Daily Archives: 02/27/2015

Jamaica decriminalizes marijuana use- Rastafarians celebrate! + video


Jamaica decriminalizes marijuana use- Rastafarians celebrate!

News Americas, KINGSTON, Jamaica, Thurs. Feb. 26, 2015: Members of the Rastafarian community across Jamaica can now burn “their herb” without fear of being arrested by the Jamaican police.

A new law passed through the country’s parliament decriminalizes the possession of small amounts of marijuana for religious, medicinal and therapeutic purposes, a move that will no doubt ease decades of tension between the government and especially the Rastafari community.

Many took to Twitter to celebrate, calling it a “special day for all Rastafarians in Jamaica.Continue reading

Cricket World Cup 2015 – De Villiers carnage drives South Africa to record win

De Villiers carnage drives South Africa to record win

 SYDNEY, (Reuters) – AB de Villiers confirmed his status as the most destructive batsman in cricket with a magnificent unbeaten 162 from just 66 balls to lead South Africa to a record 257-run victory over West Indies in the World Cup today.

South Africa’s tally of 408 for five was the second highest posted in a World Cup match and a shell-shocked West Indies could only manage 151 in reply, Chris Gayle backing up his record 215 against Zimbabwe on Tuesday with a paltry three.

It was the joint fourth largest margin of victory by runs in a one-day international and also equalled the largest margin in a World Cup match, matching India’s 257-run win over Bermuda in 2007. Continue reading

Ninety years of Everton Weekes – By Tony Cozier


Everton Weekes, walking out with Frank Worrell (left), still holds the record for five or more successive Test hundreds © Getty Images

Ninety years of Everton Weekes

February 26, 2015 – espncricinfo.com

By Tony Cozier

Sixty-six years ago, a century eluded the legendary West Indies batsman. He now has another chance, without bat in hand, to reach that magical figure.

Of all the numbers stacked against the name Everton de Courcy Weekes in scorebooks the world over, 90 carries an unfortunate significance.

It was his score in West Indies’ first innings of the fourth Test against India in Chepauk, Madras, now Chennai, in January 1949. Ten more runs would have extended his overall record of five successive Test hundreds that has never been surpassed; he was cut short by a run-out decision by the square-leg umpire that Weekes now euphemistically describes as “rather doubtful”.  Continue reading

Study: Kinship and Class in the West Indies:- Jamaica and Guyana

Kinship and Class in the West Indies: A Genealogical Study of Jamaica and Guyana  – (Cambridge Studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology)

By: Raymond T. Smith

Is a family system that permits freedom to enter, dissolve, and re-enter sexual unions, that tolerates high illegitimacy rates, and allows a large proportion of households to be headed by women, viable, natural and healthy? This is an appropriate question to ask of many modern industrial societies in the 1980s.

Yet a system with just those factors has been in place in the West Indies for 150 years. In this book, Raymond T. Smith explores the extensive family and kinship ties of West Indians in Jamaica and Guyana, and in so doing dispels many of the myths that exist about West Indian family life.

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Guyana: Wait Times for USA Immigrant Visas – Questions and Answers

Wait Times for USA Immigrant Visas

February 26, 2015 · By Stabroek News – Ask the Consul-  Installment 157

U.S. Department of State - Great SealAn immigrant visa, which entitles a person to live and work permanently in the United States, can only be obtained after an applicant’s qualifying family member, or employer, in the United States has filed a petition with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

Once the petition is approved, a case is created at the National Visa Center (NVC), the applicant (beneficiary) completes required processing, and NVC then schedules an appointment for the applicant to appear at the Embassy for an interview. This whole process can take a few weeks to many years depending upon the relationship between the petitioner and beneficiary.

Questions and Answers below:    Continue reading

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