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In Caribbean interest, Entertainment, Politics on September 26, 2008 at 7:37 pm

Lots. Lots. Lots of interesting news both in the U.S. and the West Indies.

Hmm…let’s see.

  • The United Nations’ Office for Humanitarian Affairs seeks to raise $108 million to support relief efforts in hurricane-ravaged areas in the Caribbean, according to the West Indian Times.  One-third of the fund will be used for shelter, health, water, sanitation, agriculture, education, etcetera. The UN has also appealed for more than $100 million in aid to assist more than 800,000 affected Haitians.  St. Vincent and the Grenadines is lending a hand. Some $100,000 has been earmarked for Cuba and $60,000 for Haiti, reports WIT.
  • The Aussies also are donating $1 million to affected countries including the aforementioned.

Sigh.  More storm systems are brewing in the West Indies.

In related news, I’d still like to amass information on charitable sites other than the obligatory Red Cross. If you know of a cool nonprofit org, do share. Thankie.

  • The Chinese Petroleum Corp. is set to scour nearly 5,000 kilometers of the Caribbean Sea for oil. I found this tidbit interesting given the Republicans’ frothing at the mouth over dreams of off-shore drilling in Alaska. Whatev!
  • Jamaican sprinter, Usain “Me a go. Me a run. Me a win.” Bolt, has been making his rounds,  getting telly time on Live with Regis & Kelly and the David Letterman Show.  Bolt gave Letterman quite the chuckle when he used the word “crater”, which was one of Letterman’s key words when he ripped into No-show McCain this week.
Kelly Ripa

Kelly Ripa

I won’t bore you with footage of the world’s fastest man partaking in an an egg race against Kelly Ripa, who on Friday looked ghastly thin in an asymmetrical one-shoulder black knit dress.  Psss…Kelly, please eat. You’re naturally petite. Too much exercise and not enough caloric intake makes for an uncool look.

In case you missed a peeved Letterman’s rant after Republican presidential nominee No-show McCain‘s last-minute cancellation, here you go. Funny, funny stuff.

Then there was this debacle:

  • Lastly, American Idol star Clay Aiken finally came out the closet. Whew! Finally! His sexuality isn’t a surprise given his one too many bad ladylike coifs. I’m certainly not surprised.  His blue haired fan base might be jarred but I’m not. Any who, glad you came clean, Clay.  Legions of us already knew you bat for the other team. – MJ
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