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One World Blue Media congratulates Michael Manna on his knock out win tonight. Keep going higher and higher. One good deed at a time.


Jan 6, 2019 @ 02:01am

YES!!! Joy speaking with you, learning about you brother!


Dec 14, 2018 @ 09:36am

In honor of Aunt Molly whose yarzheit is today.


Nov 23, 2018 @ 05:42am

nice to see you guys spotlighted on Blupela one world blue network


Nov 11, 2018 @ 01:21pm

A Thousand Mile Journey begins with one Step. Lao Tzu. Attila Domos you have taken many steps yet your journey is just beginning. Today you inspired hearts and minds around the Globe to go after their dreams and do something Amazing! "You are not required to complete the task, yet you are not free to withdraw from it" Ethics of our Father's. Attila Domos you gave the world everything and you have chased your dream to inspire others. You have succeeded! Many more steps are yet to come. Your Journey has really just begun.....One World Blue Congratulates You Attila Domos


Oct 8, 2018 @ 12:47am

I am really connecting with your sound and message. Great to see you Spotlighted on One World Blue.


Aug 17, 2018 @ 04:19pm

Come on out tonight to Mr Smalls for the CD release party of Social Justice Disco premiere!! 6 pm doors open. Come on out, get down, let your voice be heard and boogie!!


Jul 8, 2018 @ 02:28pm

Lion Adventure Travels will surpass all your expectations!!


Jun 11, 2018 @ 02:21pm

As a former travel agent for many years we are looking forward to working on creating travel adventures for many people to special, unforgettable and life changing destinations.


Jun 11, 2018 @ 02:20pm

Hey folks send me a request on Facebook and I'll be streaming my gig live from Sparta, NC this Friday evening. Much love to tall! #RAWK #williammasseymusic


Apr 25, 2018 @ 02:00pm

Very enlightening, so many accomplishments for the world! Mazal Tov. I am extremely proud of you and One World Blue. May One World Blue reach the hearts and minds of people around the world. May you continue your holy endeavors one good deed at a time.


Mar 29, 2018 @ 11:28am

One World Blue would like to acknowledge JDO Designs and Consulting for their exemplary work in computer maintenance and repair. They work with honesty and fair prices and they are the choice of our network for computer maintenance. They also work on computers remotely so you do not need to be in their area for them to access your laptop for many diagnostic and scanning services.


Mar 5, 2018 @ 11:19am

This is a wonderful service to have available. Definitely will keep in mind as soon as I have a need.


Mar 4, 2018 @ 10:54am

Happy Birthday my friend Sholom. When Hashem creates goodness He does it with Sholom. You have been a guiding Light in my life. May Hashem honor you for that.


Mar 2, 2018 @ 04:44am

Thanks for all of the love everyone! Can't wait to contribute more!


Feb 28, 2018 @ 08:59pm



Feb 26, 2018 @ 07:59pm

Inspiring sound! Keep playing and lifting people up with your music. It is great to see you here


Feb 25, 2018 @ 01:21pm



Feb 16, 2018 @ 10:46am

your story really touches me! What dedication and strength.


Feb 13, 2018 @ 09:47am

We need lots of motivation in today's world to do good.


Feb 13, 2018 @ 09:45am

Latest Buzz

Oct 12, 2018 @ 01:23pm

Upcoming Dates:

Saturday 10/13
Muddy Creek Cafe, Sparta, NC 730-10

Sunday 10/21
Salvage Station, Asheville, NC "Rebuild the Village Music Festival"
5-630 Tin Can Stage
Friday 11/2
Laconia Ale Works, Sparta, NC 7-10
Friday 12/14
Laconia Ale Works, Sparta, NC 7-10

Oct 12, 2018 @ 01:22pm

Fine folks of Sparta and the surrounding areas. Bill and Shana have given me the green light to start a little early on Saturday night to squeeze in some more tunes. Hope to see yall out there!!!

Oct 5, 2018 @ 05:15pm

One World Blue wishes Attila Domos great success this weekend as he is on a mission (October 6th and 7th), to once and for all OFFICIALLY break the handcycling world record of 403.8 miles traveled in 24 hours!! GO ATTILA!!! "NEVER BE AFRAID TO CHASE YOUR DREAMS - Lets do Something Amazing" Attila Domos Musician/Athlete/Writer/Entrepreneur. www.attiladomos.com. Check out Attila's Campaign Page Here on One World Blue

Oct 5, 2018 @ 05:10pm

One World Blue Promotes WIZDOM REGGAE!! This Sunday October 7th Taco Regae Jam 2- 6 pm Bella Terra Vinyards, Hunker PA. COME FEEL THE ISLAND VIBE!!!

May 18, 2018 @ 03:06pm

Hey folks I'll be debuting a few new songs this evening on WKSK's "Live After 5" segment out of West Jefferson, NC. The show will be streamed live here: http://580wksk.com

Hope yall can tune in!

William #RAWK #williammasseymusic

Apr 29, 2018 @ 04:03pm

Hey folks check out my updated Spotlight page for a brand spankin new song! Hope yall enjoy!


Mar 15, 2018 @ 07:05am

"The Best Is Yet To Come"
The Best is Yet to Come is Progressive New Faith Fellowship Baptist Church book. With Overseer Davis and many of the outreach ministries as well as the look inside of our church and church family.
The book is on sale for $140.00 it has 132 pages of full color. Please order your book now and click fund to pay. Remember we are all trying to make a difference in this world by putting God first and being able to help someone along the way. Thank you in advance.

Feb 25, 2018 @ 12:15pm

Massey will perform at Muddy Creek Music Hall on Sunday, March 4th,as part of their songwriter round, web-link: https://www.muddycreekcafeandmusichall.com

Nov 19, 2017 @ 04:10pm

Tickets will be released tomorrow for the StarQuest Finals Night at Sunny Jims right here on Blupela. $20 General Admission. $30 VIP. Stay Tuned for the Ticket release tomorrow. Seats are limited. Finals will be held at Sunny Jims on December 16th, 2017.

Nov 13, 2017 @ 08:39pm

Check out my daily video on Face Book at Online Community Church -- it's called "Convertible Conversations" and is a 4-7 minute discussion about encouraging spiritual topics!

Nov 13, 2017 @ 08:37pm

My latest novel "Convertible Conversations" will be out the end of this month. Stay tuned for more information! Paul Gray

Nov 13, 2017 @ 02:33pm

The Project Ambassador Program is now available with One World Blue. Contact our office to find out how you may benefit from this program. Ambassador brochures are also available to order thru the Blupela campaign page. Join this winning team and start making a difference in the world today!!

Jun 30, 2016 @ 12:16pm

2016 Summer Program: Saturday July 2

We will meet from 6-8PM to print prayer flags. Youth Sangha coordinator Bonnie Weiss will guide the children in meditation, chanting and stories in addition to the block printing. We will also have a potluck for snacks, so please bring something small to share (NO NUTS PLEASE). Tempa Lama will be away traveling.

Jun 20, 2016 @ 06:07pm

Stand together to condemn hate and violence! Join us for an evening of solidarity with the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community in response to the tragedy in Orlando. Hear from leaders in the LGBT community, Jewish community, Muslim community, and others.

Jewish Community Center, Squirrel Hill

Levinson Hall

Thursday, June 23

7:00-8:00 p.m.

Registration not required

We are pleased share another opportunity to support the LGBT community as well:

Saturday, June 18th, 2016

12:45 pm

Samuel & Minnie Hyman Ballroom

Congregation Beth Shalom

A Conversation with Evan Wolfson,

Director of Freedom to Marry

Mr. Wolfson is a Pittsburgh native and graduate of Alderdice High School.

Shiur sponsored by:

Beth Shalom’s Adult Education Committee

This is a free event! Call 412.421.2288 x114 for more information.

Apr 13, 2016 @ 01:01pm

For Kids of all ages come and enjoy 'Get Out and Draw' a journey into the imagination with the Super Hero of Fun, Mr. Buckethead. Event Date: May 28, 2016. Where: Dormont Library, 2950 West Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15216. When: 1 pm to 4 pm

Mar 12, 2016 @ 05:56pm

For Kids of all ages come and enjoy 'Get Out and Draw' a journey into the imagination with the Super Hero of Fun, Mr. Buckethead. Event Date: May 28th, 2016 Where: Dormont Library, 2950 West Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15216. When: 1 pm to 4 pm

Feb 1, 2016 @ 12:41pm

Join us for our monthly Pittsburgh Sportsline TV show at the Hollywood Lanes (2961 West Liberty Ave. Dormont, Tonight, Monday night February 1st, from 7:30-8:30 pm. They are more than a bowling alley! This great venue owned by Jeffrey Parke is a multifaceted entertainment facility offering our Pittsburgh community a wide range of activities including: bowling, darts, live music, our sports talk TV show and much more!!! There will be food, drink and bowling specials during our show! NO COVER!

Jan 11, 2016 @ 03:45pm

Don't miss our First Atrias PNC Park Pittsburgh Sportsline TV show of 2016!!! We start filming at 7:30 PM tonight January 11, for our 60 minute TV show for our BPTV studio!

My co host Smokin' Jim Frazier and Allen Levine "The Talking Machine" are honored to be back. Enjoy great food, drinks, service, TV Sports talk entertainment, great guests and much more.

Ask about Valet parking and there is also FREE on street parking after 6 pm too!

Try "The Talking Machine" BIG MOUTH BURGER" (My favorite ;)) We are on VERIZON TV channel 32 everywhere in the Greater Pittsburgh area Tuesday-Saturday 7-8 PM. ONLY COMCAST 7 in Bethel Park

Jan 8, 2016 @ 05:49am

Friday January 8, 7-8:15pm: Introductory evening talk
Saturday January 9, 9:30am-5pm and Sunday January 10, 10am-1pm
Olmo Ling Bon Center and Institute, 1101 Greenfield Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217
Many of you requested that we offer a retreat on the ancient and powerful Bon Chod practice ‘Laughter of the Dakinis’ which is part of the weekly Saturday morning practice at Olmo Ling. We are happy to be able to respond to this request! The Chod practice ‘Laughter of the Dakinis’ features a hauntingly beautiful melody that is chanted and accompanied by the Tibetan hand-drum (Damaru) and bell, together with visualization. Please join us to learn this unique practice, and join us thereafter at the weekly Saturday morning meditation.

Dec 30, 2015 @ 10:45pm

Only 25 hours left to see our documentary just released of Chiropractic now for Free. So now it's time to open your last present, our latest documentary! It took Jim Chester and I two long years to bring it to completion and it's free to watch until New Year's Eve! So please give it a view and share it with your friends, especially to those who may not be in the best of health. Click the link on our Spotlight here on Blupela.com. Please also share with the media buttons on Facebook, Twitter and others and please spread the word. Only 25 hours left to see it now for Free.

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Dec 27, 2018 @ 06:56pm

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Carics International Fine Arts Festival


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Richard Van Sickle

Richard Van Sickle
My name is Richard Van Sickle. I am 45 and currently I can't see due to having cancer when I was 7. Having seen I still can relate to people about colors. After receiving 52 radiation treatments and a year and a half of chemotherapy I am now in remission. I had to relearn to walk and talk and much more.
I started out as a Christian and learned about the Sabbath and the Festivals. I went to a Messianic temple and realized I had more to learn and now I am Jewish. After I became Jewish a Rabbi gave me the name Chaim.
Abraham and Moses both were called by G-d and they accepted his way. They would both start off small and learn more and more. We learn all our lives and then we must pass it on to our children and to younger generations.
This is one way to keep Faith alive. No matter how much we know there is always room to learn more and more in the knowledge of G-d. Just like a plant we need to grow. A plant needs sunlight and water to grow. After it is fully grown, it will be able to supply food, medicine, and shade for humans to enjoy.
Change the world by doing a Mitzvah. A Mizvah is doing something good. Here is how it works. Do something good for someone like buy them lunch, mow their lawn even something as small as holding the door for them. This will make them feel good and they will turn around and do something good for someone else. No matter how big or how small it is keep on doing a Mitzvah and you can change and the world will change with you.
Life is like a Journey. There are ups and there are downs. What matters is how we REACT to these changes. What helps is having a Positive Attitude. We must thank G-d for giving us the opportunity to grow and to be more and more like Him.
Let's Praise Him Every Day

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Kidney for Michelle Tarczy

Leibel Estrin
Michelle Tarczy with her daughter Meredith, son Jake and husband Matt.
Michelle Tarczy desperately needs a KIDNEY DONOR blood type A or O.
For more information, email
Or visit: https://www.facebook.com/akidney4michelle
Information can be also be obtained from her kidney donor contact, Audrey Caplin, kidney donor coordinator at Cleveland Clinic, at 216-445-3150. Donors must be in good general health, have blood type A or O and be between the ages of 21 and 60.
You can spread the word on Twitter .
If you or someone you know would like to donate, you can also
message Michelle on KidneyBuzz .
If you are interested in learning more about being a live kidney donor, you can visit Renewal should you decide that you want to move forward using the organization, rather than contacting Michelle through her email or webpage. Michelle is listed with them.
An email blast from Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple in Beachwood sent out to its congregants on November 19, 2014 urged them to help save the life of Michelle Tarczy at the time 37, and daughter of their congregants, Robin and Ray Elsoffer.
Robin Elsoffer was 39 when she found out she had PKD, polycystic kidney disease. Two years later, at age 16, Michelle learned she had inherited the genetically based disorder as well. There is no cure for the illness, in which cysts develop on the kidneys and kidney function declines, causing need for either a transplant or dialysis.
Michelle Tarczy, left, with her mother, Robin Elsoffer, in 2005
“Six-hundred thousand Americans have this disease, and nobody talks about it,” Robin said, “I never even heard about it.” Robin received a kidney from her sister-in-law, and then two years later, from her son. “I was not doing well at all,” said Robin. “He saved my life.” With the help of Fairmount Temple, her daughter Michelle now is looking for a donor.
After Michelle had her own daughter her kidneys started failing. Michelle said that since then “It’s been a gradual decline.” In March of 2014, she was told she needed to start looking for a donor. So her mother decided to turn to Fairmount Temple for assistance.
"We were in a position where Michelle didn’t have a donor, and I was trying to think of everything I could do,” she said. “I wanted her to receive a live donor because that’s the best thing to do. I didn’t know what to do. I was really searching.”
Robin Elsoffer spoke with Wendy Jacobson, the temple’s caring community coordinator, as well as Cantor Sarah Sager and Rabbi Robert Nosanchuk, to determine a plan of action. She provided them with information about Michelle and her medical situation, as well as a contact at Cleveland Clinic, which the temple then forwarded to its members via email and Facebook. “It’s so wonderful that the temple is willing to do something like this,” Robin said.
Some members of the congregation – including Robin – are still alive today due to someone’s decision to donate a kidney or another organ. The email the temple sent out urged those who did not meet the physical requirements to become a donor to spread the word by sharing its contents with friends and family.
“If this is something that you can do to help someone else, then why not?” Robin said. “Let’s help each other. If this was you, and nobody could help you from your family, wouldn’t you want someone to help?”
Partially taken from the Cleveland Jewish News

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What would you do to heal or change the world?

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Teach more Art History to broaden the understanding and depth of the Human Experience.

Vince The Artist OrnatoJan 15, 2019 @ 12:43pmMore

Spread peace by smiling to each other.

Global Market RetailJan 7, 2019 @ 04:49pmMore

To continue uniting the races starting with our youths. From a tender age, once you mean to serve your country, you can do it!

Prof. Wilmot Max RamsayDec 14, 2018 @ 11:44pmMore

To not be as concerned about whom we may offend but be more concerned by who we may inspire.

Dr. William C. WetmoreDec 13, 2018 @ 03:26pmMore

Create better opportunities for everyone through platforms that enable everyone to have equal opportunities for education and financial success. We also Stand to Empower others through the Arts and Agriculture which will end inequality in these areas.

Carics International Fine Arts FestivalDec 7, 2018 @ 11:22amMore

Increase of affordable housing to low or moderate income individuals and the homeless.

PHDA Pittsburgh Housing Development Association Inc.Nov 26, 2018 @ 10:21amMore

To teach others to do kindness every day and take care of one another. Smiling at everyone is the start to a better world.

5th Ave StoreNov 23, 2018 @ 10:59amMore

Open minds so that people can realize that the world is not black or white but rather grey and that people do not have to jump on a train with others because that is what they think they have to listen to. People can be masters of their own destiny. The most important thing is for people to also then realize that the purpose of us being here is to care for one and help take care of one another.


Demonstrate Love to all people we encounter and treat people fairly with equality.

Gary GermanyOct 15, 2018 @ 04:50pmMore

Animals'Angels would like to continue and increase our undercover investigations to expose the cruelty animals all over the country face every day and to ensure that the abusers are held accountable for their actions.

Animals AngelsSep 10, 2018 @ 10:03amMore

Music is a language that unites us & I'm using it as a means to bring us together! changing the world one song at a time!!

Oneg ShemeshSep 3, 2018 @ 01:38pmMore

I seek to create a climate where good people are not afraid to do the right thing and do not risk starvation homelessness and poverty because they have moral courage.I seek to crowdfund this story and employ anyone who donates for any contribution of talent that they may desire to give to this project. Example:If you can assist with the screen play you will be in the film , I am seeking talent.

The Fine Art Of Walking PointAug 3, 2018 @ 06:39pmMore

Help each other love one another and to also teach one another to be honest in their relationships.

Cantor Victor RothJul 31, 2018 @ 03:01pmMore

Our HOPE and COPE Wellness Initiative brings healing and wellness to all persons who wish to improve the quality of their lives in 6 primary areas of wellness: Attitudinal, Interpersonal,Financial, Physical, Emotional, and of course, Spiritual. We do this by focusing on working on the external wellness of the person toward healing their internal well-being. Our unique project: FREEDOM BIKES - Wheelin' and Healin' is one of our flagship programs, helping encourage, educate and find financial partners to get the "right bike for the right price" so that people can feel better, save money and be more effective in their professional and personal lives.

HOPE and COPE InitiativeJul 13, 2018 @ 01:39pmMore

I change the world around me with the light of Christ through stories, songs, and smiles.

msannegirlJun 27, 2018 @ 12:11pmMore

Make clean water available to all citizens of all nation's Globally.

Spring AquaHJun 1, 2018 @ 08:47pmMore

The world itself doesn’t need healed/changed, we the people can make a difference. Gratitude and intention go a long way.

True Blue Healing ArtsMay 17, 2018 @ 10:29pmMore

Let people know that what ever hurt they have is not forever and they have help available to them, they just need to know where to look. And look no farther than your own back yard because there are many people and organizations making a difference in the world!

Lollipops@PicklesMay 1, 2018 @ 05:41pmMore

Spread joy, smiles, and positivity.

Motivation ChampsApr 26, 2018 @ 06:10pmMore

Transforming the world through Community, Social Action and Awareness, Lionheart brings projects that Lift humanity and elevate the World.

Lionheart EnterprisesApr 10, 2018 @ 04:43amMore

Help people find a way out of the 'Financial Matrix' is the main thing that we do. Our company was also founded on Leadership principles that offer Continuing Education for CPA's. Corporate Training for individuals to use personally or to help train the staff they have in their businesses.

Financial FitnessApr 9, 2018 @ 06:57pmMore

To elevate the Physical to the Spiritual

Advisory Fund 138Mar 18, 2018 @ 11:55pmMore

To find treasures in antiquity and to treat them as such.

Crown AntiquesMar 18, 2018 @ 11:35pmMore

We have to focus on the most underprivileged human beings. Being Jewish we are focused on our Holy Land the land of Israel which G-d bestowed to the Jewish people and we come to the aid of the most vulnerable people in the Holy Land. These are the orphans and children at risk that we are taking under our wings at a young age and by the time they are adults they serve in the army and get married to build a beautiful home in Israel.

American Friends of Ohr SimchaMar 18, 2018 @ 12:10pmMore

Information and the Internet would be freely available 24/7/365 regardless of your age, race, location, or income (or lack thereof).

Jeremiah D. Ostrosky Sr.Mar 3, 2018 @ 11:08amMore

Since I began playing music and working as a teacher in 2009 all I've tried to do my best. My best at reaching kids. My best at writing and playing. If you twisted my arm for a more specific answer I'd say that by being a good person, friend, son, brother, colleague, and fellow musician is how I can contribute my little line to the story of the world. I feel like if more people focused on the positives in their lives (despite even experiencing or living in adverse conditions...easier said than done I know) then the world would begin to heal itself. When you think positively, and seek that out in your every day life, you will find it. We're surrounded by goodness; it's just a matter of knowing how to see it. It is my hope that through my music I'm able to offer people out there just a few minutes of goodness and happiness for their day or their evening. There are dozens of songs that when I first heard them I instantly knew they'd become part of my regular listening because of the way they made me feel. If I do a good enough job, maybe one day my music can serve that same purpose for someone else.

William Massey MusicMar 2, 2018 @ 05:40pmMore

Recycle and reuse as many products as possible without any waste and help to keep our Earth eco-friendly and clean.

YourTableCloth.comFeb 11, 2018 @ 03:56pmMore

As we look at the world today, healing starts with self. God created everything, therefore God is our healer and provider. It is in that where we create healing and change. We all have the fundamental desire to create an ideal world, where everyone is healthy, happy, and free of suffering. We have to educate more on healing and forgiving which gives the tools to help people move forward, learning the word of God and being able to create change among Christian's as walk more upright in to bring about positive change. The habitual tendency we all have is to look around us, find out what’s wrong with the world, and then try to “fix” it. This is what I consider to be a miracle. Every time I forgive myself, I create more space for love, happiness, and world change. While forgiving ourselves, on its own, won’t end global suffering or create world peace, creating peace within will better enable us to find and enact solutions to the larger problems we all face. Healing myself creates a ripple affect across the universe, allowing me to help others heal, creating a changed and healed world. I love outreach ministry, in that ministry I teach that we all have to work together to become one to bring about a change in our community, but we just cannot stop there. We have to learn to allow God to be God, spreading the gospel around the world as well as in our own neighborhood's. Are we our brothers and sisters keeper? YES WE ARE.

Overseer Dwight DavisJan 31, 2018 @ 06:04pmMore

I would tell people that you don’t have to follow the crowd. Do what makes you happy, and don’t let anyone tell you what you should be doing. I believe too many people are stuck in a life they hate and regret not listening to their inner self.

Theo CaloyerDec 18, 2017 @ 03:38pmMore

We are working to create a soundtrack to uplift those who are already engaged in the pursuit of justice, as well as inspire those who have yet to commit themselves to the cause of equity for the Earth and all it's people. It is better to use words as our swords and music as our shield.

Social Justice DiscoNov 26, 2017 @ 07:37pmMore

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CARICS Cachet Caribbean Community Society Limited

Carics International Fine Arts Festival
Cachet Caribbean Community Society Limited (CARICS)
CARICS International Fine Arts Festival
Introductory Exhibit
Affair of the Arts
“Art is a universal language and through it each nation makes its own unique contribution to the culture of mankind.”
— Dwight D. Eisenhower
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Contact Information:
Cachet Caribbean Community Society Limited (CARICS)
1F Rhynie Drive, Unity Hall, Montego Bay St. James, Jamaica, W.I.
Tel: 876-315-2756, 876-633-9873, International Calls: 561-247-6200
Email: carics@carics.net
CARICS' International Fine Arts Festival is an arts/artist development program and entertainment event which will have its introductory exhibit titled Affair of the Arts on March 9, 2019 at the Old Hospital Park, Gloucester Avenue, Montego Bay. This initial staging serves as a precursor to the Festival’s Mega Gallery exhibit is proposed to be inaugurated at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in Spring 2020. The Cachet Caribbean Community Society Ltd. CARICS developed the event to expose artistic talents while developing revenue streams and funding for tertiary education for marginalized youths.
The program will feature:
Art Exhibit: Local and regional artists and artisans from disciplines including ceramics, photography, woodcarvings, jewelry, multimedia compositions, painting & drawing, architecture, fashion designing, printmaking, sculpture, marching band and a top chef cooking competition.
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Training and Professional Development Seminar:
Industry professionals, to include curators, galleries, established exhibited artists, will provide training and advice to developing artists and students interested in pursuing the arts.
The day’s event will feature entertainment segments for participants and patrons to include kiddies’ corner. This will serve to attract patrons to the venue.
CIFAF Showcase: A major entertainment production to include live performances by several top local and international artist. International Reggae/Dancehall artist Agent Sasco will headline Affair of the Arts March 9, 2019.
"Come to Jamaica Mon!” View, buy or exhibit Fine Art in lush tropical paradise overlooking the Caribbean Sea!
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Exhibitors Enjoy:
Great networking
Accessibility to a primed audience
Close proximity to several major hotels and tourist accommodations
Unique marketing reach
Media coverage (TV, Print, Radio and Social Media)
For exhibitors at the International Fine Arts Festival registration fees are as outlined below:
10ft x 10ft (100 sq. ft.) Tent - $200 USD
ent is non-porous and has back and side coverings includes booth signage, basic interior lighting one table two chairs feature in CIFAF exhibition program, on event website as well as on IFAF social media platforms.
10ft x 20ft (240 sq. ft.) Tent - $300 USD
Tent is non-porous and has back and side coverings includes booth signage, basic interior lighting one table two chairs feature in exhibition program, on event website as well as on CIFAF social media platforms
Display Table - $120 USD
signage, one 6ft table and one chair under a covered area feature in exhibition program, on event website as well as on CIFAF social media platform
CLICK HERE TO PAY FOR YOUR SPACE TODAY. Your Payment will Reserve your Space
Cost will cover rental for the table or tent for the duration of the event. Exhibitor is responsible for outfitting and decorating interior of exhibition space.
- "Bob Marley" by Scion Derby
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Help CARICS to make this event a success by becoming a partner or sponsor of The CARICS International Fine Arts Festival’s Introductory Exhibit: Affair of the Arts, an event with flair as and a wide reach. It provides a rare opportunity to interface with the industry players all in one place and to have your brand represented in one of the world’s most profitable markets. Additionally, CARICS is aware that your organization seeks to support wholesome initiatives and so aligning your brand with the International Fine Arts Festival is a plus.
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More About Cachet Caribbean Community Society Inc. (CARICS
Cachet Caribbean Community Society Inc. (CARICS) is a revolving fund, developed to foster the socioeconomic development of the marginalized through education, agricultural and other enterprises, the arts and real estate. Cachet Caribbean Community Society Inc. [CARICS] is dedicating its efforts in the pursuit of people empowerment as a product of its business model.
The fund will incorporate communities and individuals online to participate via the internet with the contributing individuals, businesses or institution as well as cooperating Educational communities on projects and awards to be offered by the fund. This strategy of inclusion of partners from all over the world operating online, makes it possible to establish the Fund as a global entity, designed to eliminate poverty through education and business enterprise developments and projects. It is non- territorial.
Oniel Cunningham
"Cachet Caribbean Community Society Inc. (CARICS) is my brainchild. Being born to teen parents meant I had to learn what to be strong and resilient really mean in order to survive; I had to navi gate rural and urban poverty by way of the small farming community of Cambridge and the harsh inner-city of Salt Spring, both in the parish of St. James."
CARICS is a global entity, designed to eliminate poverty through education and business enterprises. Individuals and organizations are asked to contribute to the fund through donations, purchasing products and services from CARICS, as well as supporting CARICS events, designed to generate revenue.
-Art by Teja Christie Collections
"It was a deep intrinsic motivation to rise beyond the social and economic limitations of my background that pushed me to work hard. My humble beginnings and yearning for success serve as the impetus to make a difference in the lives of others, hence the conceptualization of CARICS."- Oniel Cunningham
"In order to resolve the things that are wrong we have to first recognize that we must develop our marginalized communities and individuals both socially and economically. CARICS’ aim is to do this through education, agricultural, the arts, real estate and for profit enterprises within these same communities, by providing affordable and practical solutions to resolving socioeconomic related and sociopolitical problems such as crime and domestic violence, regardless of designated category."
"Through community based programs targeting conflict resolution, anger management, as well as how to cope with the extreme trauma that is an everyday reality in many of these marginalized communities, we can help strengthen the resolve of those who need and yearn for it the most."
- "Cane Fields" by Scion Derby
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"In providing outreach and development programs locally and regionally The CARICS group and its members will in turn become a community to influence global change for marginalized communities. If we all begin in our corner and seek to build networks through those we impact, a sequence will be forged thereby allowing for far greater reaches and scopes."
- "Sea Sunset" by Scion Derby
"Individuals can be of service by supporting CARICS events and ventures by attending, sponsoring or purchasing pieces from individuals or organization aligned with CARICS. Additionally, they may provide financial or other assistance to students and budding entrepreneurs. "
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"We welcome the participation of artists/artisans and musicians in the International Fine Arts Festival. Additionally, for developing talents, there is a great need for additional training, guidance and mentorship and this is an area in which artists and artisans and musicians can help us greatly, and the advancements in technology makes it even easier to receive assistance from anywhere in the world."
"The essence of CARICS is to form a community dedicated to developing strategies, and programs to assist with alleviating socioeconomic and other societal problems within the Caribbean."
Please partner with us in this sacred endeavor, any donation is helpful, appreciated and worthwhile, down to the penny!
Donations will be for both for the upcoming Arts Festival and for CARICS in general, if you'd like to specify in which direction your donation should be channelled please note such when donating!
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Location : Montego Bay, Jamaica
Telephone: 876-315-2756 | 1 876-633-9873 | International: 1 561-247-6200
Email: carics@carics.net

Votes1 DateDec 5, 2018

Funded: 1 $150.00

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Gary Germany

Gary Germany
Gary Germany is an American singer, songwriter, musician, and composer, who was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. At an early age, he began singing and imitating the likes of James Brown, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Andrae Crouch, and Edwin Hawkins.
This Campaign is created to assist Gary in raising more funds so he can continue to do what he does best - create music and Lift people's spirits and souls. Funds raised here will allow Gary to continue to create audio and video productions. You may also use this campaign page to pay for Gary to perform at your next event or function. His cost is found under From the Heart on the Left side of this page.
Any contributions are greatly appreciated by Gary to continue with his Life's work and inspiration.
At the age of 13, Gary found God and gave himself over to his Christian faith, a very defining point in his life. He vividly recalls sitting in church and being inspired by an inner voice encouraging him to take his opportunity and jump on the organ, that, "he had a gift to share," and as the regular church organist had gotten up momentarily, his destiny was now!
Gary had never played keyboards before that point, and at that moment his anxiety overcame him and froze him in place long enough for the organ player to return to her post. Gary, a serious and sincere young man, thought that perhaps he had squandered his chance to express his gift.
A week had passed, and in that time Gary made a resolution that if the opportunity presented itself again, he would not miss the good fortune to play that organ. The opportunity did arise again that week, and he did not hesitate this time. When the church organist left her seat for a moment, Gary sat down at the organ for the first time in his life, not knowing a thing about the instrument. It was an exhilarating and transformative experience, but Gary found out that the gift he had inside would need much training, practice, learning, and focus, for him to utilize his talents to the fullest. Around this time, at the ripe young age of 14, Gary accepted his calling to become a minister.
Soon after his organ debut, Gary encouraged by his mother, placed an ad in the local paper saying "young minister in need of a piano, unable to pay."
"The add was published on Thursday; I got a response that Friday and the materialization of a piano in my own home took place that Saturday."- Gary Germany
Gary now had regular access to the instrument he was so eager to learn, and though throughout high school development of his voice was a primary focus, the piano was always there, and Gary was always learning.
"The main message, and goal I have with my music is to inspire and uplift."- Gary Germany
Gary spent the rest of his high school years attending a school for the arts in Pittsburgh called "Centers for the Musically Talented." Gary's primary musical study and development at the time was classical voice training and opera. He learned to sing in Italian as well, and though there was certain music he had loved and gravitated towards, he did wrestle with what music he should be influenced by for his spiritual development. Gary listened to less of his initial influences but always did gravitate back to them as well.
Gary ended up attending Duquesne University as a vocal major and a piano minor, staying three semesters. For various reasons, including Gary's hunger to learn in the most hands-on way possible, he left Duquesne and pursued a job going door to door around the country, selling books and magazines. Gary was encouraged by one of his employers that he should use his gift of singing as an icebreaker on his sales trips. The advice was well received, and that is exactly what Gary did. He learned he could make a remarkable first impression by utilizing his voice. He was able to put himself and his potential customers at ease, and this also boosted his confidence in musical performance. Gary had profound realizations as well regarding the power of music as a means of communication.
After working outside of Pennsylvania for some time, Gary moved back to Pittsburgh and decided he wanted more for himself musically; he had something to say and share. He joined a band playing pop and rock music, a cover band called Prism but later changed its name to Taken Over. This was his next music school, where he expanded his vocal skills, and his musicianship grew leaps and bounds. He embraced some of his earlier influences and gravitational pulls musically and furthered his knowledge of his instrument as well. He learned much about recording, programming instruments, arranging and composing. He would remain in the band for a year and a half.
Gary began making demos and pursued a solo career in music which would take him out west to Phoenix, Arizona where he landed a record deal with a local record company. The sessions were recorded but ended up never being released.
Gary kept pursuing his goals and found himself sitting at Motown Records in Los Angeles, California, presenting his demos there. He had no appointment scheduled but bravely walked into the building to present his work. Though Motown thought his material was not quite up to their standards with regard to sound quality, Gary was encouraged by the experience and did get some valuable feedback and good response to his songs.
Back in Pittsburgh, Gary pursued ministerial work, continued composing and recording, and in 1995 he was ordained through GMMI Gospel Connection Outreach by Reverend, Dr.Bobby J. Fulton. Gary served as Vice President of Gospel Music Ministries, International Arts Fellowship.
in 1996, Gary was hired by the State of Pennsylvania's Department of Welfare/Department of Corrections as a "youth development aid." Gary worked in this capacity for ten years. In 2006, he worked as a counselor at the Leesburg Youth Detention Center. During his tenure with the State of Pa, Gary utilized His gifts and created musical programs promoting Self-esteem for his clients and also volunteering with the Chapel Services. He received many awards one being 1999 Employee of the Year
In 2010, Gary went to focus solely on his work in the church, literally, as "Operations Manager" assisting in pastoral duties with youth and adults at the Church he and his brother opened, "Jesus Dwelling Place" in North Braddock. His younger brother Glenn Germany is the Senior Pastor. Gary is also the church pianist and musical director. Gary continues to write and release original music, more of which is set to be released quite soon.
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Votes3 DateOct 19, 2018

Funded: 0 $0.00

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Russell Johnson is in need of our help immediately

There’s a man I know; some of you may know him too. His name is Russell Johnson. Russell is a rare individual that has added much to countless lives through his work with JRJ Productions. Utilizing his talents within entertainment, creative production and his relationships within the worlds of music, film and sport, Russell has raised around Four Million Dollars for various deserving charities around the country, that is until recently.
He has devoted his adult life to helping others and raising his child, and he needs our help to do so. This is literally a life or death situation and together we can make a difference.
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Russell lost his father to a rare congenital disease called Marfans Syndrome. As bad luck would have it, Russell suffers from the same condition only much worse. From an aneurysm in his descending aorta (causing a complete replacement all the way to the femoral arteries in his legs) to open-heart surgery resulting in the complete replacement of his aortic root, Russell’s health has caused many problems...
After many months of recovery, he was beginning to get back on his feet; both literally and figuratively.
About two years ago things took a turn for the worse and have continued to go downhill from there.
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Over the years he has had seven different hernias (all as a result of Marfans Syndrome) and then he began developing Internal Bleeding; having been hospitalized 6 times over the past 7 months. At one point he required 5 blood transfusions because he was operating on 47% of his total blood volume (the doctors did not understand how or why he was alive). This keeps returning as his local doctors cannot determine the source or cause of the bleeds. This has also resulted in a drastic lack of strength, energy and stamina with several cases of loss of consciousness. He cannot walk longer than 40 feet without severe dizziness and having to stop all body movement. His last hospitalization, just 2 weeks ago came about when his blood pressure had dropped to 70/40. They have discovered a total of 7 DVTs (blood clots) in his legs. These are just the highlights of his current physical problems.
Finally, Russell has been admitted to The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, praying for a Diagnosis and Treatment Plan. Once a very successful businessman who devoted much of his work to the betterment of others, Russell has lost all of his savings to medical costs ( and an extended custody battle, which he won, when his wife left him while he was in the hospital). He is now in great debt and facing considerable medical costs just trying to stay alive.
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A very prideful man, Russell has issues with asking for help – but he deserves our help.
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He is currently trying to figure out how to even afford to get to The Mayo Clinic, much less cover the past and upcoming bills to cover the needed treatment and surgeries that are in the near future.
He has devoted his adult life to helping others and raising his child, and he needs our help to do so. This is literally a life or death situation and together we can make a difference.
Russell has always said, “Our purpose here is to care for one another.” Let’s prove him right. Please give what you can. Our modest goal is $50,000 and together I know that we can reach and hopefully exceed that goal. Lord knows he needs it.
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“Last year, you damned up a pond in Louis Armstrong Park in New Orleans to make space for an extra 10,000; we didn’t think you could top that. We were wrong, this year you created a virtual city on a peninsula in San Diego. Averaging 60,000 people a day for four days, they were entertained for over 13 hours each day. Yes we provided the NFL Players, but you provided the “Super Bowl of Parties” indeed. Congratulations, we couldn’t have asked for more.”
— Doug Allen, Executive Producer of the entire NFL Players Party
President, Players, Inc. and Asst. Director NFL Players Association (Former)
JRJ Productions offers:
Unique events specific to your needs
Full projects or the entertainment/talent components
The right talent for the right audience at the right price
Spectacular and Memorable Experiences!
By providing effective and creative event and entertainment solutions to a client base as wide and varied as the projects,
JRJ Productions and the leadership of Russell Johnson, have designed, developed and produced, a well deserved reputation for efficient results-oriented project management.
From Super Bowls to PGA Tournaments - From small high-level executive programs to week-long corporate incentive projects for hundreds - From Festivals for tens of thousands to charity/celebrity golf tournaments for hundreds - From booking small dance bands to the highest level of Talent possible; their projects all have a common foundation:
Achieving the goals and objectives of their clients in a professional, memorable and meaningful fashion which leaves an impact on the communities in which they serve.
JRJ Productions has had an extensive client and project list. You may also visit their [Facebook page]to see the extensive work they have done and the numerous people and charities they have helped, all at the guidance and direction of Russell Johnson
( https://www.facebook.com/JRJProductions ) peruse the market-specific portfolios
You may also e-mail them at russell@jrjproductions.com or give them a call at 910-297-2504.
“They come up with really good ideas and somehow make them happen!” – Molly Brooks, NFLPA Events Director
“Over the past 20 years JRJ Productions has consistently provided us with unique entertainment and access to some of the most recognizable celebrities for a wide scope of projects and clients. Their combination of creativity, knowledge of efficient productions and an incredible depth of contacts within the worlds of entertainment and sports figures have always been nothing short of remarkable.”
— John Patton, CMP – Partner
PlanIt Strong, Inc.
Russell Johnson and JRJ Productions have produced Name Artist Concerts for national conventions for clients ranging from Anheuser Bush to Deloitte Touche; from Re-Max to Burger King, from Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield to NAPA. They produced major events for a wide range of clients at major sporting events, including The Super Bowl, The Olympics, NBA All-Star Games and various PGA tournaments; and they have produced Classic “Parties” with some of the best show/party bands in the business.
With budgets ranging from $2500 to 2 Million, they have provided not only exactly what is needed, but what is wanted as well.
Non Profit
“Who knew the Celebrity Celebration could grow to the level where Rupp Arena was our only option for the show? And what a show! I see how many details you juggle for the event and yet each year gets better. The celebrities this year were not only recognizable stars all, but were engaging and so much fun for our supporters. Another incredible year for the celebrities, the sponsors, the guests and most importantly the Markey Cancer Center Foundation….”
— John Leshney
Director of Development (Former), The Markey Cancer Center Foundation
Beginning with The Freedom Classic Celebrity Golf Tournament in 1988, JRJ has helped national organizations such as The Special Olympics and the Red Cross and local and regional non-profits such as The Markey Cancer Center in Lexington, KY and The Georgia Baptist Children’s Hospital in Atlanta and The Food Bank of C&SE North Carolina.
From Celebrity Golf Tournaments, to Black-Tie Dinners, to Festivals and Concerts, their objective is not only to raise money for the charity but to also provide a unique and exciting event for all attendees. They have been dedicated to efficiently manage the event and the budget.
“I’ve worked with Russell a few times and I have to say it is always a great event, either with Little Feat doing a Super Bowl Festival, or joining other musicians playing music and golf in a charity event, it’s always first class and done properly."
— Paul Barriere
Little Feat
JRJ Productions has booked the biggest names in entertainment to local guitarists. From national comedians to the highest level speakers in the nation, from acts that are currently on the charts to many legends, there is not an area of talent that they have not dealt with and had an impact.
Talent has been the bedrock of the company – Their Talent and the Talent they are able to bring to the table. It is the common denominator in all the operations of JRJ Productions and the success of each project.

Votes6 DateOct 17, 2018

Funded: 11 $1,078.00

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Oneg Shemesh

Oneg Shemesh
Oneg Shemesh Band ~ Indie Folk/Rock Music
Oneg Shemesh's music represents a fresh and innovative new sound in Jewish music. His engaging and interactive style is sure to invigorate your soul and your feet!
Oneg Shemesh, whose first name means “utmost joy”, is an Israeli-born guitarist and singer known for positive, well-crafted songs, and genre-blending, innovative work that blends the spiritual aspects of the Modern Orthodox culture in which he was raised with a folk rock sensibility.
Whether singing about “shining the light forward” or one’s personal responsibilities in “Only I”, Oneg Shemesh’s music is at times evocative, inspirational, and powerful while always remaining upbeat.
Oneg was raised in Israel on Moshav Modi’im near Tel Aviv. After completing his army service, he joined The Moshav Band as a founding member, an Israeli American-Jewish folk rock band, they combine Jewish music with elements of alternative rock, folk, and reggae. Shemesh toured with them throughout Israel, the United States and Canada.
When he is not creating and performing music, he likes to spend time with his 3 beautiful children, hike, rollerblade, bike & workout at the gym. He currently resides in West Hempstead, NY.
I'm so grateful to my amazing fans! With your help the song & music video called SOME DAYS in memory of my Mom O.B.M. has been completed & released! Check it out below!
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This song is dedicated to my Mom A”H ברכה בת חונה יואל הכהן וזלטא
I had the privilege of writing this song & performing it for my Mom before she passed on FEB 5, 2017.
Here is the clip she took on her phone & this is what she wrote about the experience.
This is a beautiful song that my son Oneg Shemesh wrote with me in mind. He really nailed it perfectly. He totally captured in the simple lyrics, exactly how I’m feeling these days. Every time I hear him singing this, I am moved to tears and at the same time filled with joy!
Please share this song with anyone you know who is fighting cancer or who needs to hear this message of HOPE!
To buy the song go to https://onegshemesh.com/track/1542488/some-days
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Every purchase you make helps me to raise the funds to cover the costs of marking & promoting my music.

Votes1 DateSep 5, 2018

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Iranian Zoroastrians

Bernard Asper

The history of Zoroastrianism began with the Prophet Zarathushtra teaching what was called “the Good Religion,” to ancient Persia and Central Asia. His teachings taught obedience to one god; while he drew a small group of dedicated men and women, he also met with great resistance from local priests and princes. According to legend, Zarathushtra was invited to present his teachings before King Vishtasp, who became one of the first of many rulers in Central Asia to embrace this new and revolutionary faith. The religion continued to evolve into its present form from the belief in a supreme god representing what became the state religion of the Persians. Its present monotheistic and at least what some would call dualistic varieties all involve worship of one god, the good one who will triumph over the evil forces. This represents the dualism in all forms of the faith that goes back to its founder Zarathushtra.
Zoroastrianism gradually gained wider acceptance, becoming the religion of the Achaemenian Empire (550–330 BCE) founded by Cyrus the Great. The Achaemenians established the first “universal empire” across linguistic and cultural frontiers, practicing religious and ethnic tolerance for their subjects. The Achaemenians were defeated by Alexander the Great in 330 BCE, and the city of Persepolis, along with its library of religious texts, was destroyed by fire. After nearly a century of Greek rule under the Seleucids, the Parthians (256 BCE–226 CE) came to power and ruled in ancient Iran for many centuries. The Sassanian Empire (226–652 CE) succeeded that of the Parthians and during the next four hundred years, the Sassanian kings established Zoroastrianism as the state religion of Iran. This was the “golden age” of Zoroastrianism, with as many as thirty million people practicing the faith. The liturgy of the Avesta was collected into a cohesive unit, and new literature in the Pahlavi language flourished.
In 652 CE, the Sassanian Empire was defeated by Arab Muslims. The majority of Zoroastrians accepted Islam. Those who did not and were not fleeing the country fled to other areas within Iran. The Zoroastrian refugees developed their own language, Zoroastrian Dari, as well as a separate culture.
The Zoroastrians faced considerable adversity and religious persecution, which varied under different dynasties. Under the Umayyad dynasty, personal rights could be obtained with the payment of jizya, a special tax for non-Muslims, while during the Qajar dynasty, repression of the Zoroastrian religion took on cruel and violent forms. The life of Zoroastrians in Iran was often characterized by humiliation—with rules preventing them from riding on horseback, building places of worship, receiving an inheritance, or even from carrying umbrellas or wearing eyeglasses. With greater freedoms in the 20th century, Zoroastrians were able to establish themselves in business, industry, the educational field, and philanthropy. Many of today's Iranians are Zoroastrians who pretend to be Muslims.
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Votes1 DateJul 25, 2018

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Bernard Asper

The Roma are an ethnic people who have migrated across Europe for a thousand years. The Roma culture has a rich oral tradition, with an emphasis on family. Often portrayed as exotic and strange, the Roma have faced discrimination and persecution for centuries.
Today, they are one of the largest ethnic minorities in Europe — about 12 million to 15 million people, according to UNICEF, with 70 percent of them living in Eastern Europe. About a million Roma live in the United States, according to Time.
Roma is the word that many Roma use to describe themselves. They are also known as Rom or Romany.
The Roma are also sometimes called Gypsies. However, some people consider that a derogatory term, a holdover from when it was thought these people came from Egypt. It is now thought that the Roma people migrated to Europe from India about 1,500 years ago.
They originated in northern India and by the second half of the 20th century they had spread to every inhabited continent.
Because of their migratory nature, their absence in official census returns, and their popular classification with other nomadic groups, estimates of the total world Roma population range from two million to five million. No significant statistical picture can be gained from the sporadic reporting in different countries. Most Roma were still in Europe in the early 21st century, especially in the Slavic-speaking lands of central Europe and the Balkans. Large numbers live in Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia, the Czech and Slovak republics, and Hungary.
All nomadic Roma migrate at least seasonally along patterned routes that ignore national boundaries. They also follow along a chain, as it were, of kin or tribal links. The Roma’s own supposed disposition to wander has been forcibly furthered by exile or deportation. Only 80 years after their first appearance in western Europe in the 15th century, they fell under the penalty of banishment in almost all the nations of western Europe. Despite their systematic exile, or transportation abroad, however, they continued to reappear in one guise or another back in the countries they had left.
All unsettled confederations who live among settled peoples seem to become convenient scapegoats. So it is with the Roma, who have regularly been accused by the local populace of many evils as a prelude to later official and legal persecution. Their relations with the authorities in the host country have been marked by consistent contradiction. Official decrees were often aimed at settling or assimilating them, yet local authorities systematically refused them the bare hospitality of a campsite. During the Holocaust the Nazis murdered an estimated 400,000 Roma. French laws in modern times forbade them campsites and subjected them to police supervision, yet they were taxed and drafted for military service like ordinary citizens. Spain and Wales are two countries often cited as examples where Roma have become settled, if not wholly assimilated. In modern times the socialist countries of eastern Europe attempted programs of enforced settlement to end Roma migration.
Traditionally the Roma have pursued occupations that allowed them to maintain an itinerant life on the perimeters of settled society. The men were livestock traders, animal trainers and exhibitors, tinkers (metalsmiths and utensil repairmen), and musicians; the women told fortunes, sold potions, begged, and worked as entertainers. Before the advent of veterinary medicine, many farmers looked to Roma livestock dealers for advice on herd health and husbandry.
The archetypal Roma family consists of a married couple, their unmarried children, and at least one married son, his wife, and their children. Upon marriage, a young couple typically lives with the husband’s parents while the young wife learns the ways of her husband’s group. Ideally, by the time an older son is ready to move away with his family, a younger son will have married and joined the household with his new wife. Although the practice had declined significantly by the late 20th century, marriages traditionally were arranged by the elders in the family or band (vitsa) to strengthen political and kinship ties to other families, bands, or, occasionally, confederations. A central feature of Roma marriages was the payment of a bride-price to the parents of the bride by the parents of the groom.
Gypsy chieftains (voivodes) are elected for life from among outstanding families of the group, and the office is not heritable. Their power and authority vary according to the size of the band, its traditions, and its relationships with other bands within a confederation.
It was the voivode who acted as treasurer for the whole band, decided the pattern of its migration, and became its spokesman to local municipal authorities. He governed through a council of elders that also consulted with the phuri dai, a senior woman in the band. The phuri dai’s influence was strong, particularly in regard to the fate of the women and children, and seemed to rest much on the evident earning power and organization of the women as a group within the band.
Strongest among Roma institutions of social control was the kris, connoting both the body of customary law and values of justice as well as the ritual and formation of the tribunal of the band. Basic to the Roma code were the all-embracing concepts of fidelity, cohesiveness, and reciprocity within the recognized political unit. The ultimate negative sanction of the kris tribunal, which dealt with all disputes and breaches of the code, was excommunication from the band. A sentence of ostracism, however, might exclude the individual from participation in certain band activities and punish him with menial tasks. In some cases rehabilitation was granted by the elders and followed by a feast of reconciliation.
Bands are made up of vitsas, which are name groups of extended families with common descent either patrilineal or matrilineal, as many as 200 strong.
Spiritual beliefs
The Roma do not follow a single faith; rather, they often adopt the predominant religion of the country where they are living, according to Open Society, and describe themselves as "many stars scattered in the sight of God." Some Roma groups are Catholic, Muslim, Pentecostal, Protestant, Anglican or Baptist.
The Roma live by a complex set of rules that govern things such as cleanliness, purity, respect, honor and justice. These rules are referred to as what is "Rromano." Rromano means to behave with dignity and respect as a Roma person, according to Open Society. "Rromanipé" is what the Roma refer to as their worldview.
Though the groups of Roma are varied, they all do speak one language, called Rromanës. Rromanës has roots in Sanskritic languages, and is related to Hindi, Punjabi, Urdu and Bengali. Some Romani words have been borrowed by English speakers, including "pal" (brother) and "lollipop" (from lolo-phabai-cosh, red apple on a stick).
The Roma today
While there are still traveling bands, most use cars and RVs to move from place to place rather than the horses and wagons of the past.
Today, most Roma have settled into houses and apartments and are not readily distinguishable. Because of continued discrimination, many do not publicly acknowledge their roots and only reveal themselves to other Roma.
While there is not a physical country affiliated with the Romani people, the International Romani Union was officially established in 1977. In 2000, The 5th World Romany Congress in 2000 officially declared Romani a non-territorial nation.
During the Decade of Roma Inclusion (2005-2015), 12 European countries made a commitment to eliminate discrimination against the Roma. The effort focused on education, employment, health and housing, as well as core issues of poverty, discrimination, and gender mainstreaming. However, according to the RSG, despite the initiative, Roma continue to face widespread discrimination.
According to a report by the Council of Europe's commissioner for human rights, "there is a shameful lack of implementation concerning the human rights of Roma … In many countries hate speech, harassment and violence against Roma are commonplace."
Edited from the Encyclopedia Brittanica Roma article online as well as from https://amp.livescience.com/44512-gypsy-culture.html

Votes1 DateJul 24, 2018

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Animal Adapt to Cold Weather

Betty Smythe
As the days shorten and the weather gets colder, it’s easy for most of us humans to adapt. Simply break out the long underwear, dust off the winter coat and we’re pretty much ready to go, at least here in the Midwest. Now what about those animals out in the wild? While we’re all familiar with bears hibernating through the winter, birds migrating to warmer settings and other animals living off stored food that they’ve been saving up since the summer, how the heck do those animals who remain active not only brave the elements but function in these conditions, especially in the coldest regions of the world? Understanding the answer to this question requires an appreciation for the adaptability, resiliency and creativity of leatherback turtles, penguins, arctic foxes, golden-crowned kinglets and many other animals.
Around for more than 100 million years, the leatherback turtle has certainly evolved as a deep sea diver capable of surviving in the coldest, deepest waters. For these unique reptiles, it’s good to be big. Weighing up to 2,000 pounds, leatherbacks remain warm in cold water in large part to their mass and natural abilities to slow heat loss. Outgoing blood warms cool blood in the leatherback flippers before it reaches the body core, and a sphincter in these turtle’s throats shuts off blood flow to the lungs when diving, allowing these amazing creatures to conserve energy when needed. In the deepest waters, leatherbacks get plenty of sustenance from jellyfish, their favorite meal.
While penguins may be celebrated in film for their triumphs on land (and aided outside the water during the cold by their compact feathers, including up to 70 feathers per square inch), these intriguing fellas do spend nearly 3/4 of their lives in the water. So what is the key to their success? Chalk it up to an insulating layer of blubber and the ability to generate body heat by staying active (penguins are able to jet through the water at speeds of up to 15 mph). Other ways penguins stay warm include tucking in their flippers to reduce the surface area for heat loss, absorbing heat from the sun via their black, back feathers, and reducing their contact with the ice by tipping up their feet and standing on their heels in a tripod-like position.
While penguins may be celebrated in film for their triumphs on land (and aided outside the water during the cold by their compact feathers, including up to 70 feathers per square inch), these intriguing fellas do spend nearly 3/4 of their lives in the water. So what is the key to their success? Chalk it up to an insulating layer of blubber and the ability to generate body heat by staying active (penguins are able to jet through the water at speeds of up to 15 mph). Other ways penguins stay warm include tucking in their flippers to reduce the surface area for heat loss, absorbing heat from the sun via their black, back feathers, and reducing their contact with the ice by tipping up their feet and standing on their heels in a tripod-like position.
While penguins may be celebrated in film for their triumphs on land (and aided outside the water during the cold by their compact feathers, including up to 70 feathers per square inch), these intriguing fellas do spend nearly 3/4 of their lives in the water. So what is the key to their success? Chalk it up to an insulating layer of blubber and the ability to generate body heat by staying active (penguins are able to jet through the water at speeds of up to 15 mph). Other ways penguins stay warm include tucking in their flippers to reduce the surface area for heat loss, absorbing heat from the sun via their black, back feathers, and reducing their contact with the ice by tipping up their feet and standing on their heels in a tripod-like position.
For other warm-blooded mammals like whales, seals and walruses, it certainly helps to be big, as the larger the mammal, the lesser the surface area to lose heat. With that said, fur seals benefit not only from weighing roughly 600 pounds as adults but having thick under and overcoats that they shed once a year, and blubber under the skin that can range from one to six inches. For Beluga whales, five inches of blubber certainly helps, as do unique adaptations like a dorsal fin that can break through ice for attaining fresh air, a flexible neck that allows for more maneuverability while navigating cold waters during migration, and amazing endurance (these whales can cover 100 miles in one day). Eat your heart out, Michael Phelps.
Outside the water, land-based animals must be as adaptive to the perils of the Arctic tundra in order to ensure survival. What blubber is to keeping penguins, seals, whales and walruses warm, fur is to caribou, musk oxen and arctic wolves, with the last two examples having thick, long hair overcoats and supplemental undercoats of fleece and fur, respectively. In comparison to other wolves, arctic wolves have smaller, rounder ears and shorter muzzles and legs that help them reduce heat loss. For some animals like the arctic fox, snowshoe hare, collared lemming, and ermine (least weasel), their fur actually changes colors from brownish-gray to white during the winter, offering them not only a needed blanket but an advantageous form of camouflage that makes them hard to identify in the snow. Lemmings, which look like fat furry hamsters, and arctic ground squirrels (the only arctic animal to hibernate) also keep themselves warm by staying in tunnels under the snow (as Ben Folds Five once sang, “you can be happy underground”), while hundreds of arctic hare display another crafty way of generating heat by congregating and packing themselves close to each other.
Last but not least is the cool story of the golden-crowned kinglet, a tiny bird that resides in Canada and various parts of the United States, Central America and Mexico. Weighing less than a fifth of an ounce, this bird species is able to survive cold weathers via several intriguing adaptations. Researchers have found that the kinglets subsist on hibernating inchworms that reside in their stomachs, keep warm via their plentiful feathers that insulate their small bodies, provide further insulation by puffing out thier bodies (similar to many other birds), and huddle together at night for even more warmth.
Read more at http://www.momtastic.com/webecoist/2009/10/16/natures-cold-weather-warriors-14-resilient-adaptive-animals/#iIKJZAFBJjZphPJe.99

Votes4 DateDec 25, 2017

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Domestic Animals

Rat Assist Feline Recovery

Betty Smythe
A café in Brooklyn has become an unexpected center of diplomacy for two of nature's most adversarial animals: cats and rats.
In partnership with the Brooklyn Bridge Animal Welfare Coalition, the Brooklyn Cat Café in New York City typically houses about 20 cats that are up for adoption. Visitors can stop by for treats and to interact with the animals, some of which may end up finding new homes.
In one case, though, a kitten housed at the café was diagnosed with feline leukemia and had to be isolated from other cats to prevent the disease from spreading. Feline leukemia is one of the most common infectious diseases seen in cats. An estimated two to three percent of cats in the U.S. have the virus, which is contained in bodily fluids and is spread by close contact, like mating or bite wounds. After being diagnosed with the condition, cats live for only about two and a half years.
The situation prompted the café owners to seek out a different kind of companion animal for the black kitten, named Ebony. That's how they came to adopt a white rat from a nearby rescue center, which they named Ivory. Rats cannot contract the feline leukemia virus, making Ivory an ideal companion for the small kitten.
Ebony died after five months, but the café owners believe her life was "immeasurably enriched" by having a companion. After two years Ivory died (rat lifespans average around two years), and the café decided to continue bringing in companion rats from a nearby animal rescue center, starting with a pair named Remy and Emile.
According to the café's website, rats are unafraid of kittens because they're relatively similar in size. The kittens often chase and pounce on the rats' tails, which the café says is OK as long as the kittens are gentle.
Domestic cats evolved to be solitary hunters, and kittens learn hunting behaviors from their mothers. When separated early from their mothers or the rest of their litter, some kittens can show too much or too little aggression, according the Humane Society. And when they become adults, their potential relationship with rats gets more complicated.
Katie Lisnik is the director of cat protection at the Humane Society International. She notes that regardless of anecdotal stories about interspecies relationships, cats still act on instinct, and rats are their natural prey.
"Even though bonds are formed, rats can move in a certain way that triggers the cat's [hunting] response," she says.
Sarah Gibbens, the reporter, is an associate digital producer at National Geographic

Votes1 DateSep 3, 2017

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Domestic Animals

Horses Saved in "Harvey" Flooding

Richard Margolis
Floodwaters in Houston, Texas, continue to rise as people scramble to higher ground. However, humans are not the only ones in danger of the flooding waters. Over 70 horses were saved in Northeast Harris County. One of the volunteers who helped save the horses was Mongol winner Justin Nelzen who rescued 15 horses from floodwaters in Houston, Texas. Justin didn’t travel by boat to save the horses; he bravely jumped in the water, and swam them to safety.
The owners of the Cypress Trails Equestrian Center did not believe that the water would rise so much in their area to be a threat, but they were wrong.
Darolyn Butler, the owner of Cypress Trails Equestrian Center in Humble, said, “They have an evacuation plan and they practice several times a year.” However, even with all their practicing, they waited until it was too late and the barn was already flooding.
She said that she watched the weather news until 2 a.m. and saw the cells were splitting, that the storm was about over. They went to bed and woke up an hour later to discover the stables were filling up with water.
“We woke up around 3 and it was already too high to get the trailers out.”
Over 100 deputies, constables, firefighters, and good Samaritans volunteered to help save the horses. Some used boats while others swam in the water as they tried to reach the frantic horses. Reports vary, but it’s estimated that 70 to 100 horses were involved. However, how many horses were actually saved and may still be missing remains unknown.
Videos showed horses treading as they tried to keep their heads above water. Some horses became tangled in fences as they were “seen trying to get over what appeared to be a flood-inundated fence in the area near Cypress Creek.”
Some horses were exhausted and needed help in holding their heads up when they came near the edge of the road. Rescuers jumped in the cold water to assist the horses as they led them to an area where they could finally stand on the ground.
Veterinarian Dr. Dori Hertel checked over the horses, amazed that after all they went through the horse calmly allowed themselves to be checked over. Dr. Dori Hertel said that so far, she had not seen any serious injuries.
Horses are like people and they tend to panic in certain situations. Sometimes they make bad decisions. However, they tend to follow each other and if the volunteers can get the more “levelheaded” horses going in the right direction, the others tend to follow.
Judge Ed Emmett posted an update on his Facebook page, “For those of you that may have seen the news reports of horses trapped in the water at Cypress Trails Equestrian Center, all but a few of the horses have been rescued or have been seen on higher ground. 3 or 4 are still loose but don’t appear to be in grave danger.”
Judge Ed Emmett also reported on his Facebook page, “We’ve heard that most of the 80 horses at Cypress Trails have been rescued. A few still loose but not grave danger. Will update when we hear.”
In another heartwarming story of a horse being saved from the raging waters is an almost blind horse. Devon Horn bravely rescued a frightened horse named Boomer. It was a struggle for a while as the frightened horse could not see well enough to know where to go or what to do, but somehow, Devon managed to lead Boomer back onto the higher ground. Devon said at one point they tried to get out at one location, but they were swept down the river about 300 feet. Sheriff’s deputies assisted Devon and Boomer to dryer ground.
Videos capturing the dramatic horse rescue flooded Facebook, and many of the comments were unkind to the owners of the stables. Many posts claimed that some of the horses were tied so they could not escape, and those were the ones that drowned. One wrote, “I have lived by this stables for 20 years. They move the horses EVERY TIME there is a flood.” While another wrote, “They didn’t move them because we were only expecting 8 inches of rain which wouldn’t flood the property but we got 16 inches last night that they didn’t expect.”
However, it’s not only the horses who need rescuing. The video below shows the wildlife that’s been displaced out of their homes because of the flood waters.
There is one story that stands out, and this is about a horse that was presumed dead. Mac Stanford posted, “There were many prayers being said aloud, and there was no doubt that God was present today in all of His glory. There are going to be some EXHAUSTED Guardian Angels in Heaven’s beds tonight!
Suddenly, at 2:02 p.m., without warning, this glorious beast burst through the surface of the water beneath the bridge and pulled himself up the concrete embankment with no help from any human. The crowd above was absolutely stunned into silence…then ERUPTED with cheering and applause. The horse was so exhausted that he could barely walk. He wandered towards the crowd, and gave a loud neigh when the woman that owns him and was boarding him there, broke through the crowd and grabbed his bridle. I got the whole thing on video!”
Read Mac Stanford’s entire account of the event here.
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Votes3 DateAug 29, 2017

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