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Ikeseabrooktexas.jpg (25606 bytes)  Another Hurricane has come and gone and the devastation and destruction left behind by Category 2 Hurricane "Ike" is immeasurable.  This past weekend is one that will certainly go down in history due to "Ike's" size (a 500-mile stretch) and it's rampage across Texas.  It's an unbelievable site to see the businesses people are so familiar with and frequent are just gone...VANISHED; leaving behind only stilts that held up the structures and landmarks.  Homes wiped-out...just completely gone, and entire towns simply obliterated by the astronomical winds, torrential rain, and strong storm surges which caused excessive flooding, along with major ruin and damage.  The after effects are just as worst, because many who decided to "ride out" the storm are stranded without water, power, and food.  As for debris, the Texas gulf coast is full of it; as a matter-of-fact, the entire region is covered in debris.

When with it all end - all the suffering so many have been enduring over these past months?  I know many are distressed and is overcome with grief due to the lost of their homes and practically everything.  My heart is certainly breaking with them, and for them.  I am thankful though that an estimated 2 million people took note of, and heeded  the evacuation warnings and left the area.  Now, returning to their homes is another worry because the officials are stating that it may be quite a while before folks can return to their homes. (Approximately a month).

Fortunately, many did not die due to Hurricane Ike's fury - the death toll in Texas is very low.  So far it is being reported approximately only 40 have died; keep in mind though the number may increase since recovery is ongoing.  As for normalcy in Texas, that is far from sight; Galveston will take some time to recover, as well as Houston - who is currently without power (approximately 80%), and the water supply is threatened causing thousands to be without water for drinking and for flushing toilets, etc.  Food is low due to becoming spoiled because of the NO power situation and also from the heat.  Gas is out of the question, and if some is found the price per gallon has skyrocketed over these past few days.  I actually saw pictures showing a gallon of gas in the amount of $5.00 and more.  Health issues are a major factor as well due to sewage backing up onto waterlogged streets, air being foul-smelling, and swarms of mosquitoes all over.  Snakes are also reported slithering through debris.  As you see, it is absolutely horrendous and definitely not safe in Texas.

  Hurricane Ike was an absolute terror because it pounded the Bahamas causing structural damage on the southernmost island of Inagua.  Then moved on to the Turks & Caicos causing major damage, including damage to the Cruise Center on Grand Turk, as well as wind and water damage in Salt Cay and South Caicos.  Ike then raced up to Cuba in it's Category 3 strength and actually made landfall twice, making 2.6 million people temporary refugees. Finally before hitting the US, Ike slammed into Haiti causing tons of damage and more lost of lives, as Haiti struggles to recover from the series of storms that have brought massive flooding and the death of hundreds of people.  Tons of roads are gone, cities are flooded, thousands are homeless and without food, and the entire place is in distress.

To learn more about the destruction in Haiti CLICK HERE per an article by The Red Cross.  To contribute to the approximately 800,000 Haitian people who are in need CLICK HERE to make your donate.  For those who are contributing specifically to help those in Haiti, I urge you to contact the Red Cross to find out how it's done, or to make sure that your donation will specifically go towards the many suffering in Haiti.

My heart aches for the many residents who are suffering from these disasters, and my hope and prayers go out to the many who are suffering in Texas and Louisiana, and in the other countries that was struck by Hurricane Ike.  I pray that the power and water is restored, and that recover and clean-up is done expeditiously.

 

Click on to the first picture below to view a few photos of the damages of Texas caused by Hurricane Ike courtesy of National Geographic; and CLICK ON THE 2nd Picture to view more photos courtesy BBC News.

   

Click on the Below Picture to launch a video on the damages of Hurricane Ike! Courtesy of National Geographic (AP)

 

Devastating Financial Crisis 

In the words of Legendary singer Marvin Gaye "What's going on...tell me what's going on?"  Yup, someone please tell me what's going on with the financial storm America is undergoing.  Giant "powerhouses of finance" have toppled causing the stock market to plunge drastically.  First it's Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac who were lucky enough to be bailed out by the US Government.  Then later it was Merrill Lynch, who was bailed out by Bank of America due to a merger.  Late last week Investment Bank Lehman Brothers filled bankruptcy but was bailed out/purchased for less than Lehman Brothers hoped for, by British bank "Barclays"; and during mid week American International Group, Inc. (AIG) declared itself unable to meet its claims, but was bailed out of their predicament by the U.S. Federal Reserve with a $85 Billion loan, which in turn the Government has acquired about an 80% stake in AIG.  Now I understand Financial Giant Morgan Stanley are in merger talks with Wachovia (even though their stock doubled Thursday (9/18/08).

Click here to read an interesting article on this entire crisis published in the Wall Street Journal and written by  Jon Hilsenrath, Serena NG and Damian Paletta entitled "Worst Crisis Since the '30s , With No End Yet in Site".  

You can also CLICK HERE to check out Wall Street Journal''s Economic Editor David Wessel as he discusses this Financial crisis - Courtesy of Wall Street Journal.  

Indeed it is an awful financial crisis taking place in the US, and to "top it off" I  learned the American dollar has decreased in value again.  These are the worst times in America since the depression, surly it's a time for change.  Don't you agree???   Everyone is suffering and everything is going wrong with the state of this country.  Let's look towards change and the hope for a stronger economy, more stability with America's giant financial institutions, stock market increases, and a brighter future as we vote a new President into office to help save this country from many of its downfalls.

On a brighter note though, since many experts are saying "Banking and brokerage firms may consolidate or fold, but the American economy will rebound."  It is quite clear to me that now is a good time to purchase stocks.

 

 

As the National Elections draw closer, lots of jabs and punches are being launched between the presidential candidates.  Tons of untruths are being told, and for me I make myself miserable on a daily basis by tuning into the hateful "right wing" radio stations, so that I can keep abreast with all the negative things that are being said about my candidate.  I must say the things that are being said are the most awful, and is filled with racial undertones.  Actually, let me correct myself, they (the hosts) are outwardly racists and constantly say some of the most negative, untruthful things that criticizes something or another about Senator Barack Obama.  I often wonder if people are listening, are they as angry as I am?  Are there a lot of people in America who has that same hateful outlook and feeling about Senator Obama?  If so, surly he could not win this election.  However, as they say in Jamaica "so it ah go".  It's really just part of the entire process.  

None-the-less, what's important now is for us to get ready to vote in the upcoming elections; and to do so we all must be registered to vote prior to this important day.  We must make sure our voices are heard through this voting process, and according to all the reports voter registration is at an all time high!  It's undeniable that throughout this entire USA there is a strong surge of voter registrations, which is a first in American History.  How exciting is this???   I understand voter registration has risen substantially in Virginia, which is one of several key battleground states.  These times are truly amazing, so let's keep the countdown going to one of the most important days in American History.  As of Friday, September 19, there is approximately 48 days left before Election Day - November 4, 2008, and before history is made in America.

VoteForChangepic.jpg (21891 bytes)  Register To Vote!!!!   For your information, the voting registration deadline is rapidly approaching.  I know October 6th is the deadline for folks in my area.  To be sure about your voter registration deadline log on to http://www.voteforchange.com for the deadline date.  It's very simple after you log on, you will be able to register to vote, request to vote absentee and find your polling location.  Additionally, you can LOG ON HERE to see the voter registration date deadline for each state, and proceed with registering to vote by logging on HERE, and filling out the registration form at "Rock The Vote.com"(To access the form, click the "Register To Vote" Button from the menu at the top of the page).  

Remember, the first Presidential debate will take place next Friday, September 26th, 2008, on the Campus of the University of Mississippi.  I'm sure you can view this on CNN and many other local and cable networks.  Additionally, October 2nd the Vice Presidential debate will take place.  This one I am most excited about -  Sarah Palin and Joe Biden going "head-to-head", how interesting and entertaining this will be!!

As I close out this portion, I leave you with a hilarious political skit from Saturday Night Live performed by Tina Fey and Amy Poehlar.  Ms. Fey portrays Government Sarah Palin, the newly chosen VP pick for Senator McCain and Amy Poehlar portrays Senator Hillary Clinton as they address the nation.

Click on the Photo below to launch the Saturday Night Live Skit as Tina Fey who portrays Governor Sarah Palin and Amy Poehler who portrays Senator Hillary Clinton as they address the nation.

Additionally, I have placed below Senator Obama's Presidential nomination acceptance speech at the Democratic Convention some weeks ago.  It's important to check it out from time to time.  Click the below picture to view it courtesy of The New York Times.  You will find the full text there as well.

Senator Barack Obama's Party Nomination for President Acceptance Speech!
Democratic National Convention
August 28, 2008
Denver, Colorado

or

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/08/28/barack-obama-democratic-c_n_122224.html

 

OneLoveReggaeFestival.jpg (194429 bytes)  Back to our simply everyday life, let me briefly share with you my thoughts on the Annual One Love Reggae Festival that took place last Sunday (9/14/08) here in Maryland.  In a nutshell it was good, and was pretty much all we expected it to be.  The attendance was real good and the performances were exciting.  The highlight of the evening for me was having the opportunity to vibe with Queen Ifrica for a bit, and what a wonderful person she seems to be.  My interest in talking with her was mainly to find out her motivation for writing her controversial hit "Daddy", which was insightful.  

Hummm, let me see...what can I say about Buju Banton to explain to you about his performance.  Just one word I can think about instantly, and that is SUPERB!  It was quite evident that the crowd adored him tremendously.  Superb he was indeed!!!

The only disappointment for me was the non-performance of Legend Maxi Priest.  Actually, we saw him and his band arrive at the venue in the early evening, and I was sure he would be performing.  Of course, we heard lots of theories and explanations why he didn't perform, but none of them made any sense to me.  Maxi Priest in my opinion is a legend and I was sooooo looking forward to seeing him perform and enjoying all of his award winning hits.  

Unfortunately, we arrived too late to see and enjoy Culture's performance, but we were told they were great.  Tarrus Riley, Dean Fraser, and Duane Stephenson were excellent.  As for DeMarco and Serani they were fine.   I've never been one to enjoy artist performing to tracks; however, they fulfilled their purpose.  It seemed the dancehall crew enjoyed them tremendously.  

This Saturday, September 20th, please support The Trinidad & Tobago Working Women's Committee for their annual "End of Summer Jam".  This event is being held to support the Caribbean Students Scholarship Fund.  Scroll below to our "Featured Events" section to view all the details, or you can log into our "Events" Page.  Also, on Sunday, September 21st, join Lennard Jack for his "Dance for the Ancestors" Fundraising Event at the PanYard.  Scroll below for all the details.  See you there!!!

 

 

Thanks to the many who have sent me e-mails in response to my past E-Newsletters and lots of important information to use for our future E-Newsletters.  Most importantly, I thank you for your encouraging words!  So until next week... please enjoy, and be safe this Weekend and the upcoming week!!

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September 20, 2008

Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland

 

 

September 21, 2008

Brentwood, Maryland

AKAN SPIRITUAL UNITED ORDER

HEAD SPIRITUALIST

NANA OKOMFOHEMA AKUA AMOABAA BOTWE 1

AND

THE PAN MASTERS STEEL ORCHESTRA

Present

 

DANCE FOR THE ANCESTORS

FEATURING

 

THE PANMASTERS STEEL ORCHESTRA

THE ASUO DRUMMERS

DJ SHORTMUS

PRESENTED BY

LENNARD AND OMETHA JACK

(KWABENA ASIEDU AND OKOMFO BADU)

 

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2008

2:00 P.M. TO 10:00 P.M.

AT THE PANYARD

4559 RHODE ISLAND AVENUE

BRENTWOOD, MARYLAND

 

DONATION: $15.00

(includes food, drinks can be purchased)

 

THEME: PRAY AND PARTY

WE GIVE THANKS FOR LIFE

 

September 26, 2008

Washington DC

Her Excellency Glenda Morean-Phillip
Ambassador of the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago to the United States of America
and Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States
is pleased to invite you to commemorate the 46th Anniversary of Trinidad and Tobago
as an Independent Nation and 32nd Anniversary as a Republic

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT BY: Image Band and Jambulay

Friday, September 26th 2008
7:00pm - Cocktail Reception
8:00pm - Dinner, Awards & Dancing
Thurgood Marshall Ballroom
Marriott Wardman Park Hotel
2660 Woodley Road, NW
Washington DC 20008

Contribution: $100
Proceeds go to the Cyril Ross Nursery of Trinidad and Tobago
For Tickets: Call the Embassy of Trinidad and Tobago 202-467-6490, extension 1022

Or buy your tickets at 703-963-5715

 

 

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