Monday, 25 July 2016

CeeCee Beats FiFi By Putting On THE DRESS. Calypso Monarch Results

The DressJoel Was Man Enough To Wear It ... And Has Tara's Crown To Prove It.

Tara Banks and Joel Davis at the Calypso Monarch contest in Toronto
Last night's Calypso Monarch competition had an ending that made one cross dresser happy and had the competition's most winning singer losing to her imitator!
Connector / Macomere CeeCee (Joel Davis) is Toronto’s New 2016 Calypso Monarch! He was the most popular choice at the competition, beating perennial winner Macomere Fifi (Tara Woods) with his winning composition entitled “The Dress”. He beat out 12 contestants on Sunday night at the Latvian Canadian Cultural Centre.


Macomere CeeCee

Joel Davis, who had hinted earlier in the year he may not compete made it into the finals by coming up with a good song, innovative lyrics and a willingness to appear on stage in drag. This is not the first time that a Calypso singer has dressed as the opposite gender, but, Connector did something completely new, he was dressed as the reigning Calypso Monarch, Macomere FiFi! His performance, the Dress, was all about how he couldn't win as a man, because Tara Woods' persona Macomere FiFi is just too good to beat. So that is why, as his song lyrics explain, he "decided to put on the dress" (and the make-up and wig).
The Dress had the standing-room-only crowd of 300+ singing along, dancing in the aisles and whooping their support for Macomere CeeCee!
Earlier in the evening the real Macomere Fifi, had received a similar reception with many giving her a standing ovation for her song Soca Quest. Her performance was strong, her voice pure and her message loud and clear. In any other year it was a winning routine.

The judges spent almost an hour looking over the results while MC Dick Lochan and the Ossie Gurley And The Truth kept adding verses to every song they knew to keep the audience in the hall!
The Juiceman and Connector
In the end Joel Davis won the crown for his version of Macomere Fifi (or was it for being Macomere CeeCee?). He also captured the Best Melody Award, Most Original Calypso Title, Most Humourous Song, the Best Arrangement Award and the People's Choice Award.
Tara Woods was not shut out. She placed second in the Monarch and won Best Lyrics. She was also the first on stage to cheer, hug and congratulate Mr Macromere CeeCee.
Both Macomere CeeCee and Macomere FiFi will perform their songs Monday afternoon at Harbourfront along with many of the other Monarch contestants. Calypso Stars Monday, August 1, 2016
3:00pm– 6:00pm at the Concert Stage 

235 Queens Quay West.


Tara Woods


The Final Results

1.Connector (Joel Davis)
2.Macomere Fifi (Tara Woods)
3. De Carra (Leslie Carrabon)
4. Tie - Dennis James & Mr Wonderful (Steve Clarke)
6. Lady Scorpio (Norma Coar)
7. Antz (Wendell Ramdeen)
8. Web (Hamilton Alexander)
9. King Cosmos (Henry Gomez)
10. Brown Sugar (Colleen Trotman)
11. Scotty (Hamilton Scott)
12. Kenny C (Kennedy Caliste)
13. Loveman Kent (Kent Merchant)
14. Dynasty (Alfred Caton)

Special Awards:

Best Lyrics – Macomere Fifi “Soca Quest”
Best Melody – Connector “The Dress”
Best Presentation- Kenny C “Too Much Poverty”
Most Original Calypso-Connector “The Dress”
Best Rendition-Kenny C “Too Much Poverty”
Best Composition on a Local Topic-Web “More Funding for Carnival”
Most Humourous-Connector-“The Dress”
Best Arrangement-Connector-“The Dress”
The Peoples Choice – Connector-“The Dress”

Monday, 18 July 2016

TORONTO RESULTS FOR THE JUDGING OF THE BANDS - JUNIOR CARNIVAL PARADE , JULY 16



WINNER OF THE BAND COMPETITION AT THE JUNIOR CARNIVAL

Results from Saturday's Junior Carnival Parade.
Just in case you missed my Tweet from the Junior Carnival Parade on Saturday. Carnival Nationz is the band of the year at the Toronto Caribbean Carnival's Junior Carnival Parade. Jamaal Magloire's Toronto Revellers place second. Third place went to Louis Saldenah's Mas K Camp.

JUNIOR CARNIVAL QUEEN

Results from Saturday's Junior Carnival Parade.
The Junior Carnival Queen this year is Kaia Cassell, for her portrayal of The Carian …. Spirit Of The Bird People. She is with Carnival Nationz. The Nest.
Second Place honours go to Caneisha Edwards for her portrayal of The Flamingo Queen. She is with Dexter Seusahai's Tribal Carnival. Paradise.
Third Place honours were won by Madison Defreitas-Robinson for her portrayal of The Locust and The Warrior. She is with Louis Saldenah's Mas-K Club. Outta Africa.
Fourth Place was taken by Mellissa Perry as Tlaltecuhtli-Queen Protector Of The Rainforest. She is with the Toronto Revellers. Lost In the Rainforest.



JUNIOR CARNIVAL KING 

Results from Saturday's Junior Carnival Parade.
The Junior Carnival King this year is Marven Lee, for his portrayal of Chango - The Fire Dancer. He is with Louis Saldenah's Mas K Camp. Outta Africa.
Second was Evans Murphy for his portrayal of Predator of the Rainforest Waters. Jamaal Magloire's Toronto Revellers, Lost in the Rainforest.
Josh Martinez took third place as the"D" Matador. He is with Jerrol Augustine's Durham Mas. Festivals Of Nations 
Darren Beckles won fourth place honours for his portrayal of the Scarlet Ibis with Whitfield Belasco's Costume Creators. Islands In 
The Sun



JUNIOR FEMALE INDIVIDUAL & JUNIOR MALE INDIVIDUAL

Results from Saturday's Junior Carnival Parade.
The Junior Female Individual Title went to Reeyana Singh for her portrayal of Bird of Paradise. She is with Marcus Eustace/Bryce Aguiton's Carnival Nationz. The Nest.
Second place went to Makeda Joseph -Brerreton for her portrayal of Nubian Royalty. She is with Louis Saldenah's Mas K Camp. Outta Africa.
Third place honours were won by Keyra Whiting for her portrayal of Victoria Falls. She is also with the Mas K Camp. Outta Africa.
Gabriela Sealey, placed fourth performing Bird of Paradise. She is with Jamaal Magloire's Revellers. Lost In The Rainforest.

The Junior Male Individual Title went to Amari Balroop for his portrayal of Zulu Spirit. He is is with Louis Saldenah's Mas K Camp. Outta Africa.
Second place went to Omari Bowen-Ochere for his portrayal of The Brazilian Parrot. He plays Mas with Dexter Seusahai's Tribal Carnival. Tribal Carnival Paradise.
Third place honours were won by Eric Whiting for playing Savannah Lust. He is with Louis Saldenah's Mas K Camp. Outta Africa.
Kane Grant came in fourth with his portrayal of Amalivaca-Cultural Hero of the Caribs. He played with Dwayne Gunness and Sunlime Canada. Tribes B.C.(Before Columbus)

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Ontario asked for input in creating an Underwater Preserve




Local and US Federal Agencies Looking At Wrecking Lake Ontario

by Stephen Weir
from the June issue of Diver Magazine

Breaking News:  Four New York counties, a small upstate city and the State of New York itself, have asked the Province of Ontario, the Ontario Underwater Council, and the Save Ontario Shipwreck association to support a plan to create a shipwreck preserve and marine habitat in the Eastern end of Lake Ontario.  The Province is being urged by Ontario divers to consider adding its own preserve in the wreck rich area of the lake near Prince Edward County and Amherst Island.
The American counties: Jefferson, Oswego, Cayuga and Wayne, the City of Oswego and the New York State government are proposing the creation of an underwater and wreck conservation zone for south eastern Lake Ontario. The project is designed to “preserve, protect, promote and create economies around such submerged resources”.  It takes in 1,746 square miles of water with depths ranging from the shallows to 802 feet, and borders 173 miles of US shoreline along the southern border of the lake.
 
City of Oswego, New York 
“The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) manages the National Marine Sanctuary System in US waters, including our side of the Great Lakes,” said Phil Church, Oswego County Administrator and NMS Task Force Chairman.
 “ NOAA is, for the first time in 20-years, accepting nominations to add new National Marine Sanctuaries to the 15 it has already established (in US salt and fresh waters).”
This unique opportunity has prompted these partners to ask the US Federal Government to preserve, protect and promote the submerged resources and those shore-based resources that adjoin them.
The underwater park’s northern most boundary  is the Canadian / American border. Since much of those waters fall in the International Shipping Lanes of Lake Ontario, jurisdiction falls to the two Federal Governments, the State of New York and the Province of Ontario.
On land the proposed park begins just south of Canada’s Wolfe Island, near the Village of Cape Vincent, and reaches the western border of Wayne County. 
“In our end of Lake Ontario we have identified 17 shipwrecks that should be protected. There could be 52 more (including two aircraft) but NOAA hasn’t done an inventory here like it has done in (other Great Lakes).”
T​he wreck of the ST. PETER is on the National Register of Historic Places, and another, the DAVID W. MILLS, is a New York State Submerged Cultural Preserve and Dive Site.
New York “has been working on this for some time and the project  is a true labour of love “ said  Ron Bogart, the president of the influential Ontario Underwater Council. This is something “we would need to find a similar champion for north of the border.”
“The OUC recognizes the rare opportunity (to create an underwater wreck preserve in Lake Ontario)” continued Mr. Bogart. “ The council is excited to support enthusiastic and collaborative efforts to showcase the maritime heritage in the eastern Lake Ontario region.” 
Save Ontario Shipwrecks has given verbal support to the proposal and will be submitting a written brief. In the past the SOS has been in support of the creation of Lake Ontario underwater wreck preserves.
Micheal Coteau, the Minister of Sport in Ontario, has received a brief from the American based group.  He has not yet responded, however, his government in the past has supported wreck heritage legislation, including controls on the remains of the Edmund Fitzgerald in Lake Superior (which is actually in Federally controlled waters) and the War of 1812 Hamilton and Scourge US warship wrecks near Hamilton in Lake Ontario. 

The American team will soon be presenting their plans to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.  It could be sometime before NOAA makes a decision on the Lake Ontario park.  However, it has already accepted an application to create the Lake Erie Quadrangle.
This will be a national marine sanctuary which includes all Lake Erie waters in Pennsylvania, including Presque Isle Bay, from Ohio to New York and north to the lake's Canadian border line. It will encompass 76.6 miles of Erie County and Pennsylvania shoreline and 759 square miles of wreck filled Lake Erie water.

SIDEBAR



America’s Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary was established  by the NOAA in the year 2000. Located in northwestern Lake Huron, Thunder Bay is adjacent to one of the most treacherous stretches of water --  "Shipwreck Alley." There are an estimated 116 historically significant shipwrecks ranging from nineteenth century wooden side-wheelers to twentieth century steel-hulled steamers within the 4300-square-mile Sanctuary.

The creation of the park has created a dive industry in the town of  Alpena, Michigan. According to a regional 2005 study on total visitor spending, the dive park brings in  $92 million US in sales, $35.8 million in personal income to residents, $51.3 million in value added and 1,704 jobs. Approximately 60,000 shipwreck lovers visit annually. The population of Alpena itself is only 11,000.

SIDEBAR #2
 
http://www.seawaytrail.com/images/visitorinfo/davidwmillslocation.png

DAVID W. MILLS was a 65 metre long cargo ship that was built in 1874. She sank in 1894 in an August storm. In 2000 the Mills was designated as New York State’s first Submerged Cultural Preserve and Dive Site in Lake Ontario. 

The  wreck of ST. PETER is called Lake Ontario’s most impressive shipwreck. The 45 metre long three-masted schooner stands upright in 40 metres of water near the port of Putneyville, NY. 




Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Jump into the water or not? No fill. Just a Triton gill.

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Diver Magazine Article May 2016
By Stephen Weir

The Triton - from an on-line sales brochure


 It is December 2016.  You are about to jump into 5 metres of water with a new untested Triton underwater gill in your mouth. What is going to happen after you take that leap of faith? If Triton performs the way its inventor says it will, the scuba-free dive era is here!
Triton claims you will be able to swim at a depth of 5m for 45-minutes without needing scuba gear. Your air is processed by the device from the water you are swimming in!
Not likely, says the New York City based Tech Insider magazine. They ask is the technology Triton touts more science fiction than fact?
Triton is South Korean designer Jeabyun Yeon’s brainchild. He describe it as  “a state-of-the-art oxygen respirator, that allows you to breath underwater at a maximum depth of 15ft by utilizing our ‘artificial gills’ technology and liquid oxygen technology.“
It looks like a scuba regulator with side wings.  “Gently bite into the mouthpiece, breathe normally, and enjoy a sense of underwater freedom!”
The Triton has holes in it that are smaller than water molecules; the water is kept out while oxygen flows in. It has a micro compressor that extracts and stores the oxygen in a small storage tank – allowing you to breathe naturally underwater.
“The artificial gill works with liquid oxygen to produce enough oxygen for a human to breathe,” says the company. It hopes to start shipping at year’s end.
 “It's easy to see the appeal of the handheld device. It looks seductively simple," writes Kevin Loria at the online Tech Insider. Despite a failed and then revived slick crowd-funding campaign, there's no evidence that this device actually works, experts told the Tech Insider.
The project is currently listed with IndieGogo, it is the second time the crowd funder has showcased the device. The first Triton campaign was withdrawn in March and money returned to investors following widespread claims of scam and substantive bad science surfaced.
Loria interviewed marine biologist Alistair Dove. “Dove notes that even if a device is 100% efficient at pulling oxygen from water, you'd still need to force enough water through a pump to collect all the oxygen required to breathe normally — upwards of five liters every 15 seconds,” writes Loria. “He calculated doing so would require a pump bigger than the Triton itself. Since there's apparently no water pump on the device, it's unlikely enough water could naturally pass through it while swimming to provide the oxygen needed.”
Loria also quotes Dr. Neal Pollock, research associate at the Center for Hyperbaric Medicine and Environmental Physiology ( Duke University Medical Center).
"In concept it sounds very good and it's very exciting," Pollock says. “ It's not realistic, it's science fiction; more in the realm of James Bond in Thunderball or Jedi Knights in Star Wars: Episode I."
Dr. Pollock told Diver Magazine that he stands by Tech Insider. “I do have grave reservations concerning the promises (the Triton makers have) made. The technological jumps would have to be huge. Furthermore, the re-release of the (IndieGoGo) campaign included acknowledgment that the fundamentals described in the first  (IndieGoGo pitch) were untrue. The change in direction in the re-release also hold elements unlikely to be delivered.”
Diver and Triton - sales sheet picture
Triton hears the criticism.  They say that before delivering the first underwater gill technical data will be released.
 “Some followers have asked us to release more detailed information about Triton and how it works,” reads the company’s Facebook account. “We are going to release the information on the technical part of Triton as soon as we can … we don't have our patents ready … this is our company secret, we will (only) release all the technical information after our patents are signed.”
Investors believe!  Triton ‘s second go-round with IndieGoGo has already raised $385,000 (Triton asked for just $50,000). Triton is accepting orders at $299 per unit.
Meanwhile dive community social media criticism mounts.  On the popular Scuba Board divers say that Triton product videos are doctored and that fraud is being used to attracted investors and divers. One anonymous poster, Tri-Chicken, has made a YouTube parody of a Triton marketing video, replacing the gill with a rubber chicken.
The video was created for the people who still think that the most recent Triton video is proof that the device must work,” TriChicken told Diver. “This video was shot in less than half-an-hour of pool time.”
So, for investors and that diver wondering if he should jump in, TriChicken’s message is simple: wait till the eggs hatch (i.e. working device is made) before plunging in over your head.

 Editor’s note – Diver Magazine has been unsuccessful in reaching/interviewing Jeabyun Yeon

According to Triton (Indiegogo, the device costs $299 for investors) "Our Indiegogo campaign goal is to start shipping our first Tritons by December 2016? 

SIDEBAR - The project’s biggest selling tool is a YouTube video that explains how the Triton works.  Already over 1.1 million people have looked at the film – and the view count continues to rise https://youtu.be/IyrQc1Z4g3Y.
Meanwhile the parody video is getting an equally huge following. Tri-chicken’s YouTube is at: https://youtu.be/lXv_AohVUcQ