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journey.jpg (123140 bytes)As we all go through life‘s journeys we look towards the mountaintop, and on our way there we all travel through life‘s roads!  Roads that are extremely difficult, challenging, sometimes thrilling; and filled with lots of twists and turns.  Amidst it all, we however trod on through our troubles, emotions, successes, and valleys of experiences; and courageously continue on our upward path to reach that dimension of greatness we see ahead of us. That vision we see…and so believe we will/and long to achieve!!!!

I have heard many say: “Everybody‘s journey is individual.“  I suppose they are, but for me even though it‘s somewhat individual, I am not walking along [through] this journey ALONE.  I have someone beside me who always cast a light of goodness upon my/our upward journey.  A support that is truly powerful, purposeful, precious, committed; and that contributes toward the building of the dream; and creating ways for me/us to reach that mountaintop and ultimatelyAmtrakTrainDay&MothersDay-5.8-9.2010 078.jpg (126511 bytes) great success.  Indeed, I am talking about my friend, companion, teammate, and husband Todd Mangatal; who I must add insist on individuality.   

LOL…For some time now I have been saying to folks “Don’t get it twisted, he is the genius in our family”.  Certainly, I have a little “something…something“ going on, but its nothing compared.  You see, when a thought or topic comes to my mind; if we are not together I pick up the phone and share it with him, and immediately I receive honest answers, opinions and insights on that thought.  Only then do I flow when I write, because he would have already given me several scenarios and even facts on that thought or topic.  Therefore, when I write I am confident that the topic is cool and the facts are “ON POINT. “  He WILL NOT hear it when I say “Hummmm, I received some nice comments about a commentary, and it‘s all because of you. ”  He simply says: “what are talking about? I did nothing, you did all the work!  You see, I say this to point out that it is a team effort.  All we do are done as a team.  It’s no one person doing it all, we try to jump in and help each other through this journey we are taking.  When I can’t see the light in the tunnel ~ along the road ahead of us, he sees it for me; and when he cannot see that light, I am there to lead him in the right direction.  We are simply friends, and are on the same team working towards the same goal.  For this I am truly thankful and tremendously grateful! 

Mr. Mangatal tells me all the time I see your potential, and I know what you must do!  Consequently, he has laid out the plans and goals for me (individually) for what I must do; which truly blows my mind and has me extremely fatigued (specifically my mind at times); because I know it will be a difficult road getting there.]  However I am; and he is confident I will accomplish them one step at a time, especially with his help and support.  So if/when you are around me and you hear me say “Hummm…I’ve got a lot of things to do,” keep in mind I am not only talking about what I need to do tomorrow, the next week, or the next month.  I am talking about the goals and long range plans he has laid out for me…LOL!!!!  I guess rest/sleep is out of the scenario.

As I bring these comments on Todd and our Journey to a close, I must take a brief moment to commend Todd on the creating of www.mycaribbean.us.  He worked long and hard on this project, with lots of sleepless nights.  Of course, I did some things, but he was the mastermind behind it all ~ the concept ~ the design ~ and the long range goals.  He reminds me now how I felt he was creating more work for me, and I would neglect his insistence and urging for me to sit down and immerse myself within the site.  I just laugh and try to explain, [jokingly] “…well…you always seem to find a way to give me work, and I had been overwhelmed with what I had to do already...”  Once I did plunge in and immersed myself I became motivated; and the site became a part of my soul too.  Therefore, I committed every free moment I had on helping him build it.  Certainly, it will always be a work in progress, but it is fantastic to see something that was just a thought and a dream, become a reality. 

And along we go on this beautiful and strange journey…on this long, challenging, winding road to reach the ultimate; and the best part is we are doing it as a team  ~  ~  TOGETHER!



Today, August 6, 2010, is a very important day in Jamaican history, because the lovely Island of Jamaica commemorates the 48th Anniversary of its Independence.  

 Today is a celebration of the struggles and sacrifices of the Jamaican people who took their own destiny in their hands 48 years ago on this day in 1962.   It's certainly a celebration of the journey of a strong and proud nation, with a rich heritage who stood on their own feet 48 years ago!!!!

Despite all the distressing and devastating unrest; as well as violence that occurred some months ago in this lovely Island; Jamaicans have lots to celebrate on this special day, especially their many achievements.  May this lovely island and its people be blessed!!

To our Jamaican family and friends we know this is a festive time for you.  This past Sunday, August 1st, you celebrated Emancipation  Day (the 176th anniversary of the abolition of slavery in Jamaica), and today you celebrate Independence.  These celebrations are continuing through this weekend, as well as throughout this month.  Therefore, we at Arious hope you, your family and friends have a fabulous time celebrating.  



 

To the residence of Washington DC, tell me how do you feel about this bag tax that was made into law in January of this year?  I don’t live in DC but I do a lot of business there, and spend quite a lot of time there on a daily basis; and I am completely not “feeling” this bag tax.  Keep in mind I am aware of it, but I am always taken by surprised when I am asked if I want a bag.  For instance, some weeks ago while shopping in DC the cashier asked if I would like a bag, with a puzzled look on my face I said “certainly. ”  She then proceeded to tell me the cost.  During this interaction I asked her a bit angrily “what If I had said no… you would have let me walk with these items of clothing in my hands in public?” she muttered something I could not understand.  However, knowing that she has nothing to do with this tax, I chilled. 

Of course I had to learn all I could about this imposed burdensome tax (to some); and discovered that initially the District of Columbia Government began imposing a 5 cents tax per plastic bag in January of this year; and their plan is to use the revenues from this tax to combat pollution in a local river, specifically for the Anacostia River Cleanup Fund. [Plastic bags are a common source of litter and are fodder for landfills.]  From what I discovered, the cost to families in DC would turn out to be $5 million this year, or the residence would choose an eco-friendly alternative to plastic bags.   [In the past 6 months the bag tax generated approx. $1 Million.]

Actually, Mayor Adrian Fenty admits the purpose of the tax is not to add a financial burden to residents and city’s shoppers, but to encourage folks not be taxed at all: “I studied this law in order to reduce the amount of plastic bags that pollute our rivers.  We want the whole world to know that you can save the river and save five cents by bringing your own shopping bags.”

All well and good regarding plastic bags, because indeed the results are: (1) much less bag usage by customers, [hence changing consumer behavior;] and of course the limit of pollution in the local rivers/bays.  However, now it seems it has transitioned from plastic to an overall bag tax.  I simply do not understand why paper bags must be taxed, because it is biodegradable and eco-friendly.  I understand too that the tax is a major source of revenue for the city, and in a recent report Mayor Fenty has proposed an intergovernmental transfer of the bag tax funds to pay for general city services, which is certainly not necessarily related to any environmental programs.  Clearly moving away from what initially the funds were to have been used for [the pollution and clean up of the city’s rivers/bays.]   Wow…Hummmm???

Share with me what you think about this new bag tax imposed on the residence and shoppers of Washington, DC.  [13 other states are considering enacting taxes on plastic and paper bags.]

 



Have you heard of Welectricity?  Welectricy is an innovative, award-winning tool for delivering energy efficiency via social networking, and this week through my friends at WPFW Radio Station 89.3 FM in Washington DC (specifically special contributor Ms. Luzette King)  I was honored to make acquaintance with the brain behind this new innovation.  Mr. Herbert “Haz” Samuel, a Vincentian gentleman currently in the top 10 of over 500 ideas in the GE Ecomagination - Global Smart Grid Challenge.  Meet Mr. Samuel below and learn about his “Welectricity.”

Dear Friends,

I’m Herbert Samuel from St Vincent & The Grenadines in the Caribbean and I’m excited to introduce Welectricity; an innovative, award-winning social network for energy efficiency I created to help households track and reduce energy consumption, thereby reducing carbon emissions and helping to ensure a sustainable future for us all.   And, we’ll all save some money while we’re at it, because Welectricity is free and you don’t need to buy anything else to use it .

 Since we launched Welectricity on April 22nd this year (Earth Day), we have users from 35 countries worldwide, who are tracking – and reducing – their energy consumption in a easy to use, fun environment.

Welectricity is now in contention in the GE Ecomagination Smart Grid Challenge, a global initiative by GE to find and fund the world’s best ideas to power the 21st Century Smart Grid.

The first round of the challenge depends on votes being cast for the ideas submitted.  Right now, Welectricity is in 8th place, out of over 800 votes submitted from across the globe – and with your vote, we can take this Caribbean innovation straight to the top!

HERE’S HOW TO VOTE FOR WELECTRICITY

Thanks for your support, and please consider forwarding this email to your friends, family and other contacts who may want to support Caribbean innovation.  Anyone can vote.  With your help, we can make SVG and the Caribbean stand proud in the global innovation landscape!

Sincerely,

Herbert A (Haz) Samuel

Welectricity Inc

http://welectricity.com

CLICK HERE FOR THE OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE ON WELECTRICITY!



Our friend Mr. Hollis “Flash” Lashley has contributed once again another of his insightful FlashPoint”   We thank "Flash" for this week's installment.  Read the few words from "Flash" (below), as well as his inspiring and motivating "Flashpoint".  To purchase a copy of Mr. Hollis Lashley motivating book of poetry entitled "Gifts From The Heart" log on to: http://www.xlibris.com or http://www.holislashley.com.    

Be inspired and Motivated to increase your Spiritual Energy.  

Hello Arious Family, this week my buddy Mal and I have been working on improving and expanding the HollisLashley.com site. We are excited, and we intend to provide you with a spiritually uplifting oasis. Today, I am moved to quote the words of Deepak Chopra from his book, "The Seven Spiritual Laws Of Success"

We are travelers on a cosmic journey- stardust, swirling and dancing
in the eddies and whirlpools of infinity.  Life is eternal.
But the expressions of life are ephemeral, momentary, transient.
Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism once said.
 
This existence of ours is as transient as autumn
clouds.
To watch the birth and death of beings is like
looking at the movements of a dance.
A lifetime is like a flash of lightning in the sky,
Rushing by like a torrent down a steep mountain
 
We have stopped for a moment to encounter each other, to meet, to love, to share. This is a precious moment, but it is transient. It is a little parenthesis in eternity. If we share with caring, lightheartedness and love, we will create abundance and joy for each other. And then this moment will have been worthwhile.
Ponder these words in Harmony, Peace and Love.
Hollis Lashley,(c) 2010.



 

A few days ago President Barack Obama celebrated his 49th Birthday.  As I sit here reminiscing about his road to the Presidency, I am motivated to share with you one of his inspirational quotes. [Below}.  Happy Belated Birthday Mr. President!!!

"I will never forget that the only reason I'm standing here today is because somebody, somewhere stood up for me when it was risky.  Stood up when it was hard.  Stood up when it wasn't popular.  And because that somebody stood up, a few more stood up.  And then a few thousand stood up.  And then a few million stood up. And standing up, with courage and clear purpose, they somehow managed to change the world."

 



 

This weekend it’s all about Norfolk Virginia Caribfest (Caribbean Carnival).  THE 5th ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL CARIBBEAN FESTIVAL "CARIBFEST" - Food, fun, entertainment, and lovely masqueraders…it’s all at “Caribfest”.  Lots of our associates and some friends are heading to VA, and I say to them all enjoy yourself to the max.  I believe a bus will be leaving from the Trinidad and Tobago Association on Saturday morning 8/7/2010, so you may want to contact  any member of The Roots and Culture Promotions @  http://www.rootsandculturepromo.com/  for specific details on joining the fun trip.

Festivities begin on Friday night 8/6 with a Boat Ride. VCACA+Events-boat Ride-2010.JPG (109131 bytes) VCACAMainEventFlyer-1-3.JPG (169412 bytes)On Saturday the 7th is the Parade, followed by fun, food and excitement in the park including performances by Reggae Legend Freddie McGregor; as well as Trinidad's Soca Band Traffik; along with Trinidad's Artists: Rikki Jai, Shal Marshall; and Buffy; plus Washington DC's Image Band.

 

WINE.FOOD-FEST_6x8_front[1]S.JPG (65512 bytes)Keep in mind the 15th of August, here in Maryland will be the 1st Annual Caribbean Wine Festival presented by The Jamaica Promotional Company.  More detailed information is forthcoming about this event.  Actually, you can check our events page for their flyer.  We are also hearing lots of talk about Jamaica's Independence Festivities that will be taking place in the upcoming weeks.  I'm sure the designated folks will forward details to us, which we will certainly share with you in the coming weeks.

 

As for us, the chilling will continue. Lots of walking with the Pet, some sleep, maybe even the neo soul concert at Merriweather Post Pavilion.

For all the other events, scroll down to our “Featured Events, and definitely log on out “Events” Page for all the events taking place, this weekend and throughout the month.



Again, please kindly check out the events we have spotlighted below under our "Featured Events" section .  Actually, check out all the events including all the upcoming events by logging on to our Events Page here.  

Have an enjoyable and fantastic weekend, and we will certainly vibe some more with you next week.

We welcome your input, so if you have any comment or feedback on the commentary or events - please feel free to send an e-mail to me Susan Mangatal at my e-mail address: susan@ariousentertainment.us or you can also reach me at ariousentertainment@earthlink.net.

 

 

Featured Events: For all our events please visit our "Events" Page.

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