Happy Birthday To The Tilted Tiara Diva: Ms. Valentine Logar.


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Today happens to be the birthday of a very talented human being. Her name is Ms. Valentine Logar. Her blog is The Tilted Tiara. She doesn’t blog often but when she does blog, she publishes great content. The important thing to know about Ms. Valentine is she is a warm hearted, loving, kind, educated, intelligent woman who cares for people. She is the owner of a beautiful soul. As you can tell from her photo, she is also a damn fine looking women. 

 

I am proud to have met Ms. Valentine, and if you have some time in your busy schedule, stop by her blogThe Tilted Tiara, and give her your warmest birthday wishes….it would mean a lot to her, but it would make me smile as well…..which I NEVER smile.

 

Happy Birthday Julia

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It is a pure pleasure to know you dear sweet Valentine.

 

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Our Man Barack In The Nederlands: G-7 Summit.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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There is a custom in The Nederlands that calls for 3 kisses upon the cheeks….as you can see…

 

The Netherlands (nɛðərləndz/DutchNederland [ˈneːdərˌlɑnt] is a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, consisting of twelve provinces in western Europe and three islands in the Caribbean. The European part of the Netherlands borders the North Sea to the north and west, Belgium to the south, and Germany to the east; and shares maritime borders with Belgium, Germany and the United Kingdom. The country is a parliamentary democracy organised as a unitary state. The capital city of the Netherlands, mandated by the constitution, is Amsterdam, however, the seat of government is located in The Hague. The Netherlands in its entirety is often referred to as Holland, which in strict usage, refers only to North and South Holland, two of its provinces; however the former usage is generally accepted

 

The Netherlands is a geographically low-lying country, with about 20% of its area and 21% of its population located below sea level, and 50% of its land lying less than one metre above sea level. This distinct feature contributes to the country’s name: in Dutch (Nederland), English, and in many other European languages, its name literally means “Low Land” or “Low Countries.” Most of the areas below sea level are man-made, caused by centuries of extensive and poorly controlled peat extraction, lowering the surface by several metres. Even in flooded areas peat extraction continued through turf dredging. From the late 16th century land reclamation started and large polder areas are now preserved through elaborate drainage systems with dikes, canals and pumping stations. Much of the Netherlands is formed by the estuary of three important European rivers, which together with their distributaries form the Rhine–Meuse–Scheldt delta. Most of the country is very flat, with the exception of foothills in the far south-east and several low hill ranges in the central parts.

 

The Netherlands was one of the first countries to have an elected parliament, and the country is a founding member of the EUG-10NATOOECDWTO and a part of the trilateral Benelux economic union. The Netherlands had the tenth-highest per capita income in the world in 2011. The country is host to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and five international courts: the Permanent Court of Arbitration, the International Court of Justice, the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, the International Criminal Court and the Special Tribunal for Lebanon. The first four are situated in The Hague, as is the EU’s criminal intelligence agency Europol and judicial co-operation agency Eurojust. This has led to the city being dubbed “the world’s legal capital”. The Netherlands has a market-based mixed economy, ranking 17th of 177 countries according to the Index of Economic Freedom. In May 2011, the Netherlands was ranked as the “happiest” country according to results published by the OECD.

 

 

In Case You Missed Any Of Day One In The Nederlands:

 

TheObamaCrat™ Wake-Up Call For Monday The 24th Of March. Barack’s In The Nederlands & Michelle’s In Xi’an, China.

 

The Rijksmuseum, The Nederlands.

 

Advancing Global Nuclear Security

 

President Obama Travels To The Netherlands, Meets With World Leaders.

 

 

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Remarks by President Obama and Prime Minister Rutte of the Netherlands After Bilateral Meeting

 

 

President Obama’s Bilateral Meeting with Prime Minister Rutte of the Netherlands

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President Obama and Prime Minister Rutte of the Netherlands speak to the press after a bilateral meeting a the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

 

 

 

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Remarks by President Obama and President Xi Jinping of China Before Bilateral Meeting

 

 

President Obama’s Bilateral Meeting with President Xi of China

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President Obama and President Xi Jinping of China speak to the press before a bilateral meeting at the U.S. Ambassador’s residence in The Hague.

 

 

 

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Statements and Releases - March 24, 2014

 

The Hague Declaration

 

Briefing by Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications Ben Rhodes

 

President Obama Announces Douglas M. Brooks, MSW, as Director of the Office of National AIDS Policy

 

Q+A with First Lady Michelle Obama

 

 

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Statement on Enhancing Radiological Security

 

Joint Statement on Countries Free of Highly Enriched Uranium (HEU)

 

FACT SHEET: Italy Highly Enriched Uranium and Plutonium Removals

 

Joint Statement by the United States and Italy on the 2014 Nuclear Security Summit

 

Joint Statement by President Obama and Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo of Belgium on the 2014 Nuclear Security Summit

 

FACT SHEET: Belgium Highly Enriched Uranium and Plutonium Removals

 

FACT SHEET: Advancing Global Nuclear Security

 

Joint Statement by the United States and the Netherlands on Climate Change and Financing the Transition to Low-Carbon Investments Abroad

 

Joint Statement by the Leaders of Japan and the United States on Contributions to Global Minimization of Nuclear Material

 

FACT SHEET: Cooperation at Japan’s Fast Critical Assembly

 

FACT SHEET: United States-Japan Nuclear Security Working Group

 

 

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On Board With President Obama – Amsterdam, The Netherlands

 

Published on Mar 24, 2014

Monday March 24th – President Obama arrives in The Netherlands, tours the Rijksmuseum and holds a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Rutte of The Netherlands, before participating in a bilateral meeting with President Xi Jinping of China at the United States Ambassador’s residence before arriving at the World Forum to participate in the Nuclear Security Summit.

 

 

 

 

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This Shit Has Got To Stop: 7 MONTHS PREGNANT AND DOMESTIC ABUSE VICTIM. WHY IS LUCIA DETAINED?


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Lucia fled Guatemala to get away from her abusive husband, who brutally beat her repeatedly. Now she is seven months pregnant and has passed her credible fear interview, but is still detained. Why?!!

 

Lucia was in a relationship with her abusive husband who beat her on a daily basis. He would come home drunk and beat Lucia until she was unconscious then left her laying in a pool of her own blood gasping for help. She always had bruises on her face and arms from her husband’s beatings. On several occasions Lucia came to the point of almost having an abortion because the beatings were so brutal. The day after her last beating Lucia found the courage to leave her husband and flee to the United States asking for refuge so she could save her life and her unborn baby’s life. In Guatemala she had no one who could help her as her family lives in the U.S. 

 

Lucia crossed the border into Mexico and made her way towards the border into he United States .She was caught at the border and taken to El Paso Detention Center where she has been held for the last 3 months.

 

In September Lucia was notified that she passed her credible fear. By Immigration’s own standards, by classifying Lucia as “Level 1” detainee, ICE admits she is a low-priority case and should therefore release her to her family. Lucia is asking for asylum; by passing her credible fear interview she has already demonstrated she meets the bar set for fighting her asylum case. Instead of fighting her case from detention, Lucia should be freed and allowed to fight her case from the outside. The physiological stress caused by her husband’s beating has gotten worse due to her extended detainment. Her pregnancy is now at higher risk and she needs to receive treatment outside of the Detention Center.

 

I urge ICE to use its discretion for Lucia so she can receive proper medical care for the remainder of her pregnancy and be allowed to be with her child after the birth.

 

 

Take Action: Make a Call for Lucia’s Release

 

 

Call acting director John Sandweg @ 202-742-3000:

“Hi, I was calling to ask that John Sandweg use discretion in the case of Lucia Chilel Ramirez (A# 206-527-565). She is 7 months pregnant and needs proper medical care. Lucia fled Guatemala because her life and the life of her unborn baby were in danger because of the consistent beatings by her husband. Please release Lucia immediately!”

 

 

The Petition

 

To Acting Director John Sandweg and El Paso Field Director:

I am writing to urge you to stop the deportation of Lucia Chilel Ramirez (A# 206-527-565), who is 7 months pregnant and has been held at El Paso Detention Center for 3 months. Lucia fled her abusive husband in Guatemala for fear that he might kill her and her unborn child. In September 2013 Lucia passed her credible fear interview; however ICE is refusing to release her.

 

 

Victim to Victor: pictures of my life; domestic violence SURVIVOR

 

 

 

Uploaded on Apr 1, 2011

An actual pictography of 22 years of my life with a controlling, abusive person who first landed me with his charm. Just like the cycle goes, once I realized something wasnt right, and I looked around, I was isolated and had no social network or support. I left and returned 3 times, then married him.

 

Look at the facial expressions.

 

Please use and share this as a tool. I am open to questions, comments or advice at OP Music House dot org.

 

Nobody deserves it, ever. See something say something. Its time to EXPOSE domestic violence and abuse.

 

Heed warning signs. And it does NOT just happen to women. Abusive behavior happens with CONTROL. And control doesnt recognize a gender, skin color or career.

 

If your partner is degrading you, reducing your self-esteem and self-respect, tries to separate you from the things and people that you love, STOP. It’s a problem. Its subtle, it doesn’t just suddenly happen.

 

Dont walk, RUN. And dont look back. Please.

 

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”Dangerous Love” Diary Of A Battered Woman

 

Published on Jun 25, 2013

Here is the new intense video/shortfilm for an online campaign I was apart of to help raise awareness for domestic abuse. I am extremely proud to be apart of this project and hope you guys can appreciate it as much as I do. There is no better way for me to show my viewers something different and that I have more to offer than just jokes than with this powerful message. I hope it entertains the masses but most of all, I truly hope it inspires someone to get out of such a situation or help someone get out. Act… Before it’s too late and share this video if you LOVE the women in your family! “ONE LOVE”

 

 

 

 

Survivor of domestic violence: Suzanne Perry on ‘Public Report’

 

 

 

 

Published on Oct 13, 2012

October is domestic violence awareness month. Meet the founder of nonprofit oranization OP Music House, home town hero Suzanne Perry.

 

Suzanne recalls her life from age 17 thru the next 22 years as the target of her husbands raging physical and verbal outbursts.

 

She started to accept she would never escape as fact, life became a blur and meaningless. She all but lost hope, until her daughter gave her an ultimatum. We all have a breaking point. Luckily Suzanne lived to tell and sends a message to us all.

 

Love shouldn’t hurt! If you are in a bad relationship, you are not ever alone. So many more are going through it and honestly will understand without judging you. Reach out.

 

If an emergecy – get to safety and call 911! Learn self-defense too. You dont have to take it, and abuse comes in many forms. A black eye can heal but a bruised soul doesn’t. Dont stop to question if your abuser will change. They will abuse again. They are not sorry, they will make you out to be crazy and make theirself to appear the victim.

Get out, and please, dont look back!

 

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Meet The Culinary Stars Of Trinidad and Tobago


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Black people travel: Meet the culinary stars of Trinidad and Tobago, and learn their food preparation secrets

 

by Metanoya Z. Webb | October 28, 2013

 

The Trinidad and Tobago culinary scene is buzzing. With the success of restaurateur Khalid MohammedCaribbean Flavours TV host, Wendy Rahamut, and Trinibagonians’ big win in CHTA’s Taste of The Caribbean competition, the foodie locale continues to be recognized globally for it’s traditional and fusion cuisine.

 

“Tobago food is like home,” Zahara Duncombe, Spa Director at Spa Essencia at the Hyatt Trinidad explains when I probe her about the difference between island and mainland cuisine. “Trinidad has a cosmopolitan food scene,” she continues. “It’s like New York, there’s a little bit of everything.” However, grubbing like a local Trinbagonian is far from prim and proper.

 

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Down home cooking the Trinbagonian way

At this years’ Blue Food Festival, an annual outdoor celebration for indigenous Tobagonian cooks, stew chicken, curry crab, dumpling, green banana, boiled ripe plantain and, of course the blue dasheen root, were all on the tasting menu.

 

While relaxing on the sunny island, we also sampled baked cassava pie, steamed fish and Ah Taste of Tobago’s delicious ginger wine.

 

And we can’t forget the famous street food.

 

Doubles to Trinbagonians is like pizza to New Yorker’s — it’s a cheap, greasy delight.  Trinidadian doubles king Araby Ali, owner of Ali’s Doubles, a roadside shop in San Fernando, Trinidad, starts prepping the ingredients for his curried ‘channa’ (chickpeas) and  ‘bara’ (fried dough) at 2:30 am every day. When asked how his competitors’ doubles compare, he said: “I have no competition.” The congregation of locals lined up outside his eatery at 9 am on a Tuesday is a testament to his cocksure response.

 

Ali wouldn’t give up the goods on the doubles recipe that’s been in his family for over 50 years, but here’s what the sandwich-like treats are traditionally made of.

 

Bara — which makes up the bread of the “sandwich” — is composed of flour, salt, curry powder, gheera (cumin), ground pepper, yeast, warm water, sugar and oil for frying. Curried channa — the filling — is composed of chickpeas, curry powder, minced garlic, onion, cumin, salt, pepper and pepper sauce.

 

While local roadside street-eats like doubles and sahina (callaloo, chickpeas and deep-fried dough) make grubbing in Trinidad and Tobago feel authentic, upscale dining is a mainstay on the Caribbean island as well.

 

Khalid Mohammed: Fine dining star

Chaud claims to be “the most elegant fine dining restaurant in Trinidad and Tobago.” After spending an evening at Khalid Mohammed’s upscale culinary oasis, I understand why.

 

The interior has a colonial French aesthetic — an ode to Mohammed’s training at New York’s esteemed French Culinary Institute perhaps?

 

The four-course meal we enjoyed was divine. We started off with Sancoche, which is corn soup, ground provisions and coconut cream. The main course consisted of two small plates: Red Snapper Creole, served with coo coo (seasoned cornmeal pie), callaloo fondue, and crispy ochro (okra); plus Stewed Oxtail and Dumplings with poi bhaghi (pak choi).

 

For desert, I had Cocobel Chocolate Delice served alongside a scoop of organic Cocoa Nib ice cream.

 

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Culinary artist on his craft

Dale Hamilton, 26, is the executive chef of the Lighthouse restaurant at Crews Inn—a waterfront hideaway in Chaguaramas, Trinidad. The culinary artist proudly shares that he cooked for President Obama. “I prepared a rib eye, arugula mashed potatoes and broccoli,” says Hamilton who oversees the property’s three food and beverage establishments.

 

“Keeping within the local ingredients is where my heart is in culinary,” the Trinidad and Tobago Hospitality and Tourism Institute graduate says. “The more ingredients I see the more inspired I get to cook. I’m an artist in the kitchen.”

 

And art is just what Hamilton whipped up when we visited the Lighthouse for lunch. The first course was Bake and Shark canapés (a popular Trinbagonian street food) served with a cucumber lime salsa and coconut tamarind sauce. Then came tamarind seared mahi mahi, and garlic roasted potatoes with a sundried tomato salsa. And for desert, mango passion fruit mousse cake. Yum!

 

Wendy Rahamut of TV’s Caribbean Flavours

According to author and Caribbean Flavours host, Wendy Rahamut, “It’s the blend of different cultures that makes Trini cuisine unique.” From French and African, to East Indian and Portuguese, 19th century indentured servitude brought immigrants from all corners of the globe to Trinidad and Tobago. The result: culinary diversity respectfully glazed with chutney and pepper sauce.

 

 

The veteran chef has been filming her cooking show in a cozy kitchen on the ground level of her St. Joseph’s Village home since 1998. Wendy shared her delicious callaloo and rum punch recipes with us — take note.

 

Wendy’ Rum Punch

1 cup of fresh limejuice

2 cups of sugar (melted)

3 cups of dark rum

4 cups of water

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Tarnish with nutmeg

 

Callaloo Soup

1 bunch of dasheen bush or callaloo bush washed and finely chopped

4 garlic cloves

½ cup chopped West Indian pumpkin

1 medium onion chopped

½ large bunch of fresh thyme

2 tbs of chopped celery

1 cup of shopped fresh chives

8 ochroes (okra) sliced

1 Scotch bonnet pepper left whole

2 pimento peppers, seeded and chopped

2 whole blue crabs, cleaned and washed in lime juice

2 tbs of butter

1 cup of coconut milk

Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

 

In a large pot, place 1 cup of water, add dasheen bush, garlic, pumpkin, onion, thyme, celery, chives, ochroes (okra), peppers and crabs.

 

Bring to a boil, cover and simmer until all ingredients are tender (approximately 30 minutes.)

 

Stir in coconut milk, cook for another 10 minutes, remove hot pepper and crab and swizzle until smooth; taste and adjust seasoning.

 

Get more great recipes at Wendy’s web site.

 

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Trinidad and Tobago are not just about white sand beaches and fruity cocktails. We hope this culinary exploration will inspire you to go globetrotting in the kitchen — cooking and eating Trini style — until you can make it to this island food oasis.

Follow Metanoya Z. Webb on Twitter at @GtStiletto

 

Thank you theGRIO.

 

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August 6th 2012: Celebrating 50 Years Of Jamaican Independence


 

By Jueseppi B.

 

 

The Jamaican flag is symbolized by the motto: “Hardships there are but the land is green and the sun shineth” The black is hardship and skin color, green is the abundance of resources and yellow is sunshine

 

 

 

August 6, 2012 will be the 50th anniversary of Jamaica’sindependence. The Jamaican people are a mixture of cultures. When Columbus arrived in 1494, he encountered indigenous Arawak people. But over the years, black people were brought in as slaves from Africa, and Chinese and East Indians were imported to Jamaica as indentured servants. Today, the population contains about 90 percent black people descended from African slaves, as well as citizens of mixed heritage. The other ten percent are a mixture of Chinese, East Indian and white.

 

One of the strongest elements of Jamaican culture is the language called “Jamaican Creole”. Although educated in English, due to British colonialism, Jamaicans consider their version of creole to be an expression of their rebellion against European domination. And in fact, a lot of Jamaican culture revolves around political or social expression. The most notable social and political revolution is the Rasta movement. Also called Rastafari or Rastafarian, it is often erroneously referred to as a religion, but it is really a movement that involves so many different facets and philosophies, and incorporates scriptures and figures from other religions, notably Judaism and Christianity. Since Rasta advocates the smoking of “ganja” [marijuana], the movement sometimes gains a bad reputation.

 

The Rastafarian movement was born in the 1930s, when Haile Selassie I [formerly named Ras Tafari -1930-1974] became supreme ruler of Ethiopia. Conceived through a prophesy of American Marcus Garvey [of the “Back to Africa” movement], Rastas believe that Selassie is their messiah and has never really died, their version of Jesus. For a wonderful explanation of the Rasta movement and religious beliefs, click here for Catherine Beyer’s article on About.com.

 

One of the most well-known Rastas was Bob Marley, the father of reggae music, which is associated with Jamaica, and whose songs often depict Rasta themes. Other famous reggae stars are Bob Marley’s son Ziggy, Jimmy Cliff and Peter Tosh. In the last twenty years, reggae music has become more mainstream, and is popular worldwide. Jamaican food is also becoming more popular, and the classic “jerk sauce” for chicken, fish, pork and other meats has been featured on many Food Network shows, and other cooking channels. Jerk is a combination of a style of cooking introduced by runaway slaves — called “Maroons” — and Arawak spices. For a recipe and cooking video, click here.

 

Of course, Jamaica is one of the most popular vacation destinations for Americans, Canadians and Europeans. It has one of the most developed infrastructures in the Caribbean for tourism, which is its biggest industry. This week, they celebrate a half-century of independence from Great Britain

 

 

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Fifty years of Jamaican Independence: Developments and Impacts – Opening Adress

Opening Address (Chair: Kate Quinn)
H.E. Anthony Johnson, Jamaican High Commissioner in London

August 2012 will mark two significant anniversaries, but will also signal a third, which is rarely acknowledged. On 6 August and 31 August 2012, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago, respectively, will celebrate 50 years of independence from the UK. However, the third, unobserved date is that this month and the two anniversaries together, symbolise the beginning of the independence process for most of the Commonwealth Caribbean. For the people in the region, independence came with tremendous, perhaps unrealistic, expectations. Freedom from colonial tutelage and domination was at the forefront, but the experience of the last 50 years has been a lesson on the limitation of sovereignty. Another area where there was great hope was in relation to the economy, with expected prosperity and social well-being. The experiences of the past 50 years have turned out to be sobering and contradictory, at best. This one-day conference provides a multi-disciplinary overview of Jamaica’s internal development since independence, as well as the country’s impact on the Caribbean and the wider world.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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