US Ambassador to Jamaica meets with minister of foreign affairs, presents credentials

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Mr. Luis Moreno, US Ambassador-designate to Jamaica, presented his diplomatic credentials to Jamaica’s Minister o Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Arnold J, Nicholson.

January, 17, 2015, Kingston, Jamaica:The United States Ambassador-designate to Jamaica, Mr. Luis Moreno, presented his credential letters on Tuesday, January 13, to Senator the Hon. Arnold J. Nicholson QC, Minister of Foreign Affairs & Foreign Trade.

In addition to the presentation, there were initial discussions on Jamaica and US relations, the recent shift in US policy concerning Cuba, and Jamaica’s fiscal tightening efforts in collaboration with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

After adding his support to the US policy shift toward Cuba, Minister Nicholson expressed appreciation for the opportunities and assistance the US had through the years provided Jamaica and the Caribbean. For his part, Mr. Moreno congratulated Jamaica on its progress with the fiscal programme and IMF collaboration. He also noted that he intended to promote an increase in US investments in the country and assistance in the area of security.

Both gentlemen also discussed the upcoming January 26 high level visit by Jamaica’s Prime Minister the Hon. Portia Simpson Miller to Washington. Prime Minister Simpson-Miller will participate in the Energy and Security Summit between the United States and the Caribbean. The summit will be hosted by US Vice President Joe Biden.–OnPointPress.net.

Third World’s lead singer “Bunny Rugs” has died

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William ‘Bunny Rugs’ Clarke

By Carmen Glover

For those who grew up on the island paradise of Jamaica listening to the sweet strains of exquisite reggae music, the soothing voices of Third World, Dennis Brown, Freddie McGregor and Black Uhuru provided the soundtrack of a remarkable childhood. For those, and a legion of fans worldwide, it is a very sad to accept that William ‘Bunny Rugs’ Clarke, the lead singer of the group Third World, whose poignant, searing voice gave the group its trademark sound, lost his battle to cancer and is with us no more.

William "Bunny Rugs" Clarke of reggae group Third World.

William “Bunny Rugs” Clarke of reggae group Third World.

Clarke, who was born on February 6, 1948, died hours ago, at the start of Reggae Month, in a Florida hospital, after being hospitalized in intensive care for a while. He would have celebrated his 66th birthday this coming Thursday.Clarke was also known as Bunny Scott and he began his musical career in the mid-1960s.  He was born in Mandeville, Jamaica. Clarke joined Third World in 1976, later enjoying the release of the hit album “96 Degrees in the Shade,” his first album with the group.

Third World Band with William "Bunny Rugs' Clarke in the middle.

Third World Band with William “Bunny Rugs’ Clarke in the middle.

Who can forget the beautiful notes to “Try Jah Love?” or the infectious melody of “Now That we’ve Found Love,” that late Heavy D took and blended with his own unique spin to create one of his most memorable hits? Who can forget Clarke’s clear vocal inflections on the anthem “Apartheid No” that railed against the injustices of the racist apartheid regime is South Africa?

According to reports by the Jamaica Obsever, Clarke was unable to participate in Third World’s 40th anniversary celebrations last year, due to illness. It was just four days ago that the paper reported that he was on the mend, after being hospitalized in Florida. Clarke also recorded music as a solo artist, releasing the album “Talking to You” in 1995. His 2012 single “Land We Love” from his album “Time” donating the profits to the Jamaican Children’s Heart Fund and the Chain of Hope charities. He received numerous awards for his music.

The passing of a legend is typically difficult to comprehend because it evokes an admixture of complex emotions. Clarke’s death is no different. Rest in Peace dear Bunny. Our hearts weep. Fans have flooded social media sites with tributes to the reggae icon, who, for many has gone too soon.—OnPointPress.net

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