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Mykal Fax, left, and Steve
McAlpin are young
Caribbean-born filmmakers
with a new movie out and big
ambitions to break into the
mainstream of a very tough
business, page 15.

It's back-to-school time again
after the long summer holidays
and parents, as well as chil-
dren, must gear up for the new
year. Caribbean Today offers a
special feature, pages 18-21.

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Last month Grenadian-born
Shalrie Joseph was selected
to captain U.S. Major League
Soccer's All-Star team, a big
honor for the New England h t
Revolution star. But the mid-
fielder has his eyes on a much cn
bigger prize, page 26.

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Have a heart: Caribbean asks 'out of step' U.S. for leniency on deportation


years, deportation has been a
major issue dividing Washington
and the Caribbean.
America has sought to
cleanse itself of Caribbean
nationals, who have done time
for criminal acts, but regional
leaders have consistently argued
that the practice is unjust
because some of those deported
have learnt their criminal ways
in the United States.
One Washington-based
human rights group has seen

the challenge of the region in
dealing with 'deportees' and
has called on lawmakers here
to "have a heart" in repealing
or amending laws that have
proven to be very burdensome
on Caribbean states.
Testifying last month
before the U.S. House of
Representatives' Sub-commit-
tee on Western Hemispheric
Affairs, Alison Parker, an
attorney and senior researcher
for Human Rights Watch, said
the U.S. is "far out of ikqpl
with international human rights
standards with respect to

"Human rights law recog-
nizes that the privilege of living
in any country as a non-citizen
may be conditional upon obey-
ing that country's laws," she
"However, a country, like
the United States, cannot with-
draw that privilege without
protecting the human rights of
the immigrants it previously
allowed to enter," she added.

Parker, lilK fri L ,, called on
Congress to reinstate hearings that

would allow Caribbean immi-
grants facing deportation the
chance to ask a judge to allow
them to remain in the U.S.
when their crimes are rela-
tively minor and their connec-
tions, especially family ties, to
the U.S. are strong.
"Providing for propor-
tionality in deportation and
protecting family unity are
essential to a just and fair
immigration policy," she told
the committee, chaired by
New York Democratic
Congressman Eliot Engels.
"And, this cannot be
accomplished without Dr.
amending U.S. immigration bef
law to allow for relatively Com
simple balancing hearings," the
she added.
Parker said about
672,593 legal immigrants in the
U.S. have been deported under
the 1996 immigration law,
which requires mandatory
deportation of non-citizens
convicted of a crime after they
have served prison terms.
"It does not matter whether

Photograph by DerrickA. Scott
Annmarie Barnes, chief technical director in
naica's Ministry of National Security, testifying
ore the U.S. House of Representatives
imittee on Foreign Affairs' Subcommittee on
Western Hemisphere.
the non-citizen has lived here
legally for decades, built a home
and family, ran a business, or
paid taxes," she said.
"And, these laws do not
apply only to serious crimes
but also to minor offenses," she


U.S. Congressman puts focus

on Caribbean tax havens

United States Democratic
Congressman has introduced
a bill in the House of
Representatives that would
make it more difficult for
American companies overseas
to use Caribbean tax havens to
avert paying taxes on profits.
Lloyd Doggett, who rep-
resents Texas, introduced the
measure late last month hop-
ing that it would be tagged on
to an unrelated farm bill.
"This bill requires inter-
national tax dodgers to pay
their fair share," said Doggett,
a member of the House of
Representatives' Ways and
Means Committee.
"This legislation will help
stop foreign-owned businesses
from abusing our tax treaties,"
he added.
A frequent critic of
American companies that
establish offices in the region
to reduce U.S. tax liability,
Doggett said the measure, if
passed, would raise new rev-
enues to the tune of $7.5 bil-
lion over 10 years. He identi-
fied companies, such as
Accenture Ltd. in Bermuda,
among alleged tax dodgers.
"This 'tax abuse' for for-
eign corporations became a 'tax
increase' as they (Republicans)
scurried for reasons to kill
the House farm bill," said
North Dakota Democratic
Representative Earl Pomeroy.

But U.S. Agriculture
Secretary Mike Johanns said

President George W. Bush
will veto the bill partially
because of the tax measure.
"I don't think that there
is a farmer or rancher in
America that says we ought to

have higher taxes to help
finance farm bills," he said.
U.S. Treasury Secretary
Andrew DeSouza said the bill
would undermine the United
States' tax treaty network,
"which would discourage
investment in the United
States and threaten the impor-
tant jobs those investments
The measure has also
been attacked by other
Republicans on the Ways
and Means Committee.
But Doggett said the
bill "would have no effect
on legitimate multinational
corporations that are not
employing a haven to
dodge American taxes."

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Grenada-born ex-judg

Grenadian, who served as
a former New York State
Supreme Court judge,
was last month sent back
to jail after failing to con-
vince a Manhattan
Supreme Court that he
couldn't support his three
Reynold Mason told
Justice Joan Lobis that
he was "dead br. IK l Exjudge
and could not meet the in May.
$250,000 backlog of child
support payments to his ex-
wife, Guyana-born Tessa
Abrams Mason.
"I made a lot of mistakes,"
Mason told the court, stating
that he was trying desperately
to honor the back payments
without success.
"I was trying to set myself

up to earn money," he added,
even though disclosing he had
purchased a $9,000 car as
transport to sell real estate.

Mason told the court that
he had only been able to make
$68,000 in 2005 and 2006, com-
pared to $136,700 annually

Compton to step down as

St. Lucia's P.M. by year-end

ie jailed
when he sat on the bench. He
said he had declared bankrupt-
cy in order to survive, but a
Manhattan Supreme Court
judge in May had jailed him
after he was unable to pay
child support for four years.
Mason asked the court to
reduce his child support payments,
but Justice Lobis declined, sending
him back to the Manhattan
Detention Center until he is able
to pay the $75,000 bond for his
"I find his testimony lack-
ing in credibility in a number of
places," Justice Lobis said, stat-
ing that his financial statements,
signed under oath, were "shock-
ing" and "not complete."
"That he is not able to
honor his own oath is of con-
cern to the court," she added.

public and King admitted that St.
Lucians were within their right to
call for a suitable replacement for
the elder statesman.

King said he recently held
talks with Sir John and that
indications were the prime
minister would be making his
exit from active politics paving
the way for a successor.
"This would be a timely
moment for this to be executed.
It will definitely happen before
the end of the year," he said.
The departure of Sir John
could also result in a by-election
in the Micoud North constituen-
cy, which Sir John re-captured
in the December polls.

Have a heart: Caribbean asks 'out of step' U.S. for leniency on deportation

Human Rights Watch esti-
mates that 1.6 million adults
and children, including U.S. cit-
izens, have been separated
from their spouses and parents
because of this legislation.
"Families have been torn
apart because of a single, even
minor, misstep, such as shoplifting
or drug possession," Parker said.

Gary E. Mead, assistant
director for Management
Office of Detention and
Removal Operations in the
Department of Homeland
Security, testified that fiscal

year 2006 was a record year,
with 196,707 deportations from
the US; and that fiscal year
2007 is "currently on pace to
exceed fiscal year 2006 by 10
He said Jamaica, with
1,426 deportations, was among
the top 10 countries in the
Western Hemisphere for crimi-
nal and non-criminal deporta-
tions in fiscal year 2006.
Mexico topped the list with
114,640 deportations.
The impact of the deporta-
tions on the Caribbean has been
so adverse that CARICOM lead-
ers were forced to put it on the
front burner when they met with
U.S. President George W Bush,

Secretary of State Condoleezza
Rice, and Congressional leaders,
including the Congressional
Black Caucus, during June's
Conference on the Caribbean in
Speaking on behalf of
CARICOM, Dr. Annmarie
Barnes, chief technical director
in Jamaica's Ministry of
National Security, told U.S. leg-
islators that the mass deporta-
tion of criminal offenders to
the Caribbean constitutes one
of the greatest threats to
regional security. She testified
that while the vast majority of
deported convicted felons
might have been stripped of
their material possessions,

"their propensity to criminality
remains intact.
"By expanding the locale
for criminal enterprise, depor-
tation poses serious challenges
not only to national security
interests in receiving countries,
but also to the management
and control of security global-
ly," Barnes said.
She pointed to a recent
CARICOM study that found
that almost 30,000 criminal
offenders have been deported
to Guyana, Jamaica, and
Trinidad and Tobago between
1990 and 2005.
In analyzing the data,
Barnes said over 17,000 were
deported for drug offences;
almost 1,800 for possession of
illegal firearms, and over 600
for murder, stating that the
U.S. is responsible for over 75
percent of all criminal deporta-
tions to the region.
With a combined popula-
tion of less than five million
people in the countries studied,
she said the impact of this relo-
cation of criminal offenders
would be roughly equivalent to
the influx, into the U.S., of
more than one million convict-
ed drug offenders, and close to
40,000 convicted murderers.

Barnes said the study also
found that many deported per-
sons continue to engage in
crime subsequent to their
She said of 345 deported
persons interviewed, the major-
ity were parents whose chil-
dren in the U.S. face extreme
hardships, both emotionally
and financially.
The Caribbean security
expert, therefore, urged
Washington to establish proce-
dural guidelines that would
help to "streamline the depor-
tation process, with due regard
for the interests of both deport-
ing and receiving countries."
She also recommended a

review of the legislative frame-
work that governs the deporta-
tion of long- term residents.

In addition, among other
things, Barnes called for the
allocation of technical and
financial resources to support
social reintegration and law
enforcement programs in
receiving countries, including,
support for the re-integration
of deported persons who need
training and access to rehabili-
tative programming; financial
support for establishment of
transitional facilities; and
increased support for law
enforcement services in the
receiving countries.
Clrid, S. Shapiro, princi-
pal deputy assistant secretary of
state in the Bureau of Western
Hemisphere Affairs, said the
U.S. has already begun address-
ing some of those issues.
"ICE (Immigration and
Customs Enforcement) offered
to provide to CARICOM mem-
bers the computer hardware and
software of the eTD system,
which has already been shown
to be successful in Central
America," he told the hearing.
"With the support of the
Department of State, DHS
(Department of Homeland
Security) has begun to brief
individual governments on the
system," he added.
In addition, he said the
U.S. hopes to use a pilot
deportee re-integration pro-
gram in Haiti in other CARI-
COM states in the future.
But Grenada's U.S.
Ambassador Dr. Denis
Antoine, told the Caribbean
Media Corporation, that he is
ambivalent about the pilot pro-
gram in Haiti.
"We have to look at it
gradually," he said. "They
(U.S.) should not feel that
what can happen in Haiti can
happen elsewhere."

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August 2007

CASTRIES, St. Lucia, CMC -
St. Lucia will have a new prime
minister before the end of the
year, according to acting Prime
Minister Stephenson King.
King told reporters that
the government is now in a
position to outline the time
frame by which ailing Prime
Minister Sir John Compton will
demit office allowing for the
appointment of his successor.
Sir John, 82, who led the
United Workers Party (UWP)
back into government last
December after a 10-year
absence, has been suffering
from a series of mild strokes
since April requiring his hospi-
talization in the United States
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Call for better working relationship

between U.S. and the Caribbean

United States-based think
tank says there is need for the
resolution of a number of
issues between the U.S. and
the Caribbean.
In its latest report on the
Caribbean, the Council on
Hemispheric Affairs (COHA)
identified the controversial
Shiprider Agreement among
the outstanding disputes.
The Shiprider Agreement
enables U.S. and Caribbean
law enforcement teams to
work together in the region's
territorial waters to beat drug
traffickers' attempts to move
cocaine from South America
to the U.S. The agreement
also allows them to co-operate
in shipboarding, shipriding
and overflight.
"Although some nations
signed the agreement, there
has been strong opposition to
it from others," COHA said.
"Jamaica and Guyana, for
instance, have refused to
implement the agreements or
have imposed stricter limits on
them, subsequently feeling the
consequences of their actions.
"The U.S. has lhri L iiLd
economic sanctions in the past
for failure to implement the
measures, as well as refused

assistance to its neighbors in the
form of drug interdiction train-
ing and equipment," it added.

COHA said, with United
Nations figures showing 40
percent of the 200,000 tons of
cocaine shipped to the U.S.
every year pass through the
Caribbean and Central
America, "a solution to these
disputes is vital."
According to the U.S.
Institute for Policy Studies,
the 1996 Shiprider agreements
were "intended to advance
international drug cooperation
between the U.S. and the
Caribbean". The agreements
stipulated that, in accordance
with anti-narcotic measures,
any U.S. Coast Guard vessel
be permitted to enter national
waters of a Caribbean country
once a local law enforcement
official was aboard.
COHA said, in the late
1990s, the Shiprider agree-
ments led to severe criticism
from many Caribbean nations,
"which prefer to work within a
framework of cooperation,
based on democratic principles
and respect for sovereignty".
In addition, COHA said
the ongoing dispute between

the U.S. and Antigua and
Barbuda over Internet gaming
needs to be resolved speedily.
"A recent decision by the
court of the WTO (World
Trade Organisation) ruled in
favor of Antigua-Barbuda
against the U.S.," it said.
"Nevertheless, the U.S.
remains non-compliant with
the ruling, denying the island
nation of 70,000 the right to
provide online gaming to U.S.
Internet customers.
"The decision of the
WTO must be respected, so
this bothersome quarrel,
which only reflects poorly
upon the U.S., can be proper-
ly remedied," it added.

Last month, Antigua and
Barbuda formally filed a com-
plaint to the WTO for com-
pensation for U.S.'s non-com-
pliance. The WTO's Dispute
Settlement Body is expected
to rule shortly on the matter.
The council said, since the
Caribbean is geopolitically
strategic in terms of security,
U.S. cooperation with CARI-
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Congressman wants New York

to host next Caribbean confab

NEW YORK, Influential
United States Democratic
Congressman C(hIrls Rangel
is lobbying for New York City
to host next year's Conference
on the Caribbean.
Rangel, chairman of the
powerful U.S. House of
Representatives, said he had
already informed Caribbean
leaders of his position during
the recently concluded
Caribbean community (CARI-
COM) summit in Barbados.
"I MuLl,, d to them, and
it seems as if it received a very
warm reception. I was talking
to the leaders of the sense of
pride that I felt as a non-
Caribbean person at the sum-
mit," he told reporters.
"I said imagine if you
would allow us in the Black
Caucus to feel that if you
came to New York, how those
of Caribbean backgrounds,
how proud they would feel.
"If Brooklyn ever got
hold of that, it would be amaz-
ing," he added.

The congressman said if
the next Conference on the
Caribbean is held in New York,
it would enable greater partici-
pation from the Congressional
Black Caucus (CBC) and the
Caribbean diaspora in New
York, which has the greatest
concentration of Caribbean
nationals in the U.S.

"It's going to happen,"
Rangel affirmed.
In June, Caribbean leaders
participated in what has been
described as a "very success-
ful" conference in Washington,
the highlight of which was a
summit between regional lead-
ers and U.S.
George W.
leaders also
met with
other U.S.
while in
noting they Rangel
were able
to strengthen relations with the
CBC, of which Rangel, who
represents Harlem, is a power-
ful member.
The CBC now comprises
43 members, holding four
important chairmanships of
Congressional committees,
including Rangel's, the House
Committee on Homeland
Security, and the House
Judiciary Committee.
pledged to strengthen their rela-
tionship in a structured mnnL r
said Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, the St.
Vincent and the Grenadines
prime minister and former
CARICOM chairman.

Caribbean nations mark

Emancipation Day, Aug. 1

CMC Several Caribbean
countries on Aug. 1 observed
the 173rd anniversary of the
abolition of the Trans Atlantic
Slave Trade, urging their cos-
mopolitan societies to contin-
ue working towards living in a
region noted for its tolerance
and equality.
In Guyana, President
Bharrat Jagdeo urged nation-
als to consolidate the gains of
freedom. Jagdeo restated his
administration's dedication
"to zealously pursue, both
within the region, at the level
of CARICOM and at all
international fora, the case for
In Trinidad and Tobago,
where Uganda's President
Yoweri Museveni arrived on
July 31 to participate in the
Emancipation Day activities,
Prime Minister Patrick Manning
said the emancipation of slaves
in 1834 was "one of the most
important and decisive moments
in the evolution of human civi-
The Emancipation Support
Committee (ECS) said that four

persons, including Jamaican sci-
entist Carl Blackwood and
Ghanaian freedom fighter and
Pan Africanist Kojo Tsikata,
were sched-
uled to
receive the
Award for b
Excellence at
a function
here on Aug.
The ECS Jagdeo
said that com-
poser and ethnomusicologist
Pat Bishop, and calypsonian
Kelvin Pope (The Might
Duke), would also be honored
with the award that, since its
inception in 2000, has sought
to honor some of the most
eminent personalities from
across the African diaspora.
Emancipation Day is
observed as a public holiday
in a number of Caribbean
states including Guyana,
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To change or not change course: The question facing Jamaica's voters


KINGSTON, Jamaica It's
early Sunday, just four weeks
before general elections and
music lovers file steadily into an
uptown oldiL, session
Common sense nor-
mally dictates that being
out on the town after dark
in the run-up to national
polls can be risky business
in the nation's capital, but :
the huge crowd flooding :
into Mas Camp thinks oth-
Outside just before 1
a.m., the line at the
entrance, next to the coun- Scmpsr
try's main financial district,
is still long. Even at
J$1,000 ($15) a head, inside is
already packed and, as the
reggae classics pump loudly
through the speakers, patrons
sip beer or soup and chomp
down on jerk chicken as they
rock away to Beres Hammond
and Buju Banton. The mood
is mellow.

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad,
CMC Four Trinidadians were
extradited to the United States
late last month on charges of
kidnapping war veteran Balram
Anderson Straker,
Christopher Sealey, Kevin
Nixon and Wayne Pierre were
accompanied to the U.S. by six
special agents of the Federal
Bureau of Investigations (FBI)
on an FBI aircraft.
Earlier in the month
Magistrate Lianne Lee Kim
ordered the four men extradited
to face charges of hostage-taking.
The four men had 15 days in
which to challenge the extradi-
tion order, but they failed to do
so. They joined four others,
including Russell Joseph and
Winston Gittens, who pleaded

Yet, hours before the
street-side parking in the area
surrounding Oxford Road had
flowed over, a few miles on
Mountain View Avenue, east
Kingston, the snaking road en

route to Kingston's interna-
tional airport is almost desert-
ed. The tension is as thick as
gun-smoke, which frequently
rises into the air. Even in
broad daylight, many drivers
avoid that stretch, where the
sound of shots are as common
as engines purring. Political

guilty several months ago after
entering a plea agreement with
U.S. authorities. They are yet to
be sentenced.
Up to press time, former
soldier Jason Percival, who was
the main prosecution witness,
had not formally entered a
plea, while David Suchit was
found not guilty by a U.S. jury
and later returned to Trinidad.
Four other persons have
challenged the decision of
Chief Magistrate Sherman
McNicolls to have them extra-
dited to face trial in the U.S.
Maharaj 62, was kidnapped
outside a restaurant on
April 5, 2005 and TT$3 million
($500,000) demanded for his
release. His dismembered body
was found in a forest.

U.S. helps B'dos battle fly

gangs are at war.
Similar situations exist else-
where in the nation's capital
and other spots throughout
the country St. James, St.
Catherine and Clarendon. In
southern St. Andrew, longtime
gang feuds bubble over into
the political spectrum. A few
nights earlier shots rang
throughout the night near
August Town, St. Andrew,
close to the country's top two
universities. Visitors to
Jamaica, even in the safety of
houses, flinch at each explo-
sion. The next day the death
tally is announced. Citizens
shrug, even when the toll
includes infants and elderly. It
is the same elsewhere.

But more curious is that
even as the election campaign
heats up, with the ruling
People's National Party (PNP)
and Opposition Jamaica
Labour Party (JLP) getting
into full mudslinging mode
with sometimes humorous
media advertisements flavored
more with style than sub-
stance, the population seems
generally unperturbed.
"It's different this time,"
an assistant manager at one of
the nation's top financial insti-
tutions explained to Caribbean
Today. "People are not run-
ning away. And they are still
investing, whereas during elec-
tions gone by they would more

likely wait for th
The need fo
from the political
spread to Jamai
On July 26 the I
dispatched repr


ie outcome." Minister Portia Simpson
)r information Miller, is perceived to be
al leaders has ahead in the opinion polls
cans overseas, despite 18 years in power
PNP and JLP which have been tainted by
esentatives to scandals, a surging crime wave
and rising cost of living
prompted by the strug-
gling Jamaican dollar.
Bruce Golding, who
heads the JLP, is seen as
smart and practical, but
lacking charisma to
match Simpson Miller,
Jamaica's first female
S .. "P.M., who plays the gen-
S der, religion and "humble
background" cards to the
hilt. Some are still con-
fused at her insistence

a town hall meeting in
Miramar, Florida organized by
the Jamaican Diaspora
Southern United States. An
estimated 150 people turned
up. Jamaica's Minister of
Industry, Technology, Energy
and Commerce Phillip
Paulwell, no stranger to con-
troversy at home, boasted
about the PNP's record on
taming interest rates and
unemployment. Yet Karl
Chung, a Florida-based JLP
representative, pointed to
Jamaica's monstrous debt.
"The vision for Jamaica is
one word," Chung told the
audience, "change. Change,
change, change."
However, the PNP, now
being led by popular Prime

that the country will "not
change L,,ur,' under a new
PNP government. Others do
not trust Golding, after he
first fled the JLP to form his
own National Democratic
Movement (NDM) and then
returned to the JLP Even as
he argued for a fixed election
date recently, his predecessor
as party leader offered alter-
native arguments.

Last month, when Simpson
Miller announced Nomination
Day for Aug. 7 and Election
Day as Aug. 27, the debate
centered more on the prime
minister's perceived infatuation
with the number seven. But


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assisting Barbados in its effort
to curb the spread of the West
Indian Fruit Fly, indicating
that the strategy developed
here could help fight the pest
in other countries.
The fly has been affecting
Jamaica plums, hog plums,
chili plums and guava trees
across Barbados.
Local entomologis, Ian
Gibbs last month said it was
"virtually all over the island,"
but assured that the popula-
tion was still relatively low.
United States Department
of Agriculture (USDA) ento-

mologist Tim Holler said the
uniqueness of the Barbadian
situation allows for interesting
scientific comparisons among
"We are trying to develop
the methodologies that we can
use to take a biological con-
trol program into a country,"
Holler explained. "We are try-
ing to develop this formula
that everyone can use... before
the pest population grows."
Since 2006, USDA has
been shipping parasitoid
wasps to Barbados on a
regular basis.

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diplomat has called on the
United States to place greater
focus on the smaller islands of
the region.
Denis Antoine, Grenada's
ambassador to the U.S.,
told the Caribbean Media
Corporation (CMC) during the
inaugural Conference on the
Americas here last month, that
while he welcomed the initia-
tive, there was nothing sub-
stantial in it for countries in
the sub-regional Organization
of Eastern Caribbean States
"In the context of the
Americas, the smaller islands
are not mentioned on the
United States' radar screen,
but the larger islands are get-
ting some focus," Antoine said.
"Nothing is wrong with
helping the larger islands, but
I hope some focus can be

ing, and terrorism.
"In this respect, the
Caribbean and the U.S. must
be able to support and main-
tain healthy relations into the
future," it said.
"CARICOM is wise to
take advantage of the oppor-
tunity of high-level meetings
with the U.S. After all, the
U.S. is the Caribbean's closest
developed neighbor, its most
significant trading partner, and
the home of the largest num-
ber of emigrants from the
region," it said.
COHA said with a popula-
tion at barely five percent of
that of the U.S., Caribbean
integration will better prepare
CARICOM nations to find
their niche in the global market.
However, it said a g d
rapport" with the region's

given to the smaller entities of
the Caribbean.
"I hope their vulnerabili-
ties would be recognized. A lit-
tle goes a long way," Antoine
Representatives from
more than 150 regional-based
organizations and 100 U.S.
groups attended the confer-
ence, which came on the heels
of June's Conference on the
Caribbean here.

The White House
Conference of the Americas
was held under the theme
"Advancing the Cause of
Social Justice in the Am, rki .,
Topics included expanding eco-
nomic opportunity, investing in
education, meeting health care
needs, and building public-pri-
vate partnerships.
U.S. President George W.

major global partners is neces-
sary in the pursuit of overall
Caribbean development goals.
"Conversely, one would hope
that President Bush's renewal
of the CBI (Caribbean Basin
Initiative) and the recent
Conference on the Caribbean
signify a revitalisation of the
U.S.-Caribbean relationship
that has been characteristical-
ly absent during his two terms
in office.
"Considering the Bush
Administration's consistent
preoccupation with other
regions of the globe and
America's increasingly tat-
tered image around the world,
such a conclusion might be
refreshing not only for other-
wise fragile Caribbean
economies but for a battered
U.S. regime policy as well,"
COHA said.


Bush told delegates that his
administration is "doing a lot
to promote health" in the
region. During last month's
conference, the president's
wife Laura Bush announced
the launch of the Partnership
for Breast Cancer Awareness
and Research of the Americas.

She said the initiative would
unite experts from the United
States, Brazil, Costa Rica, and
Mexico in the fight against
breast cancer, the most com-
mon cause of cancer-related
death for women worldwide.
President Bush said the
U.S. has provided over $950
million to improve healthcare
in the Western Hemisphere
since 2001.

Antoine said while the
conference was interesting,
the themes were not new.
"It's clear that greater
emphasis is emerging on the
larger populations of the
hemisphere," he said.
"Jamaica, Guyana and Haiti
were very visible. Outside of
that, it seems like the other
islands do not exist."
The Grenada envoy said

To change or not change course: The question facing Jamaica's voters

concerns that the lengthy peri-
od between the announcement
and the actual date of the polls
also surfaced. "The devil finds
work for idle hands," older
Jamaicans like to say. During
the run-up to elections, "idle
hands" often find l1h mIL 1 L'
wrapped around the handle
of a gun. Yet as the political
violence continued to escalate,
Simpson Miller declared last
month that her party would not
meet directly with the JLP for
pL.,L talks" unless a third
party was present.
Both PNP and JLP insist
they are not the instigators of
political violence, accusing

each other of such acts and
lying to cover them up. During
a rally in St. Catherine late last
month, Golding said the JLP
was "structuring our campaign
to avoid confrontation." But
more discomforting was his
declaration at the same event
that "I can't give you any guar-
antee that I won't have more
labourites to bury."
Despite all that, a heavy
contingent of local and inter-
national observers is expected
to monitor the elections. The
Electoral Office of Jamaica
has declared that all systems
should be ready for Aug. 27
and warned that no Election
Day trickery not uncommon
in Jamaica will be tolerated.

After Parliament was dis-
solved last month, 60 con-
stituency seats went up for
grabs. And while several are
considered safe including
Simpson Miller's and
Golding's political pundits
are predicting a few surprises
as well. A recent, unscientific
poll which appeared on the
PNP's website cheekily
showed the JLP ahead.
Yet, among the bi--,lI
concerns, is what exactly the
voters will be casting their bal-
lots in favor of, or against or
if they really care. Both par-
ties were late some political
experts say deliberately so -
offering their post-election
plans to the public. With
scanty information to go on,
except the government's
record and the Opposition's
knee-jerk barking at it, "John
P" could be left swinging in
the dark come Aug. 27. After
issuing several "crime plans"
in nearly two decades at the
country's helm, the PNP has
not stemmed the violence that
grips the Caribbean nation
and has pushed it near the top
of the most murderous in the
world. The health care and
education systems are under
siege. Environmentalists are
wondering aloud what will be

done to protect the nation's
most vital resource. The mid-
dle class is questioning its
resolve to continue with its
current lifestyle.
On many fronts, it seems,
there is not much to cheer about
in the "Land of Wood and
W J i r The general elections
will be held around the time of
the World Championships of
Athletics in Japan. Jamaica
usually does well in track and
field. That may be a welcome
There are others. The saga
surrounding the break-up of
big name entertainer Beenie
Man and his wife D'Angel
dominated the front page of a
local evening tabloid for days
in a row late last month.
Copies sold briskly. That same
newspaper ran a story high-
lighting where parties can be
found every day of the week.
Election fever may be in
the air in Jamaica, but outside
of the diehard political fac-
tions, it seems the nation's citi-
zens are more willing to dance
than catch it.

Gordon Williams is Caribbean
Today's managing editor.


* Haiti and Belize are mem-
bers of the Caribbean com-
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July issue of Caribbean
Today, in a story carrying the
headline "Talk shop or not,
Caribbean leaders flex mus-
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incorrectly that they were not.
We apologize for the error.

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mention was also made about
projects in Jamaica and Haiti,
but not a word was said about
initiatives in his country, for
"The U.S. assisted
Grenada with hurricane relief,
but we did not hear anything
mentioned about activities in
Grenada," he explained.
Antoine, however, viewed
the overall concept as "a wel-
come exercise of neighborli-
"It's in good taste,
occurring at the end of the
Conference on the Caribbean.
It's an unselfish demonstration
of concern that we hope will
become a legacy for future
U.S. administrations. It should
be a concept of consistency,"
he told CMC.

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August 2007

Call for better working relationship

between U.S. and the Caribbean


Caribbean nations are
gearing up for elections
this year. Jamaica, for
example, has scheduled its
general polls for Aug. 27.
Other nations from the region
are hinting that voting in 2007
is a distinct possibility, even if
not constitutionally due.
Outside the Caribbean,
the call for allowing members
of the diaspora the opportuni-
ty to vote in regional elections
has gained momentum. More
people want to be able to
send their votes home.
At June's "Conference on
the Caribbean: A 20/20
Vision" in Washington D.C.,
many made it clear to leaders
from the region that they
would like to play more sig-
nificant roles in the develop-
ment of the land of their
birth. They say they deserve
that right.
They make a solid point.
Remittances help keep many
Caribbean nations afloat eco-
nomically. And as more chari-
table causes orchestrated by
Caribbean nationals overseas
continue to benefit the region,
it is clear that the disapora's
impact has become increas-
ingly robust.

But should members of
the diaspora really expect a
vote in their Caribbean home-
lands if they do not reside
there? If they are not living in
the country, contributing
directly to its day-to-day
progress, and moreover feel-
ing the impact of its struggles
and their decision at the polls,
they should not be allowed to
decide who governs the coun-
try, critics argue. They claim
that simply sending money or
contributing goods, while
spending all except your vaca-
tion abroad, should not quali-
fy you to help determine who
rules. They say you simply do
not know what is really going
on. As the Jamaican saying
goes: "See me and come live
with me are two different
The critics, too, have a
But, as many in the dis-
apora claim, they already
influence elections in the
Caribbean. For decades, polit-
ical parties have sought cam-
paign contributions from out-
side the region. Parties have
their organizing committees
based in North America and
the United Kingdom and reg-
ularly send representatives to
spearhead fundraisers. And
low-keyed and high profiled
supporters alike are all too
eager to pitch cash into the
waiting hats.
Many in the diaspora also

maintain residences in the
Caribbean, register to vote
there, and make sure they line
up at the polling station on
Election Day.
But what many in the dis-
apora are L kin-l, is the right
to stay outside the region and
cast their vote, claiming that if
they don't go to the Caribbean
to drop off remittances or bar-
rels, why can't they mail in
their ballots too?

Well, from a practical
standpoint, that could work.
It's just hard to understand
why the diaspora would want
to embrace this route anytime
soon. Generally, the election
machinery in the Caribbean
needs a vital upgrade. All
sorts of shenanigans occur
around election time in the
region. Even after significant
improvements have been
done. And the mishaps are
not from decades past either.
When was the last Caribbean
election? It probably hap-
pened then too.
If people in the diaspora
really want to have a bigger
influence, then they should
help fix the election machin-
ery. How can a voter living in
a cushy U.S. suburb really
know about people who yearn
for the right to free and fair
elections while facing intim-
idation and brutalization if
they do not live among them?
In some Caribbean countries
people risk their lives travel-
ing to a polling station, not to
mention voting with someone
standing over them. Some
entering polling stations have
been told not to bother, some-
one has already voted for
Missing ballot boxes,
plus-100 percent voting in
some constituencies and
"accidental" occurrences,
such as late opening and early
closing of polling stations, are
not yet a thing of the past in
Caribbean politics. And if all
that still occurs in the region,
imagine what could happen if
ballots are coming in from
overseas, where the machin-
ery for accommodating over-
seas voting has not been fully
So here's a question for
members of the diaspora: If
you want to stay overseas and
vote, wouldn't it be wise if
you first make sure your vote
actually counts?
Next time the man with
the "hat" comes calling,
maybe you should demand he
deliver that guarantee before
you deliver the cash.

Gordon Williams is Caribbean
Today's managing editor.

V I l P 0 I n T

W en a woman who is
perceived to be virtu-
ous, respectable,
domesticated and wifely takes
unto herself a lover, men freak
It's like they were blind-
sided, hit by a left hook that
they never saw coming, taken
completely by surprise, and
that's why it upsets and hurts
them so.
"I never thought that my
wife would go with another
man, never in my :\l. ,
dreams. All those evenings she
gone to prayer meeting, and is
the parson she deh with."
It really bums. But it's
because of this foolish notion
that men have, that women do
not, and will not stray, plus the
fact that wives are 'property'
why it burns them when they do.
Some women have confid-
ed to me that every few months
they have to go outside for a
little taste of something differ-
ent, even though it will not
affect their relationship with
their husbands.
"I wish men could under-
stand that women have the
same wanderlust that men
have, but just that many are
afraid to act on it. Well, I'm
not," one woman told me.

I recently read some
research papers from various
universities that shed some
light regarding why women
cheat. The eye opening find-
ings of a team of researchers
reported that 53 percent of
women said that they had been
unfaithful to their partners,
compared to 59 percent of
Still, the reasons why
women are unfaithful are dif-
ferent from men. Men are driv-
en by lust, while women usual-
ly have more complex reasons
and in fact, infidelity can hap-
pen even to good people in
good marriages, the research
paper says.
The top three reasons they
say, are friendships at work,
child centered marriages and
intimate Internet conversa-

tions. Now
we all know
how that
friendship at
work scenario
plays out.
The wife
spends a
whole heap
of time with TONY
her boss or ROBINSON
co-worker in
the prime
hours of the day, with her at
her best. They are in constant
contact, sharing office stuff,
personal stuff and other stuff,
seeing each other constantly.
By the time she gets home to
hubby, she is tired, worn out
from the day and ready only
for housework and child duties.
But come tomorrow, she's fresh
again and ready to work with
and banter with the man in the
office. It's a time that she looks
forward to. Naturally some-
thing is going to happen, and in
no time it grows until it
explodes and she gives in. She
didn't set out to do it, but it
happens and it's her secret.
What's even more reveal-
ing, the study unfolds, is that
half of all wives cheat on their
husbands at some point in the
marriage and 90 percent feel no
guilt at all. In fact, they felt
entitled to cheat, because they
had been so unhappy in the
marriage, so the cheating was a
liberating and justifiable action.
What's interesting is that I

just like men, women also have
sex driven affairs. For as sure
as night follows day, sex even-
tually dies after marriage.
But hear this now, that
death can be resuscitated if a
third party enters the grave-
yard. That same sexless frumpy
wife can become a raging infer-
no if some young stud woos
and wins her. And, as for the
husband, all he wants is a wink
from a young lass and the force
of a thousand dormant volca-
noes will erupt with a cata-
clysmic explosion that will rock
his world.

Believe it or not, low self
esteem, brought on by a
woman constantly doing house-
work and caring for children,
will also drive her to have an
affair. Her husband only sees
her as a wife, a mother of his
children, the keeper of the
house, no longer a lover. But
along comes John, smooth talk-
ing lean and handsome John,
who reminds her how sexy and
desirable she is. You'd be
frightened to see how fast she
flings off the apron and turns
off the stove, for she's desired
again, a whole woman.
Remember, women thrive
on praise and admiration, just
like flowers.
Just last year my friend's
wife walked out on him, leav-

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Voting from afar

Secret lives of women


August 2007



VIE W P 0 I n T

* "Criminal deportees sent to the
Caribbean often have established
themselves in the United States"
- U.S. Congressman ( l,,t /..,
Rangel last month arnblunng the
rising crime rates in the region to
the US. deportation process.

* "Are you ready for the first
time to give Portia a working
class woman and leader of the
winning team her first full term

as prime minister
of Jamaica? Are
you ready to give
to Jamaica a
woman of courage,
a woman of deter-
mination, a woman
of the people, from
the people and for the people?"
- Portia Simpson Miller rallies
her supporters last month i it..-
announcing the nation's general
elections date is Aug. 27.

* "The criminals can never win
this fight irrespective of where
they carry their activities,
whether it's on land or river" -

Guyana's Home
Affairs Minister
Clement Rohee
expressing confi-
dence last month
that his country
will win the fight
against crime.

* "This is an ethical question, but
I will not encourage an HIV man
to get married because he is
going to pass it on to the wife
and this is almost like murder" -
Vernon Duncan, a preacher in
Grenada, last month offering his
views on men living with the HIV

* "At this time
there is need to
earn the forgive-
ness of the
Grenadian people
by open demon-
stration and proof
that they take their rehabilitation
seriously" Prime Minister Dr.
Keith Mitchell last month calling
on the three convicted men
recently released from prison, for
the murder of the island's first left
wing Prime Minister Maurice
Bishop, to begin their rehabilita-
tion back into society by showing

* "The WICB cannot win the
respect of the players and their
representatives by using a 'big
stick' approach" -A statement
last month from The West Indies
Cricket Board's (WICB)
Governance Review Committee,
under the chairmanship of former
Jamaica Prime Minister P.l
Patterson, underlining that the
players are the most valuable
resource in West Indies cricket
and should be treated as such.

Compiled from CMC and other

Secret lives of women

ing the three kids behind, all
because some guy whispered in
her ear. I think it was more
than whispers, and not in her
ears either.
This Internet thing has
changed the lives of so many
people and has also added fuel
to the fire of infidelity. So
many wives have intimate rela-
tionships on the Internet that
eventually grow into the real
thing. I'm sure you've heard
the term 'cybersex'. Well, it's
true, and many women are
hooked on it. It's so easy to
expose yourself and bare your
soul over the Internet, especial-
ly if you're basically a shy per-

son. After a while it gets so hot
that only a consummation can
cool the ardour.
But hear this now, the
research says that women can
actually be guilty of emotional
infidelity. The therapist says
that if you're married and share
secrets with a close friend of
the opposite sex or go out for
drinks after work all the time
with the same person, you are
guilty of emotional infidelity.
"You can't have an inti-
mate relationship at work and
still have a great relationship at
home. Even if there is no sex,
it's still adultery," he says.
Well, I have been saying so
for years, that women can do
this emotional no sex thing and

shut out the husbands in the
process. After a while she won't
even like her husband any more
and not know it. Oh, she still
loves him, because of long serv-
ice and devotion, but doesn't
like him very much and finds
everything he does annoying
and irritating. Some even focus
on their children so much that
they virtually cheat on their
husbands emotionally with the
children without knowing it.

What's even more scary is
how women can carry on
affairs and act as if everything
is normal at home. Usually
when men have affairs the
world knows the cliche of

coming home late, scent of per-
fume and so on.
But it's different for a
woman. The research paper
says that there are signs that
men should look for. Men, be
concerned, be very concerned
if your wife suddenly demands
more sex, seems unusually
attentive to you, and wears her
wedding ring more often than
she did before.
I;, i see hear Barbara, is
how you suddenly start to show
me so much lrvinig, is what you
up to?"
Even so, most women who
cheat stick to their old routine,
leave for work same time, return
home same time and none's the
wiser. But it's what happens in

between that's important. That's
their secret life.
Let us not forget revenge
as a motive, as many women
cheat to get back at their men.
Revenge they say is a meal best
eaten cold, but in this case it's
hot, hot, hot. Men and women
cheat, but the women are better
at it, and have more secrets.
Do you know where your
wife went today, yesterday, the
day before, or what she did, or
where she is now?
That's her secret, and
you'll never really know.

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The grilled salmon at the
free lunch seminar tast-
ed fine. The mashed
potatoes had too much pepper,
though. But the worst after-
taste was from the speakers
who kept scaring and pressur-
ing the mostly elderly audience
with half-truths and distor-
Sadly, that has been my
experience at the half dozen
"investment seminars" I've
attended the past few months,
all geared to seniors and with
a free meal thrown in.
No wonder. For the first
time this year, "investment
seminars" made the annual list
of "Top 10 Traps" compiled by
state securities regulators in
the United States. (The list, in
alphabetical order, is available
at the website of the North
American Securities
Administrators Association,
"The issues related to
these 'lunch programs' have
been around for a while," said
NASAA President Joseph
Borg, referring to the sale of
unsuitable investments to sen-
iors. "But these seminars have
taken on a life of their own."
Regulators in seven states -
Alabama, Arizona, California,
Florida, North and South
Carolina and Texas, and others
may join, Borg said have been
examining sales practices by
seminar presenters, sometimes
attending the lunches unan-
nounced to see what goes on.

From what I've seen, what
goes on is a well-orchestrated
effort to prey on seniors' fears
and pressure them into high-
commission products that,
while appropriate for some,

may at best be unnecessary
and at worst totally unsuitable
for most.
"Here is the scary part," a
speaker at a recent seminar

Look before you leap: Seniors must be
cautious when evaluating investment
First it was about possibly
ending up destitute in a nurs-
ing home, then about the gov-
ernment "taking away your
Social Security benefits after
you've worked all your life"
(he was actually talking about
paying taxes on your benefits),
then about losing money in
The solution, another
speaker pronounced, lay in
insurance products their com-
pany offers, including "no-fee"
equity-indexed annuities that
"go up with the stock market
but never go down." He didn't
mention the often hefty and
lengthy surrender charges, the
undisclosed, as high as double-
digit commissions built into the
annuity terms, or the .ps'
and other limitations that can
seriously hold down returns.
"Your money is actually
safer with an insurance compa-
ny" than at a federally insured
bank, he insisted (a common
claim the Federal Insurance
Deposit Corporation emphati-

LIAT to buy out Caribbean Star

CMC LIAT has scrapped
plans of a merger or cashless
deal with Caribbean Star,
agreeing instead to buy out
the remaining assets of the Sir
Allen Stanford-owned airline
for $5 million.
"We've come to the con-
clusion now that rather than
giving up the 35 percent share
of ownership of the company,
we will just pay him an
amount I believe five million
dollars and for the rest of his
assets," said Noel Lynch, the
Barbados tourism and interna-
tional transport minister.
Barbados is one of the
three major shareholder gov-
ernments of LIAT.
Lynch told the Caribbean
Media Corporation (CMC)
that it is likely that the pur-
chase would be funded

through a $60
million loan
negotiating F
with the
Bank (CDB).
said that the Lynch
funds would
also be used
to settle the airline's debts and
restructure its operations.
A merger plan had initial-
ly been set out for the two
carriers, but that was scrapped
and a cashless deal put in
place, which would have seen
Sir Allen getting 35 percent
ownership of LIAT.

cally refutes). The speaker
could also refer you to a
retired attorney to draw up an
estate plan, including a revoca-
ble living trust, at a "terrific
"This may shock you, but
it's something you need to
know," he said about an 82-
year-old widow who did not
have a trust "and got kicked
out of her home by her own

With the audience suffi-
ciently scared, it was time to
press on.
"You are all members of the
'P' (for procrastinators) club,"
the speaker said. "Information
is only as good as what you do
with it," so let's all make an
appointment with his firm.
"What's the best day for
you?," the speakers asked at
each table, signing up almost
everyone. Most, I fear, will end
up buying something they don't
understand, need or want.
"The problem is, products
are being sold without suitability
requirements and are being
marketed as one size fits all,"
said Borg, director of the
Alabama Securities Division.
"They kick in the fear factor
until they wear you down. When
that doesn't work, they get out
the hammer and try to browbeat
you into their product."
As a seminar speaker said:
"What are you going to do
about your financial future? If
the word is nothing (meaning
you don't buy something) we
all wasted our time." Perhaps,
but at least we saved our

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a host of new projects medium enterprises; rural devel-
a $10 million financing opment; health; education; envi-
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tite cooperation agreement between the Organization of American States (OAS) and
the governments of both countries last month in Washington D.C. Antigua and
Barbuda will implement Jamaica's Customs Automated Services (CASE), designed
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Juicy steaks on the outdoor grill can steal the summer show

With the summer grilling
season in full swing,
home cooks keep ask-
ing for advice on the best way
to cook steaks outdoors.
Achieving steak success at
home is surprisingly simple.
Remember that great
results become much easier if
you start with the right steaks.
If budget allows, look for
USDA Prime meat, the highest
quality available in tenderness
and flavor, which will also
ensure great results.
Use steaks from cattle that
have been raised humanely,
using traditional, sustainable
farming methods, without
antibiotics or hormones.
Next comes the cut. In
general, since grilling is a quick
method, you need a tender
steak like a New York, from
the center loin; a rib-eye, from
the middle of the ribs; a T-
bone, from the short loin; or,
for ultra tenderness, a tender-
loin, also called filet mignon.
If you choose a less expen-
sive cut, such as flank or hang-
er steaks, you'll ensure more
tender results by grilling them
no more than medium, then
letting them rest for 15 minutes
after cooking before thinly slic-
ing across the grain.

Whatever the steak, let it
come to room temperature for
an hour before grilling, to ensure
quick, even cooking. Then, just
before cooking, season gener-
ously on both sides with sea salt
and freshly ground pepper and
brush with olive oil to prevent
sticking and help them brown.

As for the cooking itself,
start all steaks directly over the
hottest part of the fire. If they're
about an inch thick, you can do
all the cooking there. But thick-
er steaks should be seared over
the hottest area for three min-
utes per side, then moved to the
side to finish cooking.
Test for doneness with an
instant-read grilling thermome-
ter inserted into the thickest
part; 130 F to 140 F (54 C to
60C) indicates a juicy medium-
rare steak.
All that's left is to serve it
however you like on its own or
with a sauce made in the kitchen,
like my easy mixture of buttery,
cognac-laced mushrooms. Simple
touches like that are among the
secrets to steak success.

New York steaks with
mushrooms, grilled scallions

* 4 New York strip steaks, each

eight to 10 ounces (240 to 300
g), cut an inch (2.5 cm) thick
* 2 cups good-quality canned
beef broth, reduced to a cup
(in a skillet)
* 2 ounces (60 g) unsalted but-
* 1 pound (500 g) fresh shiitake or
oyster mushrooms, wiped clean,
trimmed and cut into slices a
quarter inch (6 mm) thick
* Salt
* Freshly ground black pepper
* 1/3 cup cognac (80 ml)
* 1 small package fresh enoki
* 12 large scallions
* Extra-virgin olive oil, for
* Chopped fresh chives, for

Remove the steaks and
leave them at room tempera-
ture for about an hour.
Meanwhile, build a fire in
an outdoor charcoal grill or
preheat a gas grill. At the same
time, put the broth in a wide
skillet, bring to a boil and con-
tinue boiling until reduced to a
cup (250 ml), about 10 to 15
minutes. Set aside.
In a heavy skillet, heat two
tablespoons of the butter over
high heat until bubbling slight-
ly. Add the shiitakes and saute,
stirring frequently, until they

'Simple touches are among the secrets
to steak success'.

begin to brown slightly, three to
five minutes. Season lightly
with salt and pepper.
Remove from the heat,
remove the mushrooms from
the pan and transfer to a bowl.
Return the skillet to low heat,
carefully pour in the cognac
and, with a long kitchen match,
carefully ignite. Let the flames
die out on their own. Then raise
the heat and, while stirring and
scraping with a wooden spoon
to deglaze any pan deposits,
cook until the cognac has
reduced to two tablespoons,
about one to two minutes.
Stir in the reduced beef
broth and continue cooking
until the liquid has thickened
slightly, but is still fairly light,
two to three minutes more. Stir
the shiitake mushrooms and
their juices back into the skillet
and taste and adjust the season-

ings if necessary. A small piece
at a time, stir in the remaining
two tablespoons butter. Then
stir in the enoki mushrooms.
Set the sauce aside, covered to
keep it warm.
When the grill is hot, lightly
brush the scallions with a little
olive oil. Grill them until
browned and tender, but still
crunchy, about two minutes per
side. Set the onions aside and
keep them warm. Season the
steaks on both sides with salt and
pepper. Brush them with olive oil.
Grill them until medium-
rare, three to four minutes per
side. Remove from the heat
and let rest for a minute or two
in a warm place.
Serves four.
If necessary, reheat the
sauce briefly.
Place a grilled scallion on
the side of each of four warmed
dinner plates. Spoon most of
the mushroom sauce in the
middle of the plates, reserving
a few tablespoons. Place a
steak on top of the sauce,
spoon the remaining sauce
onto the center of the steak,
garnish with chives and serve
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Seven sensible steps


QUESTION: My pill was small-
er this month than it normally is.
When I called my pharmacy,
they said they gave me a lower
dosage of the same drug by acci-
dent. I am understanding
because this problem was minor
and I've made mistakes myself.
But, Suzy, I think you should tell
readers how to cut down on
medication errors. D.W.,
Coconut Creek, Florida.
ANSWER: You're fortunate
that your medicine was just a
lower dose, rather than the
wrong drug altogether!
Dispensing errors are bound
to happen; pharmacists are
human and some drugstores
time their pharmacists to see
how efficiently they work.
Despite the demands for high
quality customer service, and the
pressure, most pharmacists have
a really good track record con-
sidering that they fill thousands
of prescriptions each week.
Even though pharmacists
do occasionally make a medica-

tion dispensing e
catch, exponential
errors than they r
you never know,
by the time you're
bag at the register
cist has already c
a potentially toxi
asked your docto
your medication
because of an all
tially harmful int
To improve
the pharmacy cot
these seven sensi
* Don't hurry the
Pressuring anyone
life, literally, in th
never smart. Plan
* Get into the hal
off prescriptions a
back the next day
considerate becau
pharmacist time t
prescriptions for \
who've just left th
* Call your refills
day ahead.
* Have your doct
prescriptions) leg
think it matters if
or Paxil? Lisinopi

for pill-taking safety
rror, they You bet your life it does.
ally, more Don't put several different
make. Most pills in one bottle (or pocket).
about because You might chug the blue pill
re handed your when you meant to take the
r, the pharma- white one!
called to lower Stick to the same pharmacy. I
c dosage, or know those "Transfer Your
)r to change Prescription" coupons are tempt-
altogether ing, but how can your pharmacist
ergy or poten- effectively screen for interactions,
fraction. or brainstorm with your physi-
your safety at cian, if some of your meds are
hunter, follow missing from your profile?
bible steps: Call your pharmacist immedi-
pharmacist. ately if there's a change in the
e who has your color, size or shape of any of
ieir hands is your medications.
bit of dropping DID YOU KNOW? A nighttime
nd coming cup of Passion Rower tea could
for them. It's help you relax and get to sleep.
ise it allows the
o fill "waiting" Suzy Cohen is a pharmacist
people in pain and author of "The 24-Hour
ie hospital. Pharmacist". The information
sin at least a above is not intended to treat,
cure or diagnose your condition.

or write your
gibly. Do you
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wife Wanda have teamed up
with an American company,
Stemedica Cell Technologies, to
open a stem cell research center
in Bermuda later this year.
Brown, a physician who
is president of Bermuda
Healthcare Services, told a
news conference last month
that the announcement was
one of the most exciting devel-
opments in healthcare on the
island in recent times.
It could ultimately lead to
scores of patients a year flying
to Bermuda to receive revolu-
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property in Smith's parish,
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is currently being refurbished.
It will initially be staffed by at
least three Bermuda health-
care physicians and two
Stemedica physicians. To begin
with, it will focus solely on
research, but eventually hopes
to be able to treat one or two
stem cell patients a week.
Dr. Maynard Howe, chief
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Indies; Richard Phidd, manager of patient care services at the unit; and Jamaica's Ambassador to the U.S. Gordon Shirley. Twenty-
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From'Foreign' to'Bashment', Jamaica n filmmakers n make big screen splash

From 'Foreign' to 'Bashment', Jamaican filmmakers make big screen splash

T Te was born in Jamaica,
attended high school
there and graduated
from college in the United
States with a degree in business.
He worked as an accountant
and wrote poetry. Now Steve
"Tehut-Nine" McAlpin is a
New York-based independent
filmmaker, with two movies

Q: "Foreign", it was the same
production crew?
A: Same production team. It
was myself and Mykal as co-
writers and we produced that
one ourselves (and acted in it). I
also directed it. That one came
out in 2005. Unfortunately it got
booi, i, ,d Besides that, it had
a great run. People really

theme. Why did you choose
that? Isn't that like doing a
story that has already been
A: The dancehall theme that
has been done a lot, those
movies are done around
(dancehall) artistes. It doesn't
really showcase them doing any
real acting. They're just playing
lh nL1\ mL And usually it has
to do with some kind of com-
petition in the end. And to me
that has already been done.
That's not what "Bashment"
incorporates in the story that
we're telling. We're dealing with
a young guy (lead actor Fax)
who is pretty much very intelli-
gent, a college graduate. He is a
bit ambivalent about what he
wants to do moving forward and
so he spends a lot of time hang-

ing out with his friends and chas-
ing girls and doing different
That's one story line.
There are actually five story-
lines running concurrently
throughout the movie and
they all work cohesively to tell
the tale that brings us to the
sub-title of the movie "The
Fork In the Road". It's a cau-
tionary tale really, dealing
with friendship, dealing with
greed, even with tragedy and
then dealing with redemption.
But ultimately it boils down to
you making a choice. We all
have to make choices and
sometimes the choices we
make determine how our lives
turn out.

pie business, neither is it
cheap. How much did it take
to make "Foreign" and how
much did it take to make
A: Well I or ignl was a work
straight from the heart. We
didn't really have the budget
for that. It cost some money,
but I can't go into what the
actual figure is because the
process of making I ,rL ign
was an on and off thing. We
were just happy that we finally
had it finished.
In all honesty, it wasn't
something that we were doing
for commercial purposes. We
were doing it initially just for
the core group of friends that
we had and when we sat down
and looked at the edited ver-

Q: Moviemaking is not a sim- (CONTINUED ON PAGE 16)

The Fork In The Road

depicting the lives of Caribbean
people in America to his credit.
In this edited interview with
Caribbean Today's Managing
Editor Gordon Williams, con-
ducted at a recent screening of
his latest flick "Balmiiium 'in
Atlanta, Georgia, the 32-year-
old McAlpin talks about the
film and his own involvement
in the business.

QUESTION: What's your role
with the film "Bashment"?
ANSWER: In one lump sum,
from all angles I am the prin-
cipal writer, screenwriter. I
have a co-writer, Mr. Mykal
Fax, and I also have a produc-
tion credit. I'm one of the
executive producers, alongside
Mykal Fox, again, and Brian
Blake. I shot the movie and
also directed it and played the
editor as well. (He also acts as
"Job" and Fax and Blake also
have roles.)

Q: How long has this movie
been in the making?
A: Since 2006. We had the
first draft of the script late
2005 and we started actual
production on the movie early

Q: What's the motivation
behind making "Bashment"?
A: First of all it is something
that I love to do. (Filmmaking)
is something that I enjoy
doing. After the success of our
first film 1 ri iign ') we didn't
want to just stop there.

enjoyed it. Still enjoy it. To this
day everywhere you go they say
'I saw it'. People react to it
favorably. But after that we
wanted to do another movie.

Q: So the success of "Foreign"
made you want to do
A: When we decided to do
"Bashment" we wanted to do
something that could not only
showcase our talents, the skill
sets that we have, but to show
people the range, that we had
range. When we did I r> in '
everybody was 'when are you
gonna do part two or part
three?' You know what I
That's kinda even the way
it is with "Bashment" now.
Those who've seen it want to
know when part two is coming
out. And so, being a writer,
being that my first strength in
this is the writing side, I never
like to pigeon-hole myself
into doing just one thing and
always staying in one groove.
So I wanted to do something a
little bit more action-oriented,
something more dramatic. So
we set out to do the dancehall.
The dancing aspect of the
dancehall (Caribbean) com-
munity was very, very promi-
nent at the time so we said we
wanted to incorporate some-
thing in our next movie that
had to do with that.

Q: A lot of Jamaican movies
are made with the dancehall

August 2007




Morocco music festival to help Caribbean fight HIV/AIDS


TANGIER, Morocco -
Caribbean community (CARI-
COM) countries are set to
receive a big boost in their
fight against HIV/AIDS, when
Morocco stages a musical festi-
val in three Caribbean coun-
tries later this year.
Officials of the North
African country told the
Caribbean Media Corporation
(CMC) that what is being
dubbed as the "Morocco
Music I L, i\ I I would be held
in Barbados, Jamaica and
Trinidad and Tobago.
The festival, which will

include concerts featuring
musical bands from Morocco,
will run for 10 days in each of
the three countries from the
second week of September.
There will be a three-day
break between each festival.
"HIV/AIDS is a very big
problem in the Caribbean as it
is in Morocco," Jean Paul
Coupal, Morocco's special
envoy to CARICOM told
"HIV is our bi-_-,,lI living
concern right now and every
country has to tackle it in a
different way."
CARICOM's Assistant
Secretary General Dr. Edward

Greene, who led a Caribbean
delegation to Morocco for last
month's first-ever CARI-
COM/Morocco Symposium
on South-South Cooperation,
welcomed the initiative.

"The Morocco Festival in
support of HIV/AIDS is most
welcome as it highlights the
reduction of stigma and dis-
crimination against people liv-
ing with HIV/AIDS," Greene
"This coincides with the
main objectives in the current
Caribbean Regional Strategic
Plan of the Pan Caribbean

Partnership (PANCAP)
against HIV/AIDS.
"Consequently, CARI-
Caribbean Programme
Against HIV/AIDS) look for-
ward to collaboration in this
very important event," he
In its 2006 epidemic
update, the United Nations
Programme on HIV/AIDS
said that there were 250,000
people living with HIV in the
Caribbean, with nearly three
quarters of them in Haiti and
the Dominican Republic. It
said that national adult HIV
prevalence was high through-

out the region; one percent to
two percent in Barbados,
Dominican Republic and
Jamaica, and two to four per
cent in the Bahamas, Haiti
and Trinidad and Tobago.
Overall, an estimated
27,000 people in the Caribbean
became infected with HIV last
year, but UNAIDS and the
World Health Organization
(WHO) said that several coun-
tries were making inroads
against the epidemic as a result
of having wider access to anti-
retroviral drugs.

From 'Foreign' to 'Bashment', Jamaican filmmakers make big screen splash

sion we said 'I think we got
something here. Let's put it
out on DVD and see what
happens'. So we did 2,000
copies of it initially and
within two weeks those
were gone... They flew...

Q: So you covered the cost of
making it?
A: Basically. We covered all
the money we spent and by
time we got to our second
print of the film it was already
bootlegged everywhere, from
south coast to north coast,
east coast to west coast.
Outside the country as well.

Q: What about "Bashment",
how much did it cost you to
A: "Bashment" was a differ-
ent beast. The overall budget
for "Bashment" was a little bit
over $75,000. In all honesty it
was probably a lot more than
that, but because of how we
manipulated and worked out
some of our contracting with
the actors and people we
worked with, we were able to
not spend as much on it.

Q: You're making a profit on
it since its release?
A: Well, since its release,
we're scratching the surface
and looking for that break.
We've gotten some good feed-
back from it, and actually
some great opportunities lie
ahead. For example, we've
gotten theatrical release in
Jamaica, at all the theaters
down there. We're shopping it
around to different film festi-
vals. We're doing our own
screenings at the same time.
Doing all these things we're
accumulating exposure while
we're trying to recoup the
expense of making the movie.
I can't say that we've already
broken even, but we are on
the right path.

Q: Your background, you were

born in Jamaica, and a lot of
your crew is from Jamaica?
A: Basically. Everybody is
from there. There may be one
or two people that's in the
film who were born on the
Stateside (U.S.). The large
portion of the cast and the
crew are Jamaican-born.

Q: What kind of background
do you have in films?
A: I'm a creative person first
and foremost. I love movies. I
love the writing of a movie, I
love the storytelling aspects of
the movie. So it started just
being an avid observer, a
patron of the art and then
becoming a student, literally -
studying, buying books,
watching movies.

Q: Did you go to film school,
did you have formal training?
A: No film school, no formal
training. My formal training
comes from watching and
learning, patterning other
people who went to school for
the actual training.

Q: The violence's
prevalent throughout the
movie. Looking back after
making the film, are you satis-
fied with how that came off or
do you think maybe you went
a bit overboard?
A: I think the violence in the
movie, I was basically trying
to mirror some of the things
that really happen you know
what I mean especially living
in Brooklyn and being from
Jamaica where violence is
rampant. Some people might
feel like it's a little bit over the
top or a little much, but it's to
keep the realness of the char-
Whenever I do a project I
like authenticity. I like if a
character is supposed to be a
bad boy, you have to portray
him as a bad boy. If he's a
church boy, you don't try to
portray the church boy as a
bad boy, unless that's the tran-
sition they make. So I just try

Photograph by
Mykal Fax, left, and Steve "Tehut-Nine" McAlpin are the major forces behind the film "Bashme

to stay true to the characters. I
let the story just play itself
out because at the end of the
whole thing I wanted people
to come away with the sense
of who these characters were
and how a simple little thing,
as giving somebody a wrong
name or getting involved with
the wrong person, can become

Q: The (violence) carried a
whole lot of weight...What's
the good message coming out
of this?
A: The message is about your
choices. If you look at one of
the last scenes in the movie,
when the character called
"Rupert" is talking to Mykal
("Cymbal") and he says that
'since you say you feel like
your life is at a fork in the
road, let me ask you the same
question I asked "Son Son"',
and he doesn't really ask it to
him ("Cymbal"), he asks it
really to the audience: What
choice are you gonna make?
So I really made this film
to really, in a way reach out to
people. It's a very layered

film, so it's hard to even digest
everything that is in it in just
one viewing. It's very layered.
There's a lot of different
pieces in there. It's talking
about basic issues about the
youth. "Son Son" (the film's
tragic figure who lives and
dies violently) is a young man.
He's 17 years old and his
name is really "Donovan
Future". And you kind of fig-
ure that the future of the
youth is missing. And if they
continue down this path, I
think, that's basically where
they're gonna end up (like
"Son Son").
I really wanted to just
impact somebody in the audi-
ence because there are a lot of
these young guys that look at
"Son Son" as this hero and
they glorify his lifestyle. I look
at those and say 'look at all
the different badmen who
have come up in Jamaica and
gone. What always happen to
them? They either end up in
jail or dead.' But yet you have
these guys who continue pop-
ping up. They wanna emulate
that lifestyle. So I wanted to

really go in there,
and that's why at
the very end I kept
"Son Son" for so
long, 'cause I want-
ed to get people to
get it: 'This is where
you're gonna end
up'. And everybody
knew he was gonna
end up like that.
That's the sad thing.
So the mes-
sage is not necessar-
ily to glorify vio-
lence, but to show
the reality of it and
to show that your
choices do have
consequences and
the consequences
not only affect you,
but it affects the
People around you,
Gordon Williams whether it's your
ent". friends, your family,
and yourself as well.

Q: How do you approach dis-
tribution as a small production
company? What are the plans
for widespread distribution
and what are the obstacles
facing you?
A: Right now we're independ-
ent. If you start up independ-
ent you find that you have to
stay independent for a while,
until somebody catches on to
the magic that people see in
the work.
There's a lot of obstacles,
because right now we're rela-
tively unknown to the larger
industry. We're appealing to a
Caribbean market they (big
movie companies) don't rec-
ognize for film...That's a big
challenge. We've reached out
to the market in Jamaica and
we've gotten good feedback.
We've actually gained island
wide distribution through
Palace Amusement...
We've submitted to film
festivals...That gives us an
advantage because they like
to promote diversity.

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Entertainment and cul-
tural awareness will
mark a celebration of
the 120th anniversary of the
birth of Jamaican National
Hero Marcus Mosiah Garvey
this month in South Florida.
The "2007 Marcus Garvey
Rootz Extravaganza", is

scheduled for 6 p.m. to 10
p.m. Aug. 17 at the Broward
Community College south
campus, 7200 Pines Boulevard
in Pembroke Pines.
Dr. Leonard Jeffries,
black studies professor at City
College in New York, is the
scheduled guest speaker.


Trumpeter Etienne Charles thrilled the audience at the recent "Jazz at Lincoln
Center" show in New York. Looking on are Arturo Tappin on saxophone and Nicholas
Brancker on bass. On drums is Buddy Williams.

Sylvia Jordan a veteran of
the Garvey Movement, will be
honored by the organizers.
Vocalist Empress Trejah
Ethiopia from New York and
Shemana Dixon, Florida
International University's "Miss
Omega Psi Phi 2007", are also
listed among the highlights of
the program, along with audio-
visual presentations with Priest
Douggie and I. Jabulani Tafari,
and the Roots & Culture
Dancers. The master of cere-
monies is radio personality
Kevin "Ital-K" Smith.
Admission to the event,
presented by the Rootz
Foundation, Broward County
Library and the Broward
Community College, is free.
For more information,
call 954-981-1176 or the
library hotline, 954-201-8825.

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Controversial Jamaican
dancehall deejay Ninja
Man is scheduled to
perform in the United States
for the first time in some 15
years when he appears at
"Reggae Carifest 2007" this
month in New York.
The show, which also lists
acts such as South African
Lucky Dube, Third World,
Buju Banton, Bounty Killer,
Yellow Man, Movado, Pinchers
and Collie Buddz, is slated for
Aug. 25 at Randall's Island.
It is being organized by
Team Legendary under the ban-
ner "Give Peace A Chance".
"Know that all the war in

* 'Irie Jamboree'
Several top reggae/dancehall acts,
including Stephen Marley, Morgan
Heritage and Lady Saw, are in the line-
up for "lIrie Jamboree 2k7" set for
Sept. 2 at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens,
New York.
For more information, visit or call 1 -
* Debate over foreign judges for
Grenada's carnival
The national calypso competitions in
this month's carnival in Grenada will
be presided over by foreign judges,
despite strong objections from some
calypsonians in the island.
The unprecedented and contro-

s U.S. return to highlight

'Reggae Carifest 2007'

the business have to come to
an end," Ninja Man was quot-
ed in a recent press release
issued by the organizers.
"Reggae C(irilil was
launched in 1998 to showcase
Caribbean culture.
"We are once again doing
our part in trying to give the
people what they want by
moving mountains to bring
together on one stage dance-
hall's finest and reggae
greats for a show," said Team
Legendary's D'Niscio Brooks.
For more information,

versial decision to seek foreign
judges was announced by Prime
Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell in May.

* St. Lucians sweep Caribbean
soca contest
St. Lucian singers made a clean
sweep of the "Caribbean Soca
Monarch" competition last month.
Jonathan St. Rose, under the
sobriquet, "Ninja Dan", pulled away
from a field of seven contenders,
including defending monarch "Mr.
Vibes" from Trinidad and Tobago, to
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Tips for back-to-school technology shopping

(ARA) Remember when
your bighLI back-to-school
shopping challenge was finding
your elementary student the
coolest pair of sneakers and
trendy T-shirts?
Now they're high school
or college bound and it's a lot
more complicated.
Today, shopping for school

means making sure they have
all the technology they'll need
to make it through the school
year. But before you buy, make
sure you do your homework
and know what kids really need
to succeed.
"Computers in school are
now as commonplace as com-
puters in homes," says Paul

Ewert, executive vice president
and general merchandising
manager of CompUSA.
I',a r n i and educators have
come to rely on technology as
an important tool to enhance
learning for children."
Preparing your children in
terms of technology requires
more than just making sure
their laptop is in working order.
Ewert and the technology
experts at CompUSA offer the
following tips to help you make
smart back-to-school shopping

* If your teenager carries his
laptop to school, be sure to
invest in locks. Locks will pre-
vent unauthorized users from
stealing or accessing the com-
puter. Ch(Iio cut-resistant gal-
vanized steel combination locks.
* A great alternative to carry-
ing the entire laptop is to invest
in a USB flash drive. "USB
flash drives have become huge-
ly popular as reliable, portable
pocket-sized means of saving
papers, presentations and even
music and photos in a device
smaller than your thumb,"
Ewert says. "For most stu-
dents' needs, 1GB and higher
capacities are recommended,
with 2GB becoming the new
standard for safe storage of
information large enough for
most purposes."

* For safeguarding important
schoolwork, as well as photos,
videos and music, an external
hard drive actss s a ,dA-
deposit box". The drives can be

used to back up data in the
event of a system crash, cor-
rupted files, accidental erasures
or similar maladies common in
computers used in a student
"Students should consider
an external hard drive of 300
MB or greater, up to 1
Terabyte," says Ewert. "The
bigger they are, the more infor-
mation they can store."

* Many students are also using
their cell phones or digital cam-
eras to store photos, videos and
music. Additional memory
cards greatly expand the stor-
age capacity of these devices.
"The most popular memory
card is the mobile Secure
Digital (SD) cards for cell
phones," ,,tL_ .I, Ewert.
"These are good for saving
hundreds of pictures, music
files, etc., on a student's phone
or Blackberry."

* Repetitive motion injuries are
common among people who
spend hours a day typing,
including students. An
ergonomic keyboard and

mouse can help prevent injury
and improve posture by helping
position the hands, wrists and
forearms naturally. Ewert rec-
ommends you test-drive a
model in the store before you
buy it.
"Everyone's hands and
wrists are unique," he says.
"It's important to find the one
that best fits you."

* All work and no play makes
for very bored students, so be
sure to throw in some technolo-
gy that's just for fun, like
Slingbox, which allows students
to tune into their local TV
shows while away at school, and
add-on TV Tuners that can turn
a dorm room PC into a com-
plete entertainment center.

* Finally, on a practical note,
consider how you will handle
situations when your computer
and other technology are not
working properly. Consider
investing in a technology service
plan for your students. Often,
this can be available at a dis-
count when you purchase a new
laptop or desktop computer.

To learn more about back to
school technology, stop by your
local CompUSA store or go
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This little girl was among more than 70 children who will return to classes pre-
pared to battle common sicknesses after receiving immunizations during the North
Broward Hospital District's (NBHD) annual back-to-school health drive last month in
South Florida. Along with school immunizations, NBHD volunteers and community
health services coordinators provided more than 400 participants with health infor-
mation, blood pressure and sickle cell screenings. Organizations from all over the
county, including the Florida Health Department, also volunteered their services.
The Fort Lauderdale Police Department provided fingerprint services for school
children and their parents. Guests were provided with live entertainment, food,
backpacks, school supplies and prizes.

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The Belize government has
launched an ambitious multi-
million dollar national text-
book program, warning school
principals and other educators
that participation in the proj-
ect was not optional.
"It has been reported to
me that there are a few princi-
pals and teachers who have
,,uI-Lc,,lcd an intention not to
have their schools or students
participate in the textbook
program. This is unwise,
unreasonable and unaccept-
able. I remind everyone that
this is not an optional pro-
gram," said Education
Minister Francis Fonseca.
He said that those who
were seeking to undermine
the project were doing a dis-
service to school children and
the nation.

The government said that
it had spent an estimated
BZ$6.5 million ($3.3 million)
on launching the project that
would involve providing free
textbooks in five core subject
areas to all primary school
children attending govern-

ment and denominational pri-
mary schools.
Fonseca said that while
wide consul-
tation had
been held
prior to the
launch of
the initia-
.tive, it had
r taken the
over 20
Fonseca years to get
the project
"I am satisfied, therefore,
that the consultations have
been meaningful and ade-
quate, and the evaluation
process credible and reliable.
We have talked enough; it is
now time for us to act in the
best interest of the children of
Belize," he said.
While acknowledging
there would be problems dur-
ing the first year of the pro-
gram, the education minister
assured citizens that the
authorities were "fully pre-
pared to manage this program
effectively and efficiently."

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Conquer school year clutter in six easy steps

(ARA) Clutter is inevitable,
especially during the school
year when a new batch of
graded papers, permission
slips and loot from classroom
parties arrive on a daily basis.
"Talk to any family with

school-aged children and
you'll find them overrun with
clutter," says Ginny Bean, a
mother of three boys ages 12,
17 and 18, and publisher of
Ginny's, a house wares cata-
log. Necessity has taught Bean
a thing or two about organiza-
tion over the years. Bean sug-
gests the following for cutting

clutter and getting organized
this back-to-school season:

* Establish a daily backpack
routine Make a habit of sort-
ing through your children's
backpacks every day after
school. Use a tiered letter
sorter or filing system with
designated slots for each
child's papers, and an
"a.s.a.p." space for teachers'
notes, permission slips and
anything else that requires
immediate attention.
For papers and artwork
your child can't part with, con-
sider a storage cart for her
room, like thel-2-3 Storage
Cart that provides six colorful
numbered bins. Think "1" for
books, "2" for art projects,
and take it from there. Bins
are deep enough to hold
months' worth of papers and
art, so you and your child can
sort and pick favorites over
school breaks, rather than
making those tough on-the-
spot decisions.

* Establish a designated home-
work spot -Carving out a speci-
fied homework space for every

child can be a challenge in mul-
tiple-child families. Portable
work spaces can be the perfect
solution. Bean favors a folding
computer desk, offered
through her catalog, that folds
to a size not much larger than a
standard card table chair for
easy storage.

* Organize your entryway for
a speedy exit Eliminate the
last-minute morning backpack
search by setting up a spot
near the door for backpacks
and other things that need to
go to school, such as hats and
gloves, books, sports equip-
ment and musical instruments.

Entryway benches with hid-
den storage compartments
provide a convenient place to
sit while pulling on shoes and
drawer space for stowing
everything from outdoor gear
to keys and cell phones.

Survival guide for teens, parents

(ARA) Your teen may act
"too cool for school", but the
truth is that school is a major
source of stress for teens.
According to a survey by of over 600
teens ages 14 to 17, school-
work (32 percent), social
issues (30 percent) and
appearance (25 percent)
topped the list of back-to-
school worries most cited by
Though these issues are
complex, there are steps you
can take to reduce your child's
(and your own) stress level
and enjoy a new start.
The start of the school year
marks a time of new subjects,
new teachers, and often, differ-
ent classmates. Transitioning
into a new school can be espe-
cially difficult. Manage the
transition by attacking stressors
head on.

First day jitters
* Have a back-to-school bar-
becue so your teen can re-con-
nect with classmates to take
some of the first impression
pressures off the dreaded
"first day".
* Have your kids and their
friends walk through their
schedules on campus so get-
ting lost isn't an issue.

Create a sensible pace
* Balance extracurricular
activities and even "down
time" with your teen's study

* Make sure your teen is sleep-
ing enough. The American
Sleep Disorder Association
says the average teen needs 9.5
hours per day. Weekend sleep
schedules shouldn't deviate by
more than one or two hours to
maintain consistency.

* Eat breakfast. According
to the American Dietetic
Association, eating breakfast
can upstart your teen's metab-
olism, which helps with weight
control, mood and school per-

* Set goals relative to your
child's strengths and weak-
nesses. Unrealistic expecta-
tions will increase anxiety and
may lead to giving up.
* Have your teen take a learn-
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High tech checklist for A-plus students

(ARA) Preparing for school
is more than just buying pencils
and notebooks with today's
tech-savvy students.
Here's a back-to-school
technology checklist for high-
school and college-bound stu-
dents to help make their school
year more productive. From
"must-have" staples to "nice-
to-have" gadgets, students are
taking some pretty pricey gear
with them to school and they
need to know how to use it as
well as how to protect it.

Get It: laptop computer The
laptop computer now plays
multiple roles in a student's life
- typewriter, library, stereo, tel-
evision, telephone, etc. Dell,
HP and Gateway all have lap-
tops for under $1,000.
Protect it: Laptop tracking
and recovery software,
Computrace LoJack for Laptops
A laptop is stolen every 53
seconds in the United States.
Computrace LoJack for
Laptops from Absolute
Software can help track down
and locate lost or stolen
machines, and with the help of
local authorities, return it to
you. Don't forget the anti-virus,
anti-spyware, encryption and
firewall software as well as a
good cable lock as a visual
theft deterrent.

Get It: MP3 Player Today's
MP3 players offer much more
than just music. Some have
recording functions that allow
you to digitally record a lecture
and play it back for studying.
Didn't have time to read the
book? Get it in digital format
and listen to it before your test.
These nifty gadgets are also
portable storage devices. They
can hold and transfer files
when you are not carrying your
Protect it: Cases, screen pro-

tectors and identification tags
Most MP3 players need
more protection from their
owners than would-be thieves.
A good soft or hard case and
screen protector can keep your
MP3 player safe from falls,
spills and everyday use. A
number of companies make
identification tags for gadgets

like these so good Samaritans
can return items to their right-
ful owners. iPods can also be
engraved with your personal

Get It: portable gaming system
These devices are compact and
durable and offer plenty of
playtime for kids and kids at
heart. The latest gaming sys-
tems offer much more than
child's play. Applications for
the devices include music,
video, photos, Internet and
wireless connectivity.
Protect it: Common sense
and a locked cabinet
Portable gaming systems
are a lot of fun, but losing one
is no joke. Use common sense
if using the device in public.
(You wouldn't play with three
$100 bills on the subway, would
you?) And, when back in the
dorm room, keep it in an
inconspicuous place when it's
not in use. It's a good idea to
have a locking cabinet to keep
your gaming devices and other
valuables locked up when you
are out of the room.
Get It: cell phone, camera
phone or Personal Digital

Conquer school year clutter in six easy steps

* Choose clothes for the next
day Encourage your child to
spend a few minutes each
night selecting his or her
school clothes for the follow-
ing day. Make it a rule that
the child must stick with these
choices no dawdling in the
morning because he or she
doesn't want to wear what was
chosen last night.

* Plan breakfast the night
before Set the kitchen table
in advance and make cereal
and bread available to those
who are ready first.
Streamline breakfast prepara-
tion with helpful products like
the 3-in-1 Breakfast Center

that combines a pause-and-
serve coffee maker, toaster
oven, and even a grill for fry-
ing eggs and sausage, into one
handy appliance. The product
is also a great space and time-
saver for the busy home or
college apartment.

* Set your alarm clock earlier
- Do yourself a favor by rising
half an hour before everyone
else. Things tend to go much
more smoothly in the morning
if you're showered and
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Assistant (PDA) Today's cell
phones help students commu-
nicate and collaborate on all
fronts: via phone, email, text
message, IM and, in some
cases, video.
Although using the devices
in the classroom may be con-
troversial, parents and friends
certainly appreciate being able
to communicate with students
at a moments' notice. Plus, if
you can store files or receive
emails on your phone, you
catch some extra study time no
matter where you are.
Protect it: passwords, con-
tact information and insurance
Many cell phones and portable
computing devices can be pass-
word-protected to keep nefari-
ous users out of your address
book. If you have sensitive data,
personal information or pictures
on your phone that you don't
want anyone else to get their
hands on, using the devices
built-in security can offer some
protection. You might also want
to label the phone, externally or
through a locked screen saver,
with your personal information
so it can be returned to you.
Finally, if you invested in a $500
iPhone or Blackberry, pay the
few extra dollars for the service
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Time-saving, back-to-school

tips for the savvy mothers

(ARA) When the end of
summer finally rolls around it
can be difficult to see past all
the beach-bumming, lemon-
ade-sipping and sun-soaking
you've enjoyed for the past
few months. But before you
know it, the kids are going
back to school and, once
again, good old mom is busy
arranging car-pooling sched-
ules, packing lunches and
helping with math homework.
Even though after-school
activities and weekend games
can weigh heavily on a time-
starved mom, hope is not lost.
With a few adjustments to the
daily routine, moms every-
where can finally enjoy some
time for lh misLv s during the
back-to-school season, while
still maintaining a happy

Cook smart, eat smart Save
time during the week by
preparing meals ahead of
time. Buy universal ingredi-
ents like chicken, vegetables,
sauce and cheese to create a
variety of dishes without hav-
ing to over think it.
Scatter the ingredients on
store-bought dough to make
kid-friendly pizza or mix
everything together and serve
over pasta for a more rustic
meal. You can even grill the

veggies for fajitas to add a lit-
tle sizzle to the week.
Just prepare all the meals
for the week ahead and store
the items in separate contain-
ers to keep the food fresh.

When you're ready to eat,
simply reheat and serve for a
quick and easy food fix.
Treat school lunches the
same way. Pack your child's
lunches in advance or teach
them to make healthy choices
so they can pack their own -
saving you hours of time dur-
ing the work week.

Let someone else do the dirty
work House cleaning servic-
es are gaining in popularity
and it's easy to see why. With
the majority of mom's time
consumed by work and par-
enting, it's hard to find time to
tackle cleaning duties around

Survival guide for teens, parents

effective way for him or her to
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* Host study groups at your
home (with food) to foster
friendships from casual class
acquaintances and improve

Since appearance figures
prominently in teens' stress
list, addressing clothes, hair
and skin relatively "quick
and ..,, fixes goes a long

Back-to-school fashion
* Choose a few key pieces
from fashion magazines with
your teen. Make those the pri-
ority pieces and build around
* Accomplish the "retro-cool"
look on a budget at second-
hand or consignment stores.
* If your teen is craving a
trendy haircut, find a styling
school to get a high-end cut
for less. Use an online virtual
makeover tool to select a style
first, without the commitment

is one example).
* Reserve some budget for the
unanticipated hot trends seen
roaming the halls once school

Skin: the catch-22
* Stress causes acne and acne
causes stress. "Acne can cause
problems that go beyond skin-
deep, especially when it
affects your social life and
even schoolwork," says Dr.
Denise Metry of Baylor
College of Medicine.
Stress in turn can stimu-
late oil production and cause
more breakouts. So, it's
important to treat acne at its
source and break the cycle
with a product like Nature's
Cure 2-Part Acne Treatment
The treatment includes a ben-
zoyl peroxide cream that
clears blemishes on the out-
side and all-natural tablets
that work from the inside to
fight acne with no side effects.
* Proper skin care makes a
difference. Look for daily care
systems or kits that will give
your teen a routine to stick
with. Choose products which

have proven acne-fighting
ingredients like benzoyl per-
oxide or salicylic acid for effi-
cacy and botanicals like aloe
and chamomile for gentleness
and soothing. Make sure any-
thing your teens put on their
skin including moisturizers,
make-up and sunscreen is
either anti-acne or non-come-
dogenic (won't clog pores).
* Visit a dermatologist if over-
the-counter remedies have not
alleviated symptoms after a
few months.

While you can't eliminate
back-to-school stress, you can
minimize it. Recognize that
your child's sources of stress
are very real to him or her,
even if they seem foreign, if
not trivial, to you. Regardless,
listen to and support his or
her concerns and interests.
Even if your "too cool"
teen doesn't show it, knowing
they have your support makes
all the difference.

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Paying for college should be a family partnership

Perhaps your teenage
daughter has her heart
set on attending a selec-
tive liberal-arts college that
carries a sticker price north of
Or maybe your son's
dream school is near an ocean
and a two-day drive from your
front door with tuition, room
and board nearly twice the cost
of State U.
Is your teen expecting you
to foot a big part of the tab?
Probably, would be my guess.
But what about your high
schooler? Will he or she be
helping to pay for college too?
And have you even broached
the subject?
Contrary to some teens'
way of thinking, this is not a
radical expectation. It makes
perfect sense for children to
contribute to their educational
funding even if it's covering
their spending money or paying

for textbooks. Not only will
your children have a financial
stake in their education, but
there may be intangible divi-
dends when it comes to keeping
the focus on schoolwork rather
than parties, especially fresh-
man year. It might be one of
the best lessons they ever learn.

Before scouting out cam-
puses, attending meet-and-
greet sessions with admissions
representatives and filling out
the common applications, have
a frank discussion with your
student about the family col-
lege budget. You don't have to
rule out colleges based on their
sticker price just yet, since most
of them will offer financial dis-
counts and other incentives to
attract students. But it may
help to talk about paying for
college as a family partnership.
Spell out what you would
be willing to pay for college. If,
for example, you really don't

If students help pay for their own edu-
cation it will give them the incentive to
remain focused.
have the $40,000 a year to
cover the full load of the pri-
vate college but you can pay
half, make sure your teen
knows what is available, how
much may have to come out of
his or her funds, and how
much financial aid will be
needed to cover the gap.
Put on the table whether
there are strings attached to
your money, such as needing to
maintain a "B" average or
attending summer school to
graduate in three years instead
of four.

Another possible solution:
Require your newly minted
college freshman to cover a
higher percentage of the costs
the first two years of school,
when students are more at risk
of washing out. If they make it,
then agree to take over the
load. Or, if graduate school is a
strong possibility down the
road, discuss whether your
financial obligation will end
after the undergraduate degree

and theirs will begin.

Stewart Koesten, a finan-
cial planner and president of
KHC Wealth Management
Services in Overland Park,
Kansas, has tackled these types
of issues with clients and with
his own children. He recom-
mends talking about financial
expectations for college "at the
earliest point the child can
understand." Your child may
appreciate the heads-up about
money sooner rather than later.
"It would be unfair to lead
your children down a path of
expecting to attend the school
of their choice, only to tell
them later you can't afford to
send them there," Koesten said.
Some parents, he said,
struggle with the push-pull of
how much they are willing to
pay for college and what their
children's obligations should
be. There also might be feel-
ings of guilt for not having
saved enough to make that
dream school a reality.
Does that mean emptying
your retirement accounts?
"That would be a foolish
move," Koesten said. "There
are fallbacks for educational
funding and plenty of time for
your children to repay their
loans, but nobody will be there
to take care of your retire-
His point: Get over the
guilt and remember that there
are a lot of top-flight, afford-
able schools to choose from.

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the house.
To ease the workload, resi-
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household maintenance servic-
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imagine. Their home service
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to. And if you aren't a busy
mom yourself, but know one
who is, many cleaning services
offer gift certificates allowing
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nity to enjoy some "me" time.
By designing a cleaning
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kids up from school and
returning to a messy home.
It's time to prop your feet up,
relax and let someone else do
the dirty work.

Find time Let's face it, most
people get a later start to the
day than they'd like to. We
can't figure out whether the
snooze button is a blessing or
a curse. But either way, we
end up making it out the door
frazzled and unorganized with
each minute passing too
To slow down the hands
of time, organization is key.
You can save the extra time
you'd normally spend search-

ing for missing car keys, locat-
ing misplaced homework
assignments and picking out
your newest fashion creation.
Pick one day to overhaul your
organizational skills and the
rest is history.
To make sure you always
have your keys on-hand, pur-
chase a key rack for the front
door. Or for a more fashion-
able approach, place a decora-
tive, antique bowl to stash
them on a foyer desk.
Stackable, color-coded trays
can be a handy place to store
your son or daughter's complet-
ed homework assignments. As
they're heading out the door,
they can simply grab it and go.
And as for your closet, try
arranging your items of cloth-
ing by formality and color.
Keep casual items separate
from work-related ones and
brightly colored items sepa-
rate from neutrals. And when
you've got some free time in
the. \,L nini try picking out
your clothes for the next busi-
ness morning.
By cutting corners and
following time-saving tips like
these, moms everywhere can
enjoy a little more time for
themselves without sacrificing
their routine or their health.
Back-to-school time can be a
chaotic transition for summer-
loving kids and parents, but
simple changes can mean the
difference between a happy
home and a hectic one.

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U.S. Congress passes

Caribbean Educational

Exchange Bill
United States' House of
Representatives has passed a
bill that seeks to fortify edu-
cational exchanges between
the Caribbean and the United
The bill,
known as the
Shirley A.
Act of 2007,
was passed Lee
on July 31 by
a margin of 371 to 55 votes.
Introduced by California
Democratic Representative
Barbara Lee, the bill would
create "a i i'for
Caribbean community
(CARICOM) students to
study in the U.S. It would also
implement a plan for, among
other things, the enhancement
of teacher training and pri-
mary and secondary educa-
tion development in CARI-
COM-member states.
"This bill will establish a
mutually beneficial educational
exchange between the United
States and the Caribbean," Lee
said after its passage.
"And, it is an important
step towards strengthening
our relationship with our
neighbors," she added.


Photograph by Miami-Dade County/Ryan Holloway
Miami-Dade County Commissioner Dorrin D. Rolle hands backpacks with school supplies to children during his annual "Book Bag
Giveaway Health Fair and Optimist Club Extravaganza" recently. More than 2,000 people attended the event that also provided free
immunizations and physical examinations for school-aged children, as well as fun activities like a climbing wall, giant waterslide
and bounce house.


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Caribbean nationals contesting

seat in Florida State Legislature

MIAMI Two Caribbean
nationals are among candidates
contesting a seat in the Florida
State Legislature.
Hazelle Rogers, 54, the first
Caribbean American to be elect-
ed to office in Broward Country
in Florida and a longtime
Lauderdale Lakes city commis-
sioner, last month announced her
candidacy for
the District 94
Her deci-
sion pits her
against her
Hammond, 63,
of Lauderhill, a
longtime Rogers
activist who
has lost two previous bids for the
same seat.
Both Jamaicans will chal-
lenge two African Americans in
an Aug. 2008 Democratic pri-
mary against Robert L. Lynch,
54, and Rubin Young, 46.
Since Rogers's 1996 victory,
Caribbean Americans have won
commission seats in cities across
Broward County, including
Miramar, Lauderhill, Lauderdale
Lakes and Southwest Ranches.

But political observers in
Florida say the state race repre-
sents a rare instance in which two

politically-prominent Caribbean
nationals will face-off.
"It is a sign that the
Caribbean community is matur-
ing to be able to have two peo-
ple that are qualified and have
been active in the community
for a long time," said Lauderhill
City Commissioner Dale
Holness, who's also a Jamaican.
According to U.S. Census
figures, in recent years,
Broward's Caribbean American
population has increased signifi-
From 2000 to 2005, Broward's
black population, which comprises
34 percent Caribbean nationals,
grew by 22 percent.
Though Brooklyn, New
York, has more Caribbean
nationals than any other county
in the U.S., Broward County
has more Jamaicans 100,000 -
than any other county nation-
wide, the census said.

The current state seat is
being vacated by Matt Meadows,
and Rogers, a realtor and mort-
gage broker, is confident of vic-
tory, claiming that she has been
successful in several previous
She lost her first race in
1995 by a mere two votes, but
won the next year and has held
her seat since then.
"As Broward County

becomes more diverse, you
have elected officials running
against elected officials from
the same ethnicity," she said.
"Years ago,
you would not
see that."
But Fitzroy
Salesman, the
Miramar city
said the
upcoming race
Hammond would be diffi-
cult for
Caribbean Americans.
"Caribbean American
elected officials have been a
somewhat tight-knit group
when it comes to supporting
each other," he said. "Both peo-
ple have been very committed
to their communities. How do
you take sides?"
Hammond, who owns an
engineering firm, said that, after
immigration, the key issue for
Caribbean nationals would be
access to better-paying jobs.
"Right now, most Caribbean
people who come here, especial-
ly women, they work three and
four jobs," he said. "They leave
the kids home alone."


St. Vincent debates replacing queen as state head

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent,
CMC Legislators last month
began debating the final report
of the Constitutional Review
Committee (CRC) that is pro-
posing the appointment of a
non executive head of state in
a new constitution for St.
Vincent and the Grenadines.
Prime Minister Dr. Ralph
Gonsalves said there has been
overwhelming support for the
island replacing the British
monarch as the head of state.
The CRC, which was con-
vened in 2003 presented its
report to Parliament last year
and the report is the framework
for debates after which a new
constitution will be drafted.
Officials say after the par-

T&T's P.M. to
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad,
CMC Prime Minister Patrick
Manning is being investigated
by the Integrity Commission
for the fifth time, it has
The probe has to do with
the Maha Sabha license issue,
in which the Hindu group
took the government to the
Privy Council for failing to
grant it a license, saying it was
the victim of discrimination.
Manning told a press
briefing last month that he did
not fear public hearings and

liamentary vote, a referendum
will be held.

already supported the move to
replace the British monarch,
who is represented by the gov-
ernor general, as the head of
Meanwhile, Deputy Prime
Minister Sir Louis Straker said
that he has invited Queen
Elizabeth to pay an official visit
to the island during an audience
with her in May last year.
Trinidad and Tobago,
Guyana and Dominica are the
only Caribbean Community
(CARICOM) English-speak-
ing independent countries that
have replaced the British
monarch with their own head

Both Prime Minister of state.
Gonsalves and Opposition t
Leader Amhim Eustace have

face Integrity Commission
what they might reveal, noting Manning's comment on
that "every top sits on its own the Integrity Commission is

bottom" in
matters of
Manning had
called the- ^ '.
briefing to
inform the 4
media about .
the visit of "
Nigeria's Manning
Museveni and other pressing
domestic issues.


came when he said he agreed
with the decision to have pub-
lic hearings by the tribunal
investigating Chief Justice
Satnarine Sharma. He said jus-
tice would be better served by
this process. The PM. then said
he had been investigated by
the Integrity Commission four
times before and was cleared
on all occasions and that he
would be cleared again.

TORTOLA, British Virgin
Islands, CMC General elec-
tions will be held in this
British Overseas territory on
Aug. 20.
Governor David Pearey
has announced that Nomination
Day will be on Aug. 9.
The ruling National
Democratic Party (NDC), led
by Chief Minister Dr. Orlando
Smith, will face a challenge
from the main Opposition
Virgin Islands Party (VIP) of
former Chief Minister Ralph
The two parties have been
holding various public meet-
ings in anticipation of the
polls, which are also expected
to be contested by a number
of independent candidates.
Voters will elect a new 15-
member Legislative Council,
13 of whom are elected for a

ROSEAU, Dominica, CMC -
Attorney Earl Williams was
last month sworn into office as
Opposition leader promising
supporters that his next goal
would be to reclaim the gov-
ernment on behalf of his
United Workers Party
"My next accomplishment
is to be prime minister of
Dominica," Williams told
reporters after being sworn in
by President
UWP had
Williams last 4
month to
Edison James
Opposition Williams
"All of the Members of
Parliament have unanimously
given our support to the
leader of the party Mr. Earl
Williams," Brown said in an
interview on state radio then.
"That is something that
has been in the making for
quite a while. Since the last
budget Mr. James had hinted
that he would not be the one
replying to the next budget."

Meantime historian and
former senator in the House
of Assembly Lennox
Honychurch said he was not
surprised by James's resigna-
"It is clear that the UWP

four-year term, with nine of
them in single-seat constituen-
cies and four at large.
The one ex-officio mem-
ber and speaker are chosen
from outside the Council.
The British Virgin Islands
enjoys one of the more pros-
perous economies of the
region, with a
per capital
GDP of
$38,500. Its
main revenue
earners are
tourism and
Sthe financial
services with
funds being generated by the
registration of offshore com-

has been considering this for
many months and that they
have decided
that at the
opening of a
new session of
they are going
to make this
change," he
James, a for-
James Windward
Island and
Dominica cricket manager,
became the first leader of the
United Workers Party in 1988.
He led the party to victory in
1995 and became prime minis-
ter. But in 2000 his party was
beaten by the Dominica
Labour Party, led by Rosie
Douglas, who has since died.
James failed again to
regain power in 2005 when
Prime Minister Roosevelt
Skerrit defeated him in the
May 5 general elections. Soon
after, his Deputy Leader
Julius Timothy openly chal-
lenged his leadership. James
decided not to contest the
party leadership last year but
instead opted for party presi-
dent even while remaining
Opposition leader. However,
it was Williams who became
UWP leader unopposed as
Timothy by then had broken
ranks with the party.

Compiled from CMC sources.

BVI sets Aug. 20

for general elections

Dominica installs

new Opposition leader

August 2007


U.K. Privy Council makes region's

govts more accountable to citizens

LONDON, Britain, CMC -
The British-based Privy
Council has handed down a
landmark ruling which will
make Caribbean governments
more accountable to citizens
for unconstitutional actions
and force parliamentarians to
be more careful about what
they say under the cloak of
parliamentary privilege.
The court gave the deci-
sion following a constitutional
motion brought against St.
Vincent and the Grenadines
Prime Minister Dr. Ralph
Gonsalves, after controversial
statements were made about a
landfill involving the country's
former Police Commissioner
Rudolph Toussaint.
Toussaint was represented
by former Trinidad and Tobago
Attorney General Ramesh
Lawrence Maharaj, who said
the decision of the Privy
Council would have far-reach-
ing consequences for
Caribbean governments.
"The decision is of great
significance to the region and

CMC Caribbean community
(CARICOM) countries have
called on the international com-
munity to do more than just
give financial resources to
CARICOM Chairman
Owen Arthur said that the
regional states were willing to
work with the international
community to establish institu-
tions for good governance and
economic development in the
former French colony.
Haiti was re-admitted to
CARICOM in Feb. 2007 after

to the commonwealth since it is
a landmark decision in which
governments, through their
ministers and prime ministers
would be liable for anything
that they say in Parliament or
for anything that is done in
Parliament," he said.

Maharaj said the ruling
challenged traditional thoughts
on parliamentary privilege.
"The constitution of St.
Vincent and the Grenadines
gave the power of the courts to
look at what is said in the
Parliament," he explained.
"The Privy Council held
that it would be a denial of the
access to the right of Mr.
Toussaint to go to the court,
for the Speaker to prevent the
court from looking at very rele-
vant evidence and the Privy
Council ruled that the provi-
sion of the Privileges Act must
be construed with such modifi-
cations as are necessary to
bring them into conformity
with the constitution."

Maharaj, however, cau-
tioned that this should not be
interpreted as a review of laws
which govern parliamentary
privilege, since parliamentari-
ans are still personally guarded
by those laws.
"It does not alter the law
that members of Parliament
would not be personally liable
for anything they say or do in
Parliament, but the govern-
ment would be liable," he said.
Up to press time there was
no response from Gonsalves to
the Privy Council ruling.

a suspension that followed the
undemocratic removal of for-
mer President Jean Bertrand-
Aristide from office in 2004.

"CARICOM believes that
at this stage, its greatest support
for Haiti is to help it put in place
basic institutions of a civil socie-
ty to help it to put in place a
judiciary that works, a civil serv-
ice that works, customs and all
these other things that are basic
to building a i i., k il said
Arthur, who is also the
Barbados prime minister.


* Anguilla cracks down on illegal
The Anguilla government says it will
crack down on persons granted work
permits and involving themselves in
"illegal practices".
The Ministry of Labor said it had
been receiving information that some
holders of work permits were perform-
ing jobs for which the required legal
documents had not been obtained.

* The Bahamas marks 34th
The Bahamas celebrated 34 years of
political Independence from Britain
last month with Prime Minister Prime
Minister Hubert Ingraham saying the
country had achieved much to make
all Bahamians proud.
"We demonstrated a stern com-
mitment to our democracy over the
past 34 years and to the advance-
ment of our people both economically
and socially," he said in an address
on Independence Day, July 10.

* Judge from Dominica knighted
Dominican Brian Alleyne, acting chief
justice of the sub-regional Organization
of Eastern Caribbean States, was
awarded a knighthood last month.
The jurist was made a Commander
of the Most Distinguished Order of the
Nation at an investiture ceremony at
Government House in Antigua.

* Guyana to discuss civil society
A three-day conference aimed at
identifying "an agenda for growth and
livelihoods" will be held in Guyana in
The Government Information
Agency (GINA) said the Oct. 15-17
conference comes ahead of the
Commonwealth Finance Ministers
Meeting (CFMM) to be held in Guyana.

Compiled from CMC and other

Speaking at a joint news
conference with visiting
Canadian Prime Minister
Stephen Harper, Arthur said
that the "region now stands
ready to work with the interna-
tional community and especial-
ly Canada to make sure that
the basic requirements of a
civil society and modern econ-
omy are established.
"It is not just enough to
throw a lot of financial resources
at Haiti and congratulate your-
self as to how bit the pledges
are," he said. "The most impor-
tant thing is developing in Haiti
the capacity to absorb the finan-
cial pledges."

Guyana steps up fight

against smuggling

CMC The Guyana govern-
ment has established an anti-
crime task force to combat fuel
and manufactured food smug-
gling and illicit trafficking in
narcotics and illegal weapons.
Home Affairs Minister
Clement Rohee said that
retired Police Commissioner
Floyd McDonald would head
the inter-agency secretariat
managing merchandise and
fuel smuggling while security
specialist Errol Vanoonten
would head a similar body
overlooking the battle against
illegal drugs and weapons.
Rohee said that the gov-
ernment "is enthusiastic about
the task forces which should

have an impact on the smug-
gling of drugs, goods, fuel and
illicit weapons as members will
share information and intelli-
gence gathering in these areas."
He also explained that
once the agencies become fully
operational, "then meetings of
the two task forces will be con-
vened separately... in order to
discuss the terms of reference
(TOR) of the respective task
force and to make them opera-
tional together."
Rohee said that in order to
ensure success in the initiative,
security would be boosted along
the country's sprawling and
mostly unprotected borders.

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Marley's legendary 'yard' flavor rubs off on Bahamas resort

When you look around
the new Marley
Resort & Spa on
Cable Beach in Nassau, you'll
have to pinch yourself to
remember that you're in The
Bahamas and not Jamaica.
Bold reds, greens and
golds mingle with earthtones
both indoors and out, reggae
music plays in the background,
and the aroma of favorite
Jamaican foods wafts from the
The original house in the
complex was purchased many
years ago by Bob and Rita
Marley as a family getaway to
secure a little privacy. Of
course, Chris Blackwell's
recording studio was just down
the road, which may have had
something to do with the
choice of location.
Unfortunately, Bob Marley
died before he could enjoy the
renovated ocean side retreat.
Through the ensuing
years, the Marley family did
take residence here often. But
now that so many of the chil-
dren are business and enter-
tainment icons in their own
right, and Rita is devoting
much of her time to African
philanthropies, the family

decided to turn their
house and an adjoin-
ing property into a
resort hotel, sched-
uled to open on
Aug. 20.
I was told that
the intention was not
to present it as a
monument to The
Legend himself, but
this pronunciation is
contradicted at every
turn. Each of the 16
rooms and suites is
named after one of
Bob's songs. There's
"Kinky RL ',,L "Liv
Up Yourself" and "Eas
Skankin'", to name a f
honeymoon suite is cal
"One Love". Although
and d6cor vary, you ca
the Jamaican flavor.

At NmIIiL r Down
restaurant's elegant ind
casual courtyard tables
menu includes many o
famous Marley couple
favorite dishes, such as
pepper pot, jerk chicken
fried with organic gard
tables, escovitched co
with candied yam, and
island green salad. The
Up" sports bar serves


"We'll share the same room", Marley sang in the tune "Is This
and a view of this bed makes that an appetizing thought.

ely signature drinks and natural
sy fruit blends, several with
ew. The names reflecting Marley's
[led roots. An indoor/outdoor set-
h size ting blends into the restaurant
n't miss courtyard, surrounded by
waterfalls and tropical plants.
Themed entertainment
takes place five nights a week,
n1" showcasing the culture and cui-
door and sine of The Bahamas, Africa,
s, the Jamaica and Trinidad. Caribbean
f the jazz is featured on Sundays.
's Guests in search of pam-
ital pering step into the Uprising
en stir- Tea Lounge, located in a cozy
len veg- corner nook paved with flag-
)d fish stones and dripping in bloom-
irie ing vines. They start with a
"Stir It manicure or pedicure while
exotic sipping bush tea made with

CARICOM requires travel card for nationals

natural ingredients, many
grown on premises. Now
completely relaxed, it's
time to move down the
arcaded walkway over-
looking the shoreline and
into a Natural Mystic Spa
treatment room. Using
nature's bounty of heal-
ing herbs, fruits, spices
and essential oils, the
masseuse blends ancient
traditions and health
secrets from Africa, Asia
Love", and the Caribbean to
stimulate the senses. A
calming tropical rain
shower is followed by an aro-
matic steam experience. Or try
the hot stone massage, using a
delicious blend of cinnamon,
sweet orange, vanilla and
patchouli oils to melt away
tension. An invigorating
Caribbean Mocha Rum Wrap
follows. A couples room is
available for these and other
deliciously scented treatments.

Just past the lobby is a tiny
museum with all sorts of
Marley memorabilia from the
great one's illustrious career. In
the gift shop, entered from the
resort but fronting onto the
coastal road, a collection of
Jamaican, Bahamian and
African souvenirs, MRS
(Marley Resort & Spa) resort
logo wear, art objects and Bob

Marley CDs and DVDs are
sold. Eye catchers are outfits
and accessories from the vin-
tage Catch a Fire clothing line
designed by daughter Cedella
The resort's carefully honed
MRS Concierge Service is the
pride of daughter Stephanie,
who oversees resort operations.
"Our team of dedicated
servers handles mail and mes-
sages, recommendations and
reservations, travel, shopping
and electronic communica-
tions," she explained. "Team
members are selected and
trained based on self confi-
dence, adaptable discipline,
flexibility and persistence.
There is no request that we
won't try to fulfill to the best
of our ability."
She said that the concierge
team members are also social
advisors, business expediters
and personal confidantes.
This resort will certainly
attract the curious, residents and
visitors alike, to all things Marley
in spite of the code. It is a nostal-
gic piece of reggae Jamaica set
down very surprisingly but
authentically on a coastal cliff
in The Bahamas. Irie!

Eleanor M. Wilson is a freelance
writer for Caribbean Today.

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent,
CMC Caribbean nationals,
who travel frequently within
the region, will soon have the
use of a CARICOM travel
card, Prime Minister Dr. Ralph
Gonsalves has disclosed.
The prime minister was
reporting on the recent CARI-
COM Heads of Government
Summit, which was held in
Barbados recently. However, it
was not immediately clear how
this new card would affect the
long-awaited CARICOM visa.
He said the heads agreed
to introduce a CARICOM
travel card, which could be
used by traders, who travel
through the region often but do
not want to use their passports.

Noting that the travel
card would take the form of a
"swipe card", the Vincentian
prime minister said a watch list
would be developed and certain
people would not be issued
such a card. Additionally, the

card would have electronically-
readable information that
would negate fraudulent use.
He added that the card
would also allow a person to
stay in the country of destina-
tion for six months. Prime
Minister Gonsalves, however,
cautioned that "even while
we're doing that, we have to
take the safeguards to make
sure that the vagabonds and
the criminals don't have the
same facility."
When quizzed on the
CARICOM visa, Gonsalves
would only say that much work
needs to be done to introduce
the document.

Jamaica to build new conference center in MoBay

Jamaica has announced plans
to build a new facility to
accommodate meetings on
the western end of the island.
The proposed Montego
Bay Convention Center,
planned for Rose Hall, is sched-
uled to open Dec. 2008. It is
projected to cost $51.67 million.
The convention center is a
joint venture between the gov-
ernment of Jamaica and Ex-
Im Bank of China, which will
be the majority shareholder,
financing $45.4 million. It will
be built on 23 acres of land
and provide approximately


square feet of
rooms for
and other
"The con-
struction of
the conven-
tion center
comes at an

opportune time for Jamaica
and will become the focal
point of our meetings, conven-
tions and exhibitions product,"
said Basil Smith, director of

tourism for the Jamaica
Tourist Board.
"Our plan is to share the
true Jamaican experience, one
that is filled with diversity, cul-
ture and adventure not only
with the leisure travel market,
but also with business travel-
ers, corporations, incentive
groups and meeting planners.
This new convention center
strengthens our appeal to
these market segments and we
look forward to welcoming
new and returning groups for
years to come."

* Air J expands service to
Air Jamaica last month
launched its first nonstop flight
between Fort Lauderdale/
Hollywood International Airport
(FLL), in Florida, to The Grantley
Adams International Airport (BGI)
in Barbados.
The regularly scheduled FLL-
BGI flight will operate three days
per week, Friday, Saturday and
Sunday. Barbados-bound flights
will depart FLL at 9:40 a.m. and
arrive BGI at 1 p.m. FLL-bound
flights will depart BGI at 1:50
p.m. and arrive FLL at 5:30 p.m.

* Tourism led Anguilla's
economy in 2006
The tourism sector was the
main contributor to the economy
of Anguilla last year, according to
official figures released by the
Ministry of Economic
Development, Investment,
Commerce and Tourism.
It said that the sector
accounted for nearly 29 percent
of the Gross Domestic Product
(GDP) or EC$119.5 million
($44.25 million). A report on the
island's economy, released by the
ministry, showed that total visitor
arrivals increased by 16.8 per-
cent in 2006 over 2005.

* CDB grants LIAT $60M loan
Cash-strapped regional air-
line LIAT has been given a
Caribbean Development Bank
(CDB) financial package that will
go towards paying its debts, pur-
chasing Caribbean Star Airlines'
assets and carrying on with its
restructuring plans.
The Barbados-based bank
approved the funds during a
board of directors meeting last
LIAT's Chief Executive Officer
Mark Darby told the Caribbean
Media Corporation (CMC) that
paying off the carrier's significant
debt and paying employee sever-
ances will be the first order of

* Climate change blamed for
region's hurricanes
A new study has blamed
warmer sea surfaces associated
with global climate changes for
the annual increase in hurricanes
and tropical storms in the Atlantic.
The study is expected to be
of interest to the Caribbean since
the region is vulnerable to hurri-
canes on an annual basis.

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No passport necessary for travel between U.S. and its territories

QUESTION: I am a legal per-
manent resident and I am
wondering if I can travel to
the U.S. Virgin Islands with
my green card, Social Security
number and driver's license. I
really need to know because I
am getting married soon and
my fiancee and I are planning
our honeymoon there.

ANSWER: According to the
U.S. State Department, the
new Western Hemisphere
Travel Initiative will not affect
travel between the United
States and its territories.
U.S. citizens traveling
between the United States,
Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin
Islands, Guam, the Northern
Mariana Islands and American
Samoa will continue to be able
to use established forms of
identification to board flights
and for entry, that is, green

cards, driver's
licenses or
U.S. birth cer-
If travel-
ing outside the
U.S. or a U.S.
territory, a
passport appli-
cation receipt
or other
secure docu-
ment will be
required. For
example, a person may travel
to and from the United States
to the U.S. Virgin Islands with-
out a passport or other secure
document, but under current
rules, a passport application
receipt or other secure docu-
ment would be required to re-
enter the U.S. Virgin Islands
from the British Virgin Islands
or another country as of Dec.
31, 2006.

The Western Hemisphere
Travel Initiative will require
all travelers (including U.S.
citizens) to and from the
Americas, the Caribbean and
Bermuda to have a passport
application in and the receipt
on hand to enter or re-enter
the U.S. currently.
For readers seeking to
obtain a U.S. passport, you
must be born or be a natural-
ized U.S. citizen to qualify.

U.S. citizens can visit the
State Department's travel
or call the U.S. National
Passport Information Center
at 1-877-4USA-PPT;
TDD/TTY: 1-888-874-7793.
You should allow yourself
a sufficient amount of time to
apply and receive your pass-
port in advance of travel.
Allow some 12 weeks for pro-
cessing of your passport appli-
cation if you apply from inside
the U.S. Note that there's a
current backlog in the system,
hence the rule change to allow
for persons with receipts for
the next six months.
Persons wishing to apply
for a passport will need to
provide evidence of citizen-
ship through original docu-
ments like a birth certificate
or naturalization certificate,
driver's license, a check or
postal money order totaling
about $113 that includes the

passport fee of $67, the exe-
cution fee of $30 and the
photo fee of $15. Prospective
passport seekers can bring
their own passport photos.
Consumers seeking to renew
their passports can obtain
postage at the Caribbean Fair
to mail the completed applica-
tion. The renewal fee is $67.

Compiled by Felicia Persaud.
This column is created espe-
cially for immigrants con-
cerned or unsure of issues per-
taining to the U.S. immigra-
tion law. The answers provid-
ed are for information purpos-
es only, and does not create
attorney-client relationship,
nor is it a substitute for legal
advice, which can only be
given by a competent attorney
after reviewing all the facts of
the case.

Lightning is a deadly weather
hazard which claims many
lives each year. Summer is the
peak season for lightning.
Therefore, next time a storm
rolls in, remember the follow-
ing tips:
* Use the "30-30 Rule"
when you see lightning by
counting until you hear thun-
der. If that time is 30 seconds
or less, seek shelter immedi-
ately because the storm is
close enough to be dangerous.
* When outside, avoid
being the tallest object.
* Don't stand under or near
an isolated tree or small group
of trees.
* Get inside a sturdy struc-
ture before the storm
* Unplug all unnecessary
* Don't use the telephone
during a storm unless it's an
* Don't stand by open win-
dows, doors or patios during a
* Get out of boats and away
from water.
* If a sturdy shelter is not
available, get inside a hard-
topped automobile and keep
the windows up.
* Don't take a bath or show-
er during a thunderstorm.
* If you feel your skin tingle
or your hairs stand on end,
squat low to the ground on
the balls of your feet. Place
your hands on your knees
with your head between them.
Make yourself the smallest
target possible and minimize
your contact with the ground.
Do not lay flat on the ground.
* If someone is struck by
lightning, call 911 immediately.
Also be aware of positive
or "out-of-the blue" lightning.

Lightning that originates at
the top of a thunderstorm car-
ries a positive charge. Positive
lightning is particularly dan-
gerous because:
* It frequently strikes away
from the rain core, either
ahead or behind the thunder-
* It can strike as far as five
to 10 miles from the storm, in
areas that most people do not
consider to be a lightning risk
* It has a longer duration
making fires more likely.
* It usually carries a high
peak electrical current, which
increases the lightning risk to
an individual.
According to the National
Weather Service in the United
States, 1,000 people are sent
to the hospital annually for
lightning related injuries.
These injuries can be life-long
and debilitating.

The USCIS, Office of
Citizenship, has launched, the
inter-agency web portal that
presents a comprehensive
range of resources and infor-
mation for use by immigrants.
Visit the website at
This website provides
immigrants with practical
information on settling in the
United States and other infor-
mation about participating in
our civic culture. It also serves
as the central web portal to
locate all federal government
resources available to immi-
grants and the organizations
that serve them.
The site contains links to
help new immigrants find
English classes, links to for infor-
mation on ways to get
involved with their communi-
ty, and also contains helpful
links to, the
USCIS website, itself.
Additional topics on the
site include: immigration and
citizenship, education and
childcare, healthcare and fam-
ilies, government benefits,
"About the United Siik ,
money and finance, employ-
ment and emergencies and

The fees to obtain a passport
from the Consulate General
of Jamaica in Miami, Florida
have been increased.
The increase has been
attributed to a recent hike in
postal rates in the United
States Postal Service.
The new fee schedule will
be as follows:
* passport renewals $110 for
adults and $80 for children
under the age of 18 years;
* replacing passports is $190
for adults and $130 for chil-
The general fees include
mandatory mailing cost for all
processed passports.
Processed passports will be
mailed to the applicants.
Processing time for all
applications is approximately
six weeks.
The office of the con-
sulate is located at the
Ingraham Building at 25 S.E.
Second Avenue, Suite 609,
downtown Miami.
Call the office at 305-374-
8431 or visit the website at for
more information.

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Grenada's Joseph spices up

U.S. Major League Soccer

T&T rises, Jamaica falls

in world soccer rankings


The image of Caribbean soc-
cer received a significant
boost last month when
Grenadian-born Shalrie
Joseph was chosen to lead
United States Major League
Soccer's (MLS) All-Star team
against Scottish Premier
League (SPL) champions
For the New England
Revolution's central midfield-
er, widely recognized as the
best at his position in the
MLS, the gravity of the trib-
ute to his personal work
ethic and the support of team-
mates was hard to downplay.
"It was definitely an
honor," Joseph told
Caribbean Today recently.
But the respect did not
come easy. Joseph's road to
professional soccer has been
long and, at times, frustrating.
Yet, even at age 29, he is still
hunting his dream of playing
in Europe after encountering
several disappointments at his
Massachusetts-based club.
Joseph spent his early
childhood growing up in St.
George's, Grenada, where
he first embraced soccer. His
uncle played for the Spice
Island's national team and the

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game came naturally for the
boys from the River Road
area of the capital.
"That's where all the 'ballers
come from," Joseph said with
a chuckle.

But young Shalrie needed
more direction. His mother
had migrated to the U.S.,


when her only child was about
age two, and he never had a
chance to know much about
his father, who died when he
was about 11.
"I was in Grenada going
nowhere fast," he admitted.
At age 14 his mother
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Flatbush, Brooklyn. His love
for soccer blossomed there,
and except for the odd pick-
up basketball game and a bit
of cricket, his sporting life
revolved around the "beauti-
ful game". After attending
Bryant and Stratton, a two-
year college in upstate New
York, Joseph enrolled at St.
John's University where, as a
senior in 2001, he earned All-
American honors.
Yet when the Revolution
selected him with the 14th
pick in the 2002 MLS
Superdraft, Joseph did not
eagerly jump into America's
top league. He spent time in
Europe, trying to make it with
clubs in Germany and Italy.
Eventually he joined the
Revolution in 2003 and imme-
diately staked a claim for a
regular place. That too, was
not easy.
"It was difficult coming
in as a no name player," he
recalled. "I had to come in
make a name for myself."

Joseph does not view his

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad,
CMC Trinidad and Tobago's
Soca Warriors reclaimed the
number one ranking in the
Caribbean Football Union
(CFU) last month when they
attained a 65th rating on FIFA's
July list.
After spending just one
month at number one in May,
T&T was unseated as the top
Caribbean team in the June
ratings by Jamaica.
The Soca Warriors jumped
eight spots up FIFA's rankings list
last month to retake the top CFU
spot from Jamaica's Reggae
Boyz, who plunged a whopping
25 places down FIFA's list after a
wretched tour of Asia recently.
The Jamaicans slid from
number 68 in June to 93rd last
month as a result of stinging
losses to Iran (1-8), Vietnam (0-
3) and Indonesia (1-2) during
the tour, in which the Boyz
scored a 2-0 win over Malaysia.
The drop now places the
Jamaicans fourth in the CFU,
behind T&T, Cuba (90th in the
world) and Haiti (92nd).

For the Jamaicans, who
surged to an all-time best 27th

Julian Hunte is new WICB

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad,
CMC New West Indies
Cricket Board (WICB) presi-
dent Julian Hunte is keen to
address the credibility of the
board as he begins his stint as
head of the regional body.
Hunte, the only nomination for
the position of president, for-
mally took the reins on July 29
at the WICB's annual general
meeting and declared that
building confidence in the
board's operations is one of his
priorities as they aim to devel-
op the game.
"One of the major con-
cerns in this regard is the credi-
bility of the WICB. This goes
beyond our public image and
strikes at the heart of the char-
acter of the corporation," he
said in his acceptance speech to
the WICB's members and
board of directors.
"It is a matter that we
must address since our ability
to attract additional support,
especially from the private sec-
tor, is dependent on both our

* Digicel renews Windies cricket
Telecommunications giant Digicel
has extended its sponsorship deal
of West Indies cricket until 2012.
The original deal, expected to end
in 2010, was also renegotiated and
it will now see Digicel pouring a
further $20 million into the sport

reputation as an organization
and the success of our teams,"
he said.

For decades, the WICB
has been criticized for its run-
ning of the sport. Experts, the
media, ex-players and the gen-
eral public often dJL rii the
board's administration of the
sport as ineffective archaic
and lacking vision and a com-

in the world in 1998 when they
qualified for the FIFA World
Cup finals, this is one of the
lowest positions they have held
on FIFA's list in many years.
The CFU has a fifth
Caribbean team in FIFA's Top-
100 with Guyana listed at 100.
St. Vincent and the
Grenadines, 103rd on the world
list, are sixth on the top 10 of the
CFU log, which is completed by
Barbados, 118th in the world,
Suriname (125th), and Bermuda
(130th), with Antigua and
Barbuda (131st) in 10th position.
T&T, eight-time Caribbean
champions, is now seventh in the
CONCACAF (G wifLdL rai, in of
North, Central American and
Caribbean Association Football)
ratings. Mexico, semi-finalists at
the recent Copa America, con-
solidated its number one spot in
CONCACAF by jumping 16
places to 10th in FIFA and the
United States stayed second with
a world rating of 14th.
Meanwhile, Brazil is again
the world's top team. Argentina
is ranked second, followed by
Italy, France, Germany and the
Netherlands, with Croatia sev-
enth and Portugal eighth.

mittee appointed earlier this
year to review its operations,
appeared to concur.
The three-man committee
- led by former Jamaica Prime
Minister P.J. Patterson was
appointed to undertake the
review exercise and to make
appropriate recommendations.
The other members were Sir
Alister McIntyre and Dr. Ian
McDonald. Outgoing President
Ken Gordon announced during
the AGM that their findings
should "chart a course that will
move the structure of West
Indies cricket from its largely
untouched colonial
antecedence into the challeng-
ing new world of highly-com-
petitive professional cricket."
Hunte also listed introduc-
ing a professional league in the
region and developing a more
harmonious relationship with
the West Indies Players'
Association (WIPA) as other
priorities for his administration.


over the next five years.

* Boost for Florida's cricket
The South Florida Cricket Alliance
in the United States got a well
needed injection of funds and sup-
plementary support recently when
it signed a sponsorship agreement
with County Line Chiropractic

Centers recently.
The Alliance will receive cash,
in-kind services and support gear in
exchange for naming rights, exclu-
sivity and promotional benefits.

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August 2007


MIAMI, Florida, CMC -
Jamaica's former world light
heavyweight boxing champion
Glen Johnson whipped
American Fred Moore on a
fifth-round knockout at the
Sheraton Miami Mart Hotel in
a title-fight tune-up late last
Johnson, a 38-year-old vet-
eran, stopped Moore at two min-
utes, 45 seconds of round five.
It was another perform-
ance by Johnson that belies
his age and he is expected to
secure another crack at the
world title later this year.
Johnson toyed with Moore for
the first four rounds of the
fight, allowing him to trade
with him. But in the fifth
round, the native of the cen-
tral Jamaican parish of

Clarendon, opened up with
the heavy artillery and Moore
was unable to respond.

Johnson unleashed an
array of powerful punches and
late in the
fifth, blasting
a Moore with
two powerful
shots to the
head, sending
him to the
Frank Gentile
Johnson quickly
moved in and
called a halt to the bout a few
seconds before the round was
scheduled to end.
Johnson, who is slated for

an International Boxing
Federation (IBF) title fight
against British champion
Clinton Woods later this year,
improved his ring record to 46
wins (31 knockouts) against 11
losses and two draws. Moore
slipped to 30 wins (27 knock-
outs) against seven losses.
Johnson, the 2004 "World
Fighter-of-the-Year", and
Woods have fought three title
bouts, all in Woods's native
England and have split two
decisions and fought the third
match to a draw.
In Johnson's last fight
before Moore, he had stopped
veteran Montell Griffin in the
11th round of their IBF title
eliminator in Hollywood,

A youngster demonstrates his forward defensive shot for West Indies player Denesh Ramdin during the Digicel Cricket Coaching
Clinic at the Sir Frank Worrell Cricket Center in Couva, Trinidad and Tobago. This summer, the telecommunications company is
sponsoring clinics in Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, Guyana, Antigua and St. Vincent where young, aspiring cricketers
participate with top West Indies cricketers, past and present.

Grenada's Joseph spices up U.S. Major League Soccer

Grenadian origins as a hin-
drance to his professional
career. He has been a multiple
MLS All-Star. However, he
understands that the country's
standing in the sport can limit
opportunities for its players.
Grenada is not ranked in the
top 10 by the Caribbean
Football Union and is
nowhere close to the top 100
countries rated by FIFA, the
sport's governing body. But
Joseph believes that a chance
is all he needs to pave the way
for others.
"I look at it as a positive,"
the 6' 3", 180-pound player
said. "I represent a small
island. It's all about making
them respect you. I think I
have done that earning it."

Yet Joseph may be paying
a heavy price for his rise in the
MLS. European clubs, like the
defending SPL champions
Celtic, have shown increased
interest to acquire his services
over the past couple years, but
he said the MLS has been
reluctant to let him go. And
while he said he enjoys his
teammates and will continue to
do his best for the Revolution,
the long wait to accomplish his
dream of playing overseas has
bothered him. He expected a
move before the current MLS
season started. It did not come.
"I'm more frustrated, not
really bitter," he said. "It can
be frustrating coming to
Club dillL, n li.L, aside,
Joseph is looking forward to

representing Grenada in
international games. He has
watched as Haiti, Jamaica and
Trinidad and Tobago have
represented the Caribbean at
the World Cup finals. When
Grenada begins its qualifying
campaign for the 2010 World
Cup next year, Joseph knows
at his age it may be his final
shot at the game's big stage.
Yet he is confident that
Grenada can get the job done.
"It's definitely the time
for us," he said. "Jamaica set
the bar high. T&T raised that
bar. I think we can be that
team (in 2010)."

Gordon Williams is Caribbean
Today's managing editor.

Aussie looking to make Windies team


Jamaica's Johnson stays sharp

for upcoming world title fight

BRISBANE, Queensland,
CMC Jamaica and, perhaps,
West Indies may get another
Australian influence.
No, it's not another coach,
physio, or trainer, but Brendan
Nash, the Queensland batsman,
who is set to leave Australia in
September and attempt to
revive his career in the
The Quest Community
Newspaper has reported that
Nash, whose father Paul was an
Olympic and Commonwealth
swimmer for Jamaica in the late
1960s, has made the decision to
try and win a West Indies spot
after missing out on a contract
with the Queensland Bulls for
the 2007-08 Australian season.
"I was obviously very dis-
appointed to miss out on a con-
tract, but I pretty much got told
it would be hard for me to work
my way back in again and I felt
I still have something to offer,"
said Nash, a solid left-handed
batsman and useful left-arm
medium-paced bowler.
"I was over in the


Several professional athletes from the United States visited the Caribbean recently
to conduct sports camps for children. Here former National Basketball Association
player Tim O'Connor James offers tips on the proper positioning of the legs before
shooting the basketball during the annual Rujohn Foundation Celebrity Sports
Camp at Kool Runnings Water Park in Negril, Jamaica. James was joined at the
camp by National Football League players Rudi Johnson, T.J. Houshmandzadeh,
Jr., Omar Gaither and Shaun Smith, who demonstrated their skills to 123 children
from Negril and the surrounding areas of western Jamaica. The foundation is a
South Florida-based non-profit organization established in 2003 by two
Jamaicans, Andrew and Christina Bachelor, to serve the island's youth.

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Caribbean for the (Cricket)
World Cup and although I did-
n't talk to anyone on the West
Indies Cricket Board or any-
thing, I did speak to (former
West Indies Test players) Jeff
Dujon and Courtney Walsh,
and they felt I could make an
improvement to West Indies
cricket," he said.

The 29-year-old Nash
hopes to join the Kingston
Cricket Club and eventually
force his way into the Jamaica
national team for the next
regional first-class season.
"I've spoken to a lot of sen-
ior players in Queensland and
most of them felt like they did-
n't hit their peak until they were
29 or 30," he said.
"I'll give myself plenty of
backing to make a go of it, and
weigh it up a bit further down the
track, it's all been a bit sudden."
Nash has also been
described as a stunning fielder.


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