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Articles, News, and photos on tourism and travel to the countries of the African Diaspora http://www.africandiasporatourism.com/index.php/who/modules/mod_hot_newsflash/tmpl/index.php 2012-06-30T00:08:51Z Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management Levitra buy » Canadian Pharmacy Online - Cheap Secure - Buy Online Without Prescription. 2012-06-09T18:44:36Z 2012-06-09T18:44:36Z http://www.africandiasporatourism.com/index.php/who/modules/mod_hot_newsflash/tmpl/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=797:africa-travel-association-holds-37th-annual-world-congress-in-victoria-falls-zimbabwe-&catid=124:news-bites&Itemid=73 Administrator kpope100@yahoo.com <p style="text-align: justify;"><img height="220" width="220" src="images/stories/ATA.png" alt="ATA" style="margin: 4px; float: left;" />The Africa Travel Association, the world’s leading travel industry trade association promoting tourism to Africa, held its 37<sup>th</sup> Annual Congress in Victoria Falls , Zimbabwe , May 18 – 22, 2012. More than 500 delegates from government, business and the non-profit sectors gathered at ATA’s hallmark event in Africa .</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The theme, “Africa Tourism: Partnering for the Future,” focused on how tourism, with growth rates in emerging markets outperforming more established destinations, is one of the most promising industries on the African continent for development. South African Airways served as Presenting Sponsor and Official Congress Carrier and Arik Air served as Official Media Carrier.<strong><em>&nbsp;</em></strong>&nbsp;</p> <p>“Our 37<sup>th</sup> Congress has been a real success with significant outcomes that will have a positive impact on the tourism industry in Zimbabwe and across Africa ,” said Edward Bergman , ATA Executive Director. “Now more than ever, the tourism industry has a greater ability to affect lives and contribute to positive growth and development and ATA is pleased to be at the heart of this process.”</p> <p>Delegates included five tourism ministers from Central African Republic, Ghana, Namibia, Uganda and Zimbabwe, along with government representatives from Angola, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Togo and Zambia and hundreds of participants from around the world.</p> <p>The Congress was hosted by the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) under the auspices of Honorable Minister of Tourism and Hospitality Industry, Walter Mzembi. ATA government members elected Minister Mzembi, as the new president of the association at the ATA board meeting on the final day of the congress.</p> <p><strong><em>Zimbabwe is Open for Business</em></strong>&nbsp;</p> <p>On the first day of the congress, Ambassador of the USA to Zimbabwe, Charles A. Ray, conveyed that “ Zimbabwe is open for business.” He said that US business representatives were coming to Zimbabwe because the economy was growing and trade and investment links between the two countries were improving.</p> <p>Speaking about the importance of building better cooperation and understanding between the USA and Zimbabwe, the Ambassador said, “Zimbabwe, even with its political uncertainty, represents a potentially huge market for Americans… it has the highest literacy rate in sub-Saharan Africa, and a population that when opportunities are available they’re very hard working and very organized and get things done.”&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>In an interview with one of the congress media delegates, Ambassador Ray said, “You have to look at what’s going on on the ground in order to understand the reality. There is a gap between the perceived risk here and the real risk. The real risk, in most cases, is far less than the perceived risk caused by the image the country has.”</p> <p>Building on these themes, a special congress session, featuring Ambassador&nbsp;Ray and U.S. Ambassador to Zambia, Mark C. Storella, was held on the second to last day of the congress. The two Ambassadors spoke about prospects for U.S. trade and investment in the tourism sector in the neighboring countries, along with the role the US embassies play in improving relations and facilitating exchanges.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><em>Program Highlights </em></strong></p> <p>The Congress kicked off with ATA's third annual Young Professionals Program Forum at the Elephant Hills Hotel. Students, young professionals and industry leaders from the tourism and hospitality sector came together to discuss the most pressing issues for young professionals in the industry. Topics included harnessing social media to promote African tourism, rural tourism development, and the ethics of sustainability and ecological integrity.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Ministers from Central African Republic, Ghana , Namibia, Togo and Zimbabwe participated in the Tourism Ministers’ Roundtable. Everyone agreed that the benefits of tourism could be strengthened if African governments collaborated more closely with each other and the private sector over a number of issues, including connectivity, visas, branding and packaging products. The importance of integrating local community into tourism programs was also stressed.</p> <p>&nbsp;Inspired by the Japanese television cooking show, Iron Chef, ATA held the first “ATA Culinary Experience.” Delegates enjoyed a luncheon prepared by culinary students from the Bulawayo School of Hospitality and Tourism Studies and chefs from Victoria Falls hotels. Visiting chefs from the USA, Chef Pierre Thiam, Senegalese cookbook author, <em>Yolele!</em> and Eric Simeon, E&amp;E Grill House Executive Chef, judged the competition, along with Ambassador&nbsp;Ray; Dr. Nancy Scanlon of Florida&nbsp; International University; Chef Christopher Gonzo, Chi ef Executive&nbsp;of the Zimbabwean Culinary Association; and Chef Johnson, Chief&nbsp;Technical Coordinator of ZTA.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Sessions on social media strategies with RS Social and the role of film in marketing destinations with Thinking Forward Media provided participants with practical tools for more effective media relations and marketing. An Expedia representative discussed the importance of bringing Africa 's products to market through social media, mobile technology, and the Internet. A Matador Network representative discussed how to leverage content from dozens of partners to create a unified strategy for promoting your destination on the Web. Group IST also presented on the pros and cons of volun-tourism.</p> <p>Delegates explored several new tourism topics at the congress, including “Women’s Engagement in Africa ’s Tourism Industry,” which brought together representatives from Affluent Hospitality Group, Amalinda Collection, United Nations World Tourism Organization, and ZTA to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing women in the tourism industry today.&nbsp;</p> <p>Leading travel trade and mainstream media representatives explored the relationships between tourism and the media at one of the sessions. Participants spoke about how to develop more effective media relations and how to move travel news to the front pages. The participants spoke about how the negative and the positive play a role in creating perceptions of Africa and stressed the potential role of the media in communicating tourism’s contribution to development and achieving political stability.</p> <p>At Zimbabwe Culture Night, ATA announced the recipients of ATA’s annual awards. The recipients of the Outstanding Service to the Association awards were Hon. Mzembi (MP), Minister of Tourism and Hospitality Industry of Zimbabwe; Karikoga Kaseke; Chief Executive of the Zimbabwe&nbsp;Tourism Authority (ZTA); Tesa Chi kaponya, Executive Director of Destination Marketing at ZTA; and Evelyn Chi dyausiku, US Representative of ZTA. Robert Brunner, Vice President of the Americas for Arik Air International Ltd received the Outstanding Leadership Award; and Dr. Yohannes Zeleke, President of the ATA Mid-Atlantic Chapter, received the ATA Founder’s Award. Chef Pierre Thiam and Chef Eric Simeon received the Development of Responsible Tourism in Africa awards and ATA outgoing President, Hon. Fatou Mas Jobe-Njie, Minister of Tourism and Culture of The Gambia, received the Promotion of Responsible Tourism to Africa Award. Finally, Andrea Papitto, Vice President of Thinking Forward Media, received the Young Professionals Leadership award.&nbsp;</p> <p>For more information on ATA, visit <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.africatravelassociation.org/">www.africatravelassociation.org</a>.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><img height="220" width="220" src="images/stories/ATA.png" alt="ATA" style="margin: 4px; float: left;" />The Africa Travel Association, the world’s leading travel industry trade association promoting tourism to Africa, held its 37<sup>th</sup> Annual Congress in Victoria Falls , Zimbabwe , May 18 – 22, 2012. More than 500 delegates from government, business and the non-profit sectors gathered at ATA’s hallmark event in Africa .</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The theme, “Africa Tourism: Partnering for the Future,” focused on how tourism, with growth rates in emerging markets outperforming more established destinations, is one of the most promising industries on the African continent for development. South African Airways served as Presenting Sponsor and Official Congress Carrier and Arik Air served as Official Media Carrier.<strong><em>&nbsp;</em></strong>&nbsp;</p> <p>“Our 37<sup>th</sup> Congress has been a real success with significant outcomes that will have a positive impact on the tourism industry in Zimbabwe and across Africa ,” said Edward Bergman , ATA Executive Director. “Now more than ever, the tourism industry has a greater ability to affect lives and contribute to positive growth and development and ATA is pleased to be at the heart of this process.”</p> <p>Delegates included five tourism ministers from Central African Republic, Ghana, Namibia, Uganda and Zimbabwe, along with government representatives from Angola, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Togo and Zambia and hundreds of participants from around the world.</p> <p>The Congress was hosted by the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) under the auspices of Honorable Minister of Tourism and Hospitality Industry, Walter Mzembi. ATA government members elected Minister Mzembi, as the new president of the association at the ATA board meeting on the final day of the congress.</p> <p><strong><em>Zimbabwe is Open for Business</em></strong>&nbsp;</p> <p>On the first day of the congress, Ambassador of the USA to Zimbabwe, Charles A. Ray, conveyed that “ Zimbabwe is open for business.” He said that US business representatives were coming to Zimbabwe because the economy was growing and trade and investment links between the two countries were improving.</p> <p>Speaking about the importance of building better cooperation and understanding between the USA and Zimbabwe, the Ambassador said, “Zimbabwe, even with its political uncertainty, represents a potentially huge market for Americans… it has the highest literacy rate in sub-Saharan Africa, and a population that when opportunities are available they’re very hard working and very organized and get things done.”&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>In an interview with one of the congress media delegates, Ambassador Ray said, “You have to look at what’s going on on the ground in order to understand the reality. There is a gap between the perceived risk here and the real risk. The real risk, in most cases, is far less than the perceived risk caused by the image the country has.”</p> <p>Building on these themes, a special congress session, featuring Ambassador&nbsp;Ray and U.S. Ambassador to Zambia, Mark C. Storella, was held on the second to last day of the congress. The two Ambassadors spoke about prospects for U.S. trade and investment in the tourism sector in the neighboring countries, along with the role the US embassies play in improving relations and facilitating exchanges.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><em>Program Highlights </em></strong></p> <p>The Congress kicked off with ATA's third annual Young Professionals Program Forum at the Elephant Hills Hotel. Students, young professionals and industry leaders from the tourism and hospitality sector came together to discuss the most pressing issues for young professionals in the industry. Topics included harnessing social media to promote African tourism, rural tourism development, and the ethics of sustainability and ecological integrity.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Ministers from Central African Republic, Ghana , Namibia, Togo and Zimbabwe participated in the Tourism Ministers’ Roundtable. Everyone agreed that the benefits of tourism could be strengthened if African governments collaborated more closely with each other and the private sector over a number of issues, including connectivity, visas, branding and packaging products. The importance of integrating local community into tourism programs was also stressed.</p> <p>&nbsp;Inspired by the Japanese television cooking show, Iron Chef, ATA held the first “ATA Culinary Experience.” Delegates enjoyed a luncheon prepared by culinary students from the Bulawayo School of Hospitality and Tourism Studies and chefs from Victoria Falls hotels. Visiting chefs from the USA, Chef Pierre Thiam, Senegalese cookbook author, <em>Yolele!</em> and Eric Simeon, E&amp;E Grill House Executive Chef, judged the competition, along with Ambassador&nbsp;Ray; Dr. Nancy Scanlon of Florida&nbsp; International University; Chef Christopher Gonzo, Chi ef Executive&nbsp;of the Zimbabwean Culinary Association; and Chef Johnson, Chief&nbsp;Technical Coordinator of ZTA.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Sessions on social media strategies with RS Social and the role of film in marketing destinations with Thinking Forward Media provided participants with practical tools for more effective media relations and marketing. An Expedia representative discussed the importance of bringing Africa 's products to market through social media, mobile technology, and the Internet. A Matador Network representative discussed how to leverage content from dozens of partners to create a unified strategy for promoting your destination on the Web. Group IST also presented on the pros and cons of volun-tourism.</p> <p>Delegates explored several new tourism topics at the congress, including “Women’s Engagement in Africa ’s Tourism Industry,” which brought together representatives from Affluent Hospitality Group, Amalinda Collection, United Nations World Tourism Organization, and ZTA to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing women in the tourism industry today.&nbsp;</p> <p>Leading travel trade and mainstream media representatives explored the relationships between tourism and the media at one of the sessions. Participants spoke about how to develop more effective media relations and how to move travel news to the front pages. The participants spoke about how the negative and the positive play a role in creating perceptions of Africa and stressed the potential role of the media in communicating tourism’s contribution to development and achieving political stability.</p> <p>At Zimbabwe Culture Night, ATA announced the recipients of ATA’s annual awards. The recipients of the Outstanding Service to the Association awards were Hon. Mzembi (MP), Minister of Tourism and Hospitality Industry of Zimbabwe; Karikoga Kaseke; Chief Executive of the Zimbabwe&nbsp;Tourism Authority (ZTA); Tesa Chi kaponya, Executive Director of Destination Marketing at ZTA; and Evelyn Chi dyausiku, US Representative of ZTA. Robert Brunner, Vice President of the Americas for Arik Air International Ltd received the Outstanding Leadership Award; and Dr. Yohannes Zeleke, President of the ATA Mid-Atlantic Chapter, received the ATA Founder’s Award. Chef Pierre Thiam and Chef Eric Simeon received the Development of Responsible Tourism in Africa awards and ATA outgoing President, Hon. Fatou Mas Jobe-Njie, Minister of Tourism and Culture of The Gambia, received the Promotion of Responsible Tourism to Africa Award. Finally, Andrea Papitto, Vice President of Thinking Forward Media, received the Young Professionals Leadership award.&nbsp;</p> <p>For more information on ATA, visit <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.africatravelassociation.org/">www.africatravelassociation.org</a>.</p> Levitra buy » Canadian Pharmacy Online - Cheap Secure - Buy Online Without Prescription. 2012-06-09T18:33:33Z 2012-06-09T18:33:33Z http://www.africandiasporatourism.com/index.php/who/modules/mod_hot_newsflash/tmpl/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=796:jamaica-to-celebrate-50th-anniversary-of-independence-with-damian-marley&catid=124:news-bites&Itemid=73 Administrator kpope100@yahoo.com by <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://repeatingislands.com/author/lisaparavisini/" style="color: #2585b2; text-decoration: underline;">lisaparavisini</a> <div class="yiv1893054480post-content" style="margin-top: 1em; max-width: 560px;"> <p style="line-height: 1.4em; margin: 0px 0px 1em; color: #444444; font-size: 14px;"><img src="http://repeatingislands.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/line-up-crop.jpg" border="0" title="line-up-crop" class="yiv1893054480aligncenter yiv1893054480size-full yiv1893054480wp-image-44991" style="max-width: 100%; height: auto;" /></p> <p style="line-height: 1.4em; margin: 0px 0px 1em; color: #444444; font-size: 14px;">This summer, to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Jamaican Independence, The O2 and its multiple venues including indigO2, will be transformed into a Caribbean oasis as over 50 artists take to the stage as part of Respect Jamaica 50.</p> <p style="line-height: 1.4em; margin: 0px 0px 1em; color: #444444; font-size: 14px;">The two week extravaganza, from July 25 to August 6, will include a multitude of legendary Jamaican singers, DJs, writers, comedians, actors and poets from Damian Marley and Lee 'Scratch' Perry to Shaggy and Jimmy Cliff showcasing the cultural depth and diversity of this esteemed nation.</p> <p style="line-height: 1.4em; margin: 0px 0px 1em; color: #444444; font-size: 14px;">Supported by the Jamaican Government, Respect Jamaica 50 will add a sprinkling of Caribbean flavour to what's set to be a great summer for Jamaica! Among the dozens of musicians flying in to the capital is triple Grammy award-winning reggae artist Damian Marley, the youngest son of Bob Marley. He will be delivering his trademark blend of dancehall and reggae with hits like 'Welcome to Jamrock' and 'As We Enter' to thousands of fans.</p> <p style="line-height: 1.4em; margin: 0px 0px 1em; color: #444444; font-size: 14px;">Joining them on the bill will be Junior Murvin, whose 1976 song 'Police and Thieves' cemented his place in reggae history, becoming an international hit covered by artists such as The Clash and Culture Club. Another celebrated reggae artist to join the festival is dub veteran Lee 'Scratch' Perry who has worked with the likes of Bob Marley &amp; The Wailers, the Beastie Boys and Animal Collective. With over half a century of music under his belt, Perry is considered one of the godfathers of the scene. Joining him on the bill is Jimmy Cliff who will be wowing the crowds with breakout hits like 'You Can Get It If You Really Want' and 'Sitting in Limbo'.</p> <p style="line-height: 1.4em; margin: 0px 0px 1em; color: #444444; font-size: 14px;">For those in search of something lighthearted, some of the finest contenders in Jamaican comedy will be providing the laughs for the crowds at Proud2 July 27 ' August 6.<br />Other outstanding cultural events at Respect Jamaica 50 include Messenger: The Bob Marley Exhibition at the BME July 24 ' October 22. Visitors will be invited to explore a retrospective featuring personal memorabilia, candid photographs, old concert posters, records, music clips and archive video footage.</p> <p style="line-height: 1.4em; margin: 0px 0px 1em; color: #444444; font-size: 14px;">Other artists confirmed on the roster include: Shaggy, Tappa Zukie, Jamaican Legends Band, Mutabaruka, John Holt, Freddie McGregor, Tarrus Riley, Toots &amp; The Maytals, Young Toots, Horace Andy, Morgan Heritage, Raging Fyah, Yellowman, Dennis Alcapone, Benjamin Zephaniah, U-Roy, The Abyssinians, Winston Reedy, Mad Professor, Mighty Diamonds, Leroy 'Heptones' Sibbles, Marcia Griffiths, Maxi Priest, Gyptian, Johnny Clarke, Derrick Morgan, Max Romeo, Jah9, Sir Lloyd Coxsone, Michael Prophet, Gaylads, Bob Andy, Fatman Hi Fi and Jah Shaka Sound System. For more information please visit: <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.respectjamaica50.co.uk/" style="color: #2585b2; text-decoration: underline;">http://www.respectjamaica50.co.uk/</a></p> <p style="line-height: 1.4em; margin: 0px 0px 1em; color: #444444; font-size: 14px;">Source: Repeating Islands</p> </div> by <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://repeatingislands.com/author/lisaparavisini/" style="color: #2585b2; text-decoration: underline;">lisaparavisini</a> <div class="yiv1893054480post-content" style="margin-top: 1em; max-width: 560px;"> <p style="line-height: 1.4em; margin: 0px 0px 1em; color: #444444; font-size: 14px;"><img src="http://repeatingislands.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/line-up-crop.jpg" border="0" title="line-up-crop" class="yiv1893054480aligncenter yiv1893054480size-full yiv1893054480wp-image-44991" style="max-width: 100%; height: auto;" /></p> <p style="line-height: 1.4em; margin: 0px 0px 1em; color: #444444; font-size: 14px;">This summer, to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Jamaican Independence, The O2 and its multiple venues including indigO2, will be transformed into a Caribbean oasis as over 50 artists take to the stage as part of Respect Jamaica 50.</p> <p style="line-height: 1.4em; margin: 0px 0px 1em; color: #444444; font-size: 14px;">The two week extravaganza, from July 25 to August 6, will include a multitude of legendary Jamaican singers, DJs, writers, comedians, actors and poets from Damian Marley and Lee 'Scratch' Perry to Shaggy and Jimmy Cliff showcasing the cultural depth and diversity of this esteemed nation.</p> <p style="line-height: 1.4em; margin: 0px 0px 1em; color: #444444; font-size: 14px;">Supported by the Jamaican Government, Respect Jamaica 50 will add a sprinkling of Caribbean flavour to what's set to be a great summer for Jamaica! Among the dozens of musicians flying in to the capital is triple Grammy award-winning reggae artist Damian Marley, the youngest son of Bob Marley. He will be delivering his trademark blend of dancehall and reggae with hits like 'Welcome to Jamrock' and 'As We Enter' to thousands of fans.</p> <p style="line-height: 1.4em; margin: 0px 0px 1em; color: #444444; font-size: 14px;">Joining them on the bill will be Junior Murvin, whose 1976 song 'Police and Thieves' cemented his place in reggae history, becoming an international hit covered by artists such as The Clash and Culture Club. Another celebrated reggae artist to join the festival is dub veteran Lee 'Scratch' Perry who has worked with the likes of Bob Marley &amp; The Wailers, the Beastie Boys and Animal Collective. With over half a century of music under his belt, Perry is considered one of the godfathers of the scene. Joining him on the bill is Jimmy Cliff who will be wowing the crowds with breakout hits like 'You Can Get It If You Really Want' and 'Sitting in Limbo'.</p> <p style="line-height: 1.4em; margin: 0px 0px 1em; color: #444444; font-size: 14px;">For those in search of something lighthearted, some of the finest contenders in Jamaican comedy will be providing the laughs for the crowds at Proud2 July 27 ' August 6.<br />Other outstanding cultural events at Respect Jamaica 50 include Messenger: The Bob Marley Exhibition at the BME July 24 ' October 22. Visitors will be invited to explore a retrospective featuring personal memorabilia, candid photographs, old concert posters, records, music clips and archive video footage.</p> <p style="line-height: 1.4em; margin: 0px 0px 1em; color: #444444; font-size: 14px;">Other artists confirmed on the roster include: Shaggy, Tappa Zukie, Jamaican Legends Band, Mutabaruka, John Holt, Freddie McGregor, Tarrus Riley, Toots &amp; The Maytals, Young Toots, Horace Andy, Morgan Heritage, Raging Fyah, Yellowman, Dennis Alcapone, Benjamin Zephaniah, U-Roy, The Abyssinians, Winston Reedy, Mad Professor, Mighty Diamonds, Leroy 'Heptones' Sibbles, Marcia Griffiths, Maxi Priest, Gyptian, Johnny Clarke, Derrick Morgan, Max Romeo, Jah9, Sir Lloyd Coxsone, Michael Prophet, Gaylads, Bob Andy, Fatman Hi Fi and Jah Shaka Sound System. For more information please visit: <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.respectjamaica50.co.uk/" style="color: #2585b2; text-decoration: underline;">http://www.respectjamaica50.co.uk/</a></p> <p style="line-height: 1.4em; margin: 0px 0px 1em; color: #444444; font-size: 14px;">Source: Repeating Islands</p> </div> Levitra buy » Canadian Pharmacy Online - Cheap Secure - Buy Online Without Prescription. 2012-05-17T05:22:24Z 2012-05-17T05:22:24Z http://www.africandiasporatourism.com/index.php/who/modules/mod_hot_newsflash/tmpl/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=793:jamaica-caribbean-fashion-week-2012-in-june&catid=124:news-bites&Itemid=73 Administrator kpope100@yahoo.com <p style="line-height: 1.4em; margin: 0px 0px 1em; color: #444444; font-size: 14px;"> </p> <table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" border="0" style="width: 100%;"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="width: 60px !important; white-space: nowrap; vertical-align: top;"><a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://repeatingislands.com/author/ivetteromero/" style="display: block; color: #2585b2; margin-right: 10px; text-decoration: underline;"></a></td> <td> <h2 class="yiv1958036959post-title" style="margin: 0px; color: #555; font-size: 20px;"></h2> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <div _yuid="yui_3_1_1_3_1337229276953139" class="yiv1958036959post-content" style="margin-top: 1em; max-width: 560px;"> <p _yuid="yui_3_1_1_3_1337229276953146" style="text-align: center; line-height: 1.4em; margin: 0px 0px 1em; color: #444444; font-size: 14px;"><strong><img _yuid="yui_3_1_1_3_1337229276953138" src="http://repeatingislands.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/style-jamaica-2011.jpg" border="0" title="STYLE JAMAICA 2011" class="yiv1958036959aligncenter yiv1958036959size-full yiv1958036959wp-image-44278" style="max-width: 100%; height: auto;" /></strong></p> </div> <p style="line-height: 1.4em; margin: 0px 0px 1em; color: #444444; font-size: 14px;">Organized by Pulse Agency, this year Caribbean Fashionweek will once again be held&nbsp;at the National Indoor Sports Centre (St Andrew) in Kingston, Jamaica, from June 7-11, 2012, highlighting the best in Caribbean fashion. The week includes fashion, the CFW Business Forum, exhibitions, after parties, tours, concerts, and varied performances.</p> <p style="line-height: 1.4em; margin: 0px 0px 1em; color: #444444; font-size: 14px;"><em>Panache Magazine</em> reports that, “as both Jamaica and Trinidad celebrate 50th anniversaries this year, special resources as well as special initiatives being undertaken for the event, are certain to lead to an even more dynamic CFW experience. Coming as it does in an Olympic year, in which the Caribbean is expected to excel, CFW will benefit from these initiatives which will also reflect the synergies between the anniversary celebrations, the Olympics and Caribbean fashion.”</p> <p style="line-height: 1.4em; margin: 0px 0px 1em; color: #444444; font-size: 14px;">The event showcases&nbsp;the best designer collections from Jamaica, the Caribbean, and its diaspora. This year’s designers&nbsp;include: Ashley Martin, Biggy, Drenna Luna, Janel Jolly, Julan, kokobeenz, Minka, Muschroom, Mutamba, and Sequoia, from Jamaica; Yardmanstyle, from the USA/Jamaica; Jahtaxtreme, from Belize; David Andre, Michel Chataigne, Phelicia Dell, and Maguy Durce, from Haiti; Pheline, from Canada; Denis Devaed, Jam, and Talita, from Guadeloupe; &nbsp;Wilma Stomp and Janoos, from Suriname; Victoria Brown, Calvin Douglas, and Hope Wade, from the UK; and Meiling, Claudia Pegus, Shaun Griffiths Perez, and Robert Young, from Trinidad.</p> <p style="line-height: 1.4em; margin: 0px 0px 1em; color: #444444; font-size: 14px;">&nbsp;Source: Repeating Islands; Photo: <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.panachejamagazine.com" style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="color: #000000;">panachejamagazine.com</span></a></p> <p style="line-height: 1.4em; margin: 0px 0px 1em; color: #444444; font-size: 14px;"> </p> <table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" border="0" style="width: 100%;"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="width: 60px !important; white-space: nowrap; vertical-align: top;"><a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://repeatingislands.com/author/ivetteromero/" style="display: block; color: #2585b2; margin-right: 10px; text-decoration: underline;"></a></td> <td> <h2 class="yiv1958036959post-title" style="margin: 0px; color: #555; font-size: 20px;"></h2> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <div _yuid="yui_3_1_1_3_1337229276953139" class="yiv1958036959post-content" style="margin-top: 1em; max-width: 560px;"> <p _yuid="yui_3_1_1_3_1337229276953146" style="text-align: center; line-height: 1.4em; margin: 0px 0px 1em; color: #444444; font-size: 14px;"><strong><img _yuid="yui_3_1_1_3_1337229276953138" src="http://repeatingislands.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/style-jamaica-2011.jpg" border="0" title="STYLE JAMAICA 2011" class="yiv1958036959aligncenter yiv1958036959size-full yiv1958036959wp-image-44278" style="max-width: 100%; height: auto;" /></strong></p> </div> <p style="line-height: 1.4em; margin: 0px 0px 1em; color: #444444; font-size: 14px;">Organized by Pulse Agency, this year Caribbean Fashionweek will once again be held&nbsp;at the National Indoor Sports Centre (St Andrew) in Kingston, Jamaica, from June 7-11, 2012, highlighting the best in Caribbean fashion. The week includes fashion, the CFW Business Forum, exhibitions, after parties, tours, concerts, and varied performances.</p> <p style="line-height: 1.4em; margin: 0px 0px 1em; color: #444444; font-size: 14px;"><em>Panache Magazine</em> reports that, “as both Jamaica and Trinidad celebrate 50th anniversaries this year, special resources as well as special initiatives being undertaken for the event, are certain to lead to an even more dynamic CFW experience. Coming as it does in an Olympic year, in which the Caribbean is expected to excel, CFW will benefit from these initiatives which will also reflect the synergies between the anniversary celebrations, the Olympics and Caribbean fashion.”</p> <p style="line-height: 1.4em; margin: 0px 0px 1em; color: #444444; font-size: 14px;">The event showcases&nbsp;the best designer collections from Jamaica, the Caribbean, and its diaspora. This year’s designers&nbsp;include: Ashley Martin, Biggy, Drenna Luna, Janel Jolly, Julan, kokobeenz, Minka, Muschroom, Mutamba, and Sequoia, from Jamaica; Yardmanstyle, from the USA/Jamaica; Jahtaxtreme, from Belize; David Andre, Michel Chataigne, Phelicia Dell, and Maguy Durce, from Haiti; Pheline, from Canada; Denis Devaed, Jam, and Talita, from Guadeloupe; &nbsp;Wilma Stomp and Janoos, from Suriname; Victoria Brown, Calvin Douglas, and Hope Wade, from the UK; and Meiling, Claudia Pegus, Shaun Griffiths Perez, and Robert Young, from Trinidad.</p> <p style="line-height: 1.4em; margin: 0px 0px 1em; color: #444444; font-size: 14px;">&nbsp;Source: Repeating Islands; Photo: <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.panachejamagazine.com" style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="color: #000000;">panachejamagazine.com</span></a></p> Levitra buy » Canadian Pharmacy Online - Cheap Secure - Buy Online Without Prescription. 2012-05-17T05:00:43Z 2012-05-17T05:00:43Z http://www.africandiasporatourism.com/index.php/who/modules/mod_hot_newsflash/tmpl/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=792:president-of-hostos-community-college-felix-matos-rodriguez-to-lead-new-yorks-puerto-rican-day-parade&catid=124:news-bites&Itemid=73 Administrator kpope100@yahoo.com <p style="line-height: 1.4em; margin: 0px 0px 1em; color: #444444; font-size: 14px;"><img height="232" width="280" src="images/stories/puerto-rico-flag1.jpg" alt="puerto-rico-flag1" style="margin: 4px; float: right;" />Hostos Community College President Felix Matos Rodriguez will be grand marshal of this year's Puerto Rican Day Parade. The Puerto Rican Day Parade will start at 11:00am on June 10, 2012, and run north on Fifth Avenue from 44th to 79th Streets in Manhattan, New York<strong>.</strong></p> <p style="line-height: 1.4em; margin: 0px 0px 1em; color: #444444; font-size: 14px;">The vibrant Puerto Rican Day Parade will return to Fifth Ave. next month with the president of Hostos Community College leading the festivities.</p> <p style="line-height: 1.4em; margin: 0px 0px 1em; color: #444444; font-size: 14px;"><img src="http://repeatingislands.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/hostos2.jpg?w=150&amp;h=99" border="0" title="hostos" class="yiv1325317659 yiv1325317659size-thumbnail yiv1325317659wp-image-44650" style="background-color: white; max-width: 100%; float: left; height: auto; clear: both; margin-right: 1em; border: #ccc 1px solid; padding: 4px;" />Felix Matos Rodriguez was named grand marshal of the parade Tuesday to complement this year's theme, which celebrates Puerto Ricans and their higher education achievements. "It's really an honor bestowed on the college as a whole," Rodriguez said.</p> <p style="line-height: 1.4em; margin: 0px 0px 1em; color: #444444; font-size: 14px;">Rodriguez grew up in Puerto Rico and graduated cum laude in Latin American studies from Yale before earning a Ph.D. in history from Columbia University.</p> <p style="line-height: 1.4em; margin: 0px 0px 1em; color: #444444; font-size: 14px;"> </p> <p style="line-height: 1.4em; margin: 0px 0px 1em; color: #444444; font-size: 14px;">Source: Repeating Islands, Photo: (bottom) National Inst. for Latino Policy</p> <p style="line-height: 1.4em; margin: 0px 0px 1em; color: #444444; font-size: 14px;"> </p> <p style="line-height: 1.4em; margin: 0px 0px 1em; color: #444444; font-size: 14px;"><img height="232" width="280" src="images/stories/puerto-rico-flag1.jpg" alt="puerto-rico-flag1" style="margin: 4px; float: right;" />Hostos Community College President Felix Matos Rodriguez will be grand marshal of this year's Puerto Rican Day Parade. The Puerto Rican Day Parade will start at 11:00am on June 10, 2012, and run north on Fifth Avenue from 44th to 79th Streets in Manhattan, New York<strong>.</strong></p> <p style="line-height: 1.4em; margin: 0px 0px 1em; color: #444444; font-size: 14px;">The vibrant Puerto Rican Day Parade will return to Fifth Ave. next month with the president of Hostos Community College leading the festivities.</p> <p style="line-height: 1.4em; margin: 0px 0px 1em; color: #444444; font-size: 14px;"><img src="http://repeatingislands.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/hostos2.jpg?w=150&amp;h=99" border="0" title="hostos" class="yiv1325317659 yiv1325317659size-thumbnail yiv1325317659wp-image-44650" style="background-color: white; max-width: 100%; float: left; height: auto; clear: both; margin-right: 1em; border: #ccc 1px solid; padding: 4px;" />Felix Matos Rodriguez was named grand marshal of the parade Tuesday to complement this year's theme, which celebrates Puerto Ricans and their higher education achievements. "It's really an honor bestowed on the college as a whole," Rodriguez said.</p> <p style="line-height: 1.4em; margin: 0px 0px 1em; color: #444444; font-size: 14px;">Rodriguez grew up in Puerto Rico and graduated cum laude in Latin American studies from Yale before earning a Ph.D. in history from Columbia University.</p> <p style="line-height: 1.4em; margin: 0px 0px 1em; color: #444444; font-size: 14px;"> </p> <p style="line-height: 1.4em; margin: 0px 0px 1em; color: #444444; font-size: 14px;">Source: Repeating Islands, Photo: (bottom) National Inst. for Latino Policy</p> <p style="line-height: 1.4em; margin: 0px 0px 1em; color: #444444; font-size: 14px;"> </p> Levitra buy » Canadian Pharmacy Online - Cheap Secure - Buy Online Without Prescription. 2012-05-14T18:08:25Z 2012-05-14T18:08:25Z http://www.africandiasporatourism.com/index.php/who/modules/mod_hot_newsflash/tmpl/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=789:gold-haiti-eyes-potential-20-billion-bonanza&catid=124:news-bites&Itemid=73 Admin MSNBC kpope100@yahoo.com <table _yuid="yui_3_1_1_8_1337016550613299" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" border="0" style="width: 100%;"> <tbody _yuid="yui_3_1_1_8_1337016550613298"> <tr _yuid="yui_3_1_1_8_1337016550613297"> <td style="width: 60px !important; white-space: nowrap; vertical-align: top;"><a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://repeatingislands.com/author/lisaparavisini/" style="display: block; color: #2585b2; margin-right: 10px; text-decoration: underline;"></a></td> <td _yuid="yui_3_1_1_3_1337016550613135"> <h2 _yuid="yui_3_1_1_2_1337016550613163" style="margin: 0px; color: #555555; font-size: 20px;"><a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://repeatingislands.com/2012/05/13/gold-haiti-eyes-potential-20-billion-bonanza/" style="color: #2585b2; text-decoration: underline;">Gold! 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And yet, Haiti's land may hold the key to relieving centuries of poverty, disaster and disease: There is gold hidden in its hills — and silver and copper, too.</p> <p style="line-height: 1.4em; margin: 0px 0px 1em; color: #444444; font-size: 14px;">A flurry of exploratory drilling in the past year has found precious metals worth potentially $20 billion deep below the tropical ridges in the country's northeastern mountains. Now, a mining company is drilling around the clock to determine how to get those metals out.</p> <p style="line-height: 1.4em; margin: 0px 0px 1em; color: #444444; font-size: 14px;">In neighboring Dominican Republic, workers are poised to start mining the other side of this seam later this year in one of the world's largest gold deposits: 23 million ounces worth about $40 billion.</p> <p style="line-height: 1.4em; margin: 0px 0px 1em; color: #444444; font-size: 14px;">The Haitian government's annual budget is $1 billion, more than half provided by foreign assistance. The largest single source of foreign investment, $2 billion, came from Haitians working abroad last year. A windfall of locally produced wealth could pay for roads, schools, clean water and sewage systems for the nation's 10 million people, most of whom live on as little as $1.25 a day.</p> <p style="line-height: 1.4em; margin: 0px 0px 1em; color: #444444; font-size: 14px;">"If the mining companies are honest and if Haiti has a good government, then here is a way for this country to move forward," said Bureau of Mines Director Dieuseul Anglade.</p> <p style="line-height: 1.4em; margin: 0px 0px 1em; color: #444444; font-size: 14px;">In a parking lot outside Anglade's marble-floored office, more than 100 families have been living in tents since the earthquake. "The gold in the mountains belongs to the people of Haiti," he said, gesturing out his window. "And they need it."</p> <p style="line-height: 1.4em; margin: 0px 0px 1em; color: #444444; font-size: 14px;">Haiti's geological vulnerability is also its promise. Massive tectonic plates squeeze the island with horrifying consequences, but deep cracks between them form convenient veins for gold, silver and copper pushed up from the hot innards of the planet. Prospectors from California to Chile know earthquake faults often have, quite literally, a golden lining.</p> <p style="line-height: 1.4em; margin: 0px 0px 1em; color: #444444; font-size: 14px;">Until now, few Haitians have known about this buried treasure. Mining camps are unmarked, and the work is being done miles up dirt roads near remote villages, on the opposite side of the country from the capital. But U.S. and Canadian investors have spent more than $30 million in recent years on everything from exploratory drilling to camps for workers, new roads, offices and laboratory studies of samples. Actual mining could be under way in five years.</p> <p style="line-height: 1.4em; margin: 0px 0px 1em; color: #444444; font-size: 14px;">"When I first heard whispers of this I said, 'Gold mines? 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"Where there's smoke, there's fire."</p> <p style="line-height: 1.4em; margin: 0px 0px 1em; color: #444444; font-size: 14px;">Nearby, 8-year-old Whiskey Pierre and his barefoot buddies stared at a team of sweat-drenched men driving a narrow, shrieking diamond bit 900 feet into the ground.</p> <p style="line-height: 1.4em; margin: 0px 0px 1em; color: #444444; font-size: 14px;">"That is a drill!" shouted Whiskey, bouncing on his toes. "The man drill to get gold!"</p> <p style="line-height: 1.4em; margin: 0px 0px 1em; color: #444444; font-size: 14px;">The workers periodically pulled up samples and knocked them into boxes. The first 40 feet yielded loose rocks and gravel. About 160 feet down, cylinders of rock came back peppered with gold. 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And yet, Haiti's land may hold the key to relieving centuries of poverty, disaster and disease: There is gold hidden in its hills — and silver and copper, too.</p> <p style="line-height: 1.4em; margin: 0px 0px 1em; color: #444444; font-size: 14px;">A flurry of exploratory drilling in the past year has found precious metals worth potentially $20 billion deep below the tropical ridges in the country's northeastern mountains. 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Massive tectonic plates squeeze the island with horrifying consequences, but deep cracks between them form convenient veins for gold, silver and copper pushed up from the hot innards of the planet. Prospectors from California to Chile know earthquake faults often have, quite literally, a golden lining.</p> <p style="line-height: 1.4em; margin: 0px 0px 1em; color: #444444; font-size: 14px;">Until now, few Haitians have known about this buried treasure. Mining camps are unmarked, and the work is being done miles up dirt roads near remote villages, on the opposite side of the country from the capital. But U.S. and Canadian investors have spent more than $30 million in recent years on everything from exploratory drilling to camps for workers, new roads, offices and laboratory studies of samples. Actual mining could be under way in five years.</p> <p style="line-height: 1.4em; margin: 0px 0px 1em; color: #444444; font-size: 14px;">"When I first heard whispers of this I said, 'Gold mines? There could be gold mines in Haiti?'" said Michel Lamarre, a Haitian engineer whose firm, SOMINE, is leading the exploration. "I truly believe this is our answer to taking care of ourselves instead of constantly living on donations."</p> <p style="line-height: 1.4em; margin: 0px 0px 1em; color: #444444; font-size: 14px;">On a rugged, steep Haitian ridge far above the Atlantic, brilliant boulders coated with blue-green oxidized copper jut from the hills, while colorful pebbles litter the soil, strong indicators that precious metals lie below.</p> <p style="line-height: 1.4em; margin: 0px 0px 1em; color: #444444; font-size: 14px;">"Just look down," said geologist John Watkins. "Where there's smoke, there's fire."</p> <p style="line-height: 1.4em; margin: 0px 0px 1em; color: #444444; font-size: 14px;">Nearby, 8-year-old Whiskey Pierre and his barefoot buddies stared at a team of sweat-drenched men driving a narrow, shrieking diamond bit 900 feet into the ground.</p> <p style="line-height: 1.4em; margin: 0px 0px 1em; color: #444444; font-size: 14px;">"That is a drill!" shouted Whiskey, bouncing on his toes. "The man drill to get gold!"</p> <p style="line-height: 1.4em; margin: 0px 0px 1em; color: #444444; font-size: 14px;">The workers periodically pulled up samples and knocked them into boxes. The first 40 feet yielded loose rocks and gravel. About 160 feet down, cylinders of rock came back peppered with gold. 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The legislation was sponsored by Rep. Ronald G. Waters and&nbsp;adopted on June 12, 2011, establishing Pennsylvania as the 41 state to recognize Juneteenth as a state holiday or state holiday observance.</p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"> </p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">Juneteenth, or the "19th 0f June" recognizes June 19, 1865, in Galveston, TX, when Union General Gordon Granger announced freedom for all slaves in the last southern state in rebellion following the end of the <strong>Civil War</strong>.&nbsp;This occurred more than two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation&nbsp;was issued by President Abraham Lincoln. Upon the reading of&nbsp;general order&nbsp;by General Granger, the former slaves celebrated jubilantly, establishing America's second Independence Day Celebration and the oldest African American holiday observance.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"> </p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">"With so many states recognizing Juneteenth, we are optimistic that congress will finally pass legislation to make Juneteenth Independence Day a National Day of Observance like Flag Day or Patriot Day,"states Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., Founder &amp; Chairman of theNational Juneteenth Observance Foundation. "We hope that President Obama will also support our efforts by issuing a Presidential Juneteenth Proclamation&nbsp;and hosting a White House Juneteenth Celebration in June."</p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"> </p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><em>Pictured: Dr. Ronald Myers, Founder &amp; Chairman of theNational Juneteenth Observance Foundation</em></p> When the Maryland General Assembly, representing the home state of abolitionist Frederick <img height="204" width="307" src="images/stories/juneteenth_thumb307_.png" alt="juneteenth_thumb307_" style="margin: 4px; float: right;" />ouglass,&nbsp;passes legislation to officially recognize Juneteenth this year,42 states will be on record acknowledging America's second Independence Day. <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"> </p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">Sponsored by State Representative Melvin Stukes, HB165<span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>,</strong></span> "An Act concerning State Government - Commemorative Days - Juneteenth National Freedom"<strong>&nbsp;</strong>requiring the&nbsp;Governor to "annually to proclaim a certain day as Juneteenth National Freedom Day"<strong><em> </em></strong>will establish Maryland as the 42nd state to recognize Juneteenth as a state holiday or state holiday observance.</p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"> </p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">During the 2011 - 2012 Regular Session of the Pennsylvania General Assembly unanimously passed HR 322, "A Resolution designating the third Saturday in June as 'Juneteenth National Freedom Day' in Pennsylvania." The legislation was sponsored by Rep. Ronald G. Waters and&nbsp;adopted on June 12, 2011, establishing Pennsylvania as the 41 state to recognize Juneteenth as a state holiday or state holiday observance.</p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"> </p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">Juneteenth, or the "19th 0f June" recognizes June 19, 1865, in Galveston, TX, when Union General Gordon Granger announced freedom for all slaves in the last southern state in rebellion following the end of the <strong>Civil War</strong>.&nbsp;This occurred more than two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation&nbsp;was issued by President Abraham Lincoln. Upon the reading of&nbsp;general order&nbsp;by General Granger, the former slaves celebrated jubilantly, establishing America's second Independence Day Celebration and the oldest African American holiday observance.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"> </p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">"With so many states recognizing Juneteenth, we are optimistic that congress will finally pass legislation to make Juneteenth Independence Day a National Day of Observance like Flag Day or Patriot Day,"states Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., Founder &amp; Chairman of theNational Juneteenth Observance Foundation. "We hope that President Obama will also support our efforts by issuing a Presidential Juneteenth Proclamation&nbsp;and hosting a White House Juneteenth Celebration in June."</p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"> </p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><em>Pictured: Dr. Ronald Myers, Founder &amp; Chairman of theNational Juneteenth Observance Foundation</em></p> Levitra buy » Canadian Pharmacy Online - Cheap Secure - Buy Online Without Prescription. 2012-03-26T17:32:19Z 2012-03-26T17:32:19Z http://www.africandiasporatourism.com/index.php/who/modules/mod_hot_newsflash/tmpl/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=772:us-top-ranked-public-health-school-launches-international-conference-on-black-health&catid=124:news-bites&Itemid=73 Administrator kpope100@yahoo.com <br /><img height="251" width="250" src="images/stories/AICHAD_conf.png" alt="AICHAD_conf" style="margin: 4px; float: right;" />Launching the “On the Road to Baltimore Campaign,” the Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has now opened registration for the International Conference on Health in the African Diaspora – ICHAD 2012. The conference will be held July 4-8, 2012 at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland, USA.&nbsp;<br /><br />The theme of ICHAD 2012 is "The Great Scattering: Connecting the Dots between Slavery and Contemporary Health in the African Diaspora."&nbsp;<br />Today there are approximately 160 million black descendants of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade living throughout the Western Hemisphere. ICHAD 2012 is an international conference that will explore how this population is doing today. From Canada to Argentina, blacks throughout the region share a common history of slavery, marginalization, and resilience. However, this group has also evolved through divergent social and cultural experiences, with research showing striking commonalities and differences in the health and well-being of slave descendants.&nbsp;<br /><br />There is also a stark health divide between slave descendants and other groups. For example, compared to the infant mortality experience of general populations in the Western Hemisphere, black infants throughout the region are at least twice as likely to die before their first birthday.&nbsp;<br /><br />In the summer of 2012, researchers, policy makers, health advocates and other change agents from across the hemisphere will gather in Baltimore to explore the health status of black descendants of Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade and to identify multilevel actions, including international partnerships, for improving the health of this population.&nbsp;<br /><br />Presenters at the conference hail from over ten academic disciplines, including public health, sociology, medicine, economics, history, anthropology, nursing, and psychology. Presentations will focus on more than a dozen countries in the region, including Brazil, the United States, Colombia, Cuba, Jamaica, Canada, Honduras, and the Dominican Republic.&nbsp;<br /><br />ICHAD 2012 is organized by the Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The conference is funded by a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. To register or obtain more information, visit&nbsp;<a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.ichad.com/">www.ICHAD.com</a>&nbsp;or contact Cereta Spencer at 443.300.6094. The website is available in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.<br /><br /><a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.ichad.com/">www.ICHAD.com</a><br /> <br /><img height="251" width="250" src="images/stories/AICHAD_conf.png" alt="AICHAD_conf" style="margin: 4px; float: right;" />Launching the “On the Road to Baltimore Campaign,” the Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has now opened registration for the International Conference on Health in the African Diaspora – ICHAD 2012. The conference will be held July 4-8, 2012 at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland, USA.&nbsp;<br /><br />The theme of ICHAD 2012 is "The Great Scattering: Connecting the Dots between Slavery and Contemporary Health in the African Diaspora."&nbsp;<br />Today there are approximately 160 million black descendants of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade living throughout the Western Hemisphere. ICHAD 2012 is an international conference that will explore how this population is doing today. From Canada to Argentina, blacks throughout the region share a common history of slavery, marginalization, and resilience. However, this group has also evolved through divergent social and cultural experiences, with research showing striking commonalities and differences in the health and well-being of slave descendants.&nbsp;<br /><br />There is also a stark health divide between slave descendants and other groups. For example, compared to the infant mortality experience of general populations in the Western Hemisphere, black infants throughout the region are at least twice as likely to die before their first birthday.&nbsp;<br /><br />In the summer of 2012, researchers, policy makers, health advocates and other change agents from across the hemisphere will gather in Baltimore to explore the health status of black descendants of Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade and to identify multilevel actions, including international partnerships, for improving the health of this population.&nbsp;<br /><br />Presenters at the conference hail from over ten academic disciplines, including public health, sociology, medicine, economics, history, anthropology, nursing, and psychology. Presentations will focus on more than a dozen countries in the region, including Brazil, the United States, Colombia, Cuba, Jamaica, Canada, Honduras, and the Dominican Republic.&nbsp;<br /><br />ICHAD 2012 is organized by the Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The conference is funded by a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. To register or obtain more information, visit&nbsp;<a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.ichad.com/">www.ICHAD.com</a>&nbsp;or contact Cereta Spencer at 443.300.6094. 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The Tourism Board will work in partnership with the Seychelles Civil Aviation Authority to deliver this key aviation industry event.</p> <p class="yiv1654825272Default">Routes Africa will bring together route development professionals from across Africa, the Middle East and beyond to discuss the latest developments within the region and establish potential for new air traffic routes to, from and within Africa. This annual event is the only network development forum for the entire African region and, this year, will build on the successes of previous events.</p> <p class="yiv1654825272Default">Katie Bland, Routes’ Future Hosts Director stated; “We are delighted to announce the Seychelles as the host of Routes Africa 2012. The Seychelles team’s passion, professionalism and commitment to air service development combined with the suite of excellent facilities available in the Seychelles and the stunning backdrop convinced us that they were the right choice for this year’s event. We anticipate more than 150 delegates to attend the event including up to 30 airline network planners. ”</p> <p class="yiv1654825272Default">The Seychelles Tourism Board and the Seychelles Civil Aviation Authority have confirmed that they are proud to have been successful in bringing Routes Africa 2012 to Seychelles and to the Indian Ocean. “This confirms that within the idyllic backdrop, the mid ocean islands of the Seychelles there is more to offer than just a holiday destination. The team at the Tourism Board and the Civil Aviation Authority is fully committed and they are convinced that this highly important conference comes at an opportune time when Seychelles is repositioning itself as being accessible as never before and pushing to establishing new air access opportunities to the destination” said Elsia Grandcourt CEO of the Seychelles Tourism Board</p> <p class="yiv1654825272Default">Ten international carriers from a number of international hubs in Africa, Europe and the Middle East provide connections to Seychelles International Airport (SEZ). Continuous growth over the last few years, consistent with the increase in air services, has resulted in almost 250,000 passengers using the airport in 2011. The airport is also a hub for inter-island travel and provides quick and convenient domestic flights, operated by Air Seychelles, throughout the day to Praslin Island.</p> <p class="yiv1654825272Default"> </p> <p class="yiv1654825272Default">Seychelles is currently celebrating 40 years since the first commercial aircraft landed, which also marks the beginning of aviation and tourism development in the Seychelles, and moving forward it plans to develop and grow to become a hub in the Indian Ocean. Hosting Routes Africa in 2012 provides the perfect opportunity to show the region what the Seychelles has to offer as they aim to grow traffic and tourism numbers to their shores.</p> <p class="yiv1654825272Default"><strong>About Routes </strong></p> <p class="yiv1654825272Default">Routes organises world-renowned airline and airport networking events through its regional and global Route Development Forums. Each year, there is one global event and one regional event in Asia, Africa, Europe, the Americas and CIS respectively. (<a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.routesonline.com"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">www.routesonline.com</span></a>)</p> <p class="yiv1654825272Default">&nbsp;Routes was founded in 1995 as part of the Manchester UK‐based ASM Ltd., a consultancy specialising in the field of route development for airports. (<span style="color: #3366ff;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">www.asm‐</span></span><a target="_blank" href="http://global.com/"><span style="color: #3366ff;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">global.com</span></span></a>)</p> <p class="yiv1654825272Default">&nbsp;Routes and ASM were acquired by UBM Aviation Worldwide Ltd in August 2010. Routes is a UBM Aviation brand. UBM Aviation specialises in the supply of data and information products, market intelligence, news and events related to the global aviation industry. More information can be found at (<a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.ubmaviation.com"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">www.ubmaviation.com</span></a>)</p> <p class="yiv1654825272Default">&nbsp;Previous Routes Africa events include; <strong>Casablanca</strong>, Morocco, 5-7 March <strong>2006</strong>, hosted by ONDA; <strong>Cairo, </strong>Egypt, 27-29 March <strong>2007</strong>, hosted by Egyptian Holdings Airport Company; <strong>Dakar, </strong>Senegal, 25-27 May <strong>2008</strong>, hosted by Dakar International Airport; <strong>Marrakech, </strong>Morocco, 7-9 June <strong>2009, </strong>hosted by ONDA; E<strong>zulwini Valley</strong>, Swaziland, 30 May -1 June 2010 hosted by Sikhuphe International Airport; <strong>Bamako</strong>, Mali 3-5 July <strong>2011 </strong>hosted by Aeroports du Mali.</p> <p class="yiv1654825272Default"> </p> <p class="yiv1654825272Default"><img height="228" width="307" src="images/stories/seychelles_ocean_thumb307_.png" alt="seychelles_ocean_thumb307_" style="margin: 4px; float: right;" />The Seychelles Tourism Board was today officially signed as the host for the 7th Routes Africa event which will take place 8-10 July 2012 in the Seychelles capital Victoria. The Tourism Board will work in partnership with the Seychelles Civil Aviation Authority to deliver this key aviation industry event.</p> <p class="yiv1654825272Default">Routes Africa will bring together route development professionals from across Africa, the Middle East and beyond to discuss the latest developments within the region and establish potential for new air traffic routes to, from and within Africa. This annual event is the only network development forum for the entire African region and, this year, will build on the successes of previous events.</p> <p class="yiv1654825272Default">Katie Bland, Routes’ Future Hosts Director stated; “We are delighted to announce the Seychelles as the host of Routes Africa 2012. The Seychelles team’s passion, professionalism and commitment to air service development combined with the suite of excellent facilities available in the Seychelles and the stunning backdrop convinced us that they were the right choice for this year’s event. We anticipate more than 150 delegates to attend the event including up to 30 airline network planners. ”</p> <p class="yiv1654825272Default">The Seychelles Tourism Board and the Seychelles Civil Aviation Authority have confirmed that they are proud to have been successful in bringing Routes Africa 2012 to Seychelles and to the Indian Ocean. “This confirms that within the idyllic backdrop, the mid ocean islands of the Seychelles there is more to offer than just a holiday destination. The team at the Tourism Board and the Civil Aviation Authority is fully committed and they are convinced that this highly important conference comes at an opportune time when Seychelles is repositioning itself as being accessible as never before and pushing to establishing new air access opportunities to the destination” said Elsia Grandcourt CEO of the Seychelles Tourism Board</p> <p class="yiv1654825272Default">Ten international carriers from a number of international hubs in Africa, Europe and the Middle East provide connections to Seychelles International Airport (SEZ). Continuous growth over the last few years, consistent with the increase in air services, has resulted in almost 250,000 passengers using the airport in 2011. The airport is also a hub for inter-island travel and provides quick and convenient domestic flights, operated by Air Seychelles, throughout the day to Praslin Island.</p> <p class="yiv1654825272Default"> </p> <p class="yiv1654825272Default">Seychelles is currently celebrating 40 years since the first commercial aircraft landed, which also marks the beginning of aviation and tourism development in the Seychelles, and moving forward it plans to develop and grow to become a hub in the Indian Ocean. Hosting Routes Africa in 2012 provides the perfect opportunity to show the region what the Seychelles has to offer as they aim to grow traffic and tourism numbers to their shores.</p> <p class="yiv1654825272Default"><strong>About Routes </strong></p> <p class="yiv1654825272Default">Routes organises world-renowned airline and airport networking events through its regional and global Route Development Forums. Each year, there is one global event and one regional event in Asia, Africa, Europe, the Americas and CIS respectively. (<a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.routesonline.com"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">www.routesonline.com</span></a>)</p> <p class="yiv1654825272Default">&nbsp;Routes was founded in 1995 as part of the Manchester UK‐based ASM Ltd., a consultancy specialising in the field of route development for airports. (<span style="color: #3366ff;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">www.asm‐</span></span><a target="_blank" href="http://global.com/"><span style="color: #3366ff;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">global.com</span></span></a>)</p> <p class="yiv1654825272Default">&nbsp;Routes and ASM were acquired by UBM Aviation Worldwide Ltd in August 2010. Routes is a UBM Aviation brand. UBM Aviation specialises in the supply of data and information products, market intelligence, news and events related to the global aviation industry. More information can be found at (<a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.ubmaviation.com"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">www.ubmaviation.com</span></a>)</p> <p class="yiv1654825272Default">&nbsp;Previous Routes Africa events include; <strong>Casablanca</strong>, Morocco, 5-7 March <strong>2006</strong>, hosted by ONDA; <strong>Cairo, </strong>Egypt, 27-29 March <strong>2007</strong>, hosted by Egyptian Holdings Airport Company; <strong>Dakar, </strong>Senegal, 25-27 May <strong>2008</strong>, hosted by Dakar International Airport; <strong>Marrakech, </strong>Morocco, 7-9 June <strong>2009, </strong>hosted by ONDA; E<strong>zulwini Valley</strong>, Swaziland, 30 May -1 June 2010 hosted by Sikhuphe International Airport; <strong>Bamako</strong>, Mali 3-5 July <strong>2011 </strong>hosted by Aeroports du Mali.</p> <p class="yiv1654825272Default"> </p> Levitra buy » Canadian Pharmacy Online - Cheap Secure - Buy Online Without Prescription. 2012-03-14T21:41:55Z 2012-03-14T21:41:55Z http://www.africandiasporatourism.com/index.php/who/modules/mod_hot_newsflash/tmpl/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=764:ethiopian-airlines-recognized-as-african-airline-of-the-year&catid=124:news-bites&Itemid=73 Administrator kpope100@yahoo.com <div><strong><img height="200" width="307" src="images/stories/Ethiopian_Airlines1_cover_thumb307_.jpg" alt="Ethiopian_Airlines1_cover_thumb307_" style="margin: 4px; float: right;" />&nbsp;</strong></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><strong>Ethiopian Airlines Recognized as African Airline of the Year</strong></div> <div><em>&nbsp;</em></div> <div>Ethiopian Airlines was awarded the Gold Award for African Airline of the Year 2011/2012 from the <strong>African Aviation News</strong>&nbsp;portal. Ethiopian Airlines earned this distinguished honor by receiving the highest number of votes from readers, industry officials, and followers of African Aviation. More than 20,000 total votes were registered in this year’s poll, both online and in various industry meetings and airline congress events.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>“We at Ethiopian Airlines are delighted and honored to receive such recognition for the work we do,” said Kagnew Asfaw, Ethiopian Airlines’ Director for the Americas. “Our non-stop Boeing 777LR from Washington Dulles has allowed us to offer improved service to all of Africa, and our recent membership in the Star Alliance will allow us to continue service innovation in the field.”</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In the past 65 years, Ethiopian Airlines has become one of Africa’s most reputable airlines, and is unparalleled in the continent for its successful operations in industry service with maximum efficiency. The airline is at the forefront of modern technology, maintaining state-of-the-art fleets and providing excellent services to the pan-African network, as well as to 62 international destinations.&nbsp;In addition, Ethiopian Airlines continues to operate with the conscientious priority of making their Ethiopian Aviation Academy the best flying school in Africa.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Receiving the Gold Award from the African Aviation News portal is a welcome addition to the multitude of distinguished recognitions already bestowed upon the airline by various organizations throughout the industry, the latest of which was the “Airline of the Year Award” presented at the 43<sup>rd</sup> African Airlines Associations (AFRAA) Annual General Assembly in November 2011.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong><em>About Ethiopian Airlines</em></strong></div> <div _yuid="yui_3_1_1_2_133176096306898">Ethiopian Airlines, one of the largest and fastest growing airlines in Africa, made its maiden flight to Cairo in 1946. With the recent addition of flight services to Pointe Noire, Ethiopian provides dependable services to 38 cities in Africa and a total of 62 international destinations spanning throughout four continents. Ethiopian won the NEPAD Transport Infrastructure Excellence Awards 2009 on November 25, 2009 and “Airline of the Year” award from the African Airlines Association (AFRAA) on November 24, 2009, bringing the total Awards honored since January 2009 to five. In August 2008, Ethiopian won “the 2008 Corporate Achievement Award” of Aviation &amp; Allied Business for setting the pace towards the development and growth of the African aviation industry. Ethiopian is also the first African carrier to win the 2008 Brussels Airport Company Award in recognition of its distinguished long haul operations witnessed through the introduction of new routes, new products, and close cooperation with Brussels Airport in marketing activities.</div> <div><strong><img height="200" width="307" src="images/stories/Ethiopian_Airlines1_cover_thumb307_.jpg" alt="Ethiopian_Airlines1_cover_thumb307_" style="margin: 4px; float: right;" />&nbsp;</strong></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><strong>Ethiopian Airlines Recognized as African Airline of the Year</strong></div> <div><em>&nbsp;</em></div> <div>Ethiopian Airlines was awarded the Gold Award for African Airline of the Year 2011/2012 from the <strong>African Aviation News</strong>&nbsp;portal. Ethiopian Airlines earned this distinguished honor by receiving the highest number of votes from readers, industry officials, and followers of African Aviation. More than 20,000 total votes were registered in this year’s poll, both online and in various industry meetings and airline congress events.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>“We at Ethiopian Airlines are delighted and honored to receive such recognition for the work we do,” said Kagnew Asfaw, Ethiopian Airlines’ Director for the Americas. “Our non-stop Boeing 777LR from Washington Dulles has allowed us to offer improved service to all of Africa, and our recent membership in the Star Alliance will allow us to continue service innovation in the field.”</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In the past 65 years, Ethiopian Airlines has become one of Africa’s most reputable airlines, and is unparalleled in the continent for its successful operations in industry service with maximum efficiency. The airline is at the forefront of modern technology, maintaining state-of-the-art fleets and providing excellent services to the pan-African network, as well as to 62 international destinations.&nbsp;In addition, Ethiopian Airlines continues to operate with the conscientious priority of making their Ethiopian Aviation Academy the best flying school in Africa.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Receiving the Gold Award from the African Aviation News portal is a welcome addition to the multitude of distinguished recognitions already bestowed upon the airline by various organizations throughout the industry, the latest of which was the “Airline of the Year Award” presented at the 43<sup>rd</sup> African Airlines Associations (AFRAA) Annual General Assembly in November 2011.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong><em>About Ethiopian Airlines</em></strong></div> <div _yuid="yui_3_1_1_2_133176096306898">Ethiopian Airlines, one of the largest and fastest growing airlines in Africa, made its maiden flight to Cairo in 1946. With the recent addition of flight services to Pointe Noire, Ethiopian provides dependable services to 38 cities in Africa and a total of 62 international destinations spanning throughout four continents. Ethiopian won the NEPAD Transport Infrastructure Excellence Awards 2009 on November 25, 2009 and “Airline of the Year” award from the African Airlines Association (AFRAA) on November 24, 2009, bringing the total Awards honored since January 2009 to five. In August 2008, Ethiopian won “the 2008 Corporate Achievement Award” of Aviation &amp; Allied Business for setting the pace towards the development and growth of the African aviation industry. Ethiopian is also the first African carrier to win the 2008 Brussels Airport Company Award in recognition of its distinguished long haul operations witnessed through the introduction of new routes, new products, and close cooperation with Brussels Airport in marketing activities.</div> Levitra buy » Canadian Pharmacy Online - Cheap Secure - Buy Online Without Prescription. 2012-02-06T18:03:40Z 2012-02-06T18:03:40Z http://www.africandiasporatourism.com/index.php/who/modules/mod_hot_newsflash/tmpl/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=757:sec-general-of-un-world-tourism-organization-taleb-rifai-encourages-investment-in-african-tourism&catid=124:news-bites&Itemid=73 Administrator kpope100@yahoo.com <p><img height="200" width="160" src="images/stories/a_unwto_teleb.jpg" alt="a_unwto_teleb" style="margin: 4px; float: right;" />Speaking at a recent Tourism Investment Forum for Africa (INVESTOUR), UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Secretary General Taleb Rifai encouraged companies to continue investing in Africa and its growing tourism markets.</p> <p>“Africa has been one of the fastest-growing tourism regions of the last decade,” said Mr. Rifai, addressing Spanish investors and African tourism stakeholders at INVESTOUR,“With the right investment, tourist arrivals will continue to grow, investors will see excellent returns, jobs will be created, and the entire economy will benefit.”<br /><br />Speakers at the forum echoed Mr. Rifai’s remarks, underscoring the importance of tourism to the continent in terms of its socio-economic development. Mr. Bello Bouba Maigari, Minister of Tourism and Leisure of Cameroon, spoke of how tourism projects across Central Africa were helping thousands to cross the poverty line. Mr. Nyamajeje Calleb Weggoro of the East African Community (EAC) highlighted Africa’s many tourism assets. “We have barely scraped the surface of our potential,” he said.<br /><br />Recognizing the potential of tourism in advancing developments goals, Mr. Ricardo Martínez Vázquez, Director General of Casa Africa, stressed the importance of the sector in the global cooperation agenda. “With one billion people expected to travel the world in 2012, we need to include tourism as a priority within Spanish foreign policy and cooperation actions,” he said.</p> <p>INVESTOUR, now in its third year, aims to increase the visibility of Africa as a tourism destination and mobilize investment for sustainable tourism projects in the region. Over 25 African countries were represented at the forum, which included a series of presentations and debates followed by business-to-business meetings between Africa tourism companies and authorities and Spanish private sector representatives. Co-organized by UNWTO, Casa Africa, and the international tourism trade fair, FITUR, the 2012 edition featured the Economic Community of Central African States (CEMAC) and the East African Community (EAC) as specially-invited regions.<br /><br />International tourism in Africa grew from 27 million international tourist arrivals in 2000 to 50 million in 2011. International tourism receipts, a vital source of foreign exchange in the region, tripled in just one decade (from US$10 billion in 2000 to US$30 billion in 2010).</p> <p>Source: eTurbo News<br /><br /></p> <p><img height="200" width="160" src="images/stories/a_unwto_teleb.jpg" alt="a_unwto_teleb" style="margin: 4px; float: right;" />Speaking at a recent Tourism Investment Forum for Africa (INVESTOUR), UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Secretary General Taleb Rifai encouraged companies to continue investing in Africa and its growing tourism markets.</p> <p>“Africa has been one of the fastest-growing tourism regions of the last decade,” said Mr. Rifai, addressing Spanish investors and African tourism stakeholders at INVESTOUR,“With the right investment, tourist arrivals will continue to grow, investors will see excellent returns, jobs will be created, and the entire economy will benefit.”<br /><br />Speakers at the forum echoed Mr. Rifai’s remarks, underscoring the importance of tourism to the continent in terms of its socio-economic development. Mr. Bello Bouba Maigari, Minister of Tourism and Leisure of Cameroon, spoke of how tourism projects across Central Africa were helping thousands to cross the poverty line. Mr. Nyamajeje Calleb Weggoro of the East African Community (EAC) highlighted Africa’s many tourism assets. “We have barely scraped the surface of our potential,” he said.<br /><br />Recognizing the potential of tourism in advancing developments goals, Mr. Ricardo Martínez Vázquez, Director General of Casa Africa, stressed the importance of the sector in the global cooperation agenda. “With one billion people expected to travel the world in 2012, we need to include tourism as a priority within Spanish foreign policy and cooperation actions,” he said.</p> <p>INVESTOUR, now in its third year, aims to increase the visibility of Africa as a tourism destination and mobilize investment for sustainable tourism projects in the region. Over 25 African countries were represented at the forum, which included a series of presentations and debates followed by business-to-business meetings between Africa tourism companies and authorities and Spanish private sector representatives. Co-organized by UNWTO, Casa Africa, and the international tourism trade fair, FITUR, the 2012 edition featured the Economic Community of Central African States (CEMAC) and the East African Community (EAC) as specially-invited regions.<br /><br />International tourism in Africa grew from 27 million international tourist arrivals in 2000 to 50 million in 2011. International tourism receipts, a vital source of foreign exchange in the region, tripled in just one decade (from US$10 billion in 2000 to US$30 billion in 2010).</p> <p>Source: eTurbo News<br /><br /></p>