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Glenmore Hinds, assistant
commissioner of police in
Jamaica, who oversees
Operation Kingfish, a sweep-
ing measure established to
disrupt organized crime on
the island, visited Florida
recently to talk about just
how tough his job is, page 2.


Not since
1988, when
Evander
Holyfield did
it, had a
boxer been
acclaimed
undisputed
cruiserweight champion of
the world. But last month
Caribbean-born O'Neil Bell
rose to the occasion at
Madison Square Garden and
crowned himself king in the
ring, page 7.


Buju, Beenie,
Bounty. For
years the reg-
gae/dancehall
music charts
have been
dominated
by virtually
the same names. Now Bobby
Clarke, a radio station exec in
New York, is launching a con-
test to find fresh new talent to
challenge the old guard,
page 17.


her contribution to
the struggle for civil
rights in America had
a lasting effect on
people from the
Caribbean as well,
page 15.


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Operation Kingfish aims to net


organized crime in Jamaica


Jamaica rounded out 2005
with more than 1,600 mur-
ders. Last month members
of the Jamaica Constabulary
Force made a stop in
South Florida as a part of
the Jamaican Diaspora
Foundation Southern United
States' efforts to discuss issues
of crime and violence on the
island nation of more than 2.5
million people. Assistant
Commissioner Glenmore
Hinds, who oversees Operation


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Kingfish, a sweeping measure
established to disrupt organ-
ized crime on the island, par-
ticipated in that forum and
Caribbean Today's Deputy
Managing Editor Damian P
Gregory spoke to him. The fol-
lowing is an edited version of
that interview:

Caribbean Today: One of the
things that you discussed
tonight was the number (of
murders in Jamaica in 2005)


the dubious distinction of
1,600 murders. You and your
colleagues have implied that
number is not accurate. What
number are you comfortable
with?

Glenmore Hinds: I am not
disputing the number we
have. I'm merely clarifying the
numbers and to indicate
where the challenges (are)
from. For example, 1,600 (or)
whatever the number is accu-


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rate. What we're saying is that
when you interrogate the
numbers, you (need to) know
what are the drivers, what are
the motives. A good percent-
age tends to come out of gang
and gang confrontations.
Persons who are aligned to
gangs being killed for reasons
best known to gang members,
even women who are aligned
to gang members they are
killing. If you were to remove
the gang-on-gang confronta-
tions, then you would have
very little murders in Jamaica.

C.T.: You said that if we were
to take away all that Jamaica
would be the safest place in
the world. Could you clarify
that statement?

G.H.: What we are saying is
if you look at the statistics as
it relates to other offenses,
like robberies, larcenies, and
canal abuses; these are com-
parable to almost any other
country in terms of the num-
bers that we have. Murderers
are not. And it is because we
really have a violence prob-
lem, and we are not really
dealing with conflict as best
we might...

C.T.: Your operation,
Operation Kingfish, has gar-
nered a certain amount of
praise. However, there was a
curious item that I read
recently that "Bulbie" (an
alleged major figure in organ-
ized crime in Jamaica who was
shot and killed by the police)
had a journal in which he
detailed all of the people he
worked with. My question is,
if such a journal exists, why is
that not public record?

G.H.: Because the journal is
currently a part of the on-
going investigation. His
empire is being investigated to
see whether or not we are
able to build some cases in
this regard. So it would be
inappropriate to make that a
public record at this stage.

C.T.: To the issue now of (offi-
cer Reneto) Adams and his
role now in the Police Force,
what do you foresee that as
being?

G.H.: I can't properly com-
ment on that situation. That
is a matter presently for the
commissioner of police
and the Police Services
Commission.

C.T.: Do you foresee him
being a part of the Force once
more?


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to speculate and I operate on
the basis of evidence he's
going to play, if any.

C.T.: One of the criticisms of
Operation Kingfish is that it
has gone after certain 'king
fish' and not others. That it is
not an equal netting. How
would you respond to that
criticism?

G.H.: We are very disappoint-
ed that that would be a view
held by persons. But the truth
is the mandate is to look at
the entire major organized
criminal networks. And whilst
we continue our efforts there
are going to be some targets
that provide better opportuni-
ties at a given period of time
than others. We cannot sit
back and say because we are
balancing the scales, don't
pursue this target because you
are not in a position to pursue
this one. In other words,
whichever target presents the
best opportunity, at any given
point in time, we continue to
(go after), up against others.

C.T.: Operation Kingfish is
relatively new. At what point
will you say to the diaspora
here as well as the society in
Jamaica that it has been a
success?

G.H.: Certainly the mandate is
to dismantle the major organ-
ized criminal networks. There
are about 12 of these. We are
confident that we would have
totally dismantled one. We've
disrupted others.
So to the extent that we
would have been able to dis-
mantle all of them, then we
would have said that we are
completely successful.
However, there are other
strategies, there is a murder
reduction strategy that has
been unfolded, and elements
of it is what Kingfish does.
That is to total investigators
fully focused on these, using
the legal supports investigative
techniques in terms of the
operation to arrest persons


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Seaplane crash spoils holiday celebrations in The Bahamas


DAMIAN P. GREGORY
The reality of loss is just
beginning to settle in. A
mother who will never
celebrate her birthday or
spend lunchtime with her two
young sons. A father strug-
gling with the finality of it all.
"My loss could never be
replaced," Kendrick Sherman,
who lost his young daughter
Bethany and wife Sophia in
the tragic pre-Christmas crash
of a seaplane filled with
Caribbean nationals heading
to the tiny island of Bimini in
The Bahamas.
The toddler died just one
day before her birthday.
Sherman must now raise his
two young sons ages nine
and 12 alone. Sophia taught
at the school her children still
attend.
"Do you know how hard
it was to explain (to them)
what happened?" Sherman
said, his voice filled with emo-
tion and disbelief. "This was
not an act of God."
Also devastated by the
same tragedy is Denise Rolle.
She is learning to face the
reality that she will never see
her beloved aunt, sister or
young cousins, again.
"It real hard," she told
Caribbean Today.


Rolle, 26, lost five mem-
bers of her family in the
Dec. 19 tragedy. Her aunt,
Jacqueline Stewart, 39, "who
(she says) was like my step
mom," was one of those rela-


Bishop Lazar and the rest of Bimini are
still mourning victims of the seaplane
crash. "This is very, very close," he says.


tives.
So many memories come
rushing back in waves. Passing
Aunt Jackie's house on the
way to work, speaking to her
by cellphone throughout the
day, the excitement her
cousin, Neisha, felt about
starting school in late January.
Neisha, just 18, had plans to
study business.
"There is nothing that


they can do or say to bring
them back," Rolle said.
Sherman and Rolle are
two of the plaintiffs in a law-
suit filed last month seeking
$50 million in damages for
wrongful death against
Chalk's Ocean Airways.
"I feel that they just put
those people out there to
burn," she said.

STING
The last two months have
been filled with the sting of
sudden death. As family and
friends of the victims sat in
the lobby of the Cadillac
Hotel on Miami Beach in
Florida, days after the crash,
Red Cross Disaster Relief
workers tried to comfort
them. But in between the
polite conversation, sadness,
disbelief and tears trickled
out. Some took comfort in
singing gospel hymns like
"Farther Along" and "It's
Alright Now", and listening
to Bible verses in between
bursts of emotion, during an
impromptu memorial service
in a conference room filled
with family and friends. Some
preferred to stay outside the
room, away from the service,
to have their tears soothed by
the gentle reassurances of oth-
ers.


How different this scene
was from just a few days
before. Filled with holiday
excitement, their relatives had
come to Miami from Bimini


Mitchell: "Bimini is a pretty stunned
community."

hoping to shop and return to
family and friends in time for
Christmas. Those plans never
materialized. Instead the sea-
plane carrying them, Chalk's
Ocean Airways Flight 101,
lost its right wing shortly after
takeoff and plunged into
Government Cut a shipping
channel off the coast of Miami
Beach while beachgoers,
divers and area residents
looked on in disbelief.
All 20 passengers and


crew members on board
were killed, including 12
Bahamians, many of whom
were related to each other.

GONE INSTANTLY
So many of their friends
and family members were
gone in an "instant," one fam-
ily member told Caribbean
Today in a soft voice on Dec.
22, her eyes welling up with
tears.
"Now I will have to go
about trying to explain why it
happened to my children,"
said the woman who would
only identify herself as a rela-
tive.
As she tried to wrap her
mind around the dizzying
swirl of events that had hap-
pened just days before, one
thing was for sure Christmas
2005 and New Year 2006 were
going to be unlike any other.
It would be a season of sad-
ness and funerals.
"Many times death
does not give us the warning
that we look for," Virginia
Lightbourne, who lost her
cousins on Flight 101, told
Caribbean Today.
Lightbourne, who has
lived in Boynton Beach,
Florida for more than 21
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February 2006


Brooklyn to rename road in honor of Bob Marley


Abid by a group of
community activists,
to rename a section of
a road in Brooklyn, New York
in honor of reggae icon Bob
Marley, has been given the
green light by the Brooklyn
Community Board.
The motion to rename a
three-mile stretch of the thor-
oughfare "The Hon. Bob


Marley Avenue",
received unanimous
support.
The motion and
the endorsement by
the members will
move to the next
phase of the hearing
process at the New
York City Council
Chambers and is


expected to be
an agenda item
at a meeting of
city lawmakers
this month.
The renam-
ing, if approved,
will cover the
section between
98 Street and
Beckford


Bob Marley


Avenue, noted for its high
concentration of Jamaicans.
Amir Abdullah Muhammed
Abdul-Akbar, community
activist and founder/executive
director of the Caribbean
American Program for
Empowerment (CAPE),
whose organization initiated
the motion to rename the
avenue, said the move could


go a long way in the planned
economic revitalization of the
area by the New York City
Department of Transportation.
The 61st anniversary of
Bob Marley's birth will be
observed on Feb. 6.
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Seaplane crash spoils holiday celebrations in The Bahamas


(CONTINUED FROM PAGE 3)
years, said that, like so many
other people from the
Caribbean, her cousins fre-
quently came to Florida to
shop. The holiday season
would make this particular
trip all that more special.
"They were excited to go
back, they were thinking I can
wrap this gift for my child. All
of that is on the back burner
now," she said.
"It is alright being here (in
Miami), but when you go
home to that island, when you
go home to that house and
there's that vacant chair where
this one sat or that one sat
that is when it becomes so
fresh."
Bishop Lazar Thompson,
too, lost a relative on Chalk's
flight. She and the family had
been joined to him by so much


joy. The crash ripped into the
center of that connection.
"My cousin Sophia, I
walked her mother down the
aisle, I coordinated her wed-
ding and everything,"
Thompson told Caribbean
Today. "So this is very, very
close."

HEAVY LOSS
The effects of the crash
hit Bimini hard. Residents
spent much of the holiday sea-
son mourning the loss of those
who perished aboard the
flight.
"Bimini is a pretty
stunned community," Fred
Mitchell, Bahamian minister
of foreign affairs, told
Caribbean Today.
Chalk's Ocean Airways
has been traveling to The
Bahamas since the 1920s, with
a good safety record, accord-


ing to the company.
"This is a company that
has been serving Bimini safely
for decades. They've grown
up around Chalk's, both the
crew and the people in the
community know each other,
like family on a first name
basis and to have this happen
is just unbelievable," Mitchell
said.
Numerous attempts by
Caribbean Today to speak to
a Chalk's spokesperson fol-
lowing the crash were unsuc-
cessful.
Bimini one of the many
islands in The Bahamian
chain has an estimated popu-
lation of about 1,600 and is
about 50 miles off the coast of
Miami. Preliminary investiga-
tions showed a stress fracture
on the plane's right wing.
Shortly after the tragedy, the
airline voluntarily grounded


its flights, but the precise
cause of the crash had not yet
been determined up to press
time.
"We've reached no
conclusions," National
Transportation Safety Board
(NTSB) Spokesman Paul
Schlamm told Caribbean
Today.
Schlamm said the NTSB
is reviewing the records of the
58-year-old airline, and that "
a good portion of the plane,"
had been recovered and
was being examined in
Washington, D.C. Findings
from that investigation could
take up to a year.
John Ruiz, the Miami-
based attorney representing
Kendrick, Rolle and families
of other victims, says that he
will be working with investiga-
tors as they try to determine
what happened to the doomed


seaplane.
They point fingers of
blame toward the airline.
"Who else do you think
could have been responsible?"
Sherman asked.
Since the end of
December, the Federal
Aviation Administration
(FAA) ordered inspections
and groundings of seaplanes
similar to Right 101 in light
of the crash.
"The hardest thing for me
is that Bimini made Chalk's,"
Rolle said. "They should have
been more responsible."


Damian P Gregory is
Caribbean Today's deputy
managing editor.
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Operation Kingfish aims to net organized crime in Jamaica


(CONTINUED FROM PAGE 2)
involved in the commission of
murder.. .But for now that is
the major organized network
that we're concentrating on.
Once we have dismantled them
then I would want to say we've
been completely successful.

C.T.: How much of the net-
works are based in the diaspo-
ra, outside of Jamaica?

G.H.: Almost all of these have
persons who are a part of
those organizations in the
diaspora, in Florida, New
York, and some in Toronto. In
other words some of these
organized networks do (have)
persons who are running drug
bases on their behalf.

C.T.: What are you doing, with
the help of other law enforce-
ment agencies, to combat that?

G.H.: Operation Kingfish is a
multi-national, multi-agency
task force. That means, apart
from the law enforcement
agencies in Jamaica, we are
working with our internation-
al counterparts. Certainly ours
in the U.S.A., the U.K. and
Canada, and wherever this
kind of support and coalition


is required. So it is not neces-
sarily only a Jamaican opera-
tion, it is necessary that inter-
national support is coming
from other countries.

C.T.: And cooperation, does
that exist?

G.H.: Certainly. We will share
with other law enforcement
agencies, share and we will
benefit from them and they
will benefit from us.

C.T.: What is being done to
ensure that there is a certain
amount of synergy between
what happens in Jamaica and
with law enforcement in
Canada and the United States
and elsewhere?

G.H.: Certainly. When
Operation Kingfish was
launched, in the U.K., there
was a companion program.
We tried our approach based
those efforts and tried them,
and they launched them very
much at the same time that
we launched Kingfish. So
there is indeed relevance (as)
it relates to our activities and
the activities in other coun-
tries. And secondly, there
(are) situations where we


would ask other countries to
do some work up on some
investigations.., .and pool them
ti ,gL ihL r investigations for a
collaborative effort.

C.T.: By dismantling one of
the major organized crime
organizations and disrupting
several others, could you
make that concrete for my
readers, what effects, if any
has that had on crime overall?

G.H.: Certainly. You would
have to look at the areas
where these organizations
operated. The one we disman-
tled operated in the Papine,
August Town, Gordon Town
areas. We arrested a number
of the persons.. .The net result
is that crime in this area went
down to almost nothing, as we
speak. This was a group that
was involved in robberies, kid-
napping, extortion, and these
crimes are down in those
areas to almost nothing.

C.T.: And you are hoping to
do the same with the other 11?

G.H.: At least five of these we
have severely disrupted their
activities. Albeit that some of
the members still exist and are


active, but there is a level of
disruption that makes it more
difficult and displaces them.

C.T.: When you talk about
organized crime you talk
about it as if it is a relatively
new phenomenon. Is it a new
phenomenon (in Jamaica)?

G.H.: It isn't. That is why we
have set in place (for) organ-
ized criminal network. It has
existed for a while. The levels
of organization might change
from period to period, and
from decade to decade. But
these are those that we consid-
er to be major organized ones.

C.T.: Operation Kingfish faces
a public perception battle if
you will. If a politician or
elected official is nabbed in
connection with your investi-
gations, how would you assure
the public that you will get
whomever is involved in
organized crime?

G.H.: From the very early
inception we made the state-
ment that we are unconcerned
about the political affiliation
or any other affiliation with
these networks. Wherever the
evidence leads us, that is


where we will go. We are cer-
tainly not concerned, not for a
moment wary, of one's politi-
cal connections. The only
thing that drives us is where
our intelligence tells us we can
find evidence and we will pur-
sue leads.

C.T.: One of the things that
we spoke about today was the
fact that everybody associated
with those involved in crime
are being killed. We have
women and children being
killed. Is that different from
what has happened in the past?

G.H.: Yes. There is some dif-
ference. But you have to put it
into context... The case of
women, the majority of those
women were gang members
lth mLl',v Yes, women are
involved in gangs. They were
spouses of gang members and
they also were relatives of
gang members. And the phe-
nomenon that if you can't
catch the person, then the
next available target that is
associated with the person is
fair game. It doesn't matter. It
is all in the name of making a
statement that if you don't pay
up this is what happens.
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CARIBBEAN TODAY


Trinidadian-born labor leader suffers

crushing blow from N.Y. transit workers


Immigration lawyers protest

deportation of Haitians


NEW YORK, CMC -
Members of New York City
Transit Workers' Union have
given their Trinidadian-born
leader a crushing blow by
rejecting the contract
settlement he reached with
the Metropolitan
Transportation Authority
(MTA) in the
aftermath of
December's
paralyzing
subway and
bus strike.
The rejec-
tion, which
seemed to
catch city offi- Toussaint
cials off guard
and derails a painfully
wrought agreement, repre-
sents a stunning defeat for
union President Roger
Toussaint.
It also opens a potential
Pandora's Box of complica-
tions in any future negotia-
tions. Both sides, however,
said that another strike, while
a possibility, was unlikely.
At the center of the rejec-
tion seemed to be a last-
minute concession by the
union in December that its
members pay 1.5 percent of

Jamaican court

orders Bahamian

extradited to U.S.

KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC -
A Bahamian man was ordered
extradited to the United States
when he appeared in a local
court last month.
Darren Ferguson, an
alleged Bahamian drug dealer
wanted by U.S. prosecutors on
drug trafficking charges,
waived his right to challenge
his extradition and agreed to
be extradited to the U.S. to
stand trial.
Ferguson, a trained pilot
from Nassau who has been liv-
ing in Jamaica for some time,
is wanted in the state of
Washington on drug charges.
He was captured in April last
year by police during a special
operation along the Mandela
Highway in Jamaica.
U.S. prosecutors alleged
that Ferguson is a member of
a powerful drug network that
has shipped large quantities of
cocaine to the U.S. over an
unspecified period. They
alleged that he was placed in
charge of the Jamaican leg of
the international drug net-
work. He was indicted by a
U.S. grand jury in Feb. 2003.
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insurance premiums, in return
for the authority dropping its
insistence on less generous
pensions for new workers.

NO VOTE
The unpopularity of that
decision became starkly clear
at last month's vote. Of 22,461
votes cast, 11,227 workers
voted to ratify the contract,
and 11,234 voted to reject it, a
margin of just seven votes or
0.03 percent.
Toussaint, president of
Local 100 of the Transport
Workers Union, which repre-
sents 33,700 subway and bus
workers at the authority, said
he was very disappointed
"to go back to the drawing
board." He accused New York
Governor George E. Pataki,
union dissidents and the
authority's negotiators of damp-
ening support for the vote.


"The net effect was that
members came to doubt that
the key benefits of the deal
were forthcoming," he said,
declining to indicate whether
he will order a recount.
Peter Kalilow, the author-
ity's president, said he, too
was disappointed with the
vote "after hundreds of hours
of negotiations.
"The MTA is amenable
to meeting with the union in
the coming days," he said.
"However, in order to ensure
a timely resolution of this
matter for the sake of all New
Yorkers, we will also begin to
take the necessary steps to
pursue binding arbitration."
Toussaint had urged
members to ratify the deal at
a series of town hall-style
meetings. The union also
placed automated phone calls
(CONTINUED ON PAGE 6)


NELSON A. KING

NEW YORK, CMC -
Dozens of immigration
lawyers around the United
States have joined forces in
protesting the Department of
Homeland Security's decision
to continue deporting illegal
immigrants to Haiti.
The lawyers have filed
motions in dozens of cases,
asking immigration judges to
stop the deportations because
their clients' lives may be
threatened.
The U.S. State
Department has warned
Americans against traveling
to Haiti, citing the lack of an
effective police force and
the presence of armed gangs
engaged in kidnapping and
violent crime.
The lawyers, who held
news conferences last month


in New York, Boston,
Philadelphia and Miami, said
they were acting because
homeland security officials
had not given Haitians tempo-
rary protective status, which
temporarily prevents the
deportation of immigrants
who cannot return to their
native countries because of
armed conflict, natural disas-
ters or other extraordinary
conditions.

GROWING WORSE
The immigration lawyers
said the situation in Haiti has
been far worse than in El
Salvador, Honduras and
Nicaragua since a violent
uprising and intense pressure
from the United States forced
President Jean-Bertrand
Aristide from power in Feb.

(CONTINUED ON PAGE 6)


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CARIBBEAN TODAY


UWI Foundation honors


international public figures


NEW YORK, CMC The
American Foundation of
the University of the West
Indies (UWI) is honoring
an American television host,
banking executive and a
Brazilian minister.
The awards were sched-
uled to be conferred at the
Foundation's ninth annual
"The Legacy Continues"
awards ball in Manhattan this
month.
Al Roker, a host of NBC
television's "Today" show;
William Rhodes, chairman
and chief executive officer of
New York's Citibank; and
Gilberto Gil, Brazil's minister
of culture are the honorees.
Gil has been singled out
to receive the inaugural
University of the West Indies
Bob Marley Award for his out-
standing achievements in arts


and culture. The foundation
also lauded former UWI
Chancellor Sir Shridath
Ramphal and former vice chan-
cellors of the university
Sir Alister McIntyre and
Professor Rex Nettleford for
their work.
In addition, a host of
prominent public and business
figures have been cited as
UWI hullie r, ', and some
were scheduled to receive
the vice chancellor's award,
including Laurine Fenton,
the Montserrat-born, former
Organization of Eastern
Caribbean States (OECS)
high commissioner to Canada.
The American Foundation,
which has raised millions of
dollars for UWI, is the universi-
ty's primary vehicle in its capital
campaign in the U.S.
0


Cable television, vehicle repair, for-hire

transportation top complaints in 2005


n nationals honored in New York

Caribbean nationals honored in New York


NEW YORK, CMC -
Baroness Valerie Amos, the
Guyanese-born leader of
the British House of Lords,
was scheduled to deliver
the keynote address at the
Caribbean-Guyana Institute
for Democracy (CGID) award
ceremony in Brooklyn, New
York this month.
Baroness Amos is lord
president of the Council in the
United Kingdom. She previ-
ously served as secretary of
state for international develop-
ment, and is the first black
female minister in a British
Cabinet.
Baroness Amos has
served as parliamentary under-
secretary for foreign and
Commonwealth affairs from
June 2001, in which her portfolio
include responsibility for Africa,
the Commonwealth, the
Caribbean, Britain's overseas terri-
tories, consular affairs and person-
nel issues. She was government
whip in the House of Lords from
1998 to 2001 and spokesperson on
social security, international devel-
opment and women's issues.
Baroness Amos was born
in Guyana, and moved to
Great Britain with her family
in 1963. She took degrees at


the Universities of Warwick
and Birmingham before pursu-
ing doctoral research at the
University of East Anglia.


Baroness Amos


Between 1989 and 1994, she
served as chief executive of
the Equal Opportunities
Commission of the United
Kingdom.

WINNERS
The CGID bestowed its
signature award, the presti-
gious "Democracy Prize", on
the 2005 winner St. Vincent
and the Grenadines' Prime
Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves,
who joins two previous
Caribbean recipients: Trinidad
and Tobago Prime Minister
Patrick Manning (2003) and


Barbados Prime Minister
Owen Arthur (2004).
The institute also
announced that Dr. Carol
Jacobs, chairman of the Global
Fund to Combat HIV/AIDS,
Tuberculosis and Malaria, has
won the International Crystal
Public Health Award.
Trailblazing former New
York City Councilwoman Una
Clarke, the first Caribbean-
born elected official in New
York City, has received the
Crystal Lifetime Achievement
Award.
Councilman Dr. Kendall
Stewart, the Vincentian-born
chair of the City Council
Immigration Committee,
received the Crystal Leadership
Award; and Dr. Marcia V
Keizs, the Jamaican-born
president of New York's
York College, received the
Distinguished Educator of
the Year Award.
CGID is a non-profit
organization and think-tank,
whose mission is to promote,
among other things, education-
al, cultural and economic
development of the Caribbean
diaspora.
0


Cable television, motor
vehicle repairs, for-hire
transportation, home
services and stores which sell
electronic goods topped the
list of areas about which
consumers complained to
Florida's Miami-Dade
County Consumer Services
Department (CSD) last year.
According to a press
release issued by the CSD,
the majority of complaints
received about cable televi-
sion concerned outages and
service/reception problems
relating to hurricanes Katrina
and Wilma.
The CSD enforces county
laws that require cable televi-
sion companies to provide
credit to consumers for out-
ages. Under these laws the
cable companies must take
timely corrective actions in
resolving service problems.
An examination of CSD's
complaint information for
2005 showed that among the
consumers who called the
department's Mediation
Center about motor vehicle
repair problems, many had
complained about faulty
repairs. Miami-Dade's Motor
Vehicle Repair Ordinance
requires that motor vehicle
repair mechanics pass a test
to demonstrate competence
in their area of expertise and
then obtain a license from
CSD. With regards to shops,
the ordinance prescribes that
these businesses, whether they
do mechanical repair, body-
work or painting, be licensed
by the CSD. The ordinance
also requires that repairs be


completed in accordance with
automotive industry repair
standards.

BAD RIDE
Of 568 complaints
received from passengers
about the private transporta-
tion industry (mainly taxicabs,
limousines, jitneys and private
school buses) lost and found
items, and issues of driver
behavior, such as discourtesy,
over-charging and refusal to
transport passenger on short
trips, were most frequent.
In the area of home serv-
ices, many of the complaints
had to do with service
providers taking deposits, but
failing to perform the work,
faulty installations, or failure
to honor warranties.
In electronic product sales
many of the complaints were
about refurbished goods being
passed off as new items, other
forms of product misrepresen-
tation, accusations of over-
pricing and disputes about
return policies. Many of these
complaints involved visitors.
Other major complaint
areas were credit related
scams, towing, automotive
sales, Internet fraud and furni-
ture sales.
The CSD is the county
agency charged with educat-
ing, informing and protecting
consumers in Miami-Dade
through enforcing consumer
protection laws and business
regulations, licensing certain
businesses and investigating
consumer complaints.


Trinidadian-born labor leader suffers

crushing blow from N.Y. transit workers


(CONTINUED FROM PAGE 5)
and ran radio advertisements.
Toussaint, a former sub-
way track worker, who has led
the union since 2000, had
faced mounting dissent. In the
news conference, he said the


authority "tried to back out of
the deal by sabotaging the
vote" and accused union dissi-
dents of distorting the value
of the s, i ilk n iii with "down-
right lies." New York City
Mayor Michael Bloomberg
called the vote "disappointing


news to all New Yorkers."
He urged the union and
the authority to "work togeth-
er on an amicable resolution
to their contract dispute."


Immigration lawyers protest deportation of Haitians


(CONTINUED FROM PAGE 2)
2004. Those Central American
countries have been given
temporary protective status by
the U.S.
The United Nations said
it has documented widespread
cases of unlawful arrests and
has received credible reports
of police involvement in exe-
cutions and banditry. The
U.N. also said that 10 mem-
bers of its peacekeeping force
have been killed in the unre-
lenting violence.
The State Department
says over two-dozen
Americans were kidnapped in
Haiti last year. Haitian offi-
cials said kidnapping peaked
over the Christmas season to
over 12 a day. The American
Embassy in Haiti has prohibit-
ed personnel from leaving
their homes at nights.
The lawyers want immi-
gration judges to close the
deportation cases until the sit-


uation in Haiti ameliorates.
Maggy Duteau, an immigra-
tion lawyer in New York,
said she cannot fathom why
Salvadorans, Nicaraguans and
Hondurans are granted pro-
tected status while Haitians
are not.
"How bad does it have to
get before something is done?"
she asked.
"I don't think it makes
any sense for the United
States to send people back to
a country where such devas-
tating human rights violations
are occurring," said Paromita
Shah, associate director of the
National Immigration Project
in Boston.
"Those Haitian deportees
face grave risks to their lives,
and that's not acceptable."

'HORRIFIED'
Candace Jean, an immi-
gration lawyer in Miami, said
her clients were terrified
about what they would experi-


ence when they return to
Haiti.
"They're horrified," she
said. "Many are going into
hiding."
The State Department,
which ordered the departure
of non-emergency personnel
and family members of
embassy officials in Haiti last
May, lifted the order several
months later. But embassy
officials have been told that
dependents under 21 are still
not permitted to travel or
remain in Haiti.
"It's a tough decision,"
said Bill Strassberger, a
Department of Homeland
Security spokesman. "The
country itself is in a desperate
situation. But, at this point,
the United States government
feels the situation can be cor-
rected by providing more aid
as opposed to providing tem-
porary protective status."


February 2006






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Jamaica's Bell wins undisputed world boxing crown

~ Stunning knockout secures WBA, WBC and IBF cruiserweight titles


GORDON WILLIAMS
Two days after his most
compelling show as a
professional boxer,
Jamaica's O'Neil Bell strolled
along Manhattan's famous
Broadway, past the theaters
and stores on a sunny January
afternoon, sifting easily
among the big city's bustling
commuters.
None of the passers-by,
some of whom would later
stop to watch a tango dance
scene being filmed on the
sidewalk a few yards away,
turned a head towards the
newly crowned undisputed
world cruiserweight boxing
king. As Bell paused to greet
a familiar face near the inter-
section at 42nd Street he jok-
ingly took a jab at his lack of
recognition in the Big Apple.
"I'm being a tourist now,"
said the fighter, carrying a bag
in one hand as he looked up,
scanning the looming skyline
around him, "just doing some
shopping."
On Jan. 7, at Madison
Square Garden, just blocks
along Broadway, at 33rd
Street, Bell had gone "shop-
ping" for more prized goods.
He cashed in on some great


Bell is now number one in the world.
bargains too. In one night he
knocked out Jean-Marc
Mormeck in the 10th round,


took the Frenchman's World
Boxing Association (WBA)
and World Boxing Council


(WBC) titles to add to his
own International Boxing
Federation (IBF) belt, and
became a revelation to many
of boxing's keenest observers
in the process.
"I think that he has a
great future," noted American
boxing historian Bert Sugar
said immediately after the
fight.
None since the great
Evander Holyfield in 1988 had
unified the 200-pound divi-
sion, and Bell remains the
only man born in the English-
speaking Caribbean currently
holding a world boxing title.

RECOGNITION
If only he could get the
whole world to come along for
the get-to-know-Bell ride, it
would all be much sweeter to
the fighter who now lives in
Atlanta, Georgia. Despite his
current record of 26 victories,
24 by knockout, with a loss
and a draw, the Montego Bay-
born fighter is still largely
unknown. So when told, as he
stood on the New York side-
walk, that a radio station in
Jamaica wanted an interview,
Bell shrugged and granted
permission for the station to
call him directly on his per-


sonal cell phone later that
evening.
"It's the publicity," he
admitted, still only a straight
right from the Manhattan stu-
dios of ESPN, the major
American sports network.
Bell does need to be bet-
ter known. At age 31, he is on
the top of his profession, but
at the shorter end of a normal
boxing career. He fights in a
division which has often been
overshadowed by glamorous
heavyweights, welterweights
and, more recently, even
light heavyweights, led by
American Antonio Tarver and
Bell's fellow Jamaican Glen
Johnson.
Last month, as he moved
towards the ring in step with
Bob Marley's "Soul Rebel",
Bell was more accurately a
rebel with a cause to get the
boxing world to sit up and
take note of him. The majori-
ty of the large Garden crowd
did not embrace Bell. Their
warmth was spared for
Mormeck. Yet as the fight
heated up and Mormeck was
eventually beaten into submis-
sion two minutes and 50 sec-
onds inside the 10th round,

(CONTINUED ON PAGE 8)


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PETER RICHARDS

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -
The University of the West
Indies (UWI), regarded as a
major symbol of regional unity,
was the venue for the launch of
the much-heralded Caribbean
community (CARICOM) sin-
gle market that was quietly
implemented at the start of the
new year.
The signing took place at
the Mona campus of the UWI
in Jamaica on Jan. 30 in an
elaborate ceremony carried
live across the region and the
West Indian diaspora.
Trinidad and Tobago's
Prime Minister Patrick
Manning, who has assumed the
chairmanship of the 15-mem-
ber regional grouping, said that
the single market component
of the CARICOM Single
Market and Economy (CSME)
had come into force from Jan.
1, involving six nations namely,
Barbados, Belize, Guyana,
Jamaica, Suriname and his
own country.
The CSME is designed to
allow goods, services and
skilled workers to move more
easily throughout the region.
Manning said The
Bahamas and Haiti, the latter
not invited to CARICOM
deliberations following the
controversial departure of
President Jean-Bertrand
Aristide from office in Feb.


(CONTINUED FROM PAGE 7)
the crowd was suddenly shar-
ing its allegiance, rising in
appreciation of two skilled
warriors who had entertained
them thoroughly. Still, the
sting of the earlier neglect had
hit a mark and could not be
easily erased. After the fight,
Bell said being overlooked
inspired him to take the popu-
lar Mormeck's titles.
"I proved them dead
wrong," he said. "I'm coming
in a fight underestimated. The
crowd was basically on
Mormeck's (side) versus me.
But look, I've always been the
underdog."
The lack of recognition
lingered after the fight too. As
Bell left the Garden with his
handlers, he was not met by
screaming fans, flashing cam-
eras or hungry reporters
pressing for last minute
quotes from a new undisputed
champion. Instead Bell, a
sweatshirt hood pulled over
his head, arm draped around
his longtime boxing trainer
Plenty James, and walking
gingerly from the effects of
battle, was greeted by biting
New York winter chill. Bell
drew almost no attention as
he made his way back to his
hotel across the busy street,


CARICOM launches heralded single market


2004, have "not signified their Member nations will have
intention to participate in the access to bilateral free-trade
CSME process." But last agreements that CARICOM
month, Haiti's interim Prime has already made with
Minister Gerard Latortue visit- Colombia, Cuba, Costa Rica,
ed Port of Spain for talks with the Dominican Republic, and
Manning and later told Venezuela.
reporters he CARICOM Secretary
was confident General Edwin Carrington
that at the has said that the people of
July summit, the region were ready to avail
Port au Prince IlILII nII\ L of the opportunities
would be wel- available under the single
comed back market.
into the fold "People of the community
of CARI- have taken us at our word. It is
Manning COM. our duty to ensure all the rele-
"As a vant procedures are in place to
student of C.rilbhan, as a stu- guarantee its efficient func-
dent of development, I believe tion," he said
Haiti cannot stay and remain in an address
isolated from the rest of the to the opening
C(,ribban said Latortue, who of the Council
noted that despite its status of for Trade and
being the poorest nation in the Economic
world, Haiti has a 20 percent Development
population with spending pow- (COTED)
ers comparable to any of the meeting in
CARICOM states. Latortue Guyana last
month.
OPEN SEASON Caribbean officials have
Under the trade accord, remained optimistic that the
the governments have agreed other nations mainly those in
to lift tariffs among participat- the smaller Organization of
ing members, and all citizens Eastern Caribbean States
can open businesses, provide (OECS) would join the ini-
services and move capital tiative that regional govern-
throughout the single market ments have said is a suitable
without restrictions. The gov- response to the changing global
ernments will also replace environment characterized by
national travel documents with mega trading blocs and the loss
a regional passport by 2007. of preferential treatment for


their goods and services on the
world market.
"To put together a single
market and economy is a his-
toric thing," said Barbados
Prime Minister Owen Arthur,
who has lead responsibility for
the CSME
within the
region, last
month.
*"Over the
course of the
next few
weeks, I think
a very clear,
Carrington definitive
position will
be made in relation to the
entire process."

TREATY HUMP
Arthur acknowledged that
getting the OECS on board was
not the only issue that needed to
be addressed with the CSME.
Another relates to the actual
Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas
that sets out the legal context in
which the CSME is created. Even
with the full support of the OECS,
Arthur explained there was need
for an amendment to the treaty to
allow CSME-ready countries to
proceed to ratification.
Article 234 currently pre-
scribes that the treaty will enter
into force when all CARICOM
countries ratify the agreement.
"We are trying to have that
process completed to have 12
countries agree to the ratifica-


except for a few men who
stopped to talk with him
briefly. And, as they walked
away, one was heard admon-
ishing his friend: "I told you
he was a boxer!"

WHO'S NEXT?
A good one too, based
on the performance against
Mormeck. Yet Bell himself is
still trying to get a clear pic-
ture of his immediate future
in the ring. Shortly after the
fight, as he sat in his dressing
room, exhausted, drenched
to his underwear, a slight
swelling above his right eye
and an icepack attached to his
side, Bell hinted he would
give Mormeck a rematch if
the Frenchman wanted it. But
Dale Brown, the Canadian
who Bell defeated to win the
IBF title has already started
to taunt the champion into a
rematch. Bell has suddenly
become the hunted, with
potential opponents willing to
play almost any card to get his
attention.
"Bell should stand up
and give me the rematch I
deserve," Brown was quoted
as saying.
But two days after the
Mormeck fight Bell appeared
leaning towards defending his
title against mandatory IBF


challenger Steve Cunningham
of the United States, a fight
which seems possible by June.
Whatever Bell decides, he
explained, will depend largely
on the quality of the opponent
and the purse. Bell, who now
negotiates his own fights, told
Caribbean Today that he
would like to attract large
purses to the cruiserweight
division in the $1.5 million to
$2 million range. If that does-
n't work, he is willing to move
up to the heavyweight division
to find bigger purses.
"If there is a fight for me
in the heavyweight, I'll go
ahead and defend that. I'll go
ahead and take that," Bell
said. "I'll vacate (my cruiser-
weight titles) and go to the
heavyweights and go down in
history again."
His father agrees that his
eldest son should take full
advantage of being suddenly
thrust among boxing's elite.
"I think he should stay
there and make them come
after him so that he can make
the (big) money," said Charles
Bell.
When they do "come
after him", Bell said, he will
be ready. Just like he was for
Mormeck or even better.
"I was in excellent
shape," he said after defeating


the Guadeloupe-born
Frenchman.
James said the fight plan
was to weaken Mormeck with
body shots to expose his head
as a target for the knockout.
"I told him, 'keep digging
to the body'," James
explained. "He (Mormeck)
took some good shots, but
he can't last like that, taking
them kinda shots. O'Neil has
dropped a lot of guys with
them shots...My thing is kill
the body and the head will
show...Don't worry about the
head, the head will fall right
in our lap."
It did fall, except in
Mormeck's lap as he slumped
to the floor after being ham-
mered in a neutral corner. It
was the first time Mormeck
had been knocked out in his
pro career. Yet it still stunned
observers to hear James claim
that Bell did not follow the
fight plan precisely, despite
the impressive win.
"(Bell) didn't show, he
didn't execute, but he didn't
need to," James said.
That may the worst thing
Bell's future opponents would
want to hear.

Gordon Williams is Caribbean
Today's managing editor.
0


tion rather than 14 to allow the
Treaty to enter into force," said
Arthur, who appeared confi-
dent that OECS countries
would honor their obligations.
Arthur had been mandated
by CARICOM leaders to visit a
number of OECS states "to dis-
cuss issues and measures which
relate to implementation of the
special and differential treat-
ment provisions under the
Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas
and which also related to their
ability to meet the December
2005 deadline for the establish-
ment of the single market."

-CMC






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CARIBBEAN TODAY


GORDON WILLIAMS

It is a common complaint,
in many of the poorer sec-
tions of Caribbean nations,
that higher education and, by
extension, a chance at a pros-
perous life, are limited to the
lI\ L, ', or those born with
money.
The "have nots", or those
from backgrounds of poverty,
are often shut out of the very
process that can push them
towards that so-called better
life.
Yet for years many gov-
ernments have extended a
helping hand filled with
much needed dollars to thou-
sands of those who find going
to school a major Iruin-&.l
That assistance comes in stu-
dent loans, which have helped
to produce some of the
region's finest scholars who, in
turn, have gone on to become
productive members of society.
The deal is simple: the
loan is granted to the needy
student, who completes his or
her education, then gets a
decent job. Then the loan
must be repaid. That is the
only so-called "catch", and it
is not much of a catch at all
really.
For every needy student
who has used a student loan
to successfully complete high-
er education surely knows that
the money is not free. They
should also know that for
every student loan that is not
repaid there are students in
positions like they themselves
were in not long ago desper-
ately needing help to pursue
the dream of a better life.

SEARCH
Yet we learn that
Caribbean countries, like
Jamaica recently, have
launched a desperate search
for people who have ignored
the call to repay student loans.
Money is being spent to hire
collectors overseas, like in the


United States, to track down
delinquent borrowers.
Needless to say, that
money could have been used
to provide more loans for
more needy students. Yet it is
the selfishness of the delin-
quent borrowers that has
forced the hand of the Student
Loan Bureau in Jamaica. The
SLB has to hunt them down
to get back the money they
borrowed in good faith, under
an agreement that they would
pay it back in a timely fashion.
I hope the SLB finds them,
those delinquent borrowers,
and I hope the SLB manages
to squeeze every last cent they
owe from them.. .interest,
penalties and all. I also hope
that there are means to send a
stronger message to them too.
Jail time would not be a bad
idea, but that seems unlikely.
Many people who have
borrowed student loans have
turned out to be quite success-
ful. They have moved abroad,
to countries like the U.S., and
now earn big money. There is
no excuse for them not to
repay the loans on time and in
full. They just don't care.
Even if they are not mak-
ing big bucks, they can still
pay back the loans over a
period of time. Either way,
they should pay so that some-
one else can get the opportu-
nity they had.

REFUSE
But many flat out refuse
to pay. Some boast they are
simply beating a system that
beat up on them for a long
time. Others even refuse to
acknowledge that the money
from the SLB was a loan.
They claim it was rightfully
their money, that it is long
overdue to them. That is a
frightening thought, because
the SLB is out more than $4
million dollars.
Think about it. Think
how many poor students could
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secret?

W ho knows what
Victoria's secret really
is, or who Victoria
was.
What we do know is that
those line of products would
never be named after a man, as
men are not inclined to keep
secrets. As soon as a man do
sumpting so, him have to chat
'bout it.
That's why many women
will say to a man: "I would give
you a little piece yu nuh, but I
afraidd say yu will go tell yu fren
dem."
Meet a woman and you'll
hardly know anything about
her, plus most of them act as if
they can't mash ants anyway.
There she is, looking so angel-
ic, demure, chaste and virginal,
while b ii nLh that veneer, that
veil, is no vestal virgin. So
many church sisters show up
with a telltale bulge that I've
lost count.
Women will be secretive
and mask their past, while men
will boast about and indeed
embellish whatever deeds they
may have done. Whatever a
man says, divide it in two, but
whatever a woman says multi-
ply it by four.
Ask the man, "So how
many lovers you ever had?"
"Oh, about 40." But the
woman in response to the same
query will say, "Including
you.. .just three, and those
other two didn't really mean
anything. In fact, one was from
high school days and we barely
even kissed, and the other did-
n't last very long."
That's Victoria's secret in
action. Wasn't it the late super-
star American basketball great
Wilt Chamberlain who boasted
about bedding over 20,000
women in his lifetime? No
woman would ever make that
claim about her past sexual
exploits, for that's Victoria's
secret. Women know that no
man wants to hear, "I slept
with 20 men...last year." It's a
rule handed down from gener-
ation to generation.


Another
area where
Victoria's
secret holds
sway is in the
bedroom.
Women will
act like they
have no expe-
rience, beg- TONY
going the man ROBINSON
to, "Do,
please take
time with me, be g, ilk I'm
not so experienced in this sort
of thing."
Ha, if he only knew. She
could have been the technical
advisor for the book or movie
version of the Kama Sutra and
could teach him a trick or two.
But Victoria's secret tells her to
act otherwise. So while he
thinks that he's the one leading
her, she's the one who's leading
him, by the nose, down the gar-
den path, round and round the
mulberry bush.
Shh, it's Victoria's secret.

FAKING
There was a time when
women even faked being vir-
gins, and recently I read where
quite a few have tried, some
successfully, to surgically
replace their hymens so they'll
appear to be spanking brand
new again. That's like reversing
the speedometer numbers on a
used car so that the unsuspect-
ing buyer will think that it has
less mileage than it really has.
That's a lesson learnt from
Victoria;s secret.
Have you ever noticed
that women will always go to
the ladies room t, g il r, but
men always alone? It's the
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women said about them in
ladies rooms they'd not be so
self centered and smug.
"So what yu told him last
night?"
"Oh, exactly what he
wanted to hear."
"And how was he?"
"Oh, just so so, I've had bet-
ter."
When they emerge from the
ladies room and the guys ask, "Is
what oonoo chat 'bout in deh?"
The unanimous reply always is,
"Oh, nothing." Victoria's secret
catch dem again.
Another area of secrecy is
not telling men what they real-
ly think. For some reason men
always want to know and have
a comparative analysis regard-
ing their performance.
"So baby, how was I, was I
the bi.-._-LI the best, the hard-
est, the longest?"
You'd think that he was
selling bananas in a produce
shop. Naturally, Victoria's
secret dictates that she says,
"Oh honey, you were the
bestest, the mostest, the
longest, the hardest, and I have
never had better, you deserve
an S on your chest."
And she deserves, not an
Oscar, but a Victoria's Secret
Award for telling all those tales,
keeping the truth to herself
while keeping a straight face.
The secret also goes even
to the desires of women, who
have been trained throughout
the centuries not to let their
men know what is really hap-
pening in that area, especially
in the first part of the relation-
ship. Don't for one minute
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What Martin Luther King Jr. might protest today


WASHINGTON I knew we
had entered an interesting new
phase of American history when
I saw a discount mattress compa-
ny's jubilant television ad for a
"Martin Luther King Day \Ik .
Contrary to their slogan, I
did not "have a good night's
,kLp that night. I lay awake
instead, rationalizing that King
Day is not really selling out.
Rather, America is buying in.
But, into what?
Forty years ago, King did
not want us to get a good night's
sleep. As historian Taylor Branch
recounts exhaustively in "At
Canaan's Edge: America in the
King Years, 1965-68" (Simon and
Schuster), King and the rest of
the civil rights movement were
making an important transition
in 1966, a transition from con-
cerns about race to concerns
about class, poverty and econom-
ic opportunity.
The Civil Rights Act of
1964 and the Voting Rights Act
of 1965 were passed, banning
legal racial segregation and
paving the way to an explosion
in black elected representatives
(in the United States). Soon
would come an additional con-
cern, the Vietnam War, which
would divide the movement and
the nation.

REVEALING
With more than 1,000


(CONTINUED FROM PAGE 9)

benefit if the $4 million is repaid.
But some very selfish people are
holding back those students,


pages, "Canaan's EFd;L is the
third and final doorstop of a
book for Branch to produce on
the King years and it may be
the most revealing of the racial
and political dynamics that
shape and haunt American poli-
tics today.
While most King Day trib-
utes focus on his hope-filled
1963 "I Have a Dream" speech
and its attractive vision of little
black and white boys and girls,
the descendants of slave and
descendants of slave-owners sit-
ting together at the table of
brotherhood, his final three
years offered a less-unifying
prescription of what America
needed to do to bring his dream
alive.
The vast majority of
Americans had little problem
agreeing with King's notion
that the dream of equal oppor-
tunity was "as old as the
American Dream." But when
it came to taking steps to help
those left behind economically
and politically to catch up,
even at the expense or incon-
venience of those who were
further ahead, he ran into
opposition from outside and
within his movement.
Branch reveals a King who
was constantly trying to hold
his movement together and
stay up to date with emerging
issues like the war, while trying


to maintain his own moral
authority. Angry young colle-
gians of my generation rallied
around "black p< 1% r which
would prove to be a slogan for-
ever in search of an agenda as
flames erupted in urban riots.
Many of my fellow boomers,
our Afros leaping to the skies,
ridiculed King as too conserva-
tive and over-the-hill-hard as
this may be for our hip-hop-era
offspring to imagine.
J. Edgar Hoover's FBI, the
world would later learn, was
secretly eavesdropping and
harassing King from another
angle, particularly about his
marital infidelities, which
Branch d,,t ribl, King confess-
ing to his wife during a guilt-
ridden moment in 1968, aston-
ishingly while she is recovering
from an operation.

BACKLASH
King moved increasingly
from the South into the more-
vexing racially-related prob-
lems of discrimination in jobs,
schools and housing in the
urban North. With that came a
new white backlash against
school busing, open housing
and eventually affirmative
action plans. Northern white
working-class and middle-class
ethnics didn't mind King's
movement until it came to
their neighborhoods. One


major exam-
ple: In con-
fronting

Mayor
Richard J.
Daley over
slumlords and
housing dis-
crimination, CLARENCE
King suffered PAGE
a tactical
defeat unlike
any setback he had faced in the
South.
Forty years later, we see all
of these issues bearing new
fruit. We can hear the voices of
white backlash in Judge Sam
Alito's recollections of the mid-
dle-class and lower-middle-class
whites among whom he grew
up in Trenton, traditionally
Democrats who would become
Ronald Reagan Republicans.
Cultural politics divided the
Democratic Party between anti-
war liberals who followed King
and the cold war warriors who
followed the late Senator
Henry "Scoop" Jackson of
Washington State. Prominent
neo-conservatives like Paul
Wolfowitz, Elliot Abrams and
Doublas Feith in the George
W. Bush administration got
their starts working for
Jackson, who lost two tries to
win the Democratic presiden-
tial nomination.


Yet, King and his move-
ment forced Americans to reex-
amine ancient prejudices and
the one elusive dream of
opportunity shared by pioneers
and immigrants across this very
diverse nation. Were he to look
down on us today, he would see
that his movement has become
more localized. Racial and eth-
nic relations vary widely from
one town to another. Yet there
are new public-private partner-
ships springing up to build low-
cost housing and there are new
advances made by women and
non-whites that would have
been hard to imagine 40 years
ago.
The next frontier, the
growing divide between
Americans who see opportuni-
ties opening up and those who
see opportunities shrinking,
remains to be conquered. That
revolution calls on more than
one black leader. It calls for all
of us to be leaders in every cor-
ner of American life, as long as
we feel what King used to call
"divinely dissatisfied."

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Shame on delinquent student loan borrowers


preventing them from getting to
the dream they want and help-
ing to break the cycle of poverty
that straps the country.


If the SLB manages to
track down the delinquent bor-
rowers overseas, the penalty
should be something that hits
at the heart of the "crime": If
the offender, by not repaying
the loan, deprived a poor stu-
dent of inheriting the fat of the
land, then the delinquent bor-


(CONTINUED FROM PAGE 9)
think that on that first date the
man is the only one who is feel-
ing all sorts of urges.
Most foolish men will
express their desires and act the
idiot, as they are not blessed
with Victoria's secret. The


rower should be deprived of
the fat of the land too. Persons
who scampered overseas and
refuse to repay student loans in
the Caribbean should be
banned from returning to the
region for a while, even while
they are forced to pay up.
After all, if they take

Victoria's secret?

woman though, will have an
aching in her loins, a palpitating
heart, goose bumps on her skin
which catches a fire, dilating
pupils, hair stand up on her
neck back, primed like a diesel
engine, yet on the outside you
would never know, as she
remains as cool as a cucumber.
Victoria's secret again.
Maybe that's another rea-
son why they have to go to the
ladies room so often.
Meanwhile, no man can mask
his desires, especially while
dancing, prompting the famous
line from movie star Mae West,
"Honey, is that a gun in your
pocket, or are you just happy
to see me?" Victoria's may
have a gun too, but it has a
secret silencer.
One huge area of Victoria's
secret also is that of the big '0'
in women. That's where the
secret really pulls the wool over
men's eyes. She will wail like a
banshee, howl like a baying
wolf, scream like a screech owl,
sing praises to the most high


away someone else's dream,
then their dream of enjoying
their homeland should be
shattered too.

Gordon Williams is Caribbean
Today's managing editor.
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like the Mormon Tabernacle
Choir, while secretly she's not
feeling a thing. But that's her
secret, and only she and
Victoria know for sure.
When a man has an affair
there is something in his psy-
che, his, male genetic makeup
that makes him want to boast
and tell the world about it. Just
like a rooster crowing after the
act, or a bull bellowing after he
went for heifer and heifer and
heifer. I guarantee that no man
would ever sleep with J-Lo,
Halle, Demi Moore, Angelina
Jolie, Maria Carey or any other
superstar beauty and not boast
about it. But conversely, so
many women have had, are
having, and will be having
affairs with famous people and
not breathe a word about it. Is
she or isn't she? Only Victoria
knows for sure.

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E NaT Ia En s
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FeatureSource What
New Year's resolution l
Get in shape? Read the
sics? Watch less televisi
Typically, the prob


Resolve to fight fairly with your significant other
was your tionship. As is all too often the short circuits the higher func- No name calling Words like Recogniz
ast year? case in this world, the most dif- tions of the brain. In this agi- stupid, idiot, moron and other at each o
clas- ficult things are also the most tated state, our ability to rea- insults should never cross your Eye conto
on? son abandons us, and we're left lips when talking about your actually l1
lem with mashing defensive emotional partner. pretendir


a New Year's resolution is that
it requires radical change in
your day-to-day life. Cutting
back on coffee doesn't seem so
difficult at 11:59 p.m. on Dec.
31, but by Jan. 2 it is another
matter.
A better New Year's strat-
egy is to work on an existing
issue that needs only a tweak.
What better place to start
tweaking than your significant
other?
"A relationship is defined
by its ups and downs," says Liya
Lev Oertel, author of "Couple
Care" (Meadowbrook Press).
"The trick is, as the song goes,
to accentuate the positive.
Learning how to fight fairly,
when those inevitable squabbles
break out, is perhaps the most
critical aspect of a healthy rela-



FeatureSource Being roman-
tic may not be as hard as you
thought. Your name doesn't
need to be Casanova to have
a genuinely romantic evening.
Liya Lev Oertel, author
of "52 Romantic Evenings to
Spice Up Your Love Life",
says, "A close relationship is
nourished by small, sweet,
gestures: holding hands while
taking a walk; stealing kisses
between
errands;
slowing
down
long
enough
to give a
hug;
telling
her she
The right words can make herlookshe
someone feel extra special. beautiful
beautiful
(and
meaning it) in the morning
before she combs her hair."
You don't have to spend a
lot of money or make a big
deal out of Valentine's Day. It
is simply an opportunity to be
romantic and express the love
you feel all year. Try wooing
your sweetheart with poetry
and music.
Even if you're not a poet-
ry lover, you should consider
giving it a try. Oertel says,
"Poets have been writing
romantic verse for hundreds
of years, so there must be
somethingoin n it to further the
cause of love. Why not try it
and see?"
If you're not up to writing
your own, try these classic
lovers' poems:

Elizabeth Barrett Browning
* "How Do I Love Thee"
* "If Thou Must Love Me"
* "My Heart and I"


Ground rules make for better lovers'
quarrels.

important."
Indeed, fighting fairly is
one of the most difficult
aspects of a relationship to
master. The flair of emotion a
good, old-fashioned fight stirs


responses with our partner -
not a recipe for consensus,
understanding and reconcilia-
tion.
"The idealized, fairy-tale
relationship is just that, unless
of course you happen to live in
a tower with exceptionally long
hair or are routinely picked up
for gala balls in pumpkin car-
riages," Oertel says. "Once you
accept that fighting is a natural
aspect of a relationship, you'll
be better prepared to deal with
fights when they occur."

GROUND RULES
Laying out ground rules for
a fight can be an invaluable tool
in keeping things under control.
Here are five fair-fighting guide-
lines from Oertel's "Couple
Care" to get you started:


Think before you speak -
Don't say whatever comes to
mind in the middle of an argu-
ment. Censor yourself. Say
only what's relevant, and avoid
saying hurtful things.

Do it...or else Offer choices
rather than issuing ultimatums.
An ultimatum can have only
two outcomes: Your partner
obeys your will, usually with
anger and resentment, or your
partner suffers the conse-
quence, which hurts you both.

I can hear you Yell only in
case of an emergency, such as a
fire. Yelling ,ItuL I, a lack of
control, which will usually lead
to words and actions you'll
later regret.


e that person Look
other when you argue.
act implies that you're
listening and not just
ig to do so. Also,


when you make eye contact,
you'll find it more difficult to
throw out hurtful accusations.
If an argument breaks out
over laying the ground rules
for fighting fairly, you want to
keep another of Oertel's guide-
lines in mind.
"Sometimes fighting is
funny," Oertel says. "You'll
fight, and that's normal. But if
you see the humor in fights
over silly things, you'll fight
less and laugh more."
When you fight fairly, you
free up time to get a head start
on another new year's resolution
- replacing the sparks of conflict
with the sparks of passion.

Author: FeatureSource Staff
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Valentine's Day for the romantically challenged


Emily Jane Bronte
* "Remembrance"


Lord Byron
* .h/i Walks in Beauty"
* "To Caroline"
Ted Hughes
* ".%l7 i. iY i
Percy Bysshe Shelley
* "Love's I'lu ,, pi, ')
Christina Rossetti
* "The First Day"
William Shakespeare
* "Let Me Confesse"
* "Mine Eye Hath Play'd the

* .,/ill I Compare Thee to a
Summer's Day?"

MUSIC
Valentine's Day isn't com-
plete without music. The right
song can make you feel sexier,
sultrier and more in the mood
for romance. Take advantage
of music's seductive power to
create an evening that will
have you and your sweetie
humming for weeks afterward.
Here are some classic roman-
tic songs that Oertel recom-
mends:
* Eric Clapton: "Wonderful
Tonight"
* Harry Conick Jr.: "A Wink
and a Nmilk
* Chris deBurgh: "Lady in
Red"
* John Denver: "Annie's
Song," "Perhaps Love"
* Celine Dion: "My Heart
Will Go On, Ik auL You
Loved Me"
* Enya: "Sail Away"
* Whitney Houston: "I Will
Always Love You"
* Jewel: "Near You Always"
* John Lennon: "Grow Old
With Me"


* Sarah McLachlan:
"Fumbling Towards E i,
* Van Morrison: "Have I Told
You Lately That I Love You?"
* Righteous Brothers:
"Unchained Melody"
* Savage Garden: "Truly
Madly Deeply"
* Seal: "Kiss From A R< ,
* Barbara Streisand and Brian
Adams: "I Finally Found
Someone"
* U2: "All I Want Is You"
This Valentine's Day,
don't worry about creating the
perfect evening. Open a bottle
of wine, follow these tips and


let the music and poetry
sweep her off her feet.


- Carla Beuning


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Soup is a mostly liquid
dish which contains solid com-
ponents of vegetables or meat.
It differs from a stew in that it
has much more liquid and
much less solid contents.
The nutritional value varies
depending on the ingredients
added. The types vary accord-
ing to the consistency and
ingredients. When preparing a
soup it is important to note
when different ingredients are
added as this will have a major
effect on the nutritional value,
texture and flavor of the soup.
Usually quick cooking
vegetables are added near to


the end of cooking time while
hardy vegetable may go in
with or just after the meat.
Seafood like shrimp may also
be added to the pot close to
the end of cooking time.

THE WORLD OF SOUP
In western cuisine, this
meal is usually savory, although
in China and Japan there are
some sweet and even fruity
versions. In the Caribbean,
soups have played a major role.
Traditionally in Jamaica, for
example, no Saturday was com-
plete without soup. Whether it
was beef soup, pumpkin soup,
red peas or chicken soup.
This tradition has changed
somewhat with the prolifera-
tion of fast food restaurants,
but soup has by no means left
the Saturday menu.

TYPES OF SOUP
A broth or a bouillon is
uncleared liquid in which


Eat up, soup is delicious.


meat has been boiled.
A consomme is like a
broth, but it is clear liquid and
may contain egg whites.
A thickened soup is one
which contains bread, flour,
grain, or any other thickening
agent such as corn starch
Pur6ed soup is made
with blended ingredients and
is then strained before serving.
A cream soup is one in
which the main ingredient is
pur6ed with cream added.
Bisque is also a type of
pur6ed soup normally made
from seared seafood.
Court Bouillon is a spe-


cial type of bouillon, which
has vinegar; white wine or
lemon juice and the other
contents are poached.
Cold soups, which may be
fruity as well, are served mostly
in hot seasons and tomato soup
is the most popular.
Noodle soups, of which
chicken noodle is the most
popular, may contain a host of
different types of noodles.
Dessert soups are usual-
ly fruity with even an addition
of milk such as Ginataan,
Filipino soup, which is made
with fruit and coconut milk.
Fruit soups, popular in
Asia and Scandinavian coun-
ties are served hot or cold
depending on the recipe.
Japanese soups, which
feature tofu, are rarely seen in
western cuisine. One example
of this is Miso soup.
Contrary to popular
thinking, stock is not a kind of
soup. Stock, which is the base


of most soups, is made from
boiling meat, bones and/or
vegetables and then straining
the solids from the liquid.
Stock is actually an ingredient
for soup and is usually bland.
Also, a stock is not a complete
meal, while soup is.

QUICK SOUP
Prepared soups are available
in different forms, the most pop-
ular of which are condensed or
powdered. Condensed soups
need an addition of water, usually
one part soup to one part water.
Powdered soups can be used to
form the base for soups to which
you may add vegetables and cuts
of meat to add more body
Soup may be served as the
first course of a meal but it can
be the main meal as well.
Article and photographs
edited and reprinted from
Gracefoods. com
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U.S. extends passport requirement Jamaica eyes Asian market


deadline for travel to Caribbean CMCJamaica is looking to as well as


SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico,
CMC American citizens will
now need passports to return
home from the Caribbean
from Dec. 31, 2006, instead
of the Dec. 31, 2005 date
that was originally proposed,
Director General Officer
of the Caribbean Hotel
Association (CHA) Alec
Sanguinetti has said.
Last year Washington
announced that as of Dec. 31,
2005, all citizens traveling to
the Caribbean would need
passports to return home and
the same rule would apply to
those returning from Canada
and Mexico by plane or ship,
from Dec. 31, 2006. Caribbean
tourism officials had raised
concerns that the new regula-
tions would result in millions
of dollars in losses, as visitors
would choose to go to other
destinations.
"If we had to do it in
January this year, which was
the initial plan, we would be
at a disadvantage in relation


BASSETERRE, St. Kitts -
The Tourism Authority in St.
Kitts has developed an eight-
point tourism plan for 2006-
2007 that emphasizes the
important role the industry
must play in the island's econ-
omy.
In an effort to broaden
its marketplace appeal and
accentuate its natural assets,
following the cessation of
sugar production on the
island, the short-term plan
aims to focus on the product's
attributes which set the island
apart from the competition,
while also outlining various
ways in which the destination


to Canada
and Mexico.
And also
traffic could
gravitate
from other
Caribbean
islands to
those territo- Sanguinetti
ries that do
not require U.S. passports,"
said Sanguinetti.

HEAVY LOSSES
He said an economic
impact assessment showed
US$1.8 billion would be lost
and some 118,000 jobs in the
direct tourism industry would
be lost.
"The cost of a passport
for a family of four is just a lit-
tle shy of $400. That could
represent an airfare to travel
within the United States; it
could represent three nights
of accommodation at a very
nice hotel, so that is where we
face a challenge," Sanguinetti
explained.


will expand its tourism offer-
ing and infrastructure.
"With the emphasis and
urgency that has been placed
on the closure of and transfor-
mation from sugar produc-
tion, it is critical that govern-
ment approach the tourism
industry with even greater
care and planning," said
Ricky Skerritt, St. Kitts's
Minister of State in the
Ministry of Tourism, Sports
and Culture, in a press release
issued last month.
"Thus we have imple-
mented an eight point short-
term tourism plan for 2006-
2007. Details of a revised


"Will the American citi-
zens say I'm going to spend
$400 more to come to the
Caribbean, rather than go
to the Lake District in
Michigan?"
The CHA plans to use
the extension of the deadline
to mount a unified public and
private sector campaign to
educate the traveling
American public on the issue.
"We're planning to do this
on a regional basis working
with the Caribbean Tourism
Organisation (CTO) so that
the message is the same,"
Sanguinetti said.
"There's only one way of
telling U.S. citizens that they
need a passport to come to the
Caribbean and that has to be
very clear so it doesn't confuse
them."
The Bahamas has already
started distributing flyers at
the airport and hotels, advis-
ing visitors of the need to
obtain passports before Jan. 1,
(CONTINUED ON PAGE 14)


National Tourism Policy and
Strategic Plan for the medium
term will be developed during
the first six months of 2006."
St. Kitts is known for its
natural beauty, namely the
reef and forest ecosystems,
the heritage, culture, genuine
hospitality of the Kittitian
people, and the overall
ambiance of the island.

THE PLAN
Based on these assets the St.
Kitts Tourism Authority has
developed the following eight-
point tourism plan that will
attempt to:
(CONTINUED ON PAGE 14)


tap into the Asian market in
order to increase visitor
arrivals to the island, accord-
ing to Director of Tourism
Paul Pennicook.
Jamaican tourism officials
say they would attend the
Beijing International Travel
and Tourism Market (BITTM)
and the World Fair in Shanghai
in April, in an effort to capital-
ize on the Chinese tourism
market.
"We've always gotten
some Japanese business, we're
working to have that grow
and we're working on China,"
Pennicook told the Caribbean
Media Corporation (CMC).
Kingston is also seeking
to expand business in its regu-


other areas,
said
Pennicook, I 1
who attended "
last month's
Caribbean id
Marketplace Pennicook
at the Puerto
Rico Convention Centre.
"Currently we get about
70 percent of our business
from the U.S., however we
are doubling our efforts in
other markets in order to
keep up with the growth of
rooms; we're having a lot of
new rooms being built in
Jamaica and we obviously
need to fill them," Pennicook
said.
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Hoteliers doubtful over


World Cup preparedness


SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico,
CMC One year before the
start of the International
Cricket Council (ICC) World
Cup in the Caribbean, region-
al hoteliers are questioning
the Caribbean's preparedness
for the event.
The Caribbean Hotel
Association (CHA) said a
number of issues were yet to
be settled, regarding hotel
rates, accommodation and
contracts for tour operators.
CHA President Berthia
Parle said the organizers had
turned down the CHA's
request to be included in the
planning process, but "when
things started going like as we
say in the Caribbean, 'Ole
Mas', we were called into try
and solve these issues."
Antigua, Barbados,
Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St
Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St.
Vincent and the Grenadines
and Trinidad and Tobago will
host matches during the inter-


national tournament that runs
from Mar. 11 to April 28 next
year. However the hoteliers
say the competition would
take place during the peak


Parle
season and there have been
concerns of insufficient rooms
during the event.
Parle said another major
concern is the failure so far to
reach an agreement on hotel
rates.
(CONTINUED ON PAGE 14)


SISTAHS JAMMIN' IN JAMAICA
"The Joys and Pain of
Sistahhood" will again be
j celebrated this year at the
Sixth Annual Sistah's
Jammin' In Jamaica Free to
Be Selfish By Putting Self
First Retreat this summer.
Women from across the
United States are scheduled
I to be in the Caribbean island
from July 2-9. Photograph
shows last year's participants
living it up. Karaine Holness,
Jamaican-born business
owner in New Haven,
Connecticut, has taken more
than 70 women to Jamaica
as a past facilitator. For more
information, visit www.sis-
tahsjammin.com or call
Holness at 203-509-1516.


St. Kitts presents appealing plan for tourism


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a new product called the Homeownership Lottery Initiative. The new product
is designed to provide first time low income homebuyers up to seventy-five
percent of the purchase price in the form of a forgivable, zero percent
Interest deferred, non-amortized, second mortgage. MMAP will utilize a
lottery process to select eligible applicants to participate in this initiative.
Lottery applications can be picked up at the Pre-Application Conference on
Thursday, February 9, 2006,10:00 A.M., at the Howard Johnson Plaza
Hotel, 16500 N.W. 2nd Avenue, North Miami, Florida. All participation details
will be discussed at that time. Please RSVP no later than Tuesday,
February 7, 2006 by contacting MMAP at (305) 372-7600. After February
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St. Kitts presents appealing plan for tourism


(CONTINUED FROM PAGE 13)
* Promote the national assets
to attract more upscale travel-
ers to the visitor mix by
leveraging nature, culture and
heritage, which add perceived
value to a destination and
attract a more discerning and
well traveled visitor.
* Introduce a wider variety of
accommodations and attrac-
tions that appeal to the more
sophisticated traveler, includ-
ing luxury hotels and villas,
world class golf courses, mari-
nas, spas and wellness centers,
a thoroughbred race track,
gourmet dining and high-end
shopping.
* Improve and upgrade the
existing tourism infrastructure
to ensure that a quality prod-
uct is provided across the full
range of accommodation
options.
* Expand the training for the
front-line and other service
providers to ensure they have
the tools to enhance the visi-
tor experience and provide a
globally competitive service
product.
* Maximize the destination's
status as a host nation for the


ICC Cricket World Cup in
2007 to position St. Kitts to be
a significant player in the
world of sports tourism and
events tourism in general.


The colorful attraction of St. Kitts at night.

* Facilitate the economic
empowerment of small- and
medium-sized local enterpris-
es and help to increase
awareness within the commu-
nities, especially our youth, of
the opportunities that the
tourism sector provides.
* Give full respect to the
principles of sustainable


tourism in the development
project planning.
* Improve the ability to track
the source of tourism arrivals


and the details of tourism
expenditure with the objective
of assessing performance and
impact of the sector on gov-
ernment revenue and the
national economy.
St. Kitts is located in the
northern Leeward Islands of
the Caribbean.
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* Suriname against inter-regional
flights by U.S. carriers
Suriname will not allow United States-
based airlines to operate inter-
Caribbean flights at the expense
of regional airlines. Transport,
Communication and Tourism Minister
Alice Amafo said last month that while
Suriname would negotiate an "Open
Skies" agreement with the U.S. gov-
ernment, it would make sure that the
negotiated air transport agreement
would not breach the interests of the
Caribbean community (CARICOM).

* Sandals to build hotel in
Grenada ~ minister
The Grenada government says the
Jamaica-based Sandals Group is to
construct a multi-million dollar
hotel on the island.
Finance Minister Anthony
Boatswain said that discussions
were well advanced for the con-
struction of the $60 million 200-
room hotel, which the Keith
Mitchell administration hopes would
begin by the middle of this year.


(CONTINUED FROM PAGE 13)
2007, and CHA President
Berthia Parle said the other
destinations plan to take a
similar approach.
"What we want to do is
use The Bahamas template
and ask a number of our
hotels and destinations... to
look at developing something


* JetBlue to start flights to
Bermuda
Low-cost airline JetBlue Airways
has announced it is to begin flights
to Bermuda in the spring following
five years of wooing by that coun-
try's government.
The fast-growing American
company has been a target since
2001 in the expectation that its low
cost tickets will entice more visi-
tors to the island and break the
stranglehold of higher-cost carri-
ers, industry sources said.

* St. Lucia welcomes return of
Air Jamaica
President of the Caribbean Hotel
Association (CHA) Berthia Parle says
the return of Air Jamaica to St. Lucia
will help achieve the government's
forecast of 300,000 visitors from the
United States market this year.

Compiled from CMC and other
sources.
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along the same lines, and
ensure that we work closely
with our tour operators and
all our other travel partners to
really impress upon people
the need to start applying for
those passports," Parle said.
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dation, the CHA president
said the traditional travel part-
ners stand to be marginalized
if they are not included in the
deals. She insisted that the
hotels need to maintain their
agreements with their partners
during the event.
Some of the destinations
have a limited room count and
the governments have provid-
ed incentives for construction
of new facilities. However,
Parle is not optimistic that
work would be completed in
time for next year's matches.
She also told reporters she


believed the number of bene-
fits for World Cup 2007 was
grossly overstated, in terms of
number of visitors "and every-
thing that's supposed to come
to the islands." Despite these
issues, she said it is too late to
turn back, as regional govern-
ments have borrowed large
sums of money to prepare for
the games.
"The papers have been
signed, the documents have
been signed, we will look at
ways of working with our gov-
ernments and hosting this
event. And I have no doubt it
will be an exceptional event,"
Parle said.


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BLACK HISTORY m o nT

~ A Caribbean Today feature


Coretta Scott King: a champion for Caribbean people


C oretta Scott King, who
stood shoulder to shoul-
der with her more illus-
trious husband in the battle
for civil rights in the United
States, a movement which ulti-
mately paved the way for
Caribbean immigrants to bet-
ter integrate into American
society, died on Jan. 31.
She was 78.
Scott King's contribution
helped people of color go
from the back of the bus, and
from eating at segregated
lunch counters, to a more tol-
erant and accepting environ-
ment, especially for immi-
grants who would come from
the Caribbean in ever increas-
ing numbers to pursue the
American Dream.
The wife of the late civil
rights leader Dr. Martin
Luther King Jr. had battled a
variety of health ailments,
including a heart attack, and
was in Mexico recovering
from a stroke when she suc-
cumbed to respiratory failure
while being treated for ovari-
an cancer.
During her adult life she
stood tall in the civil rights
struggle and was instrumental
in keeping the legacy of Dr.
King alive for almost 40 years
after he was gunned down on
the balcony of a Memphis,
Tennessee hotel.
"The work of Coretta
Scott King and her husband
opened the doors for black
people and as a black person I


Prince Ermias Sahle-
Selassie, the president of
the Ethiopian Crown
Council and the grandson of
Haile Selassie I, will be the
main presenter during a series
of lectures in South Florida
beginning this month.
The theme for his lectures
will be Ethiopia and its endur-
ing Legacy of a Solomonic
Dynasty".
The lectures are being
presented by T.A.EA.R.I. and
the Black Graduate Student
Organization at Florida
International University
(FIU), along with the Africana
Studies Program and the
Department of Multiculural
Student Affairs at University
of Miami (U.M.).
The prince is slated to
speak at 8 p.m. Feb. 28 in the
Graham Center Ballrooms, at
EI.U's south campus, 11200
S.W. Eighth St., Miami and
then at 7 p.m. Mar. 2. at
U.M.'s Flamingo Ballroom,


have walked
through those
doors and benefit-
ed from it,"
Mervyn Solomon,
a Trinidadian-born
associate senior
professor and fac-
ulty librarian at
Miami-Dade
College, told
Caribbean Today.

WIDE IMPACT
Yet the influ-
ence of the Kings
was felt not only in
the U.S. History
scholars believe that
the strength of the
civil rights move-
ment stirred
Caribbean people
into action to Coretta Scott Ki
address their own jail in the 1960s
plights of inequality.
"The struggle
for civil rights in the United
States contributed greatly to
the black consciousness move-
ment in the Caribbean," Dr.
Clinton Hutton, a political
philosophy professor at the
University of the West Indies
in Jamaica told Caribbean
Today.
"The legacy of non-vio-
lence in conflict resolution is
important in the struggle for
human rights. She (Coretta
Scott King) was an important
link to that tradition. That
link is now broken."
"She was the grandmother


Prince Ermias


University Center, 1306
Stanford Dr. in Coral Gables.
For more directions to FlU,
call 305-348 2138; or the
U.M., call 305-284 2211. For
more information about the
events, or to R.S.V.P, call
305-227-3149 or 305-284 6340.


Information about Prince
Ermias and the Ethiopian
Crown Council may also be
obtained at his official web-
site, www.ethiopiancrown.org
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ng hugs her husband after his release from
s.

we all had in Jamaica," said
Marcia Magnus, the Jamaican-
born founder of the Caribbean
American Politically Active
Citizens, told Caribbean
Today.
"She was the keeper of
the flame on every front, the
political ,Iruil--l the econom-
ic, the social struggle and fam-
ily ,1Ir--,lL She never gave
up."
Despite her contributions
to the movement, and being
one of the most respected
figures in black America,
Coretta Scott King lived


largely in the shadow of her
husband.
"Most people don't
know enough about her," Dr.
Magnus said.
Scott King was a classical-
ly trained opera singer, but
stayed at home during the
early days of the civil rights
movement to raise the cou-
ple's four children, Yolanda
Denise King, Martin Luther
King III, Dexter Scott King
and the Reverend Albertine
King.
Yet she did not escape the
wrath of racism. In 1956 the
Kings' Montgomery, Alabama
home was bombed as Coretta,
her daughter and a friend
were inside the house.

MORE INVOLVED
However, before Dr.
King's death in 1968, his wife
gradually became more
involved in the movement,
accompanying her husband
on civil rights marches.
Mrs. King also stood
beside her husband through
some the greatest triumphs
of the civil rights movement,
including the Civil Rights Act


of 1964 and the Voting Rights
Act a year later.
King was a key figure in
helping to make her husband's
birthday a national holiday in
the U.S.
She also worked tirelessly
to ensure that his legacy was
kept alive after his assassina-
tion in 1968. She founded The
King Center, a rich resource
for documenting the life of
her husband, which began in
the basement of the couple's
home.
"Getting ideas from ideas
to action is what separates the
dreamers from the produc-
ers," Magnus said.
But to many the work
done by both Coretta and her
husband played an important
role in creating opportunities
enjoyed by all people, particu-
larly those from the African
diaspora who have settled in
the U.S.

Staff, wire service and other
reports contributed to this
story.
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Miami Library System


offers celebration


The Miami-Dade Public
Library System will
commemorate Black
History Month this year with
a series of literary and cultural
events that will include
nationally known authors, jazz
concerts, storytelling perform-
ances and art exhibitions.
This year's theme pays
tribute to black fraternal,
social, and civic institutions.
African American activist
and author Sister Souljah will
discuss her novel "The
Coldest Winter Ever", a gritty
coming-of-age story about the
teenage daughter of a success-
ful drug dealer, at the North
Dade Regional Library at 2
p.m. Feb. 25.
The Library System will
feature additional visits from
authors Irene Smalls, James
Ransome, Joyce Carol
Thomas, Preston Allen, Eloise
Greenfield and illustrator Jan
Spivey Gilchrist.
Two presentations will
highlight the cultural and
artistic significance of jazz.
"Elements of Jazz" is an inter-
active program featuring
artist Nicole Yarling, who
teaches children the anatomy
of a jazz song. "Curing the Air
of its Fever" is a program that
demonstrates the genius of
artist Gwendolyn Brooks


through poetry, dance, and
music. Storyteller Madafo
Lloyd Wilson will perform at
seven library branches, trans-
porting audiences to Africa
through descriptive folktales
and song.
Art exhibitions include
contemporary works by
Miami artist Bayunga
Kialeuka; sketchbooks by
Overtown artist Purvis Young;
a collection of masks from the
female-only Sande Society of
Sierra Leone and Liberia; a
photographic exhibition of
Little Haiti by Gary Monroe;
Harlem photographic portraits
by the late Carl Van Vechten;
and the artwork of James E.
Ransome.
Teens, ages 12-19 years,
are invited to participate in
the "2006 Black History
Month Teen Essay" and
Poetry Contest. To partici-
pate, they can contact their
nearest library by Feb. 18 for
details.
A schedule of events
can be found online at
www.mdpls.org
For more information,
call 305-375-BOOK. All
events, made possible through
the support of Citibank, are
free and open to the public.
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Ethiopia's Prince Ermias returns to

South Florida to discuss 'Legacy'


February 2006





CARIBBEAN TODAY


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A Caribbean Today feature

Miami Dade College celebrates African American culture


Motivational speech
by Mary Wilson, for-
mer singer with the
pop group The Supremes,
titled "Dare to Dream", will
be among the highlights of
"Black History Month" cele-
brations staged at Miami
Dade College (MDC) cam-


puses in Florida during
February to recognize African
American culture.
Wilson is scheduled to
appear at 11:15 a.m. Feb. 16 in
the McCarthy Theater, Room
6120 at MDC's Kendall cam-
pus.
Other highlights of the


month include:

* Feb. 11, from 11 a.m. to
1 p.m. The Homestead cam-
pus hosts its Black Heritage
Storytelling Hour, providing
activities in celebration of
Black Heritage Month for
children ages three to eight
and their families.

* Feb. 18, from 9:30 a.m. to
12:30 p.m. at the Medical
Center, health issues in the
black community will be
addressed at a "Community
Health Expo". In addition to
learning more about diabetes
and high blood pressure,
attendees can get general
health screenings, eye exams,
teeth cleaning, and checkups
for their pets or even a relax-
ing massage, while browsing


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'Irie Jam' searches for stars in Caribbean music talent pool


DAWN A. DAVIS
Think you have what it
takes to become a reg-
gae or dancehall star?
Well, here's your chance.
Beginning this month,
New Rochelle, New York-
based reggae radio station Irie
Jam is launching a Caribbean
talent contest in search of the
next big names in reggae,
dancehall and dub poetry.
The brainchild of popular
Irie Jam disc jockey DJ Roy
(Roy Walters) and the first of
its kind in the New York tri-
state area, the Caribbean tal-
ent contest will attempt to dis-
cover raw singing talent. Not
just another "American Idol"
clone, organizers claim, the
contest, dubbed "Give the
Youth a Buss", promises to
energize the Caribbean music
scene.
"There is a lot of great
talent here, and throughout
the Caribbean that doesn't get
heard," Bobby Clarke, Irie
Jam Radio's president/chief
executive officer, explained to
Caribbean Today recently.
"For the past 10 to 12
years we've been stuck with
(dancehall artistes) Beenie
(Man), Buju (Banton),
Bounty (Killa). So, our chal-
lenge here at Irie Jam is to
cultivate new talent.
"We have a responsibility
to the music and culture,"
Clarke stressed, adding "we
decided to give them (the tal-


u Iarm


ent) what they need promo-
tion and to be heard. We are
here day and night anyway,
keeping Caribbean culture
alive here in the U.S. So we
decided to try and make
stars."
A stalwart in the industry,
Irie Jam Radio has been on the
air for 14 years enjoying a "very
decent market share," accord-
ing to Clarke. Competing with
major radio stations, including
the Clear Channels, Irie Jam
has carved out a niche for itself
among the Caribbean populace
throughout the New York tri-
state area, which includes New


York, Connecticut and New
Jersey. The organizers hope the
talent contest will spread the
radio station's cultural message
even further.

RULES
"Give the Youth a Buss" is
open to male and female
artistes of reggae, dancehall,
dub poetry, and just about any
Caribbean music genre. Five
entries will be selected and
played on the air each week on
Thursday evenings during the
9 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. segment.
Winners will be decided by an
Irie Jam panel, public voting


'Jamaica 2 Rahtid' hits South


Florida stage next month


Jamaica 2 Rahtid", a
musical revue which
takes a funny look at
Jamaica's state of affairs, is
set to take the stage in
South Florida early next
month.
Aston Cooke's come-
dy, which has been playing
at the Barn Theatre in
New Kingston, Jamaica,
presents colorful Jamaican
characters in a collection
of sketches and songs cov-
ering a wide range of
social, cultural and politi-
cal issues.
Cast members for
"Jamaica 2 Rahtid"
include Deon Silvera,
Dahlia Harris, Christopher
Daley, Christopher The
McFarlane and Everaldo
Creary. It is directed by
Michael Nicholson. Grub
Cooper of Fab 5 is responsible
for the musical component
while Orville Hall choreo-
graphed the movement for the
musical numbers.
The production will be


staged in North Miami on
Mar. 4, and then plays in Palm
Beach the following day. It is
then scheduled to head west
to Tampa on Mar. 11 and
returns to South Florida for a
performance in Coral Springs
on Mar. 12.
"Jamaica 2 Rahtid" is


being presented in South
Florida by Jamaica
Awareness, Inc., and Ridims
Marketing Network. For more
information, call 305-891-2944
or 305-891-1242.


via the radio station's website
(www. iriejamradio. com), and
through call-ins at their on-air
number 914-235-9786 or by
calling their offices at 888-
IRIE-NYC during the
Thursday night timeslot.
Each month the station
will announce winners on
Saturday during the 1 p.m. to
6 p.m. program. Semi-finals,
quarter-finals, and finals will be
held to determine the top win-
ners. Organizers have also put
a lid on lyrics that degrade
women or promote violence.
"We don't play songs with
cursing, gun lyrics, songs that
are derogatory to women,"
Clarke emphasized.
Winners will be judged based


Telling


preserve

* TITLE: A Jamaican
Storyteller's Tale
* AUTHOR: Lorrimer
Burford

o matter how sweet
life gets for average
Caribbean immigrants
living in "farrin" the United
States, United Kingdom,
Canada, for exam-
ple there are
always times
when they will
think back to
the unique
experiences of
home, however
humble that
background
might have been.
In Lorrimer
Burford's world,
those experiences
were bonded to
the traditional art
of storytelling,
which was tied to
the natives of the
region long before
their foreparents ever left
Africa aboard slave ships for
the Caribbean.
So Burford's book is
about the old becoming new
through storytelling, essential-
ly a story about stories, told
by a gifted storyteller deter-
mined to preserve the tradi-
tional art. That most of the
stories told by Lester Jenkins,
father of a Jamaican family
which migrated to the United
States after World War, also
scared the 'bejeezus' out of
those who heard them, mak-
ing a night time stroll to the
bedroom a harrowing journey
of self doubt and fear, is
beside the point.

WORD OF MOUTH
Long before Internet


II


on voice quality, delivery, writ-
ing and originality. Clarke
explained that because every
song cannot be entered, the
ratio station will play some of
the entries randomly those
that don't make the final cut.
There should be no shortage
of entries.
"For a couple of years DJ
Roy has been receiving CDs,
records, and tapes from
would-be stars," Clarke said.
"After getting hundred of
tapes and CDs he decided to
'Give the Youth a Buss'. It
came on the air one day and it
took off; it made a big impact
on the community. So we

(CONTINUED ON PAGE 18)


stories to


he culture

exchanges and sophisticated
libraries, the richness of cul-
ture was best continued by
word of mouth, through sto-
ries passed along in time,
added to or subtracted from,
reworked and presented in a
fascinating color through
clever description.
Yet even with
Lester Jenkins's
insistence on
.ticking to the
passion of re-
telling the tales,
his way of
somehow pre-
serving a cul-
ture left
behind in
Jamaica, his
wife Isabel is
not so happy
with the
idea. She
somehow
sees the
clinging to
the things
"old" as taking a step back.
She is upset that her husband
insists on speaking p"b It,",
although he has moved to the
United States, and she is even
more furious when her chil-
dren try to do the same. Yet, it
annoyed Lester that Isabel
was always badgering him to
"talk g, ,,d".
To those outside the
Caribbean culture, that may
seem a bit surprising, but
sadly it is true. There are
many immigrants who would
rather be cut off from any
links to the region. Speaking
"properly", some will insist
for example, means weeding
out any trace of the regional
twang.
Yet despite the obstacles

(CONTINUED ON PAGE 18)


February 2006











lores impact of migration 'Three Generations' of Bajan art

nilies from the Caribbean on show at Diaspora Vibe Gallery


London drama exp

on the lives of fan


LONDON, CMC A drama
production exploring the
impact of the migration of
Caribbean nationals on their
families, was scheduled to
open last month at the British
Museum in London.
Titled "The Ones We Left
Behind", the production fea-
tures a 30-minute play, a
monologue and an interactive
discussion.
Sponsored by the
Heritage Lottery Fund, the
production looks at the exten-


* Popular Grenadian artiste dies
Michael DeGale, a popular dramatist,
drummer and lead actor from Grenada,
died last month. He was 40.
DeGale had been drumming for
over 25 years and made tours to
England, Jamaica and St. Vincent
with the National Folk Group, the
Veni-Way DanceGroup and TUMDA,
whose first major production was
entitled "Trouble Down Dey".
* VP Records launches new website
VP Records has launched a new


sive migration of people from
the Caribbean and other
countries during the 1950s
and 1960s and explores the
cultural, emotional and eco-
nomic experiences of leaving
behind one's homeland, chil-
dren, and traditionally
extended families.

HERITAGE
Jamaican-born Lorna
Holder, founder and producer
of Full Spectrum Productions,
that produces the feature, said


the presentation highlights
the Caribbean heritage and
the courage and bravery of
the early Caribbean pioneers,
many whom were highly
skilled professionals who went
to work and study in the
United Kingdom.
The production was also
expected to feature a play enti-
tled "Homeward Bound", writ-
ten by Troy Fairclough and
directed by British actor
Eamonn Walker. Fairclough
based his play on a series of
workshops led by elders from
the Caribbean community last
year in London and Nottingham.
Homeward Bound is set in
the departure lounge at
Heathrow Airport and centers
on a woman's dilemma over
whether or not she should
return to her native Jamaica to
live out her rT lir-L mu I Holder
said it was written with a view to
encouraging cross-generational
participation, and an interactive
discussion, led by historian and
broadcaster Alex Pascall, which
was scheduled to take place
after the performance.


An exhibition of work by
artists who live in Barbados
will be the focus of "Three
Generations: Barbadians
Contemporary Art",
which opens Feb. 9
and runs through
the end of March at
the Diaspora Vibe
Gallery in downtown
Miami, Florida.
The exhibition,
being presented
by the Barbados
Investment and
Development
Corporation (BIDC)
and the gallery, will
showcase a group of Caroline H
10 juried artists of dif-
ferent generations
who work with a wide range
of materials, processes and
ideas. Participating artists
include: Natalie Atkins, Virgil
Broodhagen, Wayne Hinds,
Caroline Holder, Juliana
Inniss, Neville Legall, Terrence
Piggott, Gail Pounder-Speede,
Leslie Taylor, Kraig Yearwood.
Some 40 works in varied
media, including painting,


sculpture, photography and
ceramics, will be available for
viewing.
The public viewing of the


older's "Red Baby" will be on show.

art will be complemented by
an array of special events,
scheduled from Thursday
through Saturday, including
gallery walk, meet-the-artist
talks and slide presentations.
For more information on
special events, call the gallery
at 305-573-4046.
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website where consumers and busi-
nesses can order directly from one of
reggae music's leading distributors.
The site, www.vpreggae.com, will
hold one of the largest archives of
reggae on the Internet and offers
music in a variety of formats includ-
ing CDs, DVDs, seven-inch vinyl, 12-
inch vinyl, VHS cassette, and audio
cassette.

Compiled from various sources.


'Irie Jam' searches for stars in Caribbean music talent pool


(CONTINUED FROM PAGE 17)
decided to give it some struc-
ture and do it as a contest.
"About the quality of the
material we have received,
honestly, I would say 50 per-
cent of the songs are pretty
good and 50 percent are pret-
ty bad," he added.
The station will partner
with local papers to reach the
Caribbean public and eventu-
ally will seek television part-


ners as well. So far, 85 percent
of the contestants reside in the
New York area, according to
Clarke.

'DROUGHT'
Asked about his view of
current Caribbean talent, the
radio entrepreneur lamented,
"I think drought is a mild
word. It is a horrible situation
right now. This is one of the
reasons we are doing the con-


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test. I think the caliber of cur-
rent DJs bring down the
music."
He did add, however, that
based on the quantity of cul-
tural music made last year and
some positive music in the
dancehall, "the drought is
hopefully coming to an end.
"We will take the lead in
trying to elevate the kind of
material we think is positive,"
the CEO noted. "Some mate-
rial promotes violence and a
certain kind of situation that
causes oppression...We are
sending out a warning to those
who glorify a certain lifestyle.
We are starting a rebellion
against what's been happen-
ing. We are trying to uplift the
music."
Adding that positive
movement has already started
in Jamaica, Clarke remarked


that "it is our turn to take the
baton and do what we can on
this side to make sure that the
music moves on."

JAMBOREE
Part of the radio station's
contribution to Caribbean
music's upliftment is through
its annual reggae concert Irie
Jamboree, now in its fourth
year. Held each summer, the
concert has steadily grown
and has included artistes like
Sean Paul, Wayne Wonder,
Shabba Ranks, Luciano and
Damian 'Junior Gong' Marley.
This annual concert will also
be used as a launching pad for
the contest winners, Clarke
said. In addition to being
heard on the radio station,
contest winners will perform
on Irie Jamboree. They will
also get a chance to record


their music at a professional
recording studio in New York.
Distribution is guaranteed,
according to Clarke.
The next step will be to
harness talent from more gen-
res and promote the contest
throughout the Caribbean
islands.
"But first, we want to
make sure the structure is
strong because from there the
sky is the limit," Clarke said.
Check out the station's
website to listen to the contest
entries during the Thursday
night timeslot. All programs
are streamed online.
Get ready fi buss!

Dawn A. Davis is a freelance
writer for Caribbean Today.
0


Telling stories to preserve the culture


(CONTINUED FROM PAGE 17)
shared by most immigrants,
and Lester Jenkins's family
faced segregation in the
American South, it becomes
obvious that the stories, and
other fascinating aspects of
Caribbean culture, are among
the key ingredients that keep
the family tightly knit. Even
when the Jenkins family starts
to find the American Dream -
bettering lth mIL1, L financial-
ly they cannot completely let
go of their roots.


"It seemed like us
Jamaicans carried our customs
and lifestyle with us wherever
we iii the narrator says in
"A Jamaican Storyteller's
Tale".
How true it is today.
Isolated pockets of Caribbean
people in the U.S. have grown
to huge communities all over
the country; they are almost
impossible to ignore. Now the
tales are often more evident
in the lyrics of songs, as reg-
gae, soca and other forms of


music from the region take
firm hold in the U.S. And that
is ,.,ir% ', in a good way, and
should make a great story all
by itself.

* 154 pages
* PUBLISHER: LMH
Publishing Ltd.

Gordon Williams is
Caribbean Today's managing
editor.
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CARIBBEAN TODAY


February 2006





CARIBBEAN TODAY


Jamaican entrepreneurs receive


newspaper's business award


Job, business expo targets


the Caribbean community


Jamaican entrepreneurs
Catherine and Desmond
Malcolm, of Jerk Machine,
Incorporated, were among the
four recipients of the Sun-
Sentinel 2005 Excalibur
Awards.
The recipients were hon-
ored for outstanding leader-
ship and community service at
a ceremony at the Boca Raton
Resort and Club in Florida
last month.
The Malcolms were cited
as outstanding small business
leaders in Broward County,
along with architect Jorge
Garcia of Garcia Stromberg in
Palm Beach County. Chief
Executive Michael Jackson of
Auto Nation, and Patricia
Lebow, of Broad and Cassel,
were also honored as out-
standing corporate leaders in
Broward County and Palm
Beach County respectively.

PIONEERS
Described as pioneers of
Jamaican jerk-style cuisine in
in the South Florida area,
Catherine and Desmond
Malcolm opened their first
Jerk Machine restaurant in
Lauderhill, Fort Lauderdale,
in 1989. Today, they are own-
ers of a thriving food franchise
and warehouse commissary
employing some 65 persons in
the South Florida region, and
boasting annual revenue of $3
million.
They now have eight loca-


I -w'%e O L11P& M. w- w-


Entrepreneurs, from left, Desmond and Katherine Malcolm, owners of Jerk Machine,
Inc.; are congratulated by Marie Gill, president of Jamaica USA Chamber of Commerce;
and Ricardo Allicock, Jamaica's consul general to the southern United States.


tions in operation and success-
fully market Jamaican delica-
cies such as jerk chicken and
pork, oxtail, curried goat and
other dishes.
Both Catherine and
Desmond were born in
Jamaica and migrated to
Canada in 1977. The idea of
food business evolved when
the Malcolms catered for their
wedding in 1982 in Canada.
Then they started a small
catering operation, planning
events for families and other
customers. Having grown tired
of the long winters they decid-
ed to move to South Florida
where Desmond combined his
culinary expertise with his
wife's business sense and


O V E R S E A S


opened the first store of the
now successfully run food fran-
chise.
With a vision for success
in the food operation, the
Malcolms began bottling their
own "jerk sauce" and a line of
natural juices. They plan to
launch those products in
supermarkets. Their business
acumen has also allowed them
to look into extending the
franchise in other cities
throughout the United States
and Canada.
Jamaica's Consul General
Ricardo Allicock congratulat-
ed the couple for their success
as business leaders and also
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South Florida's Caribbean
job seekers and small
business owners will get
to meet representatives of
some of the United States'
leading companies and gov-
ernment agencies, plus the
opportunity to develop part-
nerships with Caribbean pro-
fessionals, during "The 2006
Florida Diversity Job and
Trade Expo" this month in
Miami.
The event is scheduled for
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 9 at The
James L. Knight Center, 400
S.E. Second Ave.
According to the organiz-
ers, representatives of top cor-
porations and government
agencies will be actively inter-
viewing Caribbean profession-
als and business owners in an
effort to develop lucrative


business partnerships and pro-
fessional employment rela-
tionships in a variety of fields.
Among the corporations and
government agencies that will
be on site at the expo are
Miami International Airport,
FedEx, Home Depot, JC
Penney's, CVS Pharmacy,
Office Depot, Lowe's Home
Improvement, Winn Dixie,
Broward Community College,
The Florida Lottery, The South
Florida Water Management
District, Burger King Franchise
Division, Jackson Memorial
Hospital, North Broward
Hospital District and
Enterprise car rental.
Admission to the event is
free. However, reservations
are required by calling 954-
364-6260.
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Tax information exchange keeps

tab on earnings abroad


LESLIE A. SHARE AND
MICHAEL ROSENBERG

The United States has a
broad network of com-
prehensive income and
estate and gift tax treaties that
include special provisions
enabling the fiscal authorities
of each country to swap tax-
related information with each
other.
However, none of these
types of treaties have tradi-
tionally existed with so-called
"tax haven" jurisdictions.
In the early 1980s, the
U.S. Congress and the U.S.
Treasury Department began a
concerted effort to implement
more basic and specific tax
information exchange agree-
ments (TIEAs) with countries
and territories located in the
Caribbean basin and else-
where. In essence, a bilateral
TIEA provides a legal mecha-
nism for two governments to
assist each other in the accu-
rate assessment and collection
of income and certain other
taxes, to prevent fiscal fraud
and evasion, and to develop
more sophisticated informa-
tion sources through sharing


collected tax-related data.
Depending upon the
TIEA in question, such infor-
mation could be used for civil
or criminal tax enforcement
by a treaty partner.

BENEFITS
Since 1983, special U.S.
tax benefits and concessions
have been available to those
of the 29 jurisdictions which
are eligible under the related
Caribbean Basin Initiative
(CBI) program and which
enter into a TIEA with the
United States. The most sig-
nificant of these benefits is the
ability of a U.S. taxpayer
attending a convention, semi-
nar or similar meeting in a
qualifying country to deduct
travel expenses.
In the 1980s and early
1990s, the U.S. successfully
implemented TIEAs with
Barbados, Bermuda, Costa
Rica, Dominica, the Dominican
Republic, Grenada, Guyana,
Honduras, Jamaica, the
Marshall Islands, Mexico, Peru,
St. Lucia and Trinidad and
Tobago (some of which have
also entered into more detailed
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CARIBBEAN TODAY


Harvard Business School
Professor Clay Christensen will
be the fea-
tured presen-
ter during an
'Innovation:
For Caribbean
Business
Growth' semi-
nar for the
region's busi-
ness leaders
set for Feb. 16 Christensen
at the Jamaica
Pegasus Hotel in Kingston.
The focus of his presenta-
tion will be "Leading the
Innovation Process: Delivering
Sustainable, Profitable
Growth".
Prof. Christensen is the
author of "The Innovators
Dilemma" and "The


Innovator's Solution: Creating
and Sustaining Successful
Growth".
NLIIagI r, today have a
problem. They know their
companies must grow. But
growth is hard, especially
given today's economic envi-
ronment. Managers know
innovation is the ticket to suc-
cessful growth. But they just
can't seem to get innovation
right," he said.
The seminar is being organ-
ized by Growth Facilitators and
Knowledgeworks Consulting as
part of their efforts to con-
tribute to the region's overall
socio-economic, political and
cultural progress by exposing
the public to world class leader-
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Tax information exchange keeps

tab on earnings abroad
(CONTINUED FROM PAGE 19) ly in force. For example, the
U.S.-Bahamas TIEA became
other tax treaties with the effective with respect to crimi-
United States). However, the nal tax matters as of Jan. 1,
U.S. remained interested in 2004, and as of Jan. 1, 2006 it
obtaining such agreements with also applies to civil tax matters.
what it considered to be the As of the latter date, The
most "hard core" bank secrecy Bahamas correspondingly
countries in an attempt to force became eligible for the related
them to provide tax-related CBI tax deduction benefits.
information when requested by Investors should also be aware
the Internal Revenue Service. that in addition to the U.S.
TIEA, the Cayman Islands is
RESULTS reportedly negotiating TIEAs
These concerted efforts with at least eight other major
have now paid off, as a num- industrialized countries in an
ber of the main offshore attempt to obtain various
financial countries (surprising- financial benefits.
ly to some) have now, in The U.S. TIEA network
effect, capitulated and have will undoubtedly continue to
agreed to become part of the expand in the future as former
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confab set for Jamaica Feb. 16


Awebsite designed to
offer current and
potential partners of
Miami direct access to major
markets of the western hemi-
sphere, availability to financial
services and foreign country
representation, has been
launched.
The City of Miami
Mayor's International Council
recently launched the website
to keep with the council's mis-
sion to assist and provide sup-
port to the city's international
partners, while helping share
the vision of Miami as a
diverse and vibrant metropolis
to audiences worldwide.


The website also high-
lights its Sister City relation-
ships in the hemisphere, as
well as initiating some in


Florida's emerging interna-
tional partners, focusing on
exploring trade and business
opportunities, in addition to
cultural and educational
exchanges.
The Mayor's International
Council was created in 2003
by Mayor Manny Diaz to con-
solidate Miami's international
programs, including the
International Trade Board
and the Sister Cities Board.
Commissioner Joe Sanchez is
the current chairman of
Mayor's International Council.
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The Mom & Pop Small
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several economic development
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total overall return to investors was
15.5 percent, surpassing the
returns available on any other
regional markets or on any other
traded or non-traded publicly avail-
able financial asset class.

* Consultant wants regional
banking regulatory body
Faye Jacobs, the executive director
of Caribbean Integrated Financial
Services Limited (CIFS), says
Caribbean countries should consid-
er establishing a regulatory bank-
ing body for the region.
She said one of the benefits of
the Caribbean community (CARI-
COM) Single Market, could be the
introduction of the regional regula-
tory body, separate from a regula-
tory organization for the financial
services sector.

* T&T's economy grows by
seven percent in 2005
The Trinidad and Tobago economy
grew by seven percent last year,


supporting robust job growth and
reducing the unemployment rate to
historical lows, the Central Bank of
Trinidad and Tobago (CBTT) said.
In a review of the economy,
CBTT said that the growth was led
by the energy sector and that non-
energy growth of four percent, led
by construction and marketing, also
contributed to the good economic
performance.

* Finance minister outlines
economic reforms
Grenada's economy needs to grow
by at least four percent over the
next three years if poverty and
unemployment is to be reduced,
according to Finance Minister
Anthony Boatswain.
Boatswain said last month that
the private sector must take the
lead in economic development with
the government putting in place the
appropriate policies for strengthen-
ing the business environment in
the country.

Compiled from CMC and other
sources.
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Jamaican entrepreneurs receive

newspaper's business award


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commended them for raising
the standard of excellence in
the Jamaican community.
Their success is an inspiration
for other Jamaicans as they
continue to make a positive
impact in our community, he
added.

GIVING BACK
Catherine and Desmond
Malcolm have remained com-
mitted to their roots as they
continue to give back to the
Jamaican and the broader
South Florida community.
They have overwhelmingly
supported several community


organizations, making contri-
butions to charitable, civic and
educational projects.
In 1998, they established a
non-profit organization, "It
Takes a Village", working with
at-risk youth ages 14 to 22
years. Through this endeavor,
they have created educational
opportunities emphasizing the
arts and technical skills, and a
job-training program providing
training and placement services.
In accepting the award,
the Malcolms expressed
appreciation to the Sun
Sentinel for setting the exam-
ple of encouraging community
involvement and leadership


through their daily newspaper
in Broward and Palm Beach
counties.
As business partners, they
both spoke of their pride and
enthusiasm as they imparted
Jamaica's heritage and culture
to the South Florida community.
Mrs. Malcolm was also
recipient of the Caribbean
Business Women of the Year
2000 Award from the National
Association of Caribbean
Business Women in South
Florida.

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International experts warn Caribbean could be hit by bird flu


WASHINGTON, CMC A
panel of health experts at an
Inter-American Development
Bank (IDB) conference in
Washington has warned that
the avian influenza virus could
affect the Caribbean and Latin
America.
The experts, from the
IDB, the Pan American
Health Organization (PAHO),
the World Bank and the
United States' Agency for
International Development
(USAID), concluded that
given the trends in the virus's
behavior, there is a strong risk
that human-to-human trans-
mission could occur, creating
the possibility of a pandemic
situation.
Some officials at WHO
say that the risk of a pandemic
is not a question of "if" but
"when."
Influenza experts consider


* Flu shots for Florida's seniors
Florida residents who are age 65
and older can received flu vaccines
through the Senior Immunization
Project, a partnership of the
Health Foundation of South Florida
and Health Choice Network.
Vaccines are free for unin-
sured seniors. For the nearest
clinic location and schedule, call
the project's hotline at 1-866-NO-
TO-FLU (1-866-668-6358).

* Belize condemns HIV/AIDS
discrimination by employers


the risk of avian flu in the
Caribbean and Latin America
to be relatively low, since
birds flying south from the
U.S. are not believed to inter-
mingle with birds heading to
America from Siberia, where
one of the latest outbreaks
occurred among birds, not
humans. But they warned that
the current perception of low
risk could change, given
the presence of the H5N1
strain of the virus in the
Canadian waterfowl.
"Many countries in the
region are vulnerable to global
pandemics because their epi-
demiological surveillance sys-
tems are weak, especially for
animal surveillance," said IDB
health specialist Andr6 Medici.

RISK RANK
The British consulting
firm Maplecroft has devel-


Belize authorities have condemned
the decision by employers to
require workers to undergo testing
for HIV/AIDS.
The National AIDS Commission
reminded citizens that the govern-
ment had late last year "adopted
both the National and Workplace
HIV/AIDS Policies which promote a
human rights and responsibilities
perspective regarding the epidemic".

Compiled from CMC and other
sources.
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Index
that ranks 161 coun-
tries. In that study,
seven countries in the
Caribbean and Central
America are consid-
ered at extremely high
or high risk, including
Haiti, Barbados,
Grenada, Jamaica,
Dominican Republic,
Guatemala, El
Salvador.
PAHO's Dr. Oscar
Mujica estimates that
if a moderate flu pan-
demic infected 25 per-
cent of the Caribbean
and Latin American
population, more than
334,000 people would
die over the course of
the first eight weeks. If
the pandemic were
severe, the number of
deaths could rise to 2.4
million.
But health is not
the only factor to con-
sider, though. An ,,
avian influenza pan-
demic could also have
significant economic 1j
consequences for the
region.
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days could be lost if a moder-
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Jamaicans set for 'Hard Rock' title fight


GORDON WILLIAMS
B oxing's "Road Warrior"
and "The DLirn\r,
wanted to come home
to settle a score. Instead
Jamaican-born ex-light
heavyweight champion
Glen Johnson and
Richard Hall will have to
take care of pressing busi-
ness at their home away
from home this month.
While Jamaica,
according to Johnson's
manager Henry Foster,
could not be convinced to
stage a bout between his
fighter, the former
International Boxing
Federation (IBF) light Johnson
heavyweight king, and
Hall, South Florida,
where both fighters
are currently based,
has gladly accepted
them.
Johnson will fight
Hall on Feb. 24th at
the Seminole Hard
Rock Hotel in
Hollywood for the
vacant International
Boxing Association
(IBA) title.
For Johnson, who
has been in ring bat-
tles all over the world
to earn his "Road
Warrior" nickname, Hall, right
the fight will be the
Miami rtid n i's first bout in
South Florida for 10 years,
according to Foster. It also
offers an opportunity to stay
sharp for his mandatory chal-
lenge against current IBF title-
holder Clinton Woods of
Britain, the belt he really
wants.
"It's just keeping in tune,"
said Johnson, who has a ring
record of 43 wins, 10 losses
and two draws. In two fights
with Woods he has drawn


once and won, a result which
gave him his initial hold on
the IBF belt.
"I could sit around and
wait for June (the deadline for


Woods to make the fight with
him or risk being stripped of
his IBF crown). But I have to
stay busy."
That does not mean
Johnson is looking beyond
"The DLir n\Lr Hall, a
power puncher with 25 knock-
outs in 27 wins, coupled with
five losses, who has gone toe-
to-toe with the likes of former
American great Roy Jones Jr.,
who Johnson knocked out.
"Hall is a tough guy,"


Johnson admitted.
"Right now Hall is our
focus," Foster added.
Both fighters left Jamaica
as young adults and started
boxing at a relatively
advanced age Hall at 19,
Johnson about a year later.
They retain strong ties to
Jamaica. That, according to
Foster, made Jamaica a logical
place to stage the bout. Yet
Jamaica made no solid offers,
according to the manager, and
that proposal fizzled.
"I wish this fight was in
Jamaica," he said. "But we
couldn't get an interest."
The Florida-based
Warrior's Promotions, which is
putting on the bout at the
Hard Rock, is
hoping that the
Feb. 24 match-up
featuring different
boxing styles will
pull fight fans,
especially those
Jamaicans living in
the area. More
than 300,000
Jamaicans are esti-
mated to reside in
South Florida.
"Hall is a big
puncher, Glen is a
great boxer, not a
big puncher," said
Leon Margules,
Warrior's
Promotions' exec-
utive director. "Both guys are
action fighters. It's gonna be a
war. Styles make fights. These
guys don't run."
Even if they tried, they
couldn't get far anyway,
because they are right at
home...or close enough.

Gordon Williams is
Caribbean Today's managing
editor.
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No 'looking back' as West Indies

seeks return to form against N.Z.


GORDON WILLIAMS

The West Indies cricket
team will be in New
Zealand this month try-
ing to bounce back from a dis-
astrous Test series against
Australia in its last outing.
But according to the West
Indies Cricket Board (WICB)
hierarchy, the team should not
be focused on its prolonged
poor form, but instead turn to
improving in the future,
although success may not
come immedi-
ately.
What we
have to do is
stop looking
back," WICB
President Ken
Gordon told
Caribbean
Today in an
Chanderpaul interview at
the end of the
Australian tour in November.
"Let's understand what
has happened, put it into per-
spective and decide from here
on let's get the essentials right.
There is no quick fix to our
problems."
There are no "rihu'i
discipline problems related to
the current crop of West
Indies players, Gordon said.
However, although talented,
they must develop a more pro-
fessional approach to
the game, similar to the
Australians, who are now
rated the best cricketers in the
world. Without that approach,
he added, the Caribbean crick-
eters may continue to show
flashes of brilliance, but not
consistent team excellence.
"We're gonna try and
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Aussies) are tough, they're
professional.
We're send-
ing young
guys who are
ill prepared,
S in a sense,
S against them.
And they will
do well occa-
sionally, but
Gordon the consisten-
cy has to
come out of that innate tough-
ness, which we have to go
about building."
With that approach,
Gordon believes the team can
turn its fortunes around in
time for next year's showpiece
event to be hosted by the
Caribbean for the first time.
"We have the time to do
it if we work assiduously from
now 'til the World Cup," he
said.

LARA IN, OUT
The month-and-a-half-
tour to New Zealand, sched-
uled to begin Feb. 16 with a
Twenty/20 game at Eden Park,
Auckland and end after the
final Test at McLean Park,
Napier on Mar. 29, will fea-
ture five one-day internation-
als and three Tests.
The Caribbean team has
selected two squads to com-
pete in the Test and one-day
series. Brian Lara's request to
be left out of the one-day
squad, in a hope of prolonging
his Test career, has been grant-
ed by the West Indies selec-
tors. Lara holds the record for
the most runs scored by a bats-
man in Test cricket -11,204 -
a feat he accomplished on the
tour of Australia, passing the
mark set by the Aussie Allan
Border.
Both squads will be led by
Shivnarine Chanderpaul, who
was at the helm when the
West Indies was beaten 3-0 by
Australia in a Test series late
last year.
The full one-day squad is:
Chanderpaul, Ramnaresh
Sarwan, Chris Gayle, Daren
Ganga, Runako Morton,
Dwayne Bravo, Dwayne
Smith, Denesh Ramdin,
Jerome Taylor, Ian Bradshaw,
Rawl Lewis, Fidel Edwards,
Deighton Butler and Wavell
Hinds.
The Test squad includes:
Chanderpaul, Sarwan, Gayle,
Lara, Ganga, Morton, Bravo,
Smith, Ramdin, Taylor,
Bradshaw, Lewis, Edwards,
Daren Powell and Devon
Smith.

Gordon Williams is Caribbean
Today's managing editor.


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PNP to elect a new leader to replace RJ. Patterson on Feb. 25


KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC -
The ruling People's National
Party (PNP) said it would
elect a new leader on Feb. 25
to succeed
outgoing
leader and
Prime
Minister, P.J.
Patterson.
The new
leader will be
chosen at a
special con-
ference, Phillips
where nearly
4,000 dele-
gates are expected to elect the
new leader from a field of
four candidates, namely Local
Government Minister Portia
Simpson Miller, Finance
Minister, Dr. Omar Davies,
National Security Minister Dr.


Peter Phillips and
former Government Minister
Dr. Karl Blythe.
In an address to a special
meeting of the National
Executive Council (NEC) last
month, Patterson outlined the
timetable for his departure
form active
politics. He
said whoever
is elected to
succeed him
would
h-. i r, the
end of this
legislative
year, which is
the 31st of Davies
March, would
have already taken the
oath of office of prime minis-
ter of Jamaica and assume the
reigns of leadership of the


People's National Party."

NO VOTE
Patterson, who joined the
PNP in 1958, served as prime
minister for 14 years following
the death of Michael Manley
in 1996. He is the longest serv-
ing head of government in this
country, surpassing Alexander
Bustamante, Donald Sangster,
Hugh Shearer, Edward Seaga
and Manley.
Patterson said, like former
presidents of the PNP, he
would not be casting any bal-
lot in the upcoming leadership
race.
"Thank God Norman
Manley did not vote in the
election for his second leader.
Michael Manley did not vote
in the election for his third
leader and I am not going to


vote in respect of the succes-
sion of my fourth leader," he
said.
"I want to stay in a posi-
tion that
between the
time of the
election and
when I finally
hand over the .
baton, I don't
want the per-
son to get just
a little tip of
the baton, Blythe
because it
might drop, I want to make
sure that the person has the
baton in their hand, and when


they have the baton in their
hand I say go
successor go,"
Patterson
said.
Patterson
appealed for
unity as the /
campaign to
replace him /
intensifies,
warning the Simpson
contenders
and the members of their
campaign teams that they
must ensure that the PNP
remained united.
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Opposition parties call off merger in St. Lucia


CASTRIES, St. Lucia CMC -
A plan for the merger of two
Opposition parties to contest
elections this year has been
called off.
The torpedoed pact has
also led to a call for the resig-
nation of Sir John Compton as
leader of the main United
Workers Party (UWP).
"As far as we gather the
issue has essentially to do with
the NDM asking for conces-
sions. We have come a long
way and tried to bring about a
merger
because we believe this is the
only way in which the
Opposition could be success-
ful at the elections," said
Ausbert d'Auvergne, leader
of the small New Democratic
Movement (NDM).


* EOJ to oversee PNP elections
The Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ)
will supervise the election of a succes-
sor to the leader of the ruling People's
National Party (PNP) and Prime
Minister P.J. Patterson.
PNP General Secretary Burchell
Whiteman said the EOJ would be
called in to supervise the PNP's special
delegates conference on Feb. 25.

* Lewis not contesting St. Lucia
by-election
Former Prime Minister Dr.Vaughan Lewis
says he will not be contesting the upcom-
ing by-election in St. Lucia on a ticket of
the main Opposition United Workers Party
(UWP).
Lewis, a lecturer at the St.
Augustine campus of the University of
the West Indies (UWI), told the
Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) last
month that he had decided not to con-
test the general election that political
observers in St. Lucia say would most
likely be held before year-end. He said
he had communicated his position to
the party, now headed by another for-


Sir John and d'Auvergne
recently confirmed that they
had put a seal on a tentative
agreement for a merger
between the two parties, but
that was
rejected by
the UWP ..."
executive.
"Sir John,


as leader of


one organiza-
tion having
entered into
an initialed
agreement Compton
with another,
if he cannot get past his exec-
utive, should resign,"
d'Auvergne added.

TERMS
One of the terms of the


mer Prime Minister Sir John Compton.
* General secretary of Dominica's
ruling party resigns
Dr. William "Para" Riviere, general
secretary of the ruling Dominica
Labour Party (DLP), last month
resigned, claiming that the party had
abandoned the ideals and principles
of its founding fathers.
In a letter to the party's Vice
President Cecil Joseph and copied
to Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit,
Riviere said that senior members of
the organization had been seeking to
frustrate his attempts to carry tasks
associated with his position in
the party.

* Mascoll jumps to BLP
Former Opposition Leader Clyde Mascoll
has joined the governing Barbados
Labour Party.

Compiled from CMC and other
sources.


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agreement called for
d'Auvergne and willing mem-
bers of his party to join as
ordinary members and oper-
ate under the UWP symbol,
color and name. In return, the
NDM leader wanted a guaran-
tee to be the endorsed candi-
date for Dennery North, one
of his members to be given
the green light to run for
Vieux Fort North, and that
three NDM members would
be allowed to vie for selection
as candidates for Castries
South east, Babonneau and
Soufriere.
d'Auvergne, who has long
expressed his interest in form-
ing an alliance with the UWP,
appeared bitter over the rejec-
tion and said there would now
be no merger as his party
would not entertain any fur-
ther discussions with the
UWP, and would contest the
election on its own.
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PO I T I C S


St. Lucians get ready for a general elections preview


ERNIE SEON

CASTRIES, St. Lucia There
are mixed feelings as to
whether the recent decision
of Sarah Flood-Beaubrun to
resign from the St. Lucia
Parliament was indeed a
brilliant political strategy.
But whatever her reasons,
the sudden resignation as rep-
resentative for the Central
Castries constituency, has pre-
sented an interesting side
show to the campaign ahead
of a general elections that
some observers say might be
called before yearend.
"It is my belief that the
resignation has without a
doubt caused some ripples
and panic both for the
ruling party and the main
Opposition", wrote newspaper
columnist Denys Springer.
Flood-Beaubrun, the for-
mer health minister whose


public spat with Prime
Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony
and his administration over
plans to allow
abortion
under certain
conditions led
to her dis-
missal from
the govern-
ment last
year, submit-
ted her resig-
nation saying Flood-Beaubrun
that her small
Organisation for National
Empowerment (ONE) party
was being sidelined over the
ongoing house-to-house enu-
meration exercise. She took
the matter to court and lost
and the resignation on Jan. 4
paves the way for a by-elec-
tion within 90 days that inter-
estingly she says she will also
contest.


While there is the likeli-
hood of four political parties
contesting the by-election,
political observers predicted it
would be a straight fight
between the incumbent St.
Lucia Labour Party (SLP) and
the main Opposition United
Workers Party (UWP) and
would also provide answers to
the political future of former
Prime Minister Dr. Vaughan
Lewis, over whom there has
been lingering questions as to
his political affiliation.
Lewis, who won the
Central Castries seat in a
1996 by-election when the
long standing incumbent,
Sir William George Mallet
retired, had criticized Flood-
Beaubrun's resignation, saying
the financial cost involved in a
by-election could be as high as
EC'$2 11 11111 ($74,074). He said
she was only interested in
boosting her ego.


"We cannot afford to put
the country in that kind of
expense when a general elec-
tions is due months later, it
makes no sense, and clearly
Flood-Beaubrun's resignation
is not in the interest of her
constituents, but solely intend-
ed to big her up," he added.
But Lewis, who was
named by the
UWP Leader
Sir John
Compton as
its candidate,
did not give
the party the
green light
regarding his
availability to
contest the Anthony
by-election.
"While Dr. Lewis indicat-
ed his interest in contesting
the seat in his statements to
the media, there was nothing
from him to the party execu-


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tive which indicated his inten-
tions," a UWP spokesman
confirmed.
The UWP gave Lewis a
written ultimatum to declare
himself available to contest
the seat. Lewis subsequently
withdrew from the race last
month.
The SLP last month
announced the names of the
five new candidates to contest
the general elections, but
there was no mention of a
candidate for the by-election.
The party appears split on a
possible candidate. Attorney
Petra Nelson appears to be
the leading contender from
among a field that includes
the incumbent Attorney
General Phillip La Corbiniere,
but she faces strong opposi-
tion, including the party's
Chairman Thomas Walcott,
who insiders say are opposed
to her candidacy.
A similar situation faces
businessman
Peterson
Francis, who
last month
threatened to
run as an
independent-
Labour candi-
date if he was
overlooked
by the SLP Lewis
"My
interest in contesting the seat
was formally made known to
the party long before the
other contenders. I have
reached the stage where if I
have to run as an independ-
ent, independent Labour I
will," he told reporters.
For her part, Flood-
Beaubrun has been making
the media rounds explaining
her decision of giving up the
seat she first won in the SLP
landslide of 1997, and which
she retained when the con-
stituency was expanded to
ensure the defeat of Lewis,
her rival, who contested the
Dec. 2001 polls on behalf of
the UWP
"If the people of Central
Castries re-elect me that will
be saying to the prime minis-
ter and government that I was
unfairly treated in Parliament
when my party was denied
scrutineers as part of the
Elections Act. Standing up for
what is right can never be a
waste of time," she told con-
stituents at an indoor meeting
last month.
As the campaigning heats
up, the UWP has turned down
a request from prime minister
to stage a number of public
debates.

- CMC
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February 2006





CARIBBEAN TODAY


GEORGETOWN, Guyana,
CMC The formal launch of
the CARICOM Single
Market (CSM) late last
month signals a new begin-
ning for the Caribbean,
according to Secretary
General Edwin Carrington.
A document to officially
launch the CSM, the first
component





and
Economy
(CSME),
was signed
during a


held at
the Mona campus of the
University of the West Indies
(UWI) in Jamaica.
Carrington described the
launch as an historic and
unprecedented step in the
regional integration process,
and a new dimension that will
change the way the people of
the region live and work. He
said the CSM, which allows
for the free movement of
goods, service, skills and labor
across the region, would
"transform, safeguard and
advance the future of our
region and its people in this
globalized world."
At the start of 2006,
Barbados, Belize, Guyana,
Jamaica, Suriname and
Trinidad and Tobago became
the first CARICOM countries
to enter into the CSM, with
the other member states
expected to sign on to the
accord by Mar. 31.

NOT YET IN
The Bahamas, which has
said it would not participate in
the CSME, and Haiti, which
has not been invited to partici-
pate in CARICOM activities
following the controversial
departure of its elected
President Jean-Bertrand
Aristide in 2004, are among
three CARICOM states that
did not sign the CSM agree-
ment.
A CARICOM Secretariat
statement last month said:
"Haiti has not completed its
accession to the Revised Treaty
of Chaguaramas and is there-
fore not a participant in the
Single Market". It said
Montserrat, a British depend-
ency, is awaiting the necessary
instrument of entrustment
from the United Kingdom gov-
ernment in order to participate.
While acknowledging that
there would be challenges
along the way, Carrington was
optimistic about the future of
the CSM, noting the likeli-


hood of the Caribbean dias-
pora returning to utilize their
skills and the retention of uni-
versity graduates within the
region.
General Counsel of the
CARICOM Secretariat Dr.
Winston Anderson said that
the Revised Treaty defined
the legal framework within
which nationals of the Single
Market participating coun-
tries must operate, including
the Right of Establishment
under which entrepreneurs
might acquire land, not for
speculation, but exclusively
for the establishment of their
businesses.
"There are significant
safeguards provided for in our
treaty arrangements which

"I believe that CARICOM has
reached a stage where we
can really embark on a road
to economic development" -
Robert Corbin

would make sure that comply-
ing with this obligation does
not cause any difficulty or
problem in our OECS
Member States," he said.

CRITICAL ROLE
Former Dean of the CARI-
COM Youth Ambassadors
Programme, Valerie Lalji said
that youths had a critical role to
play in the CSM and that they
needed to educate 1k m111L\ L
on the issue on order to enjoy
the full benefits of the regional
initiative.
President of the
Caribbean Congress of
Labour (CCL) Lincoln Lewis
viewed the CSM as "a process
of attacking poverty in the
Caribbean," which he noted
required regional participa-
tion from both a political and
cultural position.
"We believe that where
there is trade there must be
an economy to sustain that
trade," he added.
Meanwhile, Robert
Corbin, leader of the
Parliamentary Opposition of
Guyana and a member of the
Committee of Heads of
Government and Leaders of
Parliamentary Opposition,
said CARICOM heads of gov-
ernment must be applauded
for staying the course started
by the founding fathers of
regional integration.
"I believe that CARI-
COM has reached a stage
where we can really embark
on a road to economic devel-
opment," he said, adding that
the CSM represented an
important step for
CARICOM's survival in a
globalized world.


REGION


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America's mixed signals helped tilt Haiti towards chaos ~ U.S. envoy


Single market will transform

the Caribbean ~ Carrington


NEW YORK, CMC A for-
mer United States ambassador
to Haiti has charged that mixed
signals from Washington
helped tilt Haiti towards chaos.
Brian Dean Curry, who
was ambassador up to the wan-
ing days of the presidency of
Jean-Bertrand Aristide, said in
a published report here that the
U.S.'s action did not always
match its words. He told the
New York Times newspaper
that the U.S. often spoke with
two contradictory voices in a
country where its words carry
enormous weight. C' n LqLIL ni1),
Curry said, the mixed message
made efforts to foster political
peace "immeasurably more
difficult."
Curry accused the
International Republican


Institute (IRI), a democracy-
building group close to the
White House,
of trying to
undermine
the reconcili-
ation process
after disputed
2000 Senate
elections
threw Haiti
into a violent
political cri-
Aristide sis. He
charged that
the group's
leader in Haiti, Stanley Lucas,
an avowed Aristide opponent
from the Haitian elite, coun-
selled the Opposition to stand
firm and not to work with
Aristide, as a way to cripple
his government and drive him


CARICOM nationals apply to move freely in T&T


PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -
Thousands of Caribbean com-
munity (CARICOM) profes-
sionals applied last month to the
region's Single Market and
Economy (CSME) Unit here
for certification to allow them to
move freely for work and busi-
ness purposes in the country.
Early statistics here showed
that more Jamaicans have been
approved for free movement in
Trinidad and Tobago than any
other nationals.
The certificate allows for a


six-month stay from the time
of entry into a member state.
The single market compo-
nent of the CSME came into
operation on Jan. 1, 2006 with
six member states. The other
members of the 15-member
regional grouping are expect-
ed to come on board some-
time during the course of the
year.
As it stands, only six cate-
gories of workers have been
cleared for free movement
within the region. They are


university graduates, artistes,
musicians, sportspersons,
media workers and man-
agers/technical and superviso-
ry staff attached to a company.
Trinidad and Tobago is
also expected to bring on
stream its CARICOM
machine-readable passports
by Mar. 2006, after Grenada
and Suriname.

- Compiled from CMC
report.


from power.
His account is supported
in crucial parts by other diplo-
mats and Opposition figures
many of whom spoke publicly
about the events for the first
time.
Curran, a 30-year foreign
service veteran and a former
President Bill Clinton
appointee retained by
President George W. Bush,
also accused Lucas of telling
the Opposition that he, not the
ambassador, represented the
Bush administration's true
intentions.
He said he had warned his
bosses in Washington that
Lucas's behavior was contrary
to American policy.
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MIAM I 3

Seeking Volunteers for the

Citizens' Independent Transportation Trust
The citizens of Miami Dade County passed a half-percent surtax in November 2002 to implement the
People's Transportation Plan. Oversight for the Plan is provided by a 15-member board known as the
Citizens' Independent Transportation Trust (CITT).
The CITT monitors, oversees, reviews, audits and investigates the implementation of the transportation
and transit projects listed in the Plan and all other projects funded in whole or in part with the surtax pro-
ceeds.
Members of the CITT serve on a voluntary basis. Trust members will not have any interest, direct or indi-
rect, in any contract with the county or in any corporation, partnership, or other entity that has a contract
with the county.
A Nominating Committee is charged with developing 15 diverse slates of four candidates from which the
County Commissioners, the Mayor and the Miami-Dade League of Cities will make appointments to the
CITT.
The Nominating Commitree seeks applications from all persons interested in serving as voluntary mem-
bers of the CITT who are residents and electors of Miami-Dade County who possess outstanding reputa-
tions for civic involvement, integrity, responsibility and business and/or professional ability and experience
or interest in the fields of transportation mobility improvements or operations, or land use planning.
Although the Committee will be accepting applications from all interested applicants, the Committee will
only be considering applicants from Miami-Dade County Commission Districts 6, 7, 8, and 9. All other
applications are kept on file for a period not to exceed two years for future consideration. If you submitted
an application within the past two years, you do not need to reapply,
Persons wishing to be considered by the Nominating Committee for inclusion in the slates of candidates
from which appointments to the CITT will be made must submit a completed application form on or before
4 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Monday, March 6, 2006, to the following address:
Miami Dade County Clerk of the Board
Stephen P. Clark Center
111 NW 1st Street, Suite 17-202 Miami, Florida 33128
APPLICATIONS NOT RECEIVED BY THE TIME AND DATE AT THE PLACE SPECIFIED IN THE PRE-
CEDING SENTENCE WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. THE REQUIRED APPLICATION FORM IS AVAIL-
ABLE AT www.miamidade.gov/citt/ OR BY CALLING 305-375-3481. Members of the CITT will be subject
to the Florida Open Records, Government in the Sunshine and Financial Disclosure laws, the Conflict of
Interest and Code of Ethics Ordinance and the investigatory powers of the Inspector General.


February 2006





CARIBBEAN TODAY


Focus on energy in

new Barbados budget


R E I 0 N..

Former Miss Universe embroiled in

T&T controversy over her pregnancy


BRIDGETOWN, Barbados,
CMC Prime Minister Owen
Arthur last month presented a
near two billion Barbados dol-
lars (one Barbadian dollar
equals 50 United States cents)
budget in Parliament, in which
there was a focus on energy
conservation measures.
The finance minister, who
is projecting a deficit of 1.7
percent of the gross domestic
product (GDP), outlined a
number of measures aimed at
drastically effecting savings to
the island's energy bill, which
stood at over
Bds$350 mil-
lion in 2005.
During
a two-hour
presentation
in the House,
Arthur
announced
a national Ar
energy conser- Arthur
vation pro-
gram, which advocates the
increased use of diesel and
reduced dependence on gaso-
line on the nation's roads. At
present, the minimum rate of
excise tax of 46.9 percent is
applied to gasoline vehicles
with an engine size under
16000ccs and a chargeable
value of under Bds$45,000.
Arthur said the same would
be applied to diesel vehicles.
Effective Sept. 2006, all
taxi operators and operators
of vehicles for approved
tourism ventures, desirous of
accessing duty free conces-
sions, can only do so by pur-
chasing diesel oil vehicles in
the future, the finance minis-
ter said.

ENERGY AUDIT
He also announced the
creation of a Bds$10 million
energy audit and retrofit fund


for the key tourism industry.
Additionally, householders
will be able to claim up to
Bds$2,000 annually in income
tax allowances for energy con-
servation programs.
To further reduce the
country's energy bill, he said
Cabinet has given the green
light to the Barbados
Agricultural Management
Company to establish a fuel
cane generation plant by
2008.
The finance minister also
used his statement of econom-
ic and financial statement to
announce changes to the
exchange control regime,
including new provisions for
foreign currency accounts held
by Caribbean community
(CARICOM) nationals. He
said Barbados residents and
CARICOM nationals resident
in Barbados, who earn foreign
exchange, may hold up to
$20,000 in their foreign cur-
rency accounts without
exchange control permission.
For limits in excess of the
amount, exchange control per-
mission is necessary.
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* Haiti extends invitation to
CARICOM
Haiti's interim Prime Minister Gerard
Latortue last month extended an invi-
tation to the Caribbean community
(CARICOM) to send a fact finding mis-
sion to his country, as Port au Prince
renewed efforts to re-join the regional
grouping following the controversial
departure of its elected leader, Jean
Bertrand Aristide in Feb. 2004.
Latortue spoke with Trinidad and
Tobago's Prime Minister Patrick
Manning, in his capacity as CARICOM
chairman, and said the visit could


PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad,
CMC Former Miss Universe
Wendy Fitzwilliam, who chose
to announce her pregnancy at
a Catholic school here last
month, has become the center
of a raging controversy over
her decision to do so.
Fitzwilliam won the Miss
Universe title in 1998 and has
been a goodwill ambassador
for the United Nations as well
as a frontline voice for
HIV/AIDS in the world. But
the unmarried 33-year-old
beauty queen, a lawyer by
profession, stunned
Trinidadians when she chose
to announce her pregnancy at
a top Catholic girls school,
Corpus Christi College in
Diego Martin.
Following her announce-
ment, the top model, known
for her love for the social
lifestyle, has been criticized by
many, including the Education
Minister Hazel Manning and a
former President of the
Republic of Trinidad and
Tobago Sir Ellis Clarke.
Manning said it was "most
unfortunate" for her to
address the students about


take place either before or after the
former French colony hold presiden-
tial elections on Feb. 7.

* T&T's Opposition party calls
for inquiry
The main Opposition United National
Congress (UNC) last month called for
a public inquiry into allegations that
officials of the ruling People's
National Movement (PNM) were
behind a plot to frame two Opposition
legislators nearly four years ago.
UNC Chairman Basdeo Panday
told reporters he would discuss the


her pregnancy.

GUIDELINES
On Jan. 27, the Catholic
Education Board of
Management jumped into the
controversy in a bid to stop


T&T's Wendy Fitzwilliam winning Miss
Universe in 1998.

such problems from occurring
in the future. The board is to
release a handbook entitled
"Guidelines for speakers at
Catholic schools".
Fitzwilliam revealed that
she was expecting her first
child and that marriage was
not in the foreseeable future


issue with Prime Minister Patrick
Manning when the crime talks
between the government and the
Opposition resume.

* OECS countries to join single
market by March
The Caribbean community (CARICOM)
Secretariat last month announced that
six countries within the Organization
of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS)
had agreed to complete all arrange-
ments and join the CARICOM Single
Market (CSM) on Mar. 31.
"The Ministers and officials repre-


for her while speaking at the
school as part of the Trinidad
Guardian/Education Ministry
series "Making a Difference".
The series is aimed at having
local role models visit schools
throughout the country to
meet and talk with the stu-
dents.
Fitzwilliam, shortly after
winning the coveted Miss
Universe title, was asked then
what was the most important
message or lesson someone in
her position could convey. She
answered: "I recognize that
this unique position allows me
the platform from which I can
obtain people's regard.
Though I do not have one
important message or lesson
to convey, one lesson I have
learned is to teach good val-
ues by your example."
Now she is being criti-
cized by many here for not
teaching those good values.
Fitzwilliam is vice presi-
dent/general manager, busi-
ness development, at Evolving
TecKnologies and Enterprise
Development Company Ltd.


senting, Antigua and Barbuda,
Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts/Nevis,
Saint Lucia, and St. Vincent and the
Grenadines assured CARICOM's
Council for Trade and Economic
Development (COTED) at its 20th
Meeting held in Georgetown, Guyana
on (Jan. 12) that all would be ready by
the set date", according to a statement
issued by the CARICOM Secretariat.

Compiled from CMC and other
sources.
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But.there's no water and where's
all the alligators?

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That's a good question, Wade.
Over the years more than half the
If so, then Everglades has been lost to urban and
where are the agricultural development.
birds and most
importantly the _
water?


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me is we knocked down trees, drained the
water and kicked out the alligators to build
this plush 6 bed, 5.5 bath house?


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REGION BRIEFS


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February 2006





CARIBBEAN TODAY


MANLEY LECTURE
Professor Rex Nettleford will
be the main presenter at the
second annual Michael Manley
Memorial Lecture to be held
on Feb. 10 at the Steele
Auditorium, Nova Southeastern
University, 3200 S. University
Drive in Davie, Florida.
A reception begins at
6 p.m. with the main lecture
set for 7 p.m. The lecture is
being presented by Jamaica
Awareness Inc. in association
with
Jamaican Diaspora
Foundation.
Admission is free. For
more information, call 305-
891-2944.

ADOPT A PET
The Miami-Dade Animal
Services Department will hold
a "Open Your Heart and Your
Home Adoption Awareness
Event" on from 5 p.m. to 9
p.m. Feb. 11 at the Animal
Services Shelter, 7401 N.W.
74 St. in Miami.
The event will offer the
opportunity for persons to
adopt one of the shelter's
many dogs and cats.
Activities and attractions will


include a siiglk' booth"
with baked goods and coffee,
free digital safety identifica-
tion cards for newly adopted
pets, a "pooch smooch" and a
professional dog trainer offer-
ing advice and training tips.

FREE FAMILY DAY
"Friendship Pins" will be the
theme of next month's Family
Day presented by The Art
and Culture Center of
Hollywood, Florida.
During the Feb. 19 event,
children can create unique
and personal friendship pins
using colorful beads. Supplies
will be made available on a
first-come, first-served basis.
It is scheduled to run from
1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in its upstairs
gallery, 1650 Harrison St.
There will be free admis-
sion to the center's galleries.
For more information, call
954-921-3274.

WATER MATTERS
Broward County in Florida
will host its fourth annual
"Water Matters Day" 9 a.m.
to 3 p.m. Mar. 11 at Tree Tops
Park in Davie.
The public is invited to the
environmental education event,
which focuses on water conser-
vation and personal steward-
ship. The day will include live
music, educational workshops
and booths, tree and plant give-
aways, hands-on activities for
all ages, food, and more.


rFYI

Admission to the park is
$1 per person, free for chil-
dren ages five and under.
Tree Tops Park is located at
3900 S.W. 100th Ave. For more
information, call 954-519-1222.
PASSPORTS
The National Passport
Information Center (NPIC),
the United States Department
of State's single, centralized
public contact center for U.S.
passport information, is offer-
ing a toll free service and has
expanded its service availabili-
ty/options.
Persons with questions or
need status checks on pending
passport applications can call 1-
877-487-2778. Customer service
representatives are available
from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday
through Friday, excluding
Federal holidays. Automated
information is available 24
hours a day, seven days a week.
For e-mail access, visit:
npic@state.gov Website of
passport and other interna-
tional travel information is
available at travel.state.gov

NEW 'GREEN CARD'
FILING
The United States
Citizenship and Immigration
Services (USCIS) has
announced that aliens must
mail applications to renew or
replace permanent resident
cards, commonly known as
"Green Cards", directly to the
Los Angeles Lockbox.


LW-S^^ caribbeantoday


The Lockbox is a process-
ing facility used by USCIS to
accelerate the collection of
applications and petitions.
The announced change allows
the agency to improve the
processing of Form 1-90
(Application to Replace
Permanent Resident Card) by
electronically capturing data
and images and by performing
fee receipting and depositing
from one central location,
rather than at the local district
office, service center, or appli-
cation support center (ASC).
Aliens filing a Form 1-90,
regardless of their state of resi-
dence, must mail those appli-
cations with an application fee
of $185 and a biometrics fee
of $70 to one of the following
addresses:
For U.S. Postal Service
(USPS) deliveries:
U.S. Citizenship and
Immigration Services, PO.
Box 54870 Los Angeles, CA
90054-0870;
Or for non-USPS deliver-
ies (e.g. private couriers):
U.S. Citizenship and
Immigration Services,
Attention: 1-90, 16420 Valley
View Ave., La Mirada, CA
90638
Applicants should not
include initial evidence and
supporting documentation
when submitting the Form 1-90
to the Los Angeles Lockbox.
Applicants will receive a
notice for a biometrics pro-


cessing appointment at an
ASC and will submit their
initial evidence during that
appointment.
Applicants will receive
their biometrics appointment
in the mail.

PARENTS NIGHT OUT
The Art and Culture Center
of Hollywood, Florida will
hold I'arL In, Night Out"
events on Mar. 10 and May 12.
',,rLi n,, Night Out is a
chance for parents to have an
evening out on the town alone
while their children ages four
to 12 create art, participate in
creative movement activities,
play games, eat and watch
movies at the center, 1650
Harrison Street.
During the event, parents
will drop their children off at
6 p.m. and pick them up at
10 p.m.
"Masquerade Night" is
the theme of March's event, so
children should come dressed
as a secret identity. For May's
event, which will be a "Luau
Party", children should wear
luau attire.
Each event costs $15 per
child for center members or
$20 per child for non-mem-
bers. For more information
and reservations, please call
954- 921-3274. More informa-
tion about the center is avail-
able at www.artandculture-
center.org
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