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Immigration Services is urging
Caribbean and other immi-
grants with green cards with-
out expiration dates to imme-
diately replace them or face
penalties, including hefty fines
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New U.S. immigration rules concern Caribbean legislators


NEW YORK Caribbean leg-
islators here say the Bush
administration's crackdown on
illegal immigrants in the
United States could send thou-
sands of Caribbean nationals
further into the underground
Jamaican-born New York
State Assemblyman Nick
Perry, a member of the
Assembly's Task Force on New
Immigrants, and St. Vincent
and the Grenadines-born New
York City Councilman Dr.
Kendall Stewart, chair of the

City Council's
Committee on
told the
(CMC) that
Perry latest initiative
could do more
harm than good to the U.S.
"Are they going to make
this a consistent policy?" asked
Perry, who represents the large-
ly Caribbean 58th Assembly
District in Brooklyn. "I don't

think they will be able to do
that because a lot of American
businesses depend on immi-
grants to get their jobs done.
"These people take advan-
tage of immigrants in any
case," he added.

The George W. Bush
administration's new rules,
unveiled last month, have been
greeted with a wave of new
concerns about labor shortages.
The rules seek to consolidate
enforcement against employers
and toughen penalties for hir-
ing undocumented or illegal

Caribbean and
other immi-
(IhCli Irhl sec-
retary of the
Stewart Security
ewa Department,
and Carlos M.
Gutierrez, secretary of com-
merce, minced no words in
telling reporters that the meas-
ures essentially seek to
strengthen border security and
force illegal immigrants out of
the job market.
The U.S. officials said under
the new rules, employers have
90 days to reconcile any discrep-
ancies between Social Security
numbers furnished by workers
and the records of the U.S.
Social Security Administration.

But Perry said the U.S.

economy would suffer more
than immigrants, because many
immigrants take jobs that most
Americans refuse to do.
"A lot of these jobs would
go b-.-in- he said. "How
many Americans would want
to do landscaping, how many
Americans would want to pick
fruits and work on farms in
Florida and upstate New York
and other places?
"American labor com-
plains that immigrants are rob-
bing Americans of jobs, but do
they really want to do the jobs
that most immigrants do?" he
Stewart said that the Bush
administration is "pandering to
the conservatives," describing
the new rules as "terrible" and
"a disgrace.
"I will try to do a hearing
shortly to see if we can, at
least, condemn the Bush
administration in the City

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A powerful hurricane
ploughed through the
Caribbean last month,
causing deaths and destruction
of property in several countries
across the region.
It also forced the post-
ponement of Jamaica's general
elections, where the island's
government declared a state of
emergency, and pushed back
the opening date for schools.
Hurricane Dean, packing
winds up to 145 miles per hour,
knocked out utility lines,
ripped roofs off houses, trig-
gered landslides and felled
trees in Dominica, St. Lucia,
Jamaica, Haiti, Dominican
Republic, Martinique and
Several deaths were linked
to the hurricane as thousands
in the Caribbean fled their
homes to shelters in an attempt
to avoid the hurricane's wrath.
The hurricane later picked up
intensity and crashed into
Belize and Mexico.

In Jamaica, the Category
Four storm pummeled the
island on Aug. 19, whipping up
huge sea swells and dousing
the island with several inches
of rain. The authorities con-
firmed that four people, includ-
ing a teenaged girl, had been
killed during the storm. The
Jamaica Public Service, in
anticipation of the hurricane,
shut down the island's power
system to protect its grid. The
country's elections, which were
scheduled for Aug. 27, were
postponed until Sept. 3.
Schools were re-scheduled to
open on Sept. 10. The govern-
ment also declared a state of

emergency after the hurricane,
which was lifted several days
The southern tip of Haiti
bore the brunt of Hurricane
Dean's fury when the danger-
ous storm brushed past it Aug.
19, lashing the country with
hurricane force winds and
heavy rains, officials said. They
said it appeared that the south-
ern town of Les Engles was
one of the hardest hit, with
over 200 houses being
destroyed or damaged, while
three people were confirmed
dead and 10 others injured
when the hurricane continued
on its westward track across
the Caribbean Sea.
The system was also
blamed for two deaths each in
St. Lucia, Dominica and
Martinique and one in the
Dominican Republic, with
Trinidad, which was not in the
system's path, saying feeder
bands whipped up high waves
which killed two residents in a
coastal district on Aug. 17.

Meanwhile, countries in
the region rallied to aid their
Caribbean counterparts.
Caribbean community (CARI-
COM) Chairman Owen Arthur
pledged to lend economic assis-
tance to needy nations.
Venezuela also promised help.
The Caribbean diaspora in
the United States has also
offered assistance. The
Jamaican community in South
Florida, for example, has made
arrangements to assist the coun-
try. The Jamaica Consulate
General and the Jamaican
Diaspora Southern United

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Antigua expresses confidence U.K. will approve online gaming site

NEW YORK Antigua and
Barbuda has expressed confi-
dence that its online gaming
site will be approved shortly by
the United Kingdom.
The Baldwin Spencer
administration said last month
that it has applied to the U.K.'s
Gambling Commission for per-
mission to .id% critic its gaming
services in that country.
In a statement issued here,

Finance and Economy Minister
Dr. Errol Cort said he was
optimistic that Antigua and
Barbuda's application to the
U.K.'s \\hliiiliniig 'will receive
approval "in due course."
He based such confidence
on the premise that "Antigua
and Barbuda's regulatory and
licensing objectives are parallel
to the U.K.'s intended remote
gaming regulatory regime,

which pro-
motes the pre-
vention of
underage gam-
ing, protection
of the vulnera-
ble, fairness in
all games and
the combating
of illicit activi-
ties and finan-
cial crimes."

Act is implemented on Sept. 1.
Antigua has taken the
United States to the World
Trade Organization's Dispute
Settlement Body for
Washington's non-compliance
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The Antigua government
said the jurisdictions of
Aldemey and the Isle of Man
are the only two jurisdictions
initially recommended for
approval for advertising gam-
bling services within the
Kingdom from Sept. 1.
The statement said applica-
tions from Antigua and Barbuda
and Kahnawake are still receiv-
ing consideration. It said applica-
tions from Alexander, a
Canadian reservation, Tasmania,
Australia, and the Netherlands
Antilles have been rejected by
des 6-8. the U.K. Secretary of State for
o um Culture Media and Sport James
opm Pumell.
But the U.K. said that
about 1,000 overseas-based
online gaming sites will be
prohibited from advertising in
that country when its Gaming


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United States Citizenship and
Immigration Services is urging
Caribbean and other immi-
grants with green cards without
expiration dates to immediately
replace them or face penalties.
The division of the
Department of
Homeland -_____
Security said that
these immigrants
may have to pay .
$370 to replace
these cards or face ......
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It said immigrants
who repeatedly fail
to comply with the new require-
ment face up to 30 days in jail
and a $100 fine.
The U.S. said about 750,000
green cards with no expiration
dates were issued between 1977
and 1989.
"It's a security issue; it's
making sure the right person
has the right card," said Bill
Wright, a spokesman for
the U.S. Citizenship and

New U.S. imm'
Council," he disclosed.

Conservative Republicans,
who defied Bush in June by
opposing a broad immigration
bill he supported but failed in
the Senate, have cautiously wel-
comed the measure. That bill
included provisions to give
legal status to an estimated 12
million illegal immigrants and
to create a guest worker pro-
gram for agriculture. But it col-
lapsed when many senators
called it an amnesty that invited

States Advisory Board estab-
lished several drop-off spots in
Miami-Dade and Broward
counties for basic food and
emergency items.
Relief organizations in
South Florida teamed up in
efforts to aid Jamaica. Food
for the Poor, the largest aid
provider to the Crilbbiin said
it was ready to help.
"We have an entire ware-
house stocked with generators
and supplies. We're ready to
send out container-loads," said
Ann Briere, spokeswoman for
Food for the Poor, the day



Immigration Services.

With the new requirement,
some legal Caribbean immi-
grants with criminal records
who obtained their green cards
without an expiration date
between 1977
iN and 1989 may be
in a dilemma.
."- Immigration
---- officials said if
A they apply for
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." card they may
face deporta-
tion since, under the 1996 immi-
gration law, immigrants are
regarded as deportable for
crimes, however minor, which
occurred years ago.
Under the new measure,
immigration officials said even
if the immigrant served a prison
term or paid a fine for the
offense, he or she still faces

igration rules...
more illegal immigration.
Senator John Cornyn, a
Texas Republican who turned
against that bill, said the new
measures were "a long-overdue
step to regaining the trust of
the American people that the
federal government is serious
about securing our borders and
enforcing our laws."
But Senator Dianne Feinstein,
a California Democrat, a champion
of farmers, described the new
measures as a "catastrophe.
"The crisis is that crops will
not be harvested," she said.

after the hurricane struck the
She said the aid will also
benefit hurricane-affected popu-
lations in Haiti, Dominican
Republic, Dominica and St.
In addition, The Lauderhill
Fire-Rescue Department is also
accepting donations for hurri-
cane relief in Jamaica.

Compiled from CMC and
other sources.
Hurricane Dean brings
Caribbean more problems
than wind, rain, page 7.

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Caribbean 'green card' holders

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September 2007


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Opposition JLP secures victory in Jamaica's general elections

The Opposition has ended
the 18-year rule of the
People's National Party
(PNP) in Jamaica.
Throughout the heated
general elections campaign,
Portia Simpson Miller insisted
her PNP should get the man-
date to continue its course as
government. But after four
consecutive terms, citizens of
the Caribbean island decided
on Sept. 3 that they had seen
enough, and turned to hitch
their wagon to the Jamaica
Labour Party (JLP), led by
Bruce Golding.
Following a tight race, and
the fear of a tie looming large
as a tense election night wore
on, the JLP, up to press time,
had won 33 constituency seats
to 27 by the PNP and will form
Jamaica's government for the
next five years. Golding was
expected to be sworn in as
prime minister on Sept. 7.
The JLP's victory meant
the party increased, by at least
seven, the number of seats it
won in the last elections in 2002.
Just over 60 percent of those
eligible voted in the 2007 elec-
tions. Some 405,215 chose the
JLP, while 402,275 voted PNP
Other votes went to minor par-
ties and independents.
The defeat prompted a
defiant Simpson Miller to
delay conceding power to the
JLP on election night, claiming
she would wait for the recount
of ballots the following day.
She charged then that the elec-
tions were too close to call,

that criminal activities had
interfered with the electoral
process, and again challenged
the system to expose JLP can-
didates who the PNP alleged
before the elections hold dual
citizenship and therefore
should not be eligible for a
seat in Parliament. On Sept. 4,
after heavy criticism, Simpson
Miller eventually conceded,
but warned that the PNP
reserved the right to challenge
"a number" of seats won by
the JLP
But the JLP, so long in the
nation's political wilderness,
could not wait for post-election
day recounts and burst into
wild celebrations, even as rains
showered them at party head-
quarters in New Kingston on
election night, long before the
final results were announced by
the Electoral Office of Jamaica
"We are going to enjoy our-
selves," said JLP Deputy Leader
Derrick Smith. "...It's been a
long time."

When Golding took the
stage just before midnight at
the JLP's headquarters his
tone was decidedly more meas-
ured. The prime minister-des-
ignate, who returned to the
JLP a few years ago after earli-
er leaving the party to help
form his own National
Democratic Movement, vowed
to heavily involve the PNP in
his government. He also called
on the nation to "eliminate
political violence," which had
marred the campaign, and turn

to "constructive engagement
among the political forces of
the country." Reports of clash-
es between JLP and PNP sup-
porters spilled beyond election
day. Golding also assured the
country's citizens that the JLP
would not let them down.
"The majority of the peo-
ple have placed their trust in
us," Golding said. "We must
honor that trust. We must not
betray that trust."
Going into the elections,
national opinion poll indicated
that there was not much between
the PNP and JLP. By early after-
noon on Sept. 3 weather reports
had indicated that tropical
depression Felix would not be a
threat to Jamaica, a relief for the
citizens who on Aug. 19 were
bombarded by Hurricane Dean,
which forced the postponement
of the polls from the original date
of Aug. 27. Still, there were long
lines at polling stations and the
EOJ reported some hitches in the
voting process.

But overall, the elections

appeared to have gone
smoothly. Early reports from
local, regional and internation-
al observers, including teams
from the Caribbean and the
Organization of American
States. Jamaica's own Citizens
Action for Free and Fair
Elections, did not indicate
major inconsistencies. Director
of Elections Danville Walker
was convinced the process was
free and fair.
"This is an election I can
defend," he said.
While on election night
Simpson Miller appeared
ready to defend her party's
hold on government to the
last, it did not appear to mat-
ter. Jamaicans already seemed
convinced that the JLP had
taken back power they last
won more than a quarter of a
century ago.
"The fact is that the peo-
ple have spoken," Golding
said. "We accept and respect
the decision of the people."

However, the possible
influence of overseas countries
on the election results could
not be ignored. The PNP said
it will pursue its investigations
into the alleged dual citizen-
ship of JLP candidates. The
Jamaican diaspora also anx-
iously followed the Sept. 3
events, from countries such as
the United States, Canada and

the United Kingdom, via tele-
phone calls, television and the
Internet. Many traveled to
Jamaica to witness the elec-
tions and vote. Some believed
that a JLP win at the polls
would mean a fresh start for
the country.
"The message (a JLP win)
sends is that Jamaicans have
decided that it is time for a
change and this party has an
opportunity to turns things
around," Irwine Claire, manag-
ing director of the New York-
based Caribbean Immigrant
Services Inc. said a couple days
before the elections.
Some in the diaspora were
convinced that the recent
national debates, especially the
face-off between Golding and
the popular Simpson Miller,
may have turned the tide
towards the JLP
"I believe the debate did
more harm than good to Portia
Simpson," Claire explained.
"When the light shone on
Portia Simpson, her weakness
was amplified... The debate
had a significant impact.. .The
charismatic Portia never
played and that hurt her."

Gordon Williams is Caribbean
Today's managing editor.
Information contributed from
various sources, including live
broadcast feeds from Jamaica
on election day.

Labor Day Caribbean Carnival dazzles N.Y.

NEW YORK An estimated
three million spectators from
around the world converged on
Brooklyn's Eastern Parkway
for the 40th anniversary of the
West Indian American Day
Carnival parade.
The massive extravaganza,
held on Labor Day, Sept. 3, is
the largest carnival parade in
North America. It comprises
a kaleidoscope of West Indian
colors and a potpourri of sites,
sounds and smells.
The event, organized by
the Brooklyn-based West
Indian American Day Carnival
Association (WIADCA), is the
culmination of five successive
days of carnival activities that
organizers say dazzle even the
ubiquitous, 5,000-strong police
officers who attempt to keep
the peace.
The 40th anniversary of
the parade was held in honor
of the organizers' founder
Carlos Lezama, who died in
"A lot of excitement is in
the air," boasted Lezama's
daughter and WIADCA
President, Trinidadian
Yolanda Lezama-Clark, who

succeeded her father six years
ago when failing health forced
him to pass on the baton.

Reggae and calypso
rhythms and the smell of jerk
chicken, roti and other
Caribbean delicacies waft
through the air as 30 costumed
bands and thousands of mas-
queraders jam down the three-
and-a-half-mile-long route.
The spectacular carnival
events actually blasted off on
the night of Aug. 30, with
"Divas Night" on the grounds
of the Brooklyn Museum, fea-
turing female artistes out of
the Caribbean. Soca artistes
FayAnn Lyons, Maurica, Miss
Alysha, Michelle Sylvester,
Lima Calibo, Patrice Roberts,
Twiggy, Triad and Essence
mesmerized carnival lovers.
Carnival costumes portraying
male and female characters of
the band, and the Ole Mas
competition also held the
The following night, a
star-studded show, featuring
some of the leading soca
bands and artistes in the

region, took center stage in
"Brassfest 2007". They includ-
ed Machel Montano HD, with
soca star Machel Montano;
Xtatik, with Patrice Roberts,
Benjai and Zen; Traffik, with
Sherwyn Winchester; and
Lyrikal. Earlier that day, a
free young people's "Stay in
School" concert was staged,
with steelband music and a
fashion show, among other
The Panorama competition
took place on Sept. 1, pitting
defending champions CASYM
against D'Radoes, Sesame
Flyers, Harmony, Demstars,
Crossfire, Pantonics and Ad
Lib. A host of Caribbean
calysonians and soca artistes
were featured Saturday night
during Dimanche Gras.
Costumed participants in the
King and Queen of the Bands
competition, stilt dancers and a
dance troupe interspersed with
the Mighty Sparrow, David
Rudder, Scrunter, Swallow,
Singing Sandra, and Hunter,
among others, in the grand
finale at the Brooklyn Museum.



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Grenadian-born former New
York State Supreme Court
judge was last month remand-
ed in custody for failing to
convince a court that he could
not support his three children.
Manhattan Supreme
Court Justice Joan Lobis sent
ex-judge Reynold Mason back
to jail after he said he could
not raise $35,000 in back child
support payments.
"I have no choice but to
recommit Mr. Mason," Lobis
said after Mason's lawyers and
those of his Guyanese-born ex-
wife, Tessa Abrams-Mason,
failed to reach a settlement.
In May, Justice Lobis sent
Mason to the slammer for the
first time after, she said, he had
evaded child support payments
for four years and allowed
them to spiral to over $250,000.
Last month, Lobis said Mason
must return to prison after he
could not come up with the
lowered bond of $50,000 from
The judge said she was
prepared to set Mason free if
he had agreed to a compro-
mise with Abrams-Mason of
$35,000 and a payment plan.
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Mason, who was kicked
off the bench in 2003 and had
subsequently worked as a
real estate agent in Atlanta,
Georgia, told Justice Lobis in
July that he was "dead br. ,kI.
and could not come up with
the initial $250,000 in court-
ordered, delinquent child sup-

Reynold Mason, right, being escorted by

port payments.
"I made a lot of mistakes,"
he told the court, stating that
he was trying desperately to
honor the back payments with-
out success.
"I was trying to set myself
up to earn money," he added,
disclosing, however, that he
had purchased a $9,000 car to
sell real estate.
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do what I did," he continued.
Mason said he only made
$68,000 in 2005 and 2006, com-
pared to $136,700 annually
when he sat on the bench, and
that he was borrowing from rel-
atives to get by. He said he
declared bankruptcy in order to
survive, and asked the judge to
reduce his payments to his ex-
wife and their children, Tiffany,
16, Dylan, 14, and Joshua, nine.
But Justice Lobis did not
accept Mason's contention.
"I find his testimony lack-
ing in credibility in a number
of places," she said, stating that
his financial statements, signed
under oath, were shiking '
and "not complete."
Tessa Abrams Mason, who
managed her ex-husband's
1994 campaign to get him
elected to Brooklyn Civil
Court then the Supreme Court,
was instrumental in getting him
kicked off the bench when she
submitted evidence of alleged
ethics violations to the New
York State Commission on
Judicial Conduct.
"He would rather stay in
jail than take care of his kids,"
she said after Mason's re-sen-

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Judge grants psychological tests

for Guyanese-born terror suspect

States federal judge in New
York has given permission for
psychologists to examine the
Guyanese-born alleged mas-
termind behind the plot to
blow up John E Kennedy
International Airport.
In a brief ruling last
month, Justice Dora L.
Irizarry, of Federal District
Court in Brooklyn, granted
lawyers representing Russell
M. DeFreitas, 63, permission
to bring in two psychologists
to examine their client, where
he is held at the Federal
Detention Center in Brooklyn.
The judge said the psy-
chologists can examine
DeFreitas "as long as neces-
sary" before he goes on trial
for plotting to blow up the air-
port and a huge swath of its
environs in Queens.

Last month, Andrew
Carter, the lead attorney rep-
resenting DeFreitas, had
asked Justice Irizarry to allow
the test to determine his
client's "intellectual limita-
tions." Carter told the court
that Defreitas understands
that he has been charged in a
terrorist plot but "cannot
read" and may have a "fairly
low intelligence.
"His analytical abilities
are somewhat limited,"
Carter said.

Defreitas, who is also a
U.S. citizen, has been in feder-
al custody since early June
when he was arrested at a
Brooklyn diner and charged
with conducting surveillance in
a plot to blow up the fuel
tanks and a capillary system of
pipes that runs beneath the
airport and a large swath of
Brooklyn and Queens. Three
other Caribbean-born men -
Guyanese Abdel Nur, 57;
Guyanese Abdul Kadir, 55;
and Trinidadian Kareem
Ibrahim, 62 were also
charged in the plot and remain
in custody in Trinidad and
Tobago awaiting extradition.
Carter declined to elabo-
rate on his reason for request-
ing the psychological evalua-
tion, which can be conducted
only by order of a judge.
The case against Defreitas
and the others revolves prima-
rily around recordings by a
government informant who
managed to infiltrate the plot
well before any concrete steps
were taken. Marshal Miller, an
assistant U.S. attorney, told
Judge Irizarry that a "volumi-
nous quantity" nearly 300
hours of conversations
between Defreitas and the
informant was secretly record-
ed during investigation of the

Grenadian elected to OAS post

Grenadian-born Gillian
Bristol has become
the first CARICOM
national to be elected head of
the 80-year-old staff associa-
tion at the Washington D.C.-
based Organization of
American States.
Bristol was elected on a
platform to address staff wel-
fare matters, including repre-
sentation, job security, fairness
in the workplace, participation
and inclusiveness, and respect.
Bristol invited OAS
Secretary General Jos6 Miguel
Insulza, Assistant Secretary
General Albert Ramdin and
all staff members to "have a
talk," about creating a positive
environment conducive to
constructive engagement and
"Our ambition must be to
achieve a synergy that inspires
the best from us, transcends
our differences, and builds on
our commonalities," Bristol
Along with the president,
the new Staff Committee
comprises the following
Washington D.C.-based mem-

bers: Luis Batlle, Rosana
Martinelli, Jane Mohan, Bruce
Rickerson, Patricia Quiroz,
Luis Villalobos and Lucrecia

The OAS Staff Association
was established in 1928 for the
Pan American Union, the fore-
runner to what 20 years later
became the OAS. The OAS 35
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in the 1960s as they gained

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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad If
the predictions of the Colorado
State University forecasting
team are anything to go by,
then the passage of Hurricane
Dean last month through the
Lesser Antilles is just the tip of
the proverbial iceberg.
Professor William Gray
and his team from the United
States school said they expect
17 named storms to form in the
Atlantic during the 2007 hurri-
cane season that runs for a six-
month period starting in June.
They said that nine of
these storms would become
hurricanes and five of them are
expected to develop into major
storms with winds in excess of
111 mph. The earlier forecast
estimated 14 named storms and
three hurricanes.
Gerry Bell, a hurricane
forecaster at the National
Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration (NOAA)
Climate Prediction Centre in
Maryland, U.S., d ,w nrd as a
"lucky aI r ri in last year's 10
named Atlantic storms, which
included five hurricanes and
only two of them considered
major. Experts say that a


BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -
Nearly two decades after agree-
ing in Grenada to the initiative
outlined by then Trinidad and
Tobago Prime Minister ANR
Robinson for further integrat-

Leaders in the Caribbean, from left,
Owen Arthur and Ralph Gonsalves, are
pondering ways to further deepen the
integration process in the region.

ing the Caribbean community
(CARICOM), regional govern-
ments say they will place more
emphasis on the peoples of the
Caribbean as a means of fur-
ther deepening the integration
St. Vincent and the
Grenadines Prime Minister Dr.
Ralph Gonsalves, an avowed
integrationist, has already
warned his regional colleagues
that their efforts would be
meaningless if the integration
movement does not address

"practically the day-to-day
concerns of the people of the
"It must benefit all the
member-countries in a way
which is not unduly beneficial
to some and not to others," he
CARICOM Secretary
General Edwin Carrington and
other regional technocrats
have long acknowledged that
the successful operation of the
Caribbean Single Market and
Economy (CSME), first moot-
ed in 1989 in the "Grand
Anse Declaration", hinges on
improving the quality of life of
Caribbean people as well as on
the efficiency of the new insti-
tutions necessary to ensure a
fair and equitable market and
distribution of the benefits.

In a communique issued at
the end of the July 1-4 summit,
regional leaders requested a
study of the movement of
skilled persons in order to
guide the future operations of
the initiative. Barbados Prime
Minister Owen Arthur, who is
now chairman of the 15-mem-
ber regional integration move-
ment, conceded that "it is an
ambitious agenda.
"But the progress we have
made, despite the odds, in
bringing the CSME into exis-
tence should give us the confi-

Atlantic basin at Category Five
intensity in 15 years. The last
storm to do so was Hurricane
Andrew on Aug. 24, 1992.
Even though Dean's Category
Five landfall was in a more
sparsely populated area, the
damage it left behind has been
estimated so far as being

change in tropical weather pat-
terns called the Atlantic Multi-
decadal Oscillation during the
mid-1990s has created the con-
ditions for a more active hurri-
cane cycle that may last for 30

Whatever the predictions,
Hurricane Dean has started the
ball rolling and while it did not
have a direct hit on any
Caribbean island during its
passage through the Lesser
Antilles, it left enough destruc-
tion and death to worry
Caribbean leaders with at least
three months still to go before
the end of the hurricane sea-
Dean was the first hurri-
cane to make landfall in the

an insurance pool set up this
year by regional countries and
the World Bank. In St. Lucia
and Dominica, the latter
emerging from a downturn in
its economic fortunes that
necessitated an association with
the International monetary
Fund (IMF) to help it rebuild,

HnuinuaIe uestiUUtIon to UaniUUealn mainstay crops suun asb ananas couluu severely
hurt the region's economies.

between $750 million to $1.5
Particularly disturbing
for the Caribbean islands -
Jamaica, Haiti, St. Lucia and
Dominica that were pounded
by Hurricane Dean with winds
in excess of 145 miles per hour
on some occasions, is the fact
that the storm did not trigger

the hurricane virtually wiped
out the important banana
In St. Lucia, a government
official, speaking on condition
of anonymity, said the damage
to the island could exceed $37
Caribbean Risk Managers
Ltd., which oversees the insur-

ance program, said that at the
time the hurricane was affect-
ing those islands, it failed to
surpass wind speeds and other
thresholds to prompt payments
from the disaster pool estab-
lished in February.
For its part, Jamaica,
where the hurricane killed four,
uprooted trees, blew off
the roofs, came close to
being hit hard enough to
receive payouts from the
Caribbean Catastrophe
Risk Insurance Facility
(CCRIF). Simon Young,
who supervises the fund,
said had the storm been 30
miles to the north it would
have triggered immediate
payment in Jamaica.
Under the fund, countries
pool their risks in order to
reduce individual premi-
ums by as much as 40
percent. The premiums
for countries involved in
the facility vary from
$200,000 to $2 million
and in return are eligible
for disaster payouts of $10
million to $50 million.
But Caribbean Risk
Managers Ltd officials say the
15-member Caribbean commu-
nity (CARICOM) and
Bermuda purchased
deductibles that were fixed to
pay out for a 20-year hurricane
or earthquake.
"By our estimation,
(Dean) was a one-in-10 year

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Caribbean workforce women being held back ~ U.N.

Although the rate of female
participation in the workforce
in the Caribbean and Latin
America is at an all-time high,
the United Nations says
women are still being prevent-
ed from reaching their eco-
nomic potential by their child-
rearing and caretaking respon-
sibilities, as well as their low
status in some countries.
The U.N. said this was the
main issue discussed as part of
a recent United Nations
Population Fund (UNFPA)-

organized event in Quito,
Ecuador, called "Toward a
New Social and Gender Pact:
Shared Responsibility for
Productive and Reproductive
Work in Latin America and the
The statement said nearly
60 percent of the reasons given
by women in the region for
either not entering or leaving the
job market are related to their
roles as mothers and caregivers.
Marcela Suazo, UNFPA's
director for the Division for
Latin America and the

C(arbb, n, said women's
salaries trail those of men
by 20 percent to 30 percent,
"despite the swelling numbers
of employed women." She said
about 33 million women entered
the job market between 1990
and 2004, with about 16 percent
employed as domestic help.
"The countries which are
among the region's poorest,
have the highest birth rates, the
largest informal economies and
the weakest social policies,"
she said, adding that they are
also states with the highest

female participation in the

The U.N. pointed to statis-
tics, which show a strong link
between poverty and high birth
rates, "which limit women's
opportunities to make a better
living." The statement said in
Bolivia, Guatemala and Haiti,
among the poorest countries in
the region, women give birth to
an average of four children.
At the same time, it said in
Barbados, Cuba and Trinidad

and Tobago, where economic
prospects are better, the birth
rate is lower than the popula-
tion replacement rate 2.1
children per woman.
The statement also said
the Caribbean and Latin
America also have high adoles-
cent pregnancy rates, with
nearly two out of 10 adoles-
cents having children, "which
limits their opportunities to
stay in school".

Hurricane Dean brings Caribbean more problems than wind, rain

event," Young said.

Prior to the start of this
year's hurricane season,
Caribbean countries had taken
some initiatives to lessen the
effects of possible hit by storms.
Jerry Collymore, the head
of the Caribbean Disaster
Emergency Response Agency
(CDERA), said Grenada, for
example, was taking disaster
management more seriously
than it did before Hurricane
Ivan struck the island two-
and-a-half years ago.
Addressing the island's
first ever Hurricane
Preparedness Conference that
brought together stakeholders
from the Red Cross, govern-
ment ministries, utilities, air-

port and seaport, Collymore
said that the event was a "sig-
nal that the government and
people of Grenada have not
only identified lessons from the
Ivan experience but are learn-
ing them.
"I see it as an important
and essential step in building a
local culture of living with risks
of hurricane, not ignoring
them," he said.

But in St. Lucia, a few days
before the start of the 2007 hurri-
cane season, local authorities
were lamenting the delay in the
implementation of Flood Early
Warning Systems for communi-
ties which are prone to flooding.
Disaster Preparedness
Coordinator Dawn French said
the intention was to have the sys-
tems in place for the start of the

hurricane season but this has not
happened due to a delay in arrival
of equipment on the island.
The Early Warning Systems,
which are also being made avail-
able to other Caribbean states,
will form part of the evacuation
planning that is taking place in
communities around the island.
The Barbados-based Caribbean
Development Bank (CDB) said
it would provide emergency
relief grants to regional coun-
tries affected by the hurricane.
The traditional friends of
the Caribbean including
Canada, the Organization of
American States, have also
pitched in to provide immedi-
ate relief to countries to help
them overcome the devastation
caused by Hurricane Dean.
But officials are also wary that
this influx of funds may prove
to be of little comfort to the

Regional governments to place more emphasis on pe

dence to take the road least
traveled that of collaborative
effort in developing our social
system, our common services
and the institutions which
directly affect the quality of
life of our people," he said.
"Can we not conceive of a
program of integration outside
and beyond the mere economic
sphere, addressing fundamental
quality of life issues in respect
of education, health care, the
protection of our environ-
ment...cooperation in the fight
against poverty," Arthur added.
The CSME allows for the
free movement of skills, goods,
services and labor across the
region, but Caribbean leaders
have been voicing concerns,
both privately and publicly,
that this has not always hap-
pened equitably. For instance,
Guyana's President Bharrat
Jagdeo, no doubt frustrated by
the problems faced by

Guyanese citizens at various
Caribbean ports of entry, has
called on his fellow leaders to
provide statistics on the num-
ber of Caribbean nationals
denied entry to or deported
from their countries.
"I have asked that docu-
mentation come to each meet-
ing that we have (for) the
heads to say how many people
have been rejected by each
country, because many of the
heads keep saying it's not my
thing, it's my immigration offi-
cers, but I will not allow an
immigration officer in Guyana
to treat the region's people
badly because it is ultimately
my responsibility," he said.
"It's not just Guyanese, it's
a free movement question,"
Jagdeo added.

Dominica's Prime Minister
Roosevelt Skerrit, who has
lead responsibility for the free

movement initiative, said it
was imperative for all regional
states to approve the necessary
legislation for the measure to
take effect.
"People are already expe-
riencing difficulties where we
have agreed to proceed with
the free movement, but there
has not been a commitment in
terms of our own legislation
within the member states with
respect to allowing for the free
movement of persons," he said.
Since the free movement
initiative came into existence,
Caribbean states have issued
4,000 certificates allowing for
Caribbean nationals to work
freely within the region, but
Arthur told the opening cere-
mony of the CARICOM sum-
mit that "there is a very uneven
concentration across the coun-
tries suggesting that only a few
countries are carrying the
weight of providing a market
for the workers of the region."
Head of the Caribbean
Congress of Labour (CCL)
George de Peana said he was
concerned that the initiative
was skewed towards the busi-
ness community.
"At the moment, there is a
limited number of categories
of people who can move with-
out hindrance. We feel that the
treaty is somewhat lopsided in

islands already dealing with the
loss of much needed revenue
from rulings at the World
Trade Organization (WTO) as
they relate to the vital bananas
and sugar industries that took
another beating from Dean.

Further, the decision of the
European Union to revise its
sugar protocol has done little
to improve the economic situa-
tion of the sugar producing
countries in the region that
have to deal with rising oil
prices on the world market.
When the World Bank
launched the CCRIF it did so
on the basis of a major storm
hitting the region once every
10 years. Caribbean countries
are hoping that Dean was that
storm and that the predictions
of Prof. William Gray and his

that it gives a lot of facilities to
the business community to
move without any kind of hin-
drance," Peana said.
"It is our view that this
matter of freedom of move-
ment of Caribbean nationals,
not only to travel, but to work
is one which has to be expedit-
ed if we are to build what I call
Caribbeanness," he added.
Regional leaders agreed at
their summit to introduce a
new high-tech travel card and
an automatic six-month stay for
all nationals visiting other
Caribbean nations.
Barbados Deputy Prime
Minister Mia Mottley told
journalists that the travel card
would allow the region to cre-
ate a virtual single domestic
space similar to what imple-
mented during the Cricket
World Cup earlier this year.
"It has two forms of bio-
metrics the fingerprints and the
facial, so that when you come to
the airport and you have a
CARICOM travel card you can
swipe at a machine and the bar-
rier would be opened and you
walk through," said Mottley,
who headed regional security
during the global cricket event.


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Robert Putnam's fears
have come true. The
Harvard political scien-
tist worried that some people
would use his latest research
to argue against immigration,
affirmative action and multi-
Sure enough, at least one
favorable commentary has
popped up on the web site of
David Duke, the former Ku
Klux Klan leader. But, not to
worry. Putnam's findings are
valuable for sane people, too.
Putnam is
best known
for the eye-
Alone: The
Collapse and
Revival of
a 2000 best- CLARENCE
seller about PAGE
from civic engagement in
recent decades. Now he has a
massive new study, based on
interviews with nearly 30,000
people across America, which
comes up with what he called
in a recent Boston Globe
interview "an uncomfortable
Contrary to the cherished
American notion that our
racial and ethnic diversity
makes us stronger, Putnam
has found quite the opposite,
at least in the short term. The
greater the diversity in a com-
munity, the less civic engage-
ment it shows, he says. Fewer
people vote. Fewer volunteer.
They give less to charity. They
work together less on commu-
nity projects.
And they trust each other
less, says Putnam, not only
across racial and ethnic lines
but also within the lines.
In other words, residents
of the most racially and ethni-
cally mixed neighborhoods
show the least trust not only
of other races, but also people
of their own races.

Does that mean people
are better off living with, as
the old racist mantra goes,
"their own kind"? Or that we
should impose a moratorium
on immigration, as my col-
umn-writing colleague Pat
Buchanan \,lf2L "'iN in the
piece that Duke touts?
Not quite. In fact, in his
first paper about his new
research, "E Pluribus Unum:
Diversity and Community in
the Twenty-first Century",
Putnam says he wants to make
three points perfectly clear:
1. lIltrLdLd immigration

and diversity are not only
inevitable" in modern soci-
eties, he writes, "but over the
long run they are also desir-
able. Ethnic diversity is, on
balance, an important social
asset", as America's history
2. "In the short to medium
run, however, immigration and
ethnic diversity challenge
social solidarity and inhibit
social capital", he writes.
"Social Capital" is the strength
of relationships that bond you
to people who are like you or
"bridge" you to people who
are different from you.
3. "In the medium to long
run, on the other hand, suc-
cessful immigrant societies
create new forms of social sol-
idarity and dampen the nega-
tive effects of diversity by con-
structing new, more encom-
passing identities," says
Putnam. "Thus, the central
challenge for modern, diversi-
fying societies is to create a
new, broader sense of 'we'."

In other words, birds of
different feathers do not flock
together in the short run, but
it's worth a try. They can ben-
efit in the long run, especially
if they develop a larger, more
inclusive sense of identity to,
say, their community, their
country or some other larger
sense of purpose.
In that sense, Putnam's
"bunker btiIL r as one head-
line writer called it, confirms
what many of us already
know. Living with diversity is
a lot like my first days in the
army. It may not be comfort-
able at first, but you learn to
get along. Our platoon at Fort
Dix, New Jersey, offered a
classic Hollywood portrait of
young guys plucked by our
draft boards from every race,
region and religion. Many of
us came from backgrounds
that conditioned us to distrust
people who didn't look or talk
like us. But, united by a com-
mon sense of mission and no-
nonsense orders from the top
to observe no color but Army
green, we learned.
The military, religious
institutions and earlier waves
of American immigration pro-
vide Putnam with good exam-
ples of how Americans learn
to live comfortably with diver-
sity. The military offers a par-
ticularly quick turnaround
after the mid-1960s, when
racial tensions on America's
streets spilled into military
In a 1996 book that he
footnotes, "All That We Can



Diversity is difficult,

but really worth it

t time of writing this,
Hurricane Dean was
on a direct path to
Jamaica, and our nerves were
once again on edge, and with
very good reason.
So many hurricanes have
come, and left in their wakes
trails of death, destruction and
despair. What awful hurricanes
Gilbert and Ivan were, the
mothers of all hurricanes, so to
It was only a few weeks
ago that I was speaking to a
friend of mine who said that
most hurricanes seemed to
divert from Jamaica at the last
minute. "Only the big and
powerful ones will hit us, but
all minor storms will shift at
the last minute," he espoused.
Gilbert sprang to mind, and his
argument, although unscientif-
ic, had a ring of truth to it,
especially when you checked
out our hurricane history.
Only major, big time,
name brand hurricanes hit us,
and even mighty Ivan dipped
ever so slightly, imperceptibly
in the grand scheme of things,
but just enough to spare us a
full frontal onslaught. Even so,
it did tons of damage, but had
it hit full force we would
singing a different tune, that is
if we could sing any at all.

Now the thing about hurri-
canes is, no one wants to ride
them out alone. They're like
birthdays, Valentine's Day,
Christmas and New Year's
Eve. All those single women
knew exactly where they stood
during the onslaught of storms.
All the married men find dem
yard and "had to be with the
family". All those who thought
that they really meant some-
thing to their significant other,
were in for a rude awakening
as the "other" was at some
other location during the hurri-
"So yu really not spending
the hurricane night with me?"
"Honey, I would love to, but
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in the day and pass through
fast, but Ivan just siddung pon
we like a bad riddim," said
someone to me.
Some said Gilbert was
worse, others said Ivan was
badder, but it all depended on
where you were. So you could
be one part of the country and
not feel much, but people else-
where were catching hell. So
it's no point comparing Ivan to
Gilbert, it just depends on
where you were during both.
So many roofs were blown
off, western Jamaica looked
like a war zone. Even the high-
er elevations of Kingston suf-
fered great damage, as some
roofs flew from as early as
eight o'clock Friday night
when many folks were still
waiting on the first breeze to
blow. Oh, so many areas were
affected, as the sea swept in
and wrecked so many houses. I
am no engineer, but I question
the wisdom of building a house
at the mouth of a river, by the
sea, and below the level of the
road too. But foolish people
Like I said, I'm no engi-
neer, and people will say, "But
we always do it. For over thirty
odd years now." Thirty years is
nothing in nature. But I sup-
pose that people have to live
somewhere, and if Jamaicans
can build dwellings not only on
the banks of dry river beds,

ble and is she
one in de
Blame it
on the storm.
Plenty people
had to hug up
pillow and
have disc
jockeys on TONY
the radio for ROBINSON
company dur-
ing the
storm's wrath. I never dreamed
that I could be in the midst of
a major hurricane and still be
able to listen to call in shows
on the radio. I got calls from
all over the world, both on my
landline and on my cellular
phone all through the night.
That alone saved a lot of peo-
ple their sanity, especially
those women who were alone
because their so-called men
were nowhere to be found.
Blame the hurricane. It
respects no one, large or small,
and I remember that some
places in Florida were without
power for a very long time,
and that's the wealthy United
States I'm talking about.

So Ivan came and blew,
making time stand still, provid-
ing us with the longest night in
Jamaica's history. The compar-
isons to hurricane Gilbert ran
"Boy, at least Gilbert came

Ill winds: good, bad and ugly

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* "I was prepared for the long
haul" Journalist Mark
Benschop late last month saying
he reluctantly accepted a pardon
issued by President Bharrat
Jagdeo, insisting that he wanted to
prove his innocence in court.
Benschop was set free from prison

under the I' ..,. I.. ..1, l Free
i', /. ,. He had refused to apol-
ogize for the deaths of two protes-
tors during the storming of the
Office of the President in July

* "I felt him
coming on and I
started to panic
and that slowed
me down" -100
meters world
record holder

Asafa Powell explains his disap-
pointing defeat to American
Tyson Gay in the event at the
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is fast becoming
a staple in the
business of
world tourism" -
Car bbean Hotel
President Peter

Odle last month warning that the
region is in danger of losing its
traditional tourist market if fun-
damentals are not adhered to.

* "He's one of the worst coaches
I have had" West Indies cricket
captain Ramnaresh Sarwan last
month criticizing the team's for-
mer coach, Australian Bennett

* "The roads have become a war
zone" -A statement from the

Association for
(BAM) last month
saying its members
would boycott next
year's Crop Over
festival if organizers
could not provide adequate security.

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years of trying to ignore racial
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an about-face. Everyone was
ordered to be on the lookout
for discrimination and other
sources of racial tension or
inequality. The military, once a
bastion of segregation,

became a model of interracial
and interethnic cooperation.
Sure, diversity makes a
lot of people uncomfortable.
Differences cause tensions, at
least in the short run. But his-
tory shows we can come out
O.K., once we learn how
much we have in common.

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then who am I to question
their wisdom.

As for those looters, they
just added to people's misery.
No wonder in foreign countries
the decree usually is, I.1.. i r,
will be shot on sight". Even
people who normally curse and
chastise the police had to step
back and declare that if they
had the power, they would
wipe out those looters one by
one. It's only now some people
realize how difficult police
work is. They are seeing these
1I.. kL rs" every day of their
lives, not just during hurricane,
so don't blame hurricanes for
this one. I heard that looters
were divinginto four feet of
mud to try and salvage peo-
ple's things.
"Man is how yu house
mash up so, hurricane lick
"No, looters came a call-
I wonder what the human
rights groups have to say about
that? I spoke to a Grenadian
friend of mine, who expressed
how after Ivan had ripped
through her island, the looting
went crazy. The term she used
was, "the normally placid, calm
law abiding Grenadians turned
crazy and started to loot like
mad." The word out of
Cayman too, was that many
hoodlums carried out the loot-
Whether this was true or
not, I do not know, but based
on what started here, I have to
wonder. Some say it's God's
will, others say that God

spared us. I heard a dread
recently as he chastised and
rebuked this parson man who
said that the reason why
Jamaica was spared so often
was because so many God far-
ing people who prayed, lived
here. The parson man went on
to say that if Jamaicans lived in
Grenada, then Ivan wouldn't
mash up that island so.
Like the dread, I found
that argument so arrogant, self
righteous and audacious.
Everyone prays not to get hit,
everyone prays to win. Who
does God answer? Are there
no God faring people in
Cayman, Dominican Republic,
Haiti, Florida? Let's not get
carried away folks.
I also took note of the
high number of churches that
were destroyed during major
hurricanes like Ivan and
Gilbert. Plain coincidence or
divine intervention?
Well, you can be sure, as
expected, nine months time
plenty babies were born. Many
areas were without power for a
while, so with no television, no
cable, no satellite dish, no
dance to go to, and with long
dark quiet nights 1, ,,linii.
what's better to do than to
rediscover your partner. So
that's one good from the ill
The hurricanes came and
left, leaving many horrible
memories and broken lives,
but they also left a legacy of
hope and caring for our fellow-
man. It left good and it left
bad, but whatever happened, it
was really an ill wind.

September 2007




Question: I am a student from
the Caribbean studying in the
United States Virgin Islands
and will be graduating soon. I
would like to know what my
options are to live and work in
the U.S. legally. In Nov. 2004, I
applied for optional training
and (up to press time) have
not even received a receipt
from U.S. immigration. What
are my options?

Answer: Your question is
quite broad but I will try to
narrow it down to your
employment-based immigra-

Know your options switching from student to employee in the U.S.

Know your options switching from student to employee in the U.S.

tion options, says Attorney
Kerry William Bretz of the
Manhattan, New York-based
law firm Bretz & Coven, LLP.
As a first step, you need to
find a job in the U.S. with
which you will be able to
apply for a H-1B temporary
work visa, said Bretz. The H1-
B visa is renewable after the
first three years while the
maximum length of time for a
H1-B is six years with certain
Bertz said what we usual-
ly sees in his practice is that
depending upon your per-
formance at employment,
most employers would be will-
ing to sponsor you for a
"green card" towards the per-

manent resident status in the
U.S. A U.S. employer must
complete a labor certification
request (Form ETA 750) for
this process to begin and sub-
mit it to the Department of
Labor's Employment and
Training Administration.
Labor must either grant
or deny the certification
request. Then the USCIS
must approve an immigrant
visa petition, Form 1-140,
Petition for Alien Worker, for
the person wishing to immi-
grate to the U.S.
Meanwhile, said attorney
Bretz, if the date is correct in
your questions, you have a
serious problem with your
immigration status, that is,

you might be out-of-status.
You need to consult a compe-
tent immigration attorney
right away.

PLEASE NOTE: To everyone
reading this column who may
be out of status and hoping for
a passage of the Senate bill on
immigration reform: the bill
mentioned is not law. Before a
bill becomes a law, it must be
passed by both the U.S. Senate
and the House and then signed
into law by the president. That
has not happened as the Senate
bill has stalled. So do not be
fooled by unscrupulous individ-
uals who may claim they can
get you a "green card" through
an 1m111L)i\ 'measure.

- Compiled by Felicia
Persaud. This is a column cre-
ated especially for immi-
grants concerned or unsure of
issues pertaining to U.S.
immigration law. If you have
an immigration question, log
on to www.immigrationko- The answers provid-
ed here are for information
purposes only, and does not
create attorney-client rela-
tionship, nor is it a substitute
for legal advice, which can
only be given by a competent
attorney after reviewing all
facts of the case.

Can't keep up with mortgage payments? How to avoid foreclosure

Question: What happens when I
miss mortgage payments?
Answer: Foreclosure may occur.
This is the legal means that your
lender can use to repossess (take
over) your home. When this
happens, you must move out of
your house.
If your property is worth
less than the total amount you
owe on your mortgage loan, a
deficiency judgment could be
pursued. If that happens, you
not only lose your home, you
also would owe HUD an addi-
tional amount.
Both foreclosures and defi-
ciency judgments could seriously
affect your ability to qualify for
credit in the future. So you
should avoid foreclosure if possi-

Question: What should
I do?
Answer: Do not ignore letters
from your lender. If you are hav-
ing problems making your pay-
ments, call or write to your
lender's Loss Mitigation
Department without delay.
Explain your situation. Be pre-
pared to provide them with
financial information, such as
your monthly income and
expenses. Without this informa-
tion, they may not be able to
Stay in your home for now.
You may not qualify for assis-
tance if you abandon
your property.
Contact a HUD-approved
housing counseling agency. Call
800-569-4287 or TDD 800-877-
8339 for the housing counseling
agency nearest you. These agen-
cies are valuable resources. They
frequently have information on
services and programs offered
by government agencies as well
as private and community organ-
izations that could help you. The
housing counseling agency may
also offer credit counseling.
These services are usually free.

Question: What are my alterna-

You may be considered for
the following:

Special forbearance Your
lender may be able to arrange a
repayment plan based on your
financial situation and may even
provide for a temporary reduc-
tion or suspension of your pay-
ments. You may qualify for this
if you have recently experienced
a reduction in income or an
increase in living expenses. You
must furnish information to your
lender to show that you would
be able to meet the require-
ments of the new payment plan.

Mortgage modification You
may be able to refinance the
debt and/or extend the term
of your mortgage loan. This
may help you catch up by
reducing the monthly pay-
ments to a more affordable
level. You may qualify if you )-
have recovered from a finan-
cial problem and can afford
the new payment amount.

Partial claim Your lender
may be able to work with
you to obtain a one-time pay-
ment from the FHA insur-
ance fund to bring your mort-
gage current. You may qualify if:
Your loan is at least
four months delinquent, but no
more than 12 months delin-
You are able to begin
making full mortgage payments.
When your lender files a
partial claim, the U.S.
Department of Housing and
Urban Development will pay
your lender the amount neces-
sary to bring your mortgage cur-
rent. You must execute a promis-
sory note, and a lien will be
placed on your property until the
promissory note is paid in full.
The promissory note is
interest-free and is due when
you pay off the first mortgage or
when you sell the property.
Pre-foreclosure sale This will
allow you to avoid foreclosure
by selling your property for an

amount less than the amount
necessary to pay off your mort-
gage loan. You may qualify if:
* The loan is at least two months
* You are able to sell your house
within three to five months; and
* A new appraisal (that your
lender will obtain) shows that
the value of your home meets
HUD program guidelines.
Deed-in-lieu of foreclosure -
As a last resort, you may be able
to voluntarily "give back" your
property to the lender. This
won't save your house, but it is
not as damaging to your credit

rating as a foreclosure. You may
qualify if:
You are in default and
don't qualify for any of the other
Your attempts at selling
the house before foreclosure
were unsuccessful; and
You don't have another
FHA mortgage in default.

Question: How do I know if I
qualify for any of these alterna-
Answer: Your lender will deter-
mine if you qualify for any of the
alternatives. A housing counsel-
ing agency can also help you
determine which, if any, of these
options may meet your needs
and also assist you in interacting
with your lender. Call 800-569-
4287 or TDD 800-877-8339.

Question: Should I be aware of

anything else?
Answer: Yes. Beware of scams!
Solutions that sound too simple
or too good to be true usually
are. If you're selling your home
without professional guidance,
beware of buyers who try to
rush you through the process.
Unfortunately, there are people
who may try to take advantage
of your financial difficulty. Be
especially alert to the following:
Equity skimming In this
type of scam, a I"'bui i '
approaches you, offering to get
you out of financial trouble by
promising to pay off your mort-
gage or give you a sum of money
when the property is sold. The
"buyer" may -%'I-l that you
move out quickly and deed the
property to him or her. The
"buyer" then collects rent for a
time, does not make any mort-
gage payments, and allows the
lender to foreclose. Remember,
signing over your deed to some-
one else does not necessarily
relieve you of your obligation on
your loan.

Phony counseling agencies -
Some groups calling themselves
t. i.u. lin' agencies" may
approach you and offer to per-
form certain services for a fee.
These could well be services you
could do for yourself for free,
such as negotiating a new pay-
ment plan with your lender, or
pursuing a pre-foreclosure sale.
If you have any doubt about
paying for such services, call a
HUD-approved housing coun-

selling agency at 800-569-4287 or
TDD 800-877-8339. Do this
before you pay anyone or sign
Question: Are there any precau-
tions I can take?
Answer: Here are several pre-
cautions that should help you
avoid being "taken" by a scam
Don't sign any papers you
don't fully understand.
Make sure you get all
"pi miM, in writing.
Beware of any contract of
sale of loan assumption where
you are not formally released
from liability for your mortgage
* Check with a lawyer or your
mortgage company before enter-
ing into any deal involving your
* If you're selling the house
yourself to avoid foreclosure,
check to see if there are any
complaints against the prospec-
tive buyer. You can contact your
state's attorney general, the
State Real Estate Commission,
or the local district attorney's
Consumer Fraud Unit for this
type of information.

The information above is appli-
cable to homeowners in the
United States with FHA insured
loans. Contact your lender or a
housing counseling agency.

Information provided by
www. mortgageinfospecialist. corn

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OOGranola: he tasty, healthy back-to-school breakfastD

Granola: The tasty, healthy back-to-school breakfast

or those with children, the
New Year doesn't really
begin on Jan. 1. Instead, it
comes some time between
August and September, when
the kids go back to school.
A family's whole approach
to cooking changes at this time
of year. Instead of relaxed
meals at home, there's packed
lunches put together in the
morning and quick, nourishing
menus to prepare for dinner.
There's more attention to giv-
ing our families easy, flavorful
and fun-to-eat breakfasts.
A favorite quick breakfast
treat is granola, which can be
made in large quantities and
stored easily, so it's ready to
serve in seconds. It's full of
healthy whole grains, dried fruit
and other good things. Best of
all, it's delicious, waking you up
with its delicious flavors and
crunchy and chewy textures,
which taste only better with a
splash of ice-cold milk.
You don't have to be a
health-food nut to enjoy gra-
nola. The recipe in this issue of
Caribbean Today is a popular
breakfast item at my Postrio
restaurants in San Francisco
and Las Vegas.

The secret to its successful
preparation is slow baking at a
relatively low temperature until
the ingredients reach a beautiful
brown color. That's the differ-

ence between rich-tasting,
crunchy granola and a bland,
blond product. Then, come
morning, just put some granola

Granola is nice and nutritious.

in a bowl, add milk or yogurt and
maybe some fresh berries or
banana, and breakfast is served.
Or offer some as an after-school
snack or after-dinner treat, sprin-
kled over ice cream.


* 1 cup (250 ml) shredded
unsweetened coconut
* 1 pound (500 g) rolled oats
* 1/4 pound (125 g) sliced
blanched almonds
* 1/4 pound (125 g) raw shelled
* 1/2 cup (125 ml) packed
brown sugar
* 1 tablespoon grated orange
* 1-1/2 teaspoons kosher salt

* 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
teaspoon grated nutmeg
* 10 ounces (300 g) unsalted
butter (or less if you want a
lower-fat result)
* 1/4 cup (60 ml) maple syrup
* 1 cup (250 ml) seedless raisins
or assorted chopped dried

Preheat the oven to 325
degrees F. (165C).
Spread the coconut evenly
in a thin layer on a baking sheet
or in a baking pan. Bake it until
golden brown, five to seven
minutes, keeping careful watch
to ensure that it doesn't bum.
Remove from the oven and
immediately transfer to a bowl
to cool. Set aside.
In a large mixing bowl,
combine the oats, almonds

'Jamaican Jerk
Traditional jerk food, drink
and a variety of entertain-
ment offerings will again
highlight the annual "Jamaican
Jerk Festival" in South Florida.
The festival, now in its sixth
year, is scheduled for Sept. 23 at
Markham Park in Sunrise.
This year, the hours of the
event have been extended to
run from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Music, dominoes, cooking
demonstrations and activities
for the children are also among

and cashews. Add the brown
sugar, orange zest, salt, cinna-
mon and nutmeg, and stir well
to combine.
In a saucepan, combine the
butter and syrup and cook over
low heat, stirring occasionally,
just until the butter has melted
and the mixture is hot but not
yet boiling. Pour this mixture
evenly over the dry ingredients
and stir well to coat them even-
Lightly grease one or two
rimmed baking sheets or baking
pans. Empty the mixture onto
the sheet or sheets and, with a
large spoon or spatula, spread it
and press it down to an even
thickness of half inch (12 mm).
Transfer the baking sheet
or sheets to the oven and bake
for about 30 minutes. Then,
very carefully invert the mix-

ture onto another greased sheet
or pan and bake until it reaches
a deep golden brown color, 10
to 20 minutes more.
Remove from the oven and
transfer the sheet or sheets to
wire racks, leaving them to cool
completely. Remove the gra-
nola and, by hand, break it into
bite-sized chunks, placing them
in a clean mixing bowl. Add the
raisins or dried fruit and the
toasted coconut and toss well to
combine. Transfer to one or
more airtight containers and
store at cool room temperature.
Makes about 16 servings.

Edited from an article written
by chef Wolfgang Puck.
2007 Wolfgang Puck
Worldwide, Inc. Distributed by
Tribune Media Services Inc.

Festival' set for Sept. 23 in Florida

the highlights.
Contestants in the "Jerk
Cook-off" will bid for bigger
prize money this year, with the
winner earning $1,500 or three
times the amount of last year's
prize. Second prize has been
doubled from $250 to $500. Third
prize is now $250, up from $100.
Two new cultural stages will
provide festival patrons access to
the island's cultural heritage.
They will feature oral presenta-
tions, limbo dancers, a live steel

band and a performance by the
Blue Glades Mento Band. Byron
Lee and the Dragonaires band,
soca singer Allison Hinds and
Caribbean jazz musician Eugene
Grey are also on the bill.
Cricket and netball matches
are also scheduled in 2007.
For more information, call
Jamaica Awareness, Inc. at 305-
405-2712 or Riddims Marketing,
Inc. at 305-891-1242.



Publix joins in celebrating the Caribbean cultures of our community.


2007 Publix Asset Management Company

September 2007


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Food watch: Beware high salt, sugar and fat
MAKEISHA LEE food/sugar addiction are:

T here are many addic- Obesity
tions that go unnoticed Chronic constipation

A or get downplayed in
today's society.
Others get absolutely too
much airtime, like all the juicy
gossip about alcohol and drug
addictions of celebrities.
The addiction in question
now is that of food, more
specifically high fat, sugary
and or salty foods. Most peo-
ple are not aware of any possi-
ble food addiction because,
like all other addictions, they
are rationalized.
People generally are not
looking for their addictions;
rather they look for ways to
conceal them and people who
seek to help the addicted ave
no luck in their efforts.
So the smartest move
would be to just identify some
possible areas of food addic-
tion to raise them to a level of
suspicion. Some symptoms of

* Chronic stomach upset
* Tooth decay
* Headaches
* Chronic candida infection
* Intestinal gas
* Arthritis
Food addiction is synony-
mous with compulsive
overeating. Compulsive
overeaters are often caught in
the vicious cycle of binge eat-
ing and depression. They often
use food as a coping mecha-
nism to deal with their feel-
ings. When they binge eat, it
temporarily relieves the stress
of these feelings, but unfortu-
nately is followed by feelings
of guilt, shame and disgust.

Food addicts are constant-
ly struggling with their weight

and/or just plain unhappy with
their weight. This kind of dis-
order commonly affects a
number of obese individuals
that can't seem to break free
from the vice of excessive eat-
ing habits.
For such individuals hav-
ing one cookie is never
enough. They have to have
another until the bag is gone

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Caribbean American actress Sheryl Lee Ralph, center, links up with Dr. Albert W. Morris, left, president of the National Medical
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Women Physicians' annual awards luncheon at the NMA's annual convention in Honolulu, Hawaii. Ralph, who was born in
Jamaica, is a long-time advocate for proper healthcare, particularly in the area of HIV/AIDS. "While my vocation is acting and pro-
ducing, my avocation is healthcare," she said at the function. The NMA is the oldest African American medical organization in the
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QUESTION: My marriage is
on the rocks. Recently, my
husband told me: "If you don't
do something for your PMS,
I'm packing my stuff and leav-
ing!" I honestly want to get
well, and I've tried birth con-
trol pills, Midol, countless
tranquilizers and antidepres-
sants. I feel doped and still cry
a lot and feel moody. Can you
help? E.R., New York, N.Y.
ANSWER: You're not alone
in the quest to manage the
monthly madness. Saving your
marriage is going to require a
few more months of patience
on your husband's part, some
compliance on your part, and
forgiveness for one another's


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Tips to beat the h

The elderly and children
under the age of five
are most at risk to high
temperatures, but everyone
who shows signs or symptoms
of heat-related illnesses need
immediate medical care.
Heat-related emergencies
can be avoided if
you follow a
proactive plan.
The following tips
are geared at min-
imizing the risk of
heat-related prob-

* Drink plenty of
cool fluids
throughout the
day, but avoid Drinking cool
those that contain
caffeine, alcohol or high sugar
content since they actually

contribute to dehydration and
make a heat-related illness

* Stay indoors in an air-condi-
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outdoor activities to the early
morning or evening hours,

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* Wear lightweight, light-col-
ored, loose-fitting clothing.

* Never leave anyone in a
closed, parked vehicle.

* Check frequently on the eld-
erly, young children and oth-
ers at higher risk for heat-
related illnesses.

* Don't forget your animals.
Keep them in an air-condi-
tioned area if possible and
provide plenty of fresh water.

lose it in places you want it
(like your head). Lovely.
A hormone specialist will
know how to test you, or you
can now order home test kits
and take the results to your
doctor. Home test kits usually
involve saliva or urine sam-
ples and some of them option-
ally offer tests that require a
"blood spot" (yes, this
requires a gentle finger prick).
You can order hormone test
kits through ZRT Lab
(, Virginia
Hopkins (www.virginiahop- and the
late Dr. John Lee's website
(, or
Meridian Valley Labs (425-
271-8689 Pacific Time).
If you feel irritable or
moody, you could try a little
bit of magnesium (magnesium
glycinate or citrate, about
200-300 mg once or twice
daily). Combinations that
contain calcium are fine, too.
Green tea is meditation in a
teacup; it contains a substance
that's instantly calming. The
Siberian herb Rhodiola rosea
is calming, about 50-100 mg
twice daily. Since tearfulness
is a problem, magnesium
could be particularly helpful,
as well as St. John's Wort or 5-

and then do it all over again.
They may have soda pop or
some other sugary/salty and/or
high-fat laden food to give
them that comfort and that
surge or high rush. The prob-
lem is that after initial con-
sumption of these foods it
gives the brain only a tempo-
rary fix and you crave even
more of it. Thus, we live in a
society with a prevalence of
widespread obesity and obesi-
ty-related illnesses.
We recognize that this
condition of food addiction is
nothing more than the body's
inner cry for help from the
turmoil going on within. The
body is b, _-._- ini_- you to feed it
the proper balance of nutri-
ents and minerals to keep
good brain chemistry. When
the body does not get it, it
takes what you do give it, and
then becomes confused and
suddenly you have no control
over it or over your mind

There is a growing body
of evidence that nutritional
deficiencies, along with food
allergies, amino acid imbal-
ances can all result from or

hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP).
These may also help you sleep
better. Ask your doctor about
these last two, especially if
you take medications for anxi-
ety, bipolar disorder or
This is easy: Sprinkle
ground up flax seeds on your
food. They help curtail the
effects of excessive estrogens
in the body. You could also
eat bucketfuls of broccoli or
take the supplemental form
called "I3C" (also "DIM")
which can help safely process
estrogen. Fish oil (with meals)
can help reduce cramping and

age spots with a 50-50 mix of
cider vinegar and lemon juice
can lighten up those discol-
orations. Do it several times a
day for a few months.

The above information is not
intended to treat, cure or
diagnose your condition.
Suzy Cohen is a pharmacist
and author of "The 24-Hour

2007 Dear Pharmacist,
Inc. Distributed by Tribune
Media Services, Inc.

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salt, sugar and fat

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contribute to the cause of this
addiction. So what can be
Seek alternative profes-
sional care (as prescription
drugs may exacerbate the con-
Check for and eliminate
biochemical imbalances;
Eliminate toxins from
the body (regularly);
Implement consistent
nutritional supplementation
into a healthy diet; and
Exercise frequently (the
body releases feel good hor-
mones while exercising, thus
food dependency is lessened).
Such persons are not
alone in their struggle to over-
come this type of eating disor-
der/addiction. Utilizing these
strategies you can begin to
bring the body back into har-
mony and balance so that it
can once again function nor-
mally addiction free.

Distributed through Makeisha
Lee is a health and nutrition
consultant. Learn more about
cleansing and detoxifying
your body by visiting
www. CleanseFormula. com
www. GuideToCleansing. com

Caribbean Int' Film Festival Sean K6 Tinstons fa

Caribbean Int'l Film Festival Sean Kingston's fav

set for Nov. 7-11 in B'dos

orite summer

grooves range from Jay-Z to Marley

Sept. 15 is the early dead-
line to submit entries
for the Caribbean
International Film Festival
(CIFF07) in Barbados.
Submissions for dramatic
and documentary feature-length
films, short films and music
videos are being accepted.
The festival will be held in
Barbados Nov. 7-11.
A screening of "The
Harder They Come", written,
produced and directed by the
late Jamaican filmmaker Perry
Henzell, who will be honored at
a special gala event, will be
among the festival's highlights.
It will be accompanied by a
special screening of "The
Making of: The Harder They
Submission forms and
information regarding eligibil-
ity can be accessed online at
the CIFF07 website:

* 'Broward Caribbean Carnival'
The "Broward Caribbean Carnival" will
be held on Oct. 7 at the Miramar
Regional Park in that South Florida,
United States county.
Among the attractions at the
event, which is scheduled to run from
9 a.m. to 11 p.m., are costume
parades and band performances. Also
scheduled to be on stage are Byron
Lee and the Dragonaires, Iwer, Red Hot
Flames, The Kaiso All Stars, Leon
Coldero, Code 868 and Claudette
For more information, visit
caribbeancarnivaLorg or call

* Band leaders threaten Crop Over
Crop Over costume band leaders last
month gave Barbadian authorities a
December deadline to detail a new

SWORK!', an art exhibition
featuring the efforts of sev-
eral Bahamians, is currently
on display at the Diaspora
Vibe gallery in Miami,
The exhibition, presented
by the gallery and Popopstudios
and which runs through Sept.
22, features a collective exhibi-
tion comprised of artists John
Cox, Heino Schmid, Blue
Curry, Toby Lunn, Jason
Bennett and Michael Edwards.
According to a press
release from the gallery, Each
artist has a unique body of
work with differing inspira-
tion, which transforms the
gallery into an interactive
space where the viewers can

The late entry deadline is
Oct. 1.
For more information,

call 1-888-272-1490 or email us
at entries@caribbeaninterna-

security plan for next year's festival or
face a boycott of bands on the road.
The Barbados Association for
Masqueraders (BAM) said its members
would not be taking part in next year's
festival without firm assurances from
festival organizers that bands travers-
ing the parade route would be provided
with adequate security on the road by
the Royal Barbados Force.

* Burning Flames take Antigua's
carnival title
Popular band Burning Flames
reclaimed the road march title as
Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer played
mas with the band-of-the-year to bring
down the curtain on the jubilee carni-
val celebrations in Antigua last month.

Compiled from CMC and other

John Cox's "Society"
experience different media
such as painting, sculpture,
installation, video and photog-
Cox, is a mixed media
painter and printmaker.
Schmid explores the subject of

Expressing undying love
for the "Beautiful
Girls" has propelled
teenaged Sean Kingston, the
United States-born pop-reg-
gae crooner with the strong
Caribbean roots, among this
summer's favorite artistes.
Yet the 17-year-old from
South Florida has his own
favorites as well, with a mixed
range of choices. Here's what
he told Rolling Stone maga-
zine last month:

Jay-Z: "Lost One"
"I love the vibe," Kingston
says of the Kingdom Come
tune, on which Hova dissects
fame's pitfalls over Chrisette
Michele's sweet hook.

Stevie Wonder: "Ribbon in
the Sky"
Kingston's mom used to play
the Motown legend's 1982 bal-
lad when Sean was a kid. "I
like Stevie's soft stuff he's
one of my bi_-L,,,I influences."

Bob Marley: "No Woman, No
"It's heartfelt," Kingston says
of the epic 1975 slow-burner,
which he heard nonstop grow-
ing up, his grandfather Jack
Ruby was one of Marley's

identity and displacement.
Curry is not constricted by
one medium. Lunn describes
painting as having an immeas-
urable flow. His current work
deals with the elements of
water, earth, fire and air.
B, nnii',\ love of the outdoors
has become the main influ-
ence in his work.
The exhibition is free and
open to the public. Diaspora
Vibe Gallery is located in
Miami's Design District at
3938 North Miami Ave., sec-
ond level.
For more information,
call 305-573-4046 or visit

Sean Kingston knows the Caribbean has his back.

Akon: "Don't Matter"
Akon talks back to haters
dissing him and his girl on this
bouncy "Konvicted" cut: "It

has a nice reggae beat, and he
uses all the unique styles of
his voice."

'Dog War' is classic Caribbean comedy


When Caribbean peo-
ple first stumbled on
"The Lunatic" in
cinemas many years ago, the

movie's humor not only sent
many rolling in the isles, it
also left them wondering what
kind of quirky mind could
have come up with a 'mad-
man' that makes you laugh.
Well Jamaican-born
Anthony C. Winkler, who
wrote the book
from which
the movie
was made, is *
back with
another hilari-
ous tale called
"Dog War".
Again the
author picks
his Caribbean
roots as the
base for his
story, which
focuses on a
Jamaican woman, Precious
Higginson, and her intense
tussle with advancing years
and a myriad of other moral
If Precious is not waging
"dog war" with her husband,
Theophilus, a strict headmaster
with a "craving for rule and
rLgulIdIIn it is her children,
her maid or her employer.. .and
even her employer's dog!

Precious is framed as a pic-

ture of true Caribbean beauty,
"invitingly padded in the way
Third World women used to
be" before people from else-
where decided on other so-
called standards. Precious is
richly hilarious too, even if she
is not actually trying to be.
Yet the real beauty is
Winkler's writing easy
to read and funny as hell.
For those familiar with
Caribbean culture and
tradition, "Dog War" will
make take you back to
your roots. But even if
you have never been to
the region, the humor is
still delicious like diving
into your favorite bowl
of ice cream and
inescapably refreshing.
The new novel,
released in June, is
among many notable works by
Winkler, before and after "The
Lunatic". And "Dog War" is
classic comic-fiction. Imagine
just how juicy the movie would
be like.

Books, New York.

Gordon Williams is
Caribbean Today's managing


Collective 'WORK!' of Bahamian artists

on show at Miami's Diaspora Gallery

September 2007




Teenagers: Be wary of holiday sales-job pitches

My daughter gripped
two envelopes as she
drifted through the
mass of people after her high
school graduation ceremony.
In one packet, of course, was
her diploma.
The other? An invitation
to join the sales force of a
marketing company based in
New York. According to my
daughter, a company represen-
tative handed out information-
al packets to students as they
gathered in a courtyard for a
ceremonial toss of their caps.
It didn't end there. There
was also company promotion-
al material on our car. And
there were follow-up letters
from the company alerting my
18-year-old to "immediate
openings for summer work" in
customer sales and service.
No doubt, tens of thou-
sands of high school- and
college-age students have
received the same employment
enticements from this company
that generates about $177 mil-
lion in cutlery sales annually.
The company recruits
must be at least 17 years old.
The company offers full- and
part-time jobs, flexible sched-
ules and intensive training in

how to sell kitchen knives that
can cost hundreds of dollars.
Workers are required to pur-
chase a set of demonstration
kitchen knives for about $135
(which will be refunded if the
samples are returned).
In our area,
salesmen are paid
$15 per sales call
regardless of
whether a pur-
chase is made.
These in-home
must be booked in
advance. Plus,
workers can quali-
fy for commissions
and bonuses.
Are there
many success sto-
including one Youths and
employee I men- holiday job.
tioned in a column
four years ago. Although not
a top producer, he still said
the training, staff support and
workplace experience during
his three-month stint was
Some former employees,
however, would disagree with
that assessment. I heard from

several after that column who
said that they didn't like the
way they were trained to
make high-pressure sales
pitches, that they were not
fairly compensated, and that
they had difficulty obtaining

parents must be careful when choosing a

refunds on sample cutlery
sets. The company, on its web-
site, said these issues had long
been resolved.
I have mixed feelings
about companies that rely on
young foot soldiers to sell
everything from kitchen
knives to books, DVDs and

magazines. For some students,
this might be their ticket to
starting off adult life on the
right foot both financially
and with skill sets honed in the
art of accepting rejection and
communicating effectively.
But I'm wary, too.
Knocking on doors, even if
you have an appointment, can
be dangerous work in this day
and age. Moreover, pay isn't
always what it's cracked up to
be. Ultimately, it is a numbers
game. The more calls you can
make, the more demos you
can get and thus the potential
for more sales.
If your son or daughter is
still eyeing a job, it only
makes sense to take an active
role in that process. Here are
some issues from the National
Consumers League, an advo-
cacy group, to cover with your
young worker:
Set limits Make decisions
with your son or daughter
about appropriate and safe
employment. Make sure they
know how many hours of work
per week are permissible.
Check out the workplace -
Make sure the company has a
solid infrastructure and good
field support. Meet your

Grenada to launch
ST. GEORGE'S, Grenada,
CMC The Grenada govern-
ment says it will launch a
national training program for
young people to meet the
anticipated demands created
by the establishment of sever-
al new projects.
"Very soon my friends we
are announcing a massive
national training program
where thousands of young
people will be brought in,"
Prime Minister Dr. Keith
Mitchell said last month at a
ceremony honoring students
who have received scholar-
ships to pursue higher studies
in Cuba.
"They will be given
stipends to be able to be
there, the equipment and sup-
port services to train them in
all aspects of job opportunities
for the jobs that are coming."

The Mitchell administra-
tion has presided over the
development of several major
infrastructural projects, such
as the construction of the
national stadium, a new gen-
eral hospital, a ministerial
complex and a new cruise ship
port and shopping centre.
However, officials say the
country's tourism sector is
poised for an unprecedented
phase of development with
several multi-million dollar
projects in the hotel and
tourism sector at various
stages of development includ-
ing a Four Seasons Resort and

child's supervisor, request a
tour of the facilities, and ask
about safety training, duties
and equipment. The bottom
line: "Don't assume the job is
safe," the consumer organiza-
tion said. "Every workplace
has hazards."
Know the laws State and
federal child labor laws exist
to protect younger workers.
Parents and workers alike
should become at least gener-
ally familiar with the rules and
Start with the U.S.
Department of Labor's Web
site, A section
on youth and labor provides
in-depth information on age
requirements, wages and work
hours. Here you'll also find
resources for parents and
young workers. Parents also
can find more information rel-
evant to working teens at the
National Consumers League
Web site,

Edited from Tribune Media
Services article written by
Steve Rosen.

2007 Tribune Media
Services, Inc.

training program
the Port Louis Marina project.
"In other words, we are
not going to wait when the
hotels say we need 3,000 per-
sons in information technolo-
gy (IT) services in security
services in hospitality, arts
cooks and others, we have to
take people from outside to
come in and do that for us,"
Mitchell said. "We are going
to be doing all aspects, so the
training will be diverse."
Schools across the tri-
island state will be used to
train an estimated 4,000 young
persons in skills, ranging from
IT and construction services
to security services and food

The decision to start a
national training program for
young people followed a meet-
ing between government offi-
cials and some of the country's
leading investors, Mitchell said.
At least six investors have
agreed to help fund the pro-
"In recent times we have
seen the opportunity for
major development projects
but what we have done we
have not sat there we have
now met with our partners,"
said Mitchell, also the coun-
try's minister of finance.
Hundreds of school
leavers currently participate in
a government-paid internship
program, re-started last year
after a three-year break.

Blii i

Miami-Dade County Programs


Economic Development
(Available thru the Office of Community and Economic Development)

The Office of Community and Economic Development provides opportunities for
business development and business growth through various programs and
service providers.

Micro Loans
Loans for Medium Size Businesses
Commercial Revitalization Program (CRP)
Business Creation/Retention Programs
Qualified Target Industry Program (QTI)
Targeted Jobs Incentive Fund (TJIF)
Fiscal Incentive Programs
Enterprise Zone Program
Urban Job Tax Credit
Referral Services
Enterprise Florida Programs
Technical Assistance for Entrepreneurs
South Florida Workforce

For additional information, please call the Economic Development Division at
(305) 375-4535
or visit our website at:

September 2007

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I IE D U C n T I o n / Y 0 U T 11



St. Lucia hopes to score knockout

with 'Showtime in Paradise' event

Antigua signs major agreement with

Miami International Airport

St. Lucia will attempt to
show itself as a knockout
travel destination when it
hosts a boxing extravaganza
later this year.
"Showtime in PI'radisL ,

Senator Allen Chastanet, left, St. Lucia's minis
seals the deal with Paxton Baker, president of
Productions, following a recent announcement
"Showtime in Paradise" boxing event.
scheduled for Nov. 16, will be
held at the Beausejour Cricket
Ground on the Caribbean
During a recent news con-
ference at the Bay Gardens
Beach Resort, in Rodney Bay
Village, the planners
announced that the event
would feature top-ranked box-
ers, whose names are expected
to be announced soon.
Senator Allen Chastanet,
St. Lucia's minister of tourism,
announced Showtime Networks
Incorporated, a CBS Company,
plans to air a live broadcast of
the six-fight card in association
with United States-based BET
J, which will carry a rebroad-
cast and prepare other promo-
tional material that will high-
light St. Lucia as the destination
for the fight and as a prime
tourism destination.
"This boxing event will
give us an opportunity to
expose ourselves to markets
we have not been in,"
Chastanet said in a recent
press release.
"We will not only be
known as a wedding destina-
tion, but now broaden our
image to represent the planned
growth that is taking place on
the island," he added.

President of BET Event
Productions Paxton Baker said
that apart from the George
Foreman-Joe Frazier fight,
staged in Jamaica in 1973, and a
couple of other fights in Puerto
Rico and The Bahamas, the
November telecast will be
among the most recent from
the Caribbean and the first to
be done from the Eastern

"In addition to a rebroad-
cast on BET J, we will develop
two additional 30-minute shows
about the experience of the
boxers in St. Lucia, while addi-
tional footage will be made
available on other
multi-media plat-
Sf forms which will
allow St. Lucia to
get additional expo-
sure," Baker said.
U.S. boxing
promoter Dan
Goosen, president
of Goosen Tutor
Productions, said
he hopes the event
will attract many
fight fans to the
island for a week of
festivities leading
e up to the
b4 November event.
"We compli-
ster of tourism, ment Minister
f BET Event Chastanet for his
of the tremendous vision
in using boxing as a
means of promoting the growth
of the tourism sector in St.
Lucia," Goosen said, pointing
out that the successful casinos
in Las Vegas had all used box-
ing as a growth instrument as it
always attracted television audi-
ences and fans to their venues.
"Showtime in PIradiL is
being planned to coincide with
the inaugural American Airlines
non-stop service from New York
to St. Lucia on Nov. 15.

MIAMI Antigua and
Barbuda says it has signed a
cooperation agreement with the
Miami International Airport.
"A major advance was
made within the aviation indus-
try with the official signing of an
International Sister Airports
Agreement between the V.C.
Bird International Airport and
the Miami International
Airport", according to an offi-
cial statement issued here.
"The agreement officially
linked the Miami International
Airport and the V.C. Bird
International Airport, allowing
for the exchange of informa-
tion pertaining to cargo and
passenger movement in each
airport; historical statistical
information pertaining to each
airport; planned airport infra-
structure developments; and
general marketing research
aimed at increasing passenger
and cargo traffic at both air-
ports, among other things", the
statement added.
"The agreement also
allows for both parties to con-
sider the creation of a working
group, made up of a limited
number of representatives from
each party, for the express pur-
pose of putting in practice the
intentions of the JIgrLL In L 1I .

Aviation Minister Harold
Lovell, who signed the agree-
ment late last month, said it
would take four weeks for con-
sultations to take place regard-
ing the configuration of the

working committee.
"Our agreement... comes
at a time when this ministry is
r -


seeking to re-introduce direct
Miami -Antigua services to
enable us to tap into Miami's
vital and direct linkages to the
U.S. and Latin America and to
increase direct access to Miami
as a commercial and business
center," Lovell said.

"This agreement is an
important building block of that
effort, and will enable us to
expand our tourism and invest-
ment marketing and promo-
tional efforts in the U.S."
The statement said Miami
captures 50 percent of all U.S.-
Caribbean trade, with an esti-
mated amount of $10 million.
Commissioner of the
Miami Dade County Jose Diaz
said there were luii;L econom-
ic and intellectual benefits to
be derived from collaboration
such as this."
Lovell commended Miguel
Southwell, the Antigua-born
assistant director of Miami-
Dade Aviation Department,
for his "vision and hard work
in helping to bring the Sister
Agreement to fruition."

Now getting here can be
almost as relaxing as a day
on one of our secluded beaches.

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Air Jamaica says it is pleased with the recent launch of its service between Fort
Lauderdale, Florida and Barbados and hopes that within a year the frequency will
move from three to seven days a week. George deMercado, center, the airline's vice
president of sales, said passenger loads have been encouraging, especially at the
height of the recent Crop Over season which attracted Barbadians in the United
States diaspora and other visitors. The new flight operates non-stop in both direc-
tions on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and connects with LIAT to Tobago, Grenada, St.
Lucia, St. Vincent, Dominica, Martinique, Antigua, and St. Kitts and Nevis. Photograph
shows deMercado celebrating the new partnership with Barbados's Minister of
Tourism Noel Lynch, left, and Paul Pennicook, the airline's senior vice president of
marketing. Since Air Jamaica began operations out of Fort Lauderdale in 1995, the
airline has carried more than two million passengers.

September 2007



Social Security issues warning about money-stealing 'scams'
ial Security such as a Social Security or the line, the recipients were The SSA recc
listration in the bank account number, from then told that proceeds from contacting a local
J States has issued the Social Security recipient. the sale of the house will be Security office or
U.S. residents to The scam artists, who sent to them if they pay the toll-free number a
several .am identify themselves as Social back taxes. 1213 to verify the

especially in the southeast sec-
tion of the country, aimed at
stealing Social Security num-
bers and then their owners'-
According to the SSA,
senior citizens are often
among the most vulnerable.
The SSA has received
many reports about telephone
calls or visits from people who
falsely claim to be Social
Security employees. In each
case, the person attempted to
obtain personal information,

Current and former political
leaders will be honored at the
Caribbean Bar Association's
"11th Annual Scholarship
Awards Banquet" this month
in South Florida.
Former Jamaican Prime
Minister PJ. Patterson,
Jamaican-born Miramar City
Commissioner Winston Barnes
and Florida Governor Charlie
Crist will be the honorees at the
function, scheduled for Sept 29
at the Westin Diplomat Resort
and Spa, 3555 S. Ocean Dr.,
Nova Southeastern
University will also be honored
at the event, where Patterson is
the scheduled keynote speaker.
Cocktail reception is at 6:30 p.m.
Dinner is at 7:30 p.m.
For more information, call
Pamela Gordon at 305-653-
5374 or 305-331-9912.

The American Friends of
Jamaica is scheduled to hold its
26th annual gala and auction
for Jamaican charities at 6:30
p.m. Oct. 9 at Cipriani 23rd St.,
200 Fifth Ave. in New York.
Philanthropists Louise and
Edgar Cullman will be this
year's honorees.

Security employees, have
used a variety of approaches
to get information. In one
case, a caller said that Social
Security was experiencing a
power outage and needed to
verify the person's informa-
tion. In another, the caller
posed as an employee who
needed to verify the person's
direct deposit information.
During a third scam, Social
Security recipients were told
that their monthly benefit
payments were being cut
because they have inherited a

For reservations and more
information, call 212-626-6883,
or visit

The St. Hugh's Alumnae
Association of Florida will hold
its annual "Swan Dance" on
Nov. 10 at the West Broward
Hall, 178th Avenue and Pines
Boulevard, Pembroke Pines.
The association was created
to be support its Kingston,
Jamaica-based alma mater St.
Hugh's High School for girls. It
meets the second Saturday of
every other month (February,
April, June, August, October
and December).
For more information, visit
http://www.shaafl. org.

Drop off points have been set up
at several South Florida church-
es, including the Holy Family
Episcopal Church in North
Miami, Kendall Community
Church in Kendall, and the Holy
Sacrament Episcopal Church in
Pembroke Pines, for aid to vic-
tims of Hurricane Dean in
The Jamaican Consulate is
accepting monetary donations
in the form of money orders
made payable to the Jamaica

house from a relative an
event which would not result
in a reduction of Social
Security benefits.
To help make the fraud
seem authentic, the caller then
placed the person on hold
and played the same on-hold
recordings used by SSA.
When the caller got back on


Consulate General (Hurricane
Relief) and mailed to the office
at 25 Southeast Second Ave.,
Suite 609, Miami, Florida
Critically needed items
include as non-perishable food,
batteries, flashlights, first aid
kits, battery operated radios
and bottled water.
For more information, per-
sons can call the Consulate
office at 305-374-8431, exten-
sions 223 and 232.

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 following tips:
* Use the "30-30 Rule" when
you see lightning by counting
until you hear thunder. If that
time is 30 seconds or less, seek
shelter immediately because
the storm is close enough to be
* When outside, avoid being
the tallest object.
* Don't stand under or near an
isolated tree or small group of
* Get inside a sturdy structure
before the storm approaches.
* Unplug all unnecessary

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The SSA is advising the
public to always take precau-
tions when giving out personal
information, including never
providing their Social Security
number or other personal
information over the tele-
phone unless they initiated the
contact, or are confident of
the person to whom they are
speaking. If in doubt, the SSA
said, do not release informa-
tion without first verifying the
validity of the call.

* Don't use the telephone dur-
ing a storm unless it's an emer-
* 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 avail-
able, get inside a hard-topped
automobile and keep the win-
dows up.
* Don't take a bath or shower
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
* If someone is struck by light-
ning, call 911 immediately.
Also be aware of positive
or "out-of-the blue" lightning.
Lightning that originates at the
top of a thunderstorm carries a
positive charge. Positive light-
ning is particularly dangerous
* 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.

The USCIS, Office of
Citizenship, has launched, the inter-
agency web portal that pres-
ents a comprehensive range of
resources and information for
use by immigrants.

calling its
at 1-800-772-

of the call. (The deaf or hard
of hearing may call SSA's TTY
number at 1-800-325-0778.)
To report suspicious activ-
ity, call the OIG Hotline at 1-
800-269-0271. (The deaf or
hard of hearing may call the
OIG TTY number at 1-866-
501-2101.) A Public Fraud
Reporting form is also avail-
able online at the OIG's web-
site: http://www.socialsecuri-

Visit the website at
This website provides
immigrants with practical infor-
mation 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 community, and also
contains helpful links to, the USCIS
website, itself.

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 children.
The general fees include
mandatory mailing cost for all
processed passports. Processed
passports will be mailed to the
Processing time for all
applications is approximately
six weeks.
The office of the consulate
is located at the Ingraham
Building at 25 S.E. Second
Avenue, Suite 609, downtown
Call the office at 305-374-
8431 or visit the website at
www.jamaicacgmiami org for
more information.


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September 2007


B u s n e s s


CARICOM, Canada set to establish new economic partnership


BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -
The stage is now set for a new
economic partnership agree-
ment (EPA) between CARI-
COM and Canada.
Following a July meeting
in Barbados between CARI-
COM leaders and Canadian
Prime Minister Stephen
Harper, it was announced that
negotiations on the CANA-
begin by year-end, with the
North American leader pledg-
ing his government's support
to helping the region over the
next 10 years.
It was Harper's third stop
in his four-nation tour of the
Americas the first time he
has made such a trip since tak-
ing up office in February last
year, and the first time a
Canadian leader has visited
the region since 2004.
With Canadians directly
investing billions of dollars in
the import and export of
products and commercial and
travel services, Canada and
CARICOM already have a
solid trade foundation on
which to build this new pact.
But the conservative leader
admitted that it is also a rela-
tionship that has been neglect-
ed by successive governments
in his country.
Last month, however, a
move was made to court the
Caribbean once again, as
Harper met with most of the
heads of government, outlin-
ing his government's new
Both sides have agreed
that the way forward is
through an all-encompassing
free trade agreement with
locked-in benefits, to replace
the narrow Caribbean Canada
Agreement (CARIBCAN)
which not only limits trade to
goods, but is time-bound,
requiring a
World Trade
Organization B
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CARICOM A senior official

Owen Arthur pointed out, the
more modem agreement comes
at a good time.
"We need in the
Caribbean... to have new eco-
nomic and trade relationships
that are not limited to liberal-
izing trade in goods, but that
also address fundamental
issues in respect of liberaliza-
tion of trade
in services,
and all the
that now are
before the
WTO or
could arise
in the rela-
Harper states.
need, therefore, to create cer-
tainty to the economic rela-
tionship by taking us out of
what I call this situation of
we want to have a deeper,
more mature relationship with
Canada that is expressed in
the form of a modern trade
agreement," the host prime
minister added.
Just what the pact will

"Now I know there is
some skepticism within the
region about free trade, but
frankly there is no better way
to boost living standards
over the long term."

entail has not yet been
worked out, but a free trade
agreement that will take into
account the particular circum-
stances of the region's smaller
states, will be at the centre of
the wider economic partner-
ship. Harper indicated it
would pay significant atten-
tion to CARICOM's integra-
tion effort.


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tions provider in the
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money transfer firm,
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"A free trade agreement
would complement and help
further develop the regional
cooperation that you are
already undertaking through
the Caribbean Single Market
and Economy (CSME) initia-
tive," he said.
"Now I know there is
some skepticism within the
region about free
trade, but frankly
there is no better
way to boost living
standards over the
long term."
The Canadian
leader added that
his country was
ready to help
address the vulner-
abilities that may
come from the
move to a more
open trading envi-
"We will help
to bolster individ-
ual economies to
adapt to the chang-
ing terms of trade, Bernal
to confront the
excessively high
cost of public services in small
states, and to address the need
for strong, accountable public
"We will contribute to
strengthening the transition to
the single regional market and
economy by delivering assis-
tance for effective implemen-
tation, for the building of
internal trade, and for the
and imple-
mentation of
trade agree-

leaders have

community (CARICOM) Secretariat
has said that the region's depend-
ence on imported foods to meet its
nutritional needs has left it vulnera-
ble to under-nourishment.
While noting that over the last
decade there had been a "slight
improvement" in the prevalence of
under-nourishment in Guyana,
Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago and
some countries within the sub-
regional Organization of Eastern
Caribbean States (OECS), CARICOM
Assistant Secretary General Irwin
LaRocque was nevertheless
uncomfortable with the broader
regional picture.

Compiled from various sources.

insisted that the new economic
arrangement will be mutually
beneficial. But what exactly is
Canada getting out of it? That
and other questions have not
yet been answered, but the
region's chief trade negotiator,
Ambassador Richard Bernal,
says when the two sides hold
talks later this year which

should coincide with the com-
pletion of EPA negotiations
with the European Union -
more flesh will be given to the
"We expect that in this
agreement we will be trying to
forge the type of arrangement
that can promote economic
development and structural
diversification of CARICOM

economies," said Bernal, direc-
tor general of the Caribbean
Regional Negotiating
"We expect the traditional
friendship and the special
treatment which Canada has
extended to us to continue to
be the foundation of this new

Off the economic agenda,
though, there's more to this
new partnership. Canada is
proposing that education be
used as a key instrument link-
ing the two sides, and it's
against this background that it
will increase the number of
scholarships provided to
Caribbean students, particu-
larly at the graduate level.
Harper has also acknowl-
edged the importance of pro-
viding Caribbean youth with
appropriate skills for future
development and management
and indicated his government
will soon launch a Caribbean
Institutional Leadership
Development Program "to
promote the principles of lead-
ership, accountability and
It's an aspect of the deal
that recognizes other ties that
bind CARICOM and Canada
in a shared history that goes
back 100 years.



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6 TWMO0RK in

Three win Laparkan/Una Clarke Caribbean American Scholarships

Una Clarke, a
political trail-
blazer in New York poli-
tics, was recently named
vice president of exter-
nal affairs for the devel-
opment of business and
relationship at the
United States-based
company Laparkan
Clarke has been
involved with Laparkan
for a while. Since April
2003, she and the com-
pany have awarded The
Laparkan Una Clarke
Caribbean American
Scholarship, which
provides aid to
American students who
are involved in or have
participated in projects
related to the upliftment
of the Caribbean com-
munity in New York
This year, scholar-
ships were awarded to
Kristi Ann Philius,

Kessill Robinson and
Shaneice Nicholls, along with
three other student education-
al and book scholarships
based on their commitment to

Scholarship winners Kessill Robinson, Shaneice Nicholls and Kristi Ann Philius, third, fourth and fifth from left, respectively, show their awards after
last month's presentation ceremony. Also on hand were, from left, Robert Mitchell, Laparkan's vice president for the northeast region; former schol-
arship recipients Clyde Chapman and Lea Peters; Una Clarke, and Daneel Howe, another former recipient.

community service, academics
and volunteerism.
Clarke, a former city
councilmember for the 40th

District in Brooklyn and the
first Caribbean-born person
elected to the New York City
legislature, is also the mother

U.S. Congresswoman Yvette

Caribbean media confab to link-up in Jamaica

The second Caribbean
Media Conference and
Exposition will be held
next month in Kingston
The two-day event, Oct.
10-11, is expected to attract
senior and mid-level market-
ing, media and telecom execu-
tives, students and academics
from the region.
The telecommunications
sector is expected to play a

major role in the conference,
which will be held under the
theme: "Consumer engage-
ment the key to media suc-
United States-based
telecom firm International
Network Operations Group
(INOG) has reportedly been
confirmed as a main sponsor.
The conference has also
attracted sponsorship from
Businessuite magazine,

Caribvision, BNC3, Telegens
Inc, AK Insights, Nationwide
News Network, Caribbean
Today and Caribbean Voice.
"Our international tele-
com clients business is driven
by consumer demand, and our
business is driven by the busi-
ness of the telecom sector,"
said INOG's Andrew Jackson,
president and chief executive
officer, of his company's deci-
sion to sponsor and take part

in the conference in a recent
press release.
"It would seem fairly
obvious that knowing where
consumer demand is heading
and the technology following
and often times leading this
demand, will put us in a more
strategic position to predict
and forecast the future busi-
ness demands of the telecom
sector and our clients."

In the spirit of fostering
interaction between small
hotel owners and operators
in the region, the Caribbean
Hotel Association (CHA), in
conjunction with the Barbados
Hotel and Tourism Association
(BHTA), will hold a Caribbean
Small Hotels Retreat, Sept. 26-
28, at the Barbados Hilton
hotel in Bridgetown.
The two-day nK liniii
sponsored by the Barbados
Tourism Authority and
Caribbean Airways, has a dif-
ferent approach from tradi-
tional hospitality conferences
by emphasizing small group
discussions of eight to 10 peo-
ple and a departure from the
formality of large conventions.
"It's a retreat in a true
sense, inasmuch as for two
days small hoteliers will with-

draw to focus on practical
considerations and insight
based on experience of the
day-to-day operating issues
particular to inn kl, ,pinii_ "
said Barbadian small hotelier
and President of the
Caribbean Hotel Association
Peter J. Odle.

He added that the infor-
mal tone should not be con-
fused with a casual or indiffer-
ent disposition to serious
issues, but rather a strategy to
stimulate an uninhibited pro-
fessional exchange among
The agenda for the retreat
was developed by small hote-
liers for small hoteliers, so
subject areas are tabled as
they apply specifically to a

small hotel operation in the
Caribbean. Discussion topics
include: public relations
strategies; budget redecorat-
ing; niche marketing for small
hotels; hidden potential rev-
enue streams; the advantages

of 'green' practices specific to
small hotel operations; man-
agement issues; food and bev-
erage considerations; insur-
ance; and the all important
technology trends, among oth-
In addition, each day will
culminate with a series of "bull
II. I< open forums where
the discussion is driven exclu-
sively by the issues tabled
impromptu by delegates.
For more information and
registration, contact the CHA
Conferences and Events
Department at 787-725-9139, or
e-mail: mmarrero@caribbean-, or visit
www. caribbeanhotelassocia-
tion. com/SmallHotelsRetreat.h

St. Kitts group

offers grants

St. Kitts and Nevis Association
of Florida, Inc. (SNAF) is invit-
ing applicants for its Florida
Scholarship Award 2007.
The scholarship is worth
$1,000 per student and will be
paid to the designated college
or university. To be consid-
ered for a 2007 scholarship,
applicants must:
* Main a grade point average
of 3.5 or higher;
* Produce official transcript in
any field of study, 15 days
prior to the event so it can be
* Be a student at a
college/university within the
state of Florida;
* Be Kittitian/Nevisian by
parentage or birth; and
* Show proof of leadership
within the college/university
life and/or community.
Applicants can only quali-
fy once for SNAF's
Scholarship. They should mail
entries to: Florida Scholarship
Award 2007, c/o St. Kitts and
Nevis Association of Florida,
Inc. (SNAF), P.O. Box 310236,
Miami, FL 33231-0236.
Scholarship recipients will
be announced on the night of
the SNAF's Independence din-
ner and ball to be held on Sept.
15 at Howard Johnson Plaza
Hotel, 7707 N.W. 103rd St. in
Hialeah, Florida. Cocktails are
at 7 p.m. Dinner at 8 p.m.


'Matchmaker' confab
The 2007 Matchmaker
Conference and Expo will be held
from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 18 at
the Palm Beach County Convention
Center, 650 Okeechobee Boulevard,
West Palm Beach, FL 33401.
Over 400 small businesses
with certifying government agen-
cies and large businesses wishing
to conduct business are expected
to attend. Visit http://pbmatch- for information.

Lou Hammond gets CTDC nod
The Caribbean Tourism
Development Company (CTDC) has
appointed Lou Hammond &
Associates to be its public relations
Associates to be its public relations
agency of record, effective Sept. 1.
CTDC is a joint marketing and
business development unit, owned
equally by the Caribbean Hotel
Association and the Caribbean
Tourism Organization, representing
32 countries and their hospitality
partners. Its mission is to own,
promote, protect, advance and
enhance the Caribbean brand.

Compiled from several sources.


Small hoteliers to rendezvous in Barbados

September 2007


T&T's government presents tax-free budget


PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad,
CMC Prime Minister Patrick
Manning, gearing up for general
elections later this year, pre-
sented a $7.03 billion tax free
budget outlining increased ben-
efits for old age persons, the
disabled community as well as
retired public servants.
In a presentation lasting
just over three hours last
month, Manning, who is also
minister of finance, sought to
downplay that the fiscal pack-
age was aimed at ensuring that
his ruling People's National
Movement (PNM) is returned
to power in the next general
elections that political observers
say would most likely be held
by October.
Manning said the budget
was a continuation of the strate-
gy to transform the oil rich
republic into a developed nation
by 2020 and that he had every
confidence that the population
was fully supportive of "this
seminal project as they witness
and benefit from the abundant
positive developments in all
areas of national life.
"Except for a handful of
predictable, professional objec-
tors, very visible from this dis-
tance, the citizens and govern-
ment are in step, as we travel

this historic
road togeth-
er. This
budget will
that unity of
much to the
further con- Manning
fusion and
desperation of the obvious mis-
chief-makers," he added.

Manning said the budget is
couched in the context of pro-
jected real Gross Domestic
Product (GDP) growth of seven
percent and an average infla-
tion rate of six per cent in 2008.
He said based on these
assumptions, total revenue is
forecast at $6.7 billion, compris-
ing energy sector revenue of
$2.5 billion and non-energy tax
collections of $3.1 billion.
On the expenditure side, he
said the government intends to
appropriate $6.06 billion from the
Consolidated Fund, while it esti-
mates $950 million as the direct
charges on the Consolidated
Fund and other special funds.
Manning told legislators
that a minimum retirement pen-
sion of $333 monthly would be
paid from Jan. 1, 2008 and with
effect from Oct. 1, this year, the
senior citizens grant paid to old

age persons would increase
from $225) to $275.

Manning said government
has acknowledged that notwith-
standing prudent fiscal and
monetary policies, rising infla-
tion levels continue to pose a
challenge to the disposable
incomes of our citizens especial-
ly pensioners.
As a result, he said the gov-
ernment would implement a
minimum pension payable to
retired public officers at $275
per month.
"In addition, given that it is
proposed to commence the new
NIS monthly payment in
January 2008, every retired
public servant in Trinidad and
Tobago will receive a lump sum
payment of TT$3,000 ($500) to
compensate for the months of
October, November and
December of this year until the
new NIS payments are imple-
mented. This measure will put
more money in the pockets of
26,742 of our citizens," he said.
The prime minister also
said that the Disabled Grant
would be increased from $150
to $183 monthly as of October
this year and there would also
be an increased in the public
assistance grants to households.





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Saving you time and money.


P.M. Arthur call for removal of

CSME barriers
CMC Prime Minister Owen
Arthur has called on fellow
Caribbean community
(CARICOM) countries to
remove blockages standing in
the way of the full expression
of the regional integration
Sending a message particu-
larly to Trinidad and Tobago,
which is yet to conclude a fish-
ing agreement with Bridgetown,
Arthur said the CARICOM
Single Market and Economy
(CSME) will not resonate with
the region's people until every-
one thought they had a stake in
"I take seriously the
undertaking that we have
given the region that we will
remove barriers and that we
will create an environment
where people have the right of
establishment and capital can
move freely and where people
will move freely, but the proj-
ect will never be completed in
spirit until all feel that they
have a place in the new
Caribbean economy," Arthur
Arthur, the leader with

in the region
prime minis-
ty for the
CSME, said
the two
had worked
out a draft
Arthur agreement
which could
be signed as a matter of
course, and called on Trinidad
and Tobago to help bring the
matter to a happy conclusion.
He said the region was
never short of finance or labor
to drive its economic develop-
ment, but lacked the will to
put them together to work for
the Caribbean's development
in a coherent and rational
"The initiative to take 15
Caribbean economies and put
them together as one by the
removal of the barriers for the
first time gives a realistic
chance to go for the economic
development of the region," he

CMC Several high-ranking
bank officials here have
received suspended jail terms
for their part in an illegal cur-
rency transfer case, sending
shock waves through the finan-
cial community.
The ruling came in a high
profile case in which DSB-bank
- Suriname's oldest and leading
commercial bank, casino opera-
tor Suriname Leisure Company
(SLC), and United States-based
Dorsett Hotels and Resorts Inc,
were prosecuted for illegally
transferring over $10 million to
the US between 1999 and 2001.
DSB President Siegmund
Proeve and former President
Edward Muller, were handed six-
month suspended sentences for
conspiring to transfer the funds
from the casino to the U.S.
Patrick Bhagwandin, the
bank's top legal official, received
a three-month suspended sen-
tence while Jeffrey Clague, a
casino manager, was handed a
suspended jail term of six month
and fined $3,600. Clague was
also ordered to repay $179,000
or spend a year in jail.
The bank was also ordered
to repay $356,000, failing which
authorities would end its activi-
ties for one year.

According to prosecutors,
proceeds of Suriname Palace
Casino were transferred without
authorization of the country's

Currency Authority even after
the authority and the Central
Bank ordered DSB-bank to stop
the money transfers.
Handing down his verdict,
Judge Albert Ramnewash
argued that the bank officials
"willingly" assisted in the illegal
money transfers and in doing
violated the country's currency
laws and endangered the
Surinamese financial sector.
According to the judge, the
officials were in the position to
stop the transfers, but they
choose not to do so. Lawyers for
the bank and casino officials say
they would appeal the ruling.
In a press release DSB
Directors expressed shock over
the ruling and insisted that the
bank and its officials were not
at fault.

Meanwhile, Central Bank
Governor Andre Telting
assured that the ruling would
not effect the bank's daily oper-
ations. Telting said, however,
that the ruling is a blow to
Suriname's financial sector.
The Surinamese Banker's
Association also expressed
shock over the ruling and
said it was as a result of the
"ancient" Currency Act 1947,
which needed major amend-
ments. The bankers called on
the authorities to overhaul the
currency legislation as soon as

Suriname's financial sector

shocked by bankers' sentence

September 2007


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Government declares time of national

reflection after tragedies in Barbados

CMC The government here
late last month declared a
weekend of prayer and
reflection in response to an
unprecedented wave of
tragedies which recently
plunged several Barbadian
families into mourning.
Minister of State in the
Prime Minister's Office
Reverend Joseph Atherley
said the nation was in shock
from three tragedies the lat-
est a building collapse which
claimed five lives and gov-
ernment and religious leaders
felt the country needed a time
of national reflection if it was
to move forward.
"We want to encourage
those who do not on a weekly
basis make a practice of going

to a religious
assembly or
going to
church to
find time to
do so and in
this way as a
nation, we
want to seek

to express Atherley
our solidarity
and express our sympathies to
those who are bereaved
among us over the recent trag-
ic events and the one unfold-
ing at Brittons Hill," he said.

The government minister
said it decided against having
one pray session at a central
location as they wanted peo-
ple to feel comfortable in their

own worship space. Atherley
said the weekend of reflection
had the support of the full
religious community.
Last month's partial col-
lapse of an apartment block in
a community just outside the
capital followed closely on the
heels of two deadly vehicular
crashes which claimed the
lives of 10 people. On July 29
a bus transporting patrons to a
popular "Crop Over" event
crashed into a wall in the hilly
terrain of St. Joseph killing six
people, to be closely followed
by another crash which saw
one adult and three children
dying when a passenger van in
which they were traveling and
a minibus collided in the north
of the island.

Test released prisoners for HIV ~ counselor

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent A
health official here is calling for
mandatory HIV testing to be
done on prison inmates at the
end of their sentence, even as
the prison chief reports that
sexual activity among inmates
at the all male lockup is down.
"I think prisoners should
be tested for HIV before they
are released; I think it is neces-
sary," Samuel Joyles, a senior
Ministry of Health counselor
attached to Her Majesty's
Prison told the Caribbean
Media Corporation (CMC).
Joyles said he is concerned
that prisoners who may have
indulged in unprotected sex in
prison, putting themselves at
serious risk of contracting HIV,
can pass on the virus to their
wives and girlfriends when they
are readmitted to society.
"I can't say it is rampant,
but one or two persons have
admitted that they are involved,
I can't say how widespread it is,"
Joyles said in relation to sexual
acts among male prisoners.

However, prison chief
Superintendent Eric Rodriguez

told CMC that he is convinced
that sexual activity among the
inmates prison has been
reduced drastically. Rodriguez
said when he took charge of the
prison seven years ago sexual
activity was rampant.
"We were dealing with
eight to 10 cases a week,"
Rodriquez said, noting that a
zero tolerance policy on the
illegal activity saw a reduction
in the acts.
"If it is happening it is
being done under deep cover
because over the last six months
we have only had to deal with
one clear cut case," he added.
He told CMC that one of
the methods of control used is
to transfer persons who are ini-
tiating homosexual activity to
cells with inmates who are
known to be very aggressively
poised against it.
"We have some rastamen
and other inmates here who
you can't carry that to, so we
change the inmates around
accordingly," he explained.

According to the National
HIV/AIDS program report for

2006, a survey conducted at the
prison in April 2005 found that
out of 344 prisoners who partic-
ipated in the study, 14 were
found to be HIV positive.
"The movement of prison-
ers in and out of the general
population with and without
communicable diseases such as
HIV infection would be of great
concern from a public health
standpoint," the report said.
However, the prison chief
said he would not support the
distribution in prison as a means
of controlling the spread of
"I will rather resign first
than to be involved in any such
move," Rodriguez told CMC.
Head of the National AIDS
secretariat, Dr. Del Hamilton,
said while condoms are key tools
in the fight against the spread of
HIV/AIDS, because homosexu-
al sex remained illegal, condoms
could not be distributed.
"It will be a conflict, because
you cannot condone an illegal
act," she noted in a recent inter-
There are close to 400
inmates at Her Majesty's Prison.

Report on Grenada's P.M. due this month

ST. GEORGE'S, Grenada,
CMC A Commission of
Inquiry into allegations that
Prime Minister Dr. Keith
Mitchell was paid money ille-
gally by a former Grenada
trade diplomat ended here last
month after receiving testimo-
ny from two witnesses.
Sole Commissioner Sir
Richard Cheltenham, who said
he will hand in his report by
September, also turned down a
request by Barbadian lawyer
Elliot Mottley, he be allowed
to make submissions on behalf
of his client, Opposition
Leader Tillman Thomas.
The inquiry followed alle-

from for-
mer trade
Mitchell during an
trip in June 2000. The prime
minister has consistently
denied any wrongdoing in the
matter that first surfaced in a
Miami-based newsletter
Offshore Alert in April 2004.
Mitchell has filed a crimi-

nal libel lawsuit against
Offshore Alert and its pub-
lisher David Marchant. He
has also warned that he was
prepared to take legal action
against any media establish-
ment saying that he had cor-
ruptly received money from
The Grenada government
has said that Resteiner had
offered to cover travel expens-
es for the prime minister's del-
egation on a 2000 promotional
and investment tour of
Europe and Kuwait.

Six-year-old among honorees

at T&T's Independence gala

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad,
CMC Six-year-old Priya
Seeram was among 32 persons
honored on Aug. 31 at a gala
ceremony at the new multi mil-
lion dollar residence of Prime
Minister Patrick Manning as
Trinidad and Tobago celebrat-
ed 45 years of political
Independence from Britain.
The ceremony, usually held
at the official residence of the
president, was been shifted to
the Prime Minister's Residence
and Diplomatic Centre as con-
struction work continued on
the original venue.
Seeram received the
Humming Bird Medal
(Bronze) for Gallantry after
she was instrumental in saving
her elder cousin from an
attempted kidnapping last
year. Police said that the
Standard One student was
with her cousin, Candice
Beharry, in a motor vehicle
when a man forced the car to
a stop and dragged Beharry
into the forest. Seeram, who
jumped out of the vehicle, ran
nearly a mile to alert villagers
to the incident allowing police
to rescue her cousin.

Former president of the

West Indies Cricket Board,
Ken Gordon, received the
Chaconia Medal (gold), the
second highest award, for his
contribution to business.
Gordon also played a major
role in the success of several
Caribbean newspapers and
was a former trade and indus-
try minister in Trinidad.
Apart from Gordon, the
second highest award was also
given to former Energy
Minister Barry Barnes for
energy development; Dr.
Krishna Bahadoorsingh for
business; Jizelle Salandy for
boxing; and the Genesis
Steelband Project Team for
music innovation.
Retired banker Dunbar
McIntyre, retired school prin-
cipals Sister Mary Margaret
Moloney and Patricia
Ruddell, as well as the late
businessman Jack Paul
Ramoutarsingh, received the
Chaconia Medal (silver).
West Indies opening bats-
man Darren Ganga received
the Hummingbird Medal
(gold) for his contribution to
sports, as well as golf instruc-
tor Carlton Faustin.

Region optimistic

about new trade pact

Dr. Richard Bernal,
head of the Caribbean
Regional Negotiating
Machinery (CRNM), says
while he is optimistic that a
new trade accord will be signed
with Europe by December,
regional countries still have an
option available in the event
that agree-
ment is not
reached on
the Economic
said that the
had the Bernal
option of a
Generalized System of
Preferences (GSP), which he
Jd, r ib d as "less advanta-
geous regime."
According to an article
posted on the official website
of the CRNM under the head-
ing "Bernal 1pjik, the head
of the regional negotiating
body said that as the deadline
nears for the Caribbean com-
munity (CARICOM), the
Dominican Republic to enter

into an EPA, there are fears as
to whether the agreement can
be signed before the current
preferential trade regime under
the Contonou Agreement in
"The hurdles seem to be
many and the pessimistic voices
that usually appear around this
part of a negotiating process
are heightening their chants",
the article stated, noting that
Bernal "is confident obstacles
will be hurdled in time".
It said that Bernal, a sea-
soned diplomat, "is adamant
about the fact that an EPA
with the European Union
would get done before the
Cotonou Agreement ends in
December". It said that the
CRNM head noted that market
access "is one of the bi.s.l
issues on the table among the
nations that make up the
Caribbean community".
Bernal said many of the
Caribbean countries were
fighting to protect their goods
and tax revenue sources noting
that many of the smaller
Caribbean nations depended
on customs revenues.

September 2007




Scramble to replace ailing

Sir John as St. Lucia's P.M.

Opposition candidate

wins Nevis by-election


CASTRIES, St. Lucia More
than eight months after 82-
year-old Sir John Compton led
the United Workers Party
(UWP) to a dramatic victory in
a general election here, the
hierarchy of the ruling party is
now actively engaged in seek-
ing a new leader to replace the
ailing elder statesman.
While several commenta-

the country at heart."

In recent months, several
persons in the party have
declared l inmsLS ready to
step into Sir John's shoes. In
addition other names have
been associated with ambitions
to lead.
Ironically at least four of
those believed to be in the run-
ning or to have an interest in

Present and past: Prime Minister Compton, left, and Anthony, the man he ousted.

tors had previously 'tLNs.ILLd
that Sir John, who suffered a
series of strokes in early May,
would not be fit enough to
return to lead the country, last
month the administration final-
ly acknowledged that the vet-
eran would soon end his long
political career.
Acting Prime Minister
Stephenson King said he
recently held talks with Sir
John and it was agreed that the
prime minister would be mak-
ing his exit from the political
scene before yearend, paving
the way for the party to identi-
fy a new leader.
"This would be a timely
moment for this to be execut-
ed. It will definitely happen
before the end of the year,"
King said.
With the UWP preparing
to hold its annual convention
in October, the run-up will be
critical as the elected Members
of Parliament, party hierarchy
and wider membership seek to
identify a new leader.
"In the coming weeks the
intention is to rally the troops
together and work together as
a unit through a number of
seminars and events which we
hope will assist in that regard,
because we have to save the
government in an effort to do
the work that we committed
ourselves to," King said.
"When the time comes for
transition to new leadership,
the UWP as a matured politi-
cal organization, will make this
transition in accordance with
democratic party procedures
and with the best interest of

leading the party have run into
various problems with the law
or have been allegedly
involved in matters which have
been the subjects of national
debate and brought both them-
selves and the party under the
Sacked Foreign Affairs
Minister Rufus Bousquet resort-
ed to the airwaves to make his
own case, but many believe
that the main contest will be
between King, the most experi-
enced of all the members of the
government, and the Sports and
Social Transformation Minister
Leonard Montoute, who is also
the party's deputy political leader.
Bousquet was relieved of his
portfolios in a Cabinet reshuffle
presumably over a decision to
establishing diplomatic relations
with Taiwan, an action which led
to mainland China ending his 10-
year diplomatic relationship with
St. Lucia.

It was hardly five months
into its return to office that the
UWP was rocked to the core
when Sir John suffered a series
of small strokes and was hospi-
talised in the United States at
the height of intense public
debate over the diplomatic tus-
sle between China and Taiwan.
News that the prime minister is
improving, but is still unable to
resume duties as head of gov-
ernment has done little to
stave off attacks from the
Opposition St. Lucia Labour
Party which, warning that the
country is heading towards col-

lapse, has launched a campaign
it says is designed to unseat the
"Now is the time for peo-
ple to speak and protest what
passes for government in this
country today; we have to
ensure that the same thing
they did us in 1979-82, we have
to do it to them again,"
Deputy Political Leader Phillip
Pierre told his East Castries
"We must now marshal our
forces to save the country which
has fallen in the hands of an
inept government," he noted.
As far as the SLP is con-
cerned, St. Lucia is at the
mercy of individuals who do
not know how to govern and
says that the current adminis-
tration should not be allowed
to remain to implode while the
country becomes the laughing
stock of the rest of the
"While we understand that
John Compton is ill and we all
will get ill some day, some of
us will certainly not even get to
the age of 83, but St. Lucia
cannot wait on a sick man to
determine its fate," said SLP
Chairman Tom Walcott.
At a recent public meeting
of his SLP, party leader Dr.
Kenny Anthony called on Sir
John to save the country fur-
ther embarrassment by calling
general elections and allowing
St. Lucians to choose who they
want as the country's next
prime minister. He told a
crowd of supporters, who came
from all parts of the island for
the highly promoted public
niL I i n. that St. Lucia's real
problem was a crisis of leader-
ship, noting that the country
was "leaderless" while Sir John
recovered from his illness.


CMC Attorney Mark
Brantley, of the Opposition
Concerned Citizens Movement
(CCM), won last month's by-
election for a seat in the St.
Kitts and Nevis National
But his victory in the
closely fought contest does
not affect the composition of
the Parliament, with the ruling
St. Kitts and Nevis Labour
Party (SKNLP) having seven
seats, the People's Action
Movement (PAM) and the
Nevis Reformation Party
(NRP) one seat each, with the
CCM taking control of the
other two seats.

Preliminary results indicate
that Brantley, who polled 1,475
votes, defeated Hensley Daniel,
the deputy premier of the Nevis
Island Administration (NIA)
who contested the by-election
on behalf of the NRP, by 30
votes. Daniel received 1,445
votes in the election called to
select a replacement for
Malcolm Guishard, the
Opposition leader who died in
Supervisor of Elections
Leroy Benjamin said that
4,758 persons were eligible to
vote at nine polling stations in
the Electoral District Nevis.

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St. Lucia awaits 'inevitable passing' of prime minister

CASTRIES, St. Lucia, CMC -
Government officials here
confirmed they were prepar-
ing for the "inevitable pass-
ing" of Sir John Compton, 82,
the first prime minister of St.
Lucia, as he was returned
home on Sept. 4.
Top level government
representatives, headed by
acting Prime Minister
Stephenson King, met the air
ambulance transporting the
ailing leader at the George

Charles Airport in the capital
and watched as he was quickly
transferred to an ambulance
to be rushed to the private
Tapion Hospital on the out-
skirts of the city.
The decision to return Sir
John was taken on Sept. 4
after doctors at the Le
Menard Hospital in
Martinique concluded they
were satisfied that there was
nothing more they were med-
ically capable of doing to

improve the health of the ail-
ing leader, who remains on a
life support system.
Meanwhile, acting Prime
Minister Stephenson King
said former prime minister
Dr..Michael Pilgrim will chair
a committee which was estab-
lished with a mandate to
r- i\ \\ all mechanisms and
protocols necessary in the
inevitable event of the passing
of Sir John."

JLP win positive for CARICOM ~ political scientist

CMC A leading Caribbean
political scientist has expressed
optimism that the Jamaica
Labour Party (JLP) victory in
the Sept. 3 general elections in
Jamaica could have positive
implications for the advance-
ment of the regional integra-
tion movement within the
Caribbean community (CARI-
Dr. George Belle, the
dean of social sciences at the
University of the West Indies
Cave Hill campus, told the
Caribbean Media Corporation
(CMC) that Prime Minister-
elect Bruce Golding "will
be a new person in relation to
where CARICOM is at."
Belle said because a lot of

work had gone into bringing
CARICOM to where it was at
the present moment, Golding
would need to continue along
that path.
He said he believed that
Golding and the JLP would
bring a new wave of thinking to
matters pertaining to CARI-
Because of the Jamaican
business community's histori-
cally close ties with the JLP,
Belle predicted that it would
be fairly easy for the incoming
prime minister to push the idea
of regionalism with them.
"They might have new
views on some of the institu-
tions that are being \LIV..kILJ
for CARICOM and that is
what might in a sense hold the

process back a bit.
"I would hope that they
would not hold CARICOM
back in terms of its evolution and
maturation," Belle told CMC.

Meantime, being mindful
of the narrow margin of victory
for the JLP, Belle said Golding
would need to be inclusive in
his role as prime minister.
The political scientist pre-
dicted that without that large
majority, Golding would have
to be "very careful because he
is almost going to have almost
absolute 100 percent turnout in
Parliament otherwise the gov-
ernment is not going to get its
policies through."

The Bahamas wants extension of U.S. passport deadline

NASSAU, Bahamas The
Bahamas says it wants the
United States to extend the
deadline for American citizens
to be able to travel to the
Caribbean without a passport.
Under the Western
Hemisphere Travel initiative
(WHTI), U.S. citizens are
required to be in possession of
a passport to re-enter the coun-
try after visiting Canada,
Mexico, Bermuda and the
But they were given an
extension to Sept. 30 because
of the problems associated with
acquiring the travel document.
Now, tourism officials in
The Bahamas say they hope
that there would be another
three-month extension, at least
until the end of the year.
"While we have not
received any indication that this
deadline will be extended, we
are hopeful that it would be,"
Director General of Tourism
Vernice Walkine told The
Nassau Guardian newspaper.
"...I believe that through
his organization, he is also
seeking to make representation
to the appropriate persons in
the U.S. Congress to give fur-
ther consideration to an exten-
sion. At the very least, we
would like it to be considered
for an extension through
December 31 of this year."
The WHTI was mandated
by Congress in the Intelligence

Reform and Terrorism
Prevention Act of 2004, to
strengthen border security and
facilitate entry into the U.S. for
citizens and kg;iiimIa interna-
tional visitors.
WHTI requirements for
air travel took effect in January
this year, but in June, U.S. citi-
zens who had applied but had

not yet received passports were
able to re-enter the U.S. by air
if they presented government-
issued photo identification and
U.S. Department of State offi-
cial proof of application for a
Walkine said if an exten-
sion was granted until the end
of the year, U.S. citizens would
be given much more time to
apply for and receive their
"As I understand it, there
is still quite a delay in terms of
the processing period. We
believe that the word has got-
ten out that passports are now
needed, but I can't say that it
has gotten out sufficiently," she
"The problem has been the

length of time it takes for the
State Department to process
the applications, so any kind of
extension of that deadline
would be helpful because it
gives them more time to
process more passports, which
is obviously helpful to us in The
Bahamas and the rest of the
Caribbean. We are hopeful that
all of our efforts will pay off.
"I know that CARICOM
(Caribbean community) lead-
ers, when they met with
President (George) Bush, tried
to make a case as strongly as
they could, and were successful
at getting consideration given
to the deadline being extended
up to September 30 in the first
instance, but I still know that
further representation was
extended by those leaders to
have (the U.S.) extend it fur-
ther to December 31 of this
"So we are hopeful, but we
have not yet received any fur-
ther word on that."
Tourism officials here said
that an analysis conducted by
the World Travel and Tourism
Council to assess the economic
and employment impact of the
(WHTI) revealed that its
implementation could put
some 13,300 jobs in The
Bahamas in jeopardy.

Opposition legislator resigns,

joins Antigua's ruling party
ST. JOHN'S, Antigua, CMC we had some concerns about
The main Opposition Antigua Phillips South," Benjamin sai
Labour Party (ALP) said it had ALP Deputy Leader Gast
accepted the resignation of leg- Browne said that Clihrl, was
islator Elmore "Tamo" Clihrl doing the party a favor by join
who has already announced the governing UPP
plans to join the ruling United "I see it as a blessing in d
Progressive Party (UPP). guise in terms of the UPP I
Opposition Leader
Steadroy "Cutie" Benjamin
confirmed that Clihrl,, had
submitted a letter of resigna-
tion on Aug. 29.
"This serves to notify you
formally that with immediate
effect, August 28, and in accor-
dance with the provisions of the
Antigua and Barbuda
Constitution Order 1981, I no
longer wish to serve by the ..
grace and on the advice of the
Opposition Leader as Senator
in the Senate of the Parliament Bird
of Antigua and Barbuda as an
appointee of the Antigua believe it was intended to bea
Labour Party", the letter stated. strategic move designed speci
The resignation follows the cally to create confusion with
resignation of the entire execu- the Antigua Labour Party, bu
tive of the St. Phillip's South in essence they have really do
constituency, which ChIrrkI us a favour and it has really
contested and lost in the 2004 turned out to be a strategically
elections, on behalf of the ALP dunce move," Browne said.

Benjamin said Chlar rkls
departure would have no real
effect on the party.
"His resignation will have
no real impact upon the
Antigua Labour Party and we
have done our surveys and
done our polls in the area and






According to Browne,
Cliarkls was not necessarily the
most appropriate candidate for
St. Phillips South.
"It was almost like an affir-
mative action situation to shield
and to maintain that type of base
with the grassroots people in
terms of representation," he said.

Grenada's Opposition challenges

government to call fresh elections

ST. GEORGE'S, Grenada,
CMC The main Opposition
National Democratic Congress
(NDC) is challenging the rul-
ing New National Party (NNP)
of Prime Minister Dr. Keith
Mitchell to call fresh general
The NDC has challenged
recent claims by the NNP that
a series of internal polls have
shown the party to be recover-
ing the support it lost since the
2003 general elections.
There has been growing
speculation here that the
Mitchell administration is plan-
ning to call a fresh poll before
yearend, months ahead of the
constitutional deadline.
NDC General Secretary
Peter David said the Mitchell
administration is facing a major
headache in deciding the best
time for elections.
"Our reading is that it may
be called anytime this year,"
said David, who represents the
Town of St.George in the
Parliament. "Our anticipation
is before the year is over. The
signals are there. I think the

government is looking for an
opportunity. The problem is
that the NNP is just not ready."
In the 2003 elections, NNP
lost seven seats to NDC after it
won all 15 seats in the elections
four years earlier. David said
he is confident if election were
to be called, the NDC of for-
mer Prime Minister George
Brizan would
be swept back
into govern-
"And if the
NNP is so con-
fident that
they are going
to win I chal-
lenge them to
David pull the trigger
because we are confident that
anytime elections are called in
this country we of the National
Democratic Congress will form
the government and we will
embark on policies that will
benefit the Grenadian people."

September 2007





Jamaica's record haul leads Caribbean charge at World Championships


Jamaica, with a record haul,
led four Caribbean nations
which earned medals at the
11th IAAF World Track and
Field Championships held
from Aug. 24 to Sept. 2 in
Osaka, Japan.
Jamaica secured 10
medals, up from eight won
in Helsinki two years ago,
including one gold, six silver
and three bronze to rank
eighth on the medal table at
the meet.
The Bahamas was the next
best from the region with a
gold and two silver, to rank
ninth. Cuba finished with a
gold, silver and bronze for 11th
place, while the Dominican
Republic earned a silver

Jamaica's Veronica Campbell, far left, gets up just in time to win the women's

Derrick Atkins, left, of The Bahamas, earned a silver medal in the men's 100 meters,
second to winner Tyson Gay of the U.S., center. Jamaica's Asafa Powell won bronze.

The U.S. topped the table
with 26 medals, including 14
gold, four silver and eight
Jamaican sprint ace
Veronica Campbell was the
brightest Caribbean star, win-
ning three medals a gold
and two silver at the meet.
Campbell added the World
Championship 100-meter title
to her 2004 Olympic 200-
meter crown with a sensation-
al win in the short sprint.
Donald Thomas became
the second Bahamian world
high jump title-holder when
he equaled his career-best 2.35
meters to capture the event.
Yargelis Savigne gave Cuba its
gold medal by winning the
women's triple jump title.

Campbell won the 100
meters in 11.01 seconds,
edging Americans Lauryn
Williams, the defending cham-
pion, and Carmelita Jeter in a
spectacular finish that resulted
in 0.04 seconds separating
the first five runners. For
Campbell, 25, who also won
World Youth and World
Junior titles as a teenager, the
victory completed the "miss-
ing" link in her list of global
"The title of world cham-

Yargelis Savigne of Cuba's leaps for gold
in the triple jump.

pion was missing in my collec-
tion," she said after the race.
"I have done a lot for that
and it was a very competitive
Campbell would return
later in the meet to run 22.34
seconds and capture the silver
medal in the 200 meters, and
produce a blistering anchor
leg that earned Jamaica a sil-
ver in the 4x100 meters relay.
The 200 meters winner was
American Allyson Felix in

Thomas, who started high
jumping less than two years
ago, topped a quality field to
join 1995 winner Troy Kemp
as Bahamians to win the
World Championship high
jump gold. But he has bigger
"Olympics is next target
and after more training and
learning the event, the goal
could be also the world
record," said the 23-year-old
Savigne posted a world-
leading 15.28 meters for her
winning jump, to defeat two-
time champion Tatyana
Lebedeva, of Russia, who got
the silver medal at 15.07

It took a new meet record
by American Tyson Gay to
beat Jamaican Usain Bolt in
the men's 200 meters. The 21-
year-old Bolt settled for silver,
clocking 19.91 seconds. Gay
was timed in 19.76 seconds,
0.03 seconds better than
his countryman Michael
Johnson's record time 12
years ago.
The Caribbean claimed
several more silver medals.
Jamaica's Maurice Smith led
for eight of the 10 events
before a poor throw in the
javelin event dropped him
into second place with 8,644
points, behind Roman Seberle
of the Czech Republic, who
won gold with 8,676.
Jamaica also finished sec-
ond behind the U.S. in both
the men's and women's 4x100
meters relays and the women's
4x400 meters. The American
women won their sprint relay
event in 41.98 seconds, with
Jamaica, fielding a team of
Sheri-Ann Brooks, Kerron
Stewart, Simone Facey and
Campbell, second in 42.01.
In the men's event,
Jamaica, with Marvin
Anderson, Bolt, Nesta Carter
and a determined final leg run
from Asafa Powell, clocked
37.89 seconds to finish behind

the 37.78 run by the U.S.
In the 4x400 for women,
Jamaica's team of Shericka
Williams, Shereefa Lloyd,
Davita Prendagast and
Novlene Williams earned silver
by clocking 3:19.73 seconds,
behind 3:18.55 by the U.S.
The Bahamas, fielding a
team of Avard Moncur,
Michael Mathieu, Andrae
Williams and Chris Brown,
also secured a silver medal by
finishing second in the men's
4x400, clocking 2:59.18 sec-
onds. The U.S. won in 2:55.56.
Dominican Republic's
Felix Sanchez earned a silver
medal in the men's 400 meters
hurdles, clocking 48.01 sec-
onds to finish behind Kerron
Clement of the U.S., who won
in 47.61.
Cuba's Yipsi Moreno also
earned silver in the women's
hammer throw with a toss of
74.74 meters, second to Betty
Heidler of Germany with 74.76.

Among the most stunning
results of the meet was the
failure of Jamaica's Asafa
Powell to win the gold medal
in the men's 100 meters. The
world record holder and
favorite in the event finished
third to Gay, with Derrick
Atkins of The Bahamas, a

* Sarwan, Gayle in charge of
The West Indies has retained
Ramnaresh Sarwan as captain and
Chris Gayle has been named his
deputy for cricket's ICC Twenty20
World Championship this month in
South Africa.
Sarwan returns to the side follow-
ing a shoulder injury that cut short his
tour of England this year. Gayle, who
led the limited overs squad during his
absence, has been elevated to the

* Ziadies excel at Calder race-
Jamaican trainer Ralph Ziadie delivered
another stakes win with his four-year-
old filly Cat Can Do in the $50,000
Sambacarioca Stakes at Calder in
Florida on Aug. 25.
Ziadie's son Kirk is the leader in
the trainers' championship race at the
thoroughbred racetrack in the United

* Soccer player shot dead
Shaki Crockwell, a 25-year-old former

cousin of Powell's, earning sil-
Gay's winning time was
9.85 seconds. Atkins finished
in 9.91 and Powell in 9.96. In
post-race interviews, the
Jamaican blamed a bad start
and loss of composure during
the race for his disappointing
"When I realized he
(Gay) was coming, I pan-
icked," Powell conceded.
Atkins was beating Powell
for the first time in a final and
was thrilled with his achieve-
"A new (personal best
time), a national record and a
silver. I stuck to my race plan
and it has come right," he
Caribbean athletes picked
up medals in other events.
Williams finished third in the
women's 400 meters, while
Delloreen Ennis-London also
earned bronze in the 100
meters hurdles for women.
Cuba's Yarelis Barrios also
earned bronze in the women's

Gordon Williams is Caribbean
Today's managing editor.
Information compiled from the
CMC, IAAF and other sources
contributed to this story.

member of the Bermuda Hogges, the
island's new professional outfit which
made its debut this season in
America's United Soccer League
Division 2, was shot and killed last
Police sources said Crockwell was
shot once in the neck on the old rail-
way trail near Loyal Hill, in Devonshire
on Aug. 24.

* Boxing rematch for Guyana's
St. Clair
Guyana's former super featherweight
world boxing champion Gairy St. Clair
has a world title eliminator assignment
on Nov. 12 when he faces South
African Cassius Baloyi in a rematch.
The winner is guaranteed a shot at the
current champion Mzonke Fana of
South Africa. St. Clair beat Baloyi when
the two met in July 2006 for Baloyi's
IBF super-featherweight world title.

Compiled from CMC and other


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Jamaican wins presidency

of regional athletics body

S P 0 R T

T&T's Ames fails to tame Tiger Woods

in PGA Championships at Southern Hills

OSAKA, Japan Jamaican
Teddy McCook won the vote last
month to be the new president of
the North American, Central
American and Caribbean
Athletics Association (NACAC).
McCook, a ex-president
of the Jamaica Amateur
Athletic Association (JAAA),
edged former vice-president
Keith Joseph, of St. Vincent
and the Grenadines (SVG), for
the top spot.
Former Olympic medalists
from the Caribbean, Bahamian
Pauline Davis-Thompson and
Grace Jackson, of Jamaica,
secured International Association
of Athletics Federations (IAAF)
Council positions.
In a close poll for
NACAC's top position, left
vacant because long-standing
President Amadeo Francis did
not seek re-election, McCook
defeated Joseph 14-13. Joseph
had been vice-president to
Francis. The Dominican
Republic's Jose Rubio will be
vice-president to McCook,
while St. Lucian Alfred
Emmanuel was returned as
Meanwhile, at the 46th
IAAF Congress, Davis-
Thompson secured a spot on
the four-member Female
Individual Council, and

Jackson was elected to the
eight-member Women's
Committee of the IAAF, the
world's governing body for
track and field.
Davis-Thompson, a
Bahamian sprint relay gold


medalist at the Sydney 2000
Olympics, collected 130 votes
to join Morocco's Nawal El
Moutwawakel, Canada's Abby
Hoffman and Anna Riccardi,
of Italy, on the Female
Individual Member Council.
Jackson, who won 200-
meter silver at the 1988 Seoul
Olympics, is elected with seven
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TULSA, Oklahoma -
Trinidadian-born Stephen
Ames claims his final round
flop at the PGA
Championships last month
had more to do with conquer-
ing himself than golfing mar-
vel, Tiger Woods with whom
he was paired.
"I wouldn't say I was
going through what Mike
(Weir) was going through
(when he was paired with
Tiger in the last round of a
major back in 1999)," Ames
told reporters.
"I don't know what (Weir)
was feeling. I know what I was
feeling out there. I was fight-
ing myself more than anything
else. I wasn't fighting
"I was trying to play my
game and trying to be me.
Unfortunately I couldn't be
me.. .from the start."
Ames started the final
round at Southern Hills in sec-
ond place, three strokes adrift
of the World No. 1 Woods.
But by the end of the day, had
ceased to be threat with a 76.
While Woods claimed his
13th major and the final one
of the year, Ames collapsed to
12th on the leader board and
to another disappointing finish
to a major after he seemed
well placed.
"(It was the) same as the
U.S. Open," said Ames, refer-

ring to the major at Oakmont
in June where he ended tied
10th after entering the final
round in third spot.

southwest where temperatures
shot up to 39 degrees Celsius.
The 43-year old, who is yet to
win a tournament this year,

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Ames, left, and Woods.

"I just didn't swing well
there either, coming down to
the end. And here I didn't
swing well again from the
start. It was a struggle from
the start, from the get go, and
that's what made it difficult
for me to get back into it."
Ames, who has struggled
this year, and has been forced
to remodel his swing, was bril-
liant over the first three
rounds at Southern Hills, but
shot seven bogeys to wilt in
the stifling heat of America's

said despite his
failure at
Southern Hills,
the outing had
not been a total
"At the end I
realized where
I fell apart,
which is good.
That's the posi-
tive I'm taking
out of here,"
said the
who now
resides in

Calgary and
plays under the
Canadian banner.
"No. I'm not looking at
the score itself. I'm looking at
how I handled the day. I
thought I handled it very well,
considering the stress or strain
or whatever that I was playing
under the first opportunity
of playing in a major in the
last group. All those things
you have to look at."
Ames collected $119,833
for his finish and a three-place
climb up the world rankings to



New York City Councilmember Leroy Comrie, fourth from left, and Jamaica's General to New York Basil K. Bryan, left, joined a vis-
iting Little League baseball team from Portland, Jamaica at City Hall, Lower Manhattan, in song last month. Comrie, who was born
in the United States of Jamaican parents and is married to a Jamaican, pledged his support to recovery and relief efforts under-
way in the Caribbean island following Hurricane Dean. He said his Council District office in South Jamaica, Queens, would serve
as a drop-off/collection point for donations. The baseball team of 10 players and three coaches, from the West Portland/Buff Bay
Little League program, visited the U.S. at the invitation of parishioners from the Northshore Baptist Church in Bayside, Queens.
The West Portland Little League Baseball project, which was started in 2004, is the result of ongoing missionary work by the New
York-based church in the Portland community since 1987.

September 2007




Former West Indies cricket great Sir Garfield Sobers teaches the basics of batting to
a youngster last month during a cricket camp for youths in St. Vincent and the
Grenadines sponsored by telecommunications company Digicel.

T&T remains on top

in Caribbean soccer

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad,
CMC Trinidad and Tobago's
Soca Warriors remained a clear
number one in the Caribbean
Football Union (CFU) rank-
ings and Guyana snatched an
all-time best position in FIFA's
Coca-Cola world ratings for
The 2006 World Cup quali-
fiers secured a two-spot rise on
FIFA's world list to 63rd, a hefty
25 spots ahead of their nearest
CFU rivals in the world ratings.
Haiti improved four places
to become the new second-
ranked team with a 88th FIFA
ranking, and improving
Guyana, now 90th in the world,
made a 10-place jump to be
number three in the CFU.
Guyana's position is its best
ever in FIFA's world ranking.
The Cubans relegated
from number two in the region
- are now number four with a
91st FIFA label. Jamaica's
Reggae Boyz, who enjoyed the
most monthly positions at
CFU's number one spot in the
recent years, slid to number five
in the region after a two-place
drop on the world list to 95th,
one spot below their lowest
ever rating. The Jamaicans had
plunged from 68th in June to
93rd in July as a result of huge
losses to Iran (1-8), Vietnam (0-
3) and Indonesia (1-2) during
their recent Asian tour.
The bi._.-L_,I climbers in
August are newly crowned
Asian champions Iraq, surging

16 places to No.64 in the world.
Of all the teams rated in FIFA's
top 100, Iraq was the only side
making a bigger leap than the
Guyanese, who have enjoyed
steady progress in the past year
under Trinidadian coach
Jamaal Shabbaz.

Apart from the reshuffling
of the top five teams, the
CFU's top 10 is the same as it
was in July, with St. Vincent
and the Grenadines, 104th on
the world list, remaining sixth
on the CFU log, which is com-
pleted by Barbados, 119th in
the world, Suriname (123rd),
and Bermuda (130th), with
Antigua & Barbuda (131st) in
10th position.
T&T, eight-time Caribbean
champions, is now up to sixth in
the CONCACAF (CG 1nfL rii, In
of North, Central American and
Caribbean Association Football)
ratings. Mexico, semi-finalist at
last month's Copa America, kept
its number one spot in CONCA-
CAF although it slipped one place
on FIFA's world list to llth. The
USA stayed second with a world
rating of 17th.
Meanwhile, Brazil stayed
top of the world in no change
to the top five, with Argentina
- whipped 3-0 by the Brazilians
in the Copa America final at
number two. The Italians are at
three, followed by France, and

Ex-champ Bell a no-show for boxing match


Former undisputed world
cruiserweight champion
O'Neil Bell caused a stir in
the boxing world last month
when the Jamaican-born fight-
er, according to his promoters,
failed to honor an agreement
to fight Louis Azille in the
United States.
Leon Margules, head of
Warriors Boxing, which pro-
motes Bell's fights, said Bell
agreed to fight Azille but did
not respond to numerous
efforts to contact him weeks
before the scheduled Aug. 8
bout at the Hard Rock Casino
in Florida.
"He disappeared,"
Margules told Caribbean Today
last month. "He did not return
my calls for three weeks before
the fight."
As a result, Margules said
he had to drop Bell from the
fight card, which would have
featured the Atlanta-based
Jamaican in the main bout
with Azille. The fight was to
be shown on ESPN televi-
sion's "Wednesday Night
"I pulled him off the card,"
Margules said. "I had to."

Late last month the pro-
moter said he was still not

clear why Bell did not show
up for the fight as he had not
spoken to him since Aug. 8,
when he said Bell telephoned
him claiming he wanted to
"talk". Margules admitted
that Bell had not signed a con-
tract for the fight although
"orally we had a deal."
When Caribbean Today
spoke to Bell later in the month,
the boxer declined to directly
discuss the Azille fight and
appeared unhappy with several
aspects of his career, including a
mid-March unanimous decision
loss to Jean-Marc Mormeck in
France which cost the Jamaican
his World Boxing Association
(WBA) and World Boxing
Council (WBC) titles. Bell
believes he was cheated by the
decision, claiming rounds were
cut short to help a tiring
"I can't be pleased," said
"Supernova" Bell, who has a
current ring record of 29
fights with 26 wins, 24 by
knockout, coupled with two
losses and a draw. He also
once held the International
Boxing Federation crown,
which was stripped from him
after he failed to defend it
against American Steve
Cunningham last year due to
what Bell claimed was a med-
ical reason.
In Jan. 2006 Bell had

knocked out Mormeck in New
York to take the WBA and
WBC belts from the Frenchman.

Bell, originally from
Montego Bay, Jamaica, is con-
sidered by many experts to be
a very good boxer with a pow-
erful punch. But the cruiser-
weight division is not popular,
especially with American fans.
Therefore, he has not been
able to land multi-million dol-
lar contracts other boxers in
other weight classes have
secured in the U.S.
Bell was scheduled to
earn roughly $35,000 from the
Azille bout, according to
Margules. The bout was also
to have been used as a "keep
busy fight," the promoter said,
as Bell is scheduled for a title
bout later this year.
But the 32-year-old Bell
has expressed reservations
about the forces which he said
influence boxing, and claimed
he is now treading cautiously
to avoid being ripped off.
"There are a lot of Satanists
out there in the sport," he said.
"I would not like to be infringed
upon again."

Gordon Williams is Caribbean
Today's managing editor.

Six Caribbean teams get byes in World Cup qualifying soccer

Trinidad and Tobago's
Soca Warriors, and
other former World
Cup finalists Jamaica, Cuba,
and Haiti, along with St.
Vincent and the Grenadines
(SVG) and improving
Guyana, have been gifted
Caribbean Football Union
second round positions in


Peter A. Webley,

qualifying for the 2010 World
Cup in South Africa.
FIFA, in a statement, said
the decision is based on its
rankings from May.
From CONCACAF, the
United States earned a bye
with Mexico, Canada, Costa
Rica, Honduras, Panama, and

A total of 22 nations will
be slotted into home-and-home
pairings during the World Cup
qualifying draw on Nov. 25 in
Durban, South Africa. The 11
winners and St. Vincent will be
drawn against the top 12 seeds
in the second round, which
likely will be in June.

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