On-Line Family and Friends: Special Greetings To All Of
To all my family and friends from the
Islands who are suffering from the devastating effects of Hurricane
Tomas; we at Arious pray that your life returns to its normal
Hold on…be strong…be patient…be helpful and supportive to
others, and be godlike in all you do as you clean up and rebuild your
lives after this storm. To
the ones who are mourning the loss of life, our hearts and prayers are
Terrible Hurricane Tomas [the
Atlantic season’s 12 hurricane] swept through the Caribbean over
the past weekend with very heavy rains and winds reaching
approximately 100 mph. From
all accounts Tomas created major havoc and left behind quite a bit of
I absolutely agree with the Prime
Minister of Trinidad and Tobago; it certainly seemed a light
was shinning on [my] the lovely twin islands, because it was spared a
full-blown hit from Tomas this past Friday and Saturday (10/30 &
10/31.) My Mom informed
me that the rain did however cause some flooding in the Northeast and
South of Trinidad, as well as along the coastlines. In fact, there were
landslides reported in the city of Toco; as well as some downed power
lines. Tobago on the other hand had some flooding; as well as
landslides, and received some damage to the water system causing a
shut down to several local Water and Sewage Authority facilities. Ultimately causing many citizens in several cities to be
without water (LOL…hum,
but then again what’s new? Water
shortage or no water at all has been a serious problem in Trinidad and
Tobago for some time now.)
the storm struck as a tropical storm with [reported] gusts of
75 mph winds, and many areas were impacted severely.
Hurricane Tomas barreled through the country and toppled
utility poles causing extended power outages, downed large trees
causing roads to be blocked, and brought down many communication
lines. Tomas also blew
roofs from homes and caused more than 500 homes to be damaged quite
there was no running water for some time.
St Lucia got hit pretty badly as
well, and declared a “State of Emergency”.
Unfortunately, several citizens lost their lives [14
confirmed so far]. The
island sustained 21 hours of constant rain beginning on Saturday
lasted throughout Sunday (10/31). Tomas
ripped roofs off a hospital, a school, and toppled a stadium.
Additionally, telephone power is out throughout the island.
Tomas’s rains caused roads to be washed away, and caused
landslides and mudslides. Needless-to-say,
there were no electricity [I understand 80% of the electricity has
been restored, though]. Most
importantly, as recent as yesterday the Government of St. Lucia
declared a water emergency, since the main water source that provides
water to the Island has been declared inaccessible due to massive
I understand in Martinique thousands
were without power, and streets were flooded.
Many tree branches were down as well.
St. Vincent and The Grenadines received
high winds from Tomas [75 miles per hour winds]; that
tore off roofs from hundreds of homes and left over 500 houses
seriously damaged. Power
was lost, plus lots of flooding caused landslides and fruit trees to
be damaged. As a matter
of fact,, I
understand there are no banana trees left standing in the northern
part of the island. Roads
were severely damaged, and small bridges were blown away. Several
schools were damaged; as well as the coastline.
Thankfully, NO LIVES WERE LOST (per the reports)!!!
point, Tomas has moved across the Caribbean ocean, and have
been dumping a lot of rain on islands in its pathway. Currently,
there are heavy rains and approximately 85 mph winds in Haiti (the
rain actually began in Haiti around 4:00 pm on
(11/4/2010). From all reports Haiti will certainly
not get a direct hit from Tomas (THANKFULLY); but inches
and inches of rain is expected to fall there for several days.
Actually, they expect approximately 15 inches.
NO…Not another disaster again. First the Earthquake, recently the outbreak of the epidemic Cholera,
and now this! Plus
surprisingly to me, I discovered that approximately 1.3 million
Haitian people are still living in tent camps in “Capital Tent
Cities", and have been there since the earthquake took place back
in January. Moreover, the
people are being ordered to evacuate their tent camp and move to higher
grounds, but sadly they have NO WHERE TO GO!
what’s baffling to me is that these Haitian people are still
suffering badly, and are living in tents.
Once I spoke with my husband [Todd] on this subject, he
indicated that the 90 Billion dollars collected for Haiti has not
reached Haiti yet (which was confirmed by President Bill Clinton some
to think of the hating we endured over this same issue, and
specifically this exact topic. Folks
in our community felt it was necessary to bash us badly, tear us down,
got plain nasty, and talked about us in every negative manner
possible, regarding this exact issue.
Here it is a few months later and precisely what we said, is
what is transpiring. What
concerns us more is why did all the help, fundraisers, events in the
name of Haiti stop, since apparently these people are still suffering.
In truth, where did the funds go from what was raised in our
area? It’s such a sad
situation, and one that sickens me.]
Anyway, as many of you know our
families and friends from these islands absolutely need our help, and
the best thing to do is to contact your local Embassies and your
trusted individual community associations to give your support and
whatever help you can give. As
the old saying goes “Be your Brother’s keeper” in this
special time of need. Also,
keep all the islands in Tomas’s part in your prayers: Bahamas
(Southeastern), the Turks and Caicos, and Cuba (Guantanamo Province).
In recent years politics has become
increasingly intriguing to me; but honestly I find myself being weary
regarding the process, and consequently hating it quite a bit.
It’s so “cut-throat”, plain nasty, and I find
the people fighting for these elected positions are in it for their own
personal gain. Plus they
are very hateful and will do anything to get the position.
Funny, that my husband Todd has this
dream that I go into politics; but umm, I don’t know!!! I would love
to, but for me to succeed it looks like I have to change quite a bit
(change to someone who I am not).
Well, as you know in the past few years I
have been commenting about politics, and of course I must share my
thoughts with you regarding the Mid-Term Elections that were held this
past Tuesday (11/2/2010). I’m
sure by now you know Democrats kept the majority in the Senate, and the
Republicans won the majority of the House.
Therefore, NO MORE Democrat Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi;
it’s now Republican John Boehner; which frankly terrifies me.
For one; he appears to always be inebriated, and when I listen to
his speeches he seems to be having a personal fight with President
Barack Obama and Nancy Polosi.
I swear the hate illuminates right through him!
The way I look at it (which I have stated
on other social forums) President Obama was fighting very hard
for every change he tried to make, even when the Democrats had the
majority of the house; so what would be different now?
President Obama would just have to fight harder…right???
ole Boehner stated a day after the elections that he/they (the
Republicans) will make sure President Obama is a 1 term president,
and he/they intend to “dismantle” the Health Care Bill, among
many other nasty statements regarding President Obama.
He further stated the American people repudiated the current
Administration’s policies (the democratic party policies.)
Additionally, he promised to restore the Bush tax cuts for the
wealthy. Personally, I
wish the hating would stop, plus it bothers me that he/they feel they
need to solely focus on the abomination of this Health Care bill
and even President Obama. I
must agree there are several parts of this Health Care Bill that
me; and must be scrutinized and fixed, but dismantling is ridicules. And
besides there are many other issues and problems in America that is far
more important than the Health Care Bill; that they need to work
with President Obama on fixing.
It is obvious these Republicans forgot,
as well as many American people that as a result of our votes President Obama
won the elections unanimously and walked directly into this awful mess
HE, NOR HIS PARTY CREATED IT, instead Inherited it! We voted for
him because we were sick of the craziness with our government, and their
policies [the Republican policies]; and needed...longed for a
change! Indeed, it
was the Republicans who took this country into the dreadful state it was
in, and is STILL in today.
Honestly though, 2
years trying to fix this awful mess is unheard of! Moreover, trying to fix
the bottomless pit of problems and issues President
Obama inherited [practically alone]
with a constant fight; results in nothing being accomplished. It
sickens me that the blame is on the current
administration! We must remember that President
Obama is trying to clean up and fix 8 years of the
madness that took place in this country [Created by
the Republicans/Bush Administration].
At times I am so baffled
that the voices of the Republicans have so many outlets
to speak; they have always had a great opportunity to
share their thoughts, ideas, criticize, complain, and
even convey their hatefulness. However,
there is no place in the media that my voice can be
heard; actually the voices of the people who elected President
Obama, ~~~ so that we can openly express ourselves,
as well as our thoughts and opinions ~~~ ultimately, so
that we can be heard like the Republicans!!!.
Oftentimes, I wonder why is this, why their voices can
be heard and not ours???
What I do want to point
out, and for you to keep in mind is: when we heard President
Obama speak on his campaign trail, and what I recall
motivated us was the fact that he identified with our
issues and problems. Furthermore, many of us
clearly heard him state: "WE CAN FIX AMERICA
TOGETHER". He absolutely made us feel we were
included, and we trusted him to deliver CHANGE to these
United States of America. Therefore, WE HAVE GOT
to have patience; because to me he is working hard on
what he promised. We too must stop fighting
him. We must stand up behind him, give him all the
support he needs, work with him, and most importantly [again]
be patient. Remember nothing can be fixed
overnight, especially this awful mess the Republicans
created and President Obama inherited. (1.3
trillion deficit, two wars, rising unemployment and
unprecedented crisis in our banking system,
Back to good ole Boehner for a
minute, who is just speaking, and speaking and speaking.
He stated in another speech that he promises on behalf of the
new House Majority to reduce the size of government, create jobs, and
fundamentally altering the way the Congress conducts its business.
Whoop-ti-do; don’t these statements sound familiar? An
echo of the things President Obama stated during his Presidential
campaign, and along his Presidential path.
The bottom line here (which is so very apparent) the Republicans
are like little spoiled brats who have been stomping their feet, crying and sulking over
everything they lost (this election) and they have been fighting
very hard (by any means necessary) to get their way; and most
importantly, to take back
control! To restore
America...restore honor to America!
I listened to President Obama’s Press
Conference after the elections recently, which was humbling, and
saddened me greatly. It had
me wondering why he is not more like President George W. Bush who stated
loud and clear “I am the decider...I am the commander in
chief” I however
though, pretty much understood his mindset.
Besides, my husband Todd reminded me today good ole Mr.
Boehner is the 3rd person in line to become President if
something would happen to President Obama and Vice President Joe
it all now
TO SEE THE PRESIDENTIAL LINE OF SUCCESSION.
I have always kept President Obama and
his family in my prayers, and I will continue doing so.
Actually, we all must do so, especially since we are living in
such scary times. I close
my thoughts on this Mid-Term elections by using a few lines from one of Reggae
Singer Beres Hammond’s popular song:: “Come Down
Wish it never had to be, the way I
see, this world running.
Shouldn't have to be, cause now every
man's cup is filled with hate and overflowing.
Father, a nuff tings a gwan round ya,
it's wickeder than before!
Come Down Father…Come Down!!!!.
“Come Down Father…Come Down!!!!.
“Come Down Father…Come Down!!!!.
you know November is Native American Heritage Month? INDEED
at Arious join in paying tribute, commemorate and celebrate the
significant contributions the "First Americans" made to the
establishment and growth of the United States. We especially
recognize the rich ancestry and traditions of the Native
Americans..."The First Americans." The story of the Native
Americans is a heartbreaking one to me.
These people have been in America from the beginning of time (it
seems), and they have been rubbed, killed (slaughtered), driven from
their land (displaced), which was blatantly stolen from them.
Plus a whole lot more they have endured throughout time.
I added some historical facts on these strong and courageous people.
of: All About History.org)
read and pay your tribute to "The First Americans". To
read President Barack Obama's Proclamation for Native American Month
- PLEASE CLICK HERE!
Sanchez designed this 2010 Poster. He is currently attending Mount
San Antonio College in California,
American History - Early History
The History of Native Americans is both fascinating and in many ways,
tragic. Estimates range from about 10 – 90 million Native Americans
inhabited America at the time of the European arrivals. They had lived
in the land many, many years before white man set foot on their soil. It
is believed that during the ice age, they had traveled a land-bridge
across the Bering Sound, from Siberia into what is now Alaska. They had
gradually migrated across the land and southward into Mexico and beyond.
The name “Indian” was given them by Christopher Columbus who
mistakenly believed he had landed in the Indies.
They have been labeled Indians, American Indians, and the now preferred
Native Americans. They migrated to all regions of the land and were
formed into many different tribes or nations. These were a people who
adapted well to their particular regions and made wise use of all
natural resources available. They believed in respecting the land and
the abundance of gifts it offered. They became proficient fishermen,
hunters, farmed crops such as corn, and built homes with whatever
available resources their territory provided. Some of these included
animal skins, sun-dried brick for adobes, or lumber for long houses
depending on the regions.
American History - Native Americans and the Europeans
The Native Americans of the east coast met the new 16th and 17th century
visitors from Europe with enthusiasm. They regarded these bearded white
men as strange but were delighted with the steel knives, mirrors, copper
kettles, and other intriguing novelties. The indigenous tribes were more
than accommodating and hospitable. Without their aid, the first waves of
settlers would not have survived in the land they knew little about.
But in time the Europeans disregarded all respect for the valued land
and resources and instead displayed insatiable greed and arrogance. The
Europeans soon pursued their intent to conquer this new continent with
brutal attacks and invasion. The Native Americans soon realized that the
invaders would arrive in overwhelming numbers, as many “as the stars
in heaven.” Initially, the people of this land tried to co-exist with
the Europeans. But many more problems arose. With all their intriguing
gadgets, the white men brought deadly diseases to the Native Americans.
The colonists and explorers brought measles, smallpox, cholera, yellow
fever, and many more devastating diseases. This drastically diminished
the Native American population and annihilated entire villages. In
addition to this, the arrogant attitude of the ever-growing whites led
to the Indian Wars, the Indian Removal Act (1830), and in 1890 one of
the worst massacres ever -- Wounded Knee, South Dakota. Here warriors,
women, and children alike were ferociously slaughtered by the U.S.
Cavalry. The U.S, government began Relocation Programs and the now
famous Trail of Tears march where hundreds of Cherokee died from
starvation, exposure, and illnesses. The Native American peoples were
not only reduced in number but taken from their homes, stripped of their
customs, and even forbidden to speak their native languages. Their
children were taken from them and sent to schools to “civilize”
them, forced to abandon every aspect of their heritage. In January 1876,
the U.S. government forced them to live on ‘reservations’ where the
majority of Native Americans still reside today.
American History - The 20th Century Native Americans
Some consider Native Americans as a resilient people. The Indian Citizen
Act of 1924 offered official citizenship to the Native American tribes.
This was partly due to the heroic service of many of them in World War
I. Others like Jim Thorpe, Sequoyah, and Sacajawea have represented
their people with greatness. There are well over 500 recognized tribal
governments currently in the U.S. They are self-governed and considered
to be sovereign nations of people within America. There are currently
more than 2.48 million Native Americans, according to the 2000 census
While most still live on the reservations, they are considered some of
the most poverty-ridden areas in the United States. Unemployment is 5
times higher than the general U. S. population, according to the 2002
Bureau of Indian Affairs. As with many defeated, oppressed people, they
have suffered tremendously from the plagues of alcoholism and suicide.
These were once a vibrant and resourceful people. They have been robbed,
humiliated, and removed from all they knew. Though many have tried
through the centuries to civilize, Christianize, and Americanize the
Native American people, there are organizations today that recognize the
important heritage of these nations. For example, Wiconi International
says “we want to see Indigenous people come to know and experience
ultimate freedom, and deliverance from the powers of darkness that still
prevail in lands and communities…”
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HERE FOR A TIMELINE OF THE NATIVE AMERICAN HISTORY!
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As much as we try to attend every
event; from time to
time things come up and we simply can't. Hence, us not being able
to attend PanMasters 25th Anniversary Celebration (Unfortunately)!
I understand it was a great event, and the performances were
excellent. Per the words of Pan Masters member: Mrs. Elizabeth
started the concert with a drumming session and chant that
included the tassa group
and each band member with a percussion instrument. We went
from the dressing room, down the side of the theatre, out into the
foyer, and down the center isle unto the stage.
audience was on their feet dancing and cheering all through the
procession, and we had standing ovations after every selection!
Robbie [Robert Greenidge] was in fine form as usual, and everyone
was in awe of his musical skills.
some of the pictures below (Please
click on each to enlarge photo):
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and Tobago) a happy Diwali!!!
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