Reina Maria Rodriguez Awarded National Literature Prize 2013

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Cuban poet Reina Maria Rodriguez was awarded the 2013 National Literature Prize by a jury made up of outstanding Cuban writers who considered 18 different candidates proposed by literature institutions throughout the country.

Rodriguez’ work has filled a crucial space in Cuban contemporary poetry of high aesthetic, conceptual and ethic quality, reads the document that backs the award.

Poetess Reina Maria Rodriguez, who enjoys great national and international acknowledgement, has written many anthologies and other poetry in different publications in The Americas and Europe and she is considered an outstanding figure in Cuban literature. Rodriguez’ works have been translated into many languages and have given her other awards, such as the 1988 National Culture Distinciton, France’s Order of Arts, in 1999 and the Alejo Carpentier Medal, in 2002.

The National Literature Prize is the top distinction granted every year by the Cuban Book Institute as acknowledgement of works by those…

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Diaspora-supported victory of “The Voice” winner Tessanne Chin displays the power and potential of the Caribbean-American community

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An impressive demonstration of talent — and people power — climaxed last week when “The Voice” contestant Tessanne Chin won the finals of the NBC-TV music reality show, Jared McAllister writes in his column for The New York Daily News.

Chin — who hails from Jamaica — won a record deal, $100,000 and immeasurable international and Internet popularity.

Across the U.S., an amazing grassroots, small business and corporate initiative was created in Caribbean diaspora communities to help support Chin through the competion. Tessanne won, but so did the people power movement, which could conceivably be marshaled to aid the Caribbean people in the U.S. and the region.

The inititive pushing for Chin to win highlighted the huge potential — economic, political and otherwise — of Caribbean people working together for a common goal.

Caribbean nationals cheered on Chin throughout the TV season at organized viewing parties. In the New…

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50 stunning Olympic moments: Wilma Rudolph – in pictures | Sport |

Wilma Rudolph, known fondly as The Black Gazelle, entered the summer Olympics of 1960 with high hopes of glory having won a bronze medal as part of the American 4x100m relay team four years prior. Her success as a track athlete was all the more remarkable given that she had worn a leg brace as a youth after contracting polio

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Ultra-distance runner breaks record – National – NZ Herald News

Ultra-distance runner Kim Allen has broken the world record for running without sleep.

Kim Allen passed the previous women\’s record of 486km shortly before 6pm at Auckland Domain.

But she hasn\’t yet finished, and will try to continue to 500km, which she\’s expected to reach about 8pm.

The 47-year-old has been running for about 84 hours, after starting at 6am on Thursday morning, but has slowed to a walk in the final laps.

Supporter Michael Rodliffe said the record passed with no fanfare, as they were saving celebration for the 500km mark.

\”We kept it quiet, we haven\’t actually told her yet,\’\’ he said.

\”We didn\’t want her to give her an excuse to stop. In two hours time when she\’s finished the 500, we\’ll celebrate.\’\’

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