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The slowly
emerging
political
awareness
of Caribbean
immigrants
in the United
States may
find a jump-
start from .
Barack
Obama, the U.S. senator
from Illinois, page 2.

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music honor, page 19.


Food festivals are popping up
around the Caribbean at a
rapid pace. Why the sudden
urge? Society's obsession
with eating has turned food
into a niche market, page 21.


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December 2006


Obama strikes a chord with Caribbean immigrants


GORDON WILLIAMS

MIAMI The slowly emerg-
ing political awareness of
Caribbean immigrants in
the United States may find a
reason to jumpstart from its
slumber in the form of Barack
Obama, the U.S. senator
from Illinois.
While surveys continue
to show that Caribbean
Americans tend to lag behind
other immigrant groups on
the politically active front, the


appeal of Obama, highly tout-
ed as a possible candidate in
the next U.S. presidential
race in 2008, is already being
noticed.
"He has such charisma,"
said a Jamaican woman after
hearing the senator speak
at last month's Miami
International Book Fair.
"He is easy to listen to and
understand. He sounds like
Bill Clinton and he's like one
of us. And he does make
some interesting points."


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The comparison of
Obama with the former
U.S. president is particularly
significant as Caribbean immi-
grants were often drawn to
Clinton's charm. That Obama
is black and the son of a for-
eigner (Kenyan father), can-
not hurt either.
"He may better under-
stand our (Caribbean) issues,"
said the woman, one of many
Caribbean immigrants who
attended Obama's presenta-
tion.


Last month Obama, in his
address to a packed Gusman
Theater in downtown Miami,
showed that he may have
found common ground with a


U.S. Senator Barack Obama.


population as diverse as
any in the U.S. The senator
explained that "the country's
mood has begun to shift" and
the audience's continuous gen-
erous applause indicated that
those listening had latched
onto his line of thinking and
are asking the same questions
today.
"Why would we want to
send $800 million a day to
some of the most hostile coun-
tries on earth?" Obama asked
in reference to the U.S. finan-


Washington, D.C. St. Kitts
and Nevis Prime Minister
Denzil Douglas has renewed
the call for the establishment
of a natural disaster fund and
a special renewable energy
resources fund to benefit the
Caribbean.
Douglas made the call
while in Washington D.C., the


cial backing of nations which
continue to oppose American
policies.

BACKFIRED
On the front burner issue
of the war in Iraq, Obama,
who appeared at the fair to
promote his new book titled
"The Audacity of Hope", not
only criticized the current U.S.
administration's efforts, but
also challenged the American
people to rally against a policy
he claims has clearly backfired.
"We have to insist that
we get it right when we go to
war," the senator said. "...We
can do better.
"There are no good
options now in Iraq," he would
add later. "There are bad
options and there are worse
options."
The senator, who claimed
he had opposed the invasion of
Iraq, also called for a phased
withdrawal of American
troops.

BLAME
However, he blamed some
of the problems on the fact that
many Americans are too busy

(CONTINUED ON PAGE 6)


canes and the rising cost of
petroleum-based energy, pose
tremendous challenges and
therefore merit priority atten-
tion within the inter-American
system.
"The (OAS) cannot and
should not be all things to all
people," Douglas told a proto-
colary session of the OAS


Photograph by Juan Manuel Herrara.
Prime Minister Denzil Douglas, right, is greeted by Jose Miguel Insulza, secretary gen-
eral of the Organization of American States.


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United States, last month to
address the Organization of
American States Permanent
Council.
The prime minister
argued that the Caribbean
region's vulnerability to natu-
ral disasters especially hurri-


Permanent Council convened
in his honor.
"But when a significant
number of its constituents suf-
fer a common problem, the
organization has an obligation
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December 2006


Legendary filmmaker

Perry Henzell is dead


Perry Henzell, whose film-
making credits include the
widely acclaimed feature
"The Harder They Come", died
late last month. He was 70.
Henzell first came to
worldwide attention when he
wrote, directed and produced
"The Harder They Come",
Jamaica's first feature film.
He also authored I ,1 % r
Game", a novel based on the
political violence that wracked
Jamaica in the 1970s; and
"Cane", set in the Caribbean
during the turbulent era of
1780-1815 about an engineer
who is deported to Jamaica as
an indentured worker and
deals with what Henzell called
"the geopolitics of sugar."
Henzell's second film,
titled "No Place Like Home",
is an exploration and revelation
of a tropical culture that is
beautiful, surprising, musically
entertaining and politically
revealing all at the same time.


He most recently spearheaded
the successful opening of
the stage version of London's
newest hit musical "The
Harder They Come".
"Perry has been an icon
in the Jamaican film industry
and his legacy will live on,"
said Del Crooks, film commis-
sioner for
Jamaica's
7 trade agency
JAMPRO.
"He will be
deeply missed.
I feel he had
much more to
give and hope
that what he
has done will
Henzell help others."
Henzell was honored in
Toronto, Canada this year.
"It is so amazing that even
after 30 years 'The Harder
They Come" can have such a
following," Crooks added. "He
has truly made a mark on
Jamaica and Jamaicans."
"It is truly the death of a
legend," said Paul Bucknor,
co-founder of Flashpoint Film
Festival in Jamaica.



St. Lucia holds

elections Dec. 11
CASTRIES, St. Lucia, CMC -
General elections will be held
in St. Lucia on Dec. 11.
Prime Minister Dr. Kenny
Anthony, whose St. Lucia
Labour Party (SLP) is seeking


compton, left, ana Antnony.
an unprecedented third term
in office, made the announce-
ment last month. Nomination
Day was on Nov. 30.
The elections will be a
straight fight between the ruling
SLP and the main Opposition
United Workers Party (UWP),
led by veteran politician and
former Prime Minister Sir John
Compton. The SLP controls 13
seats in the Parliament and the
UWP controlling three seats,
with support from one inde-
pendent member, a former
UWP candidate.
The Electoral Commission
last month announced that it
was ready for the polls and that
135,958 persons had been reg-
istered, an increase of 14,599
electors over the 2001 figure.
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PASSPORT ON THE GO


Photograph by DerrickA Scott
An American citizen raises his right hand to take the oath as he applies for a United States passport during the morning coffee
break at Union Station, downtown Washington, D.C., hosted by the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) recently. The JTB is encouraging
U.S. citizens to apply for passports in advance of the new law which will require them to have one when re-entering the country
after a visit to the Caribbean. Similar coffee breaks are being scheduled for other cities in the U.S. Standing at right is newly
elected U.S. Congresswoman Yvette Clarke. Next to her is Jamaica's Ambassador to the U.S. Professor Gordon Shirley.





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Consumer services caution


electronic holiday shoppers


The Miami-Dade County
Consumer Services
Department (CSD) in
Florida is reminding con-
sumers of federal laws which
govern electronic shopping
and offer tips holiday shop-
pers should take to protect
themselves.
"Before you place an
order call the consumer pro-
tection office where the seller
is located and
find out if the
company has a
record of unsatis-
fied complaints,"
Miami-Dade
County
Consumer
Advocate
Leonard Elias
advises.
"You should
also make sure
you understand -
the merchant's
return policy."
One area of
frequent disputes is delivery
time.
"Place your orders early,"
Elias urges those who shop by
computer, telephone, fax or
mail. "The closer we get to
the holidays, the more likely it
is that the order will not be
delivered on time.
"It is also important that
you save your paperwork," the
consumer advocate cautions.
"If you shop by computer,
print the confirmation order."

REQUIREMENTS
The Federal Trade
Commission's "Mail or
Telephone Order Shopping
Rule" requires that mer-
chants meet the agreed
delivery time for a product,


or deliver it within 30 days if
there is no specific agreed
time. If the company cannot
meet these requirements it
must notify the consumer of a
new date and give the con-
sumer the option to cancel.
Where the consumer opts
to cancel, a full refund must
be given. Where the product
is no longer available, the
merchant cannot substitute


something else, even a similar
product, without the con-
sumer's permission.
For consumers paying by
credit card, another federal
law, the Fair Credit Billing
Act, offers additional protec-
tions such as limiting the con-
sumer's liability for unautho-
rized charges where a card has
been lost or stolen.
Consumers can obtain
information about these feder-
al laws or make complaints by
calling the CSD Mediation
Center at 305-375-3677 or
visit the Miami-Dade
County Consumer Services
Department website at
www.miamidade.gov/csd/
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Yvette D. Clarke, with microphone, is surrounded by family members and other well wishers as she gives her victory speech after
being elected last month to the United States Congress representing the 11th Congressional District in Brooklyn, New York.
"Thank you, I'm so appreciative and very humble to the voters of the 11th Congressional District for sending me to
Congress," she told her supporters, who included her mother Una Clarke, to her immediate right.
"I will not forsake you."
Una Clarke and Yvette's father Leslie were born in Jamaica. The mother was a trailblazing politician in New York. She served
as a city councilwoman and ran unsuccessfully for the seat her daughter now holds.


Obama strikes a chord with Caribbean immigrants


(CONTINUED FROM PAGE 2)
with their own personal lives to
pay attention to misguided gov-
ernment policies and only
responded when there is a crisis.
"When they sense some-
thing has gone awry, they
pay attention," Obama said.
"...And when they pay atten-
tion, good things happen."
The senator, who said he
was inspired by the civil rights
movement of the 1960s, called
on U.S. citizens to revive a
sense of unity in approaching
difficult issues that face the
nation.
When the floor was
opened to questions, the sena-
tor responded decisively on
several issues, including pre-
dicting upcoming legislation
that will: increase in the mini-
mum wage "right away"; offer
better prices for drugs for sen-
iors; introduce a strong ethics
bill; and push for reduction of
interest rates for student loans.
"These four are issues


which will move fairly quick-
ly," he said.
He was more hopeful for
urgent legislation that will
reduce the U.S. dependence
on imported energy, especially
if the environment is continu-
ously being affected.
"The environment situa-
tion is very important and
needs to be dealt with now,"
Obama said. "...It would
make sense for us to take out
some insurance."

YOUTH
Responding to a question
from a 14-year-old old,
Obama explained that "young
people have the bi,-_, l Ik1 i
in what happens in the near
future as decisions being made
now will affect them most.
He lamented that youths have
lost faith in government as an
agency to make positive
changes and have turned to
working with non-profit
organizations.


However, Obama was not
so precise on the issue of gay
rights. While he said he is
against discrimination against
gays, and supported the right
of full citizenship for all
Americans, he admitted: "I
struggle with the issue of gay
marriage." He urged groups
with strong views on a particu-
lar issue to mobilize for their
rights.
"It's not for me to tell
them (what to do)," he said.
But he stopped short of
discussing his own presidential
ambitions.
"I will get back to you,"
Obama said before closing to
thunderous applause.

Gordon Williams is Caribbean
Today's managing editor.
You may e-mail him at
editor@caribbeantoday. com
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(CONTINUED FROM PAGE 2)
to demonstrate its relevance
and to show that its reforms
are quite essential to making
it more responsive to its mem-
bership."
During the OAS
Permanent Council session -


chaired by Trinidad and
Tobago Ambassador Marina
Valere, with member state
ambassadors, Insulza and
Assistant Secretary General
Albert Ramdin on hand -
Prime Minister Douglas
touched on a wide range of


issues, highlighting his govern-
ment's electoral reform initia-
tive and the ending of sugar
exports, which he said were
no longer feasible because of
the impact of trade liberaliza-
tion.
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DAMIAN P. GREGORY
Caribbean leaders contin-
ue to stress the impor-
tance of reviving the
Free Trade Area of the
Americas (FTAA), or similar
trading agreements, as the
region's key to competing
globally or risk falling further
behind the larger economies of
Europe and Asia.
The FTAA a proposed
federation of 34 democracies
in the Americas where barri-
ers to trade would be removed
thereby creating the largest
trading bloc in the Western
Hemisphere was the center-
piece of key addresses deliv-
ered by Caribbean prime min-
isters Owen Arthur of
Barbados and Jamaica's Portia
Simpson Miller at the 30th
Miami Conference on the
Caribbean Basin themed "A
United Third BI >rdL r .
Arthur, the elder statesman
from the region who has been
involved in talks of the now-
stalled trading bloc since its
inception in 1994, ended the
conference here earlier this
month by emphasizing the
importance of the FTAA, or
similar trading and social mech-
anisms, to the development of
countries in the Caribbean and
Latin America.
"(FTAA) negotiations
should have been resumed as
soon as possible," Arthur said,
"but we (in the Caribbean)
cannot say that we do not wel-
come the pause in negotiating
activity, for it gives us the time


Though many in the
Caribbean are looking to
next year's ICC Cricket
World Cup (CWC) to be a
financial windfall for the
region, tourism and travel
experts warn that the big ticket
event may not be a cash cow, at
least not initially.
"The jury is still out on the
effects of these events on
tourism," said Vincent
Vanderpool-Wallace, secretary
general of the Caribbean
Tourism Organization (CTO).
"Time will tell."
Vanderpool-Wallace was
the moderator of a panel on
sports tourism held at the 30th
Miami Conference on the
Caribbean Basin earlier this
month.
Attorney and former athlete


and space to consolidate our
own integration arrangements
and to enhance our capacity
to respond to a wider chal-
lenge."
Arthur, who has also been
at the forefront of efforts to
push the Caribbean Single
Market Economy (CSME),
said that the region has spent
the two years since the delay
of the FTAA strengthening
itself internal-
ly and work-
ing together.

COSTS,
DEBT
Industries
across the
board have
Arthur been affected
by the
absence of wide-ranging coop-
erative trade agreements and
Simpson Miller said that her
country is facing an unprece-
dented debt and an oil crisis
that continues to deepen.
Blkli\\ n 2002 and this
year, primary fuel prices in the
region have increased by an
astounding 170 percent," the
prime minister said in her
speech. "We are spending more
than 75 percent of our export
earnings to maintain our cur-
rent levels of oil imports."
Simpson Miller said she
believes the region's leaders
have to come together to find
tools that will enable it to
work more closely toward
achieving common goals of
alleviating poverty and
despair. She said any attempt


Roget Bryan thinks that an
ambitious mega event like CWC,
which will result in thousands of
sports fans converging on the
C.rilbbin,i could present some
real chal-
lenges to the
region.
I do
think that
the Cricket
World Cup
is going to
be a big lit-
mus test for
the region,"
dler Bryan told
Caribbean
Today. "I think specifically with
the area of travel regulations.
It's going to demonstrate the
effectiveness of regional coop-
eration if it is successful.


CORRECTIONS AND CLARIFICATIONS


Veteran Jamaican entertainer
Byron Lee was recently hon-
ored in Connecticut. He is on
the right in the photograph,
taken of him receiving the


award at the ceremony, which
appeared on page 6 of last
month's issue of Caribbean
Today. We regret the error.
I


to create free trade mecha-
nisms in the region must be
development-focused and
people-centered.
"Unifying the third bor-
der is about balancing people's
lives while balancing the
books," she said. "The
greatest threat to our democ-
rac(ies) and security will come
from poverty and underdevel-
opment."?
Arthur, said that he and
other members of the
Caribbean community
(CARICOM) share that
vision. The FTAA had a larg-
er purpose other than just
trading, Arthur said, it was
supposed to lead to the cre-
ation of a partnership for
development and prosperity,
that would benefit all levels of
society.
"It will be possible to
jump start the stalled hemi-
spheric integration process
only if we make a concerted
effort to place at the forefront
of the hemispheric agenda,
along with free trade, the
social dimension of develop-
ment," he said.
"Many of the social and
security concerns which preoc-
cupy our governments today
are caused or exacerbated by
persistent poverty and margin-
alization."

Damian P Gregory covered
the 30th Miami Conference
on the Caribbean Basin for
Caribbean Today.
I


"If unsuccessful, it could
be the death knell for mega
sports tourism events in the
region. Because one thing peo-
ple would immediately point to
is that things did not go well,"
he warned.

HOPES
Many Caribbean islands
are pinning their hopes on
sports tourism as a way to
showcase their country as a
holiday destination while cater-
ing to fans. Peter Odle, presi-
dent of the Caribbean Hotel
Association and chairman of
the Barbados Tourism
Authority, said that his country
views sports tourism as poten-
tially lucrative and will contin-
ue with plans to develop this
new market.
"Our main thrust in the
next five to 10 years is going
to be done around sports
tourism," Odle said.

- Damian R Gregory
I


Leaders from the
Organization of
American States (OAS)
and the Caribbean community
(CARICOM) kicked off the
30th Miami Conference on the
Caribbean Basin earlier this
month claiming the region has
improved in
recent
decades, but
is still haunt-
ed by obsta-
cles such as
poverty and
lack of mar-
ket competi-
tiveness,
Insulza which
threaten to
erode its advances.
"We have made a lot of
progress," OAS Secretary
General Jos6 Miguel Insulza
said in the conference's open-
ing address, "comparing our-
selves to 30 years ago."
The Dec. 4-6 confab
brought together political, pub-
lic and private sector business
leaders, plus international
experts, to discuss wide-ranging
policy issues including global
competitiveness, economic
growth, disaster preparedness
and maritime security.
Insulza said the region has
IlJNILs rd the holding of dem-
ocratic elections," but qualified
that optimism with a challenge
to address issues which contin-
ue to plague many, particularly
the poorest. He explained that
according to the 2006 Global
Competitiveness Report, only
two countries in the Basin -
Chile and Barbados placed in
the top 50 of 117 countries
ranked.
"On the whole, the coun-
tries of our region languished
in the bottom 50 percent,"
Insulza said.

OBSTACLES
Edwin Carrington, the
head of CARICOM, said that
the region still faces many
daunting obstacles that hinder
its progress.
"The challenges to
Caribbean development
remain as formidable as ever,"
Carrington argued.
"Despite relatively high
per capital incomes, sluggish
economic growth, persistent
unemployment, high indebted-
ness and entrenched pockets of
poverty have resulted in a rela-
tive decline in the ranking of
Caribbean community coun-
tries over the last 30 years."
Carrington, however, said
he believes that the Caribbean
Single Market and Economy
(CSME) will work to counteract
the trend. The CSME seeks to
ally the small economies of the
Caribbean into one unified


trading bloc in order to com-
pete with larger countries. But
key to that success will be pri-
vate sector participation in the
areas of trade and investment.
Carrington urged the Caribbean
diaspora to forge partnerships
and networks in the region.
"The Caribbean is putting
its house in order," he said.
"With a little help from our
friends, I am confident that the
CSME will create the kind of
competitive environment that
will ensure a viable and pros-
perous society taking its right-
ful place in the hemispheric
and global arenas."

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Caribbean people are
used to what many view
as incompetent govern-
ment.
When at "home" they
even expect inefficiency or cor-
rupt systems. So they work
with it or, some say, around
it...and at times even against it.
You want a passport or
driver's license? Then join a
long line, or simply "let off"
some extra cash to "John P"
and the process miraculously
speeds up. Rich people do it;
poor people do it. The choice
is theirs to make.
Many concede that
despite the region's cherished
attractiveness, it is still strewn
with so-called Third World
countries so, when things
don't work as they should,
when confusion reigns, the
frustration is somewhat light-
ened because Caribbean peo-
ple know that's just how it is.
But when they come to
the United States the so-
called First World they
expect much different. If
someone is going to demand
that they pay taxes, high vol-
umes of it at that, they want
maximum returns. They want
government efficiency.
Forget the mysterious pres-
idential election debacle, which
left Al Gore and the nation's
Democrats shaking their heads
in bewilderment. Caribbean
immigrants have seen election
bloopers before, "at home",
and are used to that. They are
far more concerned about other
stuff that affects their daily lives
in the U.S.
So many Caribbean immi-
grants have become increas-
ingly frustrated by some recent
events especially since 9/11 -
when the U.S. stepped up its
efforts to tighten border con-
trol. The U.S. has shown much
greater interest in who is going
and coming, who is staying,
and what they are doing when
they come. The government
has demanded certain privi-
leges and has received quite
a few in the name of national
security.

REAL BOTHER
That hardly seems to
bother the average Caribbean
immigrant in the U.S. They
want security too. What is
gnawing at their skin is the
inconsistency of the applica-
tion of the new laws that come
in the name of national securi-
ty and the ways in which they
are being implemented.
Take, for example, getting
a driver's license. Used to be a
utility bill with an address and


some sort of identification like
the expired license were
enough to renew a license. Not
so anymore. Now Department
of Motor Vehicles (DMV)
offices across the U.S. are
demanding every piece of
information you have: pass-
ports or "green cards", old
licenses etc.
O.K., if that is what is
required, then fine. But
Caribbean people cannot
understand when someone
at the DMV looks at a
Department Homeland
Security (the new INS) stamp
in a valid foreign passport
and declares that he does not
know what the stamp repre-
sents that it could mean any-
thing.
Question: If a DMV offi-
cer does not know what a
stamp in a passport repre-
sents, then why is he or she in
a position where he or she can
deny someone a driver's
license based on ignorance?
But this happens. It happened
to me.
What's more frustrating is
that because the government
officers may not know what is
right or wrong, they are reluc-
tant to admit ignorance and
seek the truth. Instead, they
often try to just bury the inci-
dent and hope it goes away.
They hardly seem to care if
the applicant is frustrated and
does not know where else to
turn or what to do.

AIRPORT DILEMMA
Then there is the latest
issue about traveling with liq-
uids. The U.S. government
declared that each traveler
who chooses to have carry-on
luggage must transport liquid
in a transparent plastic bag
that allows airport security
agents to easily scrutinize the
contents. Each container of
liquid should not exceed a cer-
tain volume or the passenger is
faced with the option of plac-
ing it in the checked-in bag-
gage or having it confiscated.
Many valuable drinks,
including expensive fine
wines, have been taken away
from passengers in the name
of national security, never to
seen by the passenger again.
However, there does not
seem to be much consistency
at airports in the U.S. On one
weekend trip a plastic bag and
all its contents were carefully
scrutinized at one airport and
then allowed to pass the check-
point. On the return trip at
another airport, several items
from the same bag same items
- were confiscated by agents.
When asked why this was
(CONTINUED ON PAGE 10)


Who's on First,


or Third World?


S T


IE UW P 0 I I


Unnaturally

yoked

Much of our worries,
problems, and
anguish comes from
the emotional pain that peo-
ple inflict on us, and that's
why some people would
rather live without, do with-
out, be without someone,
rather than risk a life of suf-
fering with that person.
Recently I was in a heated
discussion with a 'young' lady
who I hadn't seen in many
years, and I daresay she
looked a damn sight better
now than she used to. Now,
I'm not being unkind, but I'm
a realist, and the fact is, usual-
ly when you haven't seen
someone for a very long time,
you always fear what they will
look like when you see them
again. This usually applies to
women who have a tendency
to let go after a while and sud-
denly show their age in a few
short years.
But for some strange rea-
son, society does not view
men in this vein, and even if a
man packs on a paunch,
sprouts a few grey hairs or
even loses some off his pate,
he's still deemed as being dis-
tinguished, dapper, smart
looking and still a good catch.
Not so a woman though, who
is often looked upon, both by
men and women, as old, hag-
gard and tired if she happens
to show her age.
For that reason women
will never divulge their age,
thinking that by not saying it,
they won't show it.

DROUGHT
Well, this lady friend of
mine was looking real good,
slim, trim, attractive, even
though she was in her late 40s.
Naturally I asked her what
was the secret of her rejuvena-
tion, and she replied, "Plenty
rest and many hours of gym."
Now, from I heard that I
knew what the story was,
plenty rest meant no man, and
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for who they think is the man
to suit them, when there are
many great guys down by the
base waiting for them. They
want the guy at the top, the
man with the degree, the suit,
the class, the great job and
fancy car and the status to
accompany her. That's who
she sets her sights on, and
anyone else will fall into the
category of unnaturally yoked,
and can't step with her.

PICKY
But why are women so
picky, preferring to live a life
of loneliness, preferring to
express their love to a lazy
puss or idiot rat dog that costs
more to maintain than a baby,
rather than being with a good
man who just happens to be
outside of her social sphere?
Men don't do that.
Rich, educated guys meet
waitresses and marry them all
the time. Men will troll any
swamp and snare a woman to
call his own. But not so the
women, who narrow their
choices to the fine point of the
pyramid, trying to defy the
laws of demand and supply.
They demand so much, but
the men they want are so few
in supply.

(CONTINUED ON PAGE 10)


the question
anyway:
"So... no
man in your
life...still?"
At which
point she
said, "It's bet-
ter to be
alone, natu- TONY
rally, than to ROBINSON
be unnatural-
ly yoked."
That's a classic phrase if I
ever heard one, but it just
reaffirmed what I always
thought, how women pick and
choose until they pick out,
then they have nothing to
show for it in the long run.
And the sad thing is, a woman
of a certain age who has
nobody, has a huge question
mark hanging over her head.
Being ugly does not stop
women from getting men, so
why are so many attractive
women without men? Because
of that same statement about
better off to be alone, natural-
ly, than unnaturally yoked,
that's why.
By definition, unnaturally
yoked means that any man
who is not suitable for her
class, education or regal bear-
ing, can't be next to her. So
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* "We did it
in the spirit
of the Hon.
Shirley
Chisholm,
Eleanor
Roosevelt,
Fannie Lou
Hamer, Rosa
Parks, Elizabeth Cady
Stanton and my mother Una
T. Clarke" Yvette D. Clarke,
daughter of Caribbean immi-


grants, after being elected to
the United States Congress last
month.

* "Christian theology does
not permit us to refuse people
entry into our country on the
basis of sexual orientation.
That would be discrimination
and in violation of a persons
freedom of movement" -
Bishop of Roseau Gabriel
Malzaire, who is also head of
the Christian Council in
Dominica, saying last month
that the question of gay
tourism cruises to the island
cannot be dealt with in isola-
tion, but has to be viewed in


the context of human sexuali-
ty, human freedom and state
legislation.

* "We have a beautiful
result" Dutch Minister of
Administrative Reform and
Kingdom Relations Atzo
Nicoula prais-
ing last month's
decision that
will result in St.
Maarten and
Curacao to
attain country
status.


* "I put this on the table not


to alarm the members of this
House and this national com-
munity, but simply to provide
the backdrop to the security
planning which has been tak-
ing place over the last 14
years" Trinidad and
Tobago's National Security
Minister Martin Joseph last
month defending that coun-
try's decision to make the
Si It'j" laws permanent in
the name of protecting T&T.

* "There is a dangerous view
that we are accepting in the
region that there is an end for
agriculture and that the
development of services


means the end for agriculture.
We think it must not be one
or the other, but we have
room for both and both must
go forward" Renwick Rose,
coordinator of the Windward
Island Farmers Association,
last month urging Caribbean
trade negotiators not to side-
line the region's agricultural
sector as they place additional
focus on service industries
during the crafting of a new
trade deal with Europe.

Compiled from CMC and
other sources.
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Who's on First, or Third World?


(CONTINUED FROM PAGE 9)
being done, an agent chirped:
Iku.JlML we have tougher
standards here."
So that's where the dilem-


ma is. The rules, they will tell
you, are perfectly clear.. .just
subject to interpretation. That
is why a person's driver's
license application can get
rejected at one DMV office


and accepted less than an
hour later at another office.
Caribbean people have
seen these inconsistencies
before. That is why many of
them moved to the U.S. They


actually expect better from the
American system. What they
don't expect is to be guessing
which place is the First World
and which one is Third.


Gordon Williams is Caribbean
Today's managing editor. You
may e-mail him at
editor@caribbeantoday.com
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Unnaturally yoked


(CONTINUED FROM PAGE 9)
I keep on hearing how
they want a man who they can
talk to and I keep on telling
them, "If you want to talk,
talk at the office." I know of
too many equally educated,
status matched, class con-
scious couples whose marriage
crashed and burned after a
few years anyway, so why not
give the blue collar guy a
chance, what do you have to
lose? Remember they always
say, "Be careful what you wish
for, you just might get it."
I know of so many
women who carefully pick the


man of their dreams and he
turns out to be a nightmare.

MERITS
Still there may be some
credence to choosing being
alone rather than being unnat-
urally yoked, as solitude does
have its merits. For one thing,
your life will be bereft of all
the crosses, and worries that
come with a bad relationship.
And let's face it, over 90 per-
cent of complaints by women
are about men.
Therefore, by process of
elimination, take away the
men and their lives should be


perfect, happy, blissful. But
there is no logic, no method in
the madness, for the very
thing that they complain
about is the object of their
desires.
"Oh for a good man, I
want a perfect man, oh for my
knight in shining armour to
come galloping along to take
me away."
Ladies be careful you
don't end up spending the rest
of your days cleaning up horse
manure. How come men don't
say these things? Yet when
the women cannot grasp the
object of their dreams, that


illusory object of perfection,
they say that they prefer to be
alone, not to be unnaturally
yoked.
Well, even though they
say so, I don't believe them,
but rather think that it's just
the pronouncement of resig-
nation of one's fate, accepting
the inevitable, like an over-
weight person who can't lose
weight saying that they love
being fat, or a poor person
saying that they prefer to be
penniless, it's all sad hogwash.
Oh, perhaps when they
were young, and thought that
they had choices, it may ring


true. But now in the twilight
of their years when they start
to push 50 and are still man-
less, I am pretty sure that they
would love to be even unnatu-
rally yoked with some man of
sorts, someone to accompany
them to the movies, dinner,
the park or even church. But
by then it may be too late and
she has no choice but to be
without and not yoked at all.
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What to put in the bath

to ease aches and pains


SUZY COHEN

QUESTION: Why do Epsom
salts help relieve arthritis pain?
What's in it, and what else
can I put in my bath to help?
Someone suggested essential
oils.

ANSWER: Epsom salts are
magnesium sulfate. In the bath,
magnesium breaks apart from
the sulfate and both get
absorbed into your skin. Both
substances reduce inflammation
and pain. The hot water is also
soothing and improves your cir-
culation you want more blood
flow (and oxygen) to sore suf-
focating muscle cells. These
cells need the oxygen, so
improving circulation in any
way is helpful.
You can also put
Naturopathica's "Arnica Muscle
& Joint Bath and Body Oil" in
the bath. I like this one because
it contains basil, rosemary, bay
laurel and arnica a soothing
combination that should relieve
sore, achy muscles and joint
pain from osteoarthritis,
rheumatoid arthritis or overex-
ertion. Arnica is also found in
many over-the-counter arthritis
rubs because it increases circu-
lation and reduces swelling and
joint pain.
As far as essential oils go,
I need to make sure you realize
that you can't just buy a bottle
of oil and put a few drops into
your bathtub your friend told
you wrong. Most pure essential
oils need to be diluted in a
carrier oil (like almond oil) or
you could "bum" your skin.
Lavender (for relaxation) is one
exception. This is why I recom-
mend that people buy blended
mixtures combined in the right
ratio to soothe your skin, your
senses and your ailment, what-
ever it is. You see products like
this at salons and bath and body
shops in the malls.
For more information on
the infused essential oil men-
tioned above, visit www.natur-
opathica.com or call 1-800-592-
7995.

QUESTION: Used to be you
could just buy soap, but now it
comes in all sorts of types. Should


I buy the "antibacterial" type or
not? Something tells me those
chemicals are bad.

ANSWER: Before we talk
about antibacterials, let's just
talk about soap. If you Google
soap's sudsing agent, "sodium
lauryl Mll.iik (aka SLS)
you will find a lot of dirt.
Apparently, studies show SLS
causes skin/scalp irritation and
liver damage. SLS is found in
most soaps, shampoos, deter-
gents and t,< hlp.iLIc, Now add
the .iiilib.atcrial and you have


A bath with the right ingredients added
can be very soothing.
a relatively chemical-laden mix-
ture to kill off the bacteria. I
don't know what's worse, the
nasty bugs or the harmful
chemicals to kill them.
I don't think these "super-
. Ic.icr,, are any better than
plain soap and water because
there isn't any real hard evi-
dence they lead to fewer infec-
tions. As a pharmacist, I imag-
ine that our bacteria will
become resistant to our antibac-
terial efforts. Also, these soaps
dry out your skin. I think rou-
tine washing with plain soap and
water will do the trick, even for
kids. Now if you want your soap
to be free of SLS, too, then go
to the natural health food store
or look online.

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mate) is often helpful for peo-
ple who suffer with migraines
and constant head pain.

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Call for sustained regional approach

to Caribbean HIV/AIDS pandemic


BRIDGETOWN, Barbados,
CMC Carl Browne, chairman
of the Pan Caribbean
Partnership Against AIDS
(PANCAP), said Caribbean
governments need to find a
sustained regional approach
to dealing with the HIV/AIDS
pandemic.
Addressing a workshop on
HIV/AIDS during the 12th
annual EU/African Caribbean
and Pacific (ACP) Joint
Parliamentary Assembly here
last month, Browne said that
while there's nothing wrong with
national approaches, the time
has come to approach the AIDS
fight as a regional initiative.
"Regional negotiation is
very important. There is also
the issue of pooled procure-
ment as an important strategy,"
he said. "Because our countries
are small, our populations are
small, we need to pool so that
we can get economies of scale
and the OECS pool procure-
ment system is a case in point


of how that would work."
A new AIDS Epidemic
Update released by the United
Nations on Tuesday said that
the global epidemic continued
to grow, with 2.9 million deaths


and 4.3 million new HIV infec-
tions in the past year.
The report said that an esti-
mated 39.5 million people are
living with HIV with 2.8 million
of the new infections occurring
in sub-Saharan Africa.
Browne said that the issue
of illegibility strikes at the
heart of the HIV/AIDS


response in the Caribbn, and
the fact that many Caribbean
countries were classified as
middle-income countries, was
not helping the region's case
since these islands were denied
access to concessionary loans
or grants.

WEAK WATCH
There were no figures for
the Caribbun, but the U.N., in
its report, expressed concern
about weak HIV surveillance
in this region.
It said that this often means
that people at highest risk are
not adequately reached through
HIV prevention and treatment
strategies, because not enough
is known about their particular
situations and realities.
The report listed those
with highest risk as men who
have sex with men, sex workers
and injecting drug users.
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way in Caribbean family
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pared by the most loving of
cooks can become unhealthy
if food is improperly stored,
handled and cooked.
"Food poisoning is often
the unfortunate result of some
of the most anticipated meals
of the year," said Dr. Brian
Keaton, president of ACER
"When you're preparing a
holiday dinner for large num-
bers of people, sometimes the
everyday safety tips people
follow in the kitchen are not
maintained as crowded ovens
and refrigerators result in
food not being prepared or
handled in the safest way."

SYMPTOMS
Food poisoning can be
caused by bacteria or by the
toxins produced by bacteria
already in the food. Most cases
of food poisoning run their
course in a couple of days, and
symptoms usually begin from
two hours to two days after
eating the tainted food.
The symptoms are similar
to those of the flu and should
be treated the same. These
symptoms include headache,
nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
and abdominal pain. Food
poisoning especially can be


dangerous to young children
and the elderly.
"It's important for those
who may have eaten tainted
food to prevent dehydration,"
said Dr.
Keaton.
"As soon as
they are
able to keep
liquids
down they
should
drink water,
diluted fruit
juice or
weak tea.
Adults can
handle
dehydration
much better
than chil-
dren, so
parents
should keep
a close eye
on children
experienc-
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symptoms.
If symptoms
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if someone
is unable to drink any liquids
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physician or visit the emer-


agency department."

TIPS
The ACEP \LtelI the
following safety tips to reduce


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prepare food is important in preventing poisoning.

the chances of food poisoning:
Always follow recom-
mended precautions for food


handling and preparation.
Check expiration or sell-
by dates on food labels; don't
consume food with expired
labels.
Wash hands before
preparing food, and always
wash hands, utensils and
countertops thoroughly imme-
diately after handling raw
foods.
Be sure frozen poultry
and meat are fully defrosted
before they are cooked.
Defrost foods in a microwave
oven or refrigerator.
Cook meat, poultry, fish
and eggs thoroughly to kill
harmful bacteria.
Never keep food luke-
warm for long periods; bacte-
ria can multiply without obvi-
ous signs of spoilage.
Refrigerate raw foods
and leftovers promptly,
because bacteria multiple rap-
idly. Discard perishable food
left at room temperature
longer than two hours; one
hour in temperatures above 90
degrees Fahrenheit.
Wear protective gloves
and bandages if you have cuts
on your hands.
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CARIBBEAN TODAY


Jamaican opens aviation school

and youngsters' window to the sky


MIAMI, Florida Jamaican-
born pilot and instructor
Barrington Irving has launched
a flight school assigned specifi-
cally to educate youngsters
interested in aviation.
Experience Aviation
Learning Center (EALC)
opened last month at Opa-
Locka Executive Airport
here.
The EALC, Irving's brain-
child, is designed to get chil-
dren excited about careers in
aviation and build mathemat-
ics, science and reading skills
through the world of aviation.
Participating students will
have the opportunity to visit an
air traffic control tower and
observe air traffic controllers
up close, tour corporate air-
craft, and get hands-on experi-
ence with the help of Microsoft
Flight Simulator software.
Next spring Irving plans to
embark on a five-week flight in




SIMMIGRAIION

VKORNER
QUESTION: My sister's
boyfriend and his family are
migrating to the United States
very soon. The local embassy has
notified them to uplift their visa
this month. Someone told them
they can ask to bring my sister
with them because the guy wants
to marry her and she will be
given a visa as long as they get
married legally. Is this possible?
ANSWER: It would have been
helpful to know who exactly
petitioned for your sister's
boyfriend since the status of the
petitioner (along with the priori-
ty date) is an important factor in
advising you, says Dolly Hassan,
attorney at the Liberty Center in
Queens.
However, we will assume
that you may be referring to a
common situation in which a
permanent resident parent who


his attempt to become
youngest person, and first
African American, to ever fly
solo around the globe. The trip


mark the opening of EALC
last month, the 22-year-old
offered instructions to Miami-
Dade County Mayor Carlos


Photograph by Rick Garcia
Irving, left, offers instruction to Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Alvarez.


is designed to inspire other
young people to work toward
their dreams.
As part of the program to


Alvarez on how to operate the
controls of an aircraft.
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Visa issues and marriage


petitions for a son or daughter
(over 21) becomes a U.S. citi-
zen, enabling that beneficiary
to get married. The spouse is
then able to immigrate at the
same time with the principal
beneficiary assuming that the
priority date is current (third-
preference).
If the petitioning parent is
not a U.S. citizen, the benefici-
ary will not be eligible for a
visa if he marries. Your sister's
boyfriend should contact the
U.S. consulate for a case-spe-
cific response and guidance
since, from your question, it
seems that the entire visa pack-
et has apparently been already
prepared for the beneficiary as
a single person.
PLEASE NOTE: For further
details on the Diversity Visa
(D V) or 'Greencard' Lottery
directly log on to:
www.state.gov/rlpa/prs/ps/200
6/72835. htm
This is a column created espe-


cially for immigrants concerned
or unsure of issues pertaining to
the U.S. immigration law. The
column will answer some of our
readers' frequently asked ques-
tions and provide responses
from qualified immigration
attorneys and advocates lobby-
ing for the US. immigration
cause.
If you or someone you
know has an immigration ques-
tion, then log on to www.immi-
grationkorner.com and submit
your questions. Personal
answers will not be provided.
The answers provided here are
for information purposes only,
and does not create attorney-
client relationship, nor is it a
substitute for "legal advise"
which can only be given by a
competent attorney after review-
ing all the facts of the case.
Contact the writer at
Felicia@hardbeatnews.com
- Compiled by Felicia Persauda
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Montreal-based Haitian
singer and activist
Luck Mervil will be
the featured act at a concert
this month in Miami to raise


funds for the Haitian Cultural
Arts Alliance.
The concert, set for Dec.


15, is part of "Haitian Art and
Films", which is scheduled to
run through Dec. 29 at the
Tower Theater, 1508 S.W.
Eighth St.
The event is
being presented
by the Miami
Dade College
InterAmerican
Campus, in con-
junction with
the Haitian
Cultural Arts
Alliance, an
organization
that provides
assistance to
South Florida's
Haitian com-
munity.
For more infor-
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December 2006


U.S. orders new test questions for naturalization applicants


WASHINGTON United
States Citizenship and
Immigration Services
(USCIS) Director Emilio
Gonzalez has announced the
release of 144 questions and
answers for the pilot test of a
new naturalization exam.
USCIS will administer the
pilot exam in early 2007 to
about 5,000 volunteer citizen-
ship applicants in 10 cities.
"We found that the cur-
rent naturalization exam
process lacks standardization
and encourages applicants to


memorize facts just to pass a
test, but that doesn't guaran-
tee that they understand the
meaning behind the ques-
tion," said Gonzalez.
"Our goal is to inspire
immigrants to learn about the
civic values of this nation so
that after they take the oath
of citizenship they will partici-
pate fully in our great democ-
racy."

NEW FOCUS
USCIS included new
questions that focus on the


concepts of democracy and the
rights and responsibilities of
citizenship. In designing the
new exam, USCIS received
assistance and worked with
test development contractors,
U.S. history and government
scholars, and English as a sec-
ond language experts.
USCIS also sought input
from a variety of stakeholders,
including immigrant advocacy
groups, citizenship instructors
and district adjudications offi-
cers.
The pilot will allow


Applicants for U.S. citizenship will face a new set of questions before they can be
sworn in as Americans.


USCIS to work out any prob-
lems and refine the exam
before it is fully implemented
nationwide in the spring of
2008.
The questions and
answers are posted on
the agency website:
http://www. uscis.gov.
Questions that are not
successful in the pilot will be
dropped, narrowing the list to
the same 100 questions as the
current exam. The range of
acceptable answers to ques-
tions will increase so that
applicants may learn more
about a topic and select from
a wider range of responses.

VOCABULARY
In addition to new ques-
tions, USCIS will soon release
a new civics-based vocabulary


ome of the bi22%,I
Caribbean gospel artistes
are scheduled to perform


Stitchie
at this month's Air Jamaica
Gospel Fest in South Florida.
Stitchie, The Grace
Thrillers, Sanchez, Dobbie
Dobson, Claudelle Clarke,
Nigel Lewis, Ken Parker,
Junior Tucker, Deryck


list to help applicants study
for the English reading and
writing portion of the pro-
posed test.
During the trial period,
volunteer applicants who
choose to take the pilot exam
can immediately take the cur-
rent exam if they incorrectly
answer a pilot question. To
pass, applicants will have to
correctly answer six of 10
selected questions.
The 10 pilot test sites are:
Albany, New York; Boston,
Massachusetts; Charleston,
South Carolina; Denver,
Colorado; El Paso, Texas;
Kansas City, Missouri; Miami,
Florida; San Antonio, Texas;
Tucson, Arizona; and Yakima,
Washington.
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Douglas, JHOY and Nadine
Sutherland will be among the
performers at from noon to 6
p.m. Dec. 16 at the Fort
Lauderdale New Testament
Church of God, 1601
Lauderdale Manor Drive.
The event is being pre-
sented by local Caribbean
radio station MYSTIK
1400AM.
Proceeds from this event
will benefit the Lovebird
Kid's Club, a non-profit
organization initiated by the
staff of Air Jamaica. The aim
of this organization is to
enhance the quality of life
for children living in the
Caribbean and in Caribbean
communities within the
United States by providing
increased educational oppor-
tunities and improved learn-
ing facilities.
For more information,
contact June Minto at 954-
739-6618.
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Caribbean stars set to shine

at South Florida 'Gospel Fest'






CARIBBEAN TODAY


SHAWN P. WOLF AND
MICHAEL ROSENBERG

In several prior editions of
Caribbean Today we have
discussed the United
States. tax implications of a
non-U.S. citizen, non-U.S.
income tax resident alien
(NRA) owning, operating and
disposing of U.S. real estate.
Recently, we have had
several U.S. persons (i.e. U.S.
citizen or income tax resident
alien) and NRA clients
approach us to discuss the
consequences of transferring
real estate as part of a divorce
pro%'.LLdini1 and the results
were shocking.
First, it is important to
understand the history of the
U.S. tax law and the state of
the law as it stands today.
Prior to 1984, the tax conse-
quences (if any) on the divi-
sion of property as part of a
divorce were analyzed by con-
sidering a number of factors,
primarily whether there was
an "equitable distribution" of
property versus, for example,
one spouse using his or her
separate property in return for
relinquishment of "marital
rights". In the former situa-
tion, there generally would be
no U.S. income tax conse-


Sn es s


quences, where in the latter
situation such tax would likely
be imposed. To make matters


Caribbean couples may want to check
out the financial implications before
parting ways.
worse, the income tax results
varied based on each state's
respective divorce and proper-
ty laws.
Congress enacted clarify-
ing legislation in 1984. In the
simplest of terms, a division of
property between spouses is
not subject to U.S. income tax
if the transfer is "incident to
di\ ru> Special detailed
rules (a discussion of which is
beyond the scope of this arti-
cle) apply to determine if
the transfer is "incident to
di\ < >r This type of rule is
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Corporation, accepts the United States Department of Commerce's "Minority Exporter
of the Year" honor during the 24th Annual Minority Enterprise Development Week
(MEDWeek) awards gala held recently in Miami, Florida. Antilles Freight also won the
"Regional Award for Outstanding Performance", scoring ahead of over 30 U.S. minori-
ty firms from Alabama, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and
Florida. Each month, the company handles over 15,000 shipments, with a tonnage of
48,500 each, to all ports in the CARICOM region, Canada, Europe and the Far East.
Also present at the function were Marie Gill, left, Florida's MEDWeek coordinator and
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West Indies cricket appoints new chief executive


Dr. Roland Toppin has
been appointed chief
executive officer
(CEO) of the West Indies
Cricket Board (WICB) with
effect from Feb. 1, 2007.
Toppin is presently the
general manager of Duraplast


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of research, Sugar Technology
Research Unit in Barbados
and assistant professor of
chemistry at the University of


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has a Ph.D. in biochemistry
from the University of
Cincinnati.
Six years ago, Toppin
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Tobago and St. Thomas,
United States Virgin Islands.
Toppin is a former
chairman of Island Crafts
(Barbados) Inc. and deputy
chairman of the Barbados
Investment and Development
Corporation. He is also a
member of the Barbados
Cricket Association and a


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the WICB at this
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policies in place
which will ulti-
mately lead to the
return of the West
Indies cricket team
to the top of the
world standings,"
Toppin said after
his appointment
was announced.
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receiving property is an NRA. decree?
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as are married and are residents The
is not of a Caribbean country ("U.S. merely
zed (i.e. vpui, and "NRA pvui of the f
respectively). Assume further could a
as part of a transaction that is results n
incident to their divorce, U.S. based o
he spouse agrees to give NRA what if
is that it spouse a Caribbean home that real est
is individually owned by U.S. spouse
spouse (because NRA spouse spouse,
will remain in Caribbean there ai
country) in exchange for the ments a
release of all of NRA spouse's to be c(
"marital rights". Finally, transfer
assume that the Caribbean from ar
home was purchased for son, do
$1,000,000 and as the date of thing? (
the transfer the Caribbean ning op
home is worth $2,000,000. Caribb
Because of the NRA investor
spouse's non-U.S. residence persona
and citizenship status, the U.S. Thi
spouse will not be able to ben- both a
efit from the non-recognition to an N
rule discussed above. Instead, own U.
this situation must be ana- ticularl
lyzed under the case law consider
existing prior to 1984. income
Thus, in this situation, might a
U.S. spouse may be required and pla
...... to recognize the $1,000,000 implica
gain on the transfer of U.S. part of
spouse's Caribbean home (i.e., Otherw
the $2,000,000 value less the income
$1,000,000 purchase price)! could a
Assuming this transaction
qualifies for long term capital Michae
gains treatment, and disre- Shawn
garding any potentially appli- ers with
cable exemptions for simplici- firm of
ty, this could result in a tax of & Rose
$150,000! reached
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plated in the divorce
? What if U.S. spouse
)t have the cash to pay
?
e above example is
demonstrative of one
potential problems that
rise, and other strange
might be possible
in other facts (e.g.,
the transfer is of U.S.
ate from an NRA
to another NRA
how is it taxed and are
ny withholding require-
and tax filings that need
considered? What if the
r is of U.S. real estate
n NRA to a U.S. per-
es this change any-
Could there be plan-
pportunities if the
ean home was held for
lent versus used as a
al residence?).
us, it is important that
U.S. person married
[RA and NRAs that
S. situated assets (par-
y U.S. real estate)
er the possible U.S.
tax implications that
arise from a divorce
n for such U.S. tax
tions accordingly as
the divorce decree.
uise, surprise U.S.
tax consequences
rise.

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The Air Jamaica family wishes you and yours peace and love
for this holiday season and hope that 2007 will be a year
of renewal and great success.

It's with true Caribbean pride that we say thanks to you
for your support and for giving us the privilege to serve you.

Merry Christmas & Happy New Yearl


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P.M. Arthur lauds contribution of Barbadian diaspora


Barbados celebrated its 40th
Independence. The following is
an edited version of an address
by Prime Minister Owen
Arthur to mark the occasion.

It gives me great pleasure on
behalf of the Government
and people of Barbados to
extend warm greetings to all
Barbadian nationals living
overseas on the occasion of
the 40th anniversary of our
nation's Independence.
At times it seems that it
was only yesterday when the
teenagers of my generation
watched with pride and awe as
the Broken Trident rose for
the first time amid the massive
gathering of Barbadians at the
Garrison Savannah. We may
not have recognized the full
import of the moment nor the
enormous responsibility that
sovereignty would entail, but
we understood emotionally
what freedom really meant.
Forty years have passed,
and Barbadians have exer-
cised that responsibility well.
The remarkable stability and
progress of our beloved coun-
try over four decades of
nation-building is apparent to
all. And there is, I am con-
vinced, one simple underlying
reason for our success: the
character of our people.
I am honoured to be
able, once again, to direct a
special message of apprecia-
tion to all Barbadians in the
diaspora and to pay tribute to
the part you have played in
ensuring the progress of our
nation. Independence Day is a
special time for Barbadians
everywhere as we pause to
focus on our nationhood. For
this our 40th year, we have
determined that our celebra-
tions should revolve around
the theme: "A Proud Past: A
World Class Future", which
symbolizes both where we





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have reached at
this moment of
our history and
where we wish
to go as a
nation.

GRATEFUL
As a people,
we are tremen-
dously grateful
for the contri-
butions that
Barbadians of
all walks of life
have made to
our national
development.
It is only fitting,
therefore, that
at this special
time we pause
also to reflect
and give thanks
for the invalu-
able contribu-
tions that our Arthur
overseas nation-
als have made
and continue to make to our
national development. Many
of your efforts are unseen and
unsung, but this does not
diminish their impact, or the
level of our gratitude. In fact,
in one area in particular, that
of remittances, the contribu-
tion of the Caribbean diaspora
to the GDP and foreign
exchange earnings of the
region has been so significant
as to be the subject of study
and reporting by no less an
agency than the Inter-
American Development
Bank.
In other areas, your con-
tribution is equally significant.
In that regard, I also com-
mend you for the role you
play daily in profiling
Barbados in your various
areas of endeavour, whether
in the field of business, acade-
mia, culture and the arts,
tourism or sports.
It is important that we
maintain our efforts to
increase our competitiveness
as we prepare for globaliza-
tion. For small economies
such as our own, the issue is
not whether we should inte-
grate our economies with
those in the hemisphere or
even globally but how we
should do so and on what
terms.
The Right Excellent Errol
Barrow in his maiden speech
to the 21st Session of the
General Assembly United
Nations, almost 40 years ago,
noted that "if larger countries
wish to earn or to retain the
confidence and respect of
small countries, there will
have to be a rapid change of
values. They must no longer
enjoy squatters' rights in the
volume and arrangement of
world trade. New concepts of
distribution and exchange will


our means of production in
pursuit of global competitive-
ness and as the basis by which
we can guarantee our sustain-
able development.
Barbados is also commit-
ted to developing a new and
more productive relationship
with the global investment
community that will enable us
to build a more competitive
modern economic system in a
manner that allows us to avoid


the debt trap.
It is important that we
continue to pursue a path of
excellence if we are to com-
pete successfully at the global
level. Barbadians are a
resilient people, a proud peo-
ple and an industrious people.
I am firmly of the view that
we possess the national char-
acteristics necessary to take us
to the next level.
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Barbados Jazz Festival


set for Jan. 8-14


have to be worked out,
because emergent countries
will no longer be content to be
hewers of wood and drawers
of water while the wealth of
the world flows past them."
His words to that august
assembly are as relevant now
as they were then. We are of
the view that the new trading
relationships that we are
building, whether they are at
the WTO or with Europe,
must have a development
dimension that will allow us to
build the economic capacity
that is necessary in the face of
trade liberalization. We view
this as essential to the sustain-
able development of our
peoples.
We are also firmly com-
mitted to devising indigenous
strategies to promote our own
sustainable development. Our
involvement in the CARI-
COM Single Market and
Economy is a dlib, r.,i
attempt to create a single eco-
nomic space out of 15 dis-
parate states so that we can
realize the maximum benefits
for our peoples and at the
same interface more effective-
ly with the rest of the world.
We are also working
towards the creation of a
CARICOM Single Economy
by 2008 which will facilitate,
among other things, the coor-
dination of our economic sec-
toral policies, the integration
of our production and finan-
cial sectors, the convergence
of macro economic policies,
the building of a regional capi-
tal market and the harmoniza-
tion of monetary and fiscal
policies.

INTENTION
Our overall intention is to
put appropriate mechanisms
in place that will allow us at
the regional level to integrate


NEW YORK Grammy
award winner Anita Baker
and a cast of other regional
and international artistes are
scheduled to perform at the
14th edition of the Barbados
Jazz Festival next month.
The line-up for the event,
scheduled for Jan. 8-14, also
features Macy Gray, Terrence


performances.
The festival is being put
on through a partnership
between BET Digital
Networks, the Barbados
Tourism Authority and GMR
Productions.
A preview show of the
event, featuring highlights of
the 13th festival, is currently


Photograph by Barbados Tourism Authority
Saxaphonist Arturo Tappin, right, and RHEA, were present at the launch of the Barbados
Jazz Festival in New York last month.


Blanchard, Karen Briggs,
Stanley Clarke, Will Downing,
Robert Glasper, Goapele,
Marissa Lindsay, Hal Linton
and Arturo Sandoval, along
with gospel duo Mary Mary
and Barbadian saxophonist
Arturo Tappin.
Some of the island's most
picturesque locations, includ-
ing the Sunbury Plantation
House, Heritage Park at the
Foursquare Rum Refinery,
Garfield Sobers Auditorium,
The Crane Resort &
Residences and Farley Hill
National Park will stage the


on rotation on BET J's
"Island Lime" format on
Saturday, including Dec. 16,
23 and 30 (1 p.m. and 7 p.m.).
The show will also air on
Wednesday on Dec. 20 and
27 (6 p.m. and 5 a.m. the fol-
lowing day). All telecast times
are Eastern.
For more information on
the Barbados Jazz Festival,
visit www.barbadosjazzfesti-
val.com.
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CARIBBEAN TODAY


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J'can dancehall star Sean Paul

wins American Music Award


Dancehall star Sean Paul was
last month named "Best Male
AriiiL in the pop-rock cate-
gory at the American Music
Awards, the first time the
Jamaican had won a major
honor from the industry.
"This is the first time I've
been able to go up there and
thank people," said Sean Paul,
who beat out Nick Lachey and
Kanye West to win and went
on stage to collect the award
at the ceremony held at the
Shrine Auditorium in Los
Angeles, California.
"It's been a great day."
Earlier AMA ceremonies
had been a disappointment for
Sean Paul, who was nominat-
ed for rap/hip hop honors
in 2003. American Kelly
Clarkson won in the female


Sean Paul


category, while the group
Black Eyed Peas won three
AMAs, the most for the
evening.
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Carriacou's parang festival

unfolds three days this month


Athree-day celebration
of the unique music,
dance, entertainment
and traditions of Carriacou
will unfold at the 29th Annual
Carriacou Parang Festival this
month.
The cultural extravaganza
is set for Dec. 15-17.
It starts with an open-air
concert in the streets of
Hillsborough featuring carol
singing, cultural presentations
and parang string bands. The
bands will travel
around the
island "parang-
ing" from house
to house all
night. All fes-
tivities this
evening are
free.
The second
night offers live
performances
from entertain-
ers from
Carriacou.
The festival
climaxes on
Sunday when Carriacou celebrate
organized
parang groups from villages
throughout Carriacou,
Grenada and Petite
Martinique battle for cash
prizes along with a challenge
trophy during the Parang
String Bands Competition.
PERCUSSION CLASH
The groups, composed of
no more than eight members
each, will use only percussion
instruments for the perform-
ances and will make two
appearances. The first is to
perform a "test piece", which
is a Christmas carol selected
by the Parang Festival


Committee. In the second
performance, each group will
perform a composition of
their choice.
Traditional Carriacou
celebration dances such as
"quadrille" and "big drum" will
also help to spice up the night.
The Carriacou Parang
Festival was created in 1977
to revive and keep alive the
lii 11"L to hiII1 serenading
of string bands, an indigenous
aspect of Carriacou's culture.


es its lively culture at the Parang Festival.

The festival is held every
year in December usually on
the weekend preceding the
Christmas holiday.
Carriacou is reachable by
St. Vincent Grenada Air
(SVG), St. Vincent and the
Grenadines and Grenada.
Carriacou is also reachable via
The Osprey, a motorized cata-
maran that departs twice daily
from Grenada.
For more information,
contact the Grenada Board
of Tourism in Carriacou at
473-443-7948.
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Photograph by Sharon Bennett
Ladies from the Caribbean Cultural Theatre (CCT) Ensemble perform the popular folk song "One poun' shawl a nuh shawl at all"
during "Heritage Salute 2006" last month honoring the legacy of Jamaica's cultural icon, the late Louise "Miss Lou" Bennett
Coverley. The event, presented by the Jamaican Consulate and the Jamaica Information Service, was held in New York City.
Jamaica's Consul General Basil K. Bryan, seated at right, observes the performance. "Miss Lou", who is credited with "interna-
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December 2006





CARIBBEAN TODAY


READING TOGETHER IS FUN


"Reading Together with Radio Disney", a free a community program offering hour-
long storytelling sessions which bring reading to life in a fun way through games and
audience participation, is being offered to children under the age 10 each month at
various South Florida Commerce Bank locations. The program has resulted from a
partnership between Commerce Bank and Radio Disney (in Florida AM 1600). For
more information when the program will be coming to a Commerce Bank near you,
call your area branch.


PASSPORT REMINDER
The Western Hemisphere
Travel Initiative (WHTI) is
scheduled to take effect Jan. 8,
2007.
The WHTI requires all
those United States citizens
traveling by air to the
Caribbean to have a passport.
For information about
applying for a U.S. passport,
visit http://usps.com/passport
or call 800-ASK-USPS.

TOY DRIVE
The Center for Positive


Connections in Miami, Florida
is this month staging a toy
drive for children suffering
chronic diseases.
Unwrapped toys can be
dropped off by Dec. 12 at the
center, 12570 N.E. Seventh
Ave., Suite 104, North Miami.
The gifts will be presented
to the children at the Ninth
Annual Holiday Picnic on
Dec. 16.
For more information,
call Jim Konschnik, the cen-
ter's acting executive director,
at 305-891-2066.


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 settlers, 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 surrounding areas.
It will also function as an eco-
nomic entity that will display
exhibits and archival collec-
tion on African-Bahamian
lifestyle.
Admission is free
although donations are
accepted. To learn more
about the museum and
upcoming events there, call
Helen Gage of Mz Goose
Inc. at 305-251-2458.

PARENTS NIGHT OUT
The Art and Culture
Center of Hollywood, Florida
will hold PIrL ni, Night Out"
events on Dec. 8 and Jan. 12.
Parents Night Out is a
chance for parents to have an
evening out on the town alone
while their children ages four
to 12 create art, participate in
creative movement activities,
play games, eat pizza and
watch movies at the center,
1650 Harrison St.
For more information
and reservations, call 954-921-
3274.

PARENT RESOURCE
GUIDE
The Miami-Dade County
Public Schools and The
Education Fund have co-
published a free Parent
Resource Guide 2006-2007
for the public.
The 88-page guide, spon-


scored by global financial serv-
ices provider ING, gives par-
ents information they need to
know about their child's
school, curriculum and stu-
dent requirements.
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 meet-
ings.
The guide may also be
viewed online at www.educa-
tionfund.org (under "Our
Publications") and www.dade-
schools.net (under
"RLOIIIrtLr ).
The 2006-2007 Guide pro-
vides a wealth of information
including revised curriculum
requirements, test schedules,
immunization requirements,
student services, legal rights
and parental involvement.

HURRICANE RELIEF
Elderly residents of
Broward County, Florida,
home to hundreds of
Caribbean immigrants, will
get hurricane help from the
county.
A $5,655,000 grant that
will provide assistance to
residents 60 years and older
that were affected 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 residences were dam-
aged, 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 hurri-
cane in 2005.
Assistance will be provid-
ed through an application
process. For more informa-
tion, 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 offer-
ing a toll free service and has
expanded its service availabili-
ty/options.
Persons with questions or
need status checks on pending
passport applications can call
1-877-487-2778. Customer
service representatives are
available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Monday through Friday,
excluding Federal holidays.
Automated information is
available 24 hours a day, seven
days a week.
For e-mail access, visit:


npic@state.gov Website of
passport and other interna-
tional travel information is
available at travel.state.gov

'GREEN CARD' FILING
The United States
Citizenship and Immigration
Services (USCIS) has
announced that aliens must
mail applications to renew or
replace permanent resident
cards, commonly known as
"Green Cards", directly to the
Los Angeles Lockbox.
The Lockbox is a process-
ing facility used by USCIS to
accelerate the collection of
applications and petitions.
The announced change allows
the agency to improve the
processing of Form 1-90
(Application to Replace
Permanent Resident Card) by
electronically capturing data
and images and by performing
fee receipting and depositing
from one central location,
rather than at the local district
office, service center, or appli-
cation support center (ASC).
Aliens filing a Form 1-90,
regardless of their state of res-
idence, must mail those appli-
cations with an application fee
of $185 and a biometrics fee
of $70 to one of the following
addresses:
For U.S. Postal Service
(USPS) deliveries:
U.S. Citizenship and
Immigration Services, P.O.
Box 54870 Los Angeles, CA
90054-0870;
Or for non-USPS deliver-
ies (e.g. private couriers):
U.S. Citizenship and
Immigration Services,
Attention: 1-90, 16420 Valley
View Ave., La Mirada, CA
90638
Applicants should not
include initial evidence and
supporting documentation
when submitting the Form I-
90 to the Los Angeles
Lockbox.
Applicants will receive a
notice for a biometrics pro-
cessing appointment at an
ASC and will submit their ini-
tial evidence during that
appointment.
Applicants will receive
their biometrics appointment
in the mail.

CRISIS HOTLINE
Multi-lingual counselors
are available to respond per-
sons suffering from stress or
needing help with housing,
food, child care, caring for
teens or other similar prob-
lems.
Call 211 from a regular
telephone or 954-537-0211
from a cellular.
The free service is being
offered as part of Broward
County's helplines.
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CARIBBEAN TODAY


Food festivals showoff Caribbean taste to the world


ELEANOR M. WILSON


Food festivals are pop-
ping up around the
Caribbean at a
rapid pace. Why the
sudden surge? Society's
obsession with eating
has turned food into a
niche market.
Now enterprising
Caribbean islands are
turning visitors' curiosi-
ty into opportunities to
taste and even cook a
favorite dish or two.
The ultimate
aim is "Taste of the
Caribbean", highlight
of the Caribbean Hotel
Association's June con-
ference. Chefs who won
home island contests
bring their teams to vie
for medals in various
levels of food prepara-
tion.
In the "live kitchen" Chefs
preliminary round, each ing th
team prepares a three-
course meal for 35 persons in
under four hours. The menu is
designed from a "mystery bas-


ket" of ingredients which
appears just prior to the com-
petition's start. All entries are
judged by experts using


ture Caribbean food style, this
show brings international
recognition to winning chefs
while exposing their teams,


from Puerto Rico get down to work during the "Taste of the Caribbean" competition showcas-
e region's cuisine.

American Culinary Federation which often come from the


point standards.
Aside from promoting a signa-


smaller islands, to complete
new experiences in the bigger


Caribbean destinations entice


U.S. travelers to get passports


BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -
Sellers of Caribbean travel are
enticing consumers with incentives
to obtain a passport in light of the
impending Western Hemisphere
Travel Initiative (WHTI), which
will be implemented on Jan. 8, 2007
for all travelers re-entering the
United States via air transportation.
Travelers arriving by land and
sea will eventually need to possess
a passport as well, but this does not
take effect until June 2009.
"The Caribbean region
applauds the WHTI and the U.S.
government's efforts to increase
security at the borders," said
Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace, secre-
tary general of the Caribbean
Tourism Organization (CTO).
"However, we believe that by hav-
ing different sets of rules depending
on one's mode of transportation -
sea, air or land travelers may
become confused, which will dis-
courage commerce and tourism.
"We are concerned that the
acceleration of the implementation
deadline for airline passengers does
not provide ample advance notice
to enable the public to obtain pass-
ports," Vanderpool-Wallace added.

INCENTIVES
Sellers of Caribbean travel
hope their offers will help keep
people traveling to the region
beyond Jan. 8, 2007. Incentives may
include full reimbursement of basic
passport fees, complimentary spa
packages, golf greens fees, attrac-
tion tours, room upgrades, extra
nights and gift shop purchases.
Jamaica launched a new pro-


gram encouraging U.S. citizens to
get their passports by rewarding
vacationers who make Jamaica
their first visit with their new pass-
port. Rewards include special cred-
its while on the island amounting to
the cost of obtaining a passport.
The Jamaica Tourist Board


(JTB) also is implementing
"Jamaican Morning Coffee
B r.i.s, to encourage Americans
to obtain their passports. Trough
mid-winter 2007, the JTB will hold
coffee breaks at major commuter
terminals in New York, Chicago
and Washington, D.C. where con-
sumers can actually apply for their
passports onsite as well as collect
the required forms. Free Jamaican
coffee will be served.
For more information visit
www.visitjamaica.com or call 1-800-
233-4JTB (1-800-233-4582).
In Aruba, the Amsterdam
Manor Beach Resort offers a $25


food and beverage credit per per-
son, per stay (minimum five-night
stay) to those who make Aruba the
first stamp in their passport. The
promotion is valid Jan. 3, 2007 to
Dec. 17, 2007.
For more information visit
www.AmsterdamManor.com or call
1-800-932-6509.
The Boardwalk Boutique
Hotel in Aruba is providing each
guest a $50 car rental voucher per
person (minimum of a five-night
stay) to those who make Aruba the
first stamp in their passport. The
special is valid for reservations
made through Dec. 31 for travel
through 2007.
Visit www.arubaboardwalk com
or call 011-297-586-1836.
La Cabana
All Suite Resort
in Aruba offers
f25 percent off
S regular nightly
: p rates when
booking directly
through the
hotel reservation
Vanderpool-Wallace center at 1-800-
835-7193 for those
travelers who make Aruba their
first point of entry with their new
passport. This promotion is valid
for bookings received by Dec. 15
for travel in 2007.
MVC Eagle Beach in Aruba is
providing a $25 food and beverage
credit per person, per stay (mini-
mum five-night stay) to those cus-
tomers who choose Aruba as their
first destination with their new
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food world.
Next event will take place
June 14-16, 2007 at the Hyatt
Regency Hotel in Miami,
Florida.

SIDE SHOWS
Now in its seventh year,
"Taste of St. Croix" was creat-
ed by two local restaurateurs
promoting the island's diverse
cuisine, including curried
conch, tilapia franchise and
mango creme brulee. Every
April, about 50 local chefs
stage a friendly competition
for "best local It,,L "best
presentation", and "best over-
all". Guests pay one admission
to sample from table to table
and nominate their favorites.
"In true Crucian fashion,
we have the complete culinary
picture here," said U.S. Virgin
Islands Commissioner of
Tourism Pamela Richards, a
St. Croix native, "from home
cooking to innovative cuisine,
and for a good cause."
The event benefits the St.
Croix Foundation, instrumen-
tal in developing public, pri-
vate and non-profit sectors.
"A Taste of Barbados"
follows a similar format, fea-
turing haute cuisine from ele-
gant Cliff House to lip
smackin' local plates from
Brown Sugar, and all styles in
between.

CROWDING THE
CALENDAR
Efforts to boost occupan-
cy through food tributes have
overloaded the October/
November calendar -Curacao
Cuisine and Cultural Heritage
Festival, the 4th Annual
Bermuda Gourmet Getaway
hosted by Bobby Flay, Sint


Maarten/Saint Martin Fete de
Cuisine, Kingston Restaurant
Week, Turks & Caicos Conch
Festival and National Platano
Festival in Puerto Rico.
Three new arrivals
embraced this idea in 2006. St.
Lucia's Food & Rum Festival,
held in Rodney Bay's culinary
setting, showcased top inter-
national chefs and rum ven-
dors. Festivities included tast-
ings, demonstrations, special
meals at five-star restaurants,
and a Caribbean Boulevard
for strolling and munching.
Attendees interacted with
chefs, bartenders and sponsors
at a Sunday brunch. Event
tickets were enticements in
several hotel packages.
NICHE (Nevis
International Culinary
Heritage Exposition) com-
bined a weeklong celebration
of food, wine and Caribbean
culture. For one overall price,
guests enjoyed beach bonfires,
fish fries, cooking classes host-
ed by renowned visiting chefs,
a bartender's competition,
beach picnic, a wine and
cheese class by the host of
Fromagers.com, champagne
dinner at Four Seasons, and a
Caribbean brunch featuring
the "Chefs of N \ i, preparing
their signature dishes.
The first annual Playa
Dorado Gastronomy Festival
introduced chefs from eight
area hotels and restaurants.
Recipes had to contain such
Dominican elements as sancho-
cho, seafood and varieties of
rice in an effort to stimulate
regeneration of traditional
dishes. Manuel Finke, executive
director of sponsoring Playa
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More airlines to fly into Caribbean 2007


Several airlines are facilitating
travelers to the Caribbean
by adding new flights for the
upcoming year and increasing the
frequencies of existing schedules
to the region.
By 2'" ,', vacationers will be
offered a wider variety of desti-
nations as well as flight times to
choose from when planning
their Caribbean getaways.
With increased service
between many Caribbean coun-


tries, intra-Caribbean travel or
'island hopping' is becoming
easier for travelers, allowing
them to experience multiple
destinations during a single trip
to the region.

NEW SERVICES
Effective Jan. 11, 2007,
Air Jamaica will increase flights
to St. Lucia and Barbados to
four times per week (every
Sunday, Monday, Wednesday
and Thursday).
Visit www.airjamaica.com
American Eagle will


* Celebrate Kingston on
Jan. 27
The best of Jamaica's capital city
will be on display next month dur-
ing "Kingston Festival 2007".
On Jan. 27, the festival is
expected to showcase the best the
city has to offer, including food, a
beauty pageant, a reggae concert,
and a job fair which will feature
companies taking employment
applications and screening poten-
tial employees for placement in
the Caribbean Single Market and
Economy.

* Dominica to discuss gay
tourism
Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit


increase its service to Anguilla
adding two daily flights depart-
ing from San Juan starting Dec.
14. Visit www.aa.com or call
800-433-7300.
Continental will add a
second weekly non-stop flight
from Newark, New Jersey to
Bonaire starting Dec. 16.
Visit www. continental.com
or call 800-231-0856.
As of Jan. 1, 2007,
Caribbean Airlines will be
replacing BWIA West Indies
Airways, which has served the
Caribbean for 66 years.
The first Caribbean Airlines
flight will take off on Jan. 1 as


well. For more information go to
www.caribbean-airlines.com or
www.bwee.com or call 868-627-
2942.
Delta plans to add a daily
non-stop flight from Atlanta to
Santiago, Dominican Republic
with connections via New York
and New Jersey as well as a
daily non-stop and one-stop
flight from New York (JFK


says he has no problem meeting
with religious organizations want-
ing to discuss the issue of allow-
ing ships carrying gay tourists to
dock in Dominica.
"Gay Tourism" has once again
become an issue in Dominica with
the start of the new cruise season.
Last year, various religious bodies
publicly expressed their opposition
to the decision to allow cruise
ships carrying gays to berth in the
country.

Compiled from CMC and other
sources.
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International Airport) to Punta
Cana, Dominican Republic
(with the one-stop in Atlanta)
starting Dec. 9.
On Dec. 15, Delta will add a
daily non-stop flight from Atlanta
to Puerto Plata, Dominican
Republic.
On Dec. 16, Delta is sched-


uled to offer non-stop service
from Atlanta to Martinique
every Saturday.
For more information visit
www.delta.com or call 800-241-
4141.
Northwest Airlines will
add a new non-stop flight from
Detroit Metropolitan Airport to


Cyril E. King Airport in St.
Thomas effective Jan. 6, 2007.
Visit www.nwa.com or call
800-345-7411.

Information obtained from the
Caribbean Tourism Organization.


Caribbean destinations entice U.S. travelers


(CONTINUED FROM PAGE 21)
passport. This special is valid Jan. 3,
2007 to Dec. 17,2007.
Visit www.MVCEagleBeach.
corn or call 011-297-587-0110.
Westin Aruba Resort, Spa &
Casino in Aruba provides a $50 food
and beverage credit per person, per
stay, valid through 2007 for those
who make Aruba the first stamp in
their passport.
For more information visit
www.westin.com/aruba or call 1-
877-822-2222.
Club Peace & Plenty in The
Bahamas, located on the Island of
Exuma, will reimburse the cost of
obtaining a passport for up to two
children and two adults in each
booking party. This promotion is
valid for bookings received by Dec.
31 for travel in 2007.
For more information visit
www.peaceandplenty.com or call 1-
800-525-2210.
Westin and Sheraton Grand
Bahama Island Our Lucaya Resort,
located on Grand Bahama Island, is
offering $100 in resort credit to
guests who obtain a passport now
through Dec. 31 for travel now
through June 2007.
For more information visit
www.ourlucaya.com or call 1-888-
627-7129 for the Sheraton or 1-888-
627-7130 for the Westin.
* Arawak Beach Inn, Anguilla, is
offering a special rate and a compli-
mentary day-trip to those travelers
who obtain a passport and make
Anguilla the first stamp in their
new passport. This offer is good for
travel through June 30,2007.
Visit www.arawakbeach.com
or call 1-877-427-2925.
Ladera Resort in St. Lucia
will reimburse the cost to obtain a
passport to travelers who make St.
Lucia their first visit with their new
passport. As an added incentive,
Ladera will also provide guests with


a leather passport case, a compli-
mentary 30-minute Jet-Lag massage
and a beverage from the bar. This
offer is valid Jan. 1, 2007 to Dec. 21,
2007.
A minimum five-night stay is
required. For more information
visit www.ladera.com or call 1-800-
738-4752.

CHAIN HOTELS
Marriott and Renaissance
Caribbean Resorts, including
Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris
Casino, Renaissance Aruba Resort
& Casino, Frenchman's Reef &
Morning Star Marriott Beach
Resort (St. Thomas), Curacao
Marriott Beach Resort & Emerald
Casino, and St. Kitts Marriott
Resort & The Royal Beach Casino,
are offering a $100 resort credit
(minimum five-night stay) for those
who make any one of these proper-
ties their first visit with their new
passport. This offer is valid Jan. 1,
2007 to April 30,2007.
Visit www.paradisebymar-
riott.com or call 1-888-PARADISE.
SuperClubs has nine resorts in
the Caribbean, including Grand
Lido Negril Resort & Spa, Grand
Lido Braco Resort & Spa, Breezes
Runaway Bay Resort & Golf Club,
Breezes Montego Bay, Hedonism II
and Hedonism III, all in Jamaica;
Breezes Bahamas in Nassau;
Breezes Curacao Resort Spa &
Casino; and Breezes Puerto Plata
Resort Spa & Casino in the
Dominican Republic.
Those travelers who obtain
new passports or renew older ones,
and stay at one of these SuperClubs
properties, will receive the cost of
obtaining a passport credited
towards a vacation package.
Travelers must book by Jan. 8,
2007, for travel anytime in 2007.
For more information visit
www.Super( lhbs.co or call 1-800-


GO-SUPER (1-800-467-8737).

TOUR OPERATORS
CheapCaribbean.com will
reimburse the cost to acquire a
passport for each member of the
traveling party when booking
through the agency.
Visit www.CheapCwibbetm.wm or
call 1-800-915-2322.
Many Caribbean governments,
as well as CTO, are creating public
awareness campaigns to inform the
public of the need to obtain a pass-
port by the Jan. 8,2007 WHTI
implementation date, as well as
where and how to get one.
Passports may be obtained
through the U.S. Postal Service. The
passport fees are paid to the U.S.
Department of State while execution
fees are paid to the postmaster. Fees
are as follows: passport fee ($67), exe-
cution fee J. 11 and photo fee ($15).
Fees for children under age 16
include: passport fee ($52), execu-
tion fee ' 11 and photo fee ($15).
Prospective passport seekers
can provide their own passport
photos.
For information about apply-
ing for a U.S. passport, visit
usps.com/passport or call 800-ASK-
USPS.
For information about the
WHTI, travelers can visit the U.S.
State Department's website at
www. travel.state.gov/travel/cbpmc/cb
pmc_2223.html.
Private companies that offer U.S.
passport services include
International Visa Services, a pass-
port expediting company that has
partnered with CTO in order to
help travelers obtain their pass-
ports. For more information on
their services visit
www.visalady.com or call 1-800-
627-1112.


Food festivals showoff Caribbean taste to the world


(CONTINUED FROM PAGE 21)
Dorado Hotel Association,
said: "This is a wonderful
opportunity for everyone to
enjoy our local dishes, and I'm
sure the event will be welcomed
back each year."
If it follows the experi-
ence of "Epicurean E%,.p ,
now approaching its eighth
year at Grand Lido Negril in
Jamaica, June 27-July 1, 2007,
success is guaranteed.
"In 2000," said a
SuperClubs spokesperson,
"only two international chefs
joined our team for the four-
day event. In 2006, we had to


turn away chefs and
guests. So our goal
of growing room
occupancy, while
offering a value
event, has definitely
been reached."

PLAN AHEAD
Jamaica avoids
crowding by cele-
brating its bountiful
harvest on an indi-
vidual basis year-
round. There's the
Trelawny Yam
Festival and
Westmoreland's
Curry Festival in


Visitors to the Portland Jerk Festival in Jamaica sample the taste at the "home of
jerk" food.


April. On May
Labour
Weekend, all
roads lead to
James Bond
Beach for the
Chicken
Festival cur-
ried, stewed,
fried or jerked.
July is the
Portland Jerk
Festival, served
up at Boston
Beach, the
home of jerk.
In the remain-
ing months,
Jamaicans


revere coconuts in St. James;
breadfruit in Bath; coffee in
Kingston; fish, bammy, sugar
cane and sorrel.
Portland's Swift River
Bussu (or Janga) Festival in
August honors a freshwater
shellfish similar to a snail. Try
it as soup, curried, stewed or in
a variation of the ever popular
Jamaican patty...but be ready
for that aphrodisiac effect!

Eleanor M. Wilson is a
freelance writer for Caribbean
Today.
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Caribbean interests lash U.S. over new passport measures


NEW YORK, CMC -
Congresswoman-elect Yvette
D. Clarke has criticized the
decision of the United States to
impose new passport require-
ments for citizens traveling to
the Caribbean by air.
Last month, the U.S. State
Department announced that
all U.S. citizens traveling by
air between the United States
and Canada, Mexico, Central
and South America, the
Caribbean, and Bermuda,
must present
a valid pass-
port, effec-
tive Jan. 23
next year.
It
also said that
U.S. citizens
traveling to
those coun-
Clare tries by land
or sea had
until Jan. 1,
2008 to present a valid pass-
port on re-entering the U.S.
In the past, U.S. travelers
only required a driver's license
or a valid form of identifica-
tion to re-enter the country.

SENSITIVE
Clarke, who will become
the new congressional repre-
sentative for the predominantly
Caribbean 11th Congressional
District in Brooklyn, told the
Caribbean Media Corporation
(CMC) that Washington should
have been more sensitive to the
request of the Caribbean on
the issue.
"This is another case in
which the United States acts
unilaterally without consider-
ing the impact of regulating
travel on other regions, partic-
ularly the Caribbean, which is
a Third Border to the U.S.,"
she said.
"When the United States
makes a decision for security
reasons, there should be
someone there with sensitivi-
ty," added Clarke, who has
promised to table legislation
in Congress addressing the
passport and other issues
affecting the Caribbean.
"It'll be something I'll
take up. I'll have the appro-
priate legislation to address
it. Being on the Hill (Capitol
Hill), I'll be there to be a
voice on this issue. I will
reach out to as many col-
leagues as I can," she added.
Clarke said she is bewil-
dered that U.S. lawmakers
were quick to enact legislation
that would seriously impact on
the Caribbean.
"Everyone who is elected
to Congress travels to the
Caribbean. So this is not a
foreign matter. The matter is:


there is no one there to pur-
sue this as a problem. I have a
much-heightened level of sen-
sitivity to these issues. You
can count on me. There are
Caribbean people who elected
me," she said.

DOUBLE STANDARDS
Earlier, Irwine Clare, a
leading Caribbean immigra-
tion advocate in New York,
said the U.S. has set double
standards by announcing dif-
ferent dates for implementa-
tion of the new passport rules
by air, sea and land.
"I understand it's done
from the background of secu-
rity, which I have no problem
with," said Clare, the
Jamaican-born managing
director of the Queens-based
Caribbean
Immigrant
Services
(CIS).
"But
they exempt
the cruise
industry
from the
early date.
It seems as
Antoine though it's a
shenanigan,
but it gives the impression
that money can buy anything.
The cruise industry had lob-
bied the State and Homeland
Security Departments very
hard. They (Washington)
should have a blanket sce-
nario."
Dr. Dennis Antoine,
Grenada's United States
ambassador and dean of the
CARICOM diplomatic corps
in Washington, said the region
stands to suffer Imm1 n I'
if the U.S. remains unsympa-
thetic to the region's cause.
"We hope the impact

"Everyone who is elected to
Congress travels to the
Caribbean. So this is not a
foreign matter. The matter
is: there is no one there to
pursue this as a problem"-
Yvette D. Clarke.

would be softened by new
accommodations. We're look-
ing for sensitivity and accom-
modation so that there will
not be serious impact on the
region."
Secretary General of
the 32-member Caribbean
Tourism Organization (CTO),
Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace,
has compared the recent U.S.
amendment of the Western
Hemisphere Travel Initiative
to a "Category 6 Hurricane".
A recent study, conducted
by the London-based World


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and commissioned by the
CTO, predicts that the


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Jamaica's political parties in dead heat ~ poll


KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC -
The ruling People's National
Party (PNP) and the main
Opposition Jamaica Labour
Party (JLP) are in a close race
for winning the next general
elections here, according to
the latest opinion poll pub-
lished last month.
Prime Minister Portia


Simpson Miller has so far resis-
ted calls by the JLP for her to
name a date for general elec-
tions that political observers
say could be held before the
constitutional deadline next
year, insisting that no one from
the Opposition would deter-
mine her party's agenda.
The Carl Stone polls,


published in the Jamaica
Observer newspaper, stated
that the PNP had suffered a
13.7 percent slide since last
November, representing a two
percentage drop as against a
three percentage increase for
the JLP.
According to the poll-
sters, 28.6 percent of those


Jamaica's Opposition, led by Bruce Golding, right, has closed the
gap on the Portia Simpson Miller-led government.


questioned said they would
vote for the JLP under the
leadership of Bruce Golding,
as compared to 28.7 percent
who said they would vote for
the Simpson Miller-led PNP if
the elections were held today.

DECLINE
The Stone team compared
the latest findings to a poll
conducted in Nov. 2005, when
42.4 percent of voters said
they would cast their ballot
for a Simpson Miller-led PNP
- who had not yet taken over


the leader-
ship of the
party.
But since
then, the rul-
ing party has
recorded sig-
nificant
declines in
support,
while the JLP
has remained
within the
polls' margin
of error of
plus or minus
three percent.
Simpson
Miller was


elected presi-
dent of the PNP in February
and replaced PJ. Patterson as
prime minister in March.
The Stone team conduct-
ed the latest poll among 1,473
voters between Oct. 21 and
Oct. 25, just over two weeks
after the JLP revealed that the
PNP had accepted money
from Trafigura, a Holland-
based oil firm that holds a
contract with the Jamaica
government to lift and sell
Nigerian crude for Jamaica on
the world market.
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T&T to extend 'sunset' laws beyond Cricket World Cup


PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad,
CMC- The Trinidad and
Tobago government says it will
introduce legislation similar to
what is contained in the sunset
legislation for facilitating the
free movement of people with-
in the Caribbean during next
year's ICC Cricket World Cup
(CWC).
National Security Minister
Martin Joseph, winding up


debate on the "Transmission of
Advance Passenger Information
Act" last month, said that the
Patrick Manning administration
would re-introduce the legisla-
tion "on a permanent basis."
He told the Senate that the
sunset legislation, which comes
to an end on June 30, would be
one of the "legacy ilkm, as the
region prepares itself for the
Caribbean community (CARI-


Barbados delays departure tax hike


BRIDGETOWN, Barbados,
CMC Airport authorities have
announced a two-month stay of
execution on the introduction of
a Bds$60 ($30) passenger serv-
ice charge for travelers exiting
the island through the Grantley
Adams International Airport.
Grantley Adams International
Airport Incorporated (GAIA)
announced in a recent press release
that the increased fee, which was
originally scheduled to be introduced
on Dec. 1, would now come into
effect from Feb. 2007 following rep-
resentation from the tourism sector.
The officials had previously
announced that the present
departure tax of Bds$25
($12.50) would have been
increased to Bds$55 (U$27.50)
effective Dec. 1, with a further
Bds$5 ($2.50) security fee being
added from Feb. 1.
GAIA Inc. management
said following representation
from the Barbados Hotel and
Tourism Association (BHTA),
the Barbados Tourism
Authority and other tourism
stakeholders, a decision was


made to suspend the increase
until next year, at which time
the fee will be included in air-
line tickets.

SEEMLESS
BHTA President Alvin
Jemmott welcomed the deci-
sion, which he said would make
for a seamless transition into
the new fee.
"The removal of the
December introduction of the
departure tax and placing it into
tickets allows for a seamless
transition that would in my
mind take away any chaos and
confusion that would have been
caused by the introduction of
the tax at this time," he said.
"The delay will allow visi-
tors coming into Barbados to
fully look at the country in
terms of its price for value."
GAIA Inc. Chief Executive
Officer Leon Romero said the
increased fee would assist with
the capital development program
being undertaken at the airport.
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Joseph "Clearly in
the context like that, we must
be able to have a regional intel-
ligence and security mechanism
before us," he said, dismissing
fears that it would be used to
obtain private information on
persons.
"No additional forms will
need to be filled out and no
data from the immigration card
will be required," he said, not-


ing that the data required
would be in conformity with
international legal or regulatory
guidelines.

THIRD PARTY
Opposition and
Independent legislators
have criticized some aspects
of the legislation required for
hosting the games saying that
information gathered would
be passed on to a third party,
namely the United States.
But Joseph defended the
policy, saying that it would have
been impossible for a small
region to have been able to
stage such a global event with-
out the help of its international
partners. He said while the leg-


isolation did not require any
relationship with Washington,
"without such a relationship we
shall be denied information
that might be vital to our
national and regional security."
The national security minis-
ter also defended the memoran-
dum of intent signed between
CARICOM and Washington
here in October, warning that
the region was not immune to
terrorist attacks.
"The U.S., with its focus on
terrorism, will have more infor-
mation in this respect than other
countries," he said. "Are we to
deny ourselves this access and
increase our vulnerability?"
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Guyana reduces chicken tariff

to ensure Christmas supply


GEORGETOWN, Guyana,
CMC The Guyana govern-
ment says it will significantly
reduce the tariff for the impor-
tation of chicken so as to
ensure a ready supply for
the Christmas season.
Tourism, Industry and
Commerce Minister Manniram
Prashad described as fruitful a
meeting with the Poultry
Owners Association (POA) and
other stakeholders last month.
"It was a fruitful meeting.
We will now lower the tariff to
40 percent duty and 10 percent


consumption, and it must
be made clear that this is
temporary," Prashad said.
Prashad said that while
POA members had expressed
concerns over the lowering of
the tariff, the decision was
made in the interest of every-
one. At present the tariff is 100
percent duty and 10 percent
consumption tax.
The ministry said it would
issue licenses to importers and
that only 700,000 pounds of
chicken would be imported for
the Christmas season.


"Importers have assured
us that they will only import
the amount that we have per-
mitted them to import and our
commerce department has
mechanisms in place to moni-
tor them," Prashad said, adding
that he had been given an
assurance by the importers that
the imported chickens would
be sold at a reasonable price.
"I do hope that producers
of local chicken will lower their
prices now," Prashad said.
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T&T High Court frees radical Muslim leader


AHigh Court in Trinidad
and Tobago has freed
the leader of a radical
Muslim group who had been
charged with conspiracy to
murder two former members
of the organization after the
judge directed the jury to
return a not guilty verdict.
Defense lawyers had
argued that there was no evi-
dence against their client,
Yasin Abu Bakr, and that the
evidence of the witnesses for
the prosecution, "taken at its
highest, is such that a jury
properly directed could not
properly convict on it".
In a 20-page ruling,
Justice Mustapha Ibrahim
said that after considering
the evidence of the witnesses,
including the star witness,
Brent Miller, he came to the
conclusion that it was "very
weak and so manifestly unreli-
able and so discredited... that
no reasonable tribunal, none
whatever, could safely convict
on it.
"If there is a conviction
on this evidence there will cer-
tainly be a miscarriage of jus-


tice. I have therefore decided
that in the exercise of my dis-
cretion I should stop the trial
at this point in time and direct
the jury to return a verdict of
not guilty," he told the court.

CONSPIRACY CHARGE
Bakr, 65, who led an
unsuccessful coup against
the Trinidad and Tobago gov-
ernment in
1990, had
been accused
of conspiracy
to murder
Saleem
Rasheed and
Zaki
Aubaidah,
Bakr former mem-
bers of the
Jamaat al
Muslimeen group. The con-
spiracy allegedly took place
on June 4, 2004 at the home
of David Millard in Diego
Martin, west of here and one
of Miller's friends, Brent
"Small Brent" Danglade
allegedly overhead the con-
versation.
Rasheed survived a drive


by shooting that night at the
MovieTowne complex, west of
here, resulting in the death of
one person and injury to two
others. Miller, who had been
charged with the murder, was
given immunity in exchange
for his testimony.
But in his ruling, the
judge said that Miller was "so
discredited in cross examina-
tion" by both the defense and
prosecution lawyers "that his
evidence is totally unreliable.
"What is of great concern
is that throughout his evidence
he maintained that he is saying
what he said because of the
immunity and he fears that the
immunity will be taken away if
he says otherwise. This is a
case where the witness has to
say that the statements are
true and to give evidence in
conformity therewith because
of the fear of losing the immu-
nity," the judge said.
Last year, a jury had
failed to agree on a verdict at
the first trial of Bakr on the
charges.
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mIe Caribbean island of Nevis offered its presence at last montn's World Iravel
Market in London, England. Among those helping to promote the country among
high-profile travel industry leaders, including travel agents, tour operators, whole-
salers and media representatives were, from right: Premier Joseph Parry, Helen Kidd,
chief executive officer of the Nevis Tourism Authority (NTA), Julie Claxton, NTA sales
and marketing representative; Janise Robinson, regional sales and marketing man-
ager for Caribbean StarAirlines; and John Wrightington, the airline's network man-
agement director.


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T&T, Jamaica fail in bid for women's World Cup soccer


GORDON WILLIAMS

The Caribbean's hopes of
making it to the finals
of women's soccer
World Cup next year fizzled
last month as Jamaica and
Trinidad and Tobago were
bumped early from the CON-
CACAF Gold Cup in the
United States.
However, Jamaica's
Reggae Girlz still managed
to secure a place in the Pan
American Games in 2007 by
finishing ahead of T&T in the
Gold Cup to become the
Caribbean's lone representa-
tive in Brazil next summer.
With both countries need-
ing to reach to finals of the
Gold Cup to guarantee a
place in the 2007 World Cup
in China, T&T, short on
preparation and disappoint-
ingly late in arriving in Miami,
fell in the first round of the
eight team knockout tourna-
ment in South Florida, beaten
3-0 by Mexico on Nov. 19.
Earlier that day Jamaica,
at the same Tropical Park
Stadium, advanced to the
semi-final by beating Panama
2-0. That win and T&T's loss
guaranteed the Reggae Girlz
a place in the Pan Am Games
over T&T, but their sights
were set on a bigger prize and


they were to be disappointed.

BIG LOSSES
Canada, which had
received a bye to the Gold
Cup semi-final along with the


Photograph b
Canada's Martina Franko, left, and Jamaica's Yc
Hamilton focus on the ball during their CONCA
Women's Gold Cup clash last month.
U.S., used a strong second
half to swamp Jamaica 4-0 at
the Home Depot Center in
Carson, California to deal a
huge setback to the Girlz'
World Cup drive.
Yet Jamaica's World Cup
hopes, which were also ham-
pered by the late arrival of
key team members due to
U.S. college commitments,
were not totally finished. If
the Girlz could win the third
place Gold Cup match-up


against Mexico, which had lost
2-0 to the U.S. in the other
semi-final, Jamaica would
then play Japan in a home
and away playoff for a place
in China.
But Mexico beat
Jamaica 3-0 on Nov.
26 in Carson to end
the Reggae Girlz'
chances.
"This team has
never played togeth-
er," Jamaica's coach
Vin Blaine was quot-
ed as saying in a
Jamaican newspaper
following the loss to
Mexico. "So they
don't know each other
well and they play off
y ACAF natural ability and the
Yolande little that I could
CAF coach."
That alone was not
good enough for a
berth in the World Cup, but
the Girlz, who impressed rival
coaches with their speed and
technical abilities, did get invi-
tations to play in several tour-
naments in the U.S. leading
up to the Pan Am Games.

Gordon Williams is Caribbean
Today's managing editor.
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Jamaica's Fraser signs new soccer deal with Miami F.C.


GORDON WILLIAMS
Jamaican Sean Fraser has
extended his stay with
United Soccer Leagues
(USL) club Miami EC.
The rangy midfielder, who
impressed the Florida-based
club in his first professional sea-
son this year, has been signed to
a new two-year contract exten-
sion, with an option for a third,
according to his agents.
"Miami wants to keep
Sean a bit longer," agent Rob
Feigenson told Caribbean
Today late last
month.
Fraser, who Dj
was in Jamaica FEG
at the time the
deal was signed,
has been linked WAF
with a move to CARG(
Brazil for a loan
stint with Rio de EXPO
Janiero club Boa
Vista. However,
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ly waiting on a
work permit and Email: ben
other travel doc-
uments.
Last month,
Fraser told
Caribbean Today
that he would
welcome the
opportunity to
play in Brazil as
he admired the For a listii
style of the South
American soccer
giants. This past
season he played
alongside several
Caribbean-born
players at Miami BCC strong
EC., most ,
notably defender


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Fraser
Haitian Stephane Guillaume,


who also joined the club in
2006.
Fraser, playing alongside
Brazilian World Cup winners
Romario and Zinho, appeared
in 22 games for Miami EC.,
scoring four goals and recording
four assists.
The team
reached the
USL playoffs in
its first season.
Following
the USL sea-
son, Fraser
was called to


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the Jamaica national squad and
played for the Reggae Boyz in
the Digicel Caribbean Cup
qualifiers. Guillaume also rep-
resented Haiti in that tourna-
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Fraser's agents declined to


reveal the financial term's of
the player's new deal with
Miami EC.

Gordon Williams is Caribbean
Today's managing editor.
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SPORT


PITCH PREDICAMENT
Photograph by Imran Khan

West Indies cricket captain Brian
Lara, right, offers his views on the
state of the pitch to coach Bennett
King prior to the start of the first
Test match between hosts Pakistan
and the visitors from the Caribbean
last month at the Gadaffi Stadium
in Lahore. Lara scored a magnifi-
cent century and a half century on
the pitch, but many of his team-
mates found the going much harder
and the West Indies tumbled to a
nine wicket loss. The captain
returned to scorch the Pakistanis
with another excellent knock in the
second Test as well, a double cen-
tury, but that game was drawn. The

to go down 2-0 in the series and
the men from the Caribbean turned
towards the one-day internationals
against Pakistan to salvage some
pride.


RACE TO THE TOP


A Caribbean connection accounted for the two top honors at the IMF's 2006 World
Athletics Gala in Monte Carlo last month. The Jamaican-born duo of Sanya
Richards, left, and Asafa Powell were named the "World Athletes of the Year".
Representing Jamaica, Powell dominated the 100 meters, while in the 400 meters
Richards, who runs for the United States, was exceptional as well. Both earned
$100,000.


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CARIBBEAN TODAY


Longing for some of that home cooking?
Oh! That aroma from the kitchen! Satisfy your
hunger with some of grandma's rice and
gungo, finger licking jerk pork and savory
curry goat all with family and friends




















It's an opportunity not only to whet that appetite but also to
reacquaint with family, reconnect with friends and relish in the
fun and warmth of just being home in great company. There's
no time like now. Come enjoy the feast! Catch up with friends!
Let's have some funt
If you haven't been home for a while, a lot has changed.
There's so much to see and do. Both airports are being
upgraded. There are new roads and highways. If you're not
careful you might get lost.
Jamaican holiday periods offer sheer excitement, whether it's
Christmas, Easter or Independence. What better place to spend
this holiday season than at home with family and friends, great
food and lots of fun.
And though you may have been away for a long time, and
are a green card holder, or became a US citizen, remember,
effective January 8, 2007, all persons, traveling by air between
the United States and Jamaica will need to have a passport to
enter or re-enter the United States.
We look forward to welcoming you home. For further
information contact your travel agent or www.visitjamaica.com


December 2006




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