Today In History- Caribbean National Weekly

This Day in History: On February 27, 1914, pianist Winifred Atwell was born in Tunapuna, Trinidad and Tobago. Born to a family of pharmacy owners, Atwell was expected to join in the family business and become a pharmacist, but life had another role for her.

Atwell played the piano since her adolescence and achieved local popularity for her musical talents. She left Trinidad in the 1940’s to the United States to study with Russian-American pianist, Alexander Borovsky.

In 1946, Atwell moved to London where she earned her rightful place at the Royal Academy of Music.

Her Honky Tonk Style of piano playing gained large popularity in the United Kingdom. By 1950, her popularity grew nationally and internationally.

In 1951, Atwell signed a record contract with Decca, thereafter millions of copies of her sheet music were sold and she recorded her best known hits of her career. Hits including Let’s have a Ding-Dong, Poor People of Paris, Britannia Rag and Black and White Rag.

Poor People of Paris reached number one in the charts and Black and White Rag became the signature tune of the Pot Black snooker program on BBC television in the 1970s.

Atwell also performed concerts on television and with Royal Variety Performances, her concerts would consist of her playing classical piano followed up with her popular Honky Tonk style music.

In 1955, Atwell arrived in Australia and was greeted as an international celebrity. But her popularity dwindled as she attempted to combine her style of music with others such as Rock N Rolls hits without success.

Atwell frequently visited Trinidad throughout her life, in one instance she bought a home in St. Augustine, Trinidad which was later turned into the Pan Pipers Music School by her former student Miss Louise McIntosh.

In 1971, Atwell and her husband Lew Levisohn officially settled in Sydney, Australia. In 1983, a day after her 60th birthday, Atwell suffered a heart attack and died while staying at a friend’s home.

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Today in History- Caribbean National Weekly

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On this day in Caribbean History: February 24, 1982 United States President Ronald Regan announced a new program called the Caribbean Basin Initiative (CBI) to be implemented in Caribbean and Central American countries.

Countries included Central American countries of Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama. As well as Caribbean countries of Antigua, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, Netherland Antilles, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago.

The purpose of the CBI was to provide economic and military assistance to these nations to “prevent the overthrow of the governments in the region” by the “brutal and totalitarian” forces of communism.

This was in response to what the US cabinet believed to be an increasing Soviet presence in the Caribbean and Central America.

Including the 1979 the leftist Sandinista regime came into power in Nicaragua, El Salvador was in a conflict between US backed government forces and leftist rebels, and Grenada’s government was establishing close ties to Cuba and Fidel Castro.

Eventually the CBI enforced anti-communist measures to the nations including the support of anti-Sandinista Contras, massive military aid to El Salvador, and the 1983 invasion and removal of Grenada’s leftist government.

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Past citizen blog – Mayoral Election of Pompano Beach

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Current Mayor Lamar Fisher and myself.

For a class assignment, each student was assigned to cover a different electoral race. Many students covered Trump vs Clinton, Rubio vs Murphy, Wasserman Schultz vs Conova, and others focused more locally.

I was assigned to cover the Mayoral Electoral race of Pompano Beach. Which allowed me to research each candidate, attend Pompano Beach events, and even allowed me to interview (either in person or by phone) each candidate.

I have met with and/or interviewed current Mayor Lamar Fisher, opponents David Baumwald and Patrick Jovanov. I covered the electoral race until the results of the Nov. 8 election was released.

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I feel that this allowed me to receive a better understanding on how local government works, pertaining to the election cycle.

 

Greetings,

The purpose of this blog is to not only show my past and current written work, but to also show the more fun side of life. Today, when one turns on the news, they are greeted with the harsh realities of this world. Shootings, bombings, children dying, potential war, and politics. One forgets to take a step back and look at the beauty of the world as well.

I aspire to be a lifestyle and travel journalist, I want to let people recognize the beauty and rich history the United States and other countries have to offer. We do not have to spend loads of money to travel in order to see beautiful, serene places; sometimes we forget to take a look at our own neighborhood and it’s own unique structures of it.

I have traveled from the tropical island of Puerto Rico to the snowing mountain top town of Cripple Creek, Colorado. I’ve been to locations below sea level and 9000 feet above sea level. From the top of the Empire State building in New York City to the Panama Canal, I would love to share those adventures and the many more yet to come.

All photos are mine and are taken through my cellular device.

Photo: View from Castillo de San Marcos, St. Augustine, FL