Wednesday, 22 May 2013

A SENSE OF PLACE: Kingston among 8 cities for Anancy Festival + Simpson-Miller heads to Africa for special OAU summit

STORY TIME: Promising a taste of rich Caribbean culture on a platform perfect for young children and teens, the 2013 Anancy Festival will be staged in eight cities worldwide on either June 8 or 15, as a celebration of our Afro-Caribbean heritage, but particularly in salute of the West African trickster/folk-tale hero after whom the festival is named. The eight locations, including Kingston, are Fort Lauderdale, Washington DC, Atlanta, New York, Nairobi (Kenya) and Accra (Ghana). The Tom Redcam Library will play host to the Kingston leg on June 15. For more info on the festival, go to or visit 

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS: Accompanied by foreign affairs minister, A.J. Nicholson, PM Portia Simpson-Miller left the island on Wednesday for Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to take part in a special 50th anniversary summit commemorating the establishment of the Organization of African Unity (OAU). According to a release from the OPM, Simpson-Miller is expected to give a keynote address in keeping with Jamaica's foreign-policy objectives, and will also use the opportunity to engage in bilateral talks aimed at furthering Jamaica's growth and development agenda, as well as mutual interests. She returns home next Tuesday. Dr. Omar Davies is in charge of the government until then.

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