The people of the Caribbean and the cultural vitality of the islands are some of the main subjects covered in this work. It focuses on a number of island nations and territorial dependencies in the region. The people are a product of many cultures - African, European and indigenous as well as Asian in many cases - and have, through the centuries, shaped the identity and destiny of the island nations in such a way that they have become some of the most fascinating human societies in the world. The cultural landscape of the Caribbean is simple yet complex. There is cultural uniformity in many cases because of the common history of most of the Caribbean islands as former British colonies. But there are also differences, some distinct, others subtle, even among these islands which have a common colonial history and the vast majority of whose people have a common African origin. Trinidad and Tobago stands out as the home of calypso, among many other things which make this island nation unique. But so do smaller island nations such as Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, the Turks and Caicos Islands and others. They all stand out in their own ways. There are also territories which are not independent countries but possessions of the United kingdom and the United States; for example, the Virgin Islands with their separate identities and divergent historical paths, one group of the islands being British and the other American. They all have evolved separately to forge different identities in spite of the fact that many of them have a common cultural heritage. They also have many similarities even if some of them don't share a common history and cultural origins whose elements have fused to create what we know today as the richness and diversity of the Caribbean region which is one of the most interesting places and one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. The cultural landscape of the Caribbean as well as the ethnic and racial diversity of its people is an interesting subject not only to scholars but to members of the general public many of whom are familiar with the islands because of the way they have been portrayed and glorified in films and songs through the decades as a tropical paradise. And in many ways, it is.
When her fiance is delayed in London, Emily Harrington sets off on their long-awaited vacation to the exclusive Caribbean resort of Island Bluffs on her own. Fearing boredom, she is pleasantly surprised to discover that this romantic resort is filled with fascinating people: Roger Stirhew, a foremost travel writer, whose pernicious wit and words prove deadly; his disillusioned wife Jessica; Marietta St. John, an ageing society columnist; Nora, her devoted companion; Jon Peterson, an eager young restaurateur engaged to the lovely Sarah Maitland; and Annie and Martin Maitland, owners of Island Bluffs Hotel. whose lives are intertwined with those of their guests. Emily soon finds herself witness to the secrets of her fellow vacationers and, as the days unfold, new relationships offer friendship and diversion. But, when Roger Stirhew is found dead on the ocean beach with a bullet through his heart, diversion soon turns deadly.
This volume provides an analytical and facts-based overview on the progress achieved in water security in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region over during the last decade, and its links to regional development, food security and human well-being. Although the book takes a regional approach, covering a vast of data pertaining to most of the LAC region, some chapters focus on seven countries (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico and Peru).
A full understanding of LAC's trends progress requires framing this region in the global context: an ever more globalized world where LAC has an increasing geopolitical power and a growing presence in international food markets. The book's specific objectives are: (1) exploring the improvements and links between water and food security in LAC countries; (2) assessing the role of the socio-economic 'megatrends' in LAC, identifying feedback processes between the region's observed pattern of changes regarding key biophysical, economic and social variables linked to water and food security; and (3) reviewing the critical changes that are taking place in the institutional and governance water spheres, including the role of civil society, which may represent a promising means to advancing towards the goal of improving water security in LAC.
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