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Jamaica has
reached out
to the dias-
pora, asking
those in the
Canada and
United B
Kingdom for
help to build
the Caribbean nation. Miami-
based attorney Marion Hill
talks about the movement's
progress, page 8.

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So when a
damaged his favorite island, he
decided to cook up some sup-
port for Grenada with the help P..
of his famous friends, page 15.

"The wickedest city on earth"
was once located in the
Caribbean. Now Port Royal is a
tranquil seaside town. Yet
some artifacts from its evil past
still exist and are on display
this month in Florida, page 17.

~ Barbadian-born actress
Deidrie Henry made the
choice of either flying the
skies or landing in front of
an audience. The showbiz
spotlight has been shining
on her ever since, page 16.



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r avelers to the Caribbean
appear to have fallen easi-
ly in line with a controver-
sial new United States regulation
that requires them to have a
valid passport when re-entering
the U.S.
Despite a few hiccups
reported by airlines which trav-
el from the U.S. to routes in the, the new rule, which
became effective Jan. 23, seems
to have had a smooth take-off.
"Very, very few" travelers
have showed up at U.S. airports
without the required document
to re-enter the country, an Air
Jamaica supervisor at AiL.m'i.i
International Airport told
Caribbean Today when asked
about passenger response to
the new rule the day before it
took effect.
"Almost none," said a
supervisor from Spirit Airlines
when asked the same question
in the same U.S. city on the
same day.
Before the new regulation
took effect, U.S. citizens would
often travel to the Caribbean
carrying driver's licenses and
birth .crlifit.iic-, However, the
U.S. Department of Homeland
Security (DHS), citing the need

to tighten border controls,
implemented the new rule.

The implementation date
was postponed at least twice as


Caribbean interests, including
tourism lobbyists in the region,
vehemently opposed the rule.
Some predicted it would be the
death knell of the industry in
the Caribbean, which depended
heavily on the spontaneity of
U.S.-based visitors who often
did not bother to obtain a pass-
port. But as the deadline drew
closer, they apparently have
The Air Jamaica supervi-
sor said "an average of less
than one traveler" each day


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had turned up at the airport
without a valid passport. Those
who had failed to comply with
the new rule, however, learned
the hard way about the zero
tolerance policy implemented
by the DHS.
"One (American) family
turned up with a baby, but no
passport for the baby," said the
Air Jamaica supervisor, who,
along with the representative at
Spirit did not wish to be named
in this story. "We had to tell
them that we could not allow
them to board the aircraft."
Other unusual situations
have popped up as well. A cou-
ple of Jamaican citizens, who
are resident aliens in the U.S.,
recently turned up at a U.S. air-
port with expired Jamaican
passports before the Jan. 23
deadline. Because their
planned return to the U.S. was
after Jan. 23, they were warned
by airline representatives that
they would not be allowed to
return to the U.S. with an
expired passport. Still, they
insisted they had to return to
the Caribbean island, where
they said they planned to get
new passports.
Yet, overall, the airlines

February 2007

J'can gets life in prison

for smuggling deaths

Jamaican immigrant was spared
the death penalty and sentenced
to life in prison for his part in a
human-smuggling ring which
resulted in the death of 19 ille-
gal immigrants.
Tyrone Williams, whose
sentence came on his 36th birth-
day, was convicted last month
on 58 smuggling counts.
The jury dJL h, raid on the
case for five days before agreeing
on the life sentence, which came
with no chance of parole.
He was found guilty for his
role in the attempt to smuggle
the illegal immigrants in a

trailer in 2003.
said that
Williams aban-
doned his
human cargo
after discover-
ing that it had Williams
become a
death trap. The victims died from
dehydration and suffocation.
It's the first time since 1993
that prosecutors have not won
a death penalty conviction for

Fugitive American caught in BVI

American citizen wanted in
the United States on a federal
warrant was held here last
According to state media,
the combined efforts of offi-
cials from the Customs and
Immigration Departments
and the police resulted in the
capture of Terry Netzloff,
originally from the Detroit,
Michigan area.
Comptroller of Customs
Wade Smith said that customs
officers boarded a vessel,
"Running Free", where they

apprehended Netzloff,
who they said had been over-
staying in the BVI since
The man is wanted by
Michigan authorities on embez-
zlement charges. He is a former
attorney and investment advi-
sor who has been charged with
cheating several elderly per-
sons out of their money.
Netzloff was transported
to the U.S. Virgin Islands and
handed over to the Customs
Border Protection Agency.

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February 2007

Slow, steady progress marks Jamaican Diaspora movement


Slow but steady is how repre-
sentatives of the Jamaican
Diaspora in the United States,
Canada and the United
Kingdom are describing the
movement's progress, which
began in 2004 intent on forging
a deeper relationship between
Jamaicans overseas and the
Caribbean nation.
from the move-
ment's Advisory
Boards based
in the three
nations met with
Jamaican govern-
ment officials in
Kingston last V
month to iron out
several issues and
chart its progress.
And while
some remained Dr. Harold Mign
concerned that on the Advisory
rank and file meeting in King
Jamaicans were low board mem

still in the dark
about the movement's purpose,
and that financial support from
the government and private
sector was still l.,in, all
claimed that the massive task,
which kicked off more than two
years ago with much fanfare,
was settling into a workmanlike
pattern promising favorable
results in the future.
"I think we've come a
long way," Dr. Harold Mignott,
Advisory Board representative
from northern U.S., told

Caribbean Today.
"From the conception
we're now more recognizable.
We've achieved some goals."
According to Dr. Mignott,
his iin U.S. region has
addressed specific issues,
including interfacing with the
educational sector, forming
trade councils to interface in
business, establishing health

nott, left, makes a point to his fellow members
y Board of the Jamaican Diaspora during a
iston last month. At right is Marion Hill, a fel-
iber from the United States.

care missions, establishing poli-
cy, lobbying, and general
involvement in political issues.
Last month, the Advisory
Board, which meets every six
months, reviewed several out-
standing issues with the govern-
ment's delegation, headed by
Jamaica's State Minister in the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Delano Franklyn. Items on the
agenda were the Jamaican
Diaspora Foundation; Prime

Minister Portia Simpson
Miller's proposal for a joint
Parliamentary select committee
to give oversight for diasporic
affairs; g, c r n in n iis plans for
Cricket World Cup to be held
between March and April in
the Caribbean; commemorating
Jamaica Diaspora Day on June
16; and monitoring some two
dozen resolutions passed at last

But while the board mem-
bers agreed that the access to
Jamaican government officials
and ease in decision-making
had helped smooth the process,
obstacles have emerged as well,
including funding for opera-
tions in the different regions.
"The financial support has
just not been there," Dr. Mignott
said. "So it really hampers
progress until we can solve the
issue of how we finance the
According to Franklyn,
funding the movement is a con-
cern, but contributions would
be based on what is required
and what the government is
able to offer within the con-
straints of its budget.
"The provision by the gov-
ernment is dependent on what is
the request," the state minister
told Caribbean Today. "...Like
any business, the approach is if
there is a project, an occasion,
then you have to look at what
the budget is and see how best
you're going to raise that funds.

And if it includes asking the gov-
ernment for a contribution, then
so be it."

Generating widespread
interest in the movement,
especially among youths, is
also a concern. Sharon Ffolkes
Abrahams, one of two Advisory
Board members from Canada,
said her region has begun tar-
geting young Jamaicans.
"What we did was actually
go after the young people," she
said. "So we got a strong con-
tingent of young people (at a
Canadian conference in 2006)
and what we've seen is that they

have been pleased with the
response of travelers to the
"It could have been a
mess," said the supervisor at
Spirit, which, along with Air
Jamaica flies, to several
Caribbean destinations. "But it
seems people are aware of the
rule, through their travel agen-
cies and online, and they have
responded well."
Regional government rep-
resentative said the initial con-
cerns over the new rule appear
to have subsided.
"Jamaica and other
Caribbean territories had

have attended the
meetings... They are concerned
about Jamaica as well, their
heritage. And, in fact, what they
want to do is to see progress in
this whole movement."
"There are second and third
generation Jamaicans (in the
U.K.) who are also showing
interest in the diaspora move-
ment," added Travis Johnson,
Advisory Board U.K. "It's not as
great a percentage as we would
like, but it's still early days yet."

Story and photograph by
Gordon Williams, Caribbean
Today's managing editor.

expressed a reservation as to
the deadline because some
countries were given one dead-
line and another set of coun-
tries another deadline,"
Jamaica's Minister of State in
the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Delano Franklyn told
Caribbean Today on the day
the deadline became effective.
"We were also quite con-
cerned how this would impact
on tourist arrivals... (but) we do
not believe it will have any sig-
nificant impact."

Gordon Williams is Caribbean
Today's managing editor.

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February 2007



Powerful N.Y. democratic

club endorses Haitian to

run for city council seat

NEW YORK The Brooklyn-
based Progressive Democratic
Political Association (PDPA)
has endorsed a Haitian physi-
cian to replace former New
York City Councilwoman
Yvette D. Clarke, who last
month was sworn-in as the
second Caribbean American
congresswoman to represent
the 11th U.S. Congressional
District in Brooklyn.
Former New York City
Councilwoman Una S. Clarke
- the Jamaican-born mother of
Congresswoman Clarke, who
had preceded her daughter as
representative for the 40th
Councilmanic District in
Brooklyn said the PDPA
decided to endorse Dr.
Mathieu Eugene because he is
the "best candidate" inter-
viewed by the club to succeed
her daughter in the February
20 special election.
"I think Dr. Eugene
brings several things to the
table," the elder Clarke,
founder and president of
PDPA, told the Caribbean
Media Corporation (CMC).
"His commitment to the
Caribbean American communi-
ty is unquestioned," added
Clarke, the first ever Caribbean-
born national to hold elective
office in New York City.
"Dr. Eugene is a uniter
and grassroots individual. He
will help to tear down the
stereotypes about Haitians
and the Haitian community.
He has demonstrated his will-
ingness, over the years, to be
part of the larger fabric of the
community," she said.

If elected in the crowded

field of candidates, Dr. Eugene
would become the first ever
elected Haitian official in
New York City. He said he is

Una Clarke

delighted to be endorsed by
the club and Congresswoman
Clarke, who is also one of the
club"s top executives.
"I am honored and
delighted for the endorse-
ments," he told CMC.
"She (Congresswoman
Clarke) doesn't just talk about
inclusion and diverse repre-
sentation in our government,
she works to make it happen,"
he added.
"I expect to follow her
example as a trailblazer, a
leader and effective communi-
ty service provider in the 40th
Council District."
The late Shirley
Chisholm, daughter of
Barbadian and Guyanese
immigrants, was the first
Caribbean American to repre-
sent the 11th Congressional
District in the late 1960s.

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benefits will replace about 40


QUESTION: I am not yet
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I get an Individual Tax
Identification Number
(ITIN) so that I may work
legally in the United States?

ANSWER: The ITIN is not
the same as a Social Security
number and does not allow
you to work legally in the
U.S., says the Internal
Revenue Service (IRS). As
the IRS states: "An ITIN:
does not authorize work in
the U.S. or provide eligibility
for Social Security benefits or
the Earned Income Tax
Credit, is not valid for identi-
fication outside the tax sys-
tem and does not establish
immigration status".
ITINs are used for federal
tax purposes only, and are not
intended to serve any other
purpose. The IRS issues
ITINs to help individuals com-
ply with the U.S. tax laws, and
to provide a means to effi-
ciently process and account
for tax returns and payments
for those not eligible for
Social Security numbers.
To obtain a SS number
that will allow you to work
legally in the U.S., you will
need to become a legal per-
manent resident or green
card holder and adjust your

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of your work income to main-
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up the difference with pen-
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You can find a personal-

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information vital to your per-
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adjustment of status but my
problem is that I have lost
my original 1-94 form that
proves I came into the U.S.
legally. How can I obtain a

ANSWER: The form 1-94 is
the arrival/departure record,
issued by a U.S. Customs
Border Protection (CBP)
officer to foreign visitors
entering the U.S. The admit-
ting CBP officer attaches the
1-94 to the visitor's passport
and stamps the departure
date by which the visitor must
exit the U.S., the agency says.
In your case, since you
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you entered the country
legally and not through the

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apply for a replacement Form
1-94 with the U.S. Citizenship
and Immigration Services
(USCIS). Fill out form 1-102,
Application for Replacement/
Initial Nonimmigrant Arrival-
Departure Document, and
send along with a check for
$160 to a federal immigration
office near your home, says
the USCIS. The form can be
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U.S. immigration cause. The
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attorney-client relationship,
nor are they a substitute for
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February 2007



2-y-o CCJ gets

passing grade

CMC The nearly two-year-old
Caribbean Court of Justice
(CCJ) has received a passing
grade from a top law professor
at the Cave Hill campus of the
University of the West Indies
Professor Albert Fiadjoe,
who authored a paper on the
Trinidad-based court, told the
Caribbean Media Corporation
(CMC) the four major decisions
which the CCJ delivered as the
final appeal court for Barbados
and Guyana went a great way
towards establishing it as a
sound institution.
"The quality of output has
been very good," Prof. Fiadjoe
said late last month. "There've
been very well-researched deci-
sions, very well put together
and most of all the court is not
afraid to tackle some very con-
troversial areas of law."
Fiadgoe said the major
decision against a death penalty
appeal brought by the Barbados
government should go some
way towards erasing the percep-
tion in some quarters of the
region of the court as a "hang-
ing court".
"When you look at that
decision the court was very
clear in putting across the view
that the death penalty is part of
our law and therefore has to be
honored by the judges.
"What they did go on to say
is that indeed to carry out that
death penalty, the court must
ensure that there is procedural
fairness at all stages in the
process and I think this is a very
positive and excellent
approach," he added.

The law lecturer said he
was satisfied that the structure
put in place to ensure the inde-
pendence of the court was
working and would continue to
ensure that the CCJ was freed
from political interference.
"In terms of its independ-
ence the CCJ is far better pro-
tected than the Privy Council so
there is no question in my mind
at all about the acknowledged
independence of the CCJ,"
Fiadjoe said.
He said he hoped the posi-
tive experience with the CCJ so
far would give other Caribbean
countries the courage needed to
join Barbados and Guyana and
accept the CCJ as their final
court of appeal. He suggested
that a massive educational pro-
gram and interaction across all
sectors of the community would
go a long way towards forging
an acceptance of the court.
Earlier, Barbados Attorney
General Dale Marshall said the
delay by some regional states to
sign on to the CCJ as their final
appeal court is a discredit to the

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Gambling controversy stirs churches, politicians


Money against morality. That sums
up last month's acrimonious parlia-
mentary debate leading to the pas-
sage of controversial legislation
permitting casino gambling here.
Home Affairs Minister
Clement Rohee and Minister
within the Education Ministry
Desrey Fox outraged Opposition
parliamentarians and prominent
religious figures, who attended
the debate, when they chastised
the Church for holding on to
"certain J. .1 I r i and sponsor-
ing "money laundering."
Speaking publicly to the
local press, Chairman of the
Guyana Council of Churches
(GCC) Reverend Alphonso
Porter said President Bharrat
Jagdeo, at a close-door meeting,
distanced himself from the con-
troversy, and offered an .ip. .1. -
for the remarks made by his two
"The president made it clear
that the ministers were not eluci-
dating government's position
when they said that religion has
no place in state decisions. I am
prepared to take what the presi-
dent says, but I think it should go
a step further. Somebody needs
to come out in the public and say

that on behalf of the govern-
ment," Rev. Porter said.
"I have seen, on television,
clips of the relevant ministers say-
ing these things and so somebody
from government needs to come
out publicly and correct that.
Unless this is done, it would be


difficult to swallow the genuine-
ness of the .ip. I..-

Outside of the controversy,
though, Rohee, who piloted the
bill though Parliament, argued
that casino gaming is needed here
now purely on the strength of the
economic benefits it offers such
as new investments, creation of
additional forms of entertain-
ment, increased employment and

n 2004, Jamaica's government gone or not as fa
reached out to the country's
diaspora, asking its citizens in A: I think it's gon
the United States, Canada and the that it's supposed
United Kingdom to help build the is a maturing pro
Caribbean nation. Miami-based the very initial st.
attorney Marion Hill, an logue, kind of cor
Advisory Board member of the becoming more r
Jamaica Diaspora movement rep- that the fact that
resenting the southern US., talked two conferences
to Caribbean Today's Managing conversations ha'
Editor Gordon Williams about rooted, is progress
the movement's progress before However, th
he attended a board meeting in be a lot of follow
Kingston last month. regards to many
tions that happen
QUESTION: You attended the in 2006 to makes
original meeting in 2004. The idea steps are actually
to galvanize the Jamaican diaspo- of those discuss
ra in the U.S., Canada and the ences in downtov
U.K. sounded like a good one at
the time. Q: There were di
to be achieved o'
ANSWER: Still sounds like a time. How far ha
good one at this time. Of course, terms of achieving
the whole purpose of the confer- concretizing?
ence in 2004 was to kind of start
the process of having a more A: Part of the co
meaningful relationship the gov- of developing th
ernment and the private sector, structure. You ca
including the Opposition with action, especially
Jamaicans living overseas. At that until you have ai
time, over 250 delegates came. In structure for pec
2006, there were over 500 dele- do things. Reme:
gates, with delegates coming pri- process happens
marily from the U.K., Canada and the organization.
the U.S. initially in 2004. But in the action steps
2006 that was expanded to the and within the di
Caribbean and other countries action steps that
around the world. would like to see
Jamaica. So it's a
Q: How far exactly has it pro- monster in regar
gressed since 2004? Has it gone ty of the process
as you thought it would have

boosting the tourism sector.
On a global scale, Rohee
said casino gambling has benefit-
ed 132 countries and Guyana can-
not afford to sit on the sidelines
any longer.
"We have seen how these
countries have benefited from
this type of gaming. Why can't
Guyana be a beneficiary also?
We should not be deprived of this
when the opportunity is right in
front of us," he told legislators
during debate on the Gambling
Prevention (Amendment) Bill.
"Though government is cog-
nizant that casino gaming will
contribute to Guyana's economy,
it has never indicated that casino
gaming will be a savior to the
"I don't know where the
Opposition got this idea that the
government is of the view that
casino gaming will save a dying
economy. This economy is not
dying, but casino gaming will con-
tribute to the social and economic
development of this country," he
argued, without providing any
study to back this position repeat-
ed by Jagdeo and several other
government parliamentarians.
Porter said when challenged to
provide proof that casino gaming
will spur an economic take off here,
Jagdeo, a Russian-trained econo-

mist "could not provide statistics or
a study to back his claims."

However, Jagdeo later said
he was pleased with the outcome
of the meeting with Christian,
Hindu, and Muslim leaders.
"They left that meeting say-
ing that they better understood
the purpose for and the elements
of the bill," Jagdeo told reporters.
He said the bill was aimed at
encouraging the construction of
more hotel rooms to boost the
country's tourism.
"This is a secular state; we
deeply respect the religious com-
munity but we cannot allow any
religion, or race, or those consid-
erations to be a determining fac-
tor when we make policies espe-
cially policies that would enhance
tourism and create new jobs for
our children," Jagdeo explained.
Government is banking on
the high cost of gaming to keep
locals away from casinos.
"When this legislation is
enacted we will ensure that there
is no widespread gambling, and
there will only be a few Guyanese
that will take part in this since it
will be .... I \ Rohee said during
the debate.
But most troubling for
Opposition legislators -ihr. .uLhL. 'i

Jamaican Diaspora movement

striving for a purposeful foothold


ie at the pace
d to go, because it
cesss and we're at
ages of the dia-
ncretizing it and
rooted. I think
we have gone to
now where the
ve become more
ss enough.
ere still has to
N through in
of the resolu-
ned in 2004 and
sure that action
y being taken out
ons in the confer-
wn Kingston.

efinite goals set,
ver a period of
ive they gone in
ig these goals,

ncretizing is part
e organizational
in't move to
y in the diaspora,
n organizational
ople to actually
mber, this whole
on two fronts,
al structure and
overseas, among
iaspora, and in
the diaspora
happen in
a two-headed
ds to the maturi-

Q: It's now 2007. The rank and
file Jamaican, if you ask them on
the streets, don't seem to be fully
aware of what this is supposed to
be and how this is supposed to
involve them.

A: That is correct, and we have a
lot of work to do.

Q: Isn't that disappointing?

A: I wouldn't say it's disappoint-
ing. I think it's a shortcoming of
pulling together strategic mar-
keting initiatives in order to
translate this whole effort to the
Jamaican people.

Q: Are they grasping the message?

A: The message is coming out
across radio, it's coming out in
newspapers, but, within the rum
shop at the domino table, on the
cricket pitch we need to do more
work on the grassroots level.

Q: What about the financial sup-
port for the project itself, has
that come through in the way it
should have?

A: No. We have a lot of work to
do in that regard and we have
ourselves in the diaspora over-
seas need to work on funding
mechanisms, and the govern-
ment, private sector and the
Opposition also need to look at
meaningful initiatives in order to
fund on this side also.

Q: Has the Jamaican government

been holding up its end of the
bargain in terms of providing this
financial and other types of
important support?

A: The government has not made
any decisions regarding how it is
going to fund the diaspora and it
never made any representation
as to how it's gonna do that. So it
is something that is still up for
discussion...and we're hoping to
kind of see exactly where that
conversation is going to move.

Q: If there is no money the proj-
ect will not move, so are you say-
ing that it's at a standstill after
three years?

A: I don't know if we are at a
standstill in terms of funding, but
I think it's a hard conversation
that we need to have. Every
Jamaican, in Jamaica, every busi-
ness in Jamaica, outside Jamaica,
every person in Jamaica and out-
side Jamaica, needs to take a
look at if they're going to be a
part of this common greater pur-
pose. What each person's role is
going to be, even financially, to
help support it.

Q: When can we see some con-
crete results that the people can
embrace? How Jamaicans as a
whole, not just those in the meet-
ing rooms, can participate, when
they can get their foot in the door?

A: I think their foot has already
started to take root.

in Guyana
the debate was the power of the
relevant minister to make regula-
tions by the new section 32 intro-
duced by the bill.
The privately-owned Stabroek
News newspaper noted: "Indeed,
apart from the general moral argu-
ment concerning the existence of
casinos, the content and nature of
these regulations may vitally influ-
ence the nature of the legislation,
and the debate on the bill in parlia-
ment and the country as a whole
should not be concluded until a
draft of the intended regulations is
produced and circulated by the
The bill's silence on who are
intended to constitute the
Gaming Authority and the crite-
ria for considering applications
for a casino licence should ring
alarm bells, the newspaper said in
its editorial last month.

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Asafa Powell won his
first competitive race
of 2007 during a local
meet in his Caribbean home-
land late last month.
The 400 meters was
described as a "training exer-
t, for the Jamaican-born
world record holder in the 100.
Powell ran a dozen sub 10-sec-
ond times in the short sprint
last year and was rightly
named the best male track and
field athlete in the world. In
the process he built a good
argument for being acknowl-
edged as the greatest sprinter
of all time: better than
Americans Jesse Owens, Carl
Lewis, Justin Gatlin and
Maurice Greene; Britain's
Linford Christie; fellow
Jamaicans Donald Quarrie and
Lennox Miller, and Caribbean
compatriots Hasley Crawford
of Trinidad and Tobago and
Kim Collins of St. Kitts and
Powell has run consistent-
ly faster than all of them.
As the fair sized crowd
watched Powell finish the 400,
they understood that the man
had extended himself. As one
coach said while observing the
painful stretch run, "the bear
has come out of the woods to
get him."

Yet when the World
Athletics Championships rolls
around in Osaka, Japan this
summer, the fans will demand
he continues his 100 meters
dominance. They expect him
to win.
Earlier this month Powell
and his coach Stephen Francis
were invited by the Jamaican
Diaspora Foundation to Miami
to be honored for their efforts.
See, Powell has become the
poster boy for Jamaica and the
C(,rih iin, in addition to being
the region's best bet for gold.
Fair or not, the expectation of
victory is so great, that any-
thing else from him will be con-
sidered a catastrophic athletic
disappointment by not just the
region, but by the entire world.
Powell admitted that the
great sprinters have always
won gold at the two bi,_l
meets World Athletics
Championships and Olympic
Games. He knows his legacy as
an athlete will hang not on the
numerous Grand Prix circuit
victories, which make him a
comfortable living, but his abil-
ity to skip to the top podium at
the most prestigious events.
Last year Powell won
Commonwealth Games gold,
but the bigger news of 2006
was that arch-rival Gatlin had
tested positive for prohibited
substances and was banned
from the sport. Some say
Gatlin's absence should lighten

the load for Powell. For others,
the American's dismissal has
only added to Powell's burden
of expectation. They argue
that no one else is even close
to the Jamaican's class to pose
a realistic threat.

But nothing in sport is
ever certain. In 2003 few
thought Collins could win the
100 meters at the World
Athletics Championships. He
did. And with the scourge of
performance enhancing drugs
hanging like a unwed pregnant
cloud over sport, it would
hardly surprise anyone if some
new phenom pops out of
nowhere in Osaka.
Powell has always tested
clean, but has not escaped
scrutiny. At last year's Penn
Relays a reporter asked him
how he managed to be so
strong and run so fast if he
doesn't lift much weights.
Powell's response accompa-
nied by a knowing grin was
that he had never lifted a lot of
weights, but had always run
fast. That quickly shot down
the heavy dose of skepticism
that saturated the question.
See, Powell understands
that although the Caribbean
has produced some of the
world's greatest athletes, some
still do not want to believe that
they have competed fairly. It is
hard for the skeptics to fathom
how dirt tracks and unsophisti-
cated training equipment in so-
called Third World countries
can continuously produce such
excellence. One American
sprinter, when asked at the
Penn Relays about Powell's
greatness, delivered a near-
tirade, declaring that the U.S. is
the world's dominant force in
sprinting and no one could
challenge that.
So while the Caribbean
expects Powell to win, it also
piles on the added weight that
he must win.
Other great Caribbean
athletes, both male and female,
will be at the World Athletics
Championships, and some can
win. But Powell is the closest
thing to gold medal certainty.
The region's desperate wish to
win, beating the whole world
while it is watching, is about
pride. It is a lot for a young
man to carry.
By the time the gun sounds
to start the 100 meters final for
men, the "bear" of fatigue
probably won't be the factor
for Powell. The bi,.Il "bear"
of all expectation of an entire
region will be prowling in the
woods. Will it buckle Powell?
For the sprinter, the weight of
expectation will never have
been greater. God speed.

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me, "If it wasn't for bad
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woman, for unlike men,
women are adaptable, they
change to suit the circum-
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how many men have settled
down with 'really good
women' not knowing of their
really bad past? And I know
that I have explored bad
women in the past, but we are
not here to judge, but rather to
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that he was giving up his mis-
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good woman and didn't
deserve his wild philandering
ways. Well, bully for him.
After 20 years of marriage, he
has decided to hang up his
boots and devote his time to
his really good wife, who has
been so understanding all
these years.

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key prerequisite of a woman of
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have a wandering eye now and
then, and if it's not now, it will
be then, that his eyes wander.
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don't want to, for every man
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may stop him in his tracks.
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man is a string of women run-
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of substance.'
It's true in many cases. So
often we have heard these men
thanking their women for stick-
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and believing in their dreams. I
know of so many women who
have stood by their men in the
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will far outweigh the value of
any revenue collected" a
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casino gambling in Guyana.

* "Ganja (marijuana) has
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will say now and then, "Come
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So many women live in the
shadow of their men and take
the coy, demure attitude to
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you go out and all the discus-
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she has sense too.
Maybe some weak stupid
men with low self esteem may
not want their women to be
heard, but a woman of sub-
stance should not be with such
a man. Gone are the days when
women were just meant to be
trophy wives, look pretty, good
to adorn their men at social
functions, but not participate.
Of course it's a delicate
balance, for she can't be too
dominant and show him up
either, as he'll feel inadequate.
A woman of substance knows
that even if she's brighter than
her man, she must be smart
enough not to show it.
A woman of substance
takes the love initiative at
times. She doesn't wait all the
time for the man to make the
move, for him to initiate the
romp in the hay, but she can
turn on the thrills sometimes.
Let him feel like he too is
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just doing it because he wants
it. Hey, men like to feel good
aboutilit. In.l' h, too.

A woman of substance will
keep the chemistry going,
make sure that she tries to look
as good as when she first met
him. None of this greeting him
at the door with hair curlers in,
or gaining 40 pounds two years
down the road. I know it's a
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that she would never marry for
love again, never, and never
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Hey, it's difficult being a
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and let it control the way they
live their lives.
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who will be featured in an
upcoming television special
entitled "Breathing Easy:
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about effective ways in which
those with asthma can accom-
plish goals and live the life
they want.
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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad,
CMC West Indies batting
ace Brian Lara, who lost his
mother to cancer, has
launched a cancer treatment
center in his name.
The regional team's captain
said at last month's launch it
was a bittersweet day for him,
because the occasion reminded
him of the passing of his par-
ents Bunty and Pearl Lara.
"What a bittersweet
moment for me. As Trinidad
and Tobago is about to inherit
the first state-of-the-art cancer
treatment center it also brings
back to me memories of my
loving parents," Lara said.
He added, "My dad passed
away in 1989 of a heart attack,
another concern for all in the
medical field, and also my
mom who passed away in 2002,
and that is definitely something
that has an alliance to this
because she died of cancer."
Pearl battled cancer for 10
years, he said.

Lara then stated that one
of the reasons he accepted an
invitation from the Medcorps
Group, which comprises a
number of health providers in
T&T, to append his name to

the center was that it would
cater to all, including the
needy who can't afford the
"I wish it was around 10
to 15 years ago. But today

onwards, we can boast of hav-
ing a state-of-the-art cancer
center that is going to be for
the very rich to the very poor
and that is definitely some-
thing that I want to put my
name to. It is a great honor,"
said Lara.
The center, which is based
in Woodbrook, will take in its
first patient in March.
Lara, on behalf of the Pearl
and Bunty Lara Foundation,
presented a check on behalf of
the center, and called on corpo-
rate T&T to support the center.

Members of Region
One of the National
Medical Association
(NMA) in the United States
recently paid a courtesy call on
Dr. Basil K. Bryan, consul gen-
eral of Jamaica to New York at
his midtown Manhattan office.
The NMA members, Dr.
Dexter McKenzie and Dr. Jay
C. Cowan updated Bryan on
plans for the NMA's annual
conference, scheduled for
May 24-28 in Montego Bay,
NMA's Region One is
made up of chapters from

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Hampshire, New Jersey,
Puerto Rico, Rhode Island,
Vermont and the Virgin
Islands. More than 100 physi-
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uled to cover various health
topics while allowing the NMA
to conduct regular business.
The NMA is over 100
years old and has a nation-
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February 2007



Spotlight shines on Little Haiti

Anew book, exploring
Miami's vast, complex
and colorful Haitian
community, is now in stores.
Author David C. Brown,
who operates tours through
the largest Haitian community
outside of the Caribbean
island, has written "The Story
of Little Haiti, Featuring Its
PI'll LL r, '.
The book draws on the

tales of many
Haitians who came
to the South
Florida, United
States community in
the 1950s, how they
assimilated and the
way the area has
During a recep-
tion to launch the
book last month,

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,ome of those pioneers
were present to re-tell
i heir stories and share
heir concerns about
the current plight of
Haitians in the U.S.
and in the homeland.

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A new, welcome guide for

Caribbean Sea lovers



Most of us remember
with trepidation, the
death of wildlife guru
Steve Irwin, also known as
"The Crocodile Hunter",
whose life was cut short in
September when he was fatally
pierced through the heart by a
venomous stingray spine.
Tragically, this incident
reminds us that not all sea life is
safe, even if they appear docile.
"Dangerous Sea Life of the
West Atlantic, and
Gulf of Mexico" is a new and
welcome guide for sea lovers,
recreational and commercial
fishermen, scuba divers, and
the curious who eat or come
close to the fascinating life that
inhabit the sea.
In layman's language, and an
easy-to-read format, Edwin S.
Iversen and Renate H. Skinner -
both steeped in the field of
marine biology look at Atlantic
and Caribbean Sea life species
and give the casual and "expert"
handler insights into species'
habitat, the injury they can cause
to humans, poison/injury preven-
tion tactics, and first aid strate-
gies if one is bitten or poisoned.

For a small book (100
pages) the reader gets quite a bit

of information
Besides the
habitat, injury ,
prevention and
practical tips,
the guide also
has an exten-
sive list of
reading at
the end of
each chap-
ter for even
more -
also helps the reader better
understand certain species and
bacteria, while the inclusion of
full-color, glossy photographs -
most in their natural surround-
ings gives the reader a more
realistic perspective.
Unfortunately, not all
species discussed are pictured in
the book. Nonetheless, the
authors offer invaluable advice.
For example, the chapter on
Human/Animal Interactions
warns of reducing "a child's
innate fears of marine life while
playing in the ocean" with the
growing practice of petting tanks
in public marine aquaria. In fact,
many opponents of have been
fighting to end captivity of ani-
mals for human pleasure.

Did you know that the
snapper fish you eat could be
poisonous? Although most are
edible, some snapper from
mangroves and reefs could be
tainted with the poison ciguat-
era, caused by the fish feeding
on toxic algae. According to
the authors, symptoms of poi-

soning could include
abdominal pain,
numbness of the lips,
tongue, and throat,
vomiting, etc.
Prevention simply
* means not consuming
fish from known poi-
,onous areas. The
.authors ,,tIlc,,I "seek
Sl cal knowledge".
Some sea life can
klso be full of environ-
mental pollutants that are
h.inrmful to humans if
cal en. Shellfish and mol-
luwks, for example, can
take in bacteria from
untreated sewage. Parasites
such as tapeworms and leeches
can become a problem when we
eat affected sea life. Cooking
fish thoroughly is critical,
according to the authors.

The sea floor offers a fasci-
nating world to be admired.
However, whether you are a
serious scuba diver, a novice or
new to snorkeling, "Dangerous
Sea Life" will help you distin-
guish between harmless crea-
tures and the ones to admire
with caution while taking in the
dazzling beauty of a coral reef.
Another recreational sea
sport growing in popularity is
sports fishing the annual Blue
Marlin Tournament held in Port
Antonio, Jamaica is an example.

PUBLISHER: Pineapple
Press, Inc. Sarasota, Florida,

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


Jamaican wisdom passed

along in color and style

February 2007




After they get over the
initial shock and in
some cases embarrass-
ment and even disgust at what
they may deem as mockery -
many Jamaicans are often
amused by foreigners who, on
learning they are from the
Caribbean island, try to
mimic their
accent and
local catch
Who hasn't
heard "mon",
"irieee", "raayg-
gay", or worse,
an attempt at
one of the color- '
ful swear words, '* .
from a complete ..
stranger, often .
delivered with an
naive smile?
people just like the
accent and phrases and like to
try them out with Jamaican
nationals every chance they get.
But most times as is the case
with the curse words the for-
eigners are way off target with
the lilt and, worse, have little
clue what the words mean.
Sandra Senior's "Wha
Mama Usto' She" is not the
first attempt to explain the
charming 1.i \'. .i of Jamaica.
But her compilation offers a
nice bonus, more than 365 -
you could say "wan, wan coco
full baskit" proverbs that are
at once catchy, witty, proverbial,
informative, and down and
earthy Jamaican. They come in
)p.ii ..i ', followed by pure
English translations, which are
always helpful to readers.
"Wen chubble tek yuh,
pikney shut fit yuh!" could aptly
describe what happens to a per-
son if he or she does not know
the nuances of "Wha Mama
Usto' She". With that saying,
Senior's book tells the reader
that "In times of despair and
desperate need, one will accept

whatever help one can get even
help that he/she would normally
reject as mockingly inade-

But this book is not about
despair, but rather a celebration
of Jamaican roots and culture,
spanning the continents and
oceans traveled by the country's
forefathers and mothers to
impart priceless wisdom. Most
Jamaicans, if they care to admit
it, will tell you that they still
hear their parents' or grandpar-
ents' proverbs, taught to them
as children, ringing
in their thoughts as
I [ey go about daily
life in countries far
I rom their home-
land. The proverbs
.seem to make more
.. sense when spoken
(or remembered)
-4 in' l.,l.., ', and

translation does
not always hit the
right spot. Not
even the written
ipI I.,i" carries
the full weight all
the time, as is true in some
cases of "Wha Mama Usto'
Yet Senior's book tells the
reader that "If yuh cyaan ketch
Quaaco, yuh ketch 'im shut!"
Meaning: "When a person
offends you if you cannot get
the person, then you take
revenge on personss, things or
situations closest to his/her
So if you, particularly
descendants of Jamaicans who
are unable to get to the island,
and "ketch Quaaco", meaning
learn the proverbs first hand,
then Senior's examples in "Wha
Mama Usto' Seh" are authentic,
entertaining and educational
Suh ketch it nuh, and keep
connected to the Jamaican

Contact Sandra Senior at for more

Gordon Williams is Caribbean
Today's managing editor.


B u s n e s s

Foreign spousal rights,

investment in the U.S.


In prior editions of Caribbean
Today we have discussed the
United States tax implica-
tions of foreign investment in
the U.S.
We've also focused on the
U.S. tax effects of a U.S.
income tax non-resident alien
(NRA) and/or a U.S. estate
and gift tax non-resident alien

Writing a proper can make distributing
assets a much simpler task.

domiciliary (NRAD) becoming
a U.S. income tax resident
alien (RA) and/or a U.S. estate
and gift tax resident alien
domiciliary (RAD).
In addition to the U.S. tax
implications of any such for-
eign investment or change in
status, there are various issues
which arise regarding property
ownership rights between
spouses, specifically with
respect to married couples who
own some or all of their prop-
erty as "community pr, Ip. r i)
under the laws of a foreign
jurisdiction. The following
highlights some considerations
in this regard.
Preliminarily, it should be
noted that the vast majority of
states in the U.S. are separate
property states, although
presently 10 states have some
form of community property.
Florida is considered a sepa-

rate property state, which is
more common in the U.S., and
for purposes of this discussion,
we will use the state of Florida
as the state into which the
community property owning
spouses are investing or mov-

Assume a foreign couple
(husband and wife) own all of
their assets as community
property under the laws of
their foreign domicile, and that
they invest $1,000,000 in a
vacation home in Florida and
$100,000 in a bank account in
Florida, both of which are
titled in the husband's name
only. Assume that husband
predeceases wife and dies
intestate. Should this property
pass pursuant to the laws of the
state of Florida or pursuant to
the laws of husband's and wife's
foreign domicile?
What would happen if hus-
band died with a will (Florida
or foreign), bequeathing all of
his property to his son?
Would husband be able to dis-
pose of 100 percent of the
vacation home and the bank
account, or only 50 percent
because of wife's community
property rights?
Further assume that hus-
band and wife eventually move
their permanent domicile to
Florida and acquire new for-
eign and Florida assets while
domiciled in Florida. What
would be the status of such

Generally, if husband is a
foreign domiciliary and dies
intestate, Florida law will apply
to real property located in
Florida, but foreign law will

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -
One year after six Caribbean
community (CARICOM) states
signed the agreement establish-
ing the CARICOM Single
Market (CSM), regional politi-
cians, private sector officials and
technocrats have given a cau-
tious but positive response to
the regional initiative.
The CSM, the forerunner to
the plans by regional govern-
ments to begin the process of a
single market and economy by
2008, was originally signed by
Barbados, Belize, Guyana,
Jamaica, Suriname and Trinidad
and Tobago on Jan. 28 last year
at a special ceremony held at the
Mona campus of the University
of the West Indies (UWI).
Since then, Antigua and
Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada,
St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the
Grenadine and St. Kitts and
Nevis have signed the accord,
with Haiti, The Bahamas and
Montserrat, the only CARI-
COM states not party to the
Under the accord, the gov-
ernments have agreed to lift tar-
iffs among participating mem-
bers, and all citizens can open
businesses, provide services and
move capital throughout the sin-
gle market without restrictions.
The governments had also indi-

cated their
to replace
national travy-
el documents
with a region-
al passport by
2007. So far,
most of the
Moss-Solomon member
states have
complied with the new travel

The region's umbrella pri-
vate sector organization, the
Caribbean Association of
Industry and Commerce
(CAIC), said while there have
been some hiccups during the
past 12 months, the regional ini-
tiative has so far achieved some
of its objective.
CAIC President James
Moss-Solomon said that regional
businesses "have found that
exploring opportunities in the
Caribbean have been much easi-
er, so the question of setting up
businesses, going to other terri-
tories where they may have felt
not welcome before has gone
"Many companies now have
almost been forced to take cog-
nizant and include CARICOM
expansion, CARICOM cross

border business in their own
expansion plans and that has
been very, very positive."
Governor of the Barbados
Central Bank, Dr. Marion
Williams, said there had been no
negative impact on the island
since it signed the
CSM agreement last year.
She told the Caribbean Media
Corporation (CMC) that while
no economic assessment has
been done to determine what
percentage of net capital inflows
came from the region
in 2006, she believes the impact
has been good for Barbados.
"I will say there is probably
a positive impact in terms of
inflow, but I would not like to
say this is categorically so
because we really have done the
analysis, but the size of the capi-
tal inflows and just in layman's
observations of investments in
Barbados, particularly out of
Trinidad, suggest to me that
some of those capital inflows
came from the region," Williams
Steven Mac Andrew,
regional specialist for the free
movement of skills and labor,
said that while there's been
much movement, Caribbean
governments still need to facili-

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Storyteller Awele Makeba
I'm Not Getting On Until Jim Crow Gets Off.:
The Untaught History of the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
Wednesday, February 21,4 p.m.. Sunny Isles Beach Branch, 18010 Collins Ave.
Wednesday, February 21,7 p.m. Homestead Branch, 700 N. Homestead Blvd.
Thursday, February 22,10 a.m. California Club Branch, 850 Ives Dairy Rd.
Thursday, February 22,4 p.m. Edison Branch, 531 NW 62 St.

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For information about these and other Black History Month programs, visit

One year on, thumbs up for CSM

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Miami-Dade Public Library!

Madafo, storyteller and musician
Saturday, February 17,2 p.m.
Main Library, 101 West Flagler St.

Freddick Bratcher & Company
A Storydance on ANAN51.
Saturday, February 17,3 p.m. North Central Branch, 9590 NW 27 Ave.
Saturday, February 24,11 a.m. South Dade Regional, 10750 SW 211 St.
Saturday, February 24, 3p.m. Coral Reef Branch, 9211 SW 152 St.

SVocalist and violinist Nicole Yarling
Wednesday, February 21,7 p.m.
!' North Dade Regional, 2455 NW 183 St.


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The South Florida Water Marnagement District will accclpt bids from qualified firms to provide mechanical
hiarvesting services oIfanals. lakes. slornnwaier treatments aea (STAs) and other walenvys located in the
District service area.
Bids shall be ,submitted to the P'rocuremenet Department. 2 Floor. R- I Building. 3301 Giun Club Road. West
Palm 13ce loridai. 33406. on March 2. 2007. at 2:30 P.M. local time. alwhich time blds AiIIbe opened and
publicly read. All, bids must conflori to the insnkct ions in the Request lhwBids and include a property ". "uwd
Contract Comipliance Disclosure lorm.
Solicitation documents will be available Jaruar3 I 9. 20D7 in the SIWMI) Prourcincra, Departme~nt at the ajbove
aiddress, by downloading a copy ri-urnhe Districts welbsin: at vv.sI\'rdLo orby tcalling (561) 687-6391.
Interested bidders may also call the 24 I1our BID HIOTLINE 800O472-5290. 11W Puiblic is invitedto attend the
RFB opening. Information on the staIlu 1of tils solicitation can be obtained at our web site
For mlrc inflorratioii. pleaseconitact Dun HhiI, Conliijcl Specialist, at (561)~682-2045.

February 2007




Two programs offer help to save on mortgage insurance

Considering buying a home
with less than a 20 percent
down payment?
If so, there are two pro-
grams that can help you save
money. Both of them eliminate
the expenses associated with pri-
vate mortgage insurance.
The first is lender paid
mortgage insurance
(LPMI). This
product is
designed to
reduce your after-
tax costs by elimina -
ing non-deductible
mortgage insurance te Ir l -
miums. By contrast I riLil-
tional mortgage insur, 111.1.
may require addition.,i! ..n
costs and always requires a nun-
deductible insurance premium to
be paid by you, the borrower.
LPMI is suited for people

who make down payments of 10
percent or less and have limited
cash resources.

For the majority of people,
the benefits of LPMI include:
Easier qualification because
less cash is needed upfront;
Lower monthly payments, after
taxes, than with traditional mort-
1,1t in. rance; and
' *1 sister loan approval
N. Ix cause no mortgage
insurer approval is
4" required.
I I 'MI builds the cost of
Sm..r i -age insurance into the
.I! n' interest rate, so you
r. place a non-deductible
insurance premium
.with a tax deductible
mortgage payment.*

Another program designed


and the ways they can help you Jose H. Caraballo is a

save money on your home loan

*Tax benefits depend on an indi-
vidual's financial circumstances.
Consult your tax adviser.

home loan consultant in the
Pembroke Pines, Florida office
of Countrywide Home Loans,
Inc He can be reached at 305-
968-1257 or by e-mail at cara-

to better serve those who have
limited funds is the 80-10-10 loan
(a first mortgage combined with
a home equity loan). This pro-
gram provides a flexible financial
vehicle that minimizes down
payment and maximizes avail-
able cash.
By adding a 10 percent
home equity line of credit to a 10
percent down payment on the
first mortgage, you avoid mort-
gage insurance and may lower
overall monthly housing pay-
Some of the advantages of
the 80-10-10 loan program
include the following:
* Flexible financial planning tool
for future expenditures;
* Access to home equity; and
* Easier qualifying since first
mortgage is lower and total pay-
ment is often lower.
Ask your lender for an
explanation of these products


apply to personal property and
could potentially apply even to
personal property located in
Florida. If, however, husband
leaves a Florida will, he may be
able to elect that Florida law
would apply, instead, to his
personal property located in
Florida law would apply
various statutory presumptions
regarding the status of the cou-
ple's property, which could be
rebutted by evidence of con-
trary intent. Under Florida
intestate succession rules, wife
could be entitled to only a por-
tion of the value of the house
and the bank account, depend-
ing on whether husband was
survived by any children and
on the application of any such
Also, interestingly, because
Florida's "elective Ihir,L
statute only applies to dece-
dents who are domiciled in
Florida at the time of death, it
appears possible that husband
could disinherit wife, at least
with respect to his personal
property located in Florida, by
so providing in a Florida will.
Bank accounts may be subject
to different rules, specifically
bank accounts known as
"Totten Trusts" (when an indi-
vidual opens an account in his
own name "in trust for" some-
one else).

Community property issues
need to be considered in con-
nection with determining U.S.
income tax (for example, if one

One year on, thumbs up for CSM


tate the process.
Mac Andrew said there were
still too many complaints from
CARICOM nationals going to
Port of Spain and being "told that
they cannot work immediately."

The six OECS countries that
signed on to the regional initia-
tive in June after being given
firm commitments that they
would not be placed at a disad-
vantage are also actively engaged
in a process to create an eco-
nomic union of their own.
But Dominica's Foreign
Affairs Minister Charles Savarin
said the two processes were in no
way contradictory neither is it a
case of unnecessary duplication.

He told the CMC that while
OECS states remain very com-
mitted to the CSM, they still
needed to safeguard their own
special interests.
Governor of the Eastern
Caribbean Central Bank
(ECCB) Sir Dwight Venner
agrees with the sentiments out-
lined by Savarin, saying that the
OECS economic integration
should serve as a model not just
for CARICOM, but indeed the
rest of the world to follow.
"There are things that we
are doing there that are very
interesting not only to ourselves
but the international communi-
ty," he said.


Foreign spousal rights...

The Best Airline

.... .......

February 2007

spouse is an RA and the other
is an NRA), gift tax and estate
tax (joint trust and potential
loss of step-up/marital deduc-
tion) and even U.S. reporting
obligations (with respect to
ownership interests in foreign
companies, trusts, and even for-
eign bank accounts).
Under some circum-
stances, a couple may wish to
sever community property and
under some circumstances a
couple may wish to confirm the
continuing existence of com-
munity property rights or its
application to newly acquired
property. In either case, plan-
ning using lifetime trusts, either
irrevocable or revocable can be
extremely helpful in order to
ensure that assets are adminis-
tered in an optimal manner
from both a tax and a non-tax
perspective both during life
and after death.
Furthermore, foreign indi-
viduals should consider the use
of a Florida Last Will and
Testament to specifically dis-
pose of their Florida situs
In summary, there are a
myriad of issues which need to
be considered in the context of
investment in the U.S., or relo-
cation to the U.S., by couples
who come from a community
property jurisdiction.

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

February 2007

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Love of Caribbean leads actor to help with cookbook

Actor Morgan Freeman,
who often visits
Grenada, was not
happy when Hurricane Ivan
damaged the Caribbean island
in 2004.
So the Oscar-nominated
Freeman, who was outstand-
ing in movies like "Driving
Miss Daisy", "Glory", "The
Shawshank Redemption" and
"Million Dollar Baby", decid-
ed to help compile a cook-
book "Morgan Freeman and
Friends: Caribbean Cooking
for a Cause" to raise money

Executive Chef Conny Andersson whips up a t
Oprah Winfrey, left, and Morgan Freeman wat
recent episode of the "Oprah Winfrey Show".
in support of the Grenada
Relief Fund for hurricane vic-
tims. Freeman got help for the
project from other celebrities
as well, including Tom Hanks,
Ben Affleck, Kevin Bacon
and Alicia Keys.
Last year Freeman
appeared on the popular
"Oprah Winfrey Show" along
with Beverly Wilshire Hotel
Executive Chef Conny
Andersson, who created a
delightful recipe featured in
the book: lIk Ignl With
Pineapple Carpaccio and
Vanilla Bean Ice Cream".
Caribbean Today reprints
the recipe this month, hoping
to help promote the book and
benefit Grenada.


Vanilla ice cream
* 2 fresh vanilla bean pods
* 2 cups milk
* 2 cups heavy cream
* 12 egg yolks
* 1 cup sugar

Vanilla bean simple syrup
* 1 cup granulated sugar
* 1 cup water
* vanilla bean pods

Pineapple carpaccio
* 1 fresh pineapple
* 1/2 cup vanilla bean sim-
ple syrup
* 1/2 cup light brown sugar

Banana beignets
* 1 cup all-purpose flour
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 1 teaspoon sugar
* 1 teaspoon baking powder
* 2 large eggs
* vegetable oil
* 4 bananas, peeled and
sliced lengthwise then

1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons ground

To make the vanilla ice cream:
Split the vanilla bean pods
lengthwise and scrape out all
the seeds. In a large saucepan,
combine the milk and cream,
add the seeds and pods, and
bring to a slow boil over medi-
um heat.
In a large bowl, using and
electric mixer on high speed,
beat the egg yolks and sugar
until light and
fluffy, about two
to three min-
utes. Pour in
half the boiling
s milk mixture
and combine.
s e Pour into pan
and cook, stir-
ring, over medi-
T mum heat until
thick enough to
coat the back of
a spoon.
asty treat as Remove from
rch during a heat. veemove
ch during a heat and immedi-
ately strain into
another bowl. Place over a
second large bowl filled with
ice and let cool completely,
stirring every 30 minutes.
When cool, freeze in an ice
cream maker according to the
manufacturer's directions.

To make the vanilla bean sim-
ple syrup: Bring sugar, leftover
vanilla bean pods and water to
a boil in a small saucepan.
When sugar is dissolved,
remove from heat. Remove
vanilla bean pods. Cool syrup
to room temperature.

To make the pineapple
carpaccio: Cut off the top of
the pineapple and, following
the shape of the fruit, slice off
the skin with a serrated knife,
making sure to remove all the
eyes. Using a serrated knife,
slice the fruit into the thinnest
possible rings.
Place each slice on a sheet
of plastic wrap, brush with the
syrup, rub the brown sugar
over the surface, and top with
a second sheet of plastic wrap.
Repeat with the remaining
slices, transfer to a rimmed
backing sheet, and refrigerate

To make the banana beignets: In
a medium bowl, combine the
flour, salt, sugar and baking pow-
der. Add the eggs and one cup
water and whisk until a smooth
paste forms. Refrigerate for at
least one hour.
In a small bowl, combine
the sugar and cinnamon; set
In a deep fryer, heat the
oil to 350 degrees. Working in
batches, dip the bananas in
the chilled batter and coat
completely. Slip them into the

oil and fry for about two min-
utes or until golden brown.
Transfer to paper towels to
drain. Dust with cinnamon-
sugar mixture.

To assemble the dish: Arrange

equal portions of the carpac-
cio in an overlapping circle on
a dessert plate. Lay two pieces
of fried banana in the center,
and top with one large scoop
of vanilla ice cream. Drizzle
with vanilla bean syrup.

Recipe and photograph
reprinted from,
the website of the Oprah
Winfrey Show.



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Bajan-born actress 'shines through' on screen and stage

D eidrie Henry was born
in Barbados, but grew
up in the U.S. She
learned to fly planes, worked in
a corporate office and pondered
law school. But her best role has
always been as a performer -
i.. i i,. singing and playing
music. Although Henry now
calls Paris home, the ."'. 1,,.. h
thing is still Bajan-to-the-bone.
She told Caribbean Today's
Managing Editor Gordon
Williams about her journey
from the Cniirbbeiin to
America's screen and stage.
The following is an edited ver-
sion of that Jan. 19 interview:

Q: Were you, as a child, always
at home acting out skits and

A: ... I've never thought of
myself necessarily as a competi-
tive person, because it is not
necessarily about competing
against other people. But I
think I've always been like 'let
me see if I can do that'. I've
just got to see if I can do it. I
remember seeing this girl on
stage, before I left Barbados,
and I really wanted to play
Cinderella and I remember not
being given an opportunity to
do that.

Q: Why?

A: I was too young, probably.
But I just remember being
destroyed that I didn't get it... I
remember taking on the violin.
I started playing the violin at
10...I played it all through high
school. But in my ninth grade
year I was in what they called
the pit orchestra for a musical.
And I thought, 'that's never
gonna happen again' because I
saw the people on stage.

Q: And you were not on stage.

A: No, I was in the pit, playing
the music. I got to watch this
girl on stage play "Dorothy" in
"The Wiz"...Every time I
watched her I thought 'I could
do that. I could do it better'. So
the next year I auditioned to be
on the stage and I got to go on
stage and I got to act.

Q: You said you are currently
on the set, on the set of what?

A: Right now I am a recurring
character on a new series star-
ring Eddie Izzard and Mini
Driver. It's gonna be on (chan-
nel) FX, called the "The
Riches". It'll be a weekly series.
I believe it premiers in March
on FX.

Q: What other roles do you see
coming up for you in the future,
bigger roles, movies?

A: My manager is constantly
putting me out there. Right
now in Los Angeles it's the
period of the year that they call
pilot season. Last year I did a

pilot with John Leguizamo. I
was starring with John
Leguizamo. If that had gotten
picked up then it would have
gone to New York, then it
would have been on CBS. But
there is always the potential of
something big happening. So
while you're continuing to do

happened I thought 'well, you
can really do this, you can real-
ly make money doing this'. It
wasn't big money, but enough
to pay my rent. I got to travel. I
got to leave Atlanta... After
that, I said 'O.K., you know
what, I need to go back to
school'...At the time Phyllicia

Henry, right, shines on stage.

auditions, you work.

Q: Are you focused on drama
or are you open to anything?

A: I'm open to anything, but
the truth is I think I am the
straight person opposite the
comedian. That appears to be
what's happening... I just do
drama very, very well.

Q: Does the straight person fit
you personally?

A: Comedy is probably the
most difficult, I would think,
genre. It's about timing (she
laughs). It's about being funny.
And I don't think I'm that; I
don't think I'm funny. Other
people may think I'm funny
and that would be great, but
comedy terrifies me. I don't
look at any comedian and think
I could be better than that. Not
at all.

Q: So you are more comfort-
able playing straight dramatic

A: Right...I know that it's
sometimes more important to
step outside of your comfort
zone, and at some point I
would like to do that, but right
now I think where I fit better is
in the career straight man.

Q: Are you satisfied with how
your career has gone so far?

A: Well, I've been seriously in
the business, where I've said
'O.K. well I'm not going to pur-
sue anything else', since 1997. I
got out of flight school and I
had a friend in Atlanta who
had started a theater...I was
also working full time while
acting at this theater... I acted
in "Blues for Alabama Sky",
starring Phyllicia Rashad and
that was in 1995. So when that

Rashad said 'why would you
take yourself out to put your-
self back in again?'

Q: "Blues for an Alabama
Sky", that was the turning

A: Correct. That was definitely
the turning point, when I got to
leave Atlanta and travel a little
bit and do this work and realize
that 'my God, I could actually
make money doing this'...
Being able to do what you love
to do and get paid to do it, I
think, is the greatest gift that
anyone can be given. Phyllicia
said don't put yourself out to
bring yourself back in, move to
New York. So I did. New York
kicked my butt.

Q: Was it a disappointment,
going to New York?

A: No, actually, it wasn't a dis-
appointment. It was just hard,
very, very hard. But it was the
place that I knew 'O.K. this is
something I had to choose real-
ly hard, I'm gonna to have to
work really hard to do this'.

Q: How did you make the deci-

sion to go into acting?

A: The choice was made for
me, based on my life work and
the way my universe sort of
revolves. When I graduated
from Embry-Riddell that was
the year that Eastern (Airlines)
had folded, 1990-91. So basical-
ly the market was flooded with
pilots who obviously had more
(flying) hours and more experi-
ence. At the same time, Chris
Coleman had started Actors
Express theaterr in Atlanta).
He basically called me on the
phone and said come on up. So
I think if Eastern hadn't fold-
ed... The decision was sort of
made for me when I couldn't
find a job flying. The theater
rescued me... I know that if I
did not have acting as an outlet
and I decided to put my head
towards being an executive, I
could do that right now. But I
did not want to do it. I didn't
want to sit in somebody's

Q: You said something about
the way you are... Do you think
it all happened for a big, grand

A: Yes. I mean yes, yes. I
believe that we're all guided in
certain ways. We either listen
or we don't... I don't know if it's
my ancestors. I definitely know
it's a source. I know that God
guides me. There is a voice that
I listen to that says 'go this way'
and I try to do it without kick-
ing and screaming. I usually
don't. Usually I'm able to go
with the flow. I was definitely
disappointed that I couldn't fly,
but I recognized that something
else was happening. The disap-
pointment was weighed very
evenly with the ability to
express myself artistically.

Q: Would you do it perform-
ing if you were not getting
paid a lot?

A: I am doing it and not getting
paid a lot. Actually, the theater
that I'm working at, I'm getting
paid to be on the set for "The
Riches" and to do that show on
T.V, but when it comes to the-
ater that's the artistic side. I

don't need to get paid because
I'm not. (She laughs.) We're
not getting paid, but my com-
mitment is as strong, sometimes

Q: I read some reviews about
the work you did in (the play)
"Yellowman". That was an
interesting role because it raises
the issue of race and color and
background. Why did you
accept that role in the begin-
ning and how challenging was
it, especially being a black per-
son with Caribbean roots?

A: The thing is "Yellowman" is
a universal story from the
standpoint that everyone, no
matter what culture you're
from, you're always gonna try
to...'it's about being better than
someone else'. So, either in the
Caribbean, it definitely exists
there. In the black community
it exists there, where it's dealing
with the color within the com-
munity, the color of your skin -
how light you are, what grade
of hair you have. You're either
considered good or bad, you're
either considered nice or not
nice. You are judged, unfortu-
nately, based on the color or
hue of your skin. And so that's
kinda what the play is about...

Spotlight on

Born in St. Michael's, Barbados,
attended St. Angela's school.
Moved to the United States at
age 10 with mother Shirley,
father and elder brother Cristin
in the 1970s.
Attended Avondale High School
in Georgia and Embry-Riddell
Aeronautical University in Florida.
Appeared in television shows
"NCIS", "Shark", "Commander
in Chief", "Without A Trace",
"Strong Medicine", "ER" and"
All My Children".
Stage credits include "Blues
for an Alabama Sky", "What a
Day for a Daydream" and
Won awards for leading role in
"Yellowman", including Backstage
Garland Award, Los Angeles
Drama Critics Circle Award,
NAACP Theatre Award and
Ovation Award. Won Backstage
Bistro Award in New York City for
outstanding vocalist and cabaret
debut for "What a Day for a
Daydream", and was Helen Hayes
Award nominee as best support-
ing for best supporting role in
"Blues for an Alabama Sky".
Interest in acting began while in
Barbados when she saw a girl
play Cinderella on television.
She's done Shakespeare, but
exposure to showbiz included
playing violin in the orchestra pit
at a school play in the U.S.

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Exhibition on Port Royal opens

at Miami museum this month

Vincentian comedian 'Saluche'

dies at home of a heart attack

Large collection of rare
artifacts depicting life in
the Caribbean city once
known as the wickedestt on
earth" will be on display in
Florida beginning this month.
"Port Royal, Jamaica", an
exhibition jointly organized by
the Institute of Jamaica and the
Historical Museum of Southern
Florida, will be open to the

English colonial activity in the
region it is important that we
understand the history of Port
Royal. These objects present a
unique opportunity to examine
this history," said Wayne
Modest, director of museums of
history and ethnography at the
Institute of Jamaica.
Museum visitors will be able
to see over 150 unique artifacts

conjunction with "Port Royal,
Jamaica". On each third
Thursday evening, from March
to May, the museum will offer
lectures and other programs
related to Jamaican history and
cultural traditions. Family fun
days will take place every
Saturday, beginning Feb. 10,
from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., with
hands-on activities for children.

Rare artifacts displayed at "Port Royal, Jamaica" exhibition.

public at the museum, down-
town Miami, from Feb. 16
through June 3.
For the first time in the
United States, the public will
have an opportunity to view arti-
facts from the famous city, much
of which sank under the sea in a
devastating earthquake in 1692.
Once known as the wickedestt
city on earth", Port Royal has a
past far richer than pirates'
treasures. For centuries, Port
Royal has been a focal point of
Caribbean and Atlantic history:
a cosmopolitan port and center
for the African slave trade dur-
ing the 17th century, a major
base of the British Royal Navy
during the 18th and 19th cen-
turies, and a maritime town and
world-class heritage site today.
"We are very honored to
collaborate with Jamaica's
national museum on this
ground-breaking project," Dr.
Stephen Stuempfle, chief cura-
tor for the Historical Museum
of Southern Florida, said in a
press release issued by the
museum recently.
"The Historical Museum
is committed to partnering with
other institutions to explore
how events in the Caribbean
have shaped world history dur-
ing the past several centuries."

From its founding in 1655
until the 1692 earthquake,
Port Royal was one of the
most important cities in the
English-colonized Americas.
Comparable in size to Boston,
it was densely settled, graced
with lavish homes and imposing
forts, and extremely wealthy,
due in part to government-sanc-
tioned pirate raids of Spanish
ships and ports. The city was
also known for its abundance
of shipwrights, blacksmiths,
pewterers, silversmiths and
other skilled craftsmen.
"To fully understand

illustrative of life in Port Royal,
such as an intricately engraved
tortoise-shell comb case, a red
clay pipe associated with African
craftsmen in the city, a pewter
plate made by local pewterer
Simon Benning, Chinese porce-
lain, German stoneware and
Spanish silver coins.
Many of these artifacts were
recovered through underwater
archaeology expeditions carried
out since the 1950s. The Royal
Navy era of Port Royal's history
will be portrayed through such
items as a Spencer Browning &
Rust telescope, pharmaceutical
vials from the naval hospital, and
a bust of Horatio Nelson, one of
several British naval heroes who
served in Port Royal during the
18th century
Rare maps, prints, books
and manuscripts will accompa-
ny the collection of artifacts
from the National Library of
Jamaica, the University of
Florida George A. Smathers
Libraries and the Historical
Museum of Southern Florida.
Among the many treasures are
John Taylor's map of Port
Royal, with perspective views
of the city before the earth-
quake, and two illustrations of
ships at Port Royal by the
prominent 19th-century British
artist Joseph Bartholomew

The exhibition also will
examine community life in Port
Royal today through 25 black
and white photographs shot
during the 1980s by Maria
LaYacona, one of Jamaica's
leading photographers.
In addition, video footage
of efforts to research and pre-
serve Port Royal's heritage
through underwater archaeolo-
gy will be on display.
A variety of educational
programs will be presented in

Third Thursday programs and
Family fun days are free.
The museum is located at
101 W. Flagler St. For more
information about the exhibi-
tion, call the museum at 305-
375-1492 or visit

L ucien "',ilu h. Small,
St. Vincent and the
Grenadines' best-
known comedian, died from a
heart attack last month.
The 60-year-old was found
by his younger brothers lying
on the floor of his living room,
family members reported.
Saluche, who was regard-
ed as a Vincentian ambassa-
dor of entertainment, gave
people across the region big
laughs with his side-splitting
humor at comedy festivals and
was a headliner at shows in
Britain, the United States and
the Caribbean. He also had
the honor of performing at
the famous Harlem Apollo
Theatre in New York City.

Saluche's brother, local
trade unionist Lloyd Small,
told the Caribbean Media
Corporation that his elder
brother died from "a massive
heart attack," based on the
conclusion of an autopsy.
"It was nothing else,"
Lloyd Small said, ruling out
any other possible medical
cause. Small said he and his
twin brother, Julian, found

Saluche i ill' at his home at
Dorsetshire Hill on the out-
skirts of capital Kingstown.
"It was his heart," Lloyd
Small said. "It's real hard, it's
real hard."
Many, including
Vincentian Culture Minister
Rene Baptiste, mourned as
news of his death circulated.
Baptiste said that he was the
funniest man in St. Vincent
and the Grenadines and
would be terribly missed.
"Vincentian culture has
lost an icon," she said.

International stars Kenny Rogers, left, and Chuck Mangione were among the big name performers at the 10th Annual Air Jamaica
Jazz and Blues Festival held last month in Montego Bay, Jamaica.
Other legends and new favorites who entertained the large crowds included Shaggy, Robert Cray, Christopher Cross, Earth
Wind & Fire, as well as Monty Alexander, NEWA, Pieces of a Dream and RoyAyers. Hot dancehall star Sean Paul showed up too,
along with a number of other Caribbean artistes such as Sanchez and Wayne Wonder.

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Q: Being a black person from
the Caribbean, have you had to
experience that here in the
United States and has that had
any effect of your career?

A: You know, that I can't tell
you because I don't make those
decisions and I don't react to
those decisions. I suppose if I
was looking for some sort of

an actor as a singer as a per-
former, is something that goes
beyond the color of my skin. So,
if the color of my skin, if that's
what you see, what do I do? I
can't change it. So the show def-
initely puts it in that light, it
puts it in the light of 'you are
who you are'. This is something
I can't change. I know that (dis-
crimination) exists. I know deci-
sions have been made around
the color of my skin.

Q: You were born in Barbados,
came here as a family, but you
also had to go out into
American society. How much of
that was a difference for you
and how much did you lean on
your Caribbean family roots
then and even today?

A: When we moved to Atlanta
I remember thinking 'oh, more
opportunities'. That's what I
remember as young as I was, a
10-year-old, and I was very,
very excited. Now I remem-
bered reacting very strongly to
people not listening to what I
was saying, but listening to the
accent, or reacting to that. So I
remember very consciously say-
ing 'oh no', because people
weren't listening to me. I
remember changing my accent.
Now it ended up coming out
the way I sound (today). My
(Barbadian) accent, I don't
have one. There might be some
things that might come out
Southern, but I don't have an
accent, I don't believe... It's just
the way it came out. But...
there was definitely still that tie
(with the Caribbean)... There's
no way to separate that part of
my family, my growing up. You
can't separate it. I was influ-
enced by Dominica, by
Barbados, by her (mother's)
friends who were in Atlanta,
who visited or moved to
Atlanta who were West Indian.
There was no way to separate. I
had my American friends, but I
also had my West Indian
friends. I believe that when you
get to the United States you are
no longer friends from the
Caribbean, you end up becom-
ing a family. The last names
may be different, but the cul-
ture I believe necessitates, as
you try to assimilate into the
American system, you become

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A: Now I'm just proud.

Q: Do you go around telling
people you are Barbadian?

A: I'm proud to be Barbadian.

Q: How tough is it for black
women to get into the business
of acting these days? They say a
lot of doors are open, pointing
to the Halle Berrys and so on,
how tough is it now?

A: Well, it is opening more
from the standpoint that we can
be seen as judges and lawyers
and doctors and paralegals...
There's a wider array of oppor-
tunities that we have than we
used to. Before, it was you
were playing the nurse. There's
nothing wrong with that. You
were playing the nurse or the
maid or given the crack heads
or the nanny, which we are and
we do, and I believe those are
roles that we do well. But we
are, if you look at us in society,
I've met black female pilots,
I've met black female doctors.
I've been operated on by black
female doctors, actually a
Haitian doctor, who is amazing.
I've black female anything, we
run the gamut. We are intelli-
gent, we are beautiful, we are
forceful, we're a force of nature
and we have the ability and the
capability to do all of that. Now
we are being represented as
that or given an opportunity to.
For little black girls to see, little
West Indian black girls period,
to be able to see a black
woman playing something that
she dreams of being, I think
there are amazing opportuni-


Q: Have you ever been asked
you to play a Caribbean

A: Yes, on "Savannah", which
was a show that was out years
and years ago, I was asked to
play the Barbadian desk clerk.

Q: Did you get a chance to

A: I think I probably had two
lines or something like that. So
I have been asked, but I think
in general, when Americans
hear an accent, they say they
want something specific. They
say they want you to be from
The Bahamas or something.
But when they hear that accent,
they don't know where it's from.

Q: Are there a lot of Caribbean
people breaking into the acting
business now?

A: Yes, but the thing is there is
a necessity. You have to be able
to turn the accent on and off.
You have to. You've gotta be
able to assimilate because every
role doesn't call for a West
Indian. Every role could be a
West Indian... If the accent
comes in and they need some-
body who is more straight, or
need somebody who is more
erudite, and accent is not nec-
essarily going to assist you as
an actor.

Q: With more immigrants now
assimilating into American cul-
ture, you would think that the
roles now have to reflect that...

A: Well it depends also on the
producers, the casting directors,
the scope of what they're able
to see. Yes, this character of the
paralegal, I could have brought
her in with an accent, but it was
set in Louisiana, so she sort of
had a Southern accent. I don't
know what would have hap-
pened if I had brought in a
Barbadian accent.

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'Clear skies' as CARIC

CMC Apart from a brief
technical glitch, which pre-
vented the examination of
passports, all of the airports
across the region reported
success as 10 Caribbean com-
munity (CARICOM) coun-
tries began testing a single
domestic space recently.
"There was a technical
glitch...and as a result of that
there was limited examination
of passports," Mia Mottley,
chair of the CARICOM Sub-
Committee for Cricket World
Cup Security told reporters.
"Once those technical
glitches are overcome then we
will move to the full stage of
persons just submitting their
ID cards and walking through
immigration, which is the ulti-
mate intent of where we want
to be," Mottley added.
The single domestic space
was created to facilitate the
upcoming ICC Cricket World
Cup 2007 to be held in the
region from Mar. 5 to April 28.
Antigua, Barbados,
Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica,
St. Kitts, St. Lucia, St. Vincent
and Trinidad are hosting
World Cup matches and they
are joined by Dominica in the
single domestic space.

"There is no doubt in my
mind.. .that this is a mammoth
exercise and its scale is per-
haps unparalleled certainly in
modern independent history
of the region in terms of seek-
ing to harmonize the actions
of 10 countries across multiple

St. Lucia u

CASTRIES, St. Lucia, CMC -
St. Lucia has begun the pro-
duction of machine readable
passports, which the new John
Compton administration said
was an initiative aimed at pro-
moting the fight against ter-
rorism and international white
collar crime.
The Ministry of Home
Affairs and National Security,
in a statement issued last
month, said that it had started
the process of the passport
issuing system in compliance
with new international civil
aviation regulations.
Senior government offi-
cial Ingril Bouillard said that
the introduction of the new
system signals to the interna-
tional community St. Lucia's
commitment to the fight
against terrorism and wide-
spread crime.
"The international stan-
dards are being prescribed by
the International Civil
Aviation Authority on the



agencies, namely customs,
immigration, police, in some
instances military, port
health, not the
mention of r
course the
ministries in
which those
agencies also
find lthl Imsl, ,
Mottley said.
"From today until
the 21st of
February is effectively being
treated as a training and test-
ing period to work out chal-
lenges and listen to the per-
spectives of Caribbean people
across the region who are
experiencing this exercise to
hear what their feelings are to
see if we can improve the sys-

With the implementation
of the single domestic space,
CARICOM nationals, except
those living in Haiti, are now
able to travel easily through-
out the region and would only

as machine

various features of the pass-
port, particularly sizes that are
applicable to machine read-
able passports," the official
"Another prescription by
the U.S.A. is that by January
2008 persons will not be able
to enter the U.S.A. less they
are entering with a machine
readable passport, so at least
St. Lucia is one year ahead of
that deadline, and increasingly
other industrial nations will
impose these requirements,"
she added.
The passport system
is being supplied by the
Canadian Bank Note (CBN),
which has over 100 years of
experience in document securi-
ty and specializes in counterfeit
security. The company
has issued similar systems in
Jamaica, Suriname, Grenada,
St. Vincent and the Grenadines,
St. Kitts Nevis, Dominica and

require security checks at
their first port of entry. At
that port, an armband bearing
the CARICOM logo is placed
on the hand of travelers, elim-
inating the need for further
screening at the other ports
of entry.
Mottley said regional
heads recognize that there
would be challenges, but have
given themselves three weeks
to refine the processes, "such
that when we welcome the
world to our backyard for
Cricket World Cup, we will do
so as a region and as a people,
ready to be able to
show off the
best that we
Mottley, who
is also
deputy prime
minister, said
that the people of
the Caribbean
could rest assured
that stringent security meas-
ures are in place to prevent
any compromise of the
region's security.
"I want to give you and
the region, the assurance, that
we will do nothing at all to
compromise the security of
the region while we get the
ease of movement working
correctly," Mottley said.

t. Lucia's second annual
"Food and Rum" festival
will be staged from Nov.
1-4, 2007.
Festival organizer Allen
Chastanet, who was recently
appointed St. Lucia's minister
of tourism and civil aviation,
said the event will develop
into a major IhIkIgL'" event
in years to come, promoting
the nexus between tourism,
agriculture and art.
A highlight of this year's
event is the rum pavilion,
where patrons get to sample
the region's rums along with

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* U.S. opens new embassy in
The United States officially opened a
new state-of-the-art building in
Wildey last month to house its
embassy in Barbados.
The building is expected to
assist Eastern Caribbean residents
seeking visas to travel to the United
States in obtaining speedier transac-
tions officials said.

food demonstrations, conduct-
ed by some of the world's top
St. Lucia was recently
voted the top Caribbean desti-
nation in the 2006 annual
Travel Weekly Readers Choice
Awards. The award recipients
were chosen by Travel Weekly
readers, a collection of agents,
industry marketing executives
and chief executive officers
of the world's largest travel
companies throughout North

The embassy, which serves
Barbados and the eastern Caribbean,
will be is $33.8 million building in an
industrial district on the outskirts of
the capital Bridgetown.
Deputy Chief of Mission Mary
Ellen Gilroy said while the appoint-
ment system, which was introduced
last year, would remain in place,
appointment times would be made
more specific.
The new building will host all
agencies of the U.S. Mission in
Bridgetown, which were formerly
scattered among a number of loca-

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Caribbean musical legend
Mighty Sparrow will highlight
a celebration marking
Grenada's 33rd Independence
to be held on Feb. 10 at the
Inverrary Country Club in
Lauderhill, Florida.
The event, being put on
by the Grenada Cultural &
Civic Association, will feature
a reception at 7 p.m. and a
dinner program at 8 p.m.
The theme for the dinner
is "The Diaspora Supporting
Grenada's Local Industry".
The scheduled guest speaker
is Phillip Peters, of Zagada
Markets. Peters, a Grenadian
national is an expert on
Caribbean issues. He will
focus on the "Diaspora
Movement". Performing at
the dinner this year is the leg-
endary Mighty Sparrow, along
with the Sound Factory Band.
Individuals and groups to be
honored this year include:
Jennifer Smart and her family
for their efforts during
Hurricane Ivan; the DOR-
CAS Medical Mission on their
successful mission to Grenada
in Sept. 2006; and Miami
Gardens Mayor Shirley
Gibson for the achievements
in the City of Miami Gardens
where many Grenadians

The master of ceremonies
for the event will be Derek
Ventour, a renowned Grenadian
personality and community
activist in New York.
For more information on
the Grenada Cultural & Civic
Association, visit www.gcca- or e-mail us at
gccasouthfla@yahoo. corn

Starting this month, residents
of Broward County, Florida
are being invited to partici-
pate in a new program that
offers them an opportunity to
learn about the county's gov-
During the free eight-
week program, called the
Broward County Academy,
residents will learn how coun-
ty government delivers servic-
es to enhance and promote
the quality of life for resi-
dents, businesses and visitors.
The goal is to raise public
awareness about county pro-
grams and services, and to
increase community involve-
ment and participation in local
The academy will run
from Feb. 8 through Mar. 29.
All county residents age 18 or
older are eligible to apply.
There is a limit of 25 students

T ohe Florida Loery was introduced
T in 1988 to raise non-tax revenue
Sfor public education. Since thea,
Lottery games have contributed
more than $16 billion to the state's
Educational Enhancement Trust Fund.
No less significant, however, is the
multibillion-dollar impact the Lottery
has had on small and minority-owned
businesses throughout the state.
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non-Lottery customers spend
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In the spirit of diversifying its
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academies will be offered each
year. Acceptance will be
granted on a first come, first
serve basis. There is no regis-
tration fee or cost to partici-
Applications for the Broward
County Academy are available on
the Broward County web site, by e-
or by calling the Broward County
Public Communications Office at

The Western Hemisphere
Travel Initiative (WHTI) took
effect last month.
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,
or call 800-ASK-USPS.

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-
sored by global financial serv-

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The guide is printed in
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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-
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The United States
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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
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(USPS) deliveries:
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Immigration Services, P.O.
Box 54870 Los Angeles, CA
Or for non-USPS deliver-
ies (e.g. private couriers):
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View Ave., La Mirada, CA
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include initial evidence and
supporting documentation
when submitting the Form I-
90 to the Los Angeles
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notice for a biometrics pro-
cessing appointment at an
ASC and will submit their ini-
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honor Black History
Month will have a dis-
tinct Caribbean flavor this
"An Evening with Poet
Malachi Smith", including a
documentary on the Jamaican
poet's life and his own read-
ing/performance, will be
staged at 6 p.m. Feb. 22 at the
African-American Research
Library and Cultural Center
2650 Sistrunk Blvd. in Fort
The event, being present-
ed by the Broward County
Commission Libraries
Division in Florida, in associa-
tion with Reggae Concepts
and 4-M International
Productions, will feature
the world premiere of "Dub
Poetry: The Life and Work

by the
late Oscar
Thomas, titled
"Keepers of
the Dream" is
currently on
display in the
Alvin Sherman
Library on
Southeastern's .
main campus
in Broward
Florida. From
Feb. 8 to Mar.
8 the library will highlight a
collection of works from local
high school students, which
recognizes the contributions
of the African diaspora to
American history, politics,
spirituality, education, sports
and artistic expression. The
student pieces were inspired
by Thomas's works. For more

of Malachi Smith".

The documentary reviews
the poetry genre that started
on the streets of Kingston,
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Smith, a poet, playwright,
actor and Miami-Dade
County police officer. His

biography offers a look at a
life emerging from a broken
home, poverty, and personal
and societal prejudices to dis-
cover and transform himself.
A series of interviews, punctu-
ated with Smith's poetry, car-
ries the "dub-u-mentary"
which was produced and
directed by L. Michael Bryan.
During the library pro-
gram, Smith will present a
reading/performance, fol-
lowed by a question and
answer session. Short readings
will also be offered by Dr.
Donna Weir-Soley, of Florida
International University, and
Professor Geoffrey Philp, of
Miami-Dade College.
For more information
about the free program, call

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Black History Month, takes
place Feb. 9 at the Lauderdale
Lakes Multi-Purpose Center. It
is being held in commemora-

tion of the 200th anniversary of
the end of the Trans Atlantic
Slave Trade, and in celebration
of the approaching Ethiopian
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~A Caribbean Today special feature

'We've had a lot of progress'

In the past, Caribbean people
were often overlooked for their
accomplishments outside the
region during Black History
Month. Today there are commer-
cials promoting the achievements
of Bob Marley and Marcus
Garvey in the U.S. Caribbean
Today recently asked immigrants
to the US., Canada and the
United Kingdom about the
importance of the month-long

MARLON HILL, U.S.: "I think
Black History Month is still
something that is rooting itself
within the Caribbean and the
Jamaican psyche. We've had a
lot of progress in the U.S. as
black people. Black Jamaicans
in Canada and the U.K., we've a
lot to celebrate, a lot to take
note of in terms of our accom-

U.S.: "It's critically important
that we interface with African
Americans in the United States
in our various jurisdictions and
understand their struggle and
they get to understand our issues
and work 1' ... IlK r Otherwise
we're not going to be successful.
So it's important that Jamaicans

understand the history and the
struggles of Afro Americans...
We see great importance of that
linkage.. .We see a lot of political
parallels, we see a lot of business
opportunities and we see a lot of
cultural parallels that we need to

HAMS, Canada: "What I see is
that Jamaicans lead the whole
discourse on black history in
Canada. I have been invited to
be a speaker in Brampton, in an
area just outside of Toronto.
Many Jamaicans live there and
I've been invited to be a speaker
among many who will deal with
Black History Month."

Kingdom: "The United Kingdom
does have its own Black History
Month which is in October,
National Heroes Month.. .So
most of the activities that we do,
that relate to black people, is
done within that month in
October...and a number of activ-
ities are organized up and down
the country by the black commu-
nity in October. The (Caribbean)
community is very involved in
most of the activities."

Miami-Dade county offers events throughout February

The Black Affairs
Advisory Board
(BAAB), part of
Miami-Dade County's Office
of Community Relations, is
presenting the following
events in the county during
Black History Month under
the theme "From Slavery to
Freedom: Africans in the
AmL r k.,

* Feb. 1-28 Black History
Tour sponsored by Miami-

Dade Transit featuring signifi-
cant black historical sites. For
reservations or more informa-
tion, call 305-654-6545 or visit

* Feb. 1-28 African
American Timeline and
Exhibit by Kinad, Inc.
Stephen P. Clark Center
Lobby 111 N.W. 1st St. For
information, call 305-375-5730
or visit

* Feb. 1-28 Miami-Dade
Schools' Students Art Exhibit
Amadlozi Gallery African
Heritage Cultural Arts Center
6161 N.W. 22nd Ave. Call 305-

* Feb. 1-Mar. 11 The M
Ensemble Company, Inc. pres-
ents "Indigo Blues: A Love
Song" at 12320 W Dixie
Highway, N. Miami. For more

information, call 305-895-0335
or visit www.

* Feb. 16 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. -
African Marketplace Vendors
and music at Stephen P. Clark
Center Lobby 111 N.W. 1st St.
For more information, call

* Feb. 17 "African Kings &
Queens of Africa" fashion
show, food, vendors and music
at First Baptist Center of
Brownsville. Call 786-873-
4638 or visit for more

* Feb. 22 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. -
"ATaste of the Diaspora"

mini film festival featuring
films highlighting African
Americans/Africans either in
front or behind the camera
along with a cultural dinner at
Joseph Caleb Center 5400
N.W. 22nd Ave. For more
information, call 305-693-6236
or visit www.diaspo-

* Feb. 24 -10 a.m. to 5 p.m. -
BHPC African Marketplace
featuring vendors and food at
the African Heritage Cultural
Arts Center 6161 N.W. 22nd
Ave. For information, call
305-375-5730 or visit

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The National Association for
Stock Car Auto Racing
(NASCAR) has announced a
month-long series of events to
celebrate Black History Month
and increase awareness about
the sport among African
American communities to help
further diversify the sport.
The plans include intro-
ducing students to the sport via

NASCAR's two bi..Ll events
of the month the Budweiser
Shootout at Daytona on Feb.
10 and the Daytona 500 on
Feb. 18.
For more information, con-
tact Josh Hamilton, NASCAR
Public Relations, 386-681-4285

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Will crime be a major issue in


PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -
At 13 years old, Ch, i. LIk
Allen is a very articulate
teenager. She is also a very
confident person whether in
the company of Prime
Minister Patrick Manning,
Opposition Leader Kamla
Persad Bissessar, or the hun-
dreds of school children who
joined her crusade at the
National Library last month to
highlight the crime situation in
Trinidad and Tobago.
With the oil-rich republic
recording 368 murders last
year, and already into double
figures so far this year,
Chn ,. IIL ; crusade under-
scores the concerns citizens
have for the growing crime
problem highlighted by mur-
ders and kidnapping for ran-
Perhaps, the most cele-
brated case here is that of
businesswoman Vindra
Naipial-Coolman, who was
abducted from her home on
Dec. 19 and has not yet been
found despite her relatives
paying a significant amount
of the TT$3 million ($500,000)
ransom that her abductors
had demanded.
National Security Minister
Martin Joseph said that more
than 200 police officers and
soldiers, as well as a signifi-
cant amount of other
resources, have been utilized
in the search for the 52-year-
old chief executive officer
of a major supermarket chain
here. Recently, the police
started draining a pond in
central Trinidad, as part of
the search.
In December last year,
Bert Arlette, a councillor
with the Port of Spain City
Council, was shot and killed
while his colleague, Peter
John, was shot seven times but
survived. Mayor Murchison
Brown has received several
death threats and has had an
additional security detail.

Chn,. IIL says there needs
to be a more holistic approach
to the crime situation and
does not lay the blame solely
at the feet of the ruling
People's National Movement
"By using a holistic
approach you cannot blame
the politicians or the army or
anyone. You have to take per-
sonal responsibility for your
actions," she said at the end of
her five-day fast last month.
Newspaper columnist
B.C. Pires wrote "Chit .ILik
did more than most
Trinidadians in making a ges-
ture instead of merely com-
plaining about crime".
But Ch ,. I.IL s initiative

may be of little comfort to a
nation reeling under the
actions of criminals, so much
so that even the Opposition
leader has called for the
resumption of hanging to
serve as a deterrent.
Complaining that the island
was "under
IL gI, from
criminals, she
told a public
meeting of '. v. .
the main
Congress Manning
(UNC) "the
time has come once again
where, given the spate of mur-
ders, the time has come to
bring back the death penalty".
The last executions were
done by the Basdeo Panday
government from 1995-2001.
As the country enters into
an election year, crime will no
doubt be a major platform
agenda. The private sector
groups, including the Trinidad
and Tobago Chamber of
Industry and Commerce, have
openly called on the authori-
ties to do something about the
crime situation that they said
was also driving their mem-
bers overseas and also affect-
ing investment.

Stockbrokers have also
warned that crime would most
likely hamper returns on the
local stock market in 2007,
despite strong economic
growth and a projected 10
percent growth on the local
stock market this year.
Speaking at a "Stock
Market Trend 2007" seminar
last month, Caribbean Money
Market Brokers (CMMB)
Security Managing Director
Robert Myers warned "there
are some dark clouds on the
horizon," with Ian Narine,
managing director of Republic
Securities, said that crime and
the general elections could
affect the exchange as some
investors may have no confi-
dence to invest.
In December it was dis-
closed that businessmen were
being forced to pay extortion
money or "coward tax" to
protect their families from
"While I do not agree
with any businessman paying
extortion tax altogether, some
businessmen said they would
prefer to pay the extortion
fees as a security to ensure the
safety of their family rather
than face the trauma of having
a family member kidnapped,"
said Garvin Seemungal,
president of the Greater
Chaguanas Chamber of
Prime Minister Manning


must be well aware of those
situations. Since his PNM
party came into power five
years ago, murders and kid-
nappings have increased
despite millions of dollars
spent on beefing up crime pre-
vention, including the acquisi-
tion of air ships or blimps, the
establishment of special crime
units and even the involve-
ment of Britain's Scotland
Yard detectives.
Figures show that in 2002
there were 172 murders and
27 abductions, but by the end
of 2005, those
figures had
reached 397
murders and
a whopping
239 abduc-
In 2004,
the Manning
administra- Bissessar
tion spent an
estimated TT$5.4 million
($900,000) on a crime plan
developed by U.S.-based crim-
inologist, Dr. Stephen
Mastrofski that called for a
revamping of the police serv-
ice, the provision of training
and restoration of public con-
fidence in law enforcement
authorities. But these meas-
ures have so far proved futile.
Moreover, the Opposition
had at first refused to support
a package of legislation that
included a Police Reform Bill,
but even after the legislation
was passed one year ago, it
has not been assented to by
the president.

It was an issue that fur-
ther divided the Opposition
legislators in Parliament last
month when the Congress of
the People (COP) party
agreed to support an exten-
sion of the Bail Bill that
allowed police to hold sus-
pected kidnappers without
bail, while the UNC said it
would not until the Manning
administration indicated when
it would enact legislation
including the DNA and others
"to really put a dent in crime".
"What we need to stop
the kidnappers was the gov-
ernment to proclaim and
implement a package of police
legislation," the Opposition
leader said, adding "the Bills
would tackle the few bad
apples in the Police Service
involved in kidnappings"
The government has also
introduced Deoxyribonucleic
Acid (DNA) legislation to the
Parliament allowing for the
police or other qualified per-
sons to take non-intimate
samples without consent in
certain cases.
But recently, a High
Court judge freed a man on
the charge of murdering his

's upcoming
wife after complaining that
there was insufficient evidence
linking him with the crime.
Justice Larry Lalla used the
occasion to call for the imple-
mentation and use of the
DNA technology warning
"the criminals of today are
more sophisticated than 40
years ago.
"One cannot expect
police officers to solve crime
in 2007 with 1967 methods.
Over and over again I have
asked the DPP's (Director of
Public Prosecution) Office to
use its influence on the
authorities. It is important
that this legislation be
brought," the judge added.
When it agreed to the
extension of the Bail Bill, the
COP said it was also giving
the Manning administration
90 days to bring the DNA and
other pieces of legislation to
fight crime to the Parliament,
or it could not bank on its
support for further extensions.
Religious organizations have
also joined the fray and called
on the authorities to do more
about the crime situation.
They have also called on polit-
ical parties to distance them-
selves from criminal elements.
"Criminals should not be
living in a luxurious way out
of taxpayers' money. That is
immoral, Godless and it is
reckless also," warned Pastor
Clive Dottin of the Seventh
Day Adventist Church one
of many religious personalities
brought together by a leading
businessman to develop a
united approach to crime.

The PNM has conceded

that the crime situation could
become a stumbling block to
its efforts at winning another
term in a widened Parliament,
which will now have 41 seats
rather than the 36 in the past.
"The only issue which at
this point presented a problem
for the ruling party was crime,"
said PNM Vice Chairman John
Donaldson, adding that crime
has also presented a challenge
for every political party.
"I want someone to say
how they would do better
(than the PNM) if they were
to be elected to office," he
said, adding the "PNM has
been ready for general elec-
tions for some time now."
But the Opposition par-
ties, which now include the
breakaway COP, led by
economist and former UNC
Leader Winston Dookeran,
are not impressed.
UNC Chairman Wade
Mark said the party, led
once more by former Prime
Minister Basdeo Panday, who
is free on bail while appealing
a two-year jail sentence, is
ready for the polls whenever
Manning announces the date.
"Whenever Mr. Manning
calls the election, it does not
surprise anyone. We are ready,
willing and able to eat the
PNM raw," he added.
For its part, the COP,
which is still putting together
its machinery for the cam-
paign, said it was nonetheless
ready to contest all 41 seats
because it is aware that the
elections would come M ,nI r
rather than later".


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Controversy rages over corporal punishment in Caribbean schools


The Biblical injunction not to
spare the rod and spoil the child
has found its way at the center of
a controversy here.
A member of the minority
Alliance For Change (AFC) has
moved a motion in the House
calling for corporal punishment
in schools to be banned. But
opponents of that position have
not spared the rod in beating
down the idea.
AFC legislator Chantelle
Smith argued that corporal pun-
ishment is a violation of Article
19 of the Convention on the
Rights of the Child, which
Guyana ratified since 1991. Smith
is also pushing for the Education
Ministry to recommend abolition
of beating in schools under the
new Education Act, now under
national consideration.
In its initial response, the
Education Ministry said it is
standing firm to retain corporal
punishment in schools under its

Head of the Guyana Human
Rights Association (GHRA)

Mike McCormack is on record
fully supportive of the initiatives
to outlaw corporal punishment,
describing the rod "as a symbol
of power, not authority."
McCormack has said that
the practice
of beating
children, as a
means of
instilling dis-
cipline, is
"rooted in an
concept of
the child
(that he/she)
Corbin is always
abusive and
always wrong."
Beating, he argued, only
imparts fear and suffering
(which) do not shape the charac-
ter of the child.
"(Beating) is an indication
of a level of failure and should
never be an option (to parents
and educators) and should be
taken off the books altogether."
Roger Williams, a social
commentator here, disagrees
with the substantive argument of
Smith and McCormack, main-
taining that their reliance on the
United Nations Convention on
the Rights of the Child is

groundless. He wrote last month:
"It may be eye-opening to some
that the Convention does not
mention the term 'corporal pun-
ishment' at all. Article 28(2)
which is used as the basis for the
call to abolish corporal punish-
ment in schools states:
I ii. parties shall take all
appropriate measures to ensure
that school discipline is adminis-
tered in a manner consistent
with the child's human dignity
and in conformity with the pres-
ent Convention'.'"
He suggested this has conve-
niently been interpreted as apply-
ing to corporal punishment.

Politicians are themselves at
odds over banning beatings in
Sometime ago, leader of the
main Opposition People's
National Congress Reform One
Guyana (PNCR/1G) Robert
Corbin spoke of the difficulty of
completely abolishing the prac-
tice here.
"Corporal punishment can-
not be totally abolished and leg-
islated against in this country. It
has its bearings in religious and
other beliefs and one has to take
into account the cultural patterns

and the views of the religious
community," Corbin said.
He blames the breakdown in
the wider society for contributing
to indiscipline, which has crept
into the school system.
"I would not personally be
in favor of legislating against the
rights of parents and institutions
to exercise certain disciplinary
measures in the homes and some
level of discipline in the
schools," he said.
Sweden legislated against
corporal punishment in the late
1970s and rued the decision. The
Families First Report concluded
that the public concern was so
great two decades after the land-
mark 1979 law that the two
Swedish lawyers, one the police
chief at the time, urged the
nation to review the legislation.
They wrote: "The law
against the physical punishment
of children is dangerous and
must be repealed because it does
more harm to the children than a
spanking from mother or father.
When the authorities social or
police intervene in the life of a
well-functioning family, its life is
destroyed. There is nothing that
can mend the hurt and pain and
the bitterness that the authorities
cause, and the children are the

It was also found that the
rate of reported physical abuse
of children in Sweden increased
dramatically since corporal disci-
pline was outlawed in 1979.

In the Caribbean, Trinidad
and Tobago has commenced a
review of its decision to abolish
flogging in schools. Education
authorities in the twin-island
republic appointed a six-member
team "to devise a plan of action
on a report which has called for
the reinstatement of corporal
punishment in schools".
Its findings showed that as a
consequence of the decision stu-
dents became more vulnerable
to illegal activities and skirmish-
es with the police.
Recently, in Guyana, two stu-
dents violently attacked their
teachers in classrooms resulting in
lengthy hospitalization of the edu-
cators. Some have accused the
AFC of ignoring such incidents in
its quest to push its own agenda.


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Trinidad and Tobago Caribbean community that as more 7 ~ migration had been increasing, immigration authorities.

last month commissioned its
machine readable passports
(MRP) in a move government
officials hailed as a crime fight-
ing tool aimed at securing the
twin island republic's borders.
National Security
Minister Martin Joseph, who
launched the much-anticipat-
ed passports, said he hoped
that the new passports "will
reduce, if not eliminate, such
crimes as identity fraud."
Joseph said the passports,

(CARICOM) logo, were the
"first step in the implementa-
tion of an integrated border
management system."

He said the government
was concerned about the vul-
nerability of the Caribbean
region to transnational organ-
ized criminal networks and
the increasing phenomenon of
identity fraud.
Joseph said experience

ened their
defense sys-
tems from
criminal Joseph
perpetrators diverted their
attention to this region. The
minister said in recent years
the number of counterfeited or
fraudulent passports used for

prompting the International
Civil Aviation Organization
(ICAO) to introduce interna-
tional standardization of pass-

Trinidad and Tobago, said
Joseph, was among 188 con-
tracting states which agreed to
introduce the new MRPs
before April 1, 2010.
Joseph said between 1994
and 2002, 745 fraudulent pass-

y local

said the new passports would
be valid for five years, instead
of 10 years as "a measure to
provide flexibility for the
upgrading of passport technol-
ogy and to combat fraud."
The passports are expect-
ed to be fully implemented by
Dec. 31, 2009 but current
passports, which are valid,
could still be used for travel.

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Caribbean universities seek partnerships, share benefits


KINGSTON, Jamaica The
University of the West Indies
(UWI) has embarked on several
programs of cooperation with
the University of Guyana (UG),
while downplaying suggestions
that the two institutions are on a
course towards amalgamation.
The themes of mutual
respect and cooperative action
were emphasized by Professor
E. Nigel Harris, vice chancellor
of the UWI, during a recent
interview with the Caribbean
Media Corporation.
"What we decided was this:
we wouldn't go to the University
of Guyana like knights on a white
horse saying, 'here, we have come
to save you'; that is an inappropri-
ate approach. Instead we have
indicated that we are coming as
partners looking at ways to derive
mutual benefits and mutual
rewards, and I think that approach
has worked very well," Prof.
Harris said.
To that end, the two institu-
tions, last year, signed a memoran-
dum of understanding, which led,
in September, to the introduction
of two UWI masters degree pro-
grams at UG one in construction
engineering; the other in planning
- delivered mainly by lecturers
from the UWI's St. Augustine
campus, along with their counter-
parts at UG.

These courses were quickly
taken up by Guyanese students,
the vice chancellor reported,
"with 60 engineers and others
registering." This has encour-
aged the two institutions to
explore other areas of coopera-
One of the initiatives "in
the works" will see University
of Guyana medical students
participating in the UWI's mas-
ters of science program in sur-
gery in Barbados, while mem-
bers of the UWI's Strategic
Planning office will be collabo-
rating with their counterparts at
UG. There have also been

exchanges between the librari-
ans of the two universities and
sharing of books and journals
received from external donors.
The University of Guyana
was established in 1963. This
followed dis-
with the bene-
fit Guyanese
were deriving
from the coun-
try's participa-
tion in the
UWI, estab-
lished in 1948, Harris
initially as the
University College of the West
According to one estimate,
only 97 Guyanese students
graduated from the UWI during
the period 1948 to 1963, and, of
that number, just 40 returned
home after graduation.
UG's main Turkeyen cam-
pus, located eight kilometers
from the capital Georgetown,
has a student enrolment of
approximately 5,000. A much
smaller campus is located in
The UWI, with enrolment
of 36,000, has three main cam-
puses Mona in Jamaica, Cave
Hill in Barbados, and St.
Augustine in Trinidad and
Tobago in addition to a num-
ber of smaller operations in
other territories.

While not entirely ruling
out the possibility of a full inte-
gration of the two universities,
in the future, Prof. Harris (who
is Guyanese, by birth) said the
parties were focusing at this
time on "building a trusting,
robust and mutually supportive
But the UWI's outreach
program is not confined to the
University of Guyana, according
to Prof. Harris. Steps were being
taken, he said, to initiate similar
collaboration with the
University of Suriname (starting
this year) and with universities
in Haiti. These initiatives, he
said, were in keeping with the

regional integration goals of the
governments of the Caribbean
community (CARICOM).
In furtherance of those
goals, he revealed, the UWI
recently re-signed an enhanced

memorandum of
with CARI-
COM. That
he said, was
aimed at
addressing some
of the challenges
confronting the
region by pro-
viding expertise
of various kinds.
The vice
chancellor dis-
closed that Prof.
Norman Girvan
(of the Institute
of International
Relations at
the UWI's St.
Augustine cam-
pus) is heading a
university team
that is working
with counter-
parts at CARI-
COM towards
of the CARI-
COM Single
and Economy
(CSME). Prof.
Girvan, in a
statement at a
conference in
Barbados in
June 2006,
asserted that the
CSME "must
evolve rapidly
into more than
just an economic
community; it
must be designed
and implement-
ed as a social,
and cultural
team, led by
Prof. Denis

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Feb. 23, Costa Rica takes on St.
Kitts and Nevis before Mexico
meets Jamaica.
The Group B series con-
cludes on Feb. 25 when St. Kitts
and Nevis plays against Jamaica
in the early game before Mexico
closes out against their Central
American rivals Costa Rica.
The top two teams in the
group will advance to the 2007
FIFA Under-20 World Cup
Finals in Canada from June 30
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Haiti beat Guatemala
2-0 last month in
Panama, but failed to
advance from its qualifying
group to the finals of soccer's
2007 under-20 FIFA World
Youth Championship.
With the win, the
Caribbean team finished at
the bottom of Group A in
the CONCACAF qualifying
round behind the United
States, Panama and Guatemala.
The U.S. and Panama became
the 11th and 12th teams to
make the finals to be played in
Canada this summer.
However, the U.S. and

Panama could, later this
month, be joined in the finals
by two other Caribbean teams.
Jamaica and St. Kitts and
Nevis will each seek one of
two top places in Group B in
Canada against Costa Rica and
Mexico. Group play will run
from Feb. 21-25 in Mexico.
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World Youth Championships,
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duced players who are among
the bi,,_-LI stars of today's
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Jamaica and St. Kitts and Nevis
will face each other on the last
competition day when the
CONCACAF Under-20 Group
B finals are staged this month in
CONCACAF confirmed the
fixtures for Group B of its Under-
20 World Youth Championship
qualifying, which will be held at
the Carlos Gonzalez y Gonzalez
Stadium in Culiacan from Feb.
On Feb. 21, Jamaica will
open against Costa Rica in the


Kirk Ziadie capped
Caribbean success in
wo major categories
of "Tropical at Calder" when
the Jamaican held on down
the stretch to narrowly win the
trainer's title at last month's thor-
oughbred meet in South Florida.
Ziadie saddled winning
mounts at an astonishing rate of
53 percent, as 25 of his 47
entries passed the post first in
the meet at Calder Race Course
in Miami. He edged veteran
trainer William P White by a
single winner to earn the title in
a stirring duel that extended to
I r lpk.ill s" last day.
The trainer's title matched
the achievement of teenage
apprentice Jermaine Bridgmohan,
another Jamaican, who was the
mc i s leading rider. According to
Ziadie, the two had earlier target-
ed a sweep of the top honors.
"Bridgmohan and myself
kind of planned it at the begin-
ning of the meet that we would
win and it came true," the
trainer told Caribbean Today.

It was the 38-year-old's first

championship and matched one
of the accomplishments of his
legendary Jamaican-born father
Ralph Ziadie, an outstanding
trainer based at Calder. The
elder Ziadie has won numerous
stakes races and trainer's titles in
the United States and Jamaica.

Kirk Zaidie
Kirk Zaidie

The younger Ziadie credit-
ed his title win to the collective
work of his group, including
owners, riders and other staff.
"It was a team effort," said
Ziadie, who has horses stabled
at Calder and in Tampa, Florida.
Ralph Ziadie moved Kirk,
then age nine, and other mem-
bers of his family to South
Florida in the late 1970s. Kirk

dropped out of a Miami school
at age 14, but then joined his
father at Calder. He became a
licensed trainer in 2003.
Kirk's first winner was
Scottish Bubbly, who he had
claimed for $10,000. The
horse won five straight races
at Calder before the trainer
sold her for $75,000.
Since then the trainer has
had growing success, including
teaming up with promising
apprentice Bridgmohan, who
rode 110 winners to shatter the
previous meet record of 84 wins
during "Tropical", which start-
ed late last year.
However, early last month
Bridgmohan's career suffered a
serious setback when he was
injured after being thrown
from his mount during a race
at Gulfstream Park in Florida.
Kirk Ziadie told Caribbean
Today he expected Bridgmohan
to be out of the saddle for

Gordon Williams is Caribbean
Today's managing editor.


* Windies rugby team for
U.S. tourney
The West Indies Rugby Sevens
team will play in the International
Rugby Board's United States
Sevens tournament.
A 12-member squad will
play in San Diego, California Feb.
10-11. The West Indies will face
Fiji, Argentina and Scotland in the
opening pool games.
* CEO of WICB steps down
Dr. Roland Toppin, citing personal

reasons, last month withdrew as
chief executive officer designate
for the West Indies Cricket Board
(WICB), a post he had accepted
and was set to take up at the
beginning of this month.
The WICB accepted his rea-
sons for withdrawing and is
scheduled to review the matter at
its next meeting in Barbados in
* Windies trounced in India
The touring West Indies was beat-

en 3-1 by India in the regional
team's final one-day tournament
before Cricket World Cup, which
will be hosted by the Caribbean.
The Windies lost the first two
games of the series in India, ral-
lied to win the third, but was then
crushed in the final match to com-
plete a disappointing tournament.
Compiled from CMC and other

Jamaica, St. Kitts bid

for youth World Cup


Members of Haiti's national team and fans celebrate with the trophy after beating Trinidad and Tobago 2-1 last month to win the
Digicel Caribbean Cup for the first time and earn the title of top soccer nation in the region. Goals in each half byAlexandre
Boucicaut and Brunel Fucien were enough for Haiti to hold off a strike by T&T's Nigel Daniel in front of an estimated 18,000
crowd at Hasely Crawford Stadium.
Cuba beat Guadeloupe by a similar scoreline to finish third in the final round of the tournament played in Trinidad. Cuba,
meanwhile, earned its third place through a double strike by Alain Cervantes. Fabian Raddas scored the consolation goal for

Jamaican wins trainer's title

at Calder racetrack in Miami


February 2007


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~ A Caribbean Today special feature

World Cup says 'no' to racism

World Cup organizers
are keen to ensure
that this year's com-
petition, slated for Mar. 5
through April 28 in the
Caribbean, will be free of
racist behavior or abuse.
In keeping with the new
ICC Anti-Racism Code -
unanimously approved by the
international cricketing body
last November tournament
organizers will be working in
conjunction with the West
Indies Cricket Board (WICB),
which is an ICC full member
and host of the event, to
implement the code in accor-
dance with ICC guidelines.
CWC's Event Management
Department (EMD), along with
the nine Local Organising
Committees (LOCs), will take
the lead in match-day imple-
mentation; putting in place vari-
ous policies and measures to
highlight the code.

"A guide has been pro-
vided by ICC for successful
implementation of the code
and we propose to follow
that," explained Trudy Clark,
manager of CWC's EMD.
"There will be signs at all
points of entry and at the
public information booths
to remind spectators that
racially abusive behavior is
not acceptable. In addition,
match day staff will be vigilant
and will report any incidences
of racist behavior in line with
the code to the relevant
Another critical feature of
the plan is to make sure all
CWC personnel and contrac-
tors are briefed on the code.


as start

ICC Cricket World Cup 2007
Volunteer Program Manager
Peter McIntosh said he is
"very happy" with prepara-
tions for the CWC VIBES
program and believes it will
be a "shining ,ItM.uL' come
tournament time.
Speaking at the recent
three-day CWC VIBES
Summit in Antigua, he said
the 4,300 volunteers recruited
throughout the nine host ven-
ues are "very motivated" and
ready to undertake the vari-
ous tasks for which they have
been chosen.
"I am abundantly confi-
dent that the CWC VIBES
team (as tournament volun-
teers are known) will execute
their jobs very well and that

"Everyone associated
with Cricket World Cup needs
to familiarize themselves with
the document so they know
what will and will not be toler-
ated. All LOCs have already
been provided the code and it
has been sent to CWC's offi-
cial tour and travel operator -
Cricket Logistics so they
can forward it to the OTAs
(official travel agents).
"CWC will be using vari-
ous workshops, training ses-
sions and directorate meet-
ings, between now and tour-
nament time, to continue this
staff sensitization process.
CWC does not anticipate any
difficulty in getting the mes-
saging across because, as
(CWC's Managing Director)
Chris Dehring has already
noted, racism is not a part of
Caribbean culture and this

event will show that to the
world," said Clark.

WICB Corporate Secretary
Tony Deyal underlined the
board's support for the code,
stating that "WICB is pleased it
has been enforced and will be in
use during the tournament."
He also disclosed that, fol-
lowing CWC 2007, WICB will
be responsible for implement-
ing the code and will do so
"WICB is fully supportive
of this policy and we will be
working with all stakeholders
in West Indies cricket, espe-
cially the territorial boards, to
ensure strict adherence to it,"
said Deyal.

The West Indies has
selected an initial 30-
man squad to prepare
for ICC Cricket World Cup
2007 to be staged in the
Caribbean beginning next
The players, listed in
alphabetical order are: Omari
Banks, Carlton Baugh, Ian
Bradshaw, Dwayne Bravo,
Patrick Browne, Shivnarine
Chanderpaul, Corey
Collymore, Narsingh
Deonarine, Travis Dowlin,
Fidel Edwards, Rayad
Emrit, Christopher Gayle,

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of CWC draw

this will be a successful pro-
gram. This morning we have
had the volunteer coordinators
giving a review of the program
status in each of their coun-
tries and everything is going
well," reported McIntosh.
Regarding the ongoing
summit the final meeting of
volunteer coordinators before
the event he said the focus
is to nail down as much of the
operational issues as possible
and to finalize the "Kitting-
Out Day" program. The latter
will be rolled out across the
host venues, according to
when each country has
matches and volunteers will
be provided with full uni-
"This is going to be a

Ryan Hinds, Wavell Hinds,
Sylvester Joseph, Brian
Lara, Rawl Lewis, Dave
Mohammed, Runako Morton,
Darren Powell, Keiron
Pollard, Deneish Ramdin,
Darren Sammy, Marlon
Samuels, Ramnaresh Sarwan,
Lendl Simmons, Dwayne
R. Smith, Devon S. Smith,
Jerome Taylor and Gavin
A final 15-member squad
will be selected for the tour-

ght vibes

s closer

major exercise. Obviously,
volunteers in countries hosting
warm-up matches will have
their 'Kitting-Out Days' first,
while those which have Super
8 matches, will be kitted out
during the tournament,"
explained McIntosh.
Other issues slated for
discussion during the summit
were: safety protocols, stadia
evacuation simulation, radios
and communication policy,
ICC Anti-Racism Code, train-
ing of assessors, certification
and volunteer breakaway
venues and catering.

If you hear voices other
than Rupee, Shaggy and
Fay Ann Lyons belting out
the lyrics of "The Game of
Love and Unity" across the
Caribbean's airwaves, don't be
alarmed it's just fun-loving
persons taking a turn in the
ICC Cricket World Cup 2007
Official Song Sing Along.
The promotional cam-
paign, which began in Jamaica,
St. Vincent and the Grenadines
and Trinidad and Tobago last
month, will also hit the other
six host venues, as well as three
major Caribbean diaspora
markets Miami, New York
and Toronto.
CWC's Sing Along fea-
tures listeners calling in to var-
ious radio stations, trying to
match the musical high of the
three stars on "The Game of
Love and Unity" the tour-

nament's signature song.
Depending on how well
participants perform the
song, they win different CWC
prizes. In some instances, the
Sing Along segments will
include brief chats with
officials from the Local
Organizing Committees or
the artistes themselves.
"This is a promotional
blitz to bring greater awareness
to the song and the event in
general as we get closer to
the tournament, with the open-
ing ceremony...," explained
ICC CWC 2007 Marketing
Manager Damon Leon.
Leon said the Sing Along
was timed to coincide with the
build-up to Phase 3 of public
ticketing on Feb. 1.

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ICC CWC 2007 Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Chris Dehring, left,
and the competition's Chairman Kenneth Gordon, focus on the issues during a
meeting with the new St. Lucian Cabinet last month in Castries. According to
Dehring, the St. Lucia government has pledged its full support for CWC 2007.

Windies names squad

for Cricket World Cup

CWC 'Sing Along'

February 2007

mimplim- I ............... ........



~ A Caribbean Today special feature


CMC Some Caribbean com-
munity (CARICOM) govern-
ments will have to return to
their Parliaments to introduce
additional legislation to facili-
tate next month's Cricket World
Cup, Barbados Attorney
General Dale Marshall has
He said the "Sunset type"
legislation would have to be
introduced to alleviate a
potential roadblock with
the Advanced Passenger

Information System a key
component of society under
the common domestic space -
and to facilitate the deploy-
ment of international security
experts across the region.
Marshall said some coun-
tries, particularly in Europe,
had objected to the volume of
personal information being
requested of their nationals as
part of the advanced notifica-
tion system, and the Barbados
Parliament, like others across
the region, would be asked to

implement legislation to deal
with this.
The attorney general said
various international countries
were providing specialized secu-
rity officials to supplement the
work of regional lawmen to
make the games secure and leg-
islation would have to be passed
to facilitate their involvement.
The games are being
played in nine Caribbean coun-
tries Mar. 5 to April 28.

I ie ol. LUlId IUUIIsb DUdaU, III Jdi lui leiiiJ VVILII ine uddUidll a, aull lA UcIdtUIo I
wooing Canada's cricket fans to support their players next month during the ICC
Cricket World Cup. The island's Director of Tourism Maria Fowell and Dr. Ernest
Hilaire, chief executive officer of Cricket World Cup, St. Lucia Inc., are expected in
Toronto this month for a special "Farewell Dinner" held in support of the Canadian
team, which plays against Kenya, New Zealand and England in the first round of the
competition in St. Lucia from Mar. 14 to 24, 2007. St. Lucia also hosts one of the
CWC semifinals on April 25. Photograph shows Dr. Hilaire, left, sporting Canada's
cricket colors presented by Ben Sennik, president of the Canadian Cricket

Restricted access

The following is a list of
items, which are prohubied or
restricted at ICC CWC 2007
match venues:

The following shall not be
permitted to be brought into
any ICC CWC 2007 venue,
except where officially

1. Firearms, knives, danger-
ous and imitation weapons.

2. Explosives, incendiary
devices, fireworks and flares.

3. Alcohol, illegal drugs or

4. Cans, tins, or PET (plas-
tic) bottles of any size or
description, other than insect
repellent or sun screen.

5. Mace or pepper spray.

6. Megaphones, compressed
air or gas-operated horns.

7. Flag poles

1. Aerosol cans not per-
mitted, other than those con-
taining deodorant, prescrip-
tion medication or insect

2. Animals only guide-
dogs permitted.

3. Bands and musical instru-
ments permitted only with
written permission from the
appropriate Local
Organizing Committee.

4. Banners and flags per-
mitted only up to a maximum

size of 1.5 x 1m (5' x 3') pro-
vided that, in the opinion of
CWC 2007, they are not vul-
gar, political, racial, discrimi-
natory, sexual in nature, or
display advertising which
may in any way impinge or
will be in conflict with the
rights of the partners/spon-
sors/suppliers/vendors of the
event (in any language) or
deemed to be offensive to
other spectators.

5. Cooler boxes permitted
provided they are not larger
than 12"X12"x12"; must be
soft and collapsible; no hard
or rigid cooler boxes of any
size are permitted.

6. Glass containers not
permitted, other than those
containing perfume, pre-
scription medication or
insect repellent.

7. Radios not permitted
other than small transistor
radios with ear or head-

8. Umbrellas only collapsi-
ble personal umbrellas per-
mitted. Large umbrellas
(e.g. golf, beach) are not per-

9. Any other objects or items
or substances that may be
deemed in the discretion of
ICC CWC WI 2007 Inc. to
be offensive, disruptive, dan-
gerous or likely to infringe
any party's rights or any
party's safety or security or
any dangerous article or
substance not referred to

Jamaica defends visa use for CWC

KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC -
National Security Minister Dr.
Peter Phillips has defended the
decision of the Caribbean com-
munity (CARICOM) govern-
ments to implement a visa
requirement for persons coming
to attend the Cricket World Cup
2007, saying it is part of the
strategies being used to ensure
the security of the region.
"While there is no doubt
that there are some sectors that
will be inconvenienced by the
new visa regime, the fact is that
it is necessary in order to ensure
the security of Cricket World
Cup in the context of a single
CARICOM space," Phillips said
in a radio and television broad-
cast recently.
"We have done everything,
working with our CARICOM
partners to facilitate the inter-
est of the tourist trade and
other stakeholders, but we
should never underestimate the
extent to which the world has
become a dangerous place
since September 11, 2001,"

he added.

Tourism officials in some of
the nine Caribbean states host-
ing the Mar. 5 to April 28 games,

say visa requirements for per-
sons visiting the region during
the 58-day event could have the
effect of eroding the industry
The Caribbean govern-
ments have designated the nine
states as a 'iMnk!, Domestic
Space" allowing visitors, once

they have cleared immigration
and customs at their first port of
entry to freely travel to and
within all of the other nine
countries as if they were a single
But in Jamaica, where a
record three million stay-over
visitors came to the island last
year, the government is under
pressure from hoteliers and
Opposition politicians to with-
draw from the Caribbean com-
munity (CARICOM) agree-
ment requiring visitors to
acquire the $100 special visa
attending the event.
Phillips, who is chairman
of CARICOM's Resource
Mobilization sub-committee for
Crime and Security, said he has
worked along with his CARI-
COM colleagues to mobilize
support from the international
community to assist the region
with providing the security for
the games.

More laws needed for CWC ~ B'dos A.G.


ur. basil IK. Bryan, arms outstretcnea, consul general o01 Jamaica, maKes a point aurling a recent Drneing on security arrangements
for Cricket World Cup 2007 in the Caribbean. The briefing of consuls general and permanent representatives to the United Nations
from CARICOM member states, which took place at the Trinidad and Tobago's permanent mission in the United States, was con-
ducted by Colonel Antony B. Anderson, regional operations commander, CARICOM Operations Planning and Coordinating Staff
(COPACS). CWC begins next month.

February 2007

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