing to leave the country during the lockdown either by air or by boat may do so. The government said during the lockdowns, food store workers required to restock after curfew from Monday to Friday and during Saturday over a lockdown weekend, may seek permission from the Commissioner of Police to travel to and from their residence and workplace only. It said that while it is aware that a tropical weather system may affect The Bahamas over the coming weekend, it is being watched closely and the necessary authorities will update the country during the coming hours.center_img It said that there were now 211 cases in Grand Bahama, 180 in New Providence, 21 in Bimini and nine cases in Moore’s Island and Great Guana Cay. The other islands, namely Berry Islands, Cat Cay, Cat Island, Exuma, and Abaco, had between one and four cases. NASSAU, Bahamas – The Bahamas government says it will implement two additional weekend lockdowns as the country continues to record increases in the number of cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19). A statement from the Office of the Prime Minister said that with the rise in cases of COVID-19 and after consultation with local health officials and a review of the response of other jurisdictions due to the current global rise in cases, it has decided to implement two additional weekend lockdowns. CMC “A lockdown means that no individual, except an essential worker, is permitted to leave their place of residence for any purpose, other than to seek urgent medical care or as outlined above. The statement said that these measures are being implemented to protect the lives and health of Bahamians and residents and that the Hubert Minnis administration will undertake a “careful review of the health data after these two lockdown periods.last_img read more

Haiti’s Director-General of Tourism Survives Accident that Claims Two Lives

Haiti’s Director-General of Tourism Survives Accident that Claims Two Lives

first_imgPolice confirmed that the accident occurred on Saturday when the vehicle, which was being driven by Durosier’s driver, Jean Pierre Désir, overturned, hit an electricity pole on the RN #3, near Pignon and Dondon in the North department. Secretary of State Eddy-Jackson Alexis, said he was saddened at the accident and “associates himself with the pain of all those seriously affected by this tragedy, in particular, the families of the victims, their loved ones, their work colleagues and employees of the Ministry of Tourism.” Antoine died instantly, while Désir died at hospital. The authorities said that Durosier is in a stable condition, nursing injuries. – CMCcenter_img Director-General of the Ministry of Tourism, Andy Durosier, has survived a vehicular accident that resulted in the deaths of two people, including his assistant, Kimberly Antoine. Prime Minister Joseph Jouthe in a note to the Minister of Tourism, Myriam Jean, noted “in this painful circumstance, I ask everyone to show solidarity with the Minister, her staff, as well as bereaved families. It should be noted that the condition of Director General Andy Durosier is stable.”last_img read more

Guyana’s Government to Adopt New Measures to Deal with COVID-19

Guyana’s Government to Adopt New Measures to Deal with COVID-19

first_imgGEORGETOWN, Guyana – President Dr. Irfaan Ali and Health Minister, Dr, Frank Anthony have held talks with minor opposition political parties as the country recorded 14 new cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) bringing the total of 568. President Ali, speaking at his inauguration over the last weekend, said his administration is creating a COVID-19 Response Unit comprising of policymakers, represented by the Prime Minister and the Minister of Health, and regional, international partners such as CARICOM, the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO), and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The Unit resulted from a rapid assessment. It will be guided by a collaborative policy to address medical responses and to create a COVID-19 impact socio-economic plan for the people, Ali said, noting that the COVID-19 pandemic has already claimed too many lives. “To, date 189 persons have recuperated from COVID-related illnesses while 22 have succumbed. In total 5,280 persons have been tested for the virus. A government statement said that the meeting on Sunday was “to discuss interests and concerns as the government sets out to revamp the nation’s response to the disease”. He said the new approach seeks to provide a more technical and people-centred approach to combatting the onset of the disease in Guyana. Anthony had recently announced that the new administration, which came to office last week, is actively working towards restructuring the response to COVID-19 on all fronts with a more holistic approach. Meanwhile, the government says it is in the process of securing an initial sum of GUY$4.5 billion (One Guyana dollar=US$0.004 cents) as an emergency response to help households affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the Ministry of Health, seven men and seven women are among the new cases and that there are 357 active cases in institutional isolation at various facilities across Guyana; 47 persons in institutional quarantine and four patients housed in the COVID-19 ICU. “Citizens are reminded to continue practising social distancing in the workplace, public spaces, and while using public transportation to reduce the spread of the coronavirus disease. They are also reminded to practise frequent hand washing/sanitising and always wear a face mask if they must go out.” CMClast_img read more