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Former West
Indies bowl-
ing great
Courtney
Walsh
believes the
standard of
the region's
cricket has
dropped in recent years, but
could reboundatorthefglory '00 ii on
days in time for next yeart s i n a e l
Cricket World Cup, page 7. atis r ot


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Caribbean
I foods with
relish, let's
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who pre-
pare them
so well.
Top-of-the-class chefs from
the region, known for their
dedication, innovation and
expansive use of the local
bounty, are in our spotlight
this month, page 13.


Jamaican sprinters Asafa
Powell, right, and Sherone
Simpson have been selected
the best Central American and
Caribbean Athletes of the
Year, after both had superb
seasons in 2006, page 23. A -: A A Y D

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November 2006


Stand and be counted: Caribbean

immigrants still pouring into the U.S.


U.S. strengthens Caribbean ties,

appoints diplomat to CARICOM


GORDON WILLIAMS

The United States' popu-
lation jumped to a
record mark of 300 mil-
lion last month, with trends
indicating that the influx of
Caribbean immigrants in
search of the "American
Dream" is keeping apace the
increasing count.
According to the U.S.
Census Bureau, the new mark
was reached on Oct. 17, based
on the average population
gain of roughly 2.8 million a
year.
With over a third of the
estimated one percent annual
growth rate coming from
immigration, the Caribbean
has likely figured prominently
among the statistics again. In
the last official U.S. census in
2000, the number of foreign-
born residents in the U.S. was


estimated at 28.4 million,
some 10.4 percent of the total
population. Just over half that
figure -14.5 million came
from Latin America and 9.8
million from Central America,
including Mexico. Immigrants
from the

registered 2.8
million and
the trend is
not likely to
subside soon.
"The (rea-
sons are the)
Clare same as as
always, eco-
nomics," said Irwine Clare,
managing director of the New
York-based Caribbean
Immigrant Services Inc.,
"especially when countries
like Jamaica and others in the
Caribbean cannot provide
economic opportunities for its
population. They will seek


opportunities elsewhere."
The official census, which
is done every 10 years,
showed the foreign-born pop-
ulation was scattered primari-
ly over six states: New York,
Florida, California, Texas,
New Jersey and Illinois.
The growth in the U.S.
population through immigra-
tion from the Caribbean has
been steady for close to three
decades. For example, only
0.7 million immigrants from
the region were registered in
the U.S. in 1970.

MOVING ON
However, the census indi-
cates that not all of the for-
eign-born population includ-
ing those from the Caribbean
- may be staying in the U.S.
for long periods. The statistics
show that although more
(CONTINUED ON PAGE 5)


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Bilateral relations between
the United States and the
Caribbean will be strength-
ened with the appointment of
an envoy to the Caribbean
community (CARICOM), a
U.S. spokesman said late last
month.
Ambassador to Guyana
David Robinson, who has
been accredit-
ed as the first
U.S. plenipo-
tentiary rep-
resentative to
CARICOM,
said the
appointment
signaled
Robinson Washington's
desire to
maintain good
relations with the group of 15
nations in the regional
grouping.
"As recent and continuing
meetings between CARICOM,
its member states and high lev-
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ing the secretary of state, the
U.S. trade representative and
most recently Homeland
Security Secretary Chertoff
demonstrate, we recognize the
importance of cooperation and
friendship in the region,"
Robinson said.
Robinson presented his
credentials to CARICOM
Secretary General Edwin
Carrington during a brief cer-
emony at CARICOM's
Georgetown-based secretariat.
The American
diplomat said
both parties
were aware
"of the oppor-
tunities and
challenges
that shape the
region's hemi-
spheric rela- Carrington
tionship, from
(CONTINUED ON PAGE 5)

Antigua's Sir Viv

is 'National Hero';

U.S. mogul knighted
ST. JOHN'S, Antigua, CMC -
Antigua and Barbuda has con-
ferred one of its highest awards
on former West Indies cricket
captain Sir Vivian Richards,
proclaiming him as a "National
Hero" as the island celebrated
its 25th anniversary of political
Independence from Britain on
Nov. 1.
Sir
Vivian, who
never lost a
series at the
helm of the
West Indies
cricket team,
is the second
person after Stanford
the late Vere
Cornwall Bird, the island's first
prime minister, to receive the
award. Sir Vivian was honored
for his contribution to the
development of sports.
United States businessman
Allen Stanford was conferred
with a knighthood.
The knighthood for
Stanford, who has Antigua
and Barbuda citizenship, had
been mired in controversy
with Prime Minister Baldwin
Spencer describing the nomi-
nation by the Opposition
Antigua Labour Party (ALP)
as "most unfortunate."
Stanford is the island's sin-
gle largest investor with a num-
ber of companies including
Caribbean Star and Caribbean
Sun airlines. He was honored
for his contribution to the
development of the island.
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CARICOM partners U.S. in security for 2007


CARICOM partners U.S. in security for CWC 2007


PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad,
CMC Trinidad and Tobago's
Prime Minister Patrick Manning
says security restrictions in the
world have changed since the
Caribbean decided to host the
ICC Cricket World Cup 2007
(CWC).
"When we agreed to host
CWC in 2007, there was no
9/11," said
Manning, the
head for the
Caribbean
community's
(CARICOM)
regional secu-
rity. "There
was no issue
involving ter- Manning
rorism in the
U.K. and the effects on air
travel."
He said because of those
developments, CARICOM
decided to seek assistance
from other countries, includ-


ing the United States, to
ensure that CWC would have
proper security arrangements.
Manning was speaking
last month on the memoran-
dum of intent (MOI) that was
signed by U.S. Homeland
Security Secretary Michael
Chertoff and CARICOM
heads.
It was also disclosed that
the U.S. government will be
entitled to
receive infor-
mation about
people travel-
ing to and
from the
Caribbean
and even
within the
region under Chertoff
an agreement
signed between CARICOM
and the U.S. It provides for
the sharing of airline passen-
ger data.


"Generally, we look at the
security situation as it relates
to drugs in particular, taking
into consideration that we are
located between the produc-
ing countries of the south and
the consuming countries of
the north," Manning said.

IMPORTANT
Chertoff said the aim is to
keep out terrorists and serious
transnational criminals from
the Caribbean, a region that he
says is important to the U.S.
"I think the Caribbean is
very important...we are part of
this community because of the
coastline that borders on the
Gulf and the Caribbean," he
said.
According to Chertoff,
"we have a vibrant travel
industry that moves people
back and forth...We have a lot
(CONTINUED ON PAGE 6)


Stand and be counted: Caribbean immigrants still pouring into the U.S.


(CONTINUED FROM PAGE 2)
immigrants are coming to the
U.S., they are spending far
less time in the country. That
could mean that although
more Caribbean immigrants
sense better opportunities are
available in the U.S., once
they have achieved a certain
level of accomplishment they
are willing to return to the
region.
"You find that people
came here at a younger age,"
Clare explained. "Many who
came in the 1970s, came in
their 20s and 30s. So once
they reach a point where they
have sent their children to col-
lege, retired from their jobs,
they realize that the opportu-
nity to live in the Caribbean is
better than it is to live in the
States...especially if they are


U.S. citizens."
According to the 2000
census, "the proportion of the
foreign-born population resid-
iing in the United States for 20
years or more dropped from
50.4 percent in 1970 to 32.2
percent in 2000.
"The proportions residing
in the United States less than
five years, five to nine years,
10 to 14 years and 15 to 19
years, were all higher in 2000
than in 1970", it added.

WIN-WIN
However, the census
appears to indicate that the
large influx of immigrants
from the Caribbean in the
1960s and 1970s had a specific
historical pattern, and the
length of time those immi-
grants resided in the U.S. may
have been directly related to


the mass migration of Cubans
during that period following
the communist takeover of the
island. But other countries
from the region are not being
left out. They can see benefits
that go both ways.
"The good thing with the
whole migration pattern is
that it provides for economic
infusion with the whole remit-
tance business," said Clare.
"The brain drain in today's
real world is a positive for the
region. The people who come
here are taking care of their
families in the U.S. and at
home in the region. The
migration pattern now is a
win-win situation."

Gordon Williams is Caribbean
Today's managing editor.
0


U.S. strengthens Caribbean ties, appoints diplomat to CARICOM


(CONTINUED FROM PAGE 2)
economic promise of trade
and tourism; to the cultural
and family ties that come with
migration; and to the difficult
work of confronting organized
crime, drug trafficking and
terrorism."

NO CONFLICT
Robinson said his appoint-
ment as ambassador to CARI-
COM would not be in conflict
with other U.S. ambassadors
throughout the Caribbean.
"I am accredited bilateral-
ly only to Guyana, but I am
the United States representa-
tive to the secretariat, to
CARICOM itself. So I will be
working closely with the sec-
retary general and his staff,
but will certainly not be trying


to dictate terms to my col-
leagues in other Caribbean
countries," Robinson added.
Carrington noted that the
over the years CARICOM
and the U.S. have enjoyed a
friendly and fruitful relation-
ship, which has been under-
pinned by many factors,
including the shared common
democratic values and tradi-
tions.
"This year has been
especially active for relations
between CARICOM and the
United States," Carrington said,
adding that CARICOM foreign
ministers were pleased to have
met with U.S. Secretary of
State Condoleezza Rice in The
Bahamas in March.
"You will also recall that in
April of this year, CARICOM


trade minis-
ters met with
the then
United States
representa-
tive, Mr. Rob
Portman, to
build on
-Rice CARICOM-
U.S. trade
relations. More recently, in
September in New York, our
foreign ministers held further
discussions with the secretary
of state, in the margins of the
United Nations General
Assembly," Carrington added.
He said meaningful dia-
logue is taking place between
the U.S. and Caribbean coun-
tries on issues beyond trade
and economic issues.
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Photograph by DerrickA. Scott
Mayor Shirley Franklin, right, presents the Phoenix Award, the United States City of
Atlanta's highest honor, to Metty Scarlett-Jones, chairman of the Montego Bay
branch of the Atlanta Montego Bay Sister Committee. The award is in recognition of
the committee's outstanding contribution in supporting the Atlanta Montego Bay
Sister City Health Mission to Jamaica's second city for the past 13 years. The pres-
entation took place during a function last month at Atlanta City Hall.



Douglas gets 'Global Award'


Dr. Denzil L. Douglas,
prime minister of St.
Kitts and Nevis, has
been selected to receive the
"Global Award" at the 15th
Annual Trumpet Awards.
The ceremony is sched-
uled for Jan. 22 at the Bellagio
Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada
and air on TV One network
television stations across the


Douglas


United States.
Douglas was selected to
receive the 2007 Trumpet
Awards' Global Award due to
his outstanding achievements
as an individual and his
accomplishments contributing
toward the betterment of
global society. He is only the
third individual from the
Caribbean to receive the
award in the 15-year history
of the honor. Also among
those to be honored are enter-
tainers Toni Braxton, CeCe
Wynans and Dionne Warwick;


athlete Michael Jordan; and
actor/director Clint Eastwood.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Most recently, Douglas has
successfully spearheaded the
St. Kitts and Nevis sustainable
development plan for the tran-
sition from an economy driven
by the agribusiness of sugar-
cane production its primary
industry for more than 300
years to a service-oriented
market economy driven by the
hospitality and tourism indus-
tries. Under his direction, the
twin island nation is gaining
worldwide recognition by join-
ing the ranks of host nations
for the ICC (International
Cricket Council) Cricket
World Cup 2007, hosting
of the 2005 F-CCA (Florida-
Caribbean Cruise Association)
Conference and Trade Show,
and also the increasing popu-
larity of the annual St. Kitts
Music Festival.
Douglas has additionally
taken a leadership role in the
fight against HIV/AIDS on an
international scale, and has
been recognized for these
humanitarian efforts by U.S.
President George W. Bush,
former President Bill Clinton,
and Mayor of New York
Michael Bloomberg.
Douglas was sworn in as
the second prime minister of
St. Kitts and Nevis following
his party's election victory in
1995. He was re-elected in
2000 and again in 2004.
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November 2006





CARIBBEAN TODAY


Seaga unearths region's


folk identity at N.Y. lecture


n e w s


Jamaica's RP.M. lauds aluminum


company during visit to the U.S.


Former Jamaica Prime
Minister Edward Seaga
last month appeared at
his first public engagement in
New York in many years as
special guest speaker at the
third annual CIN TV Lecture
Series held at the Schomburg
Center for Research In Black
Culture in Harlem.
Seaga discussed "The
Folk Roots of Jamaican
Cultural Identity", touting
the arts as the most widely
recognized area of folk talent
in the Caribbean island.
"Jamaica's contemporary
music is a product of the raw
talent that enables untrained,
unlettered composers to pro-
duce an impressive range of
rhythms, lyrics and melodies
that have excellence and inter-
national recognition," he said.
Hip hop music, which is
dominant in North America,
owes its origin to impromptu
interjections of rhythmic


rhymes in pop songs popular
in Jamaica, he added.
Seaga also focused atten-
tion on the strategic role that
mothers play in the matriarchal
Jamaican culture and said
many women are symbols of
achievement in Jamaican folk
culture and are the backbone
of political support, determined
players in civic organizations,
achievers in scholarship and a
great reliance at any work
place. The former prime minis-
ter also explained that the pre-
occupation with skin shades is
a legacy of slavery and colo-
nialism.
"The phenomenon of
lightening skin color by 'mar-
rying up' or bleaching, terms
like 'pretty' hair, stem from a
system of slavery and colonial-
ism that saw everything asso-
ciated with the master and
therefore, everything
European as better," he said.
0


R me Minister Portia
impson Miller has com-
mended Alcoa Aluminum
Company for its commitment in
investing in Jamaica.
"Jamaica is indeed proud
to have the world's premier
aluminum company as a part-
ner and investor," Simpson
Miller said while delivering
the keynote address at the
Alcoa Women's Network
Second Global Leadership
Conference for Alcoa's senior
management women last
month in Virginia.
Simpson Miller said
Alcoa's commitment to Jamaica
has spanned 47 years and
explained that it was in1959
that Alcoa first established
roots in the economic cultural
and social life of Jamaica. That
relationship has grown from
strength to strength and Alcoa
has remained steadfast in its
commitment.


"As a good corporate cit-
izen, Alcoa has demonstrated
community outreach with a


Simpson Miller
concern for social develop-
ment," the prime minister
said.

ECONOMIC DRIVER
Alcoa, she added, was well
recognized as an important


driver of the Jamaican econo-
my before the Caribbean
island achieved Independence
from Great Britain in
1962 and, to date, Alcoa
is still making its contri-
bution to the Jamaican
economy.
Simpson Miller also
appealed to the Alcoa
Women's Network to
take a special interest in
the Jamaican process and
to share their expertise
in building networks,
links and strategies that
will assist Jamaica move
forward on a global
A. Sco stage.
stage.
Professor Gordon
Shirley, Jamaica's ambassador
to the U.S., and Cabinet
Secretary Dr. Carlton Davis
were among the special guests
who attended the conference.
0


West Indians in Connecticut honor outstanding Jamaicans


Two Jamaicans, musician
Byron Lee and surgeon
Dr. Lenworth Jacobs,
have been honored by the city
of Hartford, Connecticut and
the West Indian Foundation.
Lee and Jacobs were hon-
ored last month at the 28th
Annual West Indian Foundation
Scholarship and Awards Gala,
held at the Connecticut
Convention Center in Hartford.
In a citation that was
read to him by Councilwoman
Veronica Airy-Wilson of
the Hartford City Council
on behalf of Connecticut


Governor Jodi
Rell, Lee was com-
mended for his
outstanding contri-
bution in promot-
ing Caribbean and
Jamaican music for
over 50 years. The
governor declared
Oct. 14 as "Byron
Lee Day" in
Connecticut.
Byron Lee, left
TRAILBLAZER lifetime achieve
Jamaica's from Hartford
Consul General to Councilman K
New York, Dr. Basil K. Bryan,


R, receives his
cement award
City
en Kennedy.


Jamaica's Consul General to
New York Dr. Basil Bryan,
right, presents Dr. Lenworth
Jacobs with his award.


in presenting Dr. Jacobs with


CARICOM partners U.S. in security for CWC 2007


(CONTINUED FROM PAGE 5)
of critical trade, including for
example, liquid natural gas
here in Trinidad and Tobago
which makes this country the
bi-n--lI exporter of LNG to
the United States.
"We are very much part
of the same neighborhood and
we are very deeply committed
to making sure that we are all
secure," he added.

BURDEN
He said although the
U.S. was not participating in
CWC with an official team,
Americans would represent
one of the largest groups of
spectators.
"Of course, that does
place a burden on the region,
in terms of security, particular-
ly in a time when we are fight-
ing a war against an enemy
who does not see anything
such as an innocent
bystander...That puts every-


body at risk," he said.
"That's why we are partic-
ularly delighted to sign this
MOI regarding the Advanced
Passenger Information system
and to provide other support
to the region in its prepara-
tion, not only for the cricket
event, but for the long-term
challenges we face ahead."
The U.S. security secre-
tary said the Caribbean faces
an emerging national security
issue with respect to the possi-
bility of terrorism.
"We know there is an
international ideology that
uses terrorist means to pro-
mote its aims," Chertoff said.
"There is no reason to
believe that any part of the
world is off limits and that
includes this area as well.
"The way in which we can
combat that ideology is by
sharing information, by shar-
ing techniques, by exchanging
data that we have and that is


part of what we are doing with
the agreement that we
signed..."

HERE TO STAY
"This is not a problem
that is going to go away in a
short period of time,"
Chertoff added.
"When bombs went off in
Bali, or they went off in
London, or when the aircraft
impacted on the World Trade
Center, there was no selection
among the victims.
"People from all over the
world suffered and I dare say
people from this part of the
world suffered as well.
"All voices demand of us
that we stand together in the
face of this threat and that we
do it in a way that allows us to
continue our freedoms and
our way of life but it also
affords citizens the security,"
Chertoff declared.
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his special award, noted that
he was a trailblazer and pio-
neer in the medical field, spe-
cializing in emergency medi-
cine. He said Dr. Jacobs was
instrumental in the design and
implementation of the Life
Star Emergency Program
and in the development of a
national model for healthcare
response to terrorism activi-
ties.
Dr. Jacobs is the chairman
of the combined adult pediatric
trauma program of the Hartford
Hospital and Connecticut
Children's Medical Center. He
is the son of Dr. Ben Jacobs of
the National Family Planning
Board in Jamaica.
The West Indian Foundation


presented three scholarship
awards. The Migrant Farm
Worker Memorial Scholarship
was presented to Lovelyn Bogle;
the Marcus Garvey Scholarship
to Kathtrina Chin; and the
West Indian Scholarship Club
Memorial Scholarship to Andrew
Mitchell.
It is estimated that over
70,000 Caribbean nationals
reside in Connecticut, with
Jamaicans rL prLL I Iling the
largest number.

- Information obtained from
the Jamaica Information
Service.
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QUESTION: I already filed my applica-
tion for extension of my 1-94, 45 days
before it expired. What happens if
the United States Citizenship and
Immigration Services (USCIS) does
not give me its decision on the date
of the expiration of my 1-94? Is it true
that it is all right for me to stay as
long as I have a pending application
for my extension?

ANSWER: If the USCIS fails to respond
before the date on your 1-94 expires, it
is best to leave the country. If you don't
leave, under the U.S. immigration laws
you will be considered as having over-
stayed your visa and hence become an
"undocumented immigrant". This means
that you will then have to find a quali-
fied U.S. citizen like a spouse, parent,
sibling or employer who can sponsor
you for a "Green Card" or permanent
residence and adjust your status in the


U.S. If you leave the U.S. after your visa
has expired you could be barred, under
the laws, from returning for up to 10
years. Worst, you could be subject to
deportation if you stay on with an
expired visa.
To find out the status of your appli-
cation ahead of the expiration date, con-
tact the USCIS office that received your
application. You should be prepared to
provide the USCIS staff with specific
information about your application.
If you or someone you know has
immigration questions, then log on to
www.immigrationkorner.com and
submit them. Personal answers will not
be provided. Answers are for information
purposes only and does not create attor-
ney-client relationship, nor is it a substi-
tute for "legal advice", which can only
be given by a competent attorney after
reviewing all the facts of the case.
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CarIb o"ut dropped ~ Courtney Walsh A


Courtney Walsh is the most
successful bowler in West
Indies cricket history and was
once the greatest wicket-taker
in the Test game. He is still
involved in the Caribbean s'
favorite sport and is currently
helping to promote next year's
Cricket World Cup in the
region, visiting the United
States as part of that effort.
Caribbean Today's Managing
Editor Gordon Williams
spoke to Walsh recently. The
following is an edited version
of that interview.

GORDON WILLIAMS:
Overall, West Indies cricket is
not in the best shape right
now. What do you think is
happening with the develop-
ment of the team, especially
with Cricket World Cup 2007
approaching and the impor-
tance of the West Indies put-
ting on a good performance?
How prepared will the team
be come 2007?

COURTNEY WALSH: I
think they will be pretty well
prepared. They are probably
not well prepared now.
There's a little bit of finetun-
ing to be done. But my main
concern is the focus, the disci-
pline and the pride that we


need to see in the team. I
think that's what a lot of peo-
ple expect to see and would
like to see regenerated, where
the passion of playing for the
West Indies is there and the
will to want to win and want
to do well and also just to, sort
of, not just be playing for
yourself, but for the people,
the region.
I think that can be done.
It's not gonna be easy when
you lose a lot of players. But
what is more concerning to
me is we seem to be running
hot and cold and we just need
to see that more consistency
in the performance, heading
in the right direction.

G.W.: In times gone by, players
were being paid far less money
than now. Isn't that supposed
to be a major incentive?

C.W.: It should be, and one
hopes that it is. Having not
been there (in recent times)
it's hard to say, but I'm sure
that being paid more would
make you want to play better
because you want to play
longer and perform a lot bet-
ter. So that should be the case.
But one just hopes that what
is going on now probably
lacks a little bit of profession-


alism because the guys are not
accustomed to playing pro
league cricket in England.
That might be an aspect. So
sometimes you have to look at
that, but one is hoping that, as
I said, you want to see a con-
sistent level of improvement
and you know that you're
going the right direction.

G.W.: Are you satisfied with
the progress of the team, espe-
cially under the Australian
coaches now?

C.W.: The consistency is still
not there. When he (head
coach Bennett King) came in
he said he wanted some time.
I'm not too sure. I haven't
been that close to it (the
team) so it's difficult for me to
sort of be a judge of it. But
what I would like to see, as
I've said, is a little bit more
level of consistency and if he's
not bringing that to the park
then you've got to question
that one.
I'm sure that this team,
they must be trying their best.
Sometimes I've got to ask the
question: are the players put-
ting out their best or are they
committed to the cause? So
there are a lot of questions that
we on the outside don't really


know what the answers are.
I know you are looking at
me and saying how come I am
on the outside. Yes, I am on
the outside and a lot of people
think I'm supposed to be
nearer than most, but when I
go there I just try to pass on
help in whatever way I can.
I am not really involved in
terms of the day-to-day run-
ning and what they're doing
and how the guys get ready
and who needs to be talking.
But from what I see on the
outside, they need a little
more cricket talk on the mid-
dle from former players
who've been there, done that,
pass on the experience and
help to guide them as well.

G.W.: When you just came to
cricket at the highest level,
West Indies cricket, there
was a big competition for
places...Do you think that is
no longer in existence in the
West Indies? Do you think it
is too easy now to make the
West Indies team?

C.W.: I think it is, in terms of
the level as well. Not just too
easy to make the West Indies
team, I think the standard of
cricket in the Caribbean has
dropped, in terms of from our


Walsh
domestic first class to even
club cricket. So that is an area
we need to focus on, build
back with the school cricket,
the club cricket, the regional
cricket and that will build
strong West Indies cricket.
But some people think that if
one territory and one country
is strong, the cricket is strong.
That is not so. If all territories
are strong and everybody is
competing, when Jamaica
plays Barbados it's going to
be a mini-Test, that's what we
want to see.. .If everybody is
strong, then West Indies
cricket is gonna be strong.

G.W.: You are not so far
away from playing cricket
itself...not far away from what
is happening. The seeming
confusion to people looking
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Frustration, hope linger for cricket in the U.S.


GORDON WILLIAMS
onrmer West Indies crick-
eters are lamenting the
continued frustration of
establishing cricket as a major
sport in the United States, even
as the game's single bi.n-,slt
event Cricket World Cup -
heads to the Caribbean next
year.
According to them, the
U.S., with its money, facilities
and huge population of expatri-
ates from cricket-playing nations
all over the world, plus its histo-
ry of having first staged the
game nearly three centuries ago,
should have been much further
along in developing cricket.
"It hasn't progressed as
much as I'd like to see, really,"
Lawrence Rowe, among the
most talented batsmen ever to
come out of the West Indies
and a current U.S. resident,
told Caribbean Today recently
while visiting his home country
Jamaica as honorary coach of a
U.S. select team.
"It very much, I think, is in
disarray right now."
Many ex-players believe
that the failed U.S. bid to secure
CWC games next year has been
a major setback. However,
others point to the disjointed
organization of the sport long
before that, which has been
blamed for the USA Cricket


Association's (USACA) sus-
pension by the game's interna-
tional ruling body International
Cricket Council (ICC) last year
for being "dysfunctional".
The ban was subsequently
lifted, and although many issues
remain unresolved, the former


Rowe


players insist that if the game pros-
pers in the U.S. all will benefit.
"I've always said if we
could get (cricket) developed
there (in the U.S.), one, it
would be financially beneficial
for all of the players and admin-
istrators as well," ex-fast bowler
Courtney Walsh told Caribbean
Today.

EXCELLENT SPOT
Thousands, including many
from the C(.rihlbin, enjoy
cricket in the U.S., a game
records show was first played in


the country in the early 18th
century. However, most of the
players are expatriates, meaning
the game has not attracted U.S.
citizens used to traditional
sports such as basketball, base-
ball and American football.
According to Rowe, many areas
in the U.S., "especially South
Florida," offer excellent condi-
tions for cricket. However, the
man who scored a double cen-
tury and a century on his Test
debut admitted that the U.S.
missing out on CWC matches
next year was a huge blow to
the sport.


"I think it was a big set-
back," he said. "It was unfortu-
nate that we couldn't even
have gotten a few practice
games and even one of the
early round matches.
"I think it would have been


good for the Caribbean and
West Indies cricket if we could
have gotten that and it would
also help to develop our cricket
in the States a lot. The governing
body there (in South Florida)
did a lot to get a new stadium
going there. Cricket is not a pop-
ular sport in the States and I
think if they had gotten the
World Cup games a lot more
money would be put into it and
a lot more interest would have
been there," Rowe added.

HOPE
Meanwhile, all hope is not
lost for the game in the U.S.,
despite reports last month that at
least one USACA director had
resigned and others were review-
ing their position. According to
Cricinfo.com, a cricket web site,
the association said it is about to
explore a iin. partnership with
an international marketing com-
pany" to promote the game in
the U.S.
Walsh, the all-time West
Indies leading wicket taker in
Test cricket, said that although
he has never been asked, he
would be willing to help the
game in the U.S.
"Anything to do with
cricket, and to promote the
game, once I am available and
everything is O.K., I'll be inter-
ested," he said.
Already he is pleased that


Caribbean cricket standard has dropped ~ Courtney Walsh


(CONTINUED FROM PAGE 7)
on from the outside with the
administration of West Indies
cricket, just how much do you
think that has impacted on the
way the game is being played
now in the region?

C.W.: Well, as you said, I am
not really into it, (but) I have
not been far from it either. In
terms of how it has impacted,
when you look at the setup
of the West Indies Cricket
Board, you've got to look and
see how many former players
have gotten involved and, how
many former players are there
with them, and how many
former players want to be
involved, and also what direc-
tion they want to be at the
board level.
I'm hoping that everyone
who is there has good inten-
tions to move West Indies
cricket forward. But we need
to devise a plan and a strategy
to do that.
It's not gonna happen
overnight, but at the same
time you don't want it to be
taking 25 years. You want to
see something more with
progress so you can say 'well
yes, we're on the right track,
the hard work is coming, the
dedication is coming, we're
heading in the right direction,
so give us two, three years


time'. We might not return to
world championship, but we
might return to being a very
competitive team that every-
body has to have a fear about.

G.W.: You are involved with
the Stanford 20/20 (cricket
competition). Apparently the
first year was very successful.
You see a man with a whole
lot of money coming to the
Caribbean and putting on a
tournament which seems to
have been a big hit going
across (to the public). How
much do you think a man like
(American Allen) Stanford, a
man from the outside, even
though he is willing to put up
his money, should be involved
in West Indies cricket at this
point?

C.W.: I think if he (Stanford)
wears his heart on his sleeve
and he is committed to trying
to help West Indies cricket,
which he's said time and time
again, he's got to be involved
in some way, shape or form.
The 20/20 success came from
good planning and I think the
team he had around him, with
some of the former players,
has helped.
I think he genuinely wants
to help, but obviously at the
end of the day he is a busi-
nessman at the same time and
he's gonna be looking to see


how best it could help or
enhance his business. The
(20/20) plan that went out is
to get cricket back in the
Caribbean, get the kids and
the families coming back to
the game, get the guys (play-
ers) financial gains from that,
to let them be paid properly,
and I think that everything
that we set out on our agenda,
from our first mnKli Iin we've
met all those criteria.
So to me it was a tremen-
dous success. As you said,
there was a bit of friction
between himself (Stanford)
and the (West Indies Cricket)
Board, (but) the sooner that
can be solved the better it will
be, I think, in the interest of
West Indies cricket.

G.W.: When you are watching
them (players), what goes
through your mind in terms
of one, the talent level that
there is out there, and two,
the application and commit-
ment that they are giving it?

C.W.: You look at the talent
and you see it and you assess
them and see where their
strengths and weaknesses
(are) and you try to talk to
them about it. But also you
try and play a mind game.
You talk to them to try and
get them to think ahead of the
time and to think more posi-


tive and to be confident in
what they're gonna do. And if
you see a fault you mention it
to them. And also whatever
the strength is, because your
weaknesses could be your
strength and your strength
could be your weakness.
So you've got to work on
both at the same time. That's
the sort of advice I try to give
them.

G.W.: How do you perceive
the response that you get?

C.W.: Most of the responses
I've gotten have been tremen-
dous in terms of the guys I
speak to. They will listen to
you. Obviously, there might
be one or two who might not
catch on or might not think
that it makes sense to that
individual. But most of the
guys that I've spoken to I
think have taken it all on
board. They've given it their
best shot. They've tried to do
the best they can do and that
is encouraging for me.
I've never really come
across any of the players who
probably don't take it on
board. However, I've heard
that some guys do not like to
be spoken to and they think
that they know it all and in
cricket you never know it all.
You're never too old to learn.


recent adjustments in the way
cricket is played could enhance
its appeal in the U.S. The 20/20
cricket, a shortened version of
the game, is one example Walsh
believes can attract Americans.
"When you look at the
20/20, I think that is probably
the ideal game to start in the
States," he explained. "...Within
three to four hours (spectators)
could be in and out (of the stadi-
um) and have a wonderful, spec-
tacular day of cricket and every-
body would leave there being
happy because you would have
a result. And I think that's what
the Americans want. They want
a result at the end of it all."

Gordon Williams is Caribbean
Today's managing editor.
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GORDON WILLIAMS
Caribbean time, that
unique system where
the pace of the region's
progress lines up right behind
the urgent haircut or manicure
for some of its leaders, is at
work again.
How else does one
explain that with just about
two months remaining before
the United States' new pass-
port regime comes into effect,
whereby American travelers
to the region will require a
passport to re-enter the U.S. -
not just a driver's license or
birth certificate the
Caribbean is only now being
seen as scrambling around try-
ing to get another delay in the
law's implementation?
Oh, they are saying that
the law will severely damage
the region's tourism industry
because Americans, noted for
their spontaneity in travel, will
no longer visit. The theory is
they just can't be bothered to
apply for a passport.
O.K., so it is reasonable to
say that the American, faced
with added hassle just to go
on a vacation, will simply find
somewhere else to go in the
U.S. Las Vegas, Colorado,
maybe Orlando or the Big
Apple. They just ask for cash
in those places, not passports.
But that means loss of rev-
enue for the Caribbean big
revenue, because most of the
region's visitors are from
North America.

PANIC
That is where the panic
appears to setting in. Theories
for the stand by the U.S. -
claimed to be aimed at tight-
ening border security -
abound, including the belief
that the region is being pun-
ished for cuddling too close to
rival Venezuela (read Hugo
Chavez). But the U.S. is
always correct if it says it
needs to protect its borders.
Every nation has that right.
If the Caribbean is claim-
ing that the same rules are not
being applied to other nations
where Americans visit, like
Mexico, the region may have
a point, but not a very strong
one. The U.S. can do whatev-
er it pleases to protect itself.

WHISPER
What is most disturbing,
however, is the fact that the
Caribbean's uproar over the
law is only now rising above a
whisper. Sure, some entities,
including resorts and travel
agencies, have offered to
assist Americans in applying


for passports. But somehow,
long after the law was passed,
and even with extension to its
implementation, you never
got the feeling that the collec-
tive Caribbean was putting
real political muscle behind its
objection.
Fragmented screams of
oppression are never going to
prod the mighty U.S. into
rolling back any rule. And
that is what the region has
served up until now. It's like
chicken soup without the
chicken and dumplings... and
vegetables.

OUTSIDE SUPPORT
Sure the region is
now sending missions to
Washington, hoping to break
the will of the U.S. Now
the region is banking on
some American entities
with tourism interests in the
Caribbean namely airlines -
to back up their push to knock
over the passport law. All of a
sudden, a region which vocif-
erously opposed the apartheid
regime in South Africa years
ago and adamantly refused to
throw Castro under the bus,
despite U.S. pressure, is gen-
erating nothing more than a
collective whimper in the face
of what it says could be the
most telling blow against its
bi-_-,LI money earner.
I just don't get it.
To make matters worse,
the ICC Cricket World Cup
begins in the Caribbean in
March. American citizens,
albeit mainly transplants from
cricket-loving nations around
the world, will want to get up
and go to the region to
watch games or simply suck
up the tournament's vibes.
Thousands of them will get
the sudden urge to rush to the
Caribbean, which is hosting
the event for the first time.
Shouldn't the region have
known that this passport rule
would affect that too, especial-
ly when a reported $150 mil-
lion has already been invested
in infrastructure to host the
games?
But no, they have waited.
They waited to pass Sunset
Laws needed to stage CWC
2007. And they are still wait-
ing. Until the January day of
decision is almost upon them.
I guess it's all being done on
Caribbean time. After all, the
leaders do have to make time
for that haircut and manicure.

Gordon Williams is Caribbean
Today's managing editor.
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tlemen too. But those quali-
ties invariably contribute to
their downfall.

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went to Florida to link with
his girlfriend who was in a
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Now every dog is sup-
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bitching. He didn't and she
eventually threw him out after
cutting up all his suits.
On the male side, the
canine breed runs wild. The
puppy dog is the little young
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his youth, or missing his
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older dog, hoping that she can
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course there's nothing that he
can teach her, as you know
what they say, you can't teach
an old dog new tricks, plus in
(CONTINUED ON PAGE 10)


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Predictably
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almost seven months. Decent
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cleaned out all the bank
accounts, cashed in the insur-
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loans with his name as guaran-
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married to one?
Now you're going to say
that sort of thing happens to
women all the time. Well, it
just might, but somehow we
hardly hear of it when the role
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CWC in 2007, there was no fidence that
9/11" CARICOM's head for we can sit at
regional security, Trinidad and the table
Tobago's Prime Minister with the
Patrick Manning, last month Americans,
explaining that security restric- speak to
tions in the world have them, and
changed since the Caribbean they will
decided to host the ICC understand" St. Lucia's
Cricket World Cup. Tourism Minister Philip J.
Pierre expressing optimism


the Caribbean will be able to
convince Washington to opt
for a diplomatic solution to its
decision to enforce a regula-
tion calling on Americans vis-
iting to region to have a valid
passport upon their re-entry
into the United States.

* "There are some very promi-
nent members of his party
now seeking to distance their
dirty hands from the setting
sun, hoping for a cleansing
from the new circle. They
know the law coming, so they
looking for a new savior.
But they not getting away" -
Trinidad and Tobago's Director
of Public Prosecutions
Geoffrey Henderson last
month expressing concern over
a statement made by Prime


Minister Patrick Manning that
two members of the newly
formed Congress of the People
(COP) party may be arrested
soon on cor-
ruption
charges

* "Playing at
home we are
always very
dangerous" -
former West
Indies cricket
great Wes
Hall discussing the team's
chances at next year's Cricket
World Cup to be hosted by the
Caribbean.

* "We all just wanted to win
so badly" West Indies fast
bowler Jerome Taylor after his


hat-trick of
wickets helped
the Caribbean
team beat
Australia in
an ICC
( lhllll, l11%
Trophy match
last month.


* "It was like the icing on the
cake of my career" Former
world light middleweight and
middleweight champion
Julian Jackson, of the US.
Virgin Islands, following his
induction into the World
Boxing Hall of Fame last
month.

Compiled from CMC and
other sources.
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(CONTINUED FROM PAGE 9)
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know the amount of tricks
that these old dogs know


either.
Then there is the watch
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as like it or not, all men are
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women in a sexual light.
They visualize, and that's why
women pander to this whim
and desire in men and dress
provocatively. Men are
attracted first by their eyes.
You know how often a man
will see a woman and drive
around the block just to get a
second look? He does not
know or care about her intel-
lect or education, all he knows
is that she looks fabulous and
he must have her. When a
pretty woman unloads her
problems on a man his canine
hearing is selective.
"I tell you John, my husband
and I just not making it, he's
driving me crazy, plus my job
is going nowhere, I just don't
know what to do..."
What do you think that
the man hears and is thinking?
"Not making it with husband,
not making it, not making
it... Lord she look great, look
on those breasts, I'd love to see
her naked, get her into
bed... not making it with hus-
band."
See, he's just another dog.

BIG DOG
Then you have the big dog.
Now with the big dog, it's not


a matter of size, at least not in
the endowment department.
For that he compensates.
Being the alpha male, his
greatness is his stature, and he
wields this power like a king's
scepter his job, his status in
life, his car, his house, all sym-
bols of his wealth. He carries
these around with him and
flashes them at every opportu-
nity in the eyes of women. He
can't wait for them to ask, "So
what do you do, where do you
work, where do you live, what
do you drive?" After that she
can just sit back and listen to
him talk for hours.
"Well, I'm a big CEO."
Spell that C...U...R.
Women who resist this flash
have told me that some of
these big dogs have told them,
"A woman like you I can't
bother with, as it's too much
work to get you into bed."
Those big dogs are so
used to flashing their bones
and silly women snap them
up, that when they meet a
woman of substance, they
back away. Too much work
indeed.
The lap dog is the worst
though, or so it would seem.
This is the man who is so hell
bent on pleasing his woman
that he does anything and
everything to be in her good
books and her bed. He would
lose his dignity, just not to be
in the doghouse. Everything
is, "Yes dear, no dear, any-
thing you say dear, I'm coming
dear....may I go on top
tonight dear?"
Oh dear, his life, gone to
the dogs. These men exist, but
we hardly hear about them, as
they live in the shadows and
are forever in the doghouse.
Then we have the faithful
dogs. These are the guys who
truly love their women, devot-
ed, loving, dedicated like the
guys I mentioned earlier. They


usually get shafted though.
Tough tits for them and, after
a while, no tits at all, as in so
many cases the women walk
out on them.
It must be an aberration
of nature, a quirk in our social
fabric why good guys finish
last.
Have you ever noticed
how it's the thugs and gangstas
who get the best women,
while the decent guys get left
or get bun? That's because
women are drawn to power,
and decency is often seen as
weakness. I have never heard
of a woman leaving one of
these guys for a decent man
yet, it's always the other way
around. That's why good guys
will always lose and curs and
canines will always run wild.
In contrast, you have the
dog heart men, who have not
even one ounce of moral fiber,
no conscience, no scruples, no
integrity, not one shred of
decency. Now he's the catch,
he's who women are drawn to,
even for a fling, as they crave
the excitement of running wild
with the pack.
The only thing worse is
the stray dog, and even him
some women will feel sorry
for and take in.
So you see, we be all
dogs, canines, curs and bitch-
es, whether we like it or not,
and we all exhibit doggish
qualities at one time or anoth-
er. As they say: "It's a dog eat
dog world, every dog has his
day, dog nyam yu supper,
you're in the doghouse, life's a
bitch and then you die."
But still, you haven't got
to live with one. Quit bitching,
quit do i--ini --wag your own
tail.
Later.

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GEORGETOWN, Guyana,
CMC Caribbean govern-
ments must fight non-commu-
nicable diseases (NCDs) with
the same vigor they are com-
bating the HIV/AIDS pan-
demic says one of the region's
top health experts.
University of the West
Indies (UWI) Vice Chancellor
Sir George Alleyne last
month told the three-day 20th
Council on Human and Social
Development (COHSOD)
meeting that this is necessary
as a Caribbean citizen is \ -
eral times more likely to die"
from NCDs than a North
American resident.
"There is nothing genetic
about this," said Sir George, a
former director of the Pan
American Health Organization,
who now heads the Caribbean
Commission on Health and
Development a body tasked
with the responsibility of pro-
viding guidelines for action to


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investment in
health in the
countries of
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In his presentation on
"Priorities for Health and
Development in the Caribbean",
Sir George noted that in the last
20 years, heart diseases, diabetes,
stroke, hypertension, injuries,
and now HIVAIDS continue to
be the leading causes of deaths
in the region.
"All of these are prevent-
able," the UWI academic
added.
He said given the preva-
lence and knowledge of NCDs
in the Caribbean, "heads of
governments must show similar
enthusiasm and urgency (on


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approached the HIV/AIDS"
pandemic affecting the region."
He also said the incidence
of obesity among males and
females has skyrocketed
throughout the region in the
last 30 years and is "as high as
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Anguilla is to establish a National
Health Fund (NHF) by the start
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Health Minister Evans
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that advancement in new med-
ical techniques and technologies
and an aging population were
among the main reasons for
establishing the NHF, which is
being set up as part of the
government's Health Sector
Development program.
"All government funding
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through the fund which will be
run as an independent body
with consumer representation,"
he said. "At the same time, we
are allowing the fund to raise
more money through an addi-
tional contribution from salaries
and wages, in the same way that
the Social Security Board now
collects funds for pensions and
other benefits."
The NHF will cover health
care services both on and off the
island and payments for expen-
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referred by the NHF would be
limited to only five percent of
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'Floribbean' shrimp

INGREDIENTS
* 1 pound peeled/deveined
large shrimp
* 2 tablespoons honey
* 4 drops liquid smoke
flavoring
* 1 teaspoon lemon pepper
* 1/8 teaspoon curry powder
* 1 tablespoon lime juice
* 1 tablespoon garlic butter

METHOD
Combine all ingredients
(except shrimp and garlic but-
ter) in medium bowl. Pat
shrimp dry and stir into mix-
ture; let stand 10 minutes to
marinate. Wash hands.
Preheat large saut6 pan
on medium high two to three
minutes. Place butter in pan;
swirl to coat. (Pan should siz-
zle.) Add shrimp; cook four to
five minutes, stirring frequent-
ly until shrimp turn pink and
opaque. Serve over rice.

Island rice

INGREDIENTS
* 1 cup water
* 1 (six-ounce) can pineapple


juice
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 1/8 teaspoon curry powder
* 16 ounces sugar snap peas
* 1/8 teaspoon allspice
(optional)
* 2 cups instant rice
* black pepper to taste

METHOD
Combine all ,
ingredients (except
rice) in medium
saucepan. Cover
and bring to boil on
high. Stir rice into
boiling mixture.
Cover and remove
from heat; let stand
for five minutes or
until water is
absorbed. Serve.

Sugar snap peas

INGREDIENTS
* 16 ounces frozen sugar snap
peas
* 1 tablespoon garlic butter
* 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt

METHOD
Place peas in microwave-
safe bowl. Cover and


microwave on high. Drain
peas and return to bowl. Stir
in butter and seasoned salt.
Cover and microwave two
more minutes or until peas are
tender. Stir and serve.

Meal time 30 minutes.


Serves four. Tip: Capture the
great flavor of the shrimp.
Give the cooked sugar snap
peas a one-minute saut6 in the
same pan.

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Top-of-the-class Caribbean chefs serve up tempting delights


ELEANOR M. WILSON
As we devour Caribbean
foods with relish, let's
stop to honor those
who prepare them so well. The
five chefs we've profiled (all
Caribbean) are outstanding for
their dedication, innovation
and expansive use of the local
bounty.

Norma Shirley, Jamaica
As a bride, Norma could-
n't even boil an egg. Today,
her name appears on three
successful restaurants:
Norma's on the Terrace at
Devon House in Kingston;
Sea Splash (Negril); and at the
Port Antonio Marina.
When her husband, Dr.
Michael Shirley, introduced
Norma to travel and gourmet
dining, the elaborate presenta-
tions awakened her sense of
style, leading to a career prep-
ping plates for photo shoots in
New York. But Norma wanted
to infuse her favorite Jamaican
foods onto those plates, and
eventually opened her own
restaurant in Massachusetts.
In the 1980s, Norma
returned home as a well-
established chef. Her cuisine
represents her world travels,
but remains Jamaican based,
as in tender smoked pork
chops marinated in ginger and


Red Stripe beer, glazed with
guava and topped with
caramelized tropical fruits.
Awards and television
appearances for this "Julia
Childs of the Caribbean" are
numerous, but Norma hasn't
deserted the kitchen. That
wide Jamaican smile still goes
into every dish!

Patrick Levine, Grenada
When Hurricane Ivan
destroyed his cozy cottage on
Lagoon Road in St. George's,
our genial host/cook/waiter/
cashier opened again just up
the street. Patrick's unique
approach to dining makes this
12-table eatery a 'must' stop
in Grenada. He began cook-
ing with his adopted mother at
Mama's Restaurant, opened
his own place nine years
ago, and quickly became a
Grenada legend. His new
building, seating 120, is due
to open in Feb. 2007.
"Come hungry," says our
chef. "You'll get 20 different
local dishes, plus soup and
dessert, for just US$20.00,
excluding drinks."
There's no menu. Patrick
just cooks a giant home-style
feast and often serves it him-
self. Our table bore several lit-
tle dishes of callaloo soup,
lobster salad, codfish fritters,
fried jacks, cou-cou, fish


Open-air dining Caribbean style.


steaks, lambie in creole sauce,
stir-fried rabbit, spinach rice,
curried mutton, Tania cakes
with shrimps, oildown cooked
in coconut cream, carrot cake
and more! His stewed-beans-
in-curry dish (see sidebar) was
my surprising introduction to
non-spicy curry.

Cecilia Joseph, St. Lucia.
The chef at Stonefield Villa
Resort in St. Lucia is the great-
granddaughter of a Carib, but
there the similarity ends.
"Cecilia is very quiet and


humble, the exact opposite of
her fierce ancestors," exclaims
General Manager Aly Brown.
"Her team simply follows her
lead to create magic in our
quaint creole kitchen here at
Mango Tree."
This unassuming chef
always liked cooking with her
grandmother, and as the oldest
daughter, took over the kitchen
for her mother. Such early
exposure brought out a talent
with local herbs and spices.
Guests rave over her fresh
caught fish, either drizzled in


*" creole sauce or
**I turned into broth
.* seasoned with bay
r~ leaf and oregano.
Or try her bullion
I with unmatured
breadfruit, callaloo
leaves and hand-
grated coconut.
How do you
top that off? With
stewed guava over
coconut ice cream,
o of course.

Gwendolyn Smith,
Anguilla
.. Koalkeel
Restaurant, a his-
toric former home,
features a cen-
turies-old rock
oven.
Given a day's
notice, chef Smith fires up that
oven to prepare the house
specialty, rock oven chicken.
Your entree will appear table-
side, served in an exquisite sil-
ver chafer, surrounded by
fresh vegetables and thyme-
roasted potatoes. Several
hours before, the chef placed
that chicken in the oven (over
grapewood logs for special fla-
voring), checking often to
make sure the roof remained
white hot, while preparing
(CONTINUED ON PAGE 14)


Eating favorite Caribbean foods while enduring diabetes


According to the
American Diabetes
Association, 2.8 mil-
lion African Americans over
the age of 20 currently have
diabetes. That's 10 African
Americans for every six white
Americans with diabetes.
"There are several rea-
sons for this disparity,"
explains nutritionist and
author Constance Brown-
Riggs.
One is genetic: African
Americans are more suscepti-
ble to diabetes than whites.
They also have a higher rate
of obesity, which also increas-
es the risk of diabetes.
The other reason is
cultural. Typically African
Americans have less access
to diabetes information than
whites, and the food plan
required to lower diabetic risk
and control diabetes is atypical
for many African Americans.

REMEDY
While the genetic causes
are uncontrollable, the cultur-
al risk factors can be reme-
died. As a nationally recog-
nized nutritionist, registered


dietitian, and certified dia-
betes educator with over 25
years of experience, Brown-
Riggs decided she wanted to

I .. .


Eating can be fun and healthy.
help this group get and
stay healthy. As part of
her plan, she has written
"Eating Soulfully and
Healthfully with Du1 I,1L
(www.eatingsoulfully.com), a
guide that provides nutrition
information and carbohy-


drate-counts for foods that
will appeal to African
Americans who suffer from
diabetes.


Diabetes educators agree
that the first step to preven-
tion and management of dia-
betes is access to helpful infor-
mation. It is especially impor-
tant for African Americans to
understand the dangers of dia-
betes since they have a higher


risk for complications like kid-
ney failure, visual impairment,
or amputation. Lack of educa-
tion is the first problem that
Brown-Riggs tackles in her
book, explaining diabetes and
outlining how it can be man-
aged.

FOOD
The hardest part of dia-
betes management, however,
is food.
"The basic dietary recom-
mendations for those with dia-
betes are culturally insensi-
tive," observes Brown-Riggs.
"People with diabetes are gen-
erally given vague instructions
like 'stay away from sugar,' or
'just eat smaller portions'
which only make everything
more frustrating. And," she
explains, "instructions for
food management typically
don't take into account cultur-
al or ethnic food preferences."
She hopes her book
offers one step toward solving
this problem. In "Eating
Soulfully", Brown-Riggs has
devised several ways for peo-
ple with diabetes to be mind-
ful of their eating habits while


"Brown-Riggs has devised
several ways for people with
diabetes to be mindful of
their eating habits while still
enjoying foods popular in
the American South and the
Caribbean."

still enjoying foods popular in
the American South and the
Caribbean. Her "Soul Food
Pyramid", for those with dia-
betes, organizes food by car-
bohydrates, since the carbohy-
drates break down into glu-
cose, and it is the glucose that
is out of balance in people
with diabetes.
The 96-pages of charts
include all the necessary nutri-
tional information, from por-
tion size and calories to fat
and carbohydrate grams, even
carb choices and exchanges
depending on what plan works
best for each individual.
Alongside information on
turkey burgers and omelets,
there is also information on
dishes like blackened catfish

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(CONTINUED FROM PAGE 13)
accompanying savory gravy.
Smith was hired when
Koalkeel
opened in
1989,
expanding
her abilities
under such
renowned
executive
chefs as Guy
Guenego
and George
Reid. A
nasty hurri-
cane
destroyed
the property
in 2001. It
reopened in
2004 with
Gwendolyn
as executive
chef.
That
ancient oven
is only part
of her
domain. Her
Anguillian The rock oven at Koal
roots account
for the menu's local flavor,
aided by the restaurant's own


herb and spice garden (see
sidebar).


keel is over 200 years old and still cooking.
Verral Marshall, St. Kitts
Often voted one of the
top restaurants on St. Kitts,


the elegant ambiance at
Marshall's almost equals the
food. At softly lit tables sur-


rounding an indoor pool,
most diners begin with exotic
drinks, specialties of the


friendly Kittitian bartender.
Now you're ready for the next
step...your exceptional meal.
The many positive com-
ments Marshall received from
dinner guests at his home
encouraged this Jamaican to
follow his passion for good
food in a stylish setting. After
graduation from Casa Monte
Hotel School in Jamaica, vari-
ous positions eventually land-
ed him at Marshall's in St.
Kitts.


(CONTINUED FROM PAGE 13)
and stewed tomatoes and
okra. This should help African
Americans to prepare and
enjoy traditional ethnic fare
while maintaining normal glu-
cose levels and healthy food
intake.
While offering resources
and tips, Brown-Riggs also
encourages everyone with dia-
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Caribbean looks to home-stay tourism for big profits


Caribbean looks to home-stay tourism for big profits


DAWN A. DAVIS
Major players in the
Caribbean hotel sec-
tor, such as Sandals,
SuperClubs, and Almond
Resorts, have traditionally
benefited from the lion's share
of tourism dollars.
With more outlay for
advertising and strategic part-
nerships with major airlines
and institutions, these "big
guys" have overshadowed
small inns and bed and break-
fast concerns.
However, with growing
interests among travelers to
experience \illgL tourism"
outside the walls of the all-
inclusives, tourism executives
are scrambling to create to
accommodate this growing
movement.
Considered one of the
fastest growing industries in
the world, Caribbean tourism


is expected to grow close to
five percent in 2006, with
employment numbers close to
2.6 million. And with over $50
billion projected in tourism
dollars for the region, the
community tourism market
could earn its share, if proper-
ly positioned.

'OUTSIDE THE BOX'
Addressing participants at
the fifth annual Caribbean
Media Exchange conference
in St. Lucia last month,
Chairman and Managing
Director of Almond Resorts
Ralph Taylor urged the indus-
try to think outside the box.
"This (ICC Cricket World
Cup 2007) presents the perfect
opportunity, to allow us to
open the doors of tourism to
our people, so that they can
share firsthand, in the experi-
ence, and the rewards," Taylor
said. "The thousands of peo-


ple who will be visiting our
shores, should be staying in
homes, that we have identi-


Unique Jamaica's Chairman Millicent
Lynch makes a presentation of
Jamaica's diverse tourism products.

fied, are capable of hosting
tourists."
The hotelier added that


the Caribbean should be
working towards critical
tourism linkages that would
encourage visitors, to stay
in homes, even after the
World Cup.

JAMAICA'S TAKE
"Jamaica is definitely
poised for this market,"
Millicent Lynch, chairman
of Unique Jamaica, told
Caribbean Today.
Unique Jamaica is a
consortium of more than 60
private sector companies
involved in the tourism
industry. Noting that Unique
Jamaica offers authentic,
interactive experiences for
travelers, Lynch discussed the
island's home-stay program
that is an integral part of the
themed "explore it, taste it,
feel it" experience.
"It's bringing a family
home. We are not asking


homeowners to do anything
they would not have done
for their homes," Lynch
explained. "There is no big
income requirement, we just
ask that they keep their home
as nice as possible and open it
up to any visitor just as they
would welcome family or
friends from abroad."
Visitors to the island will
be able to stay in private
homes throughout the island
offering up to four rooms at
rates ranging from $35 to $65
per night, depending on the
nature of the accommodation.
No room tax will be charged.
Homes are inspected and
homeowners are trained
through the Tourism Product
Development Company
(TPDCo), the training arm of
the industry.

(CONTINUED ON PAGE 18)


New stadium offers Jamaica's latest visitor attraction


GORDON WILLIAMS

Montego Bay stages reggae
festivals. Negril offers miles of
white sand beaches. Ocho Rios
serves up Dunn's River Falls
and Kingston is, well, Kingston,
the capital and heartbeat of the


nation.
But by the end of next
month Jamaica will complete
yet another major attraction,
and this time sports and enter-
tainment will be the key draw-
ing cards.
The Trelawny Multi-


Purpose Stadium, near
Falmouth to the west of the
island, is rounding into comple-
tion, well in time to host the
opening ceremony for ICC
Cricket World Cup 2007 and
four warm-up matches in the
game's bi .Is, tournament
starting in March.
The new stadium recently
hosted its first competitive
match between Jamaica and a
select team from the United
States and, although rain inter-
rupted play forcing a premature
end, from most indications the
picturesque grounds bowled
over fans, players, ex-players


and writers invited to witness
the national airline's inaugural
"Air Jamaica Cup".

CHARMED
The stadium, built through
a government-to-government
agreement between Jamaica
and China, is expected to hold
25,000 fans. When CWC 2007 is
over it will be the home to
other sporting events, plus
stage shows and other forms of
entertainment. Yet even with
many rough edges still exposed,
it has already charmed visitors.
"Beautiful, beautiful," for-
mer Jamaica batsman Wayne


Lewis gushed after visiting the
stadium in late September to
watch the game. "...Once
everything is in order it's gonna
be a beautiful place to play
cricket. Magnificent facilities.
It's really looking good. I'm
very impressed."
Lewis was not alone. Most
fans sitting in the southern
stands, one of two huge areas
where the seating is colored
black, green and gold and
arranged to resemble the
Jamaican flag, were in awe of
the breathtaking view of the
(CONTINUED ON PAGE 18)


One of two main stands at the new Trelawny Multi-Purpose Stadium in Jamaica, which
will host the opening ceremony and some warm-up matches for Cricket World Cup
2007, shows off its seat color pattern of the Jamaica flag.


Bahamas lures more Canadians


NASSAU, Bahamas, CMC -
The Bahamas has launched a
multi-million dollar campaign
aimed at getting more Canadian
tourists to visit the chain of
islands in the wake of a decision
by the United States to have its
nationals acquire passports for
travel to the Caribbean.
Tourism officials say they
expect the campaign, that was
launched last month, would
result in a 10 percent to 20 per
cent increase in tourist arrivals
from Canada.
Caribbean countries are
worried that the decision by
Washington to implement the
Western Hemisphere Travel
initiative (WHTI) could deci-
mate their tourism sector. In
September, the U.S. Congress
approved a further postpone-
ment of the WHTI, which
requires U.S citizens to have
passports when traveling to the


C.rilbban, Bermuda, Canada
and Mexico. An exact date has
not been announced, but the
U.S. Congress has agreed to
relax the Jan. 2007 implemen-
tation date to occur as late as
June 2009.
While the postponement
defers the passport require-
ment for travel by land and
sea, it has remained silent on
air travel.
Tourism officials here said
they were also examining other
measures and strategies to
increase the number of cruise
ship passengers, who do not
have to meet the new passport
requirement for another 20
months.
Last year, five million visi-
tors came to The Bahamas,
with official figures indicating
that 3.5 million of those visitors
came by sea.
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Air J looks to catch Cricket World Cup fever


GORDON WILLIAMS
T he Car ibb.n s leading
airline is looking to reap
a huge windfall linked to
the expected surge in travel
sprouting from Cricket World
Cup (CWC) to be staged in
the region next year.
According to Paul
Pennicook, Air Jamaica's
recently appointed senior
vice president for sales and
marketing, the "Love Bird"
will be luring the affections of
cricket followers worldwide in
an attempt to cash in on the
game's bi_.-_.-LI single showcase
event which begins in March.
"We certainly want to
make sure that we take as
highest a load factor as possi-
ble on the routes that we cur-
rently fly," Pennicook told
Caribbean Today last month.
Jamaica's national airline is
already part of a group of carri-
ers from the Caribbean which
has been contracted to trans-
port teams participating in the
event, officials, cricket watch-
ers, media and sponsors across
the region.

HUB
But the airline wants to add
special flights, which will allow


(CONTINUED FROM PAGE 17)
beach to the north and
Trelawny's capital town of
Falmouth to the west. They
also basked in the cool breeze
from the sea, which consistently
washed over the grounds.
Even cricket purists, some
who originally questioned the
decision to build the new facility
so far from the nation's capital,
are on their way to being con-
vinced that the multi-million
dollar stadium should turn out
to be a worthwhile investment.
"About a year ago I was
quite concerned about it," said
senior cricket writer Tony
Becca. "...Generally I am quite
satisfied where it is at now."
Several observers at the
ground drew favorable compar-
isons to other cricket stadiums
around the world. Becca said


fans to use Jamaica as a sort of
hub.
"What we are looking at,
ilil r, f, r is to encourage peo-
ple, or to invite people, to sleep
in Jamaica and go to cricket
matches in the eastern
Caribbean or down in the other
islands," Pennicook explained.
"In which case we would
put flights on, say early in the
morning departure, go down to
the eastern C.ribblan watch a
match for the day, and come
back up at night."
Other oppor-
tunities are
looming for
the airline as
well during
Cricket World
Cup 2007.
With hundreds
Pennicook of thousands
of fans expect-
ed from
huge cricket-loving nations
worldwide, such as Australia,
England, India, Pakistan, Sri
Lanka and New Zealand, Air
Jamaica said it is looking to
function as the carrier which
takes fans from overseas cities
and transports them to the
region.
"In other words, carriers
would come from deep in Asia,


would take their people to say
London, and then we would
take them from London to
Jamaica," Pennicook explained.

IMPROVEMENT
Yet before all that unfolds
next year, Pennicook admits
that the bi.,._-L, challenge in his
new portfolio will be to get Air
Jamaica operating reliably, mean-
ing improving on time departures
and avoiding flight cancellations
which have plagued the airline.
"Yes we've had some good
patches where we have done
very well, you know, on time
performance, but we've had a
sort of up and down experience
the last few months, which,
that sort of thing impacts our
passengers," said Pennicook,
who worked as the island's
director of tourism before
moving to Air Jamaica.
"...I'm not satisfied that
we're at the point where we
can have absolute reliability,
very, very, very few cancella-
tions and all of that. And that
is my biI,_-_-l challenge, to keep
the airline full."

Gordon Williams is Caribbean
Today's managing editor.
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the Trelawny stadium reminded
him of the Port Elizabeth in
South Africa, a Test cricket
venue. Lewis came closer to the
Caribb. an, saying that Arnos
Vale in St. Vincent and the
Folly Oval in Portland, Jamaica
offered the best reminders.
The players were pleased
as well, downplaying concerns
that the wind from the sea
would affect the quality of their
game, whether batting, fielding
or bowling.
"It's a very good view and
the breeze is not a problem,"
said West Indies fast bowler
Jermaine Lawson, who repre-
sented Jamaica versus the U.S.
"...It's very nice, good facilities
here. So I think it's definitely a
stadium to look forward to... It
was wonderful being out there."
Lawson's national coach


seemed to agree.
"It is conducive to good
cricket," said Junior Bennett.
"The scenery is extremely good
and, just talking to the players,
they also said that the vision of
the ground is good."
Yet after the West Indies
plays India on Mar. 9 in the
final CWC warm-up game in
Jamaica, the focus of the new
stadium will switch to other
events. Gone, at least for a
while, will be the sound of bat
on ball and loud appeals to
umpires. But the exciting rush
of cheering spectators is expect-
ed to continue, and visitors will
find Greenfield, Trelawny a
hard place to ignore.

Gordon Williams is Caribbean
Today's managing editor.
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* Caribbean Airlines unveils
new logo
Caribbean Airlines, the new entity
replacing the financially-strapped
BWIA, unveiled a new logo last
month, showing a vibrant humming
bird in full flight.
"The livery and logo of Caribbean
Airlines center around the humming-
bird. The hummingbird is found only in
the New World and early references to
Trinidad are as the land of the hum-
mingbird, BWIA Chief Executive Officer
Peter Davies said in a statement.

* British developer to build
resort in Grenada
A British developer has announced
the commencement of a multi-million
dollar resort and marina project in
Grenada.
Peter de Savary, a well known
international businessman, plans to
build a 120-room five-star hotel, a
small beach, a world class marina
offering berthing for 350 vessels, as
well as other residential units.

* Faith tourism for The
Bahamas
The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism is
partnering with former Fox News cor-
respondent and CNN news anchor
Andria Hall to promote faith tourism
in those Caribbean islands Nov. 30
through Dec. 3.


* No U.S. retaliation for
passport initiative
Vincent Vanderpool Wallace, secretary
general of the Caribbean Tourism
Organization (CTO), has scoffed at
suggestions that the amended United
States Western Hemisphere Travel
Initiative (WHTI) was aimed at pun-
ishing Caribbean countries for their
close ties with Venezuela.
Passed last month by the
Congress, the WHTI requires all
Americans returning to the U.S. by air
to have passports effective Jan. 8,
2007.

* Club Med to open in
December
Club Med La Caravelle is scheduled to
open in Guadeloupe on Dec. 16 fol-
lowing the completion of renovations,
which reportedly cost $29 million.

* Health tourism symposium
May 13-14
The "Caribbean Health Tourism & Spa
Symposium", produced by Positive
Tourism Network, will be held from
May 13-14, 2007 at the Hilton
Kingston Hotel in Jamaica.

Compiled from CMC and other
sources.
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Security will also be taken
into consideration and home-
owners will be requited to go
through security screening.
According to Gerrard McDaniel,
director of corporate communi-
cations in Jamaica's Ministry of
Tourism, "there are no blacklist-
ed areas except possible (crime)
hotspots."
McDaniel explained that
for the protection of guests,
homeowners are required to
have public liability insurance.
Jamaica's government has
negotiated with Victoria
Mutual Insurance Company
to offer the insurance at J$500
per year per room. And, with
a maximum of four rooms per
home, the most a homeowner
will layout for liability insur-
ance will be J$2,000. The
insurance company won the
bid by offering the rate based
on signing on 500 such poli-
cies. To date, more than 400
homeowners have signed on
to the Home-Stay program.
McDaniel expects the number
of homes to reach 500 by Mar.
2007.
Lynch explained that
Unique Jamaica would do the
booking. The tourism execu-
tive added that the program is
ahead of schedule, with
Home-Stay accommodations
scheduled to be in operation
before the World Cup season,
which begins in March.
However, she was quick to


add that the program was not
developed specifically for the
World Cup, but was created as
part of the unique Jamaica
experience.
"This would create a dif-
ferent type of tourism,"
explained Taylor to a packed
audience, "one which would
generate a greater level of
acceptance of the industry by
our people."
He warned that there are
many other avenues of link-
ages that remain unexplored -
avenues that have not been
fully exploited to involve the
wider public in this massive
industry.
In response, Lynch, also
marketing executive at
Jamaica's Caymanas Track
Limited, remarked that
through Unique Jamaica, visi-
tors could access the island's
diverse elements, such as
nature and culinary tours. The
group recently introduced a
"Jerk Trail" that allows visi-
tors to taste a variety of
jerked cuisine on "jerk stops"
throughout the island and
meet descendants of The
Maroons who developed the
novel pit-in-the-ground jerk
process.

Photograph and story by
Dawn A. Davis, a freelance
writer for Caribbean Today.
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Fort Lauderdale exhibit explores


roots of Haitian contemporary art


Belize revives African culture

on 'Garifuna Settlement Day'


Amonth-long exhibition
exploring contempo-
rary Haitian art,
through the works of one of
that Caribbean country's best
known creative forces, is cur-
rently on display in South
Florida.
Through Dec. 3, the
Broward Main Library in Fort
Lauderdale will display paint-
ings, sculptures and jewelry
as part of "Roots: The Idea
of Modernity in Haitian
Contemporary Art: The Works
of Philippe Dodard". Some 60
artworks will be presented.

THE ARTIST
Dodard was born in 1954,
in Port-au-Prince. He studied
at the Poto-Mitan Art School
with TIGA (Jean-Claude
Garoute), Patrick Vilaire and
Frido Casimir.
In 1973, he entered the
Academy of Fine Arts, then


One of 60 pieces of Philippe Dodard's
artwork currently on display in Florida.
worked as layout artist and
founded a studio of audiovisual
graphic arts. Five years later, he
received a scholarship to the
International School in
Bordeaux, France, enabling him
to specialize in pedagogic


graphic design. Two years later
he received a scholarship from
the Rotary International
Foundation and left on tour
with the Group Study Exchange
of Haiti to give conferences on
Haitian culture.
His artwork has evolved
to include large sculptures,
fine iron works and fine jewel-
ry design.
The exhibition, on display
at Gallery 6 and open from 9
a.m. to 9 p.m. each day, is
being presented by Broward
County Libraries Division,
A.C.T.I.O.N. Foundation,
Galerie Marassa and Galerie
d'Art Nader.
For more information,
call 954-357-7478 or 954-678-
2975.
The Broward Main
Library is located at 100 S.
Andrews Ave.
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Anguilla jazz fest set for Nov. 9-12


An exciting collection of
jazz greats, including
Grammy-winning
Latin legend Eddie Palmieri,
are set to perform at the
fourth Anguilla Tranquility
Jazz Festival Nov. 9-12.
The 35 square mile British
territory will host the festival,
billed as the only straight-
ahead jazz festival in the
Caribbean region, which
kicks off with a concert by
songstress Nnenna Freelon
at the CuisinArt Resort. The
next day, the LA Caf6 will
host a triple bill featuring
Palmieri, saxophonist Pharaoh
Sanders and pianist Robert
Glasper.
On Nov. 11, the action
returns to LA Caf6 with the


McCoy
Tyner
Trio and
saxo-
phonist
Javon
Jackson.
The
festival
culmi-
nates on
Nov.12
Palmieri with the
"Jazz on
the Buh Ii series at Johnno's
Beach Stop in Sandy Ground
where The W.E.S. Group will
perform.
To learn more about the
Tranquility Jazz Festival, visit
www.anguillajazz.org or call
the Anguilla Tourist Board at


1-877-4 ANGUILLA.


^ 1 f( arifuna
| TSettlement Day",
a celebration to
mark freedom and preserva-
tion of African culture in
Belize, will be
held on Nov. 19.
A national
holiday, the
day, remembers
the liberation /
of African
slaves upon
their arrival in
Belize from St.
Vincent in
1832. The cele-
bration illus-
trates the devo-
tion and enthu-
siasm of the
Garifuna peo- Drums and dance
ple in keeping
their culture
alive through music, dance
and food.
Beating drums, brightly
colored dresses and dashikis
and soulful, rhythmic dancing,
highlight the celebration and
the mark Garifuna people
have left on the cultural land-
scape of Belize.
Festivities center on the
reenactment of the landing of


the firsts boats of the Garifuna
to Belize's shores, which are
performed in towns through-
out the country, but most
prominently in Dangriga, the


mark Garifuna Settlement Day in Belize

hub of Garifuna life.
Settlement Day is deeply
seeded in its religious and cul-
tural significance, but wel-
comes participation from
tourists and locals from any of
Belize's diverse ethnic groups.
For more information on
Belize, visit www.travelbelize org
or call 1-800-624-0686.
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* 'Assistant Thief' in Florida
Several performances of Patrick
Brown's comedy play "Assistant
Thief", starring Oliver Samuels and
Glen Campbell, will be staged in
South Florida this month.
The schedule is as follows:
Nov. 4, 8 p.m., William T. Dwyer
High School in Palm Beach Gardens;
Nov. 10, 8 p.m., North Miami Beach
Performing Arts Center; Nov. 11, at
8 p.m., Richmond Heights Middle
School; and Nov. 12,7 p.m., Coral
Springs Center for the Arts.
For more information, call
305-891-1242.

* Miami Book Fair
International Nov. 12-19
The 23rd Annual Miami Book Fair
International will host an assembly
of Caribbean and African American
authors between Nov. 12 and Nov.
19 at the Miami Dade College


Wolfson Campus, 300 N.E. Second
Ave. in Miami, Florida.

* A Lil Bit Of Jazz
The Caribbean Cultural Coalition, Inc.
will present "A Lil Bit Of Jazz" con-
cert at 7 p.m. Nov. 26 at the Coral
Springs Center for the Arts in Florida.
Featured artistes include
Bemol Jean Telfort, Ginou and
Dadou Pasquet, with special guests
The Magnum Band.

* Flashpoint Film Fest for
Negril
The Flashpoint Film Festival, a
forum for new Caribbean films, will
run from Dec.1-3 at The Caves in
Negril, Jamaica.

Compiled from CMC and other
sources.
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BETHEL HOUSE TO
RE-OPEN
After 11 years of efforts, and a
$145,000 grant from The Miami-
Dade Task Force on Urban
Economic Rehabilitation, the
Bethel House African-Bahamian
Museum, the homestead of one of
Florida's earliest Bahamian set-
tlers, will re-open its doors to the
public at 10 a.m. Dec. 18.
Bethel House is located at


18201 S.W. 103 Court, Perrine.
The Bethel House has been
revived as a cultural center for
residents of Perrine and the sur-
rounding areas. It will also func-
tion as an economic entity that
will display exhibits and archival
collection on African-Bahamian
lifestyle.
Admission is free although
donations are accepted. To learn
more about the museum and


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ALUMNI SOCCER
The All Jamaica High School
Alumni Soccer Tournament '06,
hosted by Calabar and Queens
High School Alumni, will be
held from 9.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 3
at Tree Tops Park in Davie,
Florida.
To register a team, or get
more information, call Mackie at
954-583-1567 or Chris at 954-274-
8541.

PARENT RESOURCE
GUIDE
The Miami-Dade County
Public Schools and The
Education Fund have co-pub-
lished a free Parent Resource
Guide 21"11 .-2, ii' for the public.
The 88-page guide, spon-
sored by global financial services
provider ING, gives parents
information they need to know
about their child's school, cur-
riculum and student require-
ments.
The guide is printed in three
languages -English, Spanish and
Haitian creole. Each school in
the system will receive additional
copies for use in parent-teacher
meetings.
The guide may also be viewed
online at www.educationfundorg
(under "Our Publications") and
www.dadeschools.net (under
lR ',urr s ').
The 211 "1-2,'11 Guide pro-
vides a wealth of information
including revised curriculum
requirements, test schedules,
immunization requirements, stu-
dent services, legal rights and
parental involvement.


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HURRICANE RELIEF
Elderly residents of
Broward County, Florida, home
to hundreds of Caribbean immi-
grants, will get hurricane help
from the county.
A $5,655,000 grant that will


provide assistance to residents 60
years and older that were affect-
ed by the 2005 hurricanes.
The grant money will be
administered by the Broward
County Elderly and Veteran
Services Division, and will be
used for rental subsidies to assist
elderly residents for housing
expenses incurred as their resi-
dences were damaged, in-home
services such as minor repairs
and clean up, as well as roof
replacement.
The grant funds will be
available to any Broward County
resident 60 years or older who is
not receiving services from
another source and was impacted
by a hurricane in 2005.
Assistance will be provided
through an application process.
For more information, call the
Elderly and Veteran Services
Division at 954-537-2936.

PASSPORTS
The National Passport
Information Center (NPIC), the
United States Department of
State's single, centralized public
contact center for U.S. passport
information, is offering a toll free
service and has expanded its
service availability/options.
Persons with questions or
need status checks on pending
passport applications can call 1-
877-487-2778. Customer service
representatives are available
from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday
through Friday, excluding
Federal holidays. Automated
information is available 24 hours
a day, seven days a week.
For e-mail access, visit:
npic@state.gov Website of pass-
port and other international trav-
el information is available at
travel.state.gov

'GREEN CARD' FILING
The United States Cili, nshlip
and Immigration Services (USCIS)
has announced that aliens must
mail applications to renew or
replace permanent resident cards,
commonly known as "Green


C .rd, ', directly to the Los Angeles
Lockbox.
The Lockbox is a processing
facility used by USCIS to accel-
erate the collection of applica-
tions 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 perform-
ing fee receipting and jp' .,,silin g
from one central location, rather
than at the local district office,
service center, or application
support center (ASC).
Aliens filing a Form 1-90,
regardless of their state of resi-
dence, must mail those applica-
tions 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. Box
54870 Los Angeles, CA 90054-
0870;
Or for non-USPS deliveries
(e.g. private couriers):
U.S. Citizenship and
Immigration Services, Attention:
1-90, 16420 Valley View Ave., La
Mirada, CA 90638
Applicants should not
include initial evidence and sup-
porting documentation when
submitting the Form 1-90 to the
Los Angeles Lockbox.
Applicants will receive a
notice for a biometrics process-
ing appointment at an ASC and
will submit their initial evidence
during that appointment.
Applicants will receive their
biometrics appointment in the
mail.

CRISIS HOTLINE
Multi-lingual counselors are
available to respond persons suf-
fering from stress or needing
help with housing, food, child
care, caring for teens or other
similar problems.
Call 211 from a regular tele-
phone or 954-537-0211 from a
cellular.
The free service is being
offered as part of Broward
County's helplines.
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South Florida community builds a fishing village


Donations received at Food For The Poor's 2006 Fine Wines and Hidden Treasures,
held recently in Palm Beach, Florida, have helped to build a fishing village in the
community of Bull Bay, Jamaica. "The Palm Beach community demonstrated how
generosity and compassion can turn despair into opportunity and bring hope to fam-
ilies eager to earn a living," said Robin G. Mahfood, president of Food For The Poor.


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November 2006





CARIBBEAN TODAY


Florida hosts 'Matchmaker'


business confab, trade fair


Miami-Dade offers small


business development loans


Florida's signature event
which provides a forum
for minority women and
businesses, state purchasing
officers and private industry
to share ideas and develop
business partnerships will be
held this month in Orlando.
Governor Jeb Bush and
the state's Department of
Management Services (DMS),
Office of Supplier Diversity
(OSD), will host the annual
"Matchmaker Conference and
Trade Fair" Nov. 15-17 at the
Orange County Convention
Center.
The conference is an out-
growth of Gov. Bush's "One
Florida" initiative, in which
he challenged Florida's state
agencies to increase minority
businesses spending and
expand outreach and services
to minority businesses
statewide.
In 1999, when the initia-
tive was introduced, total cer-
tified minority spending
among government agencies
was approximately $150 mil-
lion. Since then, government
agencies have increased
minority spending by 263.5
percent or $397 million. For
fiscal year 2004 to 2005, the
state spent $693 million dol-
lars with minority businesses
statewide.
"There is no doubt,
minority businesses statewide
have benefited from the gov-
ernor's emphasis on minority
contracting," said DMS


STEVEN M. ROSENTHAL
& MICHAEL ROSENBERG

In an effort to promote bet-
ter information return
compliance, the Internal
Revenue Service (IRS) is con-
sidering automating the penal-
ty setting process for informa-
tion returns relating to foreign
operations and transactions.
As United States taxpay-
ers expand their businesses
into foreign locales and more
foreign persons and entities
conduct business in the U.S.,
the information contained in
such returns is becoming more
necessary and more often uti-
lized by the IRS.
Consequently, ensuring
that penalties for either failing
to file such returns or for fil-
ing such returns late are
enforced is vital to increasing
compliance with respect to
international transactions.
The forms that the IRS is


Secretary Tom Lewis, Jr.
"Matchmaker is just one of
the many ways we help minor-
ity vendors connect with gov-
ernment spenders. Governor
Bush had a vision, and it has
come full circle."
The business conference
is designed to cre-
ate an atmosphere
that allows small
and minority busi-
nesses to interact
directly with state
procurement offi-
cials and large cor- ji
portions to build /i hi
working and lasting V r
relationships.
The agenda is
packed with events
that offer attendees
numerous opportu-
nities to enhance
their business skills. |
Nationally known Bush
speakers and pre-
senters, as well as top state
leadership, have been invited
to attend.
"Matchmaker is a one
stop shop for minority busi-
nesses, state purchasing offi-
cers and private industry to
share ideas and develop busi-
ness partnerships," said OSD
Director, Windell Paige. "We
are thrilled that our previous
sponsors and participants are
excited to return and we look
forward to fostering new part-
nerships."
This year's event features
more than 200 companies that


focusing on are Form 5471,
"Information Return of U.S.
Persons With Respect to
Certain Foreign Corporations",


and Form 5472, "Information
Return of a 25% Foreign-
Owned U.S. Corporation or a
Foreign Corporation Engaged
in a U.S. Trade or Business".
Each of these forms is an infor-
mational document that, when
applicable, must be attached to,
and filed by the due date of,
the taxpayer's related income
tax return.


will seek to purchase goods
and services from Jigibk, cer-
tified minority vendors.
Through this event, the
OSD is working to enhance
vendor involvement with pur-
chasing personnel, not only
through traditional series of


professional development
workshops and plenary ses-
sions, but with opportunities
such as the professional devel-
opment breakfast, awards
banquet, and nightly network-
ing receptions.
Corporate sponsorship
and registration opportunities
are still available.
For more information,
visit www.flmatchmaker.com
or contact the Department of
Management Services, Office
of Supplier Diversity at 850-
487-0915.
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Furthermore, a duplicate
of each required form must be
filed with the IRS Philadelphia
Submission Processing Site in
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

COSTLY
Failure to file either
return (as required) on a time-
ly basis, or not at all, can be
quite costly. The penalty for
not filing, or for filing late, a
required Form 5471 or 5472 is
$10,000. Furthermore, such
penalty may be imposed even
if the return is timely filed in
the event such return is
viewed by the IRS as substan-
tially incomplete.
However, the IRS has
determined that it is missing
opportunities to assess such
penalties based on a recent
analysis of validly filed Forms
5471 and 5472 for the tax year
2002 performed by the
Treasury Inspector General
(CONTINUED ON PAGE 22)


The Miami-Dade
Department of Business
Development will
launch a new program
that guarantees loans to
Community Small Business
Enterprise (CSBE) and Small
Business Enterprise (SBE)
firms this month.
The program relieves
some of the financial burdens
these companies encounter
as small business contractors/
vendors when awarded county
contracts and guarantees loans
for CSBE and SBE firms per-
forming on county contracts,
through a partnership with
Continental National Bank of
Miami.


ome 50 of the Caribbean's
leading chief executive
officers under age 40 are
scheduled to convene in
Jamaica in January for a
regional summit to generate
new ideas.
The event, which will also
feature a presentation to the
best business person among
the group, will be held Jan. 23
and 24 at the Courtleigh
Auditorium in New Kingston.
Participants will have
an opportunity to quiz the
region's top business leaders
about the realities companies
face and the strategic direc-
tions they see for the future.
Discussions are expected to


The intent is to bridge the
gap between submission of
requisition and receipt of pay-
ment.
The loans are in the form
of a line of credit, whereby
invoices for contract related
expenses may be paid within
48-hours. Loans may range
from a minimum of $25,000 to
a maximum of $250,000 per
participant.
Eligible CSBE/SBEs must
have a county contract award
and be in good standing with
the county.
For more information,
call Laurie Johnson at 305-
375-3121.
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including growth, innovation,
talent management, informa-
tion technology, global mar-
kets and leadership.
The "2007 Young
Entrepreneur of the Year
Award" will also be presented.
The award is given annually to
an individuals) under age 40,
who started their own business
or are involved in the "hands
on" running of the company
as an active member of senior
management and can be direct-
ly linked to the recent perform-
ance of the company.
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November 2006





CARIBBEAN TODAY


Free small business seminars

in Miami during November


Free public seminars on
focusing on maximizing
opportunities for entre-
preneurs and small business
owners to succeed in Miami-
Dade County, and contribute
to its economic growth by pro-
viding business services, will
be held throughout November
in South Florida.
During the month, the
county's Enterprise Community
Center will present its "Emerging
and Expanding Business
Seminars Series" by offering
one on one counseling and busi-
ness information to aspiring
entrepreneurs.


The seminars, to be held
held at 3050 Biscayne Blvd.,
Suite 201, in Miami, are being
divided in two parts consisting
of the "Emerging BuItnII,
and the "Expanding BuInI,,
series.
The Miami-Dade ECC is a
division of the Miami-Dade
Empowerment Trust. The ECC
also offers a small business
resource library and daily one
on one business counseling.
For more information
about the seminars, and to
register, call 305-579-2730.
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WICB appoints new commercial manager


ST. JOHN'S, Antigua, CMC -
Barbadian Paul Skinner has
been appointed to the new post
of commercial manager of the
West Indies Cricket Board
(WICB).
Skinner now has responsi-
bility for managing the WICB's
Commercial and Business
Development Department.
"The new role will focus
highly on growing current busi-
ness and exploring new revenue
streams for the WICB", the
board stated late last month.
"In addition, the relation-
ships developed with sponsors
in his previous role as sponsor-
ship and events manager will


* 30th Miami trade confab
The effect of recent initiatives such
as the Caribbean Single Market will
be among the issues assessed at
the 30th Miami Conference on trade
and investments scheduled for
Dec. 4-6.
Will the Caribbean be able to
effectively integrate and create a
truly single market space that
allows for increased regional and
foreign direct investment? Is
CAFTA-DR delivering on its promise
or is there significant work to be
done to make Central American
economies competitive? Regional
leaders will discuss those subjects
during the three-day event.

* Europe to provide trade aid
to Caribbean
The European Union last month said
it would begin preparing a strategy
to deliver more than Euro 2 billion
($2.5 billion) in aid to Caribbean and
other developing countries.
The E.U. said that the funds
would help put in place new trade
policies to boost their growth and
help them integrate into global mar-
kets.

* OECS develops investment
ties with Puerto Rico
The St. Lucia-based Organisation of


be further
strengthened
in the pursuit
of expansion
and progress
of the busi-
ness", the
WICB stated.
Skinner Skinner has a
degree in elec-
trical engineering and an MBA
from the University of Windsor
in Ontario, Canada. He worked
for 12 years with Shell Antilles
and Guianas Ltd. and was
responsible for the Shell Select
Convenience store network in
the Caribbean.


Eastern Caribbean States (OECS)
says it has developed an alliance
with Puerto Rico aimed at develop-
ing trade, tourism and investment
sectors.
It said the sub-regional group-
ing has established a tourism and
investment office in Puerto Rico that
would be used as a base for stimu-
lating trade between the two
regions.

* CARICOM gets support for
trade talks
The Caribbean community (CARI-
COM) has received support for its
repeated calls for the resumption of
the stalled Doha Round of global
trade negotiations.
Director General of the World
Trade Organization (WTO), Pascal
Lamy, told a United Nations Second
Committee special panel discussion
on "Negotiating Doha" that the WTO
would be reduced to nothing more
than a trade litigation forum if the
Doha Round of trade talks were to
fail. He urged Europe and North
America to engage in some "politi-
cal heavy lifting" to prevent the fail-
ure of the important talks.

Compiled from CMC and other
sources.
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B u s I n e s s


Golden Krust expands into Maryland





















Jamaica's Ambassador to the United States Professor Gordon Shirley, center holding bow, cuts the ribbon marking the official
opening of Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery and Grill 108th store in the mall at Prince George's Plaza, Maryland, last month. Sharing
in the ceremony is Golden Krust President and Chief Executive Officer Lowell Hawthorne, to Shirley's immediate left, and Garfield
Gordon the new franchisee. Also joining in the celebration are members of the Golden Krust family members and well wishers.
Ambassador Shirley said "the growth of Golden Krust into a successful franchisee is not only impressive, but is also a testa-
ment to the enterprising sprit of the Jamaican people." He said Golden Krust is the largest Jamaican-owned chain restaurant
throughout the United States.
Hawthorne said Golden Krust is expanding its chain of restaurants into Maryland and there are plans to establish an addition-
al 10 stores in the state over the next five years.
"The trend of the restaurant business is growing in that area and Golden Krust is now moving towards capitalizing on this
market and to bring Jamaican cuisine to both the Caribbean and American community," Hawthorne said.
Golden Krust, he added, will bring to Maryland a concept that is a Caribbean theme with a strong Jamaican emphasis -
authentic jerk chicken and variety of patties.
Two months ago Golden Krust opened four stores in Atlanta, Georgia.


P.M. projecting investments,

healthy economy for St. Kitts


BASSETERRE, St. Kitts,
CMC Prime Minister Dr.
Denzil Douglas is projecting
the St. Kitts and Nevis econo-
my could benefit from invest-
ments totaling more than one
billion east Caribbean dollars
($370.3 million) over the com-
ing months.
Douglas said among the
projects is the construction of
hotels, marinas, golf courses,


villas, condominiums and
thorough-bred horse and dog
racing tracks.
He told local private and
public sector officials that the
federation had been able to
attract several high profile
investors, including the Ritz
Carlton hotel group, to do
business on the island.
"These developments will
result in well over one billion in


investment in our economy
over the medium-term,"
Douglas said. "There is clearly
no doubt that the growth
potential of our economy is
strong and that we need to
continue to create an environ-
ment that is conducive to
strong and sustained economic
growth."
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Foreign information returns may

be subject to automated penalties


(CONTINUED FROM PAGE 21)
for Tax Administration
(TIGTA).
According to such study,
approximately three percent
of the forms 5471 and 5472
filed for 2002 were filed late
(7,929 out of 245,419; such
numbers were based on a
sample analysis).
However, not a single tax-
payer filing a late Form 5471
or 5472 was assessed the
$10,000 penalty. Based on
these results, the TIGTA has
determined that the IRS is
potentially missing out on the
opportunity to assess approxi-
mately $79.2 million in penal-
ties annually, assuming the tax-
payers in question did not have
reasonable cause for filing late.


Such missed opportunities
are the result of the IRS's
reliance on examiners to man-
ually identify the delinquency
and to then to appropriately
assess the penalty, a result that
could be eliminated through
an automated process.

STUDY
As a result, the TIGTA
has recommended to the IRS
that a study be performed by
the IRS to determine whether
an automated penalty setting
process should be put in place
with respect to Forms 5471
and 5472. The IRS has
agreed that such a study
should be performed in order
to determine the benefits that
may be derived by implement-
ing an automated penalty set-


ting process in comparison to
any related costs.
Consequently, it may
become even more important
in the future that any taxpayer
who may be required to file
either a Form 5471 or 5472 do
so on a timely and accurate
basis. As the penalties for
failing to file a Form 5471 or
5472 are not insignificant, tak-
ing the time to make sure
these returns are timely filed
will likely become of utmost
importance.

Michael Rosenberg is a
shareholder and Steven M.
Rosenthal is an associate
with the Coral Gables law
firm of Packman, Neuwahl
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November 2006





CARIBBEAN TODAY


........S P 0 R T


Jamaica's Powell, Simpson


top regional athletic awards


SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico,
CMC Jamaican sprinters
Asafa Powell and Sherone
Simpson have been selected
the best Central American
and Caribbean Athletes of the
Year, after both had superb
seasons in 2006.
Stephen Francis, their train-
er at the Jamaica-based MVP
Track Club, was also named the
North America, Central
America and Caribbean Track
and Field Coaches Association
(NACACTFCA) Coach of the
Year.
Unbeaten in 16 finals, the
23-year-old Powell equaled his
100-meter world record twice
(9.77) and became the first
Jamaican to claim a share of
the IAAF Golden League
jackpot. He also added the
Commonwealth Games and
the World Athletics Final
titles to his extensive pedigree,
as well as improving his 200-
meter personal best to 19.90
seconds in a tremendous sea-
son. Powell is being awarded
with the CAC Athlete of the


Year honor for the second
consecutive season.

EQUALLY IMPRESSIVE
Simpson was also impres-
sive in the sprints, posting the
year's fastest times in both 100


meters (10.82) and 200 meters
(22.00). The 22-year-old
clocked seven of the 11 sub-11
second times and won the
World Cup in Athens, as well
as the World Athletics Final,


both over 100 meters.
In March she won the
Commonwealth title over 200
meters, defeating he team-
mate and Olympic champion
Veronica Campbell.
Simpson also dominated
four of the six
IAAF Golden
League meetings
and anchored the
Americas squad to
the 4x100-meter
sprint relay win at
the World Cup.
-- Powell and
S Simpson are also up
for two major world
awards from the
IAAF. They have
both earned nomi-
nations the 2006
World Athlete
of the Year
award, plus the
"Performance of the Year"
prize that will be declared at
the 2006 IAAF World
Athletics Gala in Monaco
on Nov. 12.
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New format for Caribbean cricket


ST. JOHN'S, Antigua, CMC -
The West Indies Cricket
Board (WICB) has announced
a new format for regional
cricket with the 2006-2007
four-day Carib Beer Series
and KFC Cup limited overs
tournaments to run concur-
rently.
Starting on Jan. 4, 2007,
venues will use a six-day win-
dow to host the four-day
Carib Beer Cup matches and


then the KFC Cup limited
overs game two days later.
In the opening matches in
the Carib Beer series on Jan.
4, title-holders Trinidad and
Tobago will be away to
Barbados at Kensington Oval,
the Leeward Islands entertain
Jamaica in St. Kitts, and the
Windward Islands will be at
home to reigning KFC Cup
champions Guyana in
Grenada. At the completion


of those Carib Beer Cup
matches, teams will stay on for
the KFC Cup matches two
days later on Jan. 9.
The pattern will continue
through subsequent weeks
until the KFC Cup Final Four
series in St. Vincent on Feb.
14, 15, and 17.
The five-day Carib Cup
final is slated for Feb. 22-26 at
Guaracara Park in Trinidad.
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ZURICH, Switzerland -
Jamaica has replaced Trinidad
and Tobago as the top team in
the Caribbean Football Union
(CFU), according to rankings
released by soccer's world
governing body FIFA last
month.
The Reggae Boyz, despite
being knocked out of the
Digicel Caribbean Cup at the
first group stage, jumped 20
places in the rankings to 57th,
resulting in a CFU leap from
number three to number one.
The Jamaicans were
defeated 2-1 by St Vincent
and the Grenadines (SVG) in
Digicel Cup group play in
September, but benefited
from otherwise good results
during the latest period under
ranking review, defeating
other top 100 teams Canada
(2-1) and Haiti (2-0), while


winning three of four games.
T&T's Soca Warriors, led
by veteran Dwight Yorke,
played in last summer's World
Cup finals for the first time in
the country's history. The


country fell 24 places to 80th
in the world rankings to be
the number three CFU team.
Cuba climbed to number two
in the Caribbean after climb-
ing one place up the world
rankings to 68th.
St Lucia, which was fourth
in the last CFU rankings,
dropped out the top five to
ninth after falling one place
on FIFA's list to 116.
The other CFU teams to
drop in FIFA's ratings are The
Bahamas (eight places to
146th), The Netherlands
Antilles (one spot to 172nd)
and Cayman Islands (one
place to 178th).
The St. Lucians were
overtaken by Haiti, SVG,
Barbados, Guyana and
Antigua and Barbuda respec-
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LOS ANGELES, California,
CMC Former world light
middleweight and mid-
dleweight champion Julian
Jackson, of the United States
Virgin Islands, joined some big
names of the past as inductees
into the World Boxing Hall of
Fame (WBHF) last month.
Standing alongside
such greats as the legendary
Panamanian Roberto Duran,
Jackson was one of the star
inductees at the WBHF's 27th
Annual Banquet of Champions
with over 900 attendees at the
Los Angeles Airport Marriott
Hotel.
Duran was the bi._.-_lI
name among the 13 inductees
that included other ex-champi-
ons Matthew Saad Muhammad
and Eddie Perkins, and
announcer Barry Tompkins.
Jackson starred in the mid-
dleweight division with his
pure knockout power during
the late 1980s and early 1990s
and was a three-time champi-
on, embracing the 154-pound
light middleweight and 160-
pound middleweight divisions.
He racked up an impressive
ring record of 55 wins (49
knockouts) against six losses,
and is widely regarded as one
of the hardest punchers in
world junior middleweight and
middleweight boxing history.

TITLE RUN
He won his first world title
in Nov. 1987 by knocking out
South Korean In Chul Baek in
three rounds in Las Vegas to
capture the World Boxing
Association (WBA) light mid-


dleweight title that had been
vacated by Jamaican Mike
McCallum.
Jackson had lost his first try
at that 154-pound WBA belt
when McCallum, already in the
WBHF, beat him in two rounds
in Florida in Aug. 1986. After
defeating Baek for the title,
Jackson
successfully
mi o defended
the belt
three times
with
impressive
knockout
Jackson wins -
against
Brazilian Francisco DeJesus and
Americans Buster Drayton and
Terry Norris before moving up
to the middleweight division.
In his first title opportunity
at the 160-pound middleweight
level, Jackson whipped Britain's
Herol Graham in four rounds
to capture the World Boxing
Council (WBC) title in Nov.
1990. He defended that title
four times before losing it to
American Gerald McClellan
As a 34-year-old, he
regained the belt by beating
Italian Agostino Cardamone
in Mar. 1995, but lost it to
American Quincy Taylor in his
first defense five months later.
Jackson retired in 1998 after
losing to American Anthony
Jones. Now age 45, Jackson is
the national coach of the USVI
and gets his WBHF induction in
his third year of eligibility.
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Former world champion

Berbick killed in Jamaica


PORTLAND, Jamaica, CMC
- Jamaica's former world
heavyweight boxing champion
Trevor Berbick was found
dead close to his home in
Norwich late last month. He
was 51 years old.
Berbick was discovered
with multiple wounds, appar-
ently inflicted by a machete.
He won the World Boxing
Council (WBC) heavyweight
title in Mar. 1986 by defeating
American Pinklon Thomas,
but lost the belt eight months
later in a second-round knock-
out to Mike Tyson.
After representing
Jamaica at the 1976 Olympic
Games in Canada, Berbick
remained in that country to
pursue a professional career in
the sport and within three
years he became Canada's
heavyweight champion.
In Dec. 1981, in The


Bahamas, Berbick defeated
Muhammad Ali on points, in
what was the last professional
fight for the legendary
American, widely regarded
as the greatest heavyweight
boxer of all time.
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USVI's Jackson enters

Boxing Hall of Fame


Soca Warriors fall from top of

Caribbean soccer rankings


November 2006





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* T&T Soca Warriors quit
threat to retire
Trinidad and Tobago's Soca
Warriors, who participated at the
World Cup finals in Germany in
June, have withdrawn their threat
to retire from international soccer
over disputed bonus payments.
After consultation with
lawyers, the players' committee -
with Dwight Yorke, Brent Sancho,
Stern John and Dennis Lawrence
at the helm said last month that
there is a suitable arbitration
process under the FIFA statutes to
resolve the issue.

* Windies hosts Sri Lanka
'A'
Sri Lanka's 'A' team will embark
on a seven-match cricket tour of
the West Indies starting late this
month.
The Sri Lankan reserves will
play West Indies 'A' in two four-


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tively. Haiti, SVG and
Barbados made the bi,-L,, I
moves in the entire world
rankings. The Haitians


day matches in Guyana and St.
Kitts before facing the home team
in five one-day matches in
Jamaica.

* U.S. Wellness team for
Reggae Marathon
United States-based team The
Wellness Community's Strides For
Hope will be among the more
than 400 participants to contest
the sixth staging of Reggae
Marathon/Half Marathon in Negril,
Jamaica on Dec. 2.
Participants are also expect-
ed from Europe, Africa, Asia and
the Caribbean. The course runs
along the seven-mile white sand
beach strip in Negril.

Compiled from CMC and other
sources.
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jumped 35 places to 83rd,
SVG 44 to 85th and Barbados
52 to 100th.
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CFU rankings (world ranking in brackets)


1. Jamaica (57)
2. Cuba (68)
3. Trinidad and Tobago (80)
4. Haiti (83)
5. St. Vincent & the
Grenadines (85)
6. Barbados (100)
7. Guyana (106)
8. Antigua and Barbuda (109)
9. St. Lucia (116)
10. St. Kitts and Nevis (118)
11. Suriname (122)
11. Bermuda (122)
13. Bahamas (146)


14. Grenada (157)
15. Dominican Republic (160)
16. Turks and Caicos (168)
17. British Virgin Islands (171)
18. Netherlands Antilles (172)
19. Cayman Islands (178)
20. Dominica (120)
21. Puerto Rico (191)
22. Anguilla (196)
23. Aruba (198)
23. United States Virgin Islands
(198)
23. Montserrat (198)
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SPORT


Jamaican wins MLS Golden Boot award


NEW YORK CITY, New
York, CMC Jamaican-born
forward Jeff Cunningham has
secured the Budweiser
Golden Boot award as top
scorer in the 2006 United
States Major League Soccer
(MLS) regular season.
Cunningham, a former
U.S. international who plays
for Real Salt Lake alongside
another Jamaican Andy
Williams, scored 16 goals dur-
ing this year's campaign, two
more than the Chivas USA
forward Ante Razov and the
D.C. United midfielder
Christian Gomez, who each
had 14 goals.
The 30-year-old


Cunningham, who migrated to
the U.S. from Montego Bay in
Jamaica as a 14-year-old, added
11 assists to his goal tally.
This marks the third time
that a Caribbean-born player
has won the Golden Boot
award, following back-to-back
awards for Trinidad and
Tobago's Stern John in 1998
and 1999.
Now in his ninth MLS
season, Cunningham has 90
career goals and is fourth on
the MLS all-time scoring list
behind Jason Kreis (108),
Jaime Moreno (105) and
Razov (98). Cunningham, who
has nine caps for the U.S.,
spent most of his MLS years


Cunningham
with Columbus Crew and one
season with the Colorado
Rapids before being traded to
Real Salt Lake. He earned
MLS "Player of the Week"
honors four times during the
2006 season and was "Player
of the Month" in August.
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Barbados bracing for Jamaica

onslaught in under-16 netball


BRIDGETOWN, Barbados,
CMC Defending champions
Barbados is bracing for a stern
challenge to their Caribbean
Netball Association's under-16
title, when the tournament
gets underway this month.
Though confident of
mounting a strong title-defense
after choosing a strong 12-
member team, Barbados is
wary of threats to the title it
won last year in St. Kitts and
is eyeing five-time champions
Jamaica in particular.
"All things being equal,
the girls have been training
hard, we have put them
through some very severe
tests here because we are real-
ly aware that Jamaica really
wants to get back the under-
16 championship," Annette
Beckett, the Barbados Netball
Association president, told
CMC Sports.

CHALLENGE
Barbados claimed the title


in the last tourney after beating
perennial champions Jamaica
26-24 in a thrilling encounter,
the marquee event at in the
championship. Beckett said
Barbados expected its major
challenge to come from its
northern neighbors again.
Yet despite the challenge
from Jamaica, Beckett said
she expected Barbados to suc-
cessfully defend its title.
"We are expecting the
under-16 team for 2006 to per-
form as good as or better than
the one did in 2005," Beckett
said.
The championships will be
staged at the Jean Pierre
Complex from Nov. 23 to Dec.
3. Nine teams are confirmed.
Ex-champions Jamaica and St.
Vincent and the Grenadines
(SVG) will join Barbados,
Antigua and Barbuda,
Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts,
St. Lucia, and hosts Trinidad
and Tobago.
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The Jamaica Football
Federation (JFF) last
month announced that
it is close to signing Bora
Milutinovic as the next coach
of Jamaica's Reggae Boyz soc-
cer team.
The JFF has been sourcing
sponsorship to pay the salary
of Serbia-born Milutinovic,
one of the world's best-known
soccer coaches, and both par-
ties have declared they are
close to an agreement.
Jamaica's Finance
Minister Dr. Omar Davies
said his government was com-
mitting $500,000 annually for
the next four years toward
Milutinovic's salary. Davies
said that allocation was being
shared between the govern-
ment and an undisclosed pri-
vate sector interest.
Currently based in Mexico,


Milutinovic is one of
the world's most trav-
eled international
coaches and he is the
only man to have led
as many as five differ-
ent teams at the
World Cup finals -
China in 2002, the
1986 hosts Mexico,
Costa Rica (1990),
hosts United States
(1994), and Nigeria
(1998).
Milutinovic has a Milutinovic
reputation as a coach
who will make surprise team
selections. Former United
States national team player
Alexi Lalas, who played for
Milutinovic, told Caribbean
Today that the coach will also
favor smart, young players.
In France 1998, under the
guidance of Brazilian coach


Rene Simoes, Jamaica created
history when it became the
first English-speaking
Caribbean team to appear in
a World Cup finals, but the
Reggae Boyz have struggled
to reach those lofty heights
since then.
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Caribbean to crown new soccer kings


Anew champion of
regional soccer will be
crowned early next
year following Jamaica's elimi-
nation from the preliminary
round of the Digicel
Caribbean Cup last month.
Jamaica, playing at home,
finished third in its group,
behind Haiti and St. Vincent
and the Grenadines.The
second qualifying round of
matches will begin this month
with 12 teams split into three


groups of four. The top two
teams from each group will
automatically join hosts
Trinidad and Tobago in the
finals of the tournament in
January. The third placed
team in each group will play
off, with the winner earning
the last spot in the finals.
Play in Group G, based in
Barbados, will feature the hosts,
St. Vincent and the Grenadines,
Bermuda and The Bahamas.
The opening group games are


scheduled for Nov. 19.
Games in Group H will
be hosted by Guyana, which
will be joined by the
Dominican Republic,
Guadeloupe, and Antigua and
Barbuda. The first matches
will kick off on Nov. 24.
On Nov. 8, play begins in
Group I, featuring hosts
Martinique, Cuba, Suriname
and Haiti.
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Jamaica's Reggae Boyz


Soca Warriors fall from atop

Caribbean soccer rankings


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E.U. envoy urges Caribbean not to miss trade pact deadline


BRIDGETOWN, Barbados,
CMC As the Caribbean
negotiates a new economic
deal with the European Union
(E.U.), Europe's point man
in the region has warned that
the Caribbean community
(CARICOM) stands to pay
a hefty price if a new deal
cannot be struck in time.
Ambassador Amos
Tincani, head of the European
Commission Delegation to
Barbados and the Eastern
Caribbean, said the region must
get its trade position together
by the Jan. 2008 deadline to
negotiate a new Economic
Partnership Agreement (EPA)
with the E.U.
"We should not flaunt the
deadline, but equally we have
no magic alternatives to offer


and it is politically unrealistic
to think that (World Trade
Organization)
members would
agree to extend
the current
waiver, and cer-
tainly not with-
out a hefty
price," he told
cultural workers
and trade nego- Tincani
tiators gathered
here to make recommenda-
tions for promoting creative
industries.

CHANGE
The E.U. envoy told
participants at the Caribbean
Regional Negotiating
Machinery (CRNM)-organ-
ized seminar last month that


the EPA would fundamentally
change the E.U.-Caribbean
relationship from one that
offers trade preferences to one
that builds lasting regional and
international markets for the
Caribbean.
"The world is moving on
and preferences are eroding -
eroding permanently. It does
the region no favors to cling
to the past," he told his audi-
ence which is tasked with
determining how the region's
cultural industries will be inte-
grated into the Caribbean's
external trade negotiations.
Tincani said the
Caribbean is stressing weak-
ness in regional economies
and the need for flexible trade
tools while Europe is showing
", iin flexibility" to reflect


Jamaican named 'African Living Legend'


GEORGETOWN, Guyana,
CMC Caribbean community
(CARICOM) Secretary
General Edwin Carrington
has praised Jamaican diplomat
Dudley Thompson who has
been recognized as an
"African Living Legend".
Ambassador Thompson
was given the honor by the
African Press in Ghana, along
with Nelson Mandela, United
Nations Secretary General
Koffi Annan, Nobel Laureate
Professor Wole Soyinka, and
three other African nationals.
"The fact that this is your
second such recognition by
Africans is a powerful testi-


mony that you have sincerely
dedicated most of your life to
the Pan-African movement.
You have not only served your
home the Caribbean very well
but have extended your hand
further afield to cross borders
and continents to embrace our
African brothers and sisters
while seeking to reinforce the
ties that have bound us,"
Carrington said in a congratu-
latory message.
He said for Thompson to
have received the recognition
along with persons such as
Mandela, Annan and Soyinka
"is a tremendous honor, not
only for yourself and Jamaica


but for the entire Caribbean."
Born in 1917,
Thompson
received the
Order of
Jamaica and the
Order of
Balboa from
Panama. He
served in
Thompson Britain's Royal
Air Force dur-
ing World War II and interact-
ed with such Pan-African
greats as Kwame Nkrumah of
Ghana, George Padmore of
Trinidad and Tobago and
Jomo Kenyatta of Kenya.
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IDB approves $18M loan to develop

Haiti's agriculture, livestock sectors


WASHINGTON, CMC The
Inter-American Development
Bank (IDB) has approved a
$17.8 million loan to Haiti to
further develop the agricultural
and livestock sectors.
The IDB said that the funds
would be used to strengthen exten-
sion and research centers, reduce
losses caused by key crop and live-
stock pests and diseases and gener-
ate business opportunities.
The funds will also be used
for a program to increase pro-
ductivity in rural supply chains
with proven growth potential.

FALL
The IDB said that agricul-
tural output has fallen dramati-
cally in Haiti over the past two
decades, increasing poverty levels
in the countryside, where the
majority of Haitians reside.
"Nevertheless, a variety of
agriculture and livestock-based
activities show promising
prospects to add value and gen-
erate more income and jobs in
rural areas," it added.


Building on studies of Haiti's
emerging rural supply chains,
the IBD said the new program
would strengthen the Ministry of
Agriculture, Natural Resources
and Rural Development
(MARNDR) by investing in
existing research and extension
centers and promoting public-
private cooperation.
"Knowledgeable members of
producer associations will be
included in steering committees
to ensure the relevance and
accountability of the research and
extension programs," it added.

PEST CONTROL
A second component of the
program will bolster Haiti's
capacity to detect and control
key pests and diseases affecting
plants and animals in the priori-
ty supply chains; improve quar-
antine controls at airports, ports
and border crossings; run quali-
ty control, compliance and certi-
fication systems; and carry out
specific phyto-zoo-sanitary cam-
paigns.


The program will help the
MARNDR boost its capacity to
make public investments in rural
supply chains by providing
financing to train staff in strategic
management, human resources
and operations management and
information management.
As part of the program, a
$500,000 grant from the
Japanese Poverty Reduction
Fund (JPRF) will help link rural
producer groups and entrepre-
neurs to market opportunities,
including services to develop
business plans and to identify
financing sources, the IDB said.
It said that investments
made under the program would
complement other rural develop-
ment projects financed by the
IDB and various international
agencies and donors in Haiti.
The new loan is for 40 years,
with a 10-year grace period. It
has an annual interest rate of one
per cent during the first decade
and two per cent thereafter.
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the regional realities in negoti-
ations for a replacement to
the Lome and Cotonou trade


* Caribbean, U.S. sign
anti-drugs pact
The United States has signed an
agreement with several Caribbean,
South American and European
countries aimed at dealing with the
illegal drug trafficking trade.
Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago,
Guyana, Venezuela, Colombia,
Brazil, the Netherlands, France,
Britain signed the "Paramaribo
Declaration" last month at the end
of a two-day conference.

* Caribbean, U.S. sign anti-
drugs pact
The United States has signed an
agreement with several Caribbean,
South American and European
countries aimed at dealing with the
illegal drug trafficking trade.
Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago,
Guyana, Venezuela, Colombia,


and aid pacts with new recip-
rocal trade arrangements.
0


Brazil, the Netherlands, France,
Britain signed the "Paramaribo
Declaration" last month at the end
of a two-day conference.

* BVI to introduce new work
permit card
Authorities in the British Virgin
Islands are introducing a new work
permit card in an attempt to wipe
out what they say is widespread
forgery of the current document.
Noting that the measures were
long overdue, Minister of Labor
Eileene Parsons said the BVI Labor
Department has contracted a
Barbadian firm to produce the new
card which will be introduced Jan. 3.

Compiled from CMC and other
sources.
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REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL (RFP) No. 6000000039
Information Technology Services
The Procurement Department of the South Florida Water Management District, B-I Building, 3301 Gun
Club Road, West Palm Beach, Florida 33406, will receive sealed proposals up to 2:30 p.m. opening time
on December 15, 2006 to develop a pool of qualified Contractors that can provide the District with
Information Technology Consulting Services.
An OPTIONAL PRE-PROPOSAL CONFERENCE will be held on November 27, 2006, @ 1:30 p.m.
in the District's building B-1, Auditorium, 3301 Gun Club Road, West Palm Beach Florida for all
interested respondents.
All proposals must conform to the instructions in the RFP. Interested respondents may obtain a copy of the
complete RFP (1) at the above address; (2) by downloading the solicitation from our website at
www.sfwmd.gos; (3) by calling (561) 682-2715; or (4) by calling the 24-hour BID HOTLINE (800) 472-
5290. The public is invited to attend the proposal opening. Further information on the status of this
solicitation can be obtained on our web site www.sfwmd.gov.
Official public meetings regarding oral presentations for this RFP are scheduled for the period of January
25, 2007 thru March 5, 2007.
Oral presentations are subject to cancellation in the event that the District's final ranking is based solely on
the written proposal evaluation. All meetings will be publicly noticed when dates are confirmed. All public
meetings will be held at the District's headquarters site, building B-1. A copy of the agenda may be
obtained by writing the South Florida Water Management District, Procurement Department, P.O. Box
24680, West Palm Beach, Florida, 33416-4680. Persons with disabilities or handicaps who need assistance
may contact the District Clerk, (561) 682-6297, at least two business days in advance of the meeting to
make appropriate arrangements.
Should one or more members of the evaluation committee need to attend any of the meetings by means of
communication media technology (CMT), the meetings will be teleconferenced at the dates, times,
locations and conference rooms referenced above. For more information, please contact Donna Lavery,
Lead Procurement Specialist, at (561) 682-6420, or Penny Burger, Contract Specialist, at (561) 682-2536.




Attention Construction Contractors
Architectural and
Engineering Consultants
Po tial Vendors
Other Prokasional Service Consultants

Learn how to do business with Miami-Dade County.
Visit http://business.miamidade.gov for information on:
Vendor Registration and Enrollment Solicitations Online
Pre-qualification Certification A list of all contracting
opportunities
Internet access is available at Miami-Dade Libraries.
Or, call the 3-1-1 Answer Center.
Architectural and engineering as well as construction project
announcements are published in the Daily Business Review.

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Jamaica offers incentives for U.S. passport holders


Jamaica is encouraging
Americans to get their pass-
ports through a series of
value added and educational pro-
grams created in response to the
new U.S. passport regulations.
Two programs announced
by the Jamaica Tourist Board
(JTB) and the Jamaica Hotel
and Tourist Association (JHTA)
offer incentives for travelers
who obtain new passports, and
provide opportunities that make
it convenient for potential trav-
elers to sign up for their pass-
ports.
Visitors who travel to
Jamaica after Jan. 8, 2007 with
new passports and have Jamaica
as the first port of entry
stamped in their new passport,
will receive special credits dur-
ing their stay that equal the
standard amount spent on
applying for a U.S. passport.
These incentives may include
hotel services, such as spa treat-
ments, golf greens fees, attrac-
tion tour fees, room upgrades,
extra nights, gift shop and photo
shop purchases, and more.
Participating hotels will


offer the vari-
ous incentives
through Dec.
2007. Services
and amenities
provided by
hotels will
equal the U.S.
dollar amount Assamba
spent on each
new passport: $97 per adult and
$82 per child for new passports.
Details for participating hotels
will vary.
For more information go to
www. visitjamaica. com/rewards

COFFEE BREAKS
On Nov. 15, the JTB is
expected to launch a series of
"Jamaica Morning Coffee
Breaks" at major commuter ter-
minals in New York, Chicago and
Washington, D.C. Consumers can
apply for their passports on-site
or collect the necessary forms.
Free Jamaican Blue
Mountain coffee will be offered,
as well as information on
Jamaica travel and new passport
requirements.
Commuters will need to


have all necessary documents if
they want to apply at the events.
This program will continue in
additional major U.S. markets
through mid-winter 2007.

HONEYMOONERS
The JTB is also encourag-
ing couples and families to
include getting their passports
on their "must do" list as they
plan honeymoons and family
vacations.
"Jamaica realizes how
important it is to educate
Americans about the new pass-
port regulations, and to encour-
age travelers to apply for their
passports as soon as possible,"
said Minister Of Tourism,
Entertainment and Culture.
"These initiatives are
designed to make the applica-
tion process easier, as well as to
provide an incentive to make
Jamaica the first stop upon
receiving a passport."
For more information about
the passport requirements and
Jamaica's passport initiatives, go
to www.visitjamaica.com
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For Caribbean nationals living
in the United States who are
planning an early 2007 retire-
ment, now is the time to contact
Social Security.
Here's why: the Social
Security office generally encour-
ages people to notify it about
three months before the month
in which they plan to retire.
For those planning to retire
in 2007 who want their monthly
payments to start in January or
February, they can do it now and
get the process completed
before the start of the busy holi-
day season.

ONLINE
For those who are Internet
savvy, Social Security makes
the process even easier and
more convenient through
options available at its website
www.socialsecurity.gov/applytoretire.


Author and illustrator
Camille A. Alston has
published a children's
book entitled "Beautiful as a
Butterfly" which speaks to
young readers and addresses
their concerns about self-
esteem.
The easy-to-
understand prose
helps children
grasp the some-
what complicated
issue of self-
esteem. Alston,
who also illustrat-
ed the book, saw a
need for this type
of book after
working directly ,,.
with children from
a variety of circumstances.
"In today's society, youth,
and adults alike, are constant-
ly presented with many chal-
lenges including issues of
low self-esteem and lack of
self-worth. 'Beautiful as a
Butterfly' presents parents
with an important opportunity
to discuss ways to help their
children develop a healthy
sense of confidence," Alston


November 2006


Applications can be made online
for a person's retirement or his or
her spouse's benefits. Before the
online process begins, applicants
will be informed that he or she
will sign the application form
electronically, once they click on
the "sign now" button at the end
of the application. That means
the applicant accepts responsibili-
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as proof of age, earnings, mar-
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For those who do not have
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benefits, visit a local Social
Security office or call 1-800-772-
1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778).
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in a recent press release.
Teachers are also encour-
aged to use this book as a tool
to teach students about this
vital aspect of growth.
In the book, Sweet Pea's
daddy tells her how beautiful
she is, but she
doesn't
believe him,
until she dis-
covers what
makes her
beautiful. She
asks her moth-
er and other
important
people in her
life for their
opinions and
she finds out
that everybody thinks she is
beautiful for a different reason.
Alston was born and
raised in Plainfield, New
Jersey and graduated from
Morgan State University in
Baltimore, Maryland, USA
with a degree in fine arts.

- BlackNews.com
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LOCAL BRIEFS


* Attorney re-elected AJA
president
Attorney Allan Alberga was last
month re-elected president of the
Atlanta Jamaican Association for a
third consecutive term.
Among those elected to serve
on the AJA's board, which will
assume office in Jan. 2007, are:
Vice President Trevor Smith,
Secretary Sylvia Ricketts, Assistant
Secretary Hope McDonald,


Treasurer Joy Boothe, and
Sargent-at-Arms Winston Henry.

* Remittances on the rise
According to Dame Billie Miller,
Barbados's minister of foreign
affairs and foreign trade, remit-
tances from Caribbean nationals
abroad, including the United
States, grew from $400 million in
the early 1990s to about $4 billion
in 2002.


* Flu shots for seniors
Free flu and pneumonia vaccina-
tions are available to persons age
65 and older through the Senior
Immunization Project, a partner-
ship of the Health Foundation of
South Florida and Health Choice
Network.
Vaccines are free for unin-
sured seniors. Insured seniors may
participate by bringing their insur-
ance cards.


For more information, call
305-599-1015 Ext.8008.

* Taste of Florida-Caribbean
The Greater Caribbean American
Chamber of Commerce (GCACC)
will host its inaugural "Taste of
Florida-Caribbean" expo and food
tasting event from noon to 5 p.m.
Nov. 5 at Volunteer Park, 12050
Sunrise Blvd in Plantation, Florida.
The event will include a fun-filled
family day of food tasting,


Caribbean steel pan music, fun,
games and entertainment for all
ages. Attendees can expect to
taste different cuisines from vari-
ous Caribbean restaurants, cater-
ers and suppliers.


Compiled from CMC and other
sources.
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Seniors encouraged to apply

for Social Security benefits


'Beautiful' teaches sweet

lessons in self-esteem


CHEERING FOR A CURE


Supporters of the fight against breast cancer cheer at a gathering for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation Race for the
Cure held last month at Bayfront Park in Miami, Florida. More than 14,000, including close to 600 breast cancer survivors, partici-
pated, the highest number since the first race in 1996. The foundation is dedicated to eradicating breast cancer as a life-threat-
ening disease by advancing research, education, screening and treatment. October was "Breast Cancer Awareness Month".


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CARIBBEAN TODAY


P.M. Arthur keeps Barbados guessing over date for general elections |


LWW-crbbatoa.co


BRIDGETOWN, Barbados,
CMC With both major polit-
ical parties stepping up activi-
ties across the country, Prime
Minister Owen Arthur is
keeping Barbadians guessing
on when the next general
elections will be called.
Addressing a political
mass meeting in the southern
town of Oistins late last
month, Arthur told supporters
that his ruling Barbados
Labour Party (BLP) could
be seeking a fourth successive
term anytime from as early
as before year end, until after
mid-2008 when the poll is
constitutionally due.
"There is no need to spec-
ulate about the date of an
election in Barbados," he told
cheering supporters.
"Whether an election is
called in January next year or
this year and you hear when
I say this year or sometime
in 2007 or 2008 it will not mat-


ter, it will not make any differ-
ence because the result of the
election will be the same -
four love."

SPECULATION
Speculation about an early


Artiur


poll grew recently following
the publication of a poll which
showed that the ruling party
had increased its popularity
over the last year, coupled with


the party's decision to follow in
the footsteps of the 0 pposi-
tion Democratic Labour Party
(DLP) to hold mass meetings
across the country.
Arthur, however, told his
audience that the
"Conversation with the
Nation" series of meetings
were decided on because
his government realized that it
could not depend on the mass
media to take its message to
the country and not because of
an impending election as the
opposition ui,,L ILd
"Tonight I have come to
refocus the serious purpose
behind these meetings, I have
not come out to electioneer.
The time will come when I
will ask for your support but I
feel the need for a general
conversation with our peo-
ple," the prime minister
added.
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Jamaica government survives vote

of no confidence over 'Trafigura Affair'


KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC -
Prime Minister Portia Simpson
Miller broke her long silence
on the controversial campaign
finance scandal involving her
ruling People's National Party
(PNP) government as it sur-
vived a vote of no confidence
brought against it by the main
Opposition Jamaica Labour
Party (JLP).
Both the PNP and the JLP
voted along party lines last
month for a 33 to 23 defeat of
the motion that had been tabled
by Opposition Leader Bruce
Golding last in light of the on
going controversy surrounding
the campaign contribution fund
involving the PNP and the Dutch
oil company Trafigura Beheer.
The controversy has
already led to the resignation
of Information Minister Colin
Campbell, who also stepped
down as the PNP's general sec-
retary after Trafigura Beheer
denied the PNP's account of
how J$31 million ($467,000)
got into an account bearing
Campbell's name.
Campbell had claimed that
the money was a gift from
Trafigura towards the PNP's
election campaign, but the JLP


Golding
called for the resignation of the
entire government.

GOV'T DENIAL
In her presentation,
Simpson Miller emphatically
denied any impropriety in the
"Trafigura Affair" saying the
motion was a bid by the
Opposition to score points
ahead of the impending general
election. She said that in his
bid to score political points,
Golding breached banking
laws, adding "this is not the
sort of conduct that can be
regarded as a qualification for
leadership of our country."
The prime minister said
that on the issue of campaign


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to be dealt with by a parlia-
mentary committee that would
also allow for public participa-
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"Trafigura Affair" as "the moth-
er of all scandals," brushed aside
a call by the prime minister
for a Joint Select Committee of
Parliament to discuss a bill on
party funding and registration
tabled by Independent legislator
Abe Dabdoub.
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