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Dr. Denzil
Douglas has
led the
call for a
cal" apology from leaders of
all colonial powers for their
role in the "despicable" trans-
Atlantic slave trade, page 2.

A strong
link is at the
heart of
aviation his-
Jamaican- born politician Fitzroy Salesman is free of criminal
born Miami charge and ready resume duties as a iramar
residentcitycommissioner in Flrida, page 2.
Barrington Irving Jr. has taken
off on a journey to become the
youngest pilot ever to fly solo
around the world, page 8.

Reggae star Luciano led
Caribbean-flavored perform-
ances that highlighted the
"Jazz in the Gardens" music
festival in Miami last month,
page 15.

News ...................2 Viewpoint...............11 Arts/Entertainment ......15
Local ...................7 Brides and Honeymoons ..12 Business ...............16
Feature .................8 Health .................14 Spring Education .......17

Region .................. 20
FYI ..................... 22
Sport ................... 23

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Salesman freed of criminal charges,

returns to Miramar City Commission

Fitzroy Salesman does
not think he has
changed much in the last
two years.
He is still charismatic and
unafraid to speak his mind -
all traits that have served him
well in the six years that have
been hallmarks of his life in
the public eye.
Now the once powerful
South Florida politician is anx-
iously looking forward to
returning to his post as
Miramar city commissioner
after being freed of criminal
"I knew that it was only a
matter of time," Salesman
told Caribbean Today shortly
after his acquittal.
Salesman, 50, was freed
late last month after a three-
day trial for driving under the
influence of alcohol and flee-
ing a police officer, felony
charges that could have land-
ed him in jail for years. Yet, he
is still puzzled why he landed
in hot water in the first place.
"The whole thing did not
make sense," Salesman
"You don't run away from
the police and head to your
According to Miramar

police, in April 2005 Salesman
refused to stop his silver
Mercedes when they attempt-

ed to pull him over at 3:45
a.m. They claimed he was
going 61 miles per hour in a
35 mile per hour zone at the
time. Salesman allegedly ran a
four-way stop sign before
pulling into his driveway and
had a blood alcohol level of
.16 or twice the legal limit
under Florida law. He was
arrested and charged.

In June 2005, then Florida
Governor Jeb Bush suspend-
ed him from his $31,599-a-
year job on the five-member
Miramar City Commission.
Now that he has been exoner-
ated he is entitled to back pay

of about $60,000, according to
Florida law.
Despite the charges,
Salesman always maintained
his innocence, even as the
media splashed his alleged
drunken mug shot on the news.
"It was a big sensational
story," he said. "Media trucks
were in my neighborhood
talking to my neighbors."
But his Mar. 26 acquittal,
he said, has not received nearly
as much attention. The politi-
cian said no television cameras
were there when a jury cleared
him of all charges, after delib-
erating for two hours.
"I understand it," he

On Mar. 30, Salesman was
reinstated as city commission-
er by current Gov. Charlie
Crist. He said he is now inter-
ested in refocusing his atten-
tion on the issues that he
believes were the reasons he
got re-elected to another four-
year term in Mar. 2005, just
months before his suspension.
Those issues, which include
redevelopment of the city,
easing traffic congestion and
education, will be among his
top priorities when he


100 Haitian refugees sail into South Florida

Sailboat carrying more
than 100 Haitians
landed in South
Florida late last month.
According to United
States officials, many of the
Haitians were hungry, tired
and sick when they arrived at
Hallandale Beach and several
had to be taken to hospital
after being at sea for weeks.
Dehydration had reportedly
left a few in critical condition.
The body of on intended
refugee, who apparently died
during the journey, washed
One newspaper quoted a
U.S. Coast Guard officer as
saying it was the largest land-
ing of Haitians on American
soil since October 2002, when
more than 200 Haitians made
it to shore at Key Biscayne,
The boat used by the 101
Haitians was described by a
Coast Guard spokeswoman as
"unseaworthy and grossly

Up to press time it was
still unclear what the fate of
the surviving Haitians would
be. While U.S. law allows ille-
gal refugee Cubans to remain

in the country, Haitians are
usually sent back.
Meanwhile, some local
activists have asked that the
Hatians not be deported.
"We fear these people will
be deported right away,"
Marleine Bastien, executive

Meek sent letters addressed to
Michael Rozos, field office
director U.S. Immigration and
Customs Enforcement (ICE)
and Julie L. Myers, assistant
secretary for ICE, asking
"that these Haitian nationals
be detained in South Florida,

I...- -
A man takes a look at the sailboat which brought more than 100 Haitians to Hallandale
Beach, Florida.

director of Haitian Women of
Miami, an advocacy group,
was quoted as saying in one
"These Haitians, just like
the Cubans, should be afford-
ed the right to due process."
Congressman Kendrick

and not sent to other states or
other r gi n, of the U.S.
"I believe that this is absolute-
ly essential to insure the fair
treatment of these dL IdIIIL ,L
the letter added.

Barack Obama, the freshman
United States senator from
Illinois who rose to national
attention after speaking at the
2004 Democratic convention
and one of the leading candi-
dates for his party's presiden-
tial nomination, made a stop
here late last month to meet a
receptive audience of party
faithful including many
Caribbean nationals.
The Mar. 25 campaign
stop at the posh Biltmore
Hotel was one of several
scheduled for the area in what
is expected to be a key battle-
ground state in the Nov. 2008
U.S. presidential elections.
Florida was the decisive state
in the 2000 elections and was
hotly contested in the last
presidential race four years
"We're here to change the
nature of politics," the presi-
dential hopeful told an enthu-
siastic crowd gathered at the
event aimed at raising a mini-
mum of $250 per person.
"I've been there long
enough to know Washington
needs to change."

His message appeared to
have wooed several in the
"I'm a registered
Republican, but Obama is my
choice," one lady told
Caribbean Today, her face

April 2007

Caribbean demands 'complete,

unequivocal' slave trade apology

York The Caribbean commu-
nity (CARICOM) has called
for a "complete and unequivo-
cal" apology from leaders of all
colonial powers for their role in
the "despicable" trans-Atlantic
slave trade.
Speaking on behalf of
CARICOM, St. Kitts and
Nevis's Prime Minister Dr.
Denzil Douglas told the United
Nations General Assembly
(UNGA) that while it is com-
mendable that some leaders
have expressed "deep ,, rr, %\\
for the event, it is opportune
that others do the same now.
"It is my hope that leaders
of other nations that supported
and profited from the inhu-
mane activity will come for-
ward in like manner," Douglas
told the special commemora-
tive event on the 200th
Anniversary of the Trans-
Atlantic Slave Trade late last
The event was organized
collaboratively by the CARI-
COM diplomatic corps and the

United Nations.
"However, it is important
that leaders of such nations
offer to the descendants of
African slaves, who were
brought to the Caribbean and
the Americas, a complete and
unequivocal apology," Douglas
"It is undisputed that such
nations were developed on the
blood, sweat and tears of our
enslaved forefathers; and it is
only right, and the decent
thing to do, to make amends
and extend their apologies into
the realm of atonement for the
legal and economic support for
the atrocities that were the
norm of the slave trade and
"Countries that were
engaged in the slave trade and
slavery have a moral obligation
to make right those crimes
against humanity," Douglas said.

The St. Kitts and Nevis

beaming after her young son
shook the 45-year-old sena-
tor's hand. "This is a big deal

Obama woos support in South Florida.
Photograph by Peter Webley

for him (her son)."
Jamaican-born attorney
Marlon Hill was recognized by
Obama as he thanked several
key supporters who helped to
mobilize the standing room
only crowd for the 25-minute
speech that hit on democratic
party themes, including the
war in Iraq, the need to have
better healthcare coverage for
working Americans and edu-
Obama is expected to
make several other campaign
stops in South Florida as the
election nears.

- Damian R Gregory

Obama meets Caribbean

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Groups want illegal immigrants given access to driver's licenses

NEW YORK, CMC A coali-
tion of community groups in
New York has called on
Governor Elliott Spitzer and the
Department of Motor Vehicles
(DMV) to grant "fair .,',s to
driver's licenses for undocu-
mented immigrants, including
those from the Caribbean.
The coalition, which com-
prises labor, religious and civil
rights leaders, said in a state-
ment issued last month that
the state's current policy dis-
criminates against undocu-
mented Caribbean immigrants
because of their status.
"Equal access to a driver's
license, regardless of immigra-
tion status, is essential to the
security and well-being of the
working people of New York
State," said Denis Hughes,
president of the broad-based
American Federation of
Labor-Congress of
International Organizations
"We need such access now,"

he demanded, stating that access
to driver's licenses is a labor and
civil rights issue that would
make all New Yorkers "safer
and more secure."

Caribbean immigration
advocates say the state's denial
of a driver's license to illegal
immigrants essentially prohibits
them from earning a "decent
and legal living wage."
They say many of these
immigrants must possess a dri-
ver's license to perform jobs,
which, among other things,
entail trucking and landscaping.
"The civil rights of tens of
thousands of New York resi-
dents have been and continue
to be violated each day," said
Cesar Perales, president and
General Counsel of the Puerto
Rico Legal Defense and
Education Fund, Inc.
"The new DMV commis-
sioner and the Spitzer adminis-
tration must make timely

changes to their policies so that
families are no longer suffering
because they cannot obtain dri-
ver's licenses or state ID (iden-
tification) cards based on ille-
gally promulgated rules and
immigration status," he added.
The state said the new
measure has been instituted as
part of a broader national poli-
cy in curbing terrorist attacks.
But Chung-Wha Hong,
executive director of the New
York Immigration Coalition,
opposed the policy, stating that
restricting access to licenses,
based on one's immigration
status, does not bolster nation-
al security.
"We are more secure when
more people are registered with
state authorities and accounted
for in public records," she said.
"Keep in mind, people who
apply for a license are subject-
ing Ihl msI,1\ L to scrutiny."

Voters deny Caribbean-born candidate city commission seat

Caribbean-born George
Pedlar lost his bid to regain a
seat on the Miramar, Florida
City Commission last month
after he finished third in the
race for Seat #4.
Pedlar, 63, who is original-
ly from Jamaica, received 378
votes, according to the unoffi-
cial voting count. The clear

winner was Yvonne Garth, 37
and the youngest candidate in
the field of four, with 879 or
45.12 percent of the votes
polled at 32 precincts.
Alex Casas, 58, polled 379
votes, one ahead of Pedlar,
who was once part of a historic
Caribbean majority on the
Miramar City Council. Pedlar

was elected a commissioner in
2003, the same year current
commissioner Winston Barnes,
also from Jamaica won a seat.
At that time, Fitzroy
Salesman, also Jamaican-born,
had been a member of the
five-member commission.
In June 2005 legal issues
forced Salesman to relinquish

Salesman freed of criminal charges, returns to Miramar City Commission

his seat. However, in 2003 the
Miramar City Commission
became the first publicly elect-
ed political body in the United
States to hold a Caribbean-
born majority membership.
Last month Salesman was
reinstated on the commission.
Last month, the four con-
tested a seat vacated by
Marjorie Conlan, who retired
after serving for 13 years.

Miramar was one of two
Broward County, Florida cities
monitored by the U.S. Justice
Department to make sure they
complied with the Voting
Rights Act. The law forbids
discrimination based on race,
disability or language.

replaces John Moore, who
was elected in a special elec-
tion following Salesman's
removal from the dais. The
Caribbean American insisted
he had kept abreast with
Miramar's business during his
"I was always involved
and I would help residents
who would come to me and
ask, wherever I can,"
Salesman said. "So I was
never really out of the groove,
but because I wasn't a part of
the commission there are cer-
tain executive things that I
was not privy to.

"It will be a matter of
digesting a lot of information
quickly, in order to get fully
up to speed," he added.
He also insisted he is not
bitter following his two-year
legal ordeal.
"I don't have any beef
here," Salesman said. "It is
not about me, it is about the
people and I don't take that
responsibility lightly."
First elected to office in
2001, Salesman was joined by
two other Jamaican nationals,
businessman George Pedlar
and radio personality Winston
Barnes in 2003. For a while
the three held the largest

work making sure that the charges were the
sole basis for the suspension, the governor's
spokeswoman Kathy Torian told Caribbean
Today from Tallahassee, the state capital.
Meanwhile, the popular commissioner is
grateful for the support he received from the
community and vows to continue working
hard for the underdogs of his city.
"I cannot find words to express how sup-
portive people have been," a happy Salesman
said. "I want the residents to know that noth-
ing has changed about Fitzroy Salesman.

majority in United States poli-
tics by Jamaican-born elected
That majority broke up in
2005, following Pedlar's elec-
tion loss. Subsequent bids-
most recently last month-by
Pedlar to regain a seat on the
commission, which governs
the city between Miami and
Fort Lauderdale, have been
unsuccessful. Estimates are
that about 400,000 Jamaicans
live in South Florida, many of
whom live in Miramar.
Salesman's reinstatement
to the commission came after
Crist's General Counsel's
Office reviewed the paper-

Whether you supported me, yes or no, I will
work for you."
When asked whether he plans to go after
the City of Miramar for the over $42,000 he
paid in legal bills for his defense, Salesman
told Caribbean Today: "Of course, it was their
police department that charged and arrested

Damian P Gregory is a freelance writer for
Caribbean Today.

Duane Crooks

Caribbean demands 'complete, unequivocal' slave trade apology

leader said no country that was
engaged in the slave trade and
slavery could justifiably claim
support for human rights with-
out first offering an official
apology and atonement in the
form of reparation.
"It is only under such cir-
cumstances that the descen-
dants of slaves can truly for-
give and move forward in the
world," he said, pointing out
that from a Caribbean perspec-
tive, these two matters would
remain "crucial to us for the
indignity, suffering and the
haunting legacies we live with
as a result of the slave trade
and slavery."
Douglas said the region
remains very cognizant of
numerous stereotypes, miscon-
ceptions and prejudices that
were legacies of the trans-
Atlantic slave trade.
"As we commemorate this
200th anniversary..., we must
remain steadfast in our efforts
to fully eradicate the scourges
that continue to plague our
"I speak of the scourges of
human rights violations, or
racism, of human trafficking,
and of underdevelopment," he

Douglas urged leaders not
to forget those events and per-
sons who fought "valiantly" for
the abolition of the trans-
Atlantic slave trade, identify-
ing, among others, the Haitian
Revolution, "countless"" slav-
ery revolts, and abolitionist
William Wilberforce.

He said CARICOM is
committed to ensuring that a
permanent memorial, in hon-
our of those who perished
under slavery, is prominently
placed in the halls of the
United Nations, "as an
acknowledgement of the
tragedy and in consideration of
the legacy of slavery." Douglas
said that CARICOM had
established a fund towards this
project and is "deeply grate-
ful" to the government of
Qatar, that had been the first
to make a contribution.
"It is CARICOM's belief
that a permanent memorial in
the United Nations will help to
ensure that future generations
will always be remindful of the
history of slavery and lessons
learned," Douglas said.


April 2007


united states congressman KenaricK B. iieeK (u-Ironaa) recently met witn
Grammy Award winning entertainer Wyclef Jean in his office on Capitol Hill in
Washington, D.C. Rep. Meek represents parts of Miami-Dade and Broward coun-
ties, including "Little Haiti", and has sponsored legislation in Congress providing
preferential trade status to Haiti. Named a "roving ambassador" by Haitian
President Rene Preval, Haitian-born musician Wyclef Jean established Yble Haiti, a
nonprofit charitable foundation to benefit his homeland. Jean recently testified on
Capitol Hill before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs on Haiti's economic and
development needs.




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N.Y. mayor grants Haitian legislator's request for special City Council election
NEW YORK, CMC New York DEFIANT terse statement that she sup- Eugene said the "vague and being sworn-in after the first
City Mayor Michael Bloomberg A defiant Eugene said he will ported Eugene's decision to call unclear" law and "unfair treat- poll.
last month granted a Haitian contest the new poll this month, another special election. ment" prevented him from
legislator's request for a second confident that "Dr. Eugene won the elec-
special election after the City he will again tion by an overwhelming major- e i a
Council refused to officially emerge tri- ity, as the certification of his CW C m urder investigation
swear him amid growing con- umphant. election clearly demonstrates,"
cerns about his residency. "I am con- she said.

poll for April 24, two months will prevail a lease for an apartment in the
after voters in again," he said district on Feb. 1 and had n-the-field action dead at the University
the predomi- in announcing moved there before the poll. might have shifted Hospital of the West Indies in
nantly his candidacy Quinn He, however, reportedly failed from Jamaica late last Jamaica, after he was rushed
Caribbean 40th in the new to produce copies of his lease month, but there from the hotel. He was
Councilmanic election, and other documents when investigations discovered lying in an uncon-
District in Eugene had sought to asked by City Council investiga- into the death scious state in his 12th floor
Brooklyn over- replace Yvette D. Clarke, the tors. He also of the room at the hotel, shortly
whelmingly daughter of Jamaican immi- declined to Pakistan before noon.
elected Dr. grants, who was elected to the sign a Quinn- coach Bob Shields said that members
Mathieu United States House of mandated affi- Woolmer of the West Indies and Irish
Eugene to the Eugene Representatives in last davit about could also fol- teams and officials who stayed
City Council. November's general elections, residency low some of at the hotel could also be
Eugene created history, in Clarke and her mother, Una requirements., the players, Shields questioned as part of the
the first special election on Feb. Clarke, who had preceded her Quinn had officials and hields investigations.
20, by becoming the first-ever daughter as the City Council asked fans to other "Everybody that was in
Haitian to be elected to political representative for the same dis- Attorney Bloomberg territories participating in the the hotel will be DNA tested;
office in New York City. But his trict, had endorsed Eugene in General International Cricket Council not just team
celebration was short-lived, as the special election. Andrew (ICC) Cricket World Cup members; the
questions arose about his resi- Christine C. Quinn, the Cuomo to interpret the residen- 2007 as well. focus will be
dency at the time of the poll, City Council speaker, said she cy law on special elections, Deputy Police on everybody
forcing the City Council to did not swear Eugene in which many political observers Commissioner Mark Shields who was in
block the official swearing-in because he failed to cooperate said was too vague. Cuomo told a news conference in the hotel, and
ceremony. with city investigators about his responded that candidates must Jamaica that some of his inves- so we are urg-
Eugene then wrote the residency. Eugene had listed the live in the district at the time tigators may be traveling to ing everybody
mayor requesting a new poll after Brooklyn district of Canarsie, a voters go to the polls. the other territories to inter- who was in
the Board of Elections last month few miles from the 40th Election officials estimate it view anyone who was staying the hotel to
certified that he was the duly Councilmanic District, as his would cost the city another at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, come forward Woolmer
elected winner by a wide margin, address with Board of Elections. $340,000 for the rescheduled the day Woolmer was killed. between those
Quinn, however, said in a poll. Woolmer was murdered material times," he said.
by strangulation on Mar. 18, There are also reports
one day after the Pakistanis that Scotland Yard police
African diaspora w ants recognition, status lost, unexpectedly, to Ireland have been called in to assist
Afiaraw a t 'r c n d p a g iion, status and were eliminated from the with the investigations.
UNITED NATIONS, New tenant the currents wherever they may W orld Cup.
V ,,The coach was declared

YorIK, CMIV Formeri Vice
Chancellor of the University of
the West Indies (UWI)
Professor Rex Nettleford has
called for "recognition and sta-
tus" for the African diaspora
within globalization, saying it
threatens to be a i.ikiultiu of
inequality" for the "ex-slave,
post-colonial Caribbean."
Delivering the keynote
address at United Nations activi-
ties commemorating the 200th
Anniversary of the Trans-Atlantic
Slave Trade last month,
Nettleford said such "dignity and
freedom in praxis must continue
to be on the agenda of concerns
and positive action for the African
diaspora in the new millennium.
"Crossing the boundary of
thought to programs of action
that will benefit the millions that

Jamaican bu
KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC -
The Court of Appeal last
month ruled against Jamaican
businessmen Leebert
Ramcharan and Donovan
Williams. The two were then
extradited to the United
States to face drug charges.
Ramcharan, who has been
designated a drug kingpin by
U.S. President George W.
Bush, had contended that such
a designation would prevent

African dias--
pora is itself
an impera-
tive," he said,
"hence the
need to
designs for
social living

Nettleford said the aim of
the diaspora Africa must be
geared towards helping to deter-
mine the mainstream "and not
merely to float along with the

isinessmen extra
him from getting a fair trial.
But the court, comprising
Justice Paul Harrison, presi-
dent of the Court of Appeal,
Justice Howard Cooke and
Justice Hazel Harris, unani-
mously held that the designa-
tion would not prevent
Ramcharan from getting a fair
trial in the U.S. The court said
the kingpin designation,
though unflattering, has not
been shown to be of such a

LKaC one.I
Nettleford said the abolition
of the slave trade could not help
but facilitate the "re-humaniza-
tion of the offspring" of millions
who were "involuntarily and
inhumanely lured/dragged from
West Africa and the Congo
across the Middle Passage.
"The idea of the Caribbean
person being part-African, part-
European, part-Asian, part-
Native American but totally
Caribbean is still a mystery to
many in the North Atlantic who
has been spoiled by the very
hegemonic control it has had
over empires and far-away real
estate for half a millennium, and
with the indulgences of a trade
in slaves, slavery and colonial-
ism acting in tandem," he said.

edited to U.S.
dimension that it will affect
the trial process.
In June 2004 the two men
were ordered extradited to the
U.S. to face conspiracy
charges. The men had
appealed against a Supreme
Court ruling in Sept. 2006,
which turned down their
application to have the extra-
dition orders set aside.

'Sorry' ex-Bahamian banker

jailed for four years in N.Y.

eral judge in New York has
sentenced a former invest-
ment banker in The Bahamas
to four years in prison for
money laundering.
United States District
Judge John Keenan last month
imposed the term on Martin
Tremblay, 44, former president
of Dominion Investments Ltd.,
in Nassau, Bahamas.
Canadian-born Tremblay,
who was convicted for launder-
ing about $20,000 in drug pro-
ceeds, had already served 14
months in prison for the charge.
He was initially charged with
laundering millions of dollars
from drug traffickers.

Prosecutors had also
charged that over $1 billion in
the illegal gains had passed
through Tremblay's Bahamian
account. Last November, he
pleaded guilty to a lesser charge.
Keenan said he did not
want to sentence Tremblay to
70 months in prison because the
penalty, as recommended by
federal sentencing guidelines,
was "too large in this case."

In addition to serving four
years in prison, Tremblay will,
however, pay $12,500 in fines
and forfeit $200,000.
As part of an undercover
sting operation, defense
lawyers charged in court docu-
ments that the U.S. govern-
ment, in early 2005, enticed
Tremblay to New York, where
he met with an undercover
agent posing as a Russian
businessman. The defense said
Tremblay unwillingly con-
curred to launder $20,000
after waiting for six months.

Defense attorney Martin
Auerbach told the court that
Tremblay was not motivated
by avarice, stating that he only
pocketed $500 from the sting
"I don't see the behavior
of someone who was motivat-
ed by insatiable greed," he
Tremblay expressed con-
trition at his sentencing.
"I'm sorry," he said. "I
apologize to my family and to
the court."

April 2007




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April 2007

Consulate honors 18 Jamaicans in South Florida


MIAMI Eighteen members
of the South Florida's
Jamaican diaspora, including
the publisher of Caribbean
Today, were honored late last
month at the Consulate
General of Jamaica
Community Service Awards
Ceremony and High Tea at
the ritzy Coral Gables
Biltmore Hotel here.
The Mar. 25 ceremony
featured remarks by Jamaica's
Governor General Professor
Kenneth 0. Hall, who encour-
aged the crowd of mainly
Jamaicans living in Florida to
support their homeland. The
ceremony honored Jamaican
nationals who have made and
are continuing to make contri-
butions to lives of people.
Those honored were:
Norma Bancroft, for her
work as one of five people
who hosted the first Jamaica
Independence Ball in South
Florida. Bancroft, is the
founder and president of the
Florida Organization of
Jamaicans, a charity for the
poor and imprisoned in
Jamaica and disadvantaged ex-
patriots from South Florida.
Ron Burke, a veteran
broadcaster and producer in
South Florida, who first hit

radio airways in 1981 at
WDNA-FM. He is currently
at MYSTIK 1400 AM.
Winsome "Lady C"
Charlton, a veteran broadcast-
er who pioneered the 24-hour
Caribbean radio format in the
United States. Charlton is still
a producer at WAVS 1170
AM and produces the annual
ReggaeSoca Music Awards.
June Chin, one of five to
host the first Jamaica
Independence Ball in South
Florida. Chin is the founder of
both the Florida Chapter of
Missionaries for the Poor and
Florida Organization of
Lloyd Daley, founding
member Members Only Social
Club of Miami and Jamaica
United Relief Association.
Norma Darby, for her
contribution to and dissemina-
tion of Jamaican music, histo-
ry, folklore, and dance in
South Florida. She has been
the leader of the Jamaica Folk
Review for almost three
Carson "Eddy" Edwards,
producer of the longest running
Caribbean radio program in
South Florida. Edwards is also
director of the Jamaica
Awareness Inc., which has
brought entertainment to South
Floridians for over 20 years.
Rev. Dr. Dennis Grant, a
human rights activist in South

Florida who is the
pastor of
Grier, the longest
serving staff mem-
ber at the
Consulate General
of Jamaica in
Miami. She joined
the office in 1987.
Dale Holness,
the current vice
mayor of the City of
Lauderhill, Florida.
Holness established
a sister city partner-
ship between
Lauderhill and
Falmouth, Jamaica
last year.
Hunter-Scott, chair-
person of the
Council of the
Kingston-Miami Caribbean Tod
Sister Cities pro- Jamaica's Go
gram since 1989.
The program has
contributed to the establish-
ment of trade, education, dis-
aster preparedness and cultur-
al exchange between Jamaica
and the U.S.
Rev. Noel Hyatt, pastor of
the Gateway Church in Fort
Lauderdale. The church has
had South Florida's predomi-
nant Jamaican congregation

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Claudette Parkin, one of
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Jamaica Independence Ball in
South Florida. Parkin was the
founding member of the
Jamaica Nurses Association of
South Florida and the Convent
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ter in South Florida.
Sydney Roberts, president
of Jamaica Awareness, Inc.
Roberts was also one of the
five who brought the first
Jamaica Independence Ball to
South Florida.
Joan Seaga-Gonzales, the
founder of the Jamaica United
Relief Association, an organi-
zation which supports health-
care management and delivery
to the neediest persons in both
South Florida and Jamaica.
Seaga-Gonzales was also one
of five who brought the first
Jamaica Independence Ball to
South Florida.

Egeta Thompson-Martin,
played an active part of both
the Clint O'Neil Needy Kids
of Jamaica Foundation and
the Caribbean Music Festival.
Thompson-Martin has also
been the host of the Grand
Jamaica Independence Ball
for almost 21 years.
Peter Webley, publisher of
Caribbean Today, which has
been in continuous circulation
since Dec. 1989. The paper
has a monthly circulation of
40,000 in the United States
and in the Caribbean.
Phillip Wong, South
Florida businessman who
serves on the board of the St.
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April 2006?

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Once the petition has been
approved, the government will
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by sending out an approval
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advance parole has severe con-
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for more than 180 days, but less
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who are unlawfully present,
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women who have been high-
lighted for international
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* Gloria Ballantyne, St.
Vincent and the Grenadines'
first lady of sports and leading
netball administrator;
* Jamaican Dr. Christine
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top order batswoman who in
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cricketer who played for the
West Indies team;
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and painter Joan Mallalieu, for
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Jamaican takes off on historic solo flight around the world


MIAMI A strong Caribbean
link is at the heart of unfolding
aviation history. And inspira-
tion is the vehicle called on to
help it take off.
Barrington Irving Jr., who
has lived in Miami Gardens
since he migrated from his
birthplace Jamaica as a six-
year-old, took off from South
Florida's Opa-Locka Airport
last month on a flight around
the world that, when complet-
ed predictably sometime in
early May will make the 23-
year-old the youngest pilot
ever to do it solo.
At approximately 11:30
a.m. Mar. 23, Irving pulled shut
the door of his Colombia 400
plane, which he named
"Inspiration", and propelled
into the bright blue sky on a
journey that he dreamt about
years ago and is now using to
promote aviation as a career,
especially among children,
after himself being encouraged
as a teen to find his wings by
another Jamaican, commercial
pilot Gary Robinson.

For the hundreds of chil-
dren who showed up at the air-
port to witness Irving's take-off
on the "Experience Aviation
World Tour", which was pre-
ceded by an aviation career
fair and an elaborate ceremony
to mark the occasion attended
by his parents Barrington Sr.
and Clovalyn, aviation experts,
government officials and a host
of well-wishers, the young pilot
has already made his mark.
"It (Irving's feat) moti-
vates me to pursue the goal,"
said Chris Leslie, a Jamaican-
born teenager with interest in
aviation and, who, along with
his parents attended the func-
"I can't fly planes,"
explained 10-year-old, Rolik
Beauburn, "but I think I can
Yet the youngsters were
not the only ones inspired by
Irving's planned trip, which
will take him more than 40
days to complete, crossing con-
tinents and oceans on a jour-
ney that can be tracked via
computer. Adults too
embraced him, some openly
emotional and filled with
"He's like a fruit from a
tree with strong roots," was
how Jamaican-born Miami res-
ident Michelle Hylton
described her admiration for
Irving as she held a large
Jamaican flag above her head.
"(Irving's accomplishment)
shows the value coming out of
our island. We've always been
leaders and we set good exam-

Leading up to the historic
morning, Irving had always
credited his Caribbean back-
ground and family influence.
"Mom, dad, we made it," he
told last month's audience to
loud applause.
Irving again pointed to his
roots as the source of his inspi-
ration, but his aim targeted a
future in which he visions
more underprivileged children
following his lead by pursuing
worthwhile careers.
"I didn't start off rich, I
didn't have much," he told the
youngsters in the audience. "I
started off with nothing,
absolutely nothing
You too can live your dream."
After hearing a tribute
from his father, an emotional
Irving Jr. rubbed away tears.
Irving Sr., who himself once
harbored dreams of flying air-
planes, but shelved those to
tend to his family as a new
immigrant arriving in the
United States, deflected much
of the credit for his son's
"I think I'm just blessed to
be the vessel chosen to carry a
child of destiny," he said short-
ly after "Inspiration" disap-
peared into the distant skies.
Meanwhile, the pilot's
mother downplayed sugges-
tions that she was overly nerv-
ous about her son's solo trip.
She plans to stay in close con-
tact with Irving Jr. throughout.
"As a mother you have
that fLLl1i, just thinking
about him flying around the
world by himself," said
Clovalyn Irving. "(But) I told
him that everywhere he goes
he should get in touch with me
as soon as he lands."
Irving's first stop after
leaving Miami was expected to
be Cleveland, Ohio, to meet
with officials from the National

Barrington Irving Jr. makes his way from the stage following the function to mark his
historic flight. Immediately behind him are his parents, mother Clovalyn, followed by
father Barrington Sr. In front of Irving Jr. is Gary Robinson, the Jamaican commercial
pilot who he said inspired him to pursue aviation.

Aeronautics and Space
Administration (NASA). Then
it was on to New York before
departing the U.S. for Canada.
His average time on flight legs
is being projected at six to
eight hours, with longest -
from northern Japan to
Sheyma, Alaska along the
Aleutian Islands running 10
to 12 hours. Power settings,
weather conditions and fuel
capacity will determine the
range of each leg.

That the world tour even
took off has been described as
a minor miracle. Irving strug-

gled to meet his fundraising
target of close to $1 million
last year, which led to a post-
ponement of the tour. Then
predicted weather conditions
during winter shelved the trip
until last month.
Irving has been labeled a
"hero" and "a symbol" for his
efforts. During the ceremony
tributes poured in from civic
and political leaders, including
a message relayed from
Jamaica's Prime Minister
Portia Simpson Miller, who
said "we in Jamaica will be
closely following your
"It's incredible, almost beyond


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description," said Jamaica's
Consul General in Miami
Ricardo Allicock, who claimed
his government donated
$10,000 to Irving's efforts.
"(What Irving) is doing is still
almost unimaginable. It is a
glorious, glorious achievement
for black America, Jamaica
and mankind."
Irving appeared to under-
stand the implication as well.
"Give me a quick minute to
just soak this in," he said as he
surveyed the large audience
before take-off. "This is truly
amazing for me.
"This moment," he added
later, "I could not picture it
any other way."

Photographs and story by
Gordon Williams, Caribbean
Today's managing editor.


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U.S. blasts prison conditions in the Caribbean


United States Department of
State has painted a dismal pic-
ture of prisons in the
Caribbean community
(CARICOM), describing con-
ditions as very unsatisfactory.
In its "Country Reports
on Human Rights Practices
2006", the U.S. pointed to
what it described as grave
human rights violations. The
comprehensive, scathing
report, released here last
month, said prison conditions
throughout the region are
generally "poor".
"Overcrowding was a
major problem", it stated
about the Bahamian prison
system, pointing out that the
men's maximum-security
block, originally built in 1953
to hold 450 inmates, held
more than 725 of the approxi-
mately 1,500 total inmate pop-
ulation in 2006.
"Male prisoners placed in
the maximum-security unit
were crowded into poorly ven-
tilated cells that generally
lacked regular running water,
toilets, and laundry faulihi ,,
the report added, stating that
most prisoners lack beds, slept
on concrete floors, and were
locked in small cells 23 hours
per day, "often with human

The report said prison
conditions in Jamaica are sim-
ilarly poor, primarily due to
overcrowding and poor sani-
tary conditions. It said the
Department of Correctional
Services adopted measures
during the year to improve
catering services, and also
entered into a new contract
for insect and rodent control
for all facilities. It added that
medical care is also poor, pri-
marily because of few doctors
on staff.

The report said though
the law requires police to
present a detainee in court
within a reasonable time peri-
od (but) in practice, authori-
ties continue to detain sus-
pects for lengthy periods,
often up to two or three years,
which the government attrib-
uted to an "overburdened
court "L ,m .
In Antigua and Barbuda,
the report said prison condi-
tions are also poor, pointing
out that the country's only
prison holds 193 inmates with
inadequate toilet facilities.
"Prison overcrowding was
attributed in part to a law that
limited the ability of magis-
trates to grant bail to those
accused of certain o11IL n1L ,
the report stated.
"Due to space limitations,

authorities sometimes held
persons on remand together
with convicted prisoners", it
The report said that in
Barbados, where "the govern-
ment generally respected the
human rights of its L I I/L 11n ,
prison conditions remained
"very poor".
It said prisoners continue
to be held in the temporary
prison facility, con-
structed at Harrison
Point, after the Mar.
2005 riots destroyed
Glendairy Prison. A
new permanent
prison, designed to
meet modern inter-
national standards, is
under construction,
with completion slat-
ed for Aug. 2007.
The State
Department alluded
to media reports in
attributing the
motive behind the
Glendairy Prison fire
to "widespread inci-
dents of rape within the
prison", alleging that rape is
also "prevalent" at Harrison
It referred to an account
by a released British citizen,
who was incarcerated at
Glendairy at the time of the
riot, highlighting prison condi-
tions at both facilities.
"His account alleged
unchecked gang violence,
indifference of guards to med-
ical needs, cramped quarters,
and unsanitary conditions",
the report stated.
The State Department
said prison conditions in
Belize are "poor" and have
failed to meet international
"During the year, there were
reports that prison authorities
brutalized troublesome pris-
oners, including placing
inmates in a small, unlit, and
unventilated punishment cell
called 'supermax'", it said.
"Inmates claimed that prison
officials sometimes withheld
food and water as further pun-
ishment, conducted strip
searches and beatings, and
extorted money for transfers
to better conditions", the
report stated.

It said an ombudsman's
investigation determined that
"punishment was excessive"
and the officers involved
should be punished; however,
no further action was taken.
The State Department
said Dominica's lone prison,
Stock Farm, is in a state of
* d irL p ,ir ', adding that "con-
ditions remained unsanitary
and overcrowding was a seri-

ous problem".
It said the prison holds 301
prisoners in a facility designed
for fewer than 200 inmates.
"Juvenile detainees were held
with adults, and pretrial
detainees were held with con-
victed prisoners, due to a lack
of separate fi. Iliii .', the
report stated.
The State Department
said prison conditions in

Grenada generally meet inter-
national standards, with the
exception of overcrowding.
"Overcrowding was a sig-
nificant problem as 334 pris-
oners were housed in space
designed for 98 pI r,, wn, ', the
report stated.
"There was no separate
facility for juveniles, so they
were mixed in with the gener-
al prison population", it said.
In Guyana, the report
said prison and jail conditions
are poor, "particularly in
police holding .LI I In quot-
ing the Guyana Human Rights
Association (GHRA), the
State Department said: "while
the Prison Authority was com-
mitted to creating a humane
and professional prison serv-
ice, capacity and resource con-
straints were a problem".
"Overcrowding was, in
large, part due to backlogs of
pretrial dL Iain 1L it added.
The report said the prison sys-
tem also faces staffing con-
straints and lack of resources.
"However, attempts were
made to give all prison offi-

cers human rights training,
and the senior level manage-
ment of the Prison Service
made serious efforts to com-
bat cruel, inhuman, or degrad-
ing treatment in the prisons",
it said.
"The GHRA did not consider
mistreatment of prisoners a
problem in the prison sys-
tem", it added.
In Haiti, the State
Department said
the prisons remain
poorly main-
tained, and unsan-
It said prisoners
and detainees
continue to suffer
from a lack of
basic hygiene,
malnutrition, poor
quality health
care, and the pres-
ence of rodents,
the report said.

most prisons
lacked adequate food and san-
itation and periodically suf-
fered from lack of water, espe-
cially in the provinces", it
added, noting that the inci-
dence of preventable diseases,
such as beriberi, AIDS, and
tuberculosis decreased during
2006 but remain "a serious
The report said prison
and detention centers in St.
Kitts and Nevis are over-
crowded, and resources are
It said the prison on St.
Kitts, which has a capacity for
150 prisoners, held 204 prison-
ers at year's end. The report
stated that some prisoners
slept on mats on the floor.
In St. Lucia, the report
said prison conditions general-
ly meet minimum internation-
al standards at the three-year-
old Bordelais Correctional
Facility, which has a capacity
of 500 prisoners, holding
approximately that number.
But in neighboring St. Vincent
and the Grenadines, the State
Department said prison build-

ings are "antiquated and over-
,. r \\d~.d ', with Her Majesty's
Prison in Kingstown, the capi-
tal, holding 377 inmates in a
building originally designed
for 75.
After renovations, the prison
was intended to hold about
150 inmates.
"These conditions result-
ed in serious health and safety
problems", the report said,
pointing out that despite
prison reforms, problems still
exist, such as "endemic vio-
lence, understaffing, under-
paid guards, uncontrolled
weapons and drugs, an
increase in the incidence of
HIV/AIDS, and unhygienic
The report said in
Suriname, most facilities, par-
ticularly older jails, remain
"unsanitary and seriously
overcrowded, with as many as
four times the number of
detainees for which jail capac-
ity was intended".

It said violence among
prisoners is common, and pris-
oners continue to complain of
mistreatment by guards.
"Human rights monitors
expressed concern about con-
ditions in pretrial detention
facilities, which remained
S\ ~,\\dd the report said.
The State Department said
conditions at the eight prison
facilities in Trinidad and
Tobago have been "somewhat
upgraded but continued to be
harsh". It said the recently
built maximum-security prison
in Arouca has helped in
relieving overcrowding at the
Port of Spain prison.
The report said staff short-
ages compelled the prison serv-
ice to limit the "airing" time
provided to prison inmates,
serving as the basis of a com-
plaint filed against the prison
service by death row inmate
Alladin Mohammed, which
was still pending at year's end.


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WASHINGTON Illicit drug
trafficking continues to pose
major problems in the
Caribbean, according to the
United States Department of
In its 2007 International
Narcotics Control Strategy
Report, released last month,
the U.S. State Department
identified a number of
Caribbean countries, including
The Bahamas, Jamaica,
Guyana, Haiti, Suriname and
the Eastern Caribbean, as
major transit points for
cocaine and/or marijuana
bound for the U.S.
The report stated that
cocaine flow originates in
South America and arrives in
The Bahamas by go-fast
boats, small commercial
freighters, or small aircraft
from Jamaica, Hispaniola
(Haiti and the Dominican
Republic) and Venezuela.

Sport fishing vessels and
pleasure crafts then transport
the cocaine from The
Bahamas to Florida, blending
into the legitimate vessel traf-
fic that moves daily between
these locations.
Larger go-fast and sport
fishing vessels regularly trans-
port between 1,000 to 3,000
pounds of marijuana ship-
ments from Jamaica to The
Bahamas, which are moved to
Florida in the same manner as
"The Bahamas will likely
continue to be a preferred
route for drug transshipment
and other criminal activity
because if its location and the
expanse of its territorial area",
the State Department said,
urging the Bahamian govern-
ment to continue its "strong
commitment to joint counter-
narcotics efforts and its co-
operative efforts to extradite
drug traffickers to the U.S.",
the report said.

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The State Department said
the seven Eastern Caribbean
countries Antigua and

"The Government of
Guyana's inability to control
its borders, a lack of law
enforcement presence, and a

Drugs and money seized by U.S. law enforcement officers.

Barbuda, Barbados,
Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts
and Nevis, St. Lucia, and St.
Vincent and the Grenadines -
form the L.,iL rn edge" of the
Caribbean transit zone for
drugs, mostly cocaine and
marijuana products, going
from South America to U.S.,
Europe and other markets.
It said illicit narcotics transit
the Eastern Caribbean mostly
by sea, in small go-fast vessels,
larger fishing vessels, yachts
and freight carriers.
"Drug trafficking and
related crimes, such as money
laundering, drug use, arms traf-
ficking, official corruption, vio-
lent crime, and intimidation,
have the potential to threaten
the stability of the small, dem-
ocratic countries of the Eastern
Caribbean and, to varying
degrees, have damaged civil
society in some of these coun-
tries", the report stated.
The State Department
also said Guyana is a trans-
shipment point for cocaine
destined for North America,
Europe, and the Caribbean,
noting that in 2006, domestic
seizures of cocaine were

lack of aircraft or patrol boats
allow traffickers to move drug
shipments via sea, river, and
air with little rfII n1IL the
report said, stating that the
Bharrat Jagdeo administration
is yet to implement the "sub-
stantive initiatives" of its
National Drug Strategy
Master Plan (NDSMP) for
"Government counter-
narcotics efforts are under-
mined by the lack of adequate
resources for law enforce-
ment, poor coordination
among law enforcement agen-
cies, and a weak judicial sys-
tem", the report added.
It said Haiti, a "major
transit country for cocaine"
from South America, is expe-
riencing a surge in air smug-
gling of the drug out of
Venezuela, and is a "signifi-
cant transit country for
cocaine destined for the
United States and to a lesser
extent Canada and Europe".
The report said the num-
ber of drug smuggling flights
from Venezuela to Hispaniola
increased by 167 percent from
2005 to 2006, about one-third
of which went to Haiti.
"In addition to 1,125 miles
of unprotected shoreline,
uncontrolled seaports, and
numerous clandestine
airstrips, Haiti's struggling
police force, dysfunctional
judiciary system, corruption, a
weak democracy and a thriv-
ing contraband trade con-
tribute to the prolific use of
Haiti by drug traffickers as a
strategic point of distribu-
tion", the report said.
The State Department
said Jamaica, too, is a major
transit point for cocaine en
route to the U.S., and is also a
key source of marijuana and
marijuana derivative products
for the Americas.

"Jamaica's difficult to patrol
coastline, over 100 unmoni-
tored airstrips, busy commer-
cial and cruise ports, and con-
venient air connections make
it a major transit country for
cocaine", the State
Department said, noting, at
the same time, that the coun-
try remains the Caribbean's
largest producer and exporter
of marijuana.
The report added that
Suriname a transit point for
South American cocaine en
route to Europe and, to a less-
er extent, the U.S. is unable
to control its borders.

It added that Suriname is
also hampered by inadequate
resources, limited training for
law enforcement agents, lack
of a law enforcement presence
in the interior, and lack of air-
craft or patrol boats.
"The GOS (Government
of Suriname) is unable to
detect the diversion of precur-
sor chemicals for drug produc-
tion, as it has no legislation
controlling precursor chemi-
cals and, hence, no tracking
system to monitor them", the
report stated.
"The lack of resources,
limited law enforcement capa-
bilities, inadequate legislation,
drug related corruption, a
complicated and time-consum-
ing bureaucracy, and overbur-
dened and under-resourced
courts inhibit GOS's ability to
identify, apprehend, and pros-
ecute narcotic traffickers", it
"Suriname's sparsely pop-
ulated coastal region and iso-
lated jungle interior, together
with weak border controls and
infrastructure, make narcotics
detection and interdiction
efforts difficult", it continued.
The State Department
said Trinidad and Tobago is a
transit country for illegal
drugs from South America to
the U.S. and Europe.
But it noted that while
there has been an increase in
illicit drug traffic out of
Venezuela, the quantity of
drugs transiting Trinidad and
Tobago "does not have a sig-
nificant effect on the U.S."
"Cannabis is grown in
Trinidad and Tobago, but not
in significant amounts", it
said, pointing out, however,
that the country's petrochemi-
cal industry imports and
exports chemicals that can be
used for drug production.
But the State Department
said the Patrick Manning gov-
ernment has instituted export
controls to prevent diversion.


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White or blue collar, indeed

There is currently a huge
lottery scam taking
place in Jamaica, where
people in the United States
are contacted and told that
they have won millions, so
they are to send money to
cover "fees".
What's amazing is how
many fall for this, sending out
thousands of dollars, even
though they never entered any
lottery. Pickpockets, cutpurs-
es, chain grabbers, fowl tief,
praedial larcener, embezzler,
fraudulent converter, tief, all
have the same thing in com-
mon, they want a lot for as lit-
tle effort as possible.
At times though, they real-
ly put a lot of planning and
effort in bilking you or your
organization out of hard earned
money, that it makes you won-
der how well off they'd be if
they had put their resources to
a positive use. But thk r thrill
in crime and there's profit in it.
Trust me, if there wasn't, they
would not do it.
That Enron case years

* "Can the world, without
anguish, accept itself as part
this, part that, part the other
but totally human without one
part of it trying to dominate
the other?" Former
University of the West Indies
Vice Chancellor Professor Rex
Nettleford last month address-
ing the issue of the African
diaspora's inclusion in global-

* "I believe it
was a night on
which all peo-
ple of
Caribbean ori-
gin were proud
as millions
around the
world were treated to a stun-
ning spectacle" (liui
Dehring, chief executive officer
of ICC Cricket World Cup
2007 commenting on the
event's opening ceremony in
Jamaica last month.

* Caribbean community
(CARICOM) leaders were
also pleased with the tourna-
ment's launch:

"It was fantas-
tic, it was A- I7 kl
plus, it was just
wonderful" -
General Edwin

ago in the U.S. is as bizarre as
it's fascinating. If it didn't real-
ly happen, and some writer
concocted such a tale or a
movie was made about it,
nobody would believe it, as it
seems so far fetched. But
truth is indeed stranger than
fiction and thieves are even
more inventive and have more
vivid imaginations than pulp
fiction writers or scribblers of
Enron was real, and very
scary. That a few 'executives'
could sit down and cook up
such a scheme to rob thou-
sands of people, many of them
old pensioners, of their life's
savings and investments, is
simply criminal. One Enron
exec swiped $850 million,
another $350 million, while a
few small fry took only a few
million apiece.
What does one man do
with $850 million U.S. dollars
anyway? But the fact is that
putting bigtime executives in
jail for perpetuating account-
ing fraud has proved very hard
to do. On Aug. 2, 1999,
Fortune magazine ran an arti-
cle that spotlighted the

"I feel like a little baby just
born. I'm really excited" -
Grenada's Prime Minister, Dr.
Keith Mitchell.

"Anywhere you
go in the world, I
do not believe
anyone could put
on a more fan-
tastic show than
what happened
here at Trelawny,
Jamaica" host Prime
Minister Portia Simpson

"It was magnificent, I was so
filled with joy I almost wanted
to cry; you know the talent we
have, the color, the pageantry,
the way everything was
brought together" St.
Vincent and the Grenadines
Prime Minister Ralph

"It must be understood that in
every CARICOM member
state police officers are
accorded certain responsibili-
ties under the law. Their
authority as set out in law
cannot be varied by any
agreement. It will not be tol-
erated" Barbados Deputy
Prime Minister Mia Mottley
last month condemning the
searching of local police offi-
cers by Cricket World Cup
security officials and calling on
the tournament's organizers to
know their limits.

Compiled from CMC and
other sources.

But let's bring it closer
home where the people at
Enron could perhaps learn a
trick or two from our entre-
preneurs in criminology. The
downtown pickpocket he
cruises the shadows, eyes dart-
ing furtively from victim to
unsuspecting victim, seeking
out the weak, the unwary, the
unwitting, just like the harbor
shark. His fingers are nimble,
his hands are quick, and just
like Jack, his legs can take him
faster and higher with the
stolen candlesticks. 'A fool
and his money are soon part-
ed,' is his motto.
Our pickpockets are leg-
endary, as tales abound about
their prowess. They will
relieve you of your cash
secreted away in your under-
garments, delicately removed
like the master surgeon
removing a tumor, without
spilling a drop of blood.
"All me money gone and
a didn't feel a thing," the vic-
tim wails.
Once a friend of mine, a
prominent surgeon, got taught
a lesson in the delicate art of
cash removal, from one of
those guys. He was buying his
usual Sunday papers at the
stoplight, when one so called
vendor neatly relieved him of
all his paper money, but leaving
the wallet still clutched in my
friend's hand. Well you should
see the good doctor jump out
of his Benz and run down tief.
And he caught him too, but he
was also secretly impressed
with the guy's dexterity.
"This bredda could easily
enroll in the micro surgery
faculty," he quipped, as he
draped the thief and carted
him off.

the fact is, for
someone to
have that
skill, it must
have taken
years of prac-
tice to master,
and his many
TONY victims all
ROBINSON wondered
what hit
them. Most
didn't even know until they
reached home and felt for their
money. Oh, don't let the occa-
sional catching and beating of
a few fool you, most get away
and aren't even felt or seen as
the ply their secret trade.

But why suffer in the hot
sun with the threat of being
chased and beaten, even by
your own kind, when you can
relax in the comfort of your
air conditioned office and
reap your unjust rewards?
Pillaging, storming castles,
robbing and looting went out
with medieval times. Now, in
the computer age, it's the era
of the white collar crime, and
there's profit in it. We now
seem to have a spate of execu-
tives, middle managers, man-
agers and general workers
willing and able to take their
companies out to lunch, and
stick them with the bill. Every
day we read or hear how so
and so from this or that com-
pany has defrauded the insti-
tution of millions and
absconded. Even white collar
crime has different terms. A
grab thief, grabs and runs, but
an office thief defrauds and
absconds. What an easy way
to make money, juggle and
flee without breaking a sweat.
This plague is in our
banks, our credit unions, our
school bursaries, and any-
where easy money can be had.
Rarely is it a one-time thing,
as the auditors always show
that it was going on for five or
six years or more. That's
another thing, purloining cash

seems to pay so
much that people
RAIM make a habit of it
and are never satis-
fied. They just can't
stop, but make a
career of it. They
wouldn't even take a
one lick and move,
but instead stay and
tief, stay and tief,
settle down and stay
and tief some more,
even as they laugh
and chat up with the
other employees.
Sure, some
get caught, but for
every two caught, 20
are living it up in
Hawaii or
Switzerland or
somewhere in the
South of France. The other
irate employees may say, "But
look how she plan and scheme
and rip and run, what a damn
tief." But secretly and ever so
fleetingly the thought just may
go, "A wonder how she do it,
why I couldn't tink of it? But
me can't take shame yah, and
me nuh have nuh luck."
For most of us, jail time is
not a happy prospect.

Speaking of jail, you won't
find any of those white collar
criminals in jail serving any
long sentence. Oh, they'll steal
millions, but only serve a few
months. "The bigger the
crime, the lesser the time,"
goes the ditty.
White and blue collar
crime pays so much that every-
body's into it. From the
mechanics who say they put in
new parts, but put in old
instead, that is if they even
bother to change the part at all,
to hospitals that pad their bills
and charge thirty dollars for
one aspirin. From lawyers who
take people's house deposit
money and build mansions of
their own, to contractors who
build two houses out of your
house material. From car deal-
ers who sell your car but refuse
to hand over your money, to
bank workers who skim from
old dormant accounts, to bur-
sars who filch from school fees
and book money. From parsons
who accept all denominations,
especially the large bills, for the
"church building fund", to con
men who spin tales of woe or
assure you of get rich quick
We live among them and
they do it because there's
profit in it. If crime didn't pay,
they wouldn't do it. And
damn the risk they say, but if
you get caught don't bother to
bawl. If you can't do the time,
don't do the crime.

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April 2007



Hype has begun in
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romantic date 7/7/07. Why
dwell on one date when
romance awaits you year-
round at several all-inclusive
Caribbean resorts?
We're all familiar with
Sandals and SuperClubs, so
let's look at inclusives that are
perhaps not so well known.
Galley Bay Beach Resort
spreads leisurely along one of
Antigua's famous white
beaches. From the Sugar Mill
reception entrance, guests are
whisked by golf cart across the
lagoon's wooden bridge to this
secluded resort. Sip
"Sundowners" while sunset
watching on the Teepee Bar's
open deck. Savor sounds of
the surf during a romantic
candlelight dinner under your
own individual palapa at the
Gauguin Restaurant.
Walk right onto the beach
from your first-floor deluxe or
premium beachfront room,
and rinse off at your outdoor

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Go Tahitian in a Gauguin
Cottage overlooking the
resort's lagoon. A sheltered
breezeway connects two
thatched roof roundavels. One
contains your air-conditioned
bedroom, and the other a
dressing room and bathroom
with shower. The cottage
opens to a terrace and private
plunge pool inside a walled
Nothing says romance like
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of Rick's Caf6 in Negril. Just
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the flat cliff top. Steps carved
into the cliffs lead to several
naturally formed, secluded
grottoes. Enjoy a relaxing hot
tub au deux with sea view in
one, an intimate candlelight
dinner in another, while rhyth-
mic waves crash below. Duet
cliff dives from several levels
entice adventurous couples. A
gauze-curtained spa pavilion
hangs on the edge of the
rocks, providing a romantic
setting for couples massages.
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For centuries male suitors
have agonized over how
to surprise their girl-
friends with a marriage pro-
posal. Should he "pop the
qici i i n" during a quiet picnic
in the country? Or kneel down
in a romantic European piazza
to pose that surprise question
- "Will you marry me?"
In recent years, madly in-
love guys have conjured up
ever more novel ways to ask
for their chosen one's hand -
ranging from aerial banners
flown over crowded beaches
to "I love you" signs lighting
up stadium scoreboards.
Now, enamored men will
have yet another unconven-
tional venue to surprise the
lady in question: Princess
Cruises "Engagement Under
the Stars" a pre-arranged
proposal on a giant shipboard
movie screen, on the high seas
under the stars, displaying the
gentleman's proposal. Starting
in June, with the launch of its
newest ship, Crown Princess,
the program will complement
line's successful "Tie the Knot"
shipboard-wedding program.
Not only will the new pro-
gram surprise the unsuspect-
ing lady, it will also turn the
couple into instant shipboard
celebrities, starring in their
own real-life show by having
the prospective groom make
his wedding proposal via a
personal video displayed on
the ship's top-deck 300-
square-foot LED movie
screen, before an audience of
fellow cruise passengers. A
photographer standing by will
capture the couple's special
moment when he surprises her
with the ring on deck.

Princess Cruises, one of
whose ships was famous as the
romantic setting for "The
Love Boat" television series,
will coordinate the surprise
proposal to take place just
prior to one of the ship's
nighttime outdoor feature
films. At a prearranged time,
the proposer will bring his
girlfriend to the scene under

the guise of watching the
movie. The proposal, in fact,
will have been filmed in a
secret session with the ship's
videographer to create a per-
sonalized and unique segment.
On that special. \ iiiii
the couple will receive a cele-
bratory glass of champagne
and a red rose immediately fol-
lowing the proposal and a bot-
tle of champagne and choco-
late-covered strawberries in
their stateroom that night.
Throughout the voyage
they will be treated to a series
of special amenities including a
dinner for two at one of the
ship's intimate dining venues, a
romantic balcony breakfast and
participation in a pottery class
offered through the ship's learn-
ing program, ScholarShip@Sea,
at which the couple will design
a commemorative "engagement

Other super perks include
candid photographs of the
proposal, plus an engagement
portrait session, a pampered,
couple's massage in the ship-
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credit toward a wedding-at-
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After its debut on Crown
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"All the gentleman has to
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Princess's senior vice president
of customer service and sales.
And if he forgets the
"Not to worry," adds
Swartz. "The shipboard bou-
tique has a range of fine jew-
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rings just in case he over-
looked that important detail!"

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Whether it's a gentle tropical
breeze and the swaying of
palm trees that provide the
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somewhere exotic, destination
weddings have become the
marriage celebration of choice
for many couples.
Today, almost two in 10
weddings are destination
events with Caribbean
islands leading the list.
And it's no surprise why.
Tropical destinations have
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couples golf icon Tiger Woods
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detail and relieve the pres-
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groom can totally enjoy their
dream wedding ceremony.

Beverly King, of Jolly
Beach Resort on the
Caribbean island of Antigua,
has been planning island wed-
dings for almost 20 years. She
offers these suggestions: "Do
your homework; it's important
to remember that marriage
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At the other end of Negril,
winding paths through land-
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plants and palms, has a
Jacuzzi at one end and a cen-
tral swim-up bar, also accessed
by a curved bridge.
Across the street on
Negril's famous seven-mile
strand, mix and mingle at The
Beach Club's huge circular bar,
or hide under a palm tree at
one of many picnic tables.
Changing rooms and showers
are available, along with a fully
equipped watersports center.

For a more upscale get-
away, the Royal Paradisus

Villas at Paradisus Punta
Cana, a resort in the
Dominican Republic, promise
royal treatment in every way,
beginning with airport VIP
greeting. These beachfront
suites have everything, includ-
ing butlers to pack and
unpack for you, arrange golf
tee times and spa treatments,
or make dinner reservations at
one of eight a la carte restau-
rants on premises (plus two
with buffet service). Punta
Cana is known for its
sparkling beaches, and this
one is perfect for long walks in
the moonlight.
You can't go wrong hon-
eymooning at any Couples
resort in Negril or Ocho Rios.
Since they specialize in cou-
ples, everything is geared to
pairs...swings, lounges, Bali
beds, spa treatments and the
like. One unusual value here
is that "all-inclusive" means
excursions off property as
well. This can be a trip to
Dunn's River Falls, horseback
riding, a greathouse tour and
so on.
No matter which you
choose, romance is sure to
thrive at these romantic all-

Eleanor M. Wilson is a free-
lance writer for Caribbean

tinations. And if you have
your heart set on a particular
date, make arrangements well
in advance if possible, as cer-
tain times of the year tend to
book quickly. For instance, we
find that the peak months for
weddings are February, April,
May, June, and November.
"Couples who decide on a
destination wedding might
also want to break free from
traditional wedding attire,"
adds King. "I tell my brides
and grooms to consider the
climate and look for pieces
that not only look great but
travel well, like a cocktail
dress in a light fabric and
color. And while an island
breeze helps set the tropical
mood, it makes a veil difficult


to control. As an alternative, I
NLI 1L ".I wearing a small tiara
or using fresh flowers as
accents. Grooms should also
dress with comfort in mind,
say a light linen suit, or dress
pants paired with a shirt and
vest or a classic guayabera for
a true island feel."

Brides and grooms desir-
ing a sun-kissed destination
wedding shouldn't have trou-
ble finding a wedding package
to fit any budget. For instance,
Jolly Beach Resort's "Dream
Wedding ., IgL
offers amenities and choices
ranging from cake and cham-
pagne to photos and bou-

quets, to fulfilling the legal
requirements. Moreover,
engaged couples can choose to
have their ceremony at any
location on the 40-acre prop-
erty; which includes two wed-
ding gazebos one located on
the resort's dazzling half-mile-
long beach.
With the aid of an experi-
enced wedding planning team,
an altar-bound couple can rest
assured that their wedding day
will be hassle-free. King, for
example, not only handles the
details of the wedding cere-
mony and reception, but she
even personally schedules the
appointment to apply for the
marriage license and she, or a
member of her team, escorts
the couple to ensure that

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April 2007



11 6 n t T 91

OECS fights fake drugs Dental exams key to control of oral health

CASTRIES, St. Lucia, CMC -
A senior official of the
Organization of Eastern
Caribbean States (OECS) has
called for new measures
aimed at combating the prolif-
eration of counterfeit drugs in
the Caribbean.
Pharmaceutical Procurement
Service, the agency responsi-
ble for purchasing drugs for
the nine-member sub-region,
said it would be embarking on
an early warning strategy
dubbed "Counterfeit Drugs
Can Kill" in an effort to edu-
cate the public on the dangers
of faked drugs.
In a statement, the agency
said it was reminding the pop-
ulation of a United Nations
report that warns that faked

prescription medicines were
flooding developing nations
with sometimes deadly conse-
Head of the OECS
Pharmaceutical Procurement
Service, Francis Burnett, said
the slogan would be a simple
message intended to alert the
population in the sub-region
to the dangers of faked drugs
as well as being vigilant with
the purchase of drugs over the
Burnett said the worse
case has so far been in Haiti,
where three years ago, scores
of children were hospitalized
after ingesting counterfeit cold

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You take pretty good
care of your teeth,
brushing and flossing
daily. Is it really necessary for
you to schedule dental exams
unless there's a problem?
Oral health professionals
say there are numerous rea-
sons to keep those checkups
on your calendar, even if you
take good care of your teeth.
"Just because it's been
awhile since you've had a cav-
ity or a dental health issue,
don't give up on those visits to
the dentist," said Dr. Max
Anderson, DDS, a national
oral health advisor for Delta
Dental Plans Association in
the United States.
"Dental checkups contin-
ue to be an important part of
taking good care of teeth, pre-
venting problems and provid-
ing people with greater con-
trol of their oral health."

Preventive checkups pro-
vide dentists with opportunities
to identify and intervene early
in dental diseases. This can
reduce any pain and the finan-
cial costs associated with more
severe forms of dental diseases.
For example, periodontal
disease that goes unnoticed

Preparing for vacations and
traveling can produce an
added amount of stress
and tension two key triggers in
the onset of headaches.
The National Headache
Foundation (NHF)
( in the
United States offers travelers
the following tips:

Maintain normal sleeping and
waking patterns Late-night vis-
its and early morning tours can
lead to headaches by tempting
you to stay up past your bedtime
and wake up earlier than usual.
Try to go to sleep and awaken
the same time as you usually do,
even on weekends.

Plan in advance A well-

for lack of a checkup can
progress into more serious
stages possibly resulting in
pain, tooth loss and other
problems. If caught early, peri-
odontal disease is easier to

manage and, in some cases,
Dental professionals can
also use today's dental exams
to screen for periodontal
(gum) disease, oral cancer and
other health issues that can be
difficult to spot on your own.
More than 120 diseases can
cause specific signs and symp-
toms in and around the mouth
and jaw. Dental professionals

planned trip can ease the stress
of traveling. Be prepared for
extra long lines and wait times
at the airport and arrive at least
two hours before your sched-

uled departure.
If you plan to travel by car,
plot your course and make

performing checkups can spot
symptoms that could indicate
serious health problems else-
where in the body that need
The prevention connec-
tion extends to recent changes
in your health. Regular check-
ups allow your dentist to keep
up with changes to your health
status. Upon learning of med-
ical conditions you've devel-
oped or treatments you're
r.L i\ ini_' your dentist can rec-
ommend strategies to help you
proactively counter the nega-
tive effects the conditions and
treatments would otherwise
have on your oral health.
"Your smile and your
breath, the foods you can eat
and social interactions are all
enhanced through better oral
health," said Dr. Anderson.
""Dental checkups are a great
investment in your oral and
overall health."

- Information obtained from
Delta Dental Plans
Association, based in Oak
Brook, Illinois, a U.S. net-
work of independent not-for-
profit dental service corpora-
tions specializing in provid-
ing dental benefits programs.

hotel reservations in advance. It
is also advisable to bring med-
ication in a carry-on bag, as
opposed to checked luggage,
but be sure to follow security
guidelines about liquids, gels
and aerosols.
Discuss travel plans with your
healthcare provider If you are
flying long distances, ask your
healthcare provider about your
dosage schedule. Some medica-
tions should be adjusted for
high altitudes, lack of activity
and different climates.
Don't skip or delay meals An
empty stomach could trigger a
headache. Carry snacks.


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April 2007


Caribbean stars jazz up Miami Gardens music festival

Caribbean stars jazz up Miami Gardens music festival


Caribbean-flavored perform-
ances added pizzazz to "Jazz
in the GrdL n, ', emerging
among the main highlights of
the two-day festival held here
last month.
Despite the presence of
world-renowned musicians at
the Mar. 24-25 event, includ-
ing American soul singer
India.Arie and Latin icons
like Brazil's Sergio Mendes
and Cuban-born Paquito
D'Rivera, it was Jamaican star
Luciano who generated the
most excitement from the
audience at Dolphin Stadium
in this South Florida city.
Performing on the closing
day and in front of a much
smaller crowd than day one,
Luciano's delivery lifted the
music festival from a mellow
slumber into a soul-searching
roots reggae revival.

in a spiritual armor. "The
Messenger", as he is often
called, belted out several of
his bi,--,LI hits, including
"Sweep Over My Soul",
"Lord Give Me Strength",
"It's Me Again Jah" and
"Your World And Mine",
which had the crowd rising
from its seat, applauding and
dancing in the aisles.
And when he leapt from

utnello Molineaux, from Irinidad and

SHOWMANSHIP Tobago, plays on pan.
Dressed in khaki with
long dreadlocks flashing and the stage to mingle with the
bouncing throughout, the audience, they rushed to
acrobatic Luciano displayed embrace him. He too honoi
showmanship wrapped tightly them, saluting people frontn

St. Lucia to host musical


~ Rodney Bay Village Music Bash

to be held April 23-25

Some of the Caribbean's top
calypso, soca and reggae musi-
cians are scheduled to per-
form at a three-day musical
extravaganza, from April 23-
25, in St. Lucia.
The opening day of the
"Rodney Bay Village Music
Bash", to be held at the
Digicel Coco Cabana in" -
Rodney Bay, will feature
Trinidad and Tobago's David
Rudder and Jamaican crooner
Beres Hammond.


They will be followed the
next day by Sean Paul, the
Jamaican Grammy-winning
ambassador of dancehall reg-

Jamaican Luciano entertains the crowd at Miami's "Jazz in the Gardens".


gae, who will share the stage
with Trinidadian Queen of
Soca Destra.
The extravaganza closes
with Grammy winner Shaggy,
and Grammy nominee Maxi
The three-day event is
being sponsored by Coco
Resorts, TurnKey Productions,
Omni Entertainment and
Digicel's Coco Cabana.
For more information,
call 758-458 2626.

all over the Caribbean" with
songs that at once thoroughly
entertained while offering a
message of peace, hope and
"We need the spiritual
element in our lives," he told
the crowd, which roared its

Those who attended the
second "Jazz in the G.rJd n, i

also received quality music
elsewhere, beginning the first
day. Pieces Of A Dream,
Boney James and Bobby
Caldwell, who replaced Will
Downing in the line-up, all
delivered pleasing sets in front
of some 5,000 people on a
cool, breezy South Florida
Day one closer India.Arie
took the crowd on a sentimen-
tal journey with selections

from her third album
"Testimony: Vol. 1, Life &
Relationship", showing her
wide-ranging musical talent
and versatility dressed in a
,i< >r style all of her own.
Day two attracted a
crowd less than half the size
and served up not only some
of the Caribbean's best enter-
tainers, but the most \ ih, '
as well. Trinidad and Tobago's
Othello Molineaux and his
quartet set the regional tone
with beautiful pan music. His
reggae style "Sentimental
Mood" was special, as the
heavy bass mingled with the
sparkling sound of steel drum.
It was like a thoughtful cruise
with a pleasant breeze soaking
in, and the crowd loved it.
Molineaux was followed
by Jamaican Dean Fraser on
saxophone. Fraser's 15-minute
set was sweet and to the point,
and his popular rendition of
Bob Marley's "Redemption
Song" never disappointed.
Yet when Fraser made
way for Luciano, it was clear
that "Jazz in the G,.rdL n
needed a spark. "The
Messenger" delivered. And
when Luciano left the stage,
with D'Rivera and Mendes still
to come, most of the crowd left
with him, underlining the dom-
inance of the Caribbean influ-
ence on the show.

Photographs and story by
Gordon Williams, Caribbean
Today's managing editor.

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April 2007



United Nations agency dedicat-
ed to eliminating rural poverty
has launched a global initiative
aimed at reducing the cost of
remittances services to the
Caribbean and other countries.
The $10 million Financing
Facility for Remittances was
unveiled by the International
Fund for Agricultural
Development (IFAD) in
Guatemala City, the U.N. said in
a statement issued last month.
It said the first batch of
grant recipients is expected to
be selected and announced
later this year.
The Inter-American
Development Bank's (IDB)
Multilateral Investment Fund
(MIF) has said that remit-
tances to the Caribbean and
Latin America will continue to
grow in coming years.

MIF Manager Donald F.
Terry presented the estimate
for money transfers made by
Caribbean and Latin
American migrants on the eve
of the two-day annual meeting
of the IDB Board of
Governors in Guatemala City.
"Given present economic and
demographic trends in Latin
America and the Caribbean
and in industrialized countries,
remittances will continue to

St. Kitts P.M. urges
CMC Prime Minister Dr.
Denzil Douglas has called on
Caribbean businessmen to
develop opportunities to take
advantage of the Caribbean
community (CARICOM)
Single Market (CSM).
Speaking last month as
the Trinidad-headquartered
CLICO Group opened a new
headquarters here, Douglas
said it was important that
companies engaged them-
selves in the philosophy of
effective regionalism and
explored the emerging eco-
nomic environment of the
Caribbean region.
"Certainly, it is critical
that the focus of regional com-
panies takes into account the
global competitiveness of the

Washington, D.C. The
Caribbean Central American
Action (CCAA) has appoint-
ed Manuel A. Rosales the
organization's new president.
Rosales joins CCAA after
serving as the assistant adminis-
trator for the United States Small
Business Administration's (SBA)
Office of International Trade.
At SBA, he served as the
SBA administrator's principal

grow in volume over the next
few years to more than $100
billion a year by 2010," he said.
But Terry said, for the
IDB and the MIF this growth
was not a cause for celebration
because it reflected the fact
that the region cannot gener-
ate sufficient income opportu-
nities to prevent millions of
people from migrating. He,
nevertheless, said remittances
will continue
to flow and
have already
both foreign
direct invest-
ment and
overseas aid
to Latin
Terry America and
Terry the
helping millions of families to
escape poverty.
Terry said last year
Caribbean and Latin
American countries received
about $62.3 billion from
migrants, mostly in North
America, Europe and Asia.
That figure was 14 percent
higher than the amount for
2005. He said he expected
remittances to the Caribbean
and Latin America to rise to
about $72 billion for 2007.
Terry said the MIF will sup-
port the new IFAD program


Pedro de Vasconcelos, the
coordinator of the funding
scheme, described remittances
as a vital lifeline for rural fami-
lies around the world.
"These transfers go direct-
ly to improve the living stan-
dards of millions and millions
of poor households," he said.
But he added, while com-
petition had driven down the
cost of remittances services
between major cities, it
remained more expensive to
send money to rural areas,
which often lack formal finan-
cial services.
The U.N. said the new
financing facility would give
funding priority to those proj-
ects or proposals, which link
remittances with the provision
of other financial services, such
as savings, insurance and loans.
"It will assist financial institu-
tions, which either want to
provide remittances services
directly or as agents of banks
or money transfer companies",
the statement said.
The new scheme is established
with the financial support of
the European Commission,
Luxembourg, the U.N. Capital
Development Fund, the
Consultative Group to Assist
the Poor and the IDB.

Caribbean business sector to think regional

region, and
is fully and
engaged in
the growth
and devel-
opment of
the people
of the
communi- Douglas
ty," he said.
The prime minister said
the proposed Organization of
Eastern Caribbean (OECS)
economic union would also go
a long way towards assisting
the corporate sector in the sub
region expand its business
"This proposal is aimed at
further strengthening the
Treaty of Basseterre, thus pro-

viding the framework to take
OECS member states to the
next logical level of functional
corporation, and is intended
to provide a fundamental
nexus to the evolving CSME,"
he added.

Douglas said over the
next 10 years the region would
be entering a period that was
challenging and exciting at the
same time.
"It is up to all of us to com-
mit ourselves to the ideal of
being productive, creative and
efficient, of being remarkable
for our Caribbean friendliness
and professionalism," the St.
Kitts and Nevis leader added.

points new president

advisor on international trade,
educational and technical
assistance, risk management
and finance programs
designed to assist U.S. small
businesses in the international

Rosales has a long career
in banking and finance. He
has served as vice president of

the Bank of California. He
was also vice president for
Shareholder Relations at the
Capital Preservation Fund
(now known as the Benham
Capital Management Group).
Rosales replaces Federico
Sacasa, who served as execu-
tive director of CCAA from
2002-2005 and president from

amaica's indigenous goods
and services will be on dis-
play during the 17th annual
Jamaica Product Exchange
(JAPEX) to be held in the
Caribbean island this month.
The theme of JAPEX 2007,
from April 29-May 1 in Ocho
Rios, St. Ann, is "Eden by the
Falls". The aim of the event is
to showcase Jamaica's natural
beauty, while promoting its
unique selling opportunities.
One of the Jamaica Tourist
Board's (JTB) largest trade
shows, JAPEX is expected to
attract some 36 delegates from


U.S. expati

Recently, legislation was
once again proposed that
would alter the United
Stated tax consequences with
respect to a person who is deemed
to "expatriate" from the U.S.
The proposed rules, which
are similar to prior proposals
which were never enacted into
law, would subject certain U.S.
citizens and long-term residents
who relinquish their U.S. citizen-
ship or residence status to tax on
the appreciation in all property
they own at the time of their
expatriation as if such property
were sold for fair market (com-
monly referred to as a "mark-to-
market tax").
Any gain from such deemed
sale would be subject to current
U.S. taxation to the extent it
exceeds $600,000 ($1.2 million in
the case of married individuals
filing a joint return, both of
whom relinquish citizenship or
terminate residency). This
$600,000 exclusion amount will
be increased each year by a cost
of living adjustment factor.

Two exceptions exist to this
new proposed mark-to-market
rule. The first exception applies
to an individual who was born
with citizenship both in the U.S.
and in another country; provided
that 1) as of the expatriation date
the individual continues to be a
citizen of, and is taxed as a resi-
dent of, such other country, and
2) the individual was not a resi-
dent of the U.S. for the five tax-
able years ending with the year of
The second exception applies
to a U.S. citizen who relinquishes
U.S. citizenship before reaching
age 18-and-a-half, provided that
the individual was a resident of
the U.S. for no more than five tax-
able years before such relinquish-
Notwithstanding these pro-
posed rules, a person expatriat-
ing will be permitted to make an
irrevocable election to continue

25 buyer companies and 128
delegates from 34 supplier com-
panies at the Sunset Jamaica
Grande Resort and Spa.
Utilizing a partnership with
the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist
Association (JHTA), JAPEX
plans to offer a forum for lead-
ing suppliers of the Jamaican
tourism product to meet with
travel wholesalers and tour
operators from Europe and the
To obtain more informa-
tion on JAPEX, visit
www.jhta. org/japex. htm

seeks to alter

riation rules
to be taxed as a U.S. citizen with
respect to all property that other-
wise would be subject to the
mark-to-market tax. This elec-
tion is an "all or nothing" elec-
tion; an individual is not permit-
ted to elect this treatment for
some property but not for other

Under this election, following
expatriation, the individual con-
tinues to pay U.S. income taxes at
the rates applicable to U.S. citi-
zens on any income generated by
the property and on any gain real-
ized on the disposition of the
property. In addition, the proper-
ty continues to be subject to U.S.
gift, estate, and generation-skip-
ping transfer taxes.
In order to make this elec-
tion, the taxpayer is required to
waive any treaty rights that
would preclude the collection of
the tax.
In addition, under the pro-
posal, an individual is permitted
to defer the payment of the
mark-to-market tax. Under the
election, the deferred tax attrib-
utable to a particular property is
deferred until the property is
sold or otherwise disposed of. In
such case, interest will be
charged for the period the tax is
deferred at a rate two percentage
points higher than the rate nor-
mally applicable to underpay-
ments of taxes. The election is
irrevocable and is made on a
property-by-property basis.

As similar legislation has
been proposed in the past, it is
unclear if this new proposal will
ultimately be passed into law.
Furthermore, if in fact enacted, it
is unclear when the new law
would become effective.

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

U.N. launches scheme to reduce

cost of remittances to Caribbean

Jamaica's business

on show at JAPEX

April 2007


~ A Caribbean Today advertising feature

Youth set to embrace nature at Caribbean summer camp

Developing a positive
outlook for nature will
be the focus of the 8th
Wider Caribbean
Environmental Youth
Program to be held in the
United States Virgin Islands
(USVI) this summer.
Under the theme of
"Natural History, Ecology and
Conservation on Caribbean
Islands" the program will be
presented at the Virgin Islands
Environmental Resource
Station (VIERS) from July 30
to Aug. 4.
The program focuses on
the decision makers of tomor-
row by providing Caribbean
young people with awareness
on environmental issues in a
fun, yet educational way. This
year's eco camp is sponsored
by the Caribbean Hotel
Association (CHA), its envi-
ronmental subsidiary, the
Caribbean Alliance for
Sustainable Tourism (CAST),
American Airlines and Clean
Islands International.
"One of the program
goals is to facilitate the devel-
opment of a positive environ-
mental ethic by students,
which builds their awareness
and strengthens their commit-
ment to conservation of the

natural environment and sus-
tainable development for the
good of human society," coor-
dinator Randy Brown said in
a recent press release.
Students ages 12 to 18 will
be immersed in activities that
cover natural history and ecol-
ogy of selected Caribbean

guided plant walks, hikes to
petroglyphs and reef bays, as
well as group discussions on
personal experiences, eco-sys-
tems and environmental
Instructors include profes-
sional presenters and local
experts with practical experi-
ence in conservation, biology,
marine biology, terrestrial
S 1 tropical ecolo-
gy, environmen-
41tal policy, waste
and environ-
mental educa-
Cultural and
exchanges are
components of

*the program.
As part of the
S curriculum,
each group will
Educating children about their environment will be beneficial in be invited to

the future.

ecosystems coral reefs, sea
grass beds, mangrove wet-
lands, dry forest and moist
forest conservation issues,
natural resources management
strategies, and environmental
careers. The daily schedule
includes field activities such as

make a presen-
tation about
their history, environmental
issues and concerns affecting
their country. Students will
also take turns to prepare a
local dish from their country
and present it to the entire
group at dinner.
"The key for the success of

this program is that participants
are immersed in a real, first-
hand experience with nature;
not only do they learn about

the surrounding eco-systems,
but they see and feel them as

Guyana pursues literacy

program for prison inmates

CMC The Guyana govern-
ment says it will be aggressively
pursuing a literacy program for
prisoners this year in addition
to training in various skills, craft
and agriculture.
Home Affairs Minister
Clement Rohee said that reli-
gious and recreational activities
within the prison's environment
would be a continuing feature.
"We are committed to
improving our prisons' condi-
tion and the literacy capabilities
of prisoners," he said recently.
The Government
Information Agency (GINA)
said that some of the programs
being projected this year
include effective training of
ranks to deal with the multi-
dimensional challenges in the
prison environment, developing
security capabilities at each
prison location and reducing
dietary expenditure through
"In this respect we will

work towards utilizing the pris-
ons' estate to cultivate and rear
livestock and produce more
food. This will help us to ease
the budgetary allocation to
dietary expenditure. This
money will now be used up in
other areas," Rohee said.
GINA said that the state
pays an estimated $95 monthly
to treat one inmate, noting that
there are 19,000 prisoners.

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Caribbean man is new president of Florida Memorial

A Jamaican-born educa- "I always wanted to work with
tor has taken over the students. I thoroughly enjoy
leadership reins of an working with young people,"
institution of higher learning the 54-year-old Wright told
in South Florida. the Miami Herald newspaper
Economist Karl S. Wright, before his installation as head
PhD., has become the 11th of FMU last month.
president of Florida Memorial "That's my commitment; that's
University (FMU). my passion: to open doors for

our young men and women to
allow them to realize the
American dream."
Wright attended Knox College
high school in Jamaica. He
came to the United States
more than 35 years ago.
Wright was inaugurated
the new president of the 128-

year-old South Florida univer-
sity on Mar. 16, during the
school's annual Founders' Day

During the inaugural
address, Wright outlined goals
for his administration, includ-
ing continuing to increase the
ethnic and cultural diversity of
the student body, attracting
top-tier professors and admin-
istrators to the University's
faculty, and building strong
relationships with South
Florida's business and civic
"Our university is a one-
of-a-kind resource that pro-
vides young men and women
access to high-quality academ-
ics while promoting cultural
diversity, global awareness,
and the principles and values
of responsible citizenship all

within the
context and
tradition of a
black univer-
sity," Wright
told the audi-
"As pres- Wright
ident, I look
forward to
partnering with our faculty
and staff to uphold our grow-
ing reputation for academic
excellence and to develop new
relationships for Florida
Memorial at the local, nation-
al and international levels."

Wright succeeds Albert E.
Smith, who served as FMU's
president from 1991 until he
retired in July 2006. Wright

Barbados calls on schools

to enforce cell phone ban

CMC The Ministry of

Griffith Watson advised
school principals in a recent

Education here has mandated memo.
primary and secondary school "Students who defy this
principals to rigidly enforce a rule will have these devices
ban on the use of cellular confiscated and their parents
phones by students while at summoned to collect them".
education institutions. While the Education
Amidst widespread public Ministry had mandated a ban
concern over of the devices
the use of cellu- v since Mar.
lar phones by 2003, the word
school students, O i from education
the Ministry officials was
said the phones that the min-
and other com- istry's policy
munication was not being
devices, such as strictly
pagers, were enforced at all
not permitted at schools and the 100-plus government pri-
called on principals to ensure mary and secondary schools
that the ban, which it first across the island. In addition
imposed in Mar. 2003 was to government run schools,
enforced. the education official's latest
"Students are not permit- recommendation was that the
ted to bring cell phones, guidelines be also observed at
pagers or any other communi- privately-run institutions.
cation devices to school",
Chief Education Officer

Youth set to embrace nature

at Caribbean summer camp

part of the learning process,"
said Deirdre Shurland from
CAST, adding that participants
are also encouraged to con-
serve water and energy, recycle,
and respect the wildlife around
the camp.
The deadline for reserva-
tions is May 28, and the pro-
gram is available for up to five
students and one chaperone
from up to seven Caribbean

islands, for a maximum of 42
For more information and
the full program of the 8th
Wider Caribbean
Environmental Youth
Program, including fees, con-
tact Randy Brown at 410-647-
2500; via email at: or by visiting

April 2007



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Community forum to aid education grant applicants Sum

Florida Broward County
Commission's Cultural
Division will this month offer
a community forum to aid
applicants for the Education
and Community Development
(ECD) grant program.
The forum will be held
from 10 a.m. to noon April 30
in the Main Library, room
A/B, 100 S. Andrews Ave. in
Fort Lauderdale.
The grant program sup-
ports arts education collabora-
tions that promote skills,
knowledge, and an apprecia-
tion of the arts. Projects
occurring in low-income com-

munities are encouraged to
The forum will offer
grantees, applicants and other
community art stakeholders,
the opportunity to discuss cur-
rent issues related to the
application and management
process of the Education and
Community Development
grant program.

Scheduled agenda items
include: how have revisions to
the ECD grant guidelines
improved the grant applica-
tion and management process;
what additional changes to the

Helping children with learning disorders

If your child has learning
and/or attention problems, it's
important to recognize that
the shift from school year to
summer break (however wel-
come) represents a transition
phase and may pose special
challenges for your child.
Regardless of the summer
plans you've made, you may
want to ease into summer in a
way that addresses your needs
as well as your child's. Here
are some tips to consider:
1. Revamp but don't
eliminate your child's daily
routine. A daily routine gives
most kids with learning or
attention problems a sense of
structure and security. While

Caribbean man

of Florida
previously served as FMU's
executive vice president and
provost, where he was instru-
mental in increasing the uni-
versity's student enrollment,
upgrading faculty credentials,
and overseeing the school's
graduate degree accreditation
"From the day he stepped
foot on campus, Dr. Wright
has been a tireless advocate
for success and was instru-
mental in Florida Memorial's
historic passage from college
to university," said Charles
George, chairman of FMU's
Board of Trustees.
"Now, as president, he will
oversee our continued growth
while ensuring our students
have the resources they need
to succeed during their years
on campus and beyond."
Before joining FMU,
Wright served as dean of the
School of Business at South
Carolina State University for
seven years. Prior to that, he
was assistant professor of
commodity marketing and
economics at North Carolina
A&T State University.



certain tasks (like doing
homework) can be dropped
during the summer, new ones
(like packing for daily swim
lessons) may be added. For
fun, you might loosen up on
certain chores during the sum-
mer, like designating every
Friday as "Don't make the
bed" day!
2. Prepare your child for
her scheduled activities. If
possible, visit the locations
where she'll be during day
camp or day care in advance.
Have your child talk to coun-
selors, caregivers, as well as
other kids have enjoyed those
same situations and settings.
3. Have your child contribute

s new president

Wright is active in several
professional and service
organizations, including the
Miami-Dade County
Investment Advisory
Committee, Greater Miami
Chamber of Commerce, the
Beacon Council, and the 100
Black Men of Fort
He has been recognized
by the Kellogg Foundation as
a NAFEO leadership fellow,
and by the American
Association of State Colleges
and Universities, which select-
ed him to participate in the
Millennium Presidential
Leadership Fellows Initiative.
Wright earned his Ph.D.
in economics at Mississippi
State University, and holds
bachelor's and master's
degrees from the University of
Maryland at College Park. His
academic interests include
economic modeling and statis-
tical forecasting.

Information collected from
various sources, including
newspapers and FMU releases.

guidelines will further
improve the grant application
and management process; and
an open discussion of partici-
pants' concerns.
Grant awards range from
$3,100 to $30,000. Eligible
applicants include Broward
County public entities cities,
towns, public libraries, Native-
American nations, Broward
County not-for-profit, cultural
organizations, and qualified
individual artists from Martin,
Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-
Dad, or Monroe counties.
The application deadline
is Dec. 1, 2007 for projects
running from Oct. 1,
2008-Sept. 30, 2009.
Organizations looking to
develop arts education pro-
grams should attend the
forum even if they are not eli-
gible to apply. The forum will
teach about the necessary col-
laborations for submitting an
eligible application.
For more information,
call Patricia Zeiler, arts educa-
tion assistant, at 954-357-8010
or e-mail
pzeiler@broward. org.

imer tips to keep up

academic skills

Want to help your chil-
dren keep up their
academic skills over
the summer? Here are some
tips from the experts:

* Set aside at least 20
minutes each day for
* To keep writing skills
fresh, buy children a
notebook and let them
decorate the cover.
Then tell them it's
their vacation journal
and have them write
down three things that
happen each day.
* To keep up math Encoura
skills, buy books of
number puzzles (found at any
bookstore). Also consider
investing in math-related com-
puter games.
* Find ways to make hobbies
educational. A child who
loves to collect baseball cards,
for instance, could practice
penmanship by writing fan let-
ters to players. He could also
work on math skills by track-
ing players' statistics and

sharpen up on reading by tak-
ing out books on baseball
from the library.

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places you'll be visiting. Try
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Cricket World Cup

in blaze of Caribbea


- Mark it down as the day a
dream was fulfilled. The ICC
Cricket World Cup 2007 got
underway last month with a
near flawless opening ceremo-
ny at the Trelawny Multi-pur-
pose Stadium in the North
Western end of the island.
The 16 participating
teams, their officials and visi-
tors from around the region
and the wider world were
treated to a spectacular and
diverse cultural package,
heavily reflective of the music,
dance, and artistic flavor of
the West Indies, but with a
taste of South Africa and
Ireland thrown in for good
Then, in a poignant
moment, the ninth edition of
the World Cup, the first to be
staged in the West Indies, was
declared officially open by the
iconic Sir Garfield Sobers,
widely acknowledged to be
the greatest all-rounder in the
history of the sport.
The three-hour long cere-
mony got off to a prompt start
at 5.15p.m. with a military dis-
play by the massed bands of
the Corps of Drums of the
Jamaica Defence Force. What
unfolded thereafter were
boundless displays of high
energy from 1,500 young
dancers, and the best of the
region's musical stars.

One major highlight was
the CWC 'anthem', written
for the occasion and per-
formed by Rupee, Shaggy and
FayAnne Lyons.
The musical performances

were interspersed with short
speeches by some of the main
dignitaries on hand host
Prime Minister Portia Simpson
Miller, Prime Minister Dr.
Keith Mitchell of Grenada,

who heads CARICOM's sub-
committee on cricket, Chris
Dehring, managing director/
chief executive officer, ICC
CWC WI 2007 Inc, and Percy
Sonn, ICC president.
In a rare unscripted
moment, Val Banks, vice pres-
ident of the West Indies
Cricket Board, delivered the
board's message on behalf of
the president, Ken Gordon,
who it was later revealed -
had a throat ailment. He
appeared to capture the senti-
ments of many in the audience
when he described the event
as a defining moment in West
Indian history.
The parade of the teams
was one of the main highlights
of the. \ iini ii the captains
leading their players onto the
field, whilst holding the hand
of an accompanying child.
Brian Lara, captain of the
West Indies, gave the players'
pledge, on behalf of the par-
ticipants, promising to uphold


n glory

the fine traditions of the game
by abiding by the rules, while
Steve Bucknor, the outstand-
ing umpire from Jamaica,
gave the pledge of the
umpires and match referees.
For hours before the start,
there had been a steady build-
up of fans, the numbers even-
tually swelling to thousands,
packed into the new stadium
for this once-in-a-lifetime
Beyond the highway, the
glistening waters of the
Caribbean Sea, kissed by the
rays of the setting sun, made
the perfect backdrop for the
start of the evening's spectacle.
As afternoon gave way to
dusk, the shadows provided
the perfect canvass for the
high-energy creations of the
youngsters, dressed in the
beautiful costumes reflective
of the region's carnivals and
other festivals. Members of
the audience were caught up
in the moment, hanging on to
every musical note; every lyric
belted out, while gyrating and
waving fabrics of many colors,
appropriate for the occasion.

They were temporarily
awestruck, however, when, in
a moment of high tech magic,
the spirit of reggae legend
Bob Marley was brought to
life on screen. Marley, his
image outlined in bright light,
emerged, acoustic guitar in
hand to the strains of
"Redemption Song".
The past was then merged
with the present, when he was
"joined" live on stage by his
faithful back-up singers, the I-
Three wife Rita, Judy


CMC- At least eight people
were killed by floods and
mudslides triggered by heavy
rains that lashed this
Caribbean country late last
month, an official has
Dieufort Deslorge, a
spokesman for Haiti's civil
protection office, said eight
people were killed and one
was missing and presumed
dead in the western section of
the island. But witnesses have
reported two other deaths in
the northern town of Jean-
Rabel, not taken into account
in the civil protection office's
"Those victims were

St. Vincent pushes motion

for slavery reparation, apology

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent,
CMC The St. Vincent and
the Grenadines Parliament
has unanimously passed a
motion demanding a full apol-
ogy and reparation from
nations which profited from
the slave trade.
The motion, which was
debated late last month as
part of the country's com-
memoration of the 200th
anniversary of the abolition of
the slave trade, also called on
Parliament to pursue, in con-
junction "with like-minded
persons in the Caribbean and
. I,\\ I iL r the demand for
the apology and financial
Minister of Culture Rene
Baptiste, who piloted the
motion through the legisla-
ture, said St. Vincent and the
Grenadines fully endorsed the
United Nations sanctioned
one-year celebration of the
bicentennial and encouraged
other Caribbean countries to
be involved in the celebration
of the milestone. Baptiste told
Vincentians that slavery was
not something that they
should mourn about but
rather use as a tool on which
they should build themselves.
The minister noted that even
though slavery in the
Caribbean community


(CARICOM) had been abol-
ished, drug traffickers and
men who prostituted women
had become the modern day
slave masters.
Prime Minister Dr. Ralph
Gonsalves said that the
region's "painful past of slav-
ery" had left Caribbean
nationals something good. He
said that the region had
birthed a new people, who
while diverse in culture and
race, lived together in peace,
love and democracy, an exam-
ple to the wider world.
"Out of the crucible of
our painful past, we have cre-
ated a new people," he said.

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taken away by floods or killed
in mudslides resulted from
several days of torrential rains
in some regions," Deslorge
He said several people
were injured, several hundred
houses destroyed or damaged
and over 380 families left
"One hundred and ten of
those 380 families have been
housed in shelters set up with
financial support from the
government," said Deslorge.
Haiti is particularly vul-
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ricane seasons because of its
flimsy infrastructures and its
shanty towns that generally
offer little resistance to the
least amount of rain.

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Pregnant J'can beauty queen

keeps 'Miss Caribbean' title

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad,
CMC An Appeal Court last
month quashed the conviction
of former Prime Minister
Basdeo Panday, set aside his
two-year jail term, and
ordered a new trial.
Panday had been previ-
ously found guilty of failing to
declare a London bank
account to the Integrity
Commission while he served
as head of the Trinidad and
Tobago government.
The three-member Appeal
Court agreed with the argu-
ments put forward by Panday's
defense team that the decision
by Chief Magistrate Sherman
McNicolls not to testify in the
case against the chief justice,
whom McNicolls had accused
of seeking to influence his
decision in the Panday trial,
would have left any reasonable
and fair-minded person to con-
clude that there was bias in the
ruling against the former
prime minister.
McNicolls had sentenced
Panday to three two-year jail
terms to run concurrently on
the three charges, of failing to

Cricket Wor

in blaze of Ca

Mowatt and Marcia Griffiths -
for a medley of his most
famous songs, climaxing with
the universal anthem, "One
And, just when some might
have thought that Bob had
put a cap on the .\ Li n in- on
strode his contemporary
Jimmy Cliff for the climax.
The entire ensemble came
back onto the field for one

declare a bank account he and
his wife, Oma, held at the
Natwest Bank in London for
the years 1997, 1998 and 1999,
when he served as prime min-


Panday, 73, appealed that
conviction and was released
on TT$300,000 ($50,000) bail.
The Appeal Court said
that it would issue a written
ruling later, but said that the
issue before it involved the
public confidence in the judi-

Id Cup starts

aribbean glory

last moment in the spotlight,
as the veteran singer belted
out the fitting finale,
"Wonderful World; Beautiful
People". And as he sang and
the dancers pranced, the skies
were lit up and the air rever-
berated to the sound of fire-
works, timed to perfection.


KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC -
Miss Jamaica World 2006 Sara
Lawrence, who relinquished
her crown last month, will not
be stripped of her Miss World
Caribbean title, pageant rights
holders have revealed.
Following reports that 22-
year-old Lawrence would be
relinquishing her title due to
pregnancy, Julia Morley,
founder and chairman of Miss
World Limited, wrote local
promoters stating that
Lawrence will not be stripped
of the Miss World Caribbean
title and urged them to allow
her to keep the Miss Jamaica
World title.
In her correspondence,

Morley described Lawrence as
"a warm, compassionate and
caring rL r,, iin who should
not be condemned but shown
love and support during her

Last month Lawrence,
who placed sixth at the Miss
World competition and won
the Miss World Region
(Caribbean) last August,
announced that she was step-
ping down because of her
"I relinquish my position
as Miss Jamaica World 2006,
having taken a deeply person-
al decision to face up to my


responsibilities as one who
expects to become a mother
later this year. I believe with
all that is within me that it is

Dominica still undecided on whaling stance P.M.

ROSEAU, Dominica, CMC -
Just days after one of his min-
isters said the government
would not relax its pro-whaling
stance, Prime Minister
Roosevelt Skerrit said no firm
decision has yet been taken on
the matter.
The prime minister said the
government was still contem-
plating what position to take
when the 59th International
Whaling Commission (IWC)
meeting gets underway in
Alaska next month
"The Cabinet has not
taken a decision," Skerrit said
adding, "I am hoping that I can
get a mandate from the Cabinet
in respect to the g' \ L rlIm n11 i
position in 2007 and where the

government should vote."
Minister for Agriculture,
Fisheries and the Environment
Dr. Collin McIntyre said late
last month that Dominica
would continue to vote along-
side Japan for the "sustainable
Uis of commercial whaling
despite stiff opposition from

environmental groups here.
"Usually when these meet-
ings are upcoming you tend to
get a lot of controversy and
strange articles in the press,"
McIntyre said.

The minister defended
government's pro-whaling
stance saying there was "no
real issue" once there was sus-
tainable harvesting.
"Once it's something that
can be harvested sustainably
without creating problems then
it's okay with me," he said.
Last year Skerrit said that
he would vote based on scien-
tific evidence and called on
opposition groups who had

April 2007

Appeal Court quashes

Panday's conviction

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College's (MDC) 2007 gradua-
tion commencement exercises
which begin at 5 p.m. April 28
at the Kendall campus, Gibson
Center, 11011 S.W. 104 St.
In addition to Kendall
campus's graduation, six other
commencement exercises for
MDC's other campuses are
scheduled to take place the
same day beginning at 8 a.m.
and concluding at 7 p.m.

Partners for Youth
Foundation is accepting appli-
cations the "Miss Jamaica
Florida 2007 PL ant i to be
held on June 24 at the Coral
Gables Center for the Arts.
The pageant is open to
Jamaican-born females or
those of Jamaican parentage.
The categories are "Little

Miss" (ages five to eight);
"Junior Miss" (nine to 12);
"Miss Teen" (13-16) and "Miss
Jamaica Florida" (17-21).
The deadline to submit
applications is April 30.
For more information, call
Marcia Baker at 954-600-0334.

The Western Hemisphere
Travel Initiative (WHTI) took
effect in January.
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.

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passport information, is offer-
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expanded its service availabili-
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tions with an application fee of
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Applicants will receive a
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and will submit their initial evi-
dence during that appointment.
Applicants will receive
their biometrics appointment
in the mail.


Black Affairs Advisory Board Chairman D.J. Fabien, second right, was among delegates who
recently traveled to Haiti to emphasize the social impact that the deportation of Haitians has on
families living in Miami-Dade County, United States. Prime Minister Jacques Edouard-Alexis,
fourth left, was informed about the Temporary Protective Status (TPS) and its impact on
Haitians living in the U.S. Others are, from left, Jean Robert Lafortune, Steve Forester, Lucie
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level international soccer with
a Caribbean flavor returned to
South Florida last month, but
Jamaica's Reggae Boyz failed
to excite their passionate U.S.-
based fans, losing 2-0 to
Switzerland at Lockhart
Stadium here.
Jamaica, featuring talent
based on the island but buoyed
by winning the Lunar New
Year Cup, a four-team tourna-
ment held in Hong Kong in
February, were outclassed in
front of 3,200-plus fans who
braved windy and wet condi-
Yet Jamaica's new techni-
cal director Bora Milutinovic,
the Serb charged with guiding
the Reggae Boyz to World Cup
in 2010 in South Africa,
seemed unperturbed by the
game's final result. He insisted
that Switzerland was simply the
better team and that the expe-
rience gained from playing the
Ni i ', ranked 17th by world
soccer's governing body FIFA,
would serve his team well in
the future.
"It is important for us if we
can play against a team like
Switzerland," Milutinovic told
Caribbean Today after the
game. "It will be perfect for us,
(our) preparation to be in the
real soccer, real football world.
All of this (Swiss) team's play-
ers play in Europe. (They)

have so many good players."

Jamaica fell behind in the
seventh minute when Swiss for-
ward Marco Streller swiveled
away from his marker and slot-
ted past goalkeeper Richard
McCallum. In the 12th minute
Gokhan Inler doubled the lead
with a good strike from the top
of the penalty area. From then
on the Swiss dominated play,
wasting numerous chances to
increase their lead as the Boyz


struggled to keep pace.
"They were physically bet-
ter than us," Milutinovic said.
"They are athletic, real good.
But this is the difference to
being good, the competition,
the league (they play in)."
His assistant Wendell
Downswell, a former technical
director of Jamaica's national
team, attributed Jamaica's poor
start to big game jitters.
"The first half we were a
little bit tentative, a little bit of
nerves," said Downswell. "But
I think the second half we

came out, we made some
changes, and we were far more
Jamaica, which in 1998
became the first English-speak-
ing Caribbean team to reach
the World Cup, but which has
stumbled badly recently failing
to make the final round of the
Digicel Caribbean Cup, offered
a handful of bright spots on a
night when their fans' enthusi-
asm was drenched not only by
the team's deficiencies, but
intermittent showers as well.
McCallum was outstanding,
saving the Boyz from a more
embarrassing scoreline with
some fantastic saves.
Meanwhile, Milutinovic
urged fans of the Caribbean
team to be patient as Jamaica
builds up to World Cup quali-
fiers starting next year.
"(That) is important, and I
hope the people from Jamaica
they grow to understand what
is our goal," he said. "Our goal
is clear, to go to the World
Cup. To do this, we need to
work hard, to have patience, to
support our players."
In another friendly inter-
national played in South
Florida late last month,
Caribbean champions Haiti
beat Panama 3-0 at the Orange
Bowl in Miami.

Gordon Williams is Caribbean
Today's managing editor.


Guadeloupe-born Jean-Marc Mormeck raises the world cruiserweight title belt he
won last month by defeating another boxer from the Caribbean, Jamaican O'Neil Bell.
Mormeck, who now resides in France, won a unanimous decision against the United
States-based Bell in Paris to regain the World Boxing Council and World Boxing
Association titles the Jamaican took from him by knocking him out in New York last
year. At left is U.S. boxing promoter Don King.

PWarner re-elected regional soccer boss

Trinidad and Tobago's
Austin "Jack" Warner
was last month re-elect-
ed president of CONCACAF
(Confederation of North,
Central American and
Caribbean Association
Football), the highest-ranking
soccer body in the region.
Warner will serve another
four-year term, which will run
through 2011.
He retained his seat after
the nomination deadline, for a
challenge to his position,
passed without anyone else
stepping forward to contest the

post. The new term will mark
his fifth as CONCACAF boss.
Warner received multiple nom-
inations from every sector of
CONCACAF's membership of
40 nations.
Warner was first elected as
CONCACAF president in 1990
and he has been re-elected on
every occasion since then
(1994, 1998, 2002 and now,
2007). He is also the longest
continuously serving member
of the Executive Committee of
FIFA, world soccer's governing
body, having first taken his seat
there in 1983.

The ICC Cricket World Cup 2007, the
one-day game's biggest show held
every four years, began in the
Caribbean last month. The tourna-
ment runs through April 28, when
the final will be played in Barbados.
Below are some of the highlights,
both on and off the field, that took
place last month:

* Opening with a bang
The opening ceremony in Trelawny,
Jamaica has been described as pos-
sibly the best ever since the CWC
was first staged in 1975 in England.
Most of the countries in the
Caribbean participated in the colorful
event, complete with cultural displays
and music, and attended by many

international artistes and dignitaries.

* Untimely death
Bob Woolmer, coach of the Pakistan
team, was found unconscious in his
Jamaica hotel room on Mar. 18. He
was taken to the University Hospital
of the West Indies where he was
pronounced dead. Police investiga-
tions revealed it was murder by
strangulation. Pakistan lost to Ireland
the day before the incident and was
eliminated from the tournament.

* Sixes for days
South African batsman Herschelle
Gibbs created a new world record
for one-day cricket when he blasted
six sixes against the Netherlands at

Warner Park in St. Kitts. Two other
batsmen, Sir Garfield Sobers of the
West Indies and India's Ravi Shastri,
had managed the feat in first class
games, but no one had, before
Gibbs, done it in a one-day interna-

* Runs galore
A week into CWC 2007, India
amassed 413 runs in their group
match against Bermuda in Trinidad.
It was the highest score in the his-
tory of the tournament, eclipsing Sri
Lanka's 398 versus Kenya in 1996.

Compiled from CMC and other

CMC Trinidad and Tobago's
women's world light mid-
dleweight boxing champion
Jizelle Salandy is to defend her
title next against American
Dakota Stone.
Her manager Boxu Potts
says his 20-year-old charge as
been mandated by the World
Boxing Council (WBC) to
defend her title against Stone,
the number one contender,
probably late this month or
early May.
"The WBC has mandated
Stone as their number one con-
tender and the WIBA has also

mandated her as their top con-
tender," Potts said.
"...No middleweight in the
world can beat Jizelle Salandy
right now," Potts added.
Salandy improved her ring
record last month to 14-0 with six
knockouts when she beat
American Yvonne Reis to retain
her plethora of world and inter-
national titles World Boxing
Council (WBC), World Boxing
Association (WBA), IWBF,
Stone, 38, has a record of
eight victories, four defeats and
five draws.

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delivery of uniforms to approximately 460 District Operations staff. This solicitation shall
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well as the purchase of uniforms, by other District units.
Bids shall be submitted to the Procurement Department, 2nd Floor, B-1 Building, 3301
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