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Chris
Dehring, the
chief execu-
tive officer
of Cricket
World Cup
2007, is
confident
that the
Caribbean will deliver a suc-
cessful event, despite the
obstacles being faced by the
cricket-crazy region, page 2.

Portia
Simpson
Miller has
$ risen to
become
prime minis-
ter, only the
second
woman to
hold such a post in the
Caribbean's history, and tak-
ing over from P.J. Patterson
who led Jamaica for 14
years, page 4.


When an American Idol meets
a reggae legend from the
Caribbean only good music
can result, says Ruben
Studdard, who is sampling
the late Bob Marley's brand
to create something he can
own, page 24.


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~ Jamaica's record medal haul leads
outstanding Caribbean performances
at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in /
Australia, page 23. 1


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The Caribbean will deliver a successful


Cricket World Cup 2007 Chris Dehring


In less than a year, the
Caribbeaui will host Cricket
World Cup 2007, the ii,,. ,
stage for the one-day version of
the region's favorite game.
( I.b,. Dehring is the chief exec-
utive officer of CWC 2007 and
the man in charge of making
the event a success. On Feb. 27
Dehring, 44, a director of the
financial management firm
Dehring, Bunting and Golding,
and former youth level cricket
and football player for
Jamaica, discussed the progress
of CWC 2007 at his office in
New Kingston, Jamaica with
Caribbean Today's Managing
Editor Gordon Williams. The
following is an edited version
of that interview:

GORDON WILLIAMS: You
played cricket at a decent level;
if the preparations for Cricket
World Cup 2007 were to be
compared to a batsman's
innings, you being the bats-
man, how would you describe
the stage that you are at now,
in terms of your innings?

CHRIS DEHRING: Well it is
now time, if this was a limited
overs game, it is now time to
put the foot on the pedal and
start to put the runs on the
board. We've built a very solid
foundation, we've gotten to
know the lay of the land, we've
made our plans, we've assessed
the bowling and now it is time
to deliver.

G.W.: How would you describe
the state of the "wicket", in
other words, the conditions
you have had to work with in
starting out this project and
where the wicket is now, is it
playing better?

C.D.: Well, let's put it this way:
the "wicket" is based on the
resources of the region. We are
a poor region.. .so there are
logistical challenges. So it is a
wicket that you have to be
very careful on, but at the
same time it is a wicket that
creates a lot of opportunities
for you to score runs.

G.W.: Would you say it was
"sticky" at the beginning and
now it is playing more true?

C.D.: It has never been
,i k) ', but it has always been
known to be fair to both
bowler and batsman. So that
you do have to apply yourself
on a wicket like this.

G.W.: You mentioned "one-
day", let's continue in that
cricket analogy. Would you
describe your innings, meaning
your job as CEO of Cricket
World Cup 2007, as more like a


Test innings, a long drawn out
thing, or right now would you
say it is a one-day knock?

C.D.: Well, the preparations
have felt like a Test match
because it has been, what,
eight years in the making. It
will be nine years or 10 years
when we finally host the event,
from preparation. So the
preparations would be closer
to an actual Test match, but
the actual innings itself, you
now are into a very intense
period and therefore it is a
one-day match in that sense.

G.W.: When you took on the
job, what did it look like to
you?

C.D.: Well, it certainly seemed
a very daunting task at the
beginning. In fact, when I was
approached about this position
it took me about six months to
decide.

G.W.: When was that?

C.D.: This was in 1999. I was
actually first approached in
1997, to put together the bid to
host the World Cup. So having
done that, the (West Indies
Cricket Board) asked me to
stay on to run it. So it was a,
when I looked at the challenge
that was there, when I looked
at my own capacity to con-
tribute etcetera, it definitely
seemed a very daunting chal-
lenge.

G.W.: Right now, is the
Caribbean on track to host, as
close as possible, a perfect
World Cup 2007?

C.D.: Oh definitely. We defi-
nitely feel that we're in a good
position to deliver...There are
going to be many hitches along
the way and many challenges.
What's important, you have
the type of vigorous monitor-
ing and evaluation program
that identifies problem areas
when they occur very quickly
and you have the kind of team
that you have at your disposal,
the mental resources, as well
as the financial resources, to
come up with solutions to
those challenges.

G.W.: What are the main prob-
lems right now, the sticking
points, if you had to pick two,
three of them right now, and
how do you plan to rectify
them?

C.D.: Well, in mega events of
this nature it is almost impossi-
ble to identify a specific area
on a given day, because on that
particular day, it may be a
totally different issue than you


faced the previous day. That's
the nature of it. I would say
from a general perspective we
will always have challenges
with the infrastructure of the
region. We are a small region,
we are a poor region primarily.
Five million people. We have
nine different countries hosting
events. So the logistical issues
around something like that
(are) obviously always gonna
be challenging. But we will
work with all the tools that we
have.

G.W.: There are a lot of inter-
ests riding on this one (CWC
2007) and so far, just judging
from what I have seen in the
press, you would notice that
people are coming out more
and more and saying things.
(Some tourism interests are)
saying they don't think they
will be ready (for CWC 2007).
How difficult is it coping with
everybody tugging at you at
once?

C.D.: It is challenging, but it is
also extremely encouraging
because that is one of the great
things about the region. We do
rise to the occasion. And when
you see the level of activity
taking place and the level of
interest you know things are
being done. It is inactivity that
you really worry about at this
particular phase and we cer-
tainly don't have that to worry
about now.

G.W.: Last November I had a
discussion with Mr. Ken
Gordon, WICB president, and
he said that at that point in
time the ICC (International
Cricket Council) reserved the
right to change the Cricket
World Cup venue if it thought
the West Indies would not be
ready to host the event proper-
ly. Any chance of that happen-
ing now?

C.D.: I would doubt that very
much. Obviously you still have
an entire hurricane season to
go. So if a hurricane or two
came through the region,
wiped out all of our venues, of
course. Short of an act of God
we're very, very confident that
the Cricket World Cup will be
staged in the Caribbean (and)
it will be staged very well.

G.W.: There have been pub-
lished reports of disagreements
within the organizing body of
Cricket World Cup 2007, par-
ticularly an issue involving you
and (former CWC board chair-
man) Mr. (Rawle) Brancker.
Can you say at this point what
that was about, why it came to
the point where he had to step
aside?


C.D.: Well, these things are
always regretted. Mr. Brancker
did resign from the (CWC
2007) board, but as I said it has
been eight years of putting
together this World Cup and
during that period we've had
four West Indies Cricket
Board presidents and two
Cricket World Cup chairmen.
The reality is that you do have
a robust organization that will
deal with changes such as that
(Brancker's resignation) and it
will move on. It will move on
whether or not Chris Dehring
was involved...

G.W.: How much of an effect
did you think that (Brancker's
resignation) had on the process
itself?

C.D.: I don't think it had any
effect at all.. .The momentum
has to be maintained and it has
to be maintained not by indi-
viduals, but by a collective will
of the Caribbean to host this
event.

G.W.: Mr. Gordon stepped in
as (CWC 2007) chairman after
Mr. Brancker left. How would
you describe the transition,
your working relationship with
Mr. Gordon and the difference
in that relationship than the
one with Mr. Brancker?

C.D.: With all my board direc-
tors I do have a very profes-
sional relationship with. I con-
tinue to have an excellent rela-
tionship with Mr. Gordon, the
current chairman. It is a rela-
tionship like with all boards
based on mutual respect and
execution of each other's
responsibilities dutifully.

G.W.: What kind of money...
can the region realistically
hope to make from this? There
has been talk that the money
will not be trickling down to
the people, but going to other
interests.

C.D.: What I would say is that
there are substantial financial
and economic benefits from
hosting events of this magni-
tude. There will be much
debate from now 'til, you
know, 'til I am gone, over the
economic impact, as there are
after every mega event.
The reality is that it is well
recognized that there are
major financial and economic
benefits and it tends to span a
number of industries, of class-
es, of economic statuses.

G.W.: But when you pitch it,
when you go to sell any aspect
of Cricket World Cup to the
big businesses and the govern-


Dehring
ment and everything else, you
have to give them an idea as to
what will be the fallout of all
of this. Is there any idea of a
dollar figure?

C.D.: Well, no we don't pitch
to anyone. The reality is that
as a region our governments
and our people decided that
we wanted to host this event.
Prior to the bid process, where
countries where countries were
asked whether they were actu-
ally interested in hosting
matches, each country was
required to do their own due
diligence as to whether they
thought it was economically
worth it to host this event and
whether they wanted to put
Ilh ilms LS forward as a host.
And we gave the sort of terms
and conditions which they
would have to meet in order to
meet the world-class standards
that the ICC contractually
require and we had nine coun-
tries step forward. In fact we
had more. It was narrowed
down to nine to host matches
and host official events during
this tournament.
So each country would
have done their due diligence
and they would have, I'm sure,
touched base with their private
sector to see if their private
sector wanted to host this
event etcetera and the rest is
history.

G.W.: How would you describe
the support and that you are
getting from the governments
in the region in terms of the
whole project?

C.D.: What I'd say to you is
that the support of the govern-
ments in the region has been
nothing short of outstanding.
There are many things (the
regional grouping) CARICOM
gets criticized for over the
years, but certainly my interac-
tion with them, with regards to
Cricket World Cup, has been
nothing short of spectacular.

G.W.: As somebody who loves

(CONTINUED ON PAGE 22)


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CARIBBEAN TODAY


U.S., Caribbean to strengthen cooperation


BANASSAU, Bahamas,
CMC Caribbean community
(CARICOM) foreign ministers
and United States Secretary of
State Condoleezza Rice ended
a meeting here last month
agreeing to strengthen cooper-
ation with a view to enhancing
CARICOM-U.S. relations.
A CARICOM statement
said the meeting "recognized
the common democratic val-
ues and traditions that have
historically linked the peoples
of the United States and the
Caribbean".
They discussed such key
issues as support for the demo-
cratically-elected Government
of Haiti; CARICOM integra-
tion, including the establish-
ment of the CARICOM Single
Market and Economy and
trade competitiveness; the link
between development and
democracy; security coopera-
tion and disaster preparedness.
The statement said that
Rice welcomed CARICOM's
decision to re-engage Haiti,
and to provide assistance for
its institutional development.
"Both parties agreed on
the importance of the interna-
tional community remaining
engaged in Haiti over the long
term, in order to promote sta-
bility and socio-economic

REFORM
It also said that the meet-
ing reviewed initiatives to pro-
mote regional economic
reform and integration, and
underscored the importance
of free trade as an engine of
economic growth and devel-
opment.
"They noted the signifi-
cant progress made in restruc-
turing the economies of the
region through the creation of
the CARICOM Single Market
and Economy a vital compo-
nent of which is a regional
Development Fund. They
proposed a re-configured
U.S.-CARICOM Trade and
Investment Council, as well as
an early meeting of CARI-
COM trade ministers and the
United States trade represen-
tative.
"The parties discussed the
important relationship
between democracy and
development; and agreed to
enhance cooperation to
strengthen the capacity of
governments of the region to
continue to deliver the bene-
fits of democracy to all their
p 1pl p the statement
added.
The meeting also agreed
to support regional efforts to
enhance law enforcement and
security cooperation, air safe-
ty and oversight and disaster
preparedness.
"Both parties confirmed


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their intention to collaborate
on an arrangement against the
illicit trade in firL, r m, .
Rice also disclosed that
Washington would assist the
Caribbean in its preparations
for the security at the ICC
Cricket World Cup 2007, with
particular focus on border
security.
The statement said that




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the meeting
also \\% l-
comed the
recent resolu-
tion of the
U.S. Congress
to commemo-
rate
Caribbean
American
Heritage
Month in
June", noting
"the resolu-
tion is recog-
nition of the
deep and last-
ing human
ties that bind
the United States and the
Caribbean".
The ministers and the sec-
retary of state underscored the
desirability of regular dialogue
between the parties and agreed
to convene a Conference on
the Caribbean at a mutually
convenient time in 2007.
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N.Y. City Council honors

mayor from Dominica


NEW YORK, CMC New
York City Council last month
bestowed special honor on
Cecil Alexander Joseph, the
mayor of Roseau, Dominica.
In a ceremony at City
Hall in lower Manhattan, City
Councilwoman Yvette D.
Clarke, representative for the
predominantly Caribbean 40th
Councilmanic District in
Brooklyn, presented Joseph
with a council
proclamation.
Clarke, the
daughter of
Jamaican
immigrants,
described
Joseph as the
"driving force"
for Roseau's Clarke
development
and "an inspiration" for his
constituents.
"We've heard about your
passion for democracy. We've


heard about your passion for
building the infrastructure of
Dominica, as well as for
expanding tourism," she told
the ceremony.
The ceremony was wit-
nessed by a number of elected
officials and members of the
public, including Dominica's
New York Consul General
Zilpha Theodore and Clarke's
mother Una Clarke, the
younger Clarke's predecessor
in the 40th Councilmanic
District. Una Clarke has recent-
ly been hired by the govern-
ment of the Commonwealth of
Dominica as a consultant in
staff development, training and
economic development.
"We couldn't let you come
here without inviting you to
the New York City Council,"
Yvette Clarke told Mayor
Joseph. "You're an inspiration
to all of us."
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Jamaica swears in new Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller


GORDON WILLIAMS

KINGSTON, Jamaica With
a raised right hand clutching
the Bible and a solemn
pledge, Portia Lucretia
Simpson Miller on Mar. 30
completed the journey
from the "little
insignificant girl" born
in Wood Hall, "deep
rural St. CaihL rin i to
become the first
female prime minister
of Jamaica.
Simpson Miller,
who in late February
won the presidency of
Jamaica's ruling
People's National
Party (PNP) and with
it the right to replace
retiring PJ. Patterson Jamaica
as leader of the holds up
Caribbean nation, was
sworn in as its seventh prime
minister in front of some
10,000 onlookers on the lawns
of King's House, including
several regional leaders,
ambassadors, a Congressional
delegation from the United
States, and possibly millions
more drawn to radios, televi-
sion and Internet sites to wit-
ness the historic event.
Days earlier Simpson
Miller and Patterson had
received a telephone call from
U.S. President George W.
Bush, who praised Patterson
"for distinguished service to
the people of Jamaica and
for his leadership in the
Caribbean" and told Simpson
Miller he looked forward to
working with her.
But Mar. 30 it was all about
Jamaica. Between 5:11 p.m. and
5:18 p.m., Simpson Miller lis-
tened as Governor-General
Kenneth Hall read the instru-
ment appointing her as prime
minister, then took the Oath of
Allegiance and the Oath of
Office, before receiving the
Instrument of Appointment


from the Queen of England's
representative. She then
watched as Pattterson's
"standard" as prime minister
was lowered to give way to the
raising of her own. Hall then
called her "prime minister of
Jamaica" for the first time.


's new Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller
Instrument of Appointment.

Later, in a composed and
eloquent 30-minute speech to
the nation she will now lead,
one which spotlighted its prob-
lems, underlined qualities, and
sprinkled it all with pockets of
humor, Simpson Miller
declared: "Today is not my
day. Today is Jamaica's day."

SMOOTH TRANSITION
It was a typical Jamaican
day too. What started out as a
stifling, hot Thursday after-
noon here turned into a cool,
pleasant evening ideally suited
for the smooth yet historic
transfer of Jamaica's political
leadership power. The
Jamaica Military Band kicked
it off with "Land of My Birth"
as officials and special guests,
including Nation of Islam
Leader Louis Farrakhan, filed
to their seats. But while the
visitors appeared easily locat-
ed, there were apparently not
enough seats for everyone,
and an ugly mix-up with
the arrangements resulted in
the abrupt departure of
Opposition Leader Bruce
Golding from the venue.


That untimely faux pas
was among only a handful of
noticeable hitches at the cere-
mony as Simpson Miller,
accompanied by her husband
Errald, a former telephone
company executive, descend-
ed the red carpet to take seats
at opposite sides of the podi-
um as the crowd stood to wel-
come her. After hugging his
successor, Patterson sat to
Simpson Miller's right. Hall
took up her left flank. But she
remained the center of atten-
tion, dressed sharply in a light
colored skirt suit with trim-
mings running down the front
and around the wrists that at
times caught the evening sun-
light and made her appear to


Outgoing Prime Minister P.J. Patterson,
right, congratulates his successor.
sparkle.
At 5:07 p.m. Jamaica was
technically without a leader
as Hall declared that he had
received Patterson's resigna-
tion. He also took time to pay
tribute to the former prime
minister.
"You have admirably and
convincingly advanced the
cause of our people," Hall
said, "the interests of our
region and of developing
countries as a whole."
Yet he was also clear that
the swearing in of Simpson
Miller, whom Patterson had
defeated in 1992 to become
PNP leader and begin an
unprecedented 14-year stretch
as Michael Manley's successor
as prime minister of Jamaica,
"must certainly rank among


Portia Simpson Miller publicly
announced a 14-member Cabinet
just hours after being sworn in as
Jamaica's new prime minister.
The officers are as follows:

* Simpson Miller prime minis-
ter, minister of defense, women's
affairs and sport
* Robert Pickersgill housing,
transport and works
* Omar Davies finance and
planning
* Peter Phillips national security
and leader of government business
in the House of Representatives
* Maxine Henry-Wilson edu-
cation and youth
* Roger Clarke agriculture and
land
* A.J. Nicholson attorney-gen-
eral, justice and leader of govern-
ment business in the Senate
* Dean Peart local government
and environment
* Phillip Paulwell industry,
commerce, science and technolo-
gy (with energy)


the defining moments in the
history of this country."
Patterson too, in his
own clinical-style delivery,
appeared to fully grasp the
significance of the moment.
"This is a great and very
special day for our country
and I consider myself wonder-
fully privileged to be a part of
it," he said, later reflecting on
his own leadership tenure by
adding: "We have had our tri-
umphs and successes, but we
have also shared our moments
of disappointment. But what
is life itself if it is not that?"

'DREAM'
Simpson Miller is about to
find out what the "Jamaican
Dream," as she described her
political ascension, is all
about. She takes over a coun-
try with a struggling economy
and a I,,--,L riin_- crime rate.
Yet she also inherits a nation
bursting with talent and prom-


* Anthony Hylton foreign
affairs and foreign trade
* Aloun Assamba tourism,
entertainment and culture
* Horace Dalley health
* Derrick Kellier labor and
social security
* Colin Campbell information
and development

DIGNITARIES WHO ATTENDED
THE SWEARING-IN
Several Caribbean leaders
attended the swearing-in ceremo-
ny. They included: prime ministers
Owen Arthur, Barbados; Patrick
Manning, Trinidad and Tobago;
and Ralph Gonsalves of St. Vincent
and the Grenadines. Michael
Misick, chief minister of Turks and
Caicos, also attended.
Other visiting delegations
were led by ministers of The
Bahamas, Antigua and Barbuda.
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ise, but sharply divided over
whether or not every citizen is
getting a fair share of the
country's spoils. The new
prime minister made it clear
that changes must come,
promising to tackle crime,
pursue peace and place all
Jamaicans on a level plane.
"The first pledge to the
Jamaican people is to advance
human rights and individual
liberty," the 60-year-old prime
minister said to rousing
applause. "Each individual is
sacred. None is more impor-
tant than the other. Money
should not make one person
more important than the
other, nor should class, color
or gender. We are all equal
in the sight of God...
"At the same time, we
have to find the way while
balancing the books to
balance people's lives," she
added later. "...Unity is a
prerequisite for success in
Jamaica and is very high on
my list of priorities."
She also praised
Patterson's leadership and
role as political mentor.
"I had the best teacher
possible," Simpson Miller
said, as she stepped outside
of her prepared speech and
turned to address her former
boss.
The former student is now
in charge of the class.

Gordon Williams is
Caribbean Today's managing
editor.
Photographs by Michael
Sloley.
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Auditory learners love partici-
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These children must do in
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Memory is linked to and bodi-
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An old phrase says a
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a fool. Portia Simpson
Miller, Jamaica's first female
prime minister, will have a
challenging time convincing
her countrymen and women
that is not so.
Simpson Miller made a lot
of promises while campaigning
to defeat her three colleagues
in February's People's National
Party (PNP) presidential race
to succeed P.J. Patterson. She
claimed she promised to pro-
tect the Caribbean nation's
children and stem the out-of-
control murder rate, a chief
concern of the country's citi-
zens and probably the over-
whelming reason why dele-
gates did not choose National
Security Minister Dr. Peter
Phillips, her main rival, to lead
the PNP and the nation.
But nail that down to elec-
tion posturing. Politicians, they
say, will promise anything to
win an election, and hardly
anyone these days ever sets a
pot on the stove based solely
on those campaign pledges.
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Miller has said since her rise to
the PNP presidency and the
role of prime minister should
carry more weight. Far more.
And it is that which the public
should hold her totally
accountable for, starting before
her swearing-in on Mar. 30.
Since the PNP election
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least one intriguing promise.
Published reports quote her as
vowing to make regular, unan-
nounced visits to homes across
Jamaica in a bid to find out, up
close and personal, how the
people are surviving and how
best to improve their lifestyle.
"Look for me in your
communities," the Jamaica
Observer, a national daily
newspaper, reported Simpson
Miller saying last month during
a meeting in a rural district.


"We are going to take back
your communities, one by one,
two by two, three by three
until we are able to take back
the 750 identified communities
across Jamaica."
Taking them back suggests
that they were lost, captured
by undesirable elements,
forces or ideologies, or simply
struggling. Some 750 of them.
That's an incredible and fright-
ening number that needs the
new prime minister's personal-
ized touch, even after four suc-
cessive terms of PNP govern-
ment.

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most popular politician in the
country. She will run up and
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on them and whisper kind and
encouraging words. She has
been doing that for a long
while, not just around election
time, and not just for the cam-
eras either.
Rank and file Jamaicans
view Simpson Miller as one of
them. She seems to genuinely
love Jamaicans and they love
her, well most of them anyway.
So it is not beyond reality that,
if her schedule allows, she
could make good on her prom-
ise to visit those 750 communi-
ties, talk with the common
man and woman, and show
them personalized attention,
regardless of party affiliation.
That has been sorely lacking in
Jamaica's political leadership
for a long while.
Even supporters of the
main Opposition Jamaica
Labour Party embraced the
charisma of the late PNP Prime
Minister Michael Manley, even
as the nation tottered on eco-
nomic ruin and political divi-
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constantly I am bom-
barded with e-mails that
purport and promise to
make me larger, longer, harder
and perform better for the
ladies.
It's amazing how much
space these junk mails take up,
and I wonder if men really
respond to them. But clearly
there is a demand or they
wouldn't keep on coming.
Well, it wasn't a man, but a
lady who asked me to explore
this area of men's activity, or
lack of it, men who for some
reason cannot perform.
It's every man's fear,
and indeed when I did my
impromptu survey, most men
polled would prefer to lose a
limb, even go blind, rather
than lose that aspect of their
existence at an early age. Yes,
for a man it's the worst, most
dishonorable thing that could
happen to him. No wonder bil-
lions of dollars have gone into
Viagra research, more perhaps
than what has been spent on
some major diseases.
To lose that power is
anathema to a man, and the
old saying, 'Walk softly and
carry a big stick', has more
meanings than you would
imagine. It happens to most
men at one time or another,
the inability to perform, E.D,
erectile dysfunction. It has
driven some men to madness,
despair and suicide. To lose
that power over women is the
last thing that a man wants.

PANIC
In many cases it's just a
temporary condition, a one off
thing, brought on by anxiety,
nerves, fatigue or a combina-
tion of all three. But it's when
it's a permanent condition that
the panic button is pressed.
"Doctor, I don't know
what to do, I seem to have lost
my nature."
Some women are under-
standing and will gently reas-
sure the man when he says:
"This has never happened to
me before, I don't know what's
the i ti i


Unfortunately it usually
happens with a brand new
woman on the first encounter,
when you want to put on your
best performance, then lo and
behold, your show flops. Well,
don't believe them when they
say that it's okay, they'll tell
their girlfriends and laugh
behind your back. They'll even
tell their men friends too.
"Yu see all that one, Mr.
Pomp and Pride, him just big
and so so, can't do a thing."
If it happens once it's
okay, but Lord help you if it's a
regular occurrence. It's like a
football striker who has
stopped scoring goals, a quar-
terback who stops scoring
touchdowns or a cricket bats-
man who is on a string of
ducks. Every time they take
the field their nervous level is
so high, it affects their per-
formance.
The same applies in the
bedroom. No man really knows
what's going to happen that first
time. The unfortunate thing is,
it usually happens when the
woman is too beautiful, too
desirable, too classy. The poor
man can't believe his good for-
tune, gets too anxious and flops
his show E. Dysfunction.

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Portia's promises under scrutiny


(CONTINUED FROM PAGE 9)

Labourites seem to have
the same (sometimes secret)
feelings for Simpson Miller.
During a football match the
day after the PNP election
some observers openly admit-
ted that they have long pre-
ferred Simpson Miller to
anything else the PNP had to
offer, including 14-year leader
Patterson. The match was
being played at Tivoli Gardens,
a JLP stronghold in the west-
ern section of the capital
Kingston once ruled by former
Prime Minister Edward Seaga,
who sat within earshot of the
'Portia' debate.

TRUE TEST
However, Simpson Miller's


other promise at the same
rural meeting will be a bit
more tricky, and surely could
become the true test of her
leadership strength. She vowed
to make unannounced stops at
"government offices and agen-
cies" as well, to see up close
and personal how they are
running the nation's business.
Those who do not do a good
job will be weeded out, she
said.
Now that should make for
interesting times ahead. It is
no secret that Jamaica's gov-
ernment agencies are not well-
oiled machines. Many workers
operate on their own schedule
and it is a common belief in
Jamaica that if you "don't
know m mL h<. d) on the
inside, or "let off" some cash,


you can never get any process
completed in a timely manner.
Rest assured that not all
government service employees
will be pleased to see Simpson
Miller surprisingly sitting at
their desks one morning.
Listen for the tantrums as they
fear the huge "dolly hi,,sL of
inefficiency and rackets could
be about to fold. That is, if
Simpson Miller can keep that


promise too.
With the history of
Jamaica's political system, and
the ingrained public perception
of greed and corruption in high
places, the new prime minister
better be sure she is ready for
what she finds when she turns
over the rocks, whether in the
communities or at the govern-
ment agencies. Or could it be
she already knows and is just


giving out fair warning?
Remember, Jamaicans are no
fools.

Gordon Williams is
Caribbean Today's managing
editor.
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E. Dysfunction


(CONTINUED FROM PAGE 9)
befuddle me, as usually per-
formance anxiety is reserved
for brand new women, not
long standing girlfriends. Then
there's another thing, some
women just don't do it for
some men and he'll be a stud
for one and a flop for another,
all because of chemistry. And
it's not about looks either, as
some homely girls have so
much sex appeal it stirs plenty
men, while some beauty queen
types absolutely fail to turn on
some men.
Men have told me: l.,,,,
she pretty like money, but when
it suppose to happen, nutten
happen, yet when Igo back to
my regular old time ordinary
girlfriend I bubble all night."
('li La r often suffer this


fate, but it works in strange
ways. A guy will have his regu-
lar girl, meet a new girl, and
because of anxiety cannot do
anything with the new girl. Or
he will meet a new girl and is
so hot for her, he can no longer
perform with his old flame.
That's how some women know
that their men are cheating.
"He is one of those men
who can't serve two masters,
lest he love one and flop de
other."

SPORT FACT
Believe it or not, even
sports will determine whether
a man experiences E.
Dysfunction or not. Scientists
have proven that when a man's
team loses, it affects his sexual
performance, but let them win
and see what happens. Even in
war it occurs, as the victors
will always rampage across the
vanquished country, maraud-
ing, pillaging, looting and
guess what... raping. The smell
of victory gives that thrill,
while the sting of defeat takes
away the desire and ultimately
the performance.
And women seem to know
it too, as they always gravitate
towards winners. They know
that losers have nothing to
offer, and I do mean nothing.
For that same reason, men in
uniform will always attract the
girls. Let's not also forget
money and power, which they
say is the ultimate aphrodisiac.
I bet that more broke men suf-


fer from E.D. than wealthy
men.
Men will give all sorts of
reasons, most false, but some
might be valid. There are med-
ical conditions that will con-
tribute to performance failure.
I'm told diabetes, blood pres-
sure, renal failure, obesity,
even alcohol are but some rea-
sons why men experience E.
Dysfunction. People will turn
to various concoctions to
reverse this trend, ranging
from roots, herbs, stout, oats
and raw egg, peanut punch,
and honey to the expensive
Viagra. All are 'guaranteed' to
lift more than your spirits.
Men will even turn to obeah-
men to restore lost pride.
In other cases they will
take up with young girls in the
hope that the joys of youth will
not be wasted on them. Some
men are only aroused by
youth. Women will never
understand, for them it's an
easy road, they have nothing
to fail, but no man knows
what's going to happen when
the lights go out. For many it's
a certain and guaranteed joie
d vivre, but for others, it's E.D.
- Erectile Dysfunction and
that's why those e-mail 'solu-
tions' will always flourish.
Remember, what the ladies
say, a hard man is good to find.

Seidol@hotmail.com
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disaster preparedness in
Dominica, last month urging
the Caribbean to prepare for
an intense 2006 hurricane sea-
son.

* "It made me happy. It made
me know he didn't die in
vain" Ian Lewis, father
of Sgt. Dwayne Lewis, a
Grenadian-born United States
soldier who was killed in Iraq.
He was awarded the Bronze
Star and Purple Heart posthu-
mously.

Compiled from CMC and
other sources.
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CARIBBEAN TODAY


LWW-crbbatoa.co


Getting the facts on applying


for a Social Security card


ASocial Security card
and number are
almost essentials for
life in 21st century United
States. Applying for a new or
a replacement card requires
understanding the new rules
on identifying documents
needed.
The fol-
lowing is
some useful
information
that can make
the applica-
tion process 000C
easier and
quicker:

Applying for a new or
replacement Social Security
card Documents brought to
Social Security to prove iden-
tity, age, citizenship or immi-
gration status must be either
originals or copies certified by
the issuing agency. Social
Security cannot accept photo-
copies or notorized copies of
documents.
Social Security also has
strict requirements on what
documents it can accept to
prove citizenship and identity.
Under the new law, only cer-
tain documents can be accept-
ed as proof of U.S. citizenship.
These include your U.S. birth
certificate or U.S. passport, or
a Certificate of Naturalization
or Certificate of Citizenship.
Persons applying for a
replacement card who are
already in Social Security's our
records, do not need proof of
citizenship or age.
Social Security will ask
applicants to prove identity by
providing an acceptable docu-
ment that shows their name,
identifying information and
preferably a recent photo-
graph. Examples of accept-
able identity documents
include U.S. driver's license,
state-issued non-driver identi-
fication card or U.S. passport.
If an applicant does not
have these documents or can-
not get a replacement for
them within 10 days, Social
Security will ask to see other
proofs of identity, such as an
employee identification card,
a school identification card, a
health insurance card or an
adoption decree.
If the applicant is not a
U.S. citizen and is applying for
a Social Security card and
number, Social Security will
need to see current U.S.
immigration documents.
Acceptable documents for
proof of identity for non-citi-
zens include current U.S.
immigration documents from
the Department of Homeland
Security, such as Form 1-551,


1-94 with an unexpired foreign
passport or a work permit
card (1-766 or I-688B).

Changing your name on your
Social Security card Each
year millions of people change
their name. Whether due to
a marriage, divorce or any
other situation,
reporting a
name change to
Social Security
helps ensure
that the person
0-0000 will receive
proper credit
for earnings
and, one day,
the Social
Security benefits based on
those earnings.
If a person needs to
change their name on their
Social Security card, the per-
son must show proof of legal
name change. Acceptable
documents include a marriage
document, a divorce decree
stating that the may change
their name or a court order
for a name change, provided
that these documents give
identifying information about
the person, such as date of
birth or age.
If the documents that the
applicant provide do not give
enough identifying informa-
tion about the applicant,
Social Security will ask that
the applicant also provide
other documents, including
two identity documents, one
showing ythe applicant's old
name and a second document
with the new name. These
documents must have identify-
ing information or a recent
photograph.

Getting more information To
find out more about the rules
for getting a Social Security
number and card, visit
www.socialsecurity.gov/ssnum
ber. The website includes the
information you may need
depending upon personal situ-
ation, i.e. needing a replace-
ment card, needing a card
because of a change of name,
needing a number for a child
or a foreign-born adopted
child.
The website also has valu-
able information on protecting
the Social Security number
and on how to report a lost or
stolen Social Security card.
Persons without access to
the Internet can call the toll-
free number at 1-800-772-1213
(TTY 1-800-325-0778) and ask
for the fact sheet, N\w- Rules
for Getting A Social Security
Number and Card".
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Commissioner Barbara J. Jordan, right, applauds as 22-year-old pilot Barrington Irving, third left, accepts a check for $48,500
(which was later increased to $50,000), from the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners. Commissioner Jordan, who donat-
ed $20,000, spearheaded the efforts of raising the money from the members of the commission to fund Irving's trip around the
world. The Florida Memorial University alumnus, who was born in Jamaica, hopes to become the first African American aviator to
fly around the world. He will also be the youngest man to embark on the voyage when he sets off in May. Others from left are
commissioners Dennis Moss, Sally Heyman and Dorrin Rolle.



Jamaica names new ambassador to U.N.


KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC -
Jamaica has named career
diplomat Raymond Wolfe as
the island's permanent repre-
sentative to the United
Nations.
Wolfe, who is now under-
secretary for multilateral
affairs in the Ministry of
Foreign Affairs and Foreign


Trade, will assume office in
May. He succeeds Ambassador
Stafford Neil, who is retiring
from the foreign service.
Prior to his appointment
as undersecretary, Wolfe was
high commissioner to Canada
from July 1998 to Feb. 2003
and also served in Jamaica's
mission to the United Nations


as minister/counsellor with
responsibility for the U.N.
General Assembly.
He also served at
Jamaican missions in the
Dominican Republic, Russia,
Nigeria and Tokyo.
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Chill out with watermelons sweet, cool and healthy


April 2006


Who says something
that tastes good can't
be good for you?
Sweet, cool, crunchy
watermelon is packed with
vitamins, minerals, and health-
enhancing phytochemicals.
This popular treat, especially
among Caribbean people,
contains more cancer-fighting
lycopene than any other fresh
produce item, even tomatoes.
Lycopene provides the
natural pigment that makes
watermelon red. Some sources
uI','I that the lycopene
found in watermelon may help
reduce the risk of prostate
cancer and heart disease.
In addition to lycopene,
watermelon has plenty of
Vitamin A, which promotes
eye and skin health, and
Vitamin C, which boosts the
immune system and protects
the body against the effects of
aging. It is high in potassium
and fiber, and the standard
two-cup serving contains just
80 calories and virtually no
fat.
"Watermelon is a very
wholesome and inviting alter-
native to processed snacks
and desserts," said Florida
Agriculture Commissioner
Charles H. Bronson. IIni it
is 92 percent water, it's also a


great way to keep the body
hydrated following physical
activity. Thankfully, you don't
have to wait until summer to
get your fill of this healthful
food. You can find fresh
watermelons in your super-
market from April through
July and in November and
December."

CHOOSING
Choosing a ripe watermel-
on is important, since melons
won't continue to ripen much
after they've been picked.
Selecting a ripe watermelon is
easy if you know what to look
for. Before buying, lift the
melon. If it's ripe, it should
feel heavy for its size. Next,
turn it over. On the underbelly
you should see a creamy yel-
low splotch. If the splotch is
white or green, the watermel-
on was harvested too soon.
Store watermelon on the
warm side. A thermometer
reading of 55 degrees Farenheit
is ideal. However, whole mel-
ons will keep for seven to 10
days at room temperature.
Store them too long, and they'll
lose flavor and texture.
Before cutting, wash your
watermelon with soap and
water. If the melon is a big
one, you probably won't be


able to fit it under the faucet
and would be best off washing
it with a damp cloth.

ALL YOU CAN EAT


Every part of the water-
melon is edible, including the
rind and the seeds. The fiber-
rich rind can be pickled, can-
died, or turned into jam or
jelly. The seeds are highly
nutritious, packed with pro-
tein, Vitamin E, and potassi-
um, and make a healthy, tasty
snack if roasted in a low oven
and salted.
Watermelon can be eaten
plain, or with a light sprinkling
of salt to accentuate its sweet-
ness. It's a natural choice for
fruit salads, smoothies, and


ices, and it's also great in
savory dishes, as demonstrat-
ed by the recipes below.

- Contributed

RECIPES

1) Watermelon and seared
tuna

INGREDIENTS
* 4 ounces tuna, seared and
cut into small slices
* 1/4 cup seedless watermelon,
diced
* 1 ounce pickled ginger,
minced
* 1 tablespoon cilantro,
chopped
* 1 teaspoon soy sauce
* salt and pepper to taste

METHOD
Sear tuna in a medium
saute pan to taste. Place all
the ingredients in a medium-
sized bowl and mix well. Serve
chilled in a martini glass.
Serves one.

2) Oriental watermelon
chicken salad

INGREDIENTS
* 1 red watermelon, 3 pounds
* 12 ounces oriental noodles,
uncooked


* 1 pound grilled chicken
breasts, boneless, sliced
* 10 ounces seedless cucum-
bers, thinly sliced, with peel
* 2 ounces green onion, thinly
sliced
* 2 1/2 tablespoons rice
vinegar
* 1 tablespoon soy sauce
* 1/2 teaspoon ginger root,
minced
* 4 ounces soy oil
* 1 ounce sesame oil

METHOD
Remove rind from water-
melon and cut flesh into one
inch cubes. Cover and refrig-
erate. Cook and drain noo-
dles; set aside.
Divide noodles into four
equal portions. Top each por-
tion with one sliced chicken
breast (arranged on a spiral),
three-quarter cup cubed
watermelon, and one-third
cup sliced cucumbers.
Sprinkle with green onions.
Combine vinegar, soy
sauce and gingerroot and mix
well; set aside.
Combine soy and sesame
oils in salad dressing shaker;
gradually add vinegar mixture
until blended. Shake well and
pour over salads. Serves four.
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Georgia honors Caribbean's R


O'Neil 'Supernova' Bell Lai

- State recognizes accomplishments of world boxing champ DA


GORDON WILLIAMS


ATLANTA Georgia's gover-
nor bounced into his best fight-
ing stance and the
Caribbean-born world
champion faced off
with his own pugilistic
pose.
But no blows were
exchanged when Sonny
Perdue met O'Neil
"Supernova" Bell last
month at the Georgia
State Capitol building
here last month, just
mutual respect.
Bell, who was born
in Jamaica but migrat-
ed to the United States
as a child and later
moved to Georgia to
follow his dream to Undispu
become a boxer, visited off" aga
Perdue to receive at the g


recognition for his
accomplishments in the ring.
In January Bell became the
undisputed world cruiser-
weight champion after knock-
ing out Jean-Marc Mormeck in
New York to take the
Frenchman's World Boxing
Association (WBA) and World
Boxing Council (WBC) titles.
The Jamaican had entered the
fight holding the International
Boxing Federation (IBF) ver-
sion of the crown for the 200-
pound weight division.

IMPRESSED
The governor appeared
impressed.
"You got 'em (titles) all,"
Perdue told the fighter when


the two met in the governor's
office, g ,J for you."
Bell welcomed the show of
respect by the governor, a man
who campaigned for office on


ited world cruiserweight boxing champion O'Neil Bel
[inst Georgia's Governor Sonny Perdue in a lighthear
governor's office recently.


a platform of restoring public
trust in state government.
"It was a pleasurable
moment, to see a genuine per-
son," he said. "First time meet-
ing the governor, I felt a good
reception from him. There was
nothing undercover.. .It was an
honor. It's not too many people
who can say they get to meet
the governor."
The champion was a bit
more cautious in his evaluation
of the governor's "old ,. h.li '-
boxing stance.
"I loved his footwork,"
Bell said with a laugh. "He
needs help (with the rest of his
boxing skills) though, but I like


his footwork."
Bell was invited to the
capitol building by State
Representative Tyrone
Brooks, who introduced a res-
olution to recog-
nize his accom-
plishments as the
undisputed world
champion. Brooks
told Caribbean
Today that he
had recently met
Bell through a
friend, Wayne
Garner, the mayor
of Carollton,
Georgia, who sug-
gested the recog-
nition for Bell's
accomplishments
in the ring by the
I, left, squares state's House of
led matchup Representatives.
tI thought it
was a great idea,"
Brooks said. "I
think (Bell's) accomplishment is
superb...He seems a very down-
to-earth person...with a very
fine future."
Bell was accompanied to
the capitol by a few of his han-
dlers and friends, including
veteran trainer Plenty James.
They posed for photographs
with Georgia's 81st governor,
displaying some of the champi-
onship belts Bell won in the
ring.

Gordon Williams is
Caribbean Today's managing
editor.
0t


NEW YORK, CMC The
Jamaican-born provost of John
Jay College of Criminal Justice
in New York City says the
United States lacks the moral
authority to issue a human
rights report on the Caribbean.
Dr. Basil Wilson, who is
also the college's vice president
for academic affairs, said
America needs to "clean out
its own backyard before
attempting to clean out other
people's.
"Long before the war on
terrorism, America has always
suffered a godfather complex
and that it had to instruct the
world on how to behave," he
told the Caribbean Media
Corporation (CMC) in react-
ing to the annual U.S. State
Department Report on coun-
tries around the world.
snikL the war on terror-
ism, America has lost much of


its moral authority. Much of
the fundamental freedoms that
America is concerned with in
other nations are now being
lihrk niLJ in America."

SELF EXAM
Wilson said the U.S. has
been providing the world with
a IIsLlul r\ r' L byissuing
the annual report. But, he said,
now is the time for other coun-
tries to start looking at
America's own track record.
"Someone needs to pro-
vide a useful service to
America by forcing America
to examine the current state of
America," he said.
Wilson declined to specify
aspects of America's human
rights that need to be scruti-
nized. But he said in a case-by-
case analysis of America's
human rights report, the State
Department failed to deter-


mine the scale of the sex work
industry in the region, stating
that there is an internal and
external market.

PROBLEM
Wilson also said while the
State Department report was
critical of the amount of civil-
ians killed by the police is
Jamaica, "the issue of police
corruption is a serious problem
in the Caribbean."
The State Department
reported that 119 civilians
were killed by the police in
2004 in Jamaica, increasing to
180 last year. He said the State
Department failed to compare
Jamaica's judicial system to the
Dominican Republic's, saying
that the Dominican Republic's
judicial system is in a gr LJkr
state of disarray" than
Jamaica's.
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ogers records 10 years on

uderdale Lakes commission


MIAN P. GREGORY


LAUDERDALE LAKES,
Florida As she raised her right
hand to take the oath of office
signalling a record 10 years on
the Lauderdale Lakes City
Commission, Hazelle Rogers
still seemed in awe of her
accomplishment.
Dressed in a light green
and white patterned pants suit,
she proudly posed for photo-
graphs with friends, family and
supporters, accepted congratu-
lations from well-wishers and
made sure that she personally
escorted some of them to lunch
shortly after the Mar. 20 cere-
mony
Born in Jamaica, Rogers is
credited as being one of the first
Caribbean-born female elected
officials in the southeastern
United States. She and her hus-
band Clifton moved to Florida
in 1981. Her only requirement
at the time, she told her hus-
band as he went house hunting
for the couple's new home, was
that he should find a house with
rooms big enough to accommo-
date the couple's furniture, she
recalls chuckling.
He found such a house, in
Lauderdale Lakes, a city just
north of Fort Lauderdale in
Broward County, Florida.
The couple settled there and
has not moved since.

FINDING ROOTS
That small developing city
has grown to one with a popula-
tion of 133,000 people. Her
involvement in South Florida
politics did not happen immedi-
ately. It would take years before
the mortgage broker would
begin to establish roots in that
community. She went to com-
munity meetings, homeowners
association meetings and decid-
ed that she had to get involved.
"There were some things
that needed to be addressed
and they weren't," Rogers, told
Caribbean Today. "I have kept
those things at the forefront of
everything that I have done."
Among those issues,
Rogers says, has been a focus
on code enforcement, redevel-
opment of the city's eastside
and offering incentives for busi-
nesses to come and stay
in her city.
But even as she has
become more entrenched in
local politics, she is aware that
not everyone feels that same
connection. Estimates are that
in the latest election, only about
1,300 voters cast ballots in local
races, which disappoints
Rogers, especially because of
the how hard blacks in the
United States had to fight to
win the right to vote.
"I don't know what else
to do or to say," Rogers
explained. "Local government
is the closest to you, they are


the ones that affect you."
Rogers's work has been recog-
nized outside of Lauderdale Lakes.
Last month, the veteran commis-
sioner received the Outstanding
Achievers Award from the Orange
Bowl Foundation for her work in
the community.
She also has been involved
in county issues and may even
have her eye on a seat on the
Broward County Commission
and beyond, before her career
in politics is all said and done.
"I believe the work that you
do will speak for you," she said
shortly after she was sworn in.

Damian P Gregory is
Caribbean Today's deputy
managing editor.





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April 2006






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Are your summer wedding plans on track?


A wedding is often a
strange mix of happi-
ness and distress. But
proper planning can tilt the
balance toward the positive.
"Weddings don't just put
themselves together," says
Becky Long, author of
"Something Old, Something
New: 701 Creative Ways to
Personalize Your Wedding"
(Meadowbrook Press).
"Unfortunately, some
brides and grooms think that
because they have a few
months left, they have plenty
of time," Long says. "But if
you want a summer ceremony,
you should have a pretty good
idea of what's going on by late
winter."
From her book, Long
offers the following checklist
to make sure that your wed-
ding planning is going well.
These are all the things that
you should have accomplished
- or be well on the way to
doing by the three-month
mark before your wedding.
Are you on pace? Or do you
need to move faster?

* Write your vows.
* Select your wedding rings.
* Confirm the ceremony's


content.
* Secure all tuxedo rentals and
obtain men's measurements.
* Choose bridal accessories.
This is where something old,
new, borrowed and blue
comes in.
* Determine the clothing of
the mothers of the bride and
groom.


* Order invitations, announce-
ments and thank-you notes.
Be sure to order extras of
everything in case of mistakes
and for mementos.
* Design maps that show the
location of the ceremony,
reception and hotels.
* Meet with the musicians
who will play the ceremony or
reception.
* Order the wedding cake.
* Arrange transportation for


the wedding party.
* Complete the gift registry.
* Determine the logistics of
your ceremony. This includes
reserving pews, arranging the
processional and recessional
order and arranging the
receiving line. It also means
figuring out the layout of the
reception room, determining
the gift and cake tables and
identifying parking options.
* Meet with the cater, florist
and photographer.
* Arrange wedding-attire fit-
tings.
* Plan bachelor and bache-
lorette parties.
* Finalize rehearsal dinner
details.
* Secure necessary rental items.
* Secure unity candle, toasting
glasses, guest book, ring pil-
low, flower girl basket and
cake knife.
* Send newsletter or update to
the wedding party.
* Buy honeymoon attire.
* Confirm lodging for out-of-
town attendants.
* Hire videographer.
* Make or order wedding
party gifts.

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wedding ceremony music


C anon in D. The Wedding
March. Jesu, Joy of
Man's Desiring. Because
of the sheer number of songs
to choose from, the task of
selecting the right wedding
music and the right musicians
- can be overwhelming.
With performances at
more than 200 weddings
between them, professional
recording
artistes The
O'Neill
Brothers have
combined their
wedding music
expertise and
recorded two
CDs of wedding-
themed music to
help couples
select just the
right pieces for the big day.
"A Day to Remember:
Volume I" and "A Day to
Remember: Volume II" con-
tain top recommended songs
appropriate for the parts of the
ceremony and reception. The
CDs are designed to help busy
brides and grooms select the
perfect music for their big day.
Corresponding sheet music is
available for all arrangements
to enable couples to provide
their musicians with the tools
to play the songs exactly as
they sound on the CD.
According to The O'Neill
Brothers, these suggestions for
selecting wedding music will
help make the walk down the
aisle more harmonious:

* Look at the big picture -
Determine the best style of
music to use based on the
overall theme and feel of your
wedding ceremony. Is it tradi-
tional? Contemporary?
Religious? Romantic? Fun?
Not all music is the right fit for
all types of weddings.

* Consult with your spouse-to-
be You might be surprised at
his or her interests or prefer-
ences. Your husband-to-be
might have his heart set on a
particular song, or your wife-
to-be might want to include a
traditional family favorite.

* Determine the parts of the
ceremony that you'd like to set
to music You can select as lit-
tle or as much music as you
like for the ceremony, but keep
in mind that your guests will
be there to celebrate with you,
not listen to a concert. Make
sure that you select just
enough so there are no "bare
spots" during which your
guests might become fidgety.
Potential parts of the ceremo-
ny to be set to music may
include the prelude, the pro-
cessional (you may select sepa-


rate pieces for the wedding
party and the bridal entrance),
congregational hymns and reli-
gious ceremony responses, the
lighting of the unity candle, the
recessional and the postlude. If
you're having trouble narrow-
ing your selections, you can
always save some of the songs
for the band or DJ to play at
the reception rather
than trying to cram
them all into the cer-
it .A. emony. If you're
marrying in a place
of worship, remem-
ber to get your list
of selections
approved by the
wedding coordina-
tor or celebrant.

Not all musicians
are created equal Select
musicians who are comfortable
with your chosen style. If your
ceremony is traditional, how
about a string quartet?
Contemporary? Maybe just a
solo pianist, or perhaps a saxo-
phone player. Religious?
Check with the wedding coor-
dinator at your place of wor-
ship to get the names of the
most sought-after musicians on
her list. Does someone in your
family sing beautifully?
Consider inviting them to sing
for your wedding to make the
experience even more special.
But remember that if you ask
someone who's not a profes-
sional, you'll have to cut them
a little slack if they're not
exactly perfect. You might
want your uncle to play the
accordion, but be sure to find a
song that fits your style and his
ability.

* Ask for advice if you need
it If you're particular about
your musical choices for the
big event, you may want to
wait to book instrumentalists
or vocalists until you've made
your music selections. If you're
not fussy, and would welcome
the help choosing music, hire
professional musicians and
trust their advice. They've like-
ly played for many weddings
before, and will have great
song ideas.

* Trust your instincts Bottom
line it's your wedding. Don't
feel pressured to include a par-
ticular song just because Aunt
Betty says you should.
To listen to samples of the
songs included on "A Day to
Remember: Volume I" and "A
Day to Remember: Volume II",
visit www.pianobrothers.com

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What's the rave in wedding favors? Wei

~ Six ways to help your guests remember your special day Test your nuptial know


(FeatureSource) The
Grammys have their goodie
bags. Oprah has her favorite
things. Today's modern bride
has wedding favors.
If you are planning a wed-
ding, you don't want your
guests' greatest memory to be
the moment the groom shoved
the cake in your face, or when
Aunt Edna slid across the
dance floor on her petticoat.
Sending your guests home
with a unique wedding favor
will give them something by
which to remember your spe-
cial day long after they have
finished doing "The Electric
Slide".
"The last thing we wanted
was for our wedding to be
remembered as ordinary," said
Sheri Fisher who married her
fiance Tom. ',iiML we put so
much care into a ceremony
that reflected our unique rela-
tionship, our guests deserved a
memento that would cleverly
remind them of our special
day."
Wedding favors are a sym-
bol of gratitude and affection;
a way of saying ihianks' to
your guests for being a part of
your wedding celebration.
Here are six tips to choosing
wedding favors that your
guests will savor, provided by
www. WeddingFavorInfo.comn:
1. Consider your budget -
Favors can be as simple as
wedding swizzle sticks or as
elaborate as silver plated lug-
gage tags. Look at some wed-
ding favors to get an idea of
their cost. Set your budget and
find favors that fit within it.


2. Determine your theme -
Will your wedding be on the
beach? At a golf club? In the
mountains? In the more tradi-
tional church and reception
hall? Your favors can reflect
the style of your wedding and


A bag of sea shells may remind wedding
guests of the Caribbean's beaches.

the personality of the bride
and groom.

3. Give yourself enough time -
Stores in your area may be
limited to quantities on hand.
Online stores like
www. WeddingFavorInfo.comrn
are often able to get your
favors to you within seven to
10 days.

4. Review your other wedding
needs Are you giving special
gifts to your bridesmaids? Will
the hostess want favors for
your bridal shower? Do you
have your gutsib. b. ,kI Would
you like disposable cameras at
each table? Consider all of
your needs and handle them at
one place. Not only will you
appreciate the simplicity of
taking multiple items off of
your list, you may be able to
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'Beautiful Beginnings'


This June, Breezes
Runaway Bay Resort &
Golf Club in Jamaica
will usher in the summer wed-
ding season with its "Beautiful
Beginnings" promotion.
Throughout the month -
in 2006 as well as 2007 wed-
ding parties booking a mini-
mum of five rooms, will
receive complimentary room-
upgrades, a group farewell
dinner, and a private candle-
light dinner for the bride and
groom in the resort's Italian
restaurant Pastafari.
In addition to the compli-
mentary wedding complete
with non-denominational mar-
riage officer, wedding cake,
bridal bouquet and groom's
boutonniere, and musical ser-
enade couples will also be


treated to a horse and buggy
ride and a bottle of cham-
pagne, following the ceremo-
ny.
To legally wed in Jamaica,
couples are required to be on
the island for a minimum of
48 hours prior to the ceremo-
ny. Couples also need to sub-
mit relevant paperwork in
advance of their wedding, and
there is a government admin-
istrative fee of $200. Breezes
Runaway Bay includes this fee
for couples staying at the
resort for seven nights or
longer.
For more information,
visit www.breezes.com call 1-
800-GO-SUPER (1-800-467-
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travel agent.
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your larger sale.

5. Select wedding favors that
are appropriate for your loca-
tion -
Avoid candles for outdoor
weddings and chocolate favors
that could melt if your wed-
ding is in a tropical location.

6. Go for convenience If you
are working, you may find
yourself planning your wed-
ding on evenings and week-
ends after most retail stores
close. Shopping online, where
representatives are often avail-
able around the clock, has
calmed many a harried bride.
Wedding favors are
thoughtful mementos that are
given to your wedding guests
as a keepsake and reminder of
your special day. They can
bring a decorative touch to the
reception as they are placed at
each guest's place setting or
beautifully displayed on a table
at the entrance or exit of a
reception hall.

Author: Tami DePalma
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ledge.


L How old is the average bride?
a. 19.4 years
b. 22 years
c. 24.5 years
d. 31 years

2. How old is the average
groom?
a. 22 years
b. 25.3 years
c. 26.5 years
d. 30 years

3. To whom should the first
toast be made?
a. The bride's and groom's
mothers
b. The groom
c. The bride
d. The bride's and groom's
fathers

4. Why is throwing rice dis-
couraged at weddings today?
a. It's too expensive.
b. Birds can eat rice and die.
c. White rice is too bland.
d. Throwing rice is littering.

5. What's the average cost of
an engagement ring?
a. $1,400
b. $2,300
c. $3,165
d. $4,651


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Answers (based on a survey
done in the United States):
1C, 2C, 3C, 4B, 5C.

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St. Lucia's hotel

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CASTRIES, St. Lucia, CMC -
President of the St. Lucia Hotel
and Tourism Association
(SLHTA) Allen Chastanet has
renewed calls for the organiza-
tion to be represented on the
island's tourist board.
The call comes amid con-
cern that inadequate marketing
of the island by state-owned
agencies is having a serious
effect on the tourism industry
here.
The SLHTA said that in
January arrivals were up by only
seven percent, while bed nights
were down by 13 percent. It said
the figures also represent a sig-
nificant decline in expenditure
on the island by visitors and
warned of a similar trend for the
month of February.
Chastanet, a former head
of the St. Lucia Tourist Board,
said the situation is worrying
given a number of factors
including a weak United States
dollar, new airlifts into the
island and the availability of
more hotel rooms.


"We believe it
of our inability and
ness in getting a pr
marketing strategy
Chastanet said.
"The Tourist B
recently emerged c
with a very well co(
marketing strategy,
very well be too lat
them a year and a 1
this happen.
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association and wil
say, that we believe
right to be part ofa
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oper overall been established to advise the The Florida-based C,
in place," board on all aspects of tourism Sun airline has annot
marketing. introduction of a nexw
Board had "At the moment we are service between Anti
out of Atlanta rolling out a campaign and they Trinidad and Tobago
ordinated are the ones who made the great- this month.
, but it could est input," the minister said. The airline said t
te, as it took However, Chastanet said two daily non-stop fli
half to make the marketing committee had between the islands i!
no teeth, and could not influ- a new schedule that i
ays said as an ence how monies were spent. new routes, expand(
1 continue to The SLHTA says it is con- on existing routes an
we have a cerned that with an estimated viding enhanced coni
a continuing 1,500 hotel rooms soon to with carriers serving
spending our become available, marketing Europe and North A
ng this desti- deficiencies could reduce The airline said i
added. demand for them.
be a continu- "We honestly believe that
ey spent on the Tourist Board should be
nation and made up of 50 percent private TOV I
ace for the sector representatives appoint-
ding how the ed by the hotels association and Mango Bay re-opE
the rest including the chairman, Barbados
appointed by the minister and Mango Bay Hotel, locat
the Ministry of Tourism, and we historic Holetown area
Nlinister do not think that's an unreason- famed Platinum Coast
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FAA improves rating of OECS aviation sector
CASTRIES, St. Lucia, CMC This change in status could The U.S. FAA regularly
The United States Federal offer new opportunities for audits civil aviation authorities
Aviation Authority (FAA) member countries of the around the globe to ensure that
has elevated the Eastern Organization of Eastern they fall in line with U.S. aviation
Caribbean's aviation sector from Caribbean States and their regulations. By achieving a higher
Category 2 to tourism sector, in particular, said category, the Eastern Caribbean
Category 1 status, according to a a spokesman for the OECS sec- Civil Aviation Authority
statement released here. retariat. (ECCAA) has ensured that air-
line operators from the region
will have greater access to the
U.S. markets, says Trisha Kalloo,
the ECCAA's director of finance
and administration, in explaining
how the creation of a regional
eCO civil aviation authority was cru-
cial to the change in status.
"It opens so many doors to
expansion of tourism in this
industry," she said.
The upgrade to Category 1
anwill be particularly beneficial
because it will allow all airline
sports cOnt nI operators on the ECCAA's reg-
ister to expand their fleet in the
Listen to live U.S. These operators will also
be able to enter into strategic
hours a day alliances with American carri-
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introduce a third daily flight
along its Barbados-Grenada
route and that both carriers
now operate 155 flights week-
ly to and from Barbados
"making it the busiest gate-
way" for the carriers.
"These new schedules are
the latest step in our ongoing
efforts to provide the people
of the Caribbean with the
best air transportation in the
world," said William E. Skipp,
president and chief executive
officer of both airlines.
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ed in the
on the
of Barbados,
I following a
refurbish-


ment and expansion project that
has resulted in 12 additional suites
(for a total 76 rooms), as well as
extensive enhancements through-
out the 12-year-old resort.
Among the new accommoda-
tions are two 1,200 square foot
penthouse suites priced at $1,500
to $1,800 per night all-inclusive.


* Massive facelift for
Bermuda's largest hotel
The Fairmont Southampton Resort,
Bermuda's largest hotel property, is
planning a massive new develop-
ment which will include 145 new
"vacation homes" and "golf villas".
Many of the villas will be
constructed on eight holes of the
existing 18-hole, par-three golf
course, which will be reduced to
10 playable holes, the hotel
announced last month.

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sources.
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Spirit shelves plans

to fly to Bermuda


HAMILTON, Bermuda, CMC
- An announcement by
JetBlue Airways that it is to
begin twice-daily flights from
New York to Bermuda has
caused another airline to post-
pone the planned launch of a
daily flight from LaGuardia,
officials said last month.
It was announced earlier in
the year that Spirit Airlines, a
low-cost carrier, planned to
launch a daily flight this year.
But JetBlue's plans to fly out of


New York's John F Kennedy
Airport have caused it to
reconsider.
Bermuda International
Airport General Manager
James Howes said Spirit
officials' rethink was swayed by
the entry of JetBlue whose
arrival on the island has trig-
gered intense price competition
among American carriers in
the New York-Bermuda mar-
ket, resulting in average fares
dropping by half or more.
JetBlue begins its service
on May 4 with one-way flights
starting at $129. Currently,
round-trip flights on American
Airlines or Continental
Airlines to New York hover
around $350. Howes said that
prior to JetBlue's announce-
ment ticket prices averaged a
steep $700 for the short flight.

STILL INTERESTED
Spirit Airlines has not
ruled out Bermuda as a mar-
ket yet, however, and will
evaluate the traffic to the
island this summer before
making any decisions.
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Cabbie of the year praised for honesty, going beyond duty


MIAMI, Florida Miami-
Dade taxicab driver Jean
Dantes, a Haitian national,
says he goes out of his way to
help his passengers, but not
for any reward. But "it's nice
to be recognized," he admits.
Dantes was recognized
last month as Miami-Dade
County's "2005 Taxicab
Chauffeur of the Year". He
was presented with a check
for $2,500 and a commemora-
tive plaque by District 2
Commissioner Dorrin Rolle.
The award stemmed from
an incident last November
involving Canadian tourist
Michael Cormier. Cormier
tells of leaving in a Miami-
Dade taxicab, a backpack con-
taining valuable items (a $900
camera, a $350 cellular phone,
binoculars and souvenirs) and
important documents. Not
having ascertained the name
of the driver or noted the
number of the cab or the
name of the company, he had
no way of tracing the vehicle
and recovering his property.
However, when he
returned to Canada there was
a message that a Miami-Dade
taxi driver had called to tell
him of finding the backpack.
Shortly after, it was shipped to
him at the driver's expense,
with all the contents intact.
"In today's world (unfor-
tunately) one does not expect
to encounter unabashed hon-
esty and friendliness in most
cities," Cormier wrote. "Mr.
Dantes certainly has changed
my mind about that."


JAMAICA YOUTH
PAGEANT
The Partners for Youth
Foundation, in association
with ABI Startime, is accept-
ing applications for the Miss
Jamaica Florida 2006 Pageant.
Applicants must either be
Jamaican-born or of Jamaican
parentage.
The annual pageant
allows contestants to vie for
titles in four age categories:
five to eight; nine to 12; 13-16
and 17-21. This year's event is
scheduled to be held on June
25 at the Coral Springs Center
for the Arts in South Florida.
For more information,
call June Minto at 954-739-
6618 or 954-721-6268.

GUYANESE
WALKATHON
The Guyana Association
of South Florida (GASF) in
conjunction with the South
Florida Guyanese Association
(SFGA) and the Florida
Chapter of the Queen's
College of Guyana Alumni
Association (QC) will jointly
sponsor a Walk-a-Thon and
Easter Picnic on April 16 in


Miami-Dade County cab driver Jean Dantes, right, is congratulated by City Commissioner Dorian Rolle, left.


The experience has left
him with pleasant feelings
about Miami, he said.
Noting that taxicab drivers
were often among the first
people who visitors meet on
their arrival, District 1
Commissioner Barbara Jordon
joined Rolle in praise of Jean
Dantes.


Miami to raise funds to assist
students in Guyana.
The picnic is held annual-
ly by the GASF to bring
together Guyanese living in
Florida. This year's event is
part of an overall effort by the
associations to pool their
resources for the benefit of
educational institutions and
students in Guyana.
The event will be held at
The Tropical Park, 4900 S.W.
40th St. (Bird Road), with the
Walk-a-Thon commencing at
11 a.m. at Pavilion No. 12.
Afterwards, the organizations
will host the picnic.
Caribbean music and food,
including black pudding,
souse, salara, and peas and
rice will be available. For
more information, call: Ann
Welch, GASF, 305-301-0742;
Colin Baker, SFGA, 305-450-
2294; or John La Rose, QC,
954-817-2206.

PASSPORTS
The National Passport
Information Center (NPIC),
the United States Department
of State's single, centralized
public contact center for U.S.


"You have set a positive
example for Miami-Dade
County," she said.
Runners-up for the
Chauffeur of the Year Award
were Robert Saint-Rose,
Elima Louima and Elie
Bresier, who had won "2005
Chauffeur of the Quarter"
awards. The awards were

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'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.
The Lockbox is a process-
ing facility used by USCIS to
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made under the Taxicab
Chauffeur Incentive Program
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cab ordinance passed by
county commissioners in July
1998. A major thrust of that
ordinance is the upgrading of
customer service standards in
the taxicab sector.
TCIP winners are selected


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 res-
idence, 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, P.O.
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90054-0870;
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ing taxicab passengers (resi-
dents and visitors), personnel
in the tourism industry and
persons working in the taxicab
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include initial evidence and
supporting documentation
when submitting the Form I-
90 to the Los Angeles
Lockbox.
Applicants will receive a
notice for a biometrics pro-
cessing appointment at an
ASC and will submit their ini-
tial evidence during that
appointment.
Applicants will receive
their biometrics appointment
in the mail.

CRISIS HOTLINE
Multi-lingual counselors
are available to respond per-
sons suffering from stress or
needing help with housing,
food, child care, caring for
teens or other similar prob-
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Call 211 from a regular
telephone or 954-537-0211
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She north coast resort area
of Negril will, for the first
time, host the Jamaica
Product Exchange (JAPEX)
scheduled for April 23-25.
JAPEX, now in its 16th
year, is a forum for suppliers of
the Caribbean island's tourism
product to meet travel whole-
salers and tour operators from
Europe and the Americas in a
business exchange.
The event, to be held at
the JAPEX Centre, is being
sponsored by the Jamaica
Tourist Board (JTB) and the
Jamaica Hotel and Tourist
Association (JHTA).
Meetings are being sched-
uled in advance through a com-
puterized appointment-match-
ing system, and additionally at
the event in on-site scheduling
sessions. The system creates
two meeting types: The perfect-
match appointment, bringing
together a buyer and a supplier
who have each specifically
asked to meet the other; and


BRIDGETWON, Barbados,
CMC President of the
Barbados-based Caribbean
Development Bank (CDB),
Dr. Compton Bourne, has been
re-elected to serve for another
five-year term, promising to
place the financial institution at
the center
stage of
regional devel-
opment.
The for-
mer principal
and professor
of economics
at the St. t
Augustine Bourne
campus of the
University of
the West Indies assumed office
on May 1, 2001, as the bank's
fourth president. His current
term is due to end on April 30,
and Dr. Bourne has described
his first term as "a very inter-
esting and exciting period." He
said that he made the consoli-
dation of relationships with


the buyer-requested appoint-
ment, based solely on the
buyer's request for a meeting
with a supplier of choice.
"JAPEX is a dynamic arena
for everyone involved in
Jamaica's tourism industry and
offers an excellent opportunity
to sell the Jamaica product and
boost arrival figures," Donnie
Dawson, JTB's deputy director
of sales, United States, explained
in a press release issued last
month.
JAPEX is also seen as a
valuable marketing tool, offering
Jamaican properties and attrac-
tions a chance to promote their
products equally to travel agents,
tour operators, wholesalers and
members of trade media.
For more information on
JAPEX or to register, visit
www.jhta. org/japex. htm
For questions regarding the
new U.S. passport requirements
for travel to the Caribbean,
please go to www.traveLstate.gov
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shareholders a priority during
his first term. He said that
CDB had also tried to address
the way in which it services the
needs of its clients.
"I think that while we have
made some progress in that
area dJIi, ra,1ly by seeking to
reorganize departments, analyz-
ing our processes, I don't think
that we have got to the point
where we can say we have
achieved everything we would
wish to achieve," he explained.
Dr. Bourne said among
the future priorities would be
the ability of the bank to con-
tinue to mobilize resources on
the scale required for lending
in the future and placing the
financial institution at the cen-
tre stage of Caribbean devel-
opment. He said his vision for
the future is that of "a bank
that maintains and strengthens
its relevance to the countries
of the region."
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ANDREA L. MIRABITO &
MICHAEL ROSENBERG

n today's real estate mar-
ket, many foreign
investors are interested in
purchasing condominiums or
other personal residences in
the United States.
Often, such investors will
purchase U.S. real estate in
their individual names, with-
out fully exploring the poten-
tial U.S. income, estate and
gift tax consequences associat-
ed with such ownership, or
any other potential structures
available through which to
own such U.S. real estate.
Preliminarily, for purpos-
es of this discussion, assume
that the 1r ign investor is
both a U.S. income tax non-
resident alien and a U.S.
estate and gift tax nonresident
domiciliary (an NRAD).
Residence for such purposes
is defined extremely different-
ly under the Internal Revenue
Code, applicable regulations,
and case law; however, analy-
sis of such definitions is
beyond the scope of this arti-
cle.
The major difficulty that
arises in the context of advis-
ing the foreign investor is that
the U.S. income and estate
and gift tax consequences of
various ownership structures
are oftentimes at odds.
Investment decisions must be


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the actual tax lia-
bility due. Such
withholding can
e proving be eliminated or
ribbean. reduced under
certain circum-
stances, by filing an
Application for Reduced
Withholding with the Internal
Revenue Service (IRS), or
can otherwise potentially be
wholly or partially refunded
following the filing of a U.S.
income tax return for the
tax year of the sale.
Individual ownership of
U.S. real estate by a foreign
investor is not preferred, how-
ever, from a U.S. estate and
gift tax perspective.
Generally, subject to the cur-
rent allowable credit against
estate tax for the estate of an
NRAD (which is equivalent to
a $60,000 exemption), the
entire value of the U.S. real
estate (along with any other
"U.S. situs" property) would
be includible in the estate of
an NRAD and could be sub-
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CASTRIES, St. Lucia, CMC -
British Airways last month
announced that following an
extensive review, its call cen-
ters in the Caribbean will be
closed by June.
It was not immediately
clear how many workers
would lose their jobs across
the region as a result of the
move.
In a statement released
here, British Airways said that
its call centers in the
Caribbean are to be consoli-
dated into its North American
call center in Jacksonville,
Florida this summer.
"The move will provide
the airline's Caribbean cus-
tomers with the additional
benefit of seven-days-a-week
service from 7 a.m. to 1 a.m.
(EST), as well as continuing
to provide them with the high
level of customer service to


which they are accustomed",
the statement noted.
According to the airline,
the call center in Kingston,
Jamaica will close on
May 31 and the call centers
in Barbados, Antigua and St.
Lucia will close on June 30.
As part of this reorganiza-
tion, the airline's ticket offices
in Antigua and St. Lucia will
cease operation on June 30.

British Airways operates
direct year-round scheduled
flights to London from
Barbados, Antigua, Nassau
and Kingston, Jamaica.
Additionally, it offers one-
stop service to London from
St. Lucia, Grenada, Tobago,
Grand Cayman and Turks
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* Free tax help
Residents of South Florida in the
United States are being offered free
tax preparation help by students on
the Davie campus at Florida
International University (FAU).
Members of FAU's Accounting
Student Association are operating a
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance
(VITA) center between 10 a.m. and
2 p.m. every Saturday in Room
340 of the school's Liberal Arts
Building, 2912 College Ave.
The center will open through
the remainder of the U.S. tax sea-
son.
Taxpayers must have incomes
less than $38,000 to be eligible for
the free service. Volunteers do
not prepare business or complex
returns.
Taxpayers also need to bring
tax information, including wage
and earnings statements (Form W-
2), interest and dividend state-
ments (Form 1099), a copy last
year's return (if available), Social
security cards (or individual


income tax numbers) for each per-
son shown on the return, and any
other information concerning their
income and expenses for 2005.
For joint returns, both spouses
need to visit the center in order to
authorize electronic filing of the tax
return. Service is given on a first-
come, first-served basis.
For more information on VITA,
taxpayers may contact the Internal
Revenue Service at 1-800-829-
1040 or visit www.irs.gov

* Bermuda's new scheme to
transform capital
Bermudan authorities have
unveiled a $639 million project
aimed at transforming the island's
capital and waterfront.
The 10 to 20-year-old project,
unveiled last month includes the
construction of a hotel, housing
complex, offices and shops as well
as a marina.
Early concept artwork shows
a signature public park surrounded
by pavements and plazas, and a


new cruise ship pier. Mayor
Lawson Mapp said the project also
calls for the construction of an
underground car park for 800 cars
and 800 motorcycles. The authori-
ties say that 80 percent of the
funding would come from the pri-
vate sector.

* BWIA gets new CEO
Cash-strapped national carrier
BWIA has appointed British-born
Peter Davies as its new chief exec-
utive officer replacing Tom Yew
who resigned last month.
Yew, a Trinidadian, had been
in the post on a temporary basis
while BWIA searched for a perma-
nent replacement.

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ject to tax at the maximum
estate tax rate, which is cur-
rently 46 percent.
Furthermore, any gift
made by an NRAD of the
U.S. real estate during his life-
time would be subject to U.S.
gift tax at the same 46 percent
rate, subject to an annual per
donee exclusion, which for
2006 is $12,000.

OPTIONS
Some options to poten-
tially avoid the U.S. estate tax
with respect to U.S. real estate
would be the holding of the
real estate through: 1) a for-
eign corporation (an FC), 2) a
foreign partnership or 3) a
foreign or domestic (i.e., U.S.)
irrevocable trust.
Subject to certain poten-
tial arguments by the IRS, the
FC option could provide pro-
tection from U.S. estate tax, as
the shares of an FC are gener-
ally not includible in the
estate of an NRAD. Any


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sale of the property by the
FC, however, would be subject
to U.S. income tax at ordinary
income tax rates of up to 35
percent (as corporations are
not eligible to receive prefer-
ential long-term capital gain
treatment), and could also be
subject to an additional level
of tax, known as the Branch
Profits Tax.
Furthermore, if instead of
purchasing the real estate
through the FC initially, the
investor transfers appreciated
real estate owned individually
to the FC, such transfer would
subject the investor to imme-
diate gain recognition and,
consequently, to U.S. income
tax and withholding as dis-
cussed above.
The partnership option,
on the other hand, could
retain the major benefit of
individual ownership, i.e.,
preferential long-term capital
gain treatment. However, the
situs of a foreign partnership
and whether the transfer of a
foreign partnership interest is
subject to gift tax, or to estate
tax if held at the time of
death, is unclear under cur-
rent law.
In the event that appreci-
ated real estate is first owned
individually and then trans-
ferred to a partnership, U.S.
income tax could be avoided
with the filing of appropriate
documentation with the IRS,
as the transferor would
remain subject to U.S. income
tax with respect to the appre-


ciated real estate subsequent
to its transfer to the partner-
ship.
An additional option is
ownership through either a
foreign or domestic irrevoca-
ble trust. The trust structure
should also maintain the bene-
fit of the preferential long-
term capital gain rate. With
respect to estate and gift tax,
the trust could be structured
to avoid inclusion in the sett-
lor's gross estate, provided the
settlor is comfortable with giv-
ing up certain controls over
the trust. It should be noted
that in the case of real estate
initially owned individually,
any transfer to an irrevocable
trust could potentially be con-
sidered a taxable gift, unless
carefully structured.
In conclusion, because of
the various U.S. tax issues
associated with foreign invest-
ment in U.S. real estate, a for-
eign investor contemplating
such should consult with a
U.S. tax advisor prior to such
investment.


Michael Rosenberg is a
shareholder and Andrea L.
Mirabito is an associate with
the Coral Gables law firm of
Packman, Neuwahl &
Rosenberg and can be
reached at 305-665-3311.
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CARIBBEAN TODAY


What you put on your
plate each day has a
great deal to do with
healthy digestion.
With a busy summer ahead
of you, now is a good time to
review the basics of how
proper nutrition and healthy
lifestyle changes can help keep
your digestive system on track.
"Mayo Clinic on Digestive
Health" offers the following
"recipe" to keep your digestive
system healthy:

* Eat plenty of fiber Foods
that pass more easily and
quickly through your digestive
system are the same foods that
form the foundation for a
healthy diet. Plant foods -
fruits, vegetables and foods
made from whole grains con-
tain beneficial vitamins, miner-
als and compounds that may
protect against cancer. Plant
foods are also an excellent
source of fiber, a nutrient that's
especially important to diges-
tion.

* Cut the fat Excess fat slows
digestion and can lead to
heartburn, bloating and consti-
pation, in addition to increas-
ing your risk of heart disease,
diabetes and perhaps even
colon cancer.

* Drink ample fluids Water is
the best beverage. Caffeinated


beverages and alcohol don't
count. Most people should
drink eight to 10 eight-ounce
glasses of water each day.

* Practice good eating habits -
Eat moderate proportions, eat
at regular times and relax
while you eat.

* Maintain a healthy weight -
Heartburn, bloating and con-
stipation tend to be more com-
mon in people who are over-
weight.

* Exercise regularly Aerobic
exercise exercise that increas-
es your breathing and heart
rate is the most beneficial for
healthy digestion.

* Avoid alcohol and tobacco -
Too much alcohol (more than
one or two drinks in a day) or
chewing or smoking tobacco
can lead to serious digestive
disorders. When combined
with tobacco, alcohol greatly
increases your risk of mouth


and esophageal cancer.

Use medications with
caution Anti-inflamma-
tory medications such as
aspirin, ibuprofen,
naproxen (Aleve) and
ketoprofen (Orudis) are
potentially the most
damaging. Taking them
with food may help. Ask
your doctor for advice.
Digestive problems are
among the most common rea-
sons people see their doctors.
They're also a leading reason
people take medication.
"Mayo Clinic on Digestive
Health" offers practical advice
to help you identify, manage
and prevent digestive disorders
so you can enjoy life with less
stomach and intestinal upset.
You can't prevent or con-
trol all digestive problems with
nutrition or lifestyle changes.
Some digestive disorders are
hereditary, or they require
more advanced care. But good
nutrition and healthy lifestyle
habits can go a long way
toward keeping your digestive
system healthy. Mayo is offer-
ing a free booklet, "Your Guide
to Vitamins & Supplements".

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challenge their business com-
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and help build capacity to deal
with the deadly disease.
The HIV/AIDS Response
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health workers to be care-
givers.
"Private sectors of the
Caribbean should not regard
iliL mLv NLS as recipients of
HIV/AIDS funding, but
rather as contributors to the
response to this disease,"
Bain, a professor at the UWI
said last month.


He said that it is notice-
able that most funding for
HIV/AIDS response tends to
come from government agen-
cies or multilateral agencies
that have their own resources.
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Jamaica tackles U.S. in soccer on April 11 in North Carolina


GORDON WILLIAMS

Jamaica will once again try
to break a longstanding
jinx when it tackles World
Cup-bound United States in a
friendly soccer international
on April 11 in Cary, North
Carolina.
The Reggae Boyz have
never beaten the Americans
at any level of the game,
although fate and some say
luck has not always been
kind to the team from the
Caribbean.
The last time the two
teams met was in the quarter-
final round of last summer's
CONCACAF Gold Cup in
Foxboro, Massachusetts. The
U.S. won that game 3-1 to
extend Jamaica's losing streak
to nine, which prompted then
captain Andy Williams to
lament the Boyz' run of
misfortune against the


Americans.
"I don't think the players
honestly believe so (there is a
jinx)," said Williams, who
announced his retirement
from international soccer after
that match. "But once you
start on a bad foot you're
kinda looking like 'here we go
again'."
Prior to that, in Nov. 2004,
the teams tied 1-1 in a World
Cup qualifier played in the
U.S., the seventh draw
between the two countries,
which resulted in Jamaica's
exit from World Cup 2006.
Earlier that year Jamaica had
squandered a chance to beat
the U.S. in Kingston by con-
ceding a late goal after leading
1-0.

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However, although the
U.S., buoyed by its berth in
this summer's World Cup in


Downswell would like to create history
against the U.S.
Germany, is fancied to win
again when the two teams
meet this month at the SAS
Soccer Park in Cary, Jamaica,
with its intent on prepping a
young team for future compe-
tition, has other ideas.
"We're looking for a
positive result," Wendell
Downswell, technical director
of the Reggae Boyz, told


Caribbean Today last month.
"We've never beaten
them before and we'd like to."
Although the U.S. has
already qualified for this sum-
mer's bin,-lI soccer show and
Jamaica failed in its bid, the
Americans should treat the
April 11 match at the already
sold out SAS stadium as one
of vital importance. It has
been reported that U.S. head
coach Bruce Arena will be
using the game as a final dress
parade before he selects his
final squad for Germany. With
the Americans' large pool of
players vying for limited spots
on the World Cup roster,
there should be no easing
up on the Boyz from the
Caribbean.
Jamaica wants to meet
that challenge with its top
team. Many of the Reggae
Boyz' best talent are profes-
sionals based overseas, espe-


cially in Europe, where players
such as Bolton Wanderers'
Ricardo Gardner, the captain
of the Jamaica team, goal-
keeper Donovan Ricketts, plus
forwards Ricardo Fuller and
Damani Ralph, play. Jamaica
is also hoping to attract over-
seas-born Jamaican talent, a
successful recipe in the past, to
bolster the squad that will face
the U.S.
"We're looking for the
best team to play against
them," Downswell said.
"We're keeping in touch with
(the foreign-based players).
We've sent off letters to the
clubs (requesting players'
release for the game) and we
are hoping for a positive
response."

Gordon Williams is
Caribbean Today's managing
editor.
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The Caribbean will deliver a successful Cricket World Cup 2007 Chris Dehring


(CONTINUED FROM PAGE 2)
the game, do you think the cur-
rent (poor) form of the West
Indies cricket team, has that
had any impact at all in what
you do, in terms of organizing
it and generating interest
worldwide?

C.D.: Well of course it does.
The West Indies cricket team
is the spirit of what we are all
doing and it creates a lot of
energy, even within the office,
within the Caribbean society
about cricket, when they are
doing well. Having said that,
we believe that they will do
well in Cricket World Cup
2007, and we must believe that.
It is up to us as Caribbean fans
to put them (the team) on our
shoulders when they get here
for Cricket World Cup and
carry them to the title, if that is
what is necessary.

G.W.: Is there any concern that
if the West Indies does not
progress beyond say the pre-
liminary round of the competi-


tion that that will have some
kind of impact on the overall
World Cup that you are trying
to present, crowd support
etcetera?

C.D.: Well of course, but we
don't think of that. As a fan I
certainly do not even consider
that happening. We believe
that we have a competitive
team and it is extremely
important that that team do
well, simply because you have
an entire staff across the
region hosting the event and
they will be motivated by a
strong West Indies team.
We saw it in South Africa
in 2003 and in England in
1999, where neither host coun-
try made it through to the sec-
ond round and the dampening
effect on the tournament was
palpable. We need to ensure
that doesn't happen. But I
have every confidence that our
West Indies team will make
sure that that doesn't happen.

G.W.: Are you satisfied with
the way the public is being


made aware of the Cricket
World Cup 2007's efforts, the
way your activities are being
portrayed, do you think a fair
picture is being drawn of your
efforts so far?

C.D.: Well I think that we can
always do better. Collectively,
between Cricket World Cup
and the local organizing com-
mittees, who essentially are
Cricket World Cup in each
country, are doing as much as
they can and I think you're
entering now a much more
intense phase. It's very impor-
tant...
So we think we've pretty
much got it down where we
think we've timed it
right.. .There has been a natu-
ral momentum building of
interest in the event. There
will be a lull, for instance, as
everyone knows, during June,
when football World Cup will
fill the air across the region
and therefore you'd have to
time how quickly you re-enter
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all of this is quite scientific.
G.W.: Do you think that the
(Caribbean) region as a whole
has understood the impact that
Cricket World Cup can have
for it?

C.D.: I would say that general-
ly no. I think that the reality is
we've never hosted anything of
this scale and therefore it is
simply sometimes hard to
image, just like it's hard to
imagine just how different a
football World Cup in the
actual finals is different from
say a qualifier for the football
World Cup here in the
C(ribbiiLn, and therefore the
appreciation for the scope and
scale and why things have to
be done the way they're done.

G.W.: What would be your
crowning moment after all of
this is done and the dust settles
and World Cup Cricket 2007 is
history? What would you look
back and say would be your
single most satisfying moment?

C.D.: The thing that gives me
the greatest pleasure at the
moment is seeing Caribbean
nationals blossom and step up
to the plate. There is a tremen-
dous amount of skepticism in
the international community
about the Caribbean and our
ability to host this event. Once
we have hosted it, which we
will successfully, certainly
when I see the faces of the
young Caribbean persons
around this region who have
contributed, as well as yes with


some of the older ones, but
particularly the younger ones,
who have this future ahead of
them, with the Cricket World
Cup behind them, I think that
will probably be the most satis-
a.


fying thing for me.

G.W.: You mentioned the inter-
national critics. How would you
gauge their response in the
beginning, when it was sure the
West Indies was going to host
this thing, and how it has gone
as time has progressed and
where we are today? Has it
changed any?

C.D.: Well it's been quite satis-
fying for us at Cricket World
Cup. We've introduced so
many new planning tools to
the ICC that they've in fact
copied and now use as a model
for future events. We've been
very proud of that.
But you know, one of the
things that I always remind
everyone at Cricket World
Cup, 'forget all the kudos that
you're getting now and forget
all the criticisms you're getting
now because it doesn't matter
if you deliver the event. That is
the absolute test of whether
what you're doing is the right
thing...

G.W.: But you will deliver?

C.D.: We're very confident that
we're going to deliver. And it's
a collective we. It's a real col-
lective we. There's nothing that
Cricket World Cup can do on
its own. Cricket World Cup is
relying on the partners across
the region, in terms of the local
organizing committees, who
are absolutely integral to the
delivery, we're relying on all
the governments, we're relying
on government agencies, we're
relying on the people of the
Caribbean to make sure this is
an unforgettable event.


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Jamaica leads Caribbean's medal rush at Commonwealth Games


T re Caribbean, led by sev-
eral outstanding perform-
ances particularly by
Jamaica in track and field,
reaped an impressive medal
haul at the 2006 Commonwealth
Games held in Australia last
month.
The region finished with
29 medals overall, with
Jamaica earning an astound-
ing 10 gold, the most for the
nation in a major senior inter-
national athletics event. The
team's overall success was
credited to the commitment of
the athletes.
"The team itself embod-
ied one vision of hard work
and determination," Jamaica's
manager Garth Gayle told
The Gleaner newspaper.
No other Caribbean
nation won a gold medal at
the meet, but The Bahamas
and Grenada earned silver
medals, while Barbados and
Trinidad and Tobago each
secured bronze.
Jamaica's men and
women dominated the sprint
events both 100 and 200
meters, the sprint hurdles
and 4x100 meters races, in
addition to winning the
women's triple jump and
men's seated discuss for Bahar
Elite Athletes with a earne
Disability (EAD). The javel
island nation also earned
several silver and bronze
medals to finish the games
with 22 medals overall, includ-
ing 10 gold, four silver and
eight bronze.
The rest of the Caribbean
earned a total of seven
medals, mainly in track and
field. The Bahamas finished
with two silver, T&T three
bronze, and Barbados a
bronze.
Jamaica ended up ninth
on the overall medal list, well
behind top finishers Australia,
which earned 221 medals.


T&T was 16th overall and The
Bahamas 21st, with Grenada
and Barbados tied for 31st.

SPRINT RULE
When Jamaica captured
all sprint events it was the first
time any nation had accom-
plished that feat in the history
of the games.
Asafa Powell and Sheri-
Ann Brooks of Jamaica domi-
nated the 100 meters. The
Jamaican pair of Omar Brown
and Sherone Simpson also
swept the men's and women's
200 meters.
Powell won the men's race
in 10.03 seconds to earn his
first major international track


mian Eve Laverne, left, and Jamaican Olivia McKoy, right,
'd silver and bronze medals, respectively, in the women's
n at the recent Commonwealth Games. The event was won by
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title. The current world record
holder in the event finished
ahead of Trinidad and
Tobago's Marc Burns who
won bronze with a time of
10.17.
In the women's 100
meters, Brooks won gold in
11.19, her first major title as
well.
The Jamaicans would
again steal the show in the
longer sprint 200 meters -
winning both events and cap-
turing other medals as well.


Simpson beat Olympic cham- Jamaica's Novlene Williams
pion and teammate Veronica claiming the bronze.
Campbell to win the gold In the men's event, which
medal. Campbell earned sil- attracted four Caribbean final-
ver. In the men's 200 meters ists, Grenada's Alleyne
Jamaica earned gold and Francique finished second
bronze as Brown finished first behind Australia's John
Steffensen to win a silver
medal. Jamaica's Jermaine
Gonzales earned a bronze.
In the women's 800
meters, Jamaica's Kenia
Sinclair ran a personal
best time of one minute,
58.16 seconds to earn a sil-
S ver medal.
-sh Meanwhile, Jamaica's
Trecia Smith, the reigning
Sheri-Ann Brooks of Jamaica displays her coun- world champion, earned
try's flag after winning the women's 100 meters. another gold medal in the


and Christopher
Williams third.
Also on the
track, Jamaica's
Maurice Wignall
won the men's
110 meters hur-
dles in a time of
13.26 seconds.
The women's 100
meters hurdles
gold went to
Jamaica's Brigitte
Foster-Hylton.
Her teammate
Delloreen Ennis-
London finished
third to earn a


bronze in the
event.
In the longer hurdles
event over 400 meters -
Jamaica's Kemel Thompson
earned a bronze medal.

DOMINANCE
However, while Caribbean
women dominated the field in
the 400 meters final, grabbing
five of the top six places in the
event, the top spot was won by
England's Christine Ohuruogu.
Tonique Williams of The
Bahamas finished second to
earn the silver medal with


triple jump with a leap of
14.39 meters. Teammate
Maurice Smith placed second
in the men's decathalon for
the silver.

SWEEP
Jamaica capped an out-
standing meet by sweeping the
men's and women's 4x100
meters relay events. The
men's team of Michael Frater,
who was unfortunate to be
disqualified in the 100 meters,
Ainsley Waugh, Chris
Williams and Powell, powered
to the gold medal in 38.36 sec-
onds.
In the women's race
Jamaica, running without star
Campbell, won the gold as
well. The team of Daniele
Browning, Brooks, Peta Gaye
Dowdie and Sherone Simpson
clocked 43.10 seconds.
Jamaica's men also fin-
ished third in the men's 4x400


meters final to earn a bronze.
The success of Jamaica's
team on the track appeared to
come as a surprise, at least to
top sprinter Powell, due to
timing of the meet and condi-
tion of the athletes leading up
to it.
"Actually it was a little bit
surprising that we were doing
so well at these champi-
onships," he told the media in
Australia. "The athletes, a lot
of us have just come back, a
lot have had injuries and were
not doing so well, so it was
surprising."
The Caribbean was suc-
cessful off the track as well.
Jamaica's Tanto Campbell
placed first in the men's seated
discuss (EAD). The region
also won two medals in the
women's javelin. Eve Laverne
of The Bahamas won silver,
while Jamaican Olivia McKoy
secured bronze in the event
won by South Africa's Sunette
Viljoen.
In the men's shot put,
Jamaica's Dorian Scott fin-
ished second to earn a silver
medal, while T&T's Cleopatra
Borel-Brown finished third in
the women's event to earn a
bronze.
Karen Beautle won a
bronze for Jamaica in the high
jump for women, while Roger
Daniel of Trinidad and
Tobago earned a similar
honor in the 50-meter pistol
shooting event.
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Miami F.C. attracts Caribbean soccer talent


Anew professional soc-
cer team has been
formed in Miami and
Caribbean players are looking
to make a mark on the fledg-
ling club.
Miami EC., a franchise of
the United Soccer Leagues
(USL), has reportedly attract-
ed the services of several
Caribbean players, the most
prominent being Jamaica's
Onandi Lowe, a veteran of
Jamaica's successful World
Cup 1998 campaign.
Lowe, a highly rated utili-
ty player, who excels as a
striker, is trying to overcome
off-the-field setbacks to a once
promising career. Last year
Lowe was freed of drug traf-
ficking charges in England,
but he reportedly lost out on


lucrative playing opportunities
due to the cloud surrounding
his court case. He was signed
by Miami EC.
on a 10-
month loan
contract from
Jamaican club
Portmore
United.
Although
the final ros-
ter for Miami Lowe
EC.'s 2006
season had
not been announced up to
press time, at least two other
Caribbean players were
reportedly in contention for-
places in the squad. They are
Sean Fraser, a former junior
national player for Jamaica,
and Haiti's Stephane
Guillaume.


Both may get the chance
to prove their worth against
familiar faces this month when
Miami EC. faces Caribbean
champions Portmore United
in a pre-season exhibition at 4
p.m. April 16 at Tropical Park
in Miami. Lowe's former
teammates are eager to match
up with him.
"It's going to be a good
test," said Portmore's coach
Paul Young. "'Nandi Lowe is
a quality striker. I'm sure the
(Portmore) players will wel-
come (the challenge) and he
will welcome it as well."
Lowe and the rest of the
Miami EC. squad were recent-
ly in Brazil for a training
camp.
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'American Idol' samples Marley's music


DAMIAN P. GREGORY
Ruben Studdard hopes
that one of his new
recordings, featuring a
Bob Marley sample, will help
him to rule the music charts
when his new album drops
later this year.
The single, "Girls Rule
the World", which Studdard
describes as up tempo, is one
of several tracks that he has
completed for his third album,
tentatively titled "The Return
of the Velvet Teddy Bear".
Studdard said the yet-to-
be released "Girls" includes
snippets of a Marley classic,
although he did not disclose
which one when interviewed
by Caribbean Today. He was
in South Florida last month to
perform at a function honor-
ing scholarship recipients and
community leaders, including
Caribbean-born Lauderdale
Lakes City Commissioner


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sa
w
kn

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de


hot, so I think everyone is
going to like it."
Studdard, who was
crowned the "American Idol"
in 2004, the United States talent


Former 'American Idol' winner Ruben
Studdard relaxes after a performance in
South Florida recently.

show's second season, won over
viewers with his smooth blend
of soul, R&B and pop. He


thousand votes in what was
said to be one of the closest
results in the talent show's his-
tory.
In the three years since
that victory, Studdard has seen
many of his childhood dreams
come true recording and


Studdard on stage.


gazelle Rogers. However, he became known to fans as "The releasing two albums,
iid the upcoming album Velvet Teddy Bear" because of "Soulful" and "I Need an
would highlight his well- his warm and cuddly persona Angel," becoming a multi-
nown public persona. matched with a throwback style platinum music star, being the
"Velvet, it's really that has been compared to first "Idol" to be nominated
smooth Studdard told Luther Vandross and Peabo for the music industry's top
aribbean Today said in Bryson. award, the Grammy, and start-
escribing the disc. "It's really Studdard beat runner-up ing a scholarship foundation
Clay Aiken by only a few that grants money to students

25th Int'l Reggae and World Music Awards


set for New York's Apollo Theater May 6


The 25th annual
International Reggae
and World Music
Awards (IRAWMA)
goes to Harlem's world
famous Apollo Theater
in New York City on
May 6.
Among the sched-
uled lineup of perform-
ers are double Grammy
winner Damian "Junior
Gong" Marley, one of
the top nominees;
BeenieMan, nominated
in five categories; Macka Elepha
Diamond; and Gyptian. most
Some 150 entertain-
ers and music industry
personnel were nominated and
selected for awards by repre-
sentatives of the music industry.
Among the leading nominees
for 2005 are: Elephant Man
(eight), Damian Marley and
Sean Paul (six each), and
Beenie Man and Jah Cure (five
each). I Wayne, TOK, Luciano
and Gyptian, each earned four
nominations. Other nominees
include Sly Dunbar and Robbie
Shakespeare, Freddy
McGregor, Buju Banton, Vybz
Kartel, Akon, Shabba, Wyclef
Jean, Sizzla, Macka Diamond,
Machel Mantano, Kanye West,
Shaggy, Rhianna, rapper and
actor Will Smith, Daddy
Yankee, Alton Ellis, Youssou


ant IV
nomi


N'Dour, Ladysmith Black
Mambazo, Marcia Griffiths,
Capleton, Toots
and the Maytels,
Beres Hammond,
Dean Fraser, Ernie
Ranglin, Rupee,
Matisyahu, Papa
San, Carlene Davis,
Third World,
Burning Spear,
Malachi Smith,
Voicemail, Ding
Dong and Richie
Spice.
Man earned The
nations. International


Sean Paul, left, and Damian Marley each up
for six awards.

Reggae and World Music
Awards, produced by Martin's
Inter-Culture, annually honors
the best in reggae and world
beat music at the global level.
Each year, the experts in reg-
gae and world music select the
nominees, after which the pub-


lic then votes for the winners.
To participate in the process
and help to select the winners
in the various categories, you
may vote online www. interna-
tionalmusicawards. corn,
www. martinsinterculture. corn,
www.irawma.com, or mail in
your ballot to: IRAWMA-c/o:
Martin's Inter-Culture, P.O.
Box 5836, Ch('IiIag Illinois
60680. Ballots are available in
various newspapers, restau-
rants and record stores.
Ballots may be requested by
sending your request to e-mail:
Irawma@aol. comr
The inductees to the
International Reggae and
World Music Hall of Fame
are Alton Ellis and Eddy
Grant.
The Martin's Inter-
Culture Award of Honor
will go to Clyde McKenzie,
Glen Adams and Ofori
Amponsah, while the Marcus
Garvey Humanitarian Award
recipients will be actor Danny
Glover, rock star Bono and
actor/singer Harry Belafonte.
For more information, call
877/9-REGGAE (877-973-
4423), 312-427-0266 or visit the
web pages at www. interna-
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who are interested in music to
pursue their dreams and he
feels like it is all just begin-
ning.
Studdard, who is from
Alabama, still calls the U.S.
state home and says he is
working to make sure that it
remains connected to the
mainstream music business.
As for the show that made
him famous, Studdard, says
that his favorite person in the
current competition is the Ray
Charles-esque, salt and pep-
per-haired singer Taylor
Hicks.
"Everybody in Alabama
is pulling for him right now, so
I guess I could be (on the)
bandwagon," Studdard said.

FAN CONNECTION
How does he account for
the continuing popularity of
"American Idol", now in its
fifth season with an estimated
audience of over 30 million
people tuning in each week?


"I figure that the show
was going to be as big as the
fans continue to want to have
a part into making somebody
famous," he said.
"They feel like that, so
that is what keeps them com-
ing back and coming back.
They have a feel like they
have personal connection with
taking the time to vote and
putting you in the position
that they do."
As for some of the con-
troversy generated this season
by Simon Cowell's comments
to the fuller-figured contest-
ants the Studdard says simply:
"Simon knows that I don't
play that, that's all I have to
say about that."

Damian P Gregory is
Caribbean Today's deputy
managing editor.
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Buju Banton loses appeal


against drug conviction


KNGSTON, Jamaica, CMC -
International reggae artiste
Mark Myrie, popularly known
as Buju Banton, lost his quest
to overturn his 2004 convic-
tion on drug charges.
The appeal court last
month rejected his appeal
against his conviction for the
possession of and cultivation
of marijuana. The panel of
judges also upheld the fine
of J$6,000
($92) that
was slapped
on the enter-
tainer.
Myrie
had appealed
his convic- Buju Banton
tion on the
grounds that he was wrongly
convicted, but the panel did
not agree with his submissions.


Buju Banton was found
guilty in Jan. 2004 for possess-
ing and cultivating marijuana
seized in a garden at his
Corporate Area residence.

DENIAL
However, he maintained
that he was not responsible
for the marijuana. He was
charged after a police team
conducted an operation on his
premises and seized three
plants weighing close to one
kilogram.
The entertainer had
denied the allegations and
argued that other persons had
access to the premises, which
houses his studio. His attorney
also argued that the convic-
tion could hurt Buju Banton's
career and affect his ability to
travel abroad.
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* St. Lucia Jazz Festival set
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The 15th St. Lucia Jazz Festival,
one of the world's most popular
music festivals will be staged
May 5-14.
Among those scheduled to
perform this year are British-born
R&B singer Seal; noted songwriter,
singer and producer Babyface;
Nancy Wilson; jazz percussionists
Pancho Sanchez; and veteran soul
singer Al Green.

* Pan African Bookfest in Fort
Lauderdale
The 2006 Pan African Bookfest and
Cultural Conference (PABF) will be


held April 12-22 at the African
American Research Library and
Cultural Center and Reverend
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The PABF will bring together
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U.S. failure to comply with WTO ruling on gambling irks Antigua


GENEVA, CMC Antigua
and Barbuda last month com-
plained that the United States
had no intention of complying
with the recommendations and
rulings of the World Trade
Organization (WTO) regard-
ing Internet gaming.
Ambassador Dr. John W.
Ashe told the WTO that
Antigua and Barbuda had
anticipated that position even
before the statement delivered
by Washington.
"As we had anticipated,
the statement provides little in
the way of useful information
to this body and to our country
as to when and how the United
States will come into compli-
ance with the recommendations
and rulings of the Dispute
Resolution Body (DSB),"
Amb. Ashe said.
Amb. Ashe said that with
an implementation deadline
approaching on April 3, 2006,
Antigua and Barbuda "might
be forgiven for having some
anxiety at a complete lack of
information from the United
States on this most important


matter facing the small and
delicate economy of Antigua
and Barbuda.
"This is our first experi-
ence with dispute resolution at
the WTO, but we had perhaps
naively expected that the
United States would wish to
engage with our government
on devising an equitable solu-
tion to our dispute that would
take into account the benefits
accorded Antigua under the
recommendations and rulings,"
he explained.
"To our great disappoint-
ment, and in spite of our numer-
ous attempts on our part, the
United States has shown
absolutely no interest in engag-
ing with us in this regard."

'OFFICIAL SILENCE'
Amb. Ashe said the "offi-
cial IL IntL from Washington
on this matter "is deeply trou-
bling.
"What is equally troubling
is what has actually been hap-
pening in the United States
since we won our hard-fought
and costly dispute. Legislation


has indeed been introduced in
the United States Congress
addressing the difficult topic of
remote and Internet gambling.
"In fact, two bills have
been introduced separately in
the Congress
which are sub-
stantively
quite similar.
This legisla-
tion, one bill
entitled the
'Unlawful
Internet
Gambling Ashe
Enforcement
Act of 2005' and another enti-
tled the 'Internet Gambling
Prohibition Act', is the only
legislation introduced into the
Congress since the determina-
tion of the 'reasonable period
of time' in our case.
"Unfortunately, each pro-
posal is about as directly con-
trary to the recommendations
and rulings of the DSB as
could possibly be imagined."
Amb. Ashe said "not only
do these bills do nothing to
provide Antiguan operators


Poor outlook for Haiti's children ~ U.N.


UNITED NATIONS, CMC -
The United Nations ChldrnL 11
Fund says more children are
likely to die during early child-
hood in Haiti than in any other
country in the Western
Hemisphere.
In an alarming report,
"Child Alert: Haiti", released
last month, the U.N. agency
said one in eight children in
Haiti is likely to die before the
age of five.


Children in Haiti face a challenging future.

"There are few more chal-
lenging places to have a healthy
childhood than Haiti," said
Adriano Gonzilez-Regueral,
UNICEF's country representa-
tivein Haiti of the report.
"While Haiti accounts for
only two percent of births in
Latin America and the
C(,rilIi.in, it accounts for 19
percent of deaths for children
under five," he added. "It has
by far the highest death rates
for children under five, with
117 children dying for every
1,000 births."


Thousands of Haiti's chil-
dren lead lives of daily strug-
gle, and youngsters in rural
areas lack even the most basic
services, often walking for
hours just to reach the nearest
health centre or water source,
UNICEF said.
In cities, violence and
abuse lock children into a cycle
that is almost impossible to
break, according to the report,
the second in a UNICEF series
of papers on the core
challenges facing children
in a particular crisis loca-
tion.
"We applaud the pub-
lic commitment of
President-elect Rend
Preval to improving the
lives of Haiti's children,"
Gonz6lez-Regueral said.
"Political leadership
can bring the types of
changes needed so that a
good, basic education and
decent health care is not
a matter of good fortune
for a child, but is instead
a common standard," he
added.

THREATS
UNICEF said the threats
to Haiti's children, detailed in
the report, also include insuffi-
cient healthcare, with immu-
nization rates for highly
contagious and often fatal
measles even lower than in
Sub-Saharan Africa, at just
over half of all children vacci-
nated. Environmental degrada-
tion, with only three percent of
the entire country left with for-
est cover, leading to high death
tolls during the hurricane sea-


son (3,000 deaths in 2004
alone), is also a major threat.
In addition, lack of educa-
tion poses a major challenge
to Haitian children. Many
families are unable to afford
tuition, UNICEF said. Only 55
percent of primary-school age
children attend school, and
one-third of those aged 15-24
is illiterate.
UNICEF said violence
and abuse, with thousands of
street children forced to fight
in gangs or become part of a
subculture of bonded servi-
tude, have become the norm.
The U.N. agency said 300,000
youngsters, three-quarters of
them girls, work as unpaid
domestic servants.
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with any access whatsoever to
the vast American gambling
market, but in fact each would
further entrench the anti-
GATS nature of United States
gambling law by expressly
exempting from its application
domestic Internet gambling on
horse racing, Internet gam-
bling conducted by Native
American tribes and, most sig-
nificant of all, Internet gam-
bling that occurs entirely with-
in the border of a particular
state.
"We have maintained all
along that the American prohi-
bition was really based upon
the cross-border nature of the
services rather than any true
'evils' associated with 'remote'
gambling and this pending
legislation emphatically con-
firms we were correct."

CUT OFF
Amb. Ashe said in addi-
tion to the legislation, the
American-based money trans-
fer service, Western Union,
had from January this year
ceased providing money trans-
fer services to and from
Antigua and Barbuda.
"Ironically then, our coun-
try, with a strong, tightly regu-
lated and overseen financial
services sector, an enviable
record of mutual assistance in
cooperating with other coun-
tries around the globe to detect,
deter and prevent financial
crimes-and the only country to
confront the United States over
its anti-competitive gaming
practices-is one of the very, very
few countries in the entire
world to which you cannot send
or from which you cannot
receive funds via Western
Union," he said.
The diplomat told the
WTO that Antigua and
Barbuda and other developing
countries are well aware the
costs and benefits of signing on
to a multi-national trade


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"In Antigua, we have vol-
untarily complied with the
demands of trading partners,
including particularly the
United States, based upon our
commitments to our trading
partners under the various
WTO trade agreements," he
explained.
"Some of these things have
clearly had an adverse impact
on our own efforts to enrich
and achieve some autonomy in
our small economy. But we
have been encouraged by the
dominant economies on this
planet that this multi-lateral set
of agreements would accrue to
the benefit of all of us.
"That we could compete
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the case of a dispute, achieve a
fair and balanced hearing
which would provide us with a
meaningful remedy despite our
limited global economic conse-
quence," he added.
Amb. Ashe said that his
country was saddened to learn
that Washington had tud our
weakness as an express reason
why gaming and other interests
in the United States should not
be concerned about our victory
at the WTO.
"We believe that the time
has come for the United States
to demonstrate whether it is
willing to be a responsible
stakeholder in the WTO,
whether the WTO agreements
are to work for all of us, equal-
ly, or whether the WTO is
indeed a 'one-way sIrL' for
the large economies to further
enrich ilh ILmseL at the
expense of lesser ones.
"It is one thing to play by
the rules on a purely literal
basis, and quite another to
play by the rules in order to
attain the objectives the rules
were designed to achieve,"
Amb. Ashe added.
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