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    At the Russian Root of the Matter: Fun with Etymology

    themoscowtimes.com /  îïà́ëå: out of favor Yevgeny Parfyonov Michele A. Berdy Of all the many things I love about Russian — right up there with the fun of studying grammar, learning spelling rules, and memorizing irregular verb conjugations — is etymology: tracing a word from its origins to its present meaning and usage. Suddenly a word that made no sense becomes transparent, or a concept is rounded out…

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    From the Archive: The Hermitage Hosts Architect Zaha Hadid

    themoscowtimes.com / This article was originally published on July 19, 2015.  The avant-garde Pritzker Prize-winning architect Zaha Hadid is enjoying a retrospective display in St. Petersburg — one of the most architecturally conservative cities in Europe, where commitment to historic preservation is high but plans for contemporary architecture usually hit a dead end. As one sad professional joke has it, the four contenders for the Pritzker…

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    Wehby cops Int'l Entrepreneur of the Year award

    Jamaica Gleaner / GraceKennedy Group Chief Executive Officer Don Wehby is set to receive an award from the Young Caribbean Professional Network ( YPCN ) which has selected him as International Entrepreneur of the Year. The award is to be presented on April 5 at the Hotel Palomar, Philadelphia, United States. YPCN, an organisation based…

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    Man in court for killing labourer

    Trinidad Express /   A 25-year-old man appeared in the Port of Spain Magistrates’ Court yesterday, charged with the murder of Andre McLeod. Jamal Mohammed Khan, 25, of Bagatelle Road, Sunshine Avenue, San Juan, stood in silence when he was brought before Senior Magistrate Cheron Raphael in the Eighth Court. Khan was charged with the…

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    Some US voters to decide on 5% ganja tax

    Jamaica Gleaner / Fairbanks North Star Borough officials in the United States have agreed to put a marijuana sales-tax proposal before voters this fall. The Borough Assembly approved the ballot question on Thursday that would implement a five per cent retail tax on pot sales. If voters approve, the tax would go into effect on…

  • Breaking News

    Spanish Court Hotel set for Montego Bay

    Jamaica Gleaner / The former Breezes Montego Bay Hotel will be rebranded as the Spanish Court Hotel, according to documents seen by the Financial Gleaner . It would become the latest development to energise Gloucester Avenue in St James, popularly called the Hip Strip. The acquisition of the property by lawyer and hotelier Chris Issa…

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    Struggling steel industry sparks crisis in UK

    Jamaica Gleaner / The British government scrambled on Thursday to save the country’s struggling steel industry after Tata Steel announced plans to sell its UK plants, which employ almost 20,000 people. Prime Minister David Cameron held a crisis meeting at 10 Downing St, and said the government would do “everything it can” to keep steelmaking…

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    Ohioans favour medical marijuana

    Jamaica Gleaner / An Ohio House panel contemplating ways to legalise medical marijuana is wrapping up its business with a marathon session. Rep Kirk Schuring is the Canton Republican who chairs the task force. He says 40 witnesses are scheduled and testimony could extend up to 10 hours. The group was created after Ohio voters…

  • Breaking News

    98 girls allegedly abused by UN peacekeepers

    Jamaica Gleaner / UNITED NATIONS (AP): A United States-based advocacy group has disclosed that 98 girls in Central African Republic have reported that they were sexually abused by international peacekeepers, and three girls told United Nations (UN) staff that they were tied up, undressed and forced to have sex with a dog by a French…

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    S&P says Curaçao?s economic outlook remains stable

    Jamaica Gleaner / The credit rating agency Standard & Poor’s (S&P) has affirmed Curaçao’s economic outlook as stable. The agency affirmed its A-/A-2 long- and short-term foreign- and local-currency sovereign credit ratings on the government of Curaçao. It also affirmed the “A-transfer and convertibility assessment” in the Dutch Caribbean country. “The ratings on Curaçao reflect…

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    Keeping drum traditions alive

    News day / Designed as a unique forum to showcase local and international drummers, percussionists and other musicians, the event “also served as a positive networking opportunity to nurture the existing knowledge pool in TT ”. Created by Gerion Williams – who has performed with Shurwayne Winchester, Maxi Priest, The Alternative Quartet, Caribbean Airlines Invaders…

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    Mom burnt during C-Section delivery

    News day / However, what transpired during her delivery became one of her darkest nightmares. During what James described as “laser surgery”, her torso leading towards her thighs were burnt. This was confirmed by her attorney Gerald Ramdeen, yesterday evening. He said it was alleged that there was an incident relating to the alcohol used…

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    Parang queens in Latin fusion concert

    News day / Flores will be part of Jagassar’s set at the Woodford Street venue for her “La Casa de Fusion” solo concert. The Los Alumnos de San Juan lead singer is set to showcase her musical range with an up close and personal concert experience featuring Latin pop, bachata, calypso and soca music. Flores…

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    Quickies

    Jamaica Gleaner / Concert for McCam Centre’s 30th The McCam Child Care and Development Centre’s 30th anniversary celebration will be held on Saturday, April 9, at the St. Andrew High School Auditorium, 10 Cecelio Avenue. The benefit concert is being held under the distinguished patronage of Mr. Earl Jarrett, CD, Hon., LL. D, JP. At…

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    He’s fearful for his life

    News day / Attorney Saeed Trotter, of the Port-of-Spain based firm Scoon and Associates, in an interview yesterday, said while they have not been in contact with Thomas, who escaped from the St Ann’s Hospital on Tuesday last, “he is most probably in fear for his life but wants to turn himself in”. Thomas is…

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    San Fernando Fashion Week

    News day / Two months ago the SFFWTT committee staged a successful leg of the event in the Spice Island of Grenada, even more is expected on Sunday at the event that will include designers from Boston, Nevis, New York and our own Trinidadian designers. With the watchwords “Diversification of Trinidad and Tobago”, the SFFWTT…

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    Sagicor toasts staff at annual corporate awards

    Jamaica Gleaner / Feathers, top hats and exquisite flapper girls decked the halls of The Jamaica Pegasus hotel recently for the annual Sagicor Group Corporate Awards. The Great Gatsby -themed event saw guests adorned in classic 1920s fashion, and ’twas truly a magnificent sight to behold. Flashing lights captured the glitz and glam of form-fitting…

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    TT must chart course on work / life balance

    News day / This is according to Professor Patricia Mohammed of the Institute of Gender Development Studies, University of the West Indies, St Augustine Campus. Mohammed is currently the lead researcher of a three-year study, “Work/Life Balance and Ageing in Trinidad and Tobago”. Mohammed said older societies have studied the ageing population phenomenon, anticipated ageing…

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    De Silva happy with display against St Vincent

    News day / The midfielder played a part in the “Soca Warriors”’ fifth goal against the “Vincey Heat”, as he played a pin-point pass to his fellow substitute Trevin Caesar, in the 85th minute, who scored past goalkeeper Lemus Christopher. This match was also significant for the 26-year-old, as it was his first official FIFA…

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    Retired lecturer new TT Cuban Ambassador

    News day / Minister of Foreign and Caricom Affairs Dennis Moses, presented instruments of appointment to four new Heads of Mission at the Ministry on Tuesday, the Ministry said in a media release. “Minister Moses informed that the Ministry was undertaking the necessary preparations for the new ambassadors to assume duty in the shortest possible…

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    MLS pioneer Butler to be honoured by Earthquakes

    Jamaica Gleaner / National Under-20 coach and former Reggae Boy, Altimont ?Freddie? Butler will tomorrow be honoured by the San Jose Earthquakes as one of the Major League Soccer (MLS) franchise?s original roster members when the league kicked off 20 years ago. Butler, the first Jamaican to play in the MLS, was drafted by the…

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    Xi tells Obama disputes should avoid misunderstandings

    chinadaily.com.cn / China and the United States should handle unresolved disputes in a constructive manner to avoid misunderstandings and escalation in conflicts, President Xi Jinping told US President Barack Obama on Thursday. China will firmly safeguard its sovereignty and relevant rights over the South China Sea, and it will not accept any activities in the…

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    Canada trade minister stresses opportunities

    chinadaily.com.cn / There are opportunities there, but opportunities can be lost. That’s how Canadian Minister of International Trade Chrystia Freeland summed up Canada’s relationship with China. Freeland made the remarks at a luncheon organized by the Canada China Business Council on March 30 in Toronto. “The most important economic development in the 21 century is…

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    Supreme Ventures continues to give back

    Jamaica Gleaner / In spite of the intermittent showers throughout the day, the Supreme Ventures Limited (SVL) annual Bun and Cheese Easter Egg Hunt held at the Hope Zoo on Easter Monday was successful. In its fourth year, SVL upped the ante and brought added Easter excitement to children from various children’s homes in the…

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    Young cricketers vie for Douglas Orane Scholarship

    Jamaica Gleaner / The Douglas Orane Scholarship continues to attract scores of young male students in high schools across the island with more students batting to be exclusively selected as the 2016 candidate. Durrani Irons, of Marcus Garvey Technical High School, and Gary Allen, a grade 11 student of Ferncourt High School – both based…

North America

  • Barack and Michelle Obama sign Netflix production deal

    Jamaica Observer / LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Barack and Michelle Obama have entered into a multi-year agreement to produce films and series with Netflix, the world’s leading internet entertainment service announced on Monday. The former first couple have launched Higher Ground Productions to produce a variety of content for the video streamer, possibly…

  • Fashionably late Fashion Block Strong collections at Fashion Block

    Jamaica Observer / Guests and patrons attending Saturday’s staging of Fashion Block , the penultimate event of Styleweek Jamaica, were forced to wait almost two hours for the start of the event on Saturday night in New Kingston. At the advertised 9:00 pm start, patrons and specially invited guests were forced to watch stage hands…

  • Agri Day at Knox Community College

    Jamaica Observer / MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Knox Community College recently staged its Agri Day Expo 2018 at its Cobbla Campus in northern Manchester. Organisers say “there were many innovative demonstrations and dynamic presentations from key agri-industry partners”. The audience included students from Knox as well as neighbouring primary and high schools, a range of organisations…

  • Russia prepares for World Cup drone attack

    Jamaica Observer / MOSCOW, Russia (AFP) — Russia will reportedly deploy jamming devices used in Syria and the war in Ukraine to defend World Cup stadiums against a drone attack. The threat of terror has been a prime concern for organisers of the June 14 to July 15 football showpiece. Russia has been hit by…

  • Protoje’s waves head to T&T

    Jamaica Observer / THE tides of New Wave are still high since it opened its doors to emerging talent almost two years ago. The promotional talent hub, conceptualised by reggae revival artiste Protoje and Jason Panton, recently expanded its operations to Trinidad and Tobago. Protoje explained the vision for New Wave. “New Wave is a…

  • Rain helps Nadal claim stunning eighth Rome Masters title

    Jamaica Observer / Rome, Italy (AFP) — Rafael Nadal won the Rome Masters for the eighth time yesterday when he defeated defending champion Alexander Zverev 6-1, 1-6, 6-3 after a stunning comeback. German second seed Zverev was 3-1 up in the decider before two rain stoppages halted his momentum. Top seed Nadal raced away with…

  • Cross Roads Tax Office closes at 2:00 pm today

    Jamaica Observer / KINGSTON, Jamaica —The Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ) has will close the Cross Roads Tax Office at 2:00 pm today to facilitate grief counselling for staff members. TAJ said the counselling activities are due to the untimely passing of their colleague as a result of a fatal motor vehicle accident over the weekend….

  • US threatens sanctions after ‘sham’ Venezuela vote

    Jamaica Observer / WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — The United States threatened new sanctions against the Venezuelan regime Monday, following an opposition-boycotted election that Washington denounced as a “sham” and “illegitimate.” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo vowed “swift economic and diplomatic actions” following elections that kept Nicolas Maduro in power and which observers described as…

  • Barack and Michelle Obama sign Netflix production deal

    Jamaica Observer / LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Barack and Michelle Obama have entered into a multi-year agreement to produce films and series with Netflix, the world’s leading internet entertainment service announced on Monday. The former first couple have launched Higher Ground Productions to produce a variety of content for the video streamer, possibly…

  • We managed very well without the plastics

    Jamaica Observer / Dear Editor,   One must say a big “thank you” to the many volunteers who periodically relieve our beach environment of the plethora of plastics and other refuse. It is high time we strongly enforce our anti-litter laws or ban the importation of plastic bottles and styrofoam. Viewing the many photos of…

  • Conference & Expo a success, says Manchester Chamber of Commerce

    Jamaica Observer / MANDEVILLE, Manchester – President of the Manchester Chamber of Commerce, Garfield Green says he is satisfied with last Wednesday’s Conference and Expo hosted by the chamber in collaboration with Diaspora Connect at Golf View Hotel. “It was a success,” Green told the Jamaica Observer Central by telephone on Saturday. “All the feedback…

  • US man rams car into his family at restaurant, killing two

    Jamaica Observer / WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — A 62-year-old man was under arrest for murder in North Carolina Monday after he allegedly excused himself from a restaurant lunch with his family, then rammed them with his car at high speed — killing his daughter and daughter-in-law. Roger Glenn Self, of Dallas, North Carolina, is…

  • Another gift of love from the Hue family

    Jamaica Observer / MAY PEN, Clarendon — Dr Hyacinth Hue and her husband Eric Hue have donated a sonography machine (used for diagnostic imaging) worth US$7,000 to the May Pen Hospital, according to the Southern Regional Health Authority. A news release said the Hues also delivered a number of feeding syringes, some arthroscopy drapes with…

  • Johnson Smith to participate in G20 Foreign Ministers meeting

    Jamaica Observer / KINGSTON, Jamaica — Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Kamina Johnson Smith, arrived in Buenos Aires, Argentina yesterday to represent the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) at the G20 Foreign Ministers meeting. Commenting on the scheduled meeting, Johnson Smith in a release from her ministry said: “The G20 is a grouping which…

  • Fashionably late Fashion Block Strong collections at Fashion Block

    Jamaica Observer / Guests and patrons attending Saturday’s staging of Fashion Block , the penultimate event of Styleweek Jamaica, were forced to wait almost two hours for the start of the event on Saturday night in New Kingston. At the advertised 9:00 pm start, patrons and specially invited guests were forced to watch stage hands…

  • Putin hails Venezuela’s Maduro on election win — Kremlin

    Jamaica Observer / MOSCOW, Russia (AFP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday congratulated his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro on his re-election, after a vote the opposition rejected as a farce. “The Russian president wished Maduro good health and success in resolving the social and economic issues facing the country,” the Kremlin said in a…

  • CENTRAL’S BEST

    Jamaica Observer / The Jamaica International Invitation meet at the National Stadium on Saturday night was embellished by the winning performance of three of the best female athletes from Central Jamaica: Elaine Thompson, Janieve Russell and Shericka Jackson. Thompson won the 100m, Russell the 400m hurdles and Jackson the 200m.

  • Basil Waite Wins PNP Selection Contest In St. Elizabeth North East

    RJR News / Basil Waite, a former senator, is on course to represent the People’s National Party (PNP) in the constituency of St Elizabeth North East in the next general election. In a selection exercise on Sunday, Mr. Waite polled 576 votes to defeat Councillor for the Balaclava Division Everton Fisher who polled 271 votes….

  • NCB Financial Group To Make Another Offer To Shareholders

    RJR News / It’s being reported that  in two weeks , NCB Financial Group is expected to make another offer to the shareholders of  Trinidad-based Guardian Holdings as it seeks, once again, to gain an additional 32.01 per cent shareholding to take its ownership of  the insurance company to 62 per cent.   This was…

  • Russian Billionaire Quits Rusal Board

    RJR News / Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska has quit the board of  Rusal in a bid to free the company from crippling US sanctions.   Rusal is the operator of  the Windalco alumina refinery in Jamaica.   Mr Deripaska had agreed to cede control to help the company escape sanctions imposed by the Donald Trump…

Europe

Asia

  • Casa Blanca pide a Suprema restituir el veto migratorio

    Casa Blanca pide a Suprema restituir el veto migratorio   El gobierno del Presidente Donald Trump pidió anoche a la Corte Suprema de EE.UU. que restablezca la prohibición temporal de viaje al país desde seis naciones de mayoría musulmana, luego de que fuera bloqueada por tribunales inferiores que la consideraron discriminatoria. Para decidir si se…

  • Martin Lustgarten Acherman Waters ||// ¿Hacia la tercera guerra mundial?, por Francesco Tucci

    Actualmente, EE.UU. mantiene fuertes tensiones con Rusia, un mayor involucramiento en la guerra siria y una fuerte presión sobre Corea del Norte para que abandone su programa nuclear. Esta escalada preocupa a la opinión pública, pero ¿acaso estamos cerca de un nuevo conflicto mundial? Analizando fríamente los escenarios de crisis, estos evidencian riesgos de conflictos;…

  • Martin Lustgarten Acherman Waters ||// ¿Hacia la tercera guerra mundial?, por Francesco Tucci

    Actualmente, EE.UU. mantiene fuertes tensiones con Rusia, un mayor involucramiento en la guerra siria y una fuerte presión sobre Corea del Norte para que abandone su programa nuclear. Esta escalada preocupa a la opinión pública, pero ¿acaso estamos cerca de un nuevo conflicto mundial? Analizando fríamente los escenarios de crisis, estos evidencian riesgos de conflictos;…

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