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19 August 2009

Stories from 19 August 2009

Dominican Republic: Treasure Trove

  19 August 2009

Repeating Islands blogs about “the discovery of a ‘treasure trove’ of stone tools and the bones of several now-extinct Caribbean animals in a prehistoric water-filled cave in the Dominican Republic”, which may “give insights into the earliest inhabitants of the Greater Antilles.”

Barbados: BICO Fire

  19 August 2009

Barbadian bloggers are concerned about a factory fire, both from economic and safety standpoints.

St. Vincent & the Grenadines: Inter-Island Ferry

  19 August 2009

From St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Abeni reports, along with Repeating Islands, that come this October, “an inter island ferry service based in Grenada will be officially launched”, adding: “Given our disgust with LIAT [a regional air carrier] it should be interesting to see the response.”

Barbados, Jamaica: Eye of the Tiger

  19 August 2009

Barbadian diaspora blogger Jdid has a message for the mainstream sports media: “I'm sorry Sports Illustrated and ESPN but the biggest story this weekend was Bolt's 9.58 seconds not Tiger losing some golf tournament.”

Zambia: Chiluba is acquitted

  19 August 2009

A Lusaka Magistrate’s Court has acquitted former Zambian president Federick Chiluba over corruption charges he was facing: “According to the judgment, the acquittal was based on the fact that the prosecution team failed to prove their case beyond reasonable doubt on all counts against the former president.”

India, Pakistan: Reopening The Wounds

  19 August 2009

V. Krishna Ananth at Permanent Revolution discusses about the media hype on the recent book by former Indian foreign minister Jaswant Sing. In this book he challenged the theory that it was Mohammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan, who insisted on a separate homeland for Muslims that forced the...

Kenya: Lion-saving Art Takes Shape

  19 August 2009

The pride of Kenya Campaign, being touted as the biggest event in Kenya's conservation calendar this year, has been picking pace and excitement has been building. The Pride of Kenya is a campaign – coordinated by the Born Free Foundation – to raise awareness about the plight of the declining...

South Africa: Connect with Highway Africa

  19 August 2009

Connect with Highway Africa on social media networks. Highway Africa is the world’s largest gathering of African journalists in South Africa discussing journalism and new media: “With only three weeks before all these exciting conversations take place in Grahamstown, we would like to encourage you to connect online with other...

Guatemala: The Production of Cobán Wine

  19 August 2009

Through photographs, Nelson Benjamín Pérez documents the production of Cobán wine made by Faustino Padilla Carrillo [es] in Central Guatemala. He primarily makes 250-300 bottles per year for artisanal purposes and is said to contain many health benefits.

Zimbabwe: Media Commission Update

  19 August 2009

An update from Sokwanele regarding Media Commission in Zimbabwe: In terms of the Constitution the President must make all key appointments in consultation with the Prime Minister…It is hoped that the matter will be concluded expeditiously without further objections and obstacles, as there can be no registration of new media...

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