caribbean cruise #2- Let's see we left out of San Juan,Puerto Rico to St. Kitts, St. Marteen, Barbados, Tortola, Dominica, back to San Juan: not necessarily in that order?

HOLDING CARIBBEAN LEADERS & DECISION MAKERS ACCOUNTABLE – by Mike Singh

(A)   Cuba is about to get a boost with projected strong investments in the local tourism with even a report that a group of institutional investors from the United Arab Emirates are interested in building a new airport in Havana. The thawing of relations with the United States seem to be moving quickly apace under Assistant Secretary of State for the Western Hemisphere – Roberta Jacobson and her team. (B)   Cuba has the ability to upgrade no less than 11 airports overnights per the Montreal based International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) standards. Please note that most of the airports are solid structures with amazing runaways built during the ‘Cold War’ era and played a pivotal role in the airlifting of Cuban soldiers to fight in Angola and Namibia in the 1970s and 1980s. (C)   Unlike the Russians at the end of the Cold War – the Cubans have a very strong and organized voice, presence and power in US politics just judging from the likes of Mario Diaz Balart (R-FL),  Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Marco Rubio (R- FL) and they already claim Jeb Bush as he is from Miami and his former business partner and long time friend is none other than Cuban born real estate mogul Armando Codina.   Jorge Perez of the Related Group – another mega developer in South Florida, Panama and Colombia is also of Cuban origin. The Russians at the end of the Cold War did not have a base in mainstream US politics or business (other than the

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PARTING NOTE

Dear Marlene: I’M SO IMPRESSED I had the opportunity to look at your website last night, which of course led me to read about your book(s) on Amazon. Oh Marlene, you are such a fascinating woman and I am remiss I didn’t have the opportunity to get to know you better. Transformation and spiritual progress (not perfection) are inherent themes in my life today. I definitely experienced struggles of my own and have only recently realized that the awareness I have today has only been captured because I can try and understand, embrace the darkness and accept all of it in order to allow me to be a better version of myself today. I very much love the below quote. This morning I heard through the grapevine you are leaving us and I am quite sad. I’ll look forward to hearing about your future successes via your website. I wish you only the best… “I have had no greater moments in life than my “aloneness,” the ability to hear silence, to embrace yet a few sporadic whispers and to travel through my own thoughts.” MARLENE DALEY Carlin Brochstein Team Lead – Professional Inside Sales Specialist TMS Health A Xerox Company

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SWEET JAMAICA?

Mi nah tell nuh lie, I hold deep cherished thoughts of coming back to Jamaica sometime soon with, God forbid, surgically altered buns:-0, to sit in the sun and work on any beach where I can pick up WiFi. I promise, there is no retiring for me, if for no other reason than my embracing the school of thought that says; “If you are not “growing” you are dying.” I look forward to walking on clear piazzas in Kingston, May Pen, Ocho Rios and Montego Bay, without the obstruction of “informal merchants” while window shopping with an ice cream cone. I hold some deep hope and vision of organized markets with higglers off the ground and sitting on a high stool or comfortable chair with their wares or fares creatively exhibited, as they did in days past with their hamper basket atop their head. The market in Manor Park was somebody’s attempt at that. But consciousness never fail to smack me back to reality with a sharp reminder that I would be moving back to a beloved people who, on the average, are still stuck in vacuumed thoughts and who dare to believe that this insular way of thinking goes beyond the shores of the island. Landing in America to live brought on a paradigm shift of awesome proportion, especially as I watched the “snow birds” in Deerfield Beach; couples in their 80s and 90s out walking their dog, dripping in jewelry, or just taking a walk hand in hand.

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Guyana in Transition

The Crest for apartheid which has been for many years held exclusively by South Africa, made official by the Afrikaans in 1948 and somewhat dismantled in 1994 with the advent of the election of President Nelson Mandela, has seen many a tune written, the eyes of the world watching and voices raised in opposing its inhumane existence. But it has all held sway the cries of people in smaller countries who for decades have lived under the same harsh ideology; countries with citizens who consider themselves God fearing, people whose cry become guttural in the dark and in wakeful moments of obstinate prayer pay allegiance to Ganesha, Vishnu, Shiva and the Christian deity. The country of Guyana is one such locale. With just under a million people, the independent South American state of Guyana, largely settled by Indo-Guyanese, yet considered part of the Caribbean, has continued to issue a life of distinct difference in education, opportunity, living standards, distribution of wealth and equality, and subsequently a demeaning existence in comparison, for the rest of the population of people of African descent. Indians have forever now refuted the Western categorization of them as Blacks, and rightly so, because all races and ethnicity of man comes with distinct features that separates them physically. As a Black woman who had religiously attended “Bajans” (double entendre intended), I have failed to see Indians as anything else despite some having very dark skin. But this distinction or the lack of it does not absolve them

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