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in Jamaica, page 19.

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claim the KFC trophy and title
of the Caribbean's top one-day
cricket team, page 25.

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November 2007

HIV arrived in U.S. from Haiti ~ study


ARIZONA A new study in
the United States says HIV,
the virus that causes AIDS,
probably came into America
from Haiti around 1969, a
decade earlier than most
scientists believed.
The study, titled "The
emergence of HIV/AIDS in
the AmL ri,, ', was published
on Oct. 29 in "The Proceedings
of the National Academy of
St. IL L It is the work of
Michael Worobey, an assistant
professor of ecology and evo-
lutionary biology at The
University of Arizona in
Tucson, and his colleagues.
"Our results show that the

strain of virus that spawned
the U.S. AIDS epidemic prob-
ably arrived in or around
1969. That is earlier than a lot
of people had imagined,"
Worobey said.
"Haiti was the stepping
stone the virus took when it
left Central Africa and started
its sweep around the world.
"Once the virus got to the
U.S. it just moved explosively
around the world."

The researchers found
that most HIV/AIDS strains
in the U.S. came from a single
common ancestor that pre-
dates the well-storied "Patient
Zero" theory. The Patient

Zero theory came from a mis-
representation for Patient 0,
for "Out of California", where
early research on AIDS by
the Atlanta-based U.S. Center
for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC) -u',L Ld
HIV in the U.S. spread in the
late 1970s, early 1980s came
from one man in California.
According to the work of
Worobey and his colleagues,
the strain that came to the
U.S. in 1969 was HIV-1 group
M, subtype B; and is the first
discovered human immunode-
ficiency virus.
"This strain is the most
dominant of the AIDS strains
that exist in most countries
outside of sub-Saharan Africa,

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nearly all of which descended
from the one that came out of
Haiti," the researchers said.
The researchers analyzed
the genes in stored blood sam-
ples of five AIDS patients to
pinpoint the date HIV arrived
in the U.S. All the patients
had recently emigrated from
"The most likely route
was Africa to Haiti then the
U.S., which yielded a proba-
bility of 99.8 percent," the
researchers said, adding that
the gene sequence analysis
also showed that most viruses

Caribbean community (CARI-
COM) has
once more
joined the
Nations in call-
ing for end to
the commer-
cial, economic
and financial
embargoes Bethel
imposed on
Cuba by the United States for
nearly half a century.
For the 16th year in a row,
the General Assembly adopted

State Governor Eliot Spitzer
is backing off his plan to allow
illegal Caribbean and other
immigrants to obtain the same
kind of driver's licenses as
other New Yorkers, after con-
troversy over the proposal.
Instead, the governor said
late last month that illegal
immigrants in the state would
be able to obtain a license that
would permit them to drive,
but would not be accepted as

in the U.S. can be traced to
one ancestor, the one that
entered the U.S. from Haiti in
and around 1969.
The researchers said that
Haiti had a greater genetic
diversity of the subtype B virus
than the U.S., Australia, Europe
and other countries. They esti-
mated the virus traveled from
Africa to Haiti in 1966.

Haitians outraged by research
findings, page 18.

a resolution with an over-
whelming 184 votes in favor -
reiterating its call to all states to
refrain from "promulgating and
applying laws and measures not
conforming with their obliga-
tions to reaffirm freedom of
trade and navigation".
Speaking on behalf of CARI-
COM, The Bahamas's U.N.
Ambassador Paulette Bethel said
the "significant impact of the
embargo on the Cuban economy
is of great concern" to CARI-
COM, "as was the humanitarian
impact on the Cuban people,

to board planes
or cross bor-
S Other New
Yorkers who
can prove that
They are legal
Spitzer residents of
the United
States would be eligible for
federally recognized identifi-
cation cards.

I ne AIU virus.

Caribbean joins U.N. in calling

for end to U.S. embargo on Cuba

Governor backs off plan plan to issue

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Crime hampering Caribbean development ~ OAS

Organization of American
States (OAS) says crime and
violence are undermining
development in the Caribbean
and has called on regional
countries to address the prob-
lems through greater coopera-
tion and partnerships at
regional and international lev-
OAS Assistant Secretary
General Albert Ramdin said
governments should invest
more in economic, social, edu-
cation and prevention policies
to combat the challenges of
drugs, guns and gangs,
through, for example, poverty
eradication and youth devel-
opment programs.
Speaking on the topic of
"Crime, Violence and Security
in the CARICOM: Creating
Community in the
Caribbean", at a conference
here late last month, Ramdin
said drug trafficking, the
emergence of terror networks,
and the linkages between
criminal gangs and terrorists
are at the core of the region's


crime problem. He expressed
concern that the region has to
contend with its status as a
major trans-shipment point
for narcotics and its vulnera-
bility to drug trafficking and
cited a United Nations Office
on Drugs and Crime/World
Bank report said the drug
trade is at the core of violent
crime in the Caribbean.
"To compound matters,
fighting drug trafficking and
narco-related crime diverts
criminal justice resources
needed for other important
activities; and at the same
time, increases and embeds
more violence, undermines
social cohesion and con-

tributes to the widespread
availability of firearms,"
Ramdin said.

The assistant secretary
general said that, worse yet, the
Caribbean is no longer just a
region for illegal drugs to pass
through, it is increasingly
becoming a market for illegal
drugs, targeted particularly at
youth. Noting the negative
impact crime and violence has
on the region's already vulnera-
ble economy, Ramdin said
many of the challenges facing
the Caribbean transcend
national and regional bound-
"Demand for drugs
emanates from Europe and the
United States. On the other
hand, the supply of hard drugs
like cocaine emanates from
Latin America and flows
northward via the under-
manned, porous borders and
open waters of the region,"
he said.

NYC honors Jamaican soldier killed in Iraq war

City Council has posthumous-
ly honored a Jamaica-born,
United States soldier who was
killed in the Iraqi war.
The parents of Sergeant
Kimel Lincola Watt received
the proclamation last month
from the City Council at a cer-
emony at New York City Hall.
Sgt. Watt, 22, was killed in
action in Iraq on June 3 when
an explosive device detonated
near the army vehicle in which
he was traveling.
IPkl,,d give Sgt. Watt's
parents a big handclap for
their strength, courage and
their ability to keep going
forward," said Councilman
Charles Barron, who repre-
sents the Brooklyn district of
East New York, where Sgt.
Watt lived with his parents,
Clifton and Naomi Watt,
before he enlisted in the U.S.
Army in 2003.

"We, in
East New
York and the
entire city, are
"And we
want to at
least pay hom-
age to their Stewart
son and honor
them today, as they continue
to deal with this devastating
loss of life," he continued.

Sgt. Watt, who migrated to
New York from Jamaica when
he was six years old, chose the
army over attending John and
Wales University in Rhode
Island on a scholarship, his
parents said. They said he
thought that, by enlisting in
the army, "he would have bet-
ter opportunities and more
hands-on experience to build a
career in computer science."

Sgt. Watt had received a
number of awards since enlist-
ing in the army, including the
Commendation, Achievement
and Purple Heart awards, and
the Iraqi Campaign Medal
"Sgt. Kimel Lincola
Watt... stands as a symbol of
courage and commitment to
the finest traditions and ideals
of our City and nation", the
proclamation read.
Dr. Kendall Stewart, the St.
Vincent and the Grenadines-
born chair of the Council's
Committee on Immigration,
said he was saddened by the
loss of another young soldier in
the ongoing war in Iraq.
"It's very sad to know that
we are losing so many of our
young people in a war that we
don't understand why it con-
tinues," Stewart said.

Governor backs off plan plan to issue licenses to N.Y.'s illegal immigrants

These would serve as dri-
ver's licenses and would be
accepted as identification for a
number of purposes, including
boarding planes and entering
federal facilities.

The move followed a
wave of criticism over the gov-
ernor's proposal, with many
Democrats warning that
Spitzer had put the state party
in political peril. The new plan
also reflects the increasingly
complicated security require-

ments that have been devel-
oped by the U.S. federal gov-
ernment since the Sept. 11 ter-
rorist attacks.
Spitzer announced his
new plan at a news conference
in Washington with Michael
Chertoff, the secretary of the
Department of Homeland
Chertoff explicitly did not
condone the move by New
York and some other states to
allow illegal Caribbean and
other immigrants to apply for
any kind of driver's license.
"I don't endorse giving
licenses to people who are not

here legally, but federal law
does allow states to make that
choice," Chertoff said.
"What we can do is insist
that licenses that do not meet
federal requirements be clear-
ly so labelled," he added.
Nv w York has agreed to do
Still, he said the plan in
total rLprL~Lmn, a major step
forward for security, both for
New York and for the coun-


November 2007

Caribbean awaits details

on U.S. deportee program

CMC The Guyana govern-
ment says it is yet to receive
any official document in rela-
tion to the proposal by the
United States government to
implement a program for peo-
ple deported to the country.
Last month the Georgetown-
based Caribbean community
(CARICOM) announced that the

NEW YORK Barbados is
among nine countries elected
to the 21-member United
Nations Educational, Scientific
and Cultural Organisation
(UNESCO) committee
charged with overseeing the
World Heritage List of cultural
and natural wonders.
A UNESCO statement
issued late last month stated
that Barbados would join
Australia, Bahrain, Brazil,
China, Egypt, Jordan, Nigeria
and Sweden as new members
on the committee elected to
four-year terms during the
General Assembly of the 184
States Parties to the UNESCO
Convention Concerning the
Protection of the World
Cultural and Natural
Heritage, held in Paris.
The committee meets
annually to inscribe sites on the
World Heritage List and to

Caribbean joins U

end to U.S. emb
particularly in the area of health
care and food.
"Cuba is an integral part of
the Pan-Caribbean process, and
CARICOM's links with Cuba
remain strong.
"It is no small feat that
Cuban assistance in the field of
health is considerable, even as
the impact of the embargo is
systematically stiffened," she
"Through its actions, Cuba
has shown it was an integral
part of the Caribbean."

Bethel said Cuba has not
threatened any member state,
but rather, has sought to assist
its neighbours "in the quest for
human development.
"The embargo against
Cuba is an anachronism and
serve no useful purpose in the
21st century, which is also facing
the climate change challenge,"
she said.
As CARICOM enjoys
friendly relations with Cuba
and the United States, Bethel
called for a "new beginning"

U.S. State Department had
signed an agreement with the
secretariat to include Guyana,
Jamaica and The Bahamas in the
deportee program it established
with Haiti a few years ago.
U.S. Ambassador to
Guyana David Robinson said
the decision to extend the pro-

review the state of sites already
on the list and whether action
needs to be taken to support
their safeguarding. It also main-
tains the List of World Heritage
in Danger.

As a State Party to the World
Heritage Convention, Barbados
has proposed two cultural sites
and one natural site on its
Tentative List with the hope that
they will eventually be inscribed
on the World Heritage List.
Bridgetown and its Garrison; The
Industrial Heritage of Barbados:
The Story of Sugar; and The
Scotland District of Barbados are
the sites on the Tentative List.
There are currently 851
cultural or natural sites on the
World Heritage List, and they
are situated in 141 countries.

.N. in calling for

argo on Cuba
between both countries, "akin
to initiatives undertaken for
negotiations of far more diffi-
cult international issues."
CARICOM states support-
ed the draft resolution, which
was opposed by four states -
Israel, Marshall Islands, Palau,
and the U.S. The Federated
States of Micronesia abstained.
Cuban Foreign Minister
Felipe P6rez Roque denounced
the long-running blockade
imposed on his country, calling
it the main obstacle to the
development and well-being of
the Cuban people, and a "bla-
tant, massive and systematic"
violation of their rights.
"Anyone can understand
the level of socio-economic
development that Cuba would
have attained had it not been
subjected to this unrelenting
and obsessive economic war,"
he told delegates.
He said the U.S. has not
only ignored, "with both arro-
gance and political blindness,"
the 15 resolutions adopted by the
Assembly calling for the lifting of
the blockade; but has, over the
last year, adopted new measures,
further tightening the sanctions.

Barbados elected to

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U.S. city honors Haitians who fought in American Revolution

A statue commemorat-
ing the contribution of
Haitian soldiers who
fought in the American
Revolution was unveiled last
month in Savannah, Georgia.
The statue, which was
erected in Franklin Square,
depicts life-size statues of four
soldiers, all members of the
Chasseurs-Volontaires de
Saint-Domingue, a regiment
which formed a tenth of
the allied army during the
Revolutionary War's bloody
siege of Savannah in 1779.
The Haitian free blacks,
who numbered more than 500,
were the largest military unit
of the Savannah battle, and
possibly the largest black unit
to serve in the American
Revolution. The soldiers were
noted for their distinguished
bravery, often risking their
lives to provide cover for the
American colonists and
French soldiers they fought
After fighting unsuccess-
fully to keep the British out
of the city, many returned to
Haiti to lead rebellions that
won that country's
Independence in 1804.
The statue in Savannah
stands on a six-foot tall gran-
ite pillar and illustrates two
Haitian soldiers with rifles

raised on either side [
of a fallen comrade,
and a young Henri 4
Christophe as a
drummer boy.
Christophe fought in
Savannah as a
teenager, and later
became Haiti's first
president after its
liberation from
many Americans are
unaware of the sig- ,
nificant contribution
this unit of Haitian
soldiers made to our
Independence," said
Dorian Rolle, a
Miami-Dade County
commissioner who I
attended the event.
"Hopefully, the stat-
ues will lead to more
questions and more
answers so that the
story of their brav-
ery will continue to
be told and that
Haitians' long histo- The month
ry with the United
States will be
Commissioner Rolle
contributed funding to the
creation of the monument.
He was joined in SavannahF
for the event by U.S. repre-

ument to the Chasseurs-Volontaires de Saint-Domingue, Haitian soldiers who fought in the American Revolution.

sentatives Kendrick Meek and
John Barrow, Savannah
Mayor Otis. S. Johnson,
Haiti's Consul General Ralph
Latortue and several other
elected officials from across
the U.S. and from Haiti.

The memorial was made
possible by the fund-raising
and lobbying efforts of the
Miami-based Haitian
American Historical Society.
The organization had been
championing for the statue


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November 2007

Senator faces expulsion from Haiti's House in row over U.S. citizenship


United States citizen of Arab
decent, who has been elected to
Haiti's Senate, now faces dis-
missal and possible arrest after
officials accused him of fraudu-
lently obtaining a Haitian pass-
port and making false statements
before election authorities.
Senator Rudolph Boulos,
who is a member of one of the
country's wealthiest and most
powerful families, was born on
April 28, 1951 in Manhattan,
New York, United States,
according to official documents,
copies of which have been
obtained by the Caribbean
Media Corporation (CMC).
Those documents have also
shown that Boulos had been
using a U.S. passport lately,
confirming that he has U.S. citi-
zenship which disqualifies him
to occupy a seat at the Haitian
Senate even as he continues to
claim he is Haitian.

ST. JOHN'S, Antigua, CMC -
The Antigua and Barbuda gov-
ernment says it is still open for
finding an amicable solution to
the ongoing Internet gaming
dispute with the United States.
Last month, the Baldwin
Spencer administration filed a
motion with the World Trade
Organization (WTO) request-
ing the suspension of conces-
sions and other obligations with
respect to the Internet gaming
dispute. The twin-isle state is
pressing for $3.4 billion in trade
sanctions against Washington
after it banned cross-border
Internet gaming.
"We've had talks, we've
had discussions with the United
States. The door is still open.

"I have never renounced
my Haitian nationality. I have
been targeted for political rea-
sons, because I stand against a
plan uttered by certain authori-
ties to restore a dictatorship in
the country," he said.

But Haitian officials main-
tained Boulos who is part of a
family with a long tradition of
doing business in Haiti is a
U.S. citizen and should leave
"We have documented evi-
dence that Mr. Boulos is a U.S.
citizen. Therefore he is not
allowed to seat at the Haitian
Senate," said a high-ranking gov-
ernment official who spoke to
CMC on condition of anonymity.
"If Mr. Boulos does not give
up the Senate seat he has
obtained fraudulently, he runs
the risk of being arrested and
prosecuted," the same source
told CMC. "He still has time to

We've agreed to a 30-day sus-
pension of certain actions so as
to allow for further dialogue,"
Finance and Economy Minister
Dr. Errol Cort said.

Attorney Mark Mendel,
who is heading the Antigua and
Barbuda legal team, said the
island has always been willing
to negotiate.
Cort said that Antigua and
Barbuda had no other options
than to press for the sanctions.
"We were not originally
desirous in going down that
road," he explained.
"... If, however, as the rules
allow for any party to withdraw
its obligations, then we are gov-

The Haitian constitution
provides that any Haitian citi-
zen who has obtained a foreign
citizenship loses the Haitian
nationality and therefore is
banned from running for
Parliament and for president.
In a document signed by
Boulos before immigration
authorities, he admitted that the
Haitian passport he obtained in
Aug. 31, 2005, was his very first
Haitian passport. But Boulos
had been living in Washington
for years and has gone on
numerous trips during the past
years. President of the Senate
Joseph Lambert said he was
expecting official notification
from judicial and government
authorities before acting and has
announced the Senate would
launch its own investigation.
"If it is confirmed that
Senator Boulos possess a U.S.
passport, he will be simply dis-
missed," said Lambert, inviting
Boulos to voluntarily resign if
he really holds a U.S. passport.

emed by those
rules and then
the issue really
becomes one
of fair com-
Last year,


banks and
credit card companies from pro-
cessing online gambling pay-
ments. While WTO has upheld
a U.S. decision to prevent cross
border gambling, it ruled that it
was illegal for the U.S. to target
offshore gambling outlets and
not apply the same rules to
American operators.

Boulos traveled to the
Dominican Republic on Mar.
15, 2005 with a U.S. passport
numbered 701-977-831, while
he holds a Haitian passport

U.S. propo

test site ii
CMC The United States
government has proposed to
establish facilities in Suriname
to test the performance of
newly devel-
oped U.S.
said after a
meeting with
U.S. Defense
Secretary Venetiaan
Gates met with Venetiaan
and Suriname Defense
Minister Ivan Fernald in
Paramaribo at the close of
his five-day, five-country tour
through Latin America last
The U.S. official's visit to
Suriname coincided with the
conclusion of the humanitari-
an mission of the U.S. Navy
hospital ship Comfort which
offered free medical and
health care services to locals.
Venetiaan did not disclose
details of the proposed U.S.
military test site or when it
might be operational, but said
the government has been
discussing the issue with
Washington for a while. He



numbered PP 1260252, accord-
ing to documents obtained by
CMC from government, judicial
and electoral sources.

es military

said Suriname is willing to
assist the U.S.
"This is an issue we are
discussing for some time now
and it has been mentioned
again by the defense secretary.
We have the conditions and if
vehicles could be tested in our
conditions we are willing to
assist of course on a basis of
mutual benefit," said the pres-
ident after the meeting with
the defense
secretary at
the presiden- i
tial palace.
told local
media that he
did not dis-
cuss the pos-
sible estab- Gates
lishment of a
U.S. military air base in
Suriname or elsewhere in the
four other nations he previous-
ly visited during his tour.
The U.S. is in search of a
location to establish a small
air base for counter-narcotics
flights. It is likely that
Ecuador will not renew the
lease on a facility it hosts
when the agreement expires in
2009. U.S. officials, however,
are hoping that Ecuador will
change its position.

U.S. court finds man guilty

of killing T&T singer's nephew

gram to the other three CARI-
COM countries was taken by
U.S. President George W.
Bush. However, Minister of
Home Affairs Clement Rohee
said the Bharrat Jagdeo admin-
istration was yet to receive offi-
cial notification of the U.S. gov-
ernment's intentions.
"We have not given this
much thought because we are
not in receipt of any official
communication which points
out the details under which the
program will be operated...
until then I think we would
be in a much more informed
position to be able to respond,"
Minister Rohee told reporters
here. He said without getting
details of the program, initial
observations were that it would
be merely consultative without

more concrete projects being
"What this program will
basically do is provide a num-
ber of consultancies to persons
who would come and talk to
people to get a sense of how
this matter is playing out... I
think it's very clear to those in
the U.S. who are responsible
for these matters how the
deportee issue is affecting
CARICOM countries.
"If they want to send con-
sultants to talk and get a
greater sense of how the issue
is impacting the crime, social
and economic situation, we
don't have any difficulty with
that," Rohee said.

He said while consultation
would be welcomed there was a
need for more practical pro-

grams seeking to integrate the
scores of persons who were
deported to the region on an
annual basis.
"At the end of the day, we
want to ensure that programs
are put in place to address
things like training, resettle-
ment, reintegration and identi-
fication," Rohee said.
"There must be concrete
projects put in place in order to
address the deportee issue in a
profound way and that is what I
am hoping we would be able to
achieve sooner or later."
In June this year, CARI-
COM heads of government,
during a dialogue with the
U.S. president in Washington,
expressed the need for proper
re-integration programs for
U.S. deportees.

NEW YORK A Brooklyn
jury last month found a 21-
year-old New Yorker guilty of
second degree manslaughter
as a hate crime and petty lar-
ceny in the killing of the
nephew of Trinidadian enter-
tainer Calypso Rose.
Prosecutors said Anthony
Fortunato, who had been
charged with murder as a hate
crime, was one of four men
who lured Michael Sandy to a
Brooklyn beach with the
promise of gay sex, but then
attacked him and chased him
onto a busy highway, where he
was hit by a car and killed.
The defense claimed
Fortunato couldn't be guilty of
a hate crime, because he him-
self is gay.

The hate crime element of
the conviction could mean
extra time in prison for

Fortunato, who faces from
five to 25 years in prison.
"My client turned to me
and he thanked me and he's
crying because he obviously
knows the ramifications for
any kind of a conviction of a
hate crime are very serious.
The time that he is facing is
substantial," said defense
attorney Gerald Di Chiara.
Prosecutors said
Fortunato and the others tar-
geted Sandy because they
thought his sexual orientation
would make him easier to rob.
Last month, a separate jury
found John Fox, another man
in Fortunato's group, guilty of
robbery and manslaughter as
hate crimes but not guilty of
murder. A third man has plead-
ed guilty to attempted robbery,
and a fourth is being tried sepa-

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St. Vincent nationals urged to give back to their homeland Terrorism concerns not affecting

NEW YORK Nationals of St. respect that you have earned hear the government dis- S visa approval rate official
Vincent and the Grenadines to this point," Gonsalves said. cussing these days education Ul
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nave een urgeU tLU Iv. UgeacK
more to their homeland.
Camillo Gonsalves, the
country's newly appointed
ambassador to the United
Nations, made the appeal late
last month as he delivered the
keynote address at a gala
luncheon in Brooklyn mark-
ing the 28th anniversary of the
nation's Independence.
Gonsalves, a lawyer, is the
eldest son of Prime Minister
Dr. Ralph Gonsalves.
It was his first major
address to nationals here since
he replaced Margaret Hughes-
Ferrari, another lawyer, who
was recalled earlier this year.
Gonsalves said that Vincentians
had a "unique and indispensa-
ble role to play in this new era
of nation building.
"In the early days of
the diaspora community,
Vincentians did not have the
numbers, the income and the

International Monetary Fund
(IMF) says despite favorable
economic performance in
recent years, the Caribbean is
still subject to significant eco-
nomic risks.
After conducting a semi-
nar here to discuss selected
regional issues, the IMF said
in a statement Friday that sig-
nificant risks remain.
"The Caribbean region is
vulnerable to fluctuations in
external demand and damage
from hurricanes", it stated.
"As a result, economic growth
and overall macroeconomic
performance have been
"And with current account
deficits mostly in double digits,
the region remains highly
dependent on external financ-
The IMF stated that pub-

Florida men

murder in C

MIAMI Two Florida men,
who United States federal
authorities say gave them
inconsistent information in the
disappearance of four crew
members of a boat in the
Caribbean Sea in September,
have been charged with first-
degree murder.
Prosecutors said last
month they have enough evi-
dence to charge the men,
Kirby L. Archer, 35, and
Guillermo A. Zarabozo, 20,
who chartered a vessel called
the "Joe Cool" in September.
The 47-foot boat, which was

-A a communiiiiiiiiiiy, yuL nave
grown larger and more
assertive; you have earned
promotions, raises, and higher
education; you are managers,
CEOs, and business owners;
you have clout both in New
York and at home.
"Your remittances are
vital. It is impossible to over-
state the importance of the
money that you send back
home," he added.

The new ambassador also
urged nationals to remit their
knowledge, expertise, perspec-
tive and their time to their
homeland. He said that the
incumbent administration in
Kingstown was crafting a
"modern, post-colonial society
that is centered on the needs
and interests of our people
and our Caribbean civilization.
"The revolutions that you

lic debt remains "very high",
exceeding 100 percent of the
Gross Domestic Product
(GDP) in some cases. It said
while debt levels have fallen
modestly in recent years, fiscal
deficits deteriorated in some
countries in 2006.

The IMF directors, there-
fore, considered increased
regional co-operation to be a
key element of the Caribbean
strategy to make the most of
globalization and address the
challenges it entails, welcom-
ing the initiative to establish
the Caribbean Single Market
and Economy (CSME).
"Directors noted, in par-
ticular, that regional integra-
tion can help the Caribbean
overcome some of the limita-
tions imposed by size and
compete effectively in the

charged with

aribbean Sea

supposed to be going to The
Bahamas, was found near
Cuba the day after Archer
and Zarabozo chartered it.
The men were later found
floating in the boat's life raft,
but the crew was not found.
The men initially told the
authorities that pirates had
attacked the group and shot
the crew members, Jake
Branam, 27; his wife, Kelley
Branam, 30; his half-brother
Scott Gamble, 30; and Samuel
Kairy, 27.

rvoutionll, weuiiiiess revou-
tion, etc. are part and parcel
of a greater post-colonial rev-
olution, where St. Vincent and
the Grenadines does not sim-
ply attempt to get by as it has
always gotten by," he said.
In1Ljd, this post-colo-
nial revolution marks the
birth of a new phase in our
journey of independence."
The luncheon, organized
by the Council of St. Vincent
and the Grenadines, the
umbrella Vincentian group
here, and the New York
Consulate General, culminat-
ed a week of activities, com-
memorating the Independence
St. Vincent and the
Grenadines obtained political
Independence from Great
Britain on Oct. 27, 1979.

global economy", the state-
ment said.
"At the same time, direc-
tors underscored the continu-
ing need for action at the
national level to strengthen
the foundations for sustained
regional growth and reduce
The directors were, how-
ever, encouraged that some
countries had taken advantage
of favorable economic condi-
tions to strengthen public
finances and reduce debt
earlier in the business cycle.
But they said that in countries,
where efforts have waned
more recently, it will be
"important to accelerate the
pace of debt reduction", stat-
ing that this will also be "key
to freeing up resources for
social priorities and to create
room to respond to future

CMC Concern about terror-
ism has had no significant
impact on the number of
Caribbean nationals being
granted visas to travel to the
United States, an official at
the U.S. Embassy here has
However, Consul General
Clyde Howard admitted that
security concerns have signifi-
cantly impacted the way the
department does business.
"A lot of changes have
taken place in the way we
process visas since 2001,"
Howard said.
"We are much better at
sharing information among
U.S. government agencies
about who should not be
allowed into the United
He told journalists
during a familiarization tour
of the new embassy serving
Barbados and the Eastern
Caribbean that a lot more
information about applicants
is now being taken and the
photographs of all applicants
are compared with those of
people who are known securi-
ty threats.

"All these changes are
designed to make the process
better and more secure to
keep people out who might
intend to cause harm to the
United States," Howard said,
adding "I don't think there
are many people like that in
the Caribbean so those
changes I don't think have
had much effect on flows
from this region."
In addition to Barbados,
the embassy serves Antigua
and Barbuda, Dominica,
Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis,
St. Lucia and St. Vincent and
the Grenadines. It also serves


the British, French and Dutch
territories in the Caribbean.
Officials say the embassy
issues some 3,000 immigrant
visas and 45,000 non-immi-
grant visas per year, and all
applicants, with the exception
of those under 14 or over 80,
are required to attend an
interview in Barbados.
"There is no way for us
to take visa applications out-
side of the embassy," Howard
said. "The main reason for
that is that we have to be able
to electronically scan people's
fingerprints and at this time
there is no way to do that
outside of this office.
"I know the Bureau of
Consular Services at the State
Department is studying the
possibility of providing a
means for consular officers to
do remote collections of
applicant data, but I don't
think we're close to being
there yet, maybe in a few
years down the road."

The embassy came in for
some harsh criticism recently
over the conditions made
available to visa applicants
waiting to go through their
"We understand that we
are here to provide a service
to the public and we want to
try to make that service as
convenient and as easy to the
public as we can," Howard
"We are restrained a little
bit by the way our space is
laid out and by the size of the
waiting area that we have, but
we've worked out processes
that we think will make this
process as pain free and as
user-friendly for the public as
we possibly can."

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Grenada speculates on pending general elections


ST. GEORGE'S, Grenada A
slip of the tongue could have
revealed the date for Grenada's
next general elections.
"Quickly prime minister,
when is the election again?"
asked a probing television
anchor, hoping by some stroke
of luck that the Grenadian
leader would fall for her final
question in the live interview.
He did not.
"We have until March
2009," was his only reply
followed by a loud chuckle.
And a few hours later in a
news conference in St. George's,
Prime Minister Dr. Keith
Mitchell revealed just a little bit
more: a date when Grenadians
would make that trek back to
the polls was already in his
mind and a new public opinion
poll with a 30-day shelf life
would not change it.
"The date that I have in
mind will certainly not be
altered by this poll," insisted
Dr. Mitchell in reaction to the
survey which predicted that his
New National Party (NNP)
could win a fourth straight
term in office if general elec-
tions were called soon.
The Barbados-based
Caribbean Development
Research Services (CADRES)
carried out the survey over a
four-day period in September.
Of the 900 successful inter-
views completed in all 15 con-
stituencies, 30 percent said
they supported NNP, while
24 percent backed the main
Opposition National
Democratic Congress (NDC)
of Tillman Thomas.
"Our polls have a 30-day
shelf life. In other words if an

election were called within 30
days of that period it's likely
that an outcome will be some-
thing similar," said CADRES
Director Peter Wickham.

There has been initial
here that gen-
eral elections
would have
been called
after April
when Grenada
hosted super
eight matches Mitchell
in Cricket
World Cup
2007 at the brand new ('Chiii,,,
built national stadium. Any
further speculation of a poll
before year end was dismissed
by Foreign Affairs Minister
Elvin Nimrod when he
announced that public consul-
tations were underway ahead
of a December reading of the
2008 estimates of revenues and
Kenny Anthony's St.
Lucia Labour Party (SLP)
lost the government to John
Compton's United Workers
Party (UWP) when he called
the elections roughly three
months after the shelf life of a
poll conducted by CADRES
predicting his party would
retain office.
"The poll will not deter-
mine the date in my mind that
we have projected to call a
general election," said Prime
Minister Mitchell when that
scenario was presented to him.
But the Grenadian leader said
he was not bothered by this.
"It is a guide to tell us
what are some of the strengths
and what are some of the

weaknesses and we intend to
use it for those particular pur-
poses," was all he would say.
The fifth anniversary of
the last general elections here
is Oct. 2008, but the poll can
be constitutionally called as
late as Mar. 2009. However,
the fact that Mitchell has never
gone down to the wire has
helped to fuel speculation that
a poll could be imminent.

But a lot has changed.
Prime Minister Mitchell's
administration has been
rocked by a spate of corrup-
tion allegations that just won't
go away and his government
has had to grapple with a cost
of living that has doubled. A
new Value Added Tax (VAT),
which would put 15 percent on
a range of goods and services,
has been pushed back twice
with the prime minister sug-
gesting that another delay is
"They are trying to post-
pone the imposition of the tax
to hold the elections before
that measure is implemented.
That seems to be what is going
on," observed Thomas, the
Opposition leader whose NDC
controls seven of the 15 seats
in the House of
"An early election maybe
in his favor, but the longer he
takes.. .it seems that a lot of
issues are popping up and it
seems that the government
becomes more vulnerable with
time," Thomas told CMC.
NNP came to power 12
years ago, when it defeated
NDC of then former Prime
Minister George Brizan and it
retained the government in the

next elections with a landslide
victory by winning all 15 seats,
a first in Grenada's political
However, NNP has seen its
popularity nosedive. It barely
through in the
2003 elections
by six votes in
the Carriacou
and Petit
and figures
from the office Thomas
of the
Supervisor of Elections indi-
cate that most Grenadians who
voted did not cast ballots for
the party in the overall popular
Political observers here
have pointed to the 43 percent
of respondents in the CADRES
poll who have not said who they
will support. An editorial in the
weekly Grenada Advocate
newspaper has said that "it
believed this silent majority that
will emerge as the as the major
factor in determining the out-
come of the next general elec-
tions". And local political com-
mentator Lloyd Noel has dis-
missed the conclusion of an
NNP win as inaccurate.
"When you think there is
only a difference of six percent
between the two parties but
there is 43 percent waiting to
be convinced. It seems to me
the conclusion of the polls is
not accurate at all," Noel said.
NNP officials say the party
has regained lost support and
claim that a series of internal
polls carried out in recent years
have indicated this, while the
NDC has taunted them to
prove it by calling fresh elec-

HIV/AIDS offers major challenge for Caribbean churches ~ leader

NEW YORK The Secretary
General of the Trinidad-based
Caribbean Conference of
Churches (CCC) says the
spread of HIV/AIDS is one of
the major issues now facing
churches in the Caribbean.
Gerard Granado told lead-
ers of the World Alliance of

Reformed Churches meeting
in Trinidad that "in 1973, when
the Caribbean Conference of
Churches was formed, there
was nothing in the world
known as HIV/AIDS.
"Now one of our bi''-lI
programs is the response to
HIV/AIDS", Ecumenical


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News International quoted
Granado as saying in a report
issued here late last month.
He pointed to statistics
that show that the Caribbean
region is second only to sub-
Saharan Africa in the rate of
HIV infection.
According to UNAIDS, the
pandemic claimed an estimated
24,000 lives in the Caribbean in
2005, making it the leading
cause of death among adults
aged 15 to 44 years.

Granado said a recent set
of guidelines developed by the
CCC for Caribbean Faith-
Based Organizations to deal
with HIV/AIDS have gained
support from international
organizations, such as the
World Bank. He said sub-
stance abuse, narcotic traffick-
ing, the related rise in crimi-
nality, and the proliferation of

guns and small arms are
among other issues that are
now challenging Caribbean
churches and society.
"We don't manufacture
arms here, but the gangs have
more sophisticated weapons
than the police," Granado
said, referring to a recent case
in which a young man appre-
hended by police possessed a
U.S.-made lightweight subma-
chine gun similar to the well-
known Israeli Uzi.
A Roman Catholic
layperson, Granado has led
the CCC since 1999.
The church conference
grouped 33 member-churches
in 34 territories. The CCC is
the first regional ecumenical
organization to include the
Catholic Church as a founder
member alongside Protestant
and Anglican denominations.

During the recent throne
speech, the government
announced several election-
grabbing projects ranging from
an 80 million dollar agricultur-
al diversification project to a
35 million dollar upgrade of a
market in the eastern parish of
St. Andrew's.
Days later, the NDC
unveiled a package of meas-
ures it says it would introduced
if elected into government
such as a plan to grow the level
of employment by 15 percent
in five years and increase
tourism's share of GDP from
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November 2007


During a recent conver-
sation, a Caribbean
United States citizen expressed
exasperation at the boiling
opposition of some American
political commentators to
recent attempts to slacken
immigration rules in the U.S.
New York Governor Eliot
Spitzer, for example, announced
recently that his state's residents
would no longer be asked to pro-
duce documentation that proves
that they are legal residents of
the U.S. in order to secure a dri-
ver's license. Under severe pres-
sure from opponents he later
backed off this plan.Yet most
immigrants in the U.S., including
those from the C(arihKin have
eagerly embraced ideas like
Spitzer's. They say hard-working
people, including thousands of
illegal immigrants from the
C(arihKin, need these opportu-
nities to survive and thrive. Most
of those illegal immigrants pay
taxes and contribute immensely
to the development of the U.S.,
so why not give them a real shot
at prosperity since they are
already in the country?
Fair enough.

Yet there are others who
toss out that argument. First of
all, they say the U.S. should not
support people who break the
law. In addition, the U.S cannot
back the uncontrolled influx of
illegal immigrants, which they
say will increase rapidly if
states like New York continue
to make it easy for them to
assimilate. Furthermore, if they
break the law they should not
get a reward, meaning an easier
life in the U.S.
Illegal aliens, the critics say,
take jobs from legal American
residents as employers use their
uncertain status to compensate
them with a fraction of what the
jobs would normally pay at a
level Americans would accept.
Critics also say illegal aliens are
a burden to the U.S. system,
including health care and edu-
Yet while many Caribbean
immigrants will support help for
illegal aliens in the U.S., even if
it is against the law, recent
events in their homeland have
shown that the same debate has
taken on a different twist.
Despite the bold move towards
a Caribbean Single Market and
Economy, it seems that the
region's people are not equally
eager to encourage unautho-
rized labor in their own midst.
Last month, for example,
the new Jamaica Labour Party

government ordered all foreign
workers in the island without a
work permit to report to the
Ministry of Labour within days
to secure one or risk being

It seems that some
Jamaicans have not been too
pleased about foreigners taking
their jobs in a country mired in
economic malaise. Household
and hotel workers, construction
workers, technical experts etc.,
have all come under scrutiny in
the island if they are not bear-
ing a Jamaican passport.
The labor minister has
vowed to find illegal workers
and root them out. He has also
ordered that jobs filled by for-
eigners carry a Jamaican under-
study, who will be trained for
the post for no longer than
three years. At which point the
understudy a Jamaican will
take over the post, or a new
application process will be
Jamaica is not the only
Caribbean nation fighting the
battle of unauthorized workers
in its midst. Meanwhile, hun-
dreds of thousands of Caribbean
people have fled the region in
search of a better life in the U.S.
Many could not get jobs in their
homeland and were upset that
foreigners were often chosen
over them even foreigners who
do not have the proper permis-
sion to work. Yet many of those
same Caribbean nationals have
entered the U.S. without proper
permission to work. They too
now want the rules slackened in
the U.S. to allow them take jobs.
The voices ring out loudly that
they should be allowed to do so,
even if it is against the law.
An old Caribbean saying
warns: "The same knife that
sticks sheep, sticks g, ,,i That
is to say that the same thing
that happens to you can hap-
pen to me.
So now it appears that
some Caribbean immigrants
would like America to ease up
on illegal immigrants, especially
in the workplace. I understand
their compassion. But are they
also going to demand the same
stance of the governments in
their Caribbean homeland?
It may be too early to tell, but
judging from one conversation
it does not appear everyone is
ready to do so.

Gordon Williams is Caribbean
Today's managing editor.

V I W P 0 I N T

Same knife sticks

sheep, sticks goat?

Skinny used to be the
order of the day, but
even now, models are
coming under fire for being
too bony and need some flesh
on their frames a bit more
than a pound too.
Well, based on the find-
ings of some scientists, fat is
in, and skinny is out. I guess it
began a while ago when they
started to use not only normal
size women to model clothes,
but rather large women too,
calling them outsize or full
bodied ladies, or something
like that. Let's face it though,
those models who they usually
use are so rail thin and
anorexic looking that they
seem unnatural. Plus they
made so many women go on
starvation diets to try and
look like them.
They seemed as unlikely
and unnatural as the clothes
that they modeled. Yet so
many of our women would
starve themselves trying to
look like Naomi, Cindy or
Iman. Unreal, and slim chance
they had of looking like them
too. So, as a result, they
brought in those portly mod-
els so that fat people could
identify with them.

It seems that there is
more good news for over-
weight people, as scientific
studies are now showing that
there's actually an advantage
to being just a few pounds
over your ideal weight. You
may live longer, they say. The
Centers for Disease Control
have determined that while
obesity is indisputably lethal,
people who are modestly
overweight actually have a
lower risk of death then those
who are underweight.
Well, more weight to
them, for my granny always
used to say that babies and
people in general should
always carry a little extra
"Pickney must fat, for
when dem get sick, there is
something to draw pon."
How true it is, for when

mm I

that women should fall in love
with heavy men because they
are more likely to be faithful
lovers than their thin, svelte
counterparts. Now that's heavy
research stuff, which also said
that men who were of average
weight are twice as likely to be
unfaithful as heavy men. You
might think that fat men don't
have many opportunities to
stray, but the research says
that you'd be wrong. Fat men
are less likely to cheat on their
partners because they are less
inclined to engage in risky sex,
plus overweight men are less
likely to visit brothels or call
sex telephone hotlines. Is this
perhaps linked to their inabili-
ty to beat a hasty retreat if
caught? Mark you, this
research was done in Europe,
and you know we defy all the
odds and break all the rules
So ladies, before you run
and marry a fat man, hoping
that he'll be faithful to you only,
make sure that he's a fat
European man, for as far as I
see, fat men in my region run
up and down after skirt tails
just as much as their skinny
counterparts. They may not run
as fast because of the weight,
but even as they huff and puff,
they will waddle after women.

Expanding waistlines are


folks get the
flu or pop
down with
any other
kind of ill-
ness, they
always draw
down to skin
and bone.
But if they TONY
had a little ROBINSON
extra weight
on their
frame they wouldn't look so
bad during or after the illness.
Now suddenly scientists are
jumping on granny's bandwag-
on. That's why we should
always listen to old people.
But here's the crunch
though. The research also
shows why women should
love fat men. Caribbean
women were always drawn to
slightly heavier men than their
skinny counterparts anyway.
No wonder most of the skinny
guys that I know can't get any
women. In fact, one even told
me that his wife left him
because he was too skinny.
.lic couldn't take it when
my bony hips and knees
knocked up on hers."
Many women who I know
speak with affection about
their men's portliness and even
give names to their bellies.
"Lord, him can eat yu see,
look pon him belly how it nice
and round and hefty. Come here
Honey, mek a feel yu belly."
The study goes on to say

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VIE W P 0 I n T

Black turnover in the U.S. boardroom

After hiring his newspaper's
first black journalist to hold a
management position, an edi-
tor insisted that the pioneer-
ing move was not such a big
deal, as I recall. Real progress
comes not when you are able
to hire a black editor, he said,
but when you also are able to
fire her.
The danger of getting
fired is a sign that you're
accountable. It is evidence
that you have been hired for
your ability to help the com-
pany achieve its mission, not
for your value as a token. Of
course, such double standards
are not fair. But no one prom-
ises you a rose garden in the
world of management, except
maybe if you're the president
of the United States and
even that one has plenty of
Those realities of corpo-
rate life sprang to mind when
I heard the news from Merrill
Lynch & Co., Inc., that the
financial giant's top boss, E.
Stanley O'Neal, "has decided
to retire from the company,
effective immediately." In
0 N Il case, that was corpo-
rate-speak for, "Don't let the
door knob hit you where the
dog should have bit you."

O N ,I departure is a
disappointment to those of us
who praised his rise after 16
years at the company to
become the first African
American to head a major
Wall Street firm. But just as
his rise was a sign of progress,
so is his slide out the door, as
long as it indicates that women
and minorities have to meet
the same rigorous profit-mak-
ing standards as white men do.
O'Neal, you may recall,
shared a stunning Newsweek
magazine cover photo with
two other black CEOs of
mega-giant Fortune 100 com-

Chenault of
Express and
AOL Time
Parsons. That
Dec. 2001 CLARENCE
cover was an PAGE
sign in that
tense post-Sept. 11 season that
America is a land where any
kid can grow up to be presi-
dent of, at least, a multi-bil-
lion-dollar corporation.
Just six years earlier, Bob
Holland broke that glass ceiling
when he was named CEO at
Ben & Jerry's. Unfortunately
Holland quit the quirky ice
cream company less than
two years later following dis-
agreements with its famous
founders. But in one of corpo-
rate America's tastiest peace
offerings, his severance includ-
ed endless free pints as a mem-
ber of the company's elite "Ice
Cream for Life Club".
That's how the Chocolate
Chip Cookie Dough crumbles
in corporate life. You benefit
on your way up and, if you
play your cards right, you can
collect a lot more than cookie
crumbs on your way out.

Now, in addition to
O'Neal, Time Warner's
Parsons also is expected to
step down soon. That leaves
only Chenault still in place
among the Newsweek Three
and only five total African
American CEOs in the
Fortune 500, according to
Black Enterprise magazine.
That's a setback, but the suc-
cess of these pioneers is a sign
that history in the long run is
moving in the right direction.
Like Time Warner and
American Express, Merrill

was going through tough
times when O'Neal took over.
Its stock was down almost 30
percent. It was cutting jobs
and trying to rebuild its image
after paying $100 million to
settle state charges of mislead-
ing investors by tailoring
research to please clients.
With that, I can hear faint
echoes of my late father's wry
observation: "White folks don't
give colored folks nothing until
they're tired of it!" But, had he
lived long enough to see it, I'm
certain that 01' Dad he would
have smiled with approval at
how well O'Neal was allowed
to prove himself the old-fash-
ioned way, through grit, deter-
mination and the inventiveness
that 01' Dad used to call
"Mother Wit".
The grandson of a man
born a slave, O'Neal grew up
in rural Alabama poverty, as
my father did. He learned
golf, took control of his south-
ern drawl through speech
training and worked his way
up from a General Motors
assembly line to earn a
Harvard MBA.
The financial media are
calling O'Neal the first chief
of a Wall Street investment
bank to be done in by the sub-
prime mortgage crisis that's
been making big headlines for
months. "Last hired, first
fired," say the cynics in my
neighborhood barbershop.
But as long as the profits
rolled in, O'Neal apparently
was as free as any other CEO
to do things his way, for better
or worse. Worse got him.
That's how they play the game
on Wall Street. No one can
guarantee results, but every-
one deserves to have an equal

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Services, Inc.

* "She needs
to go to jail.
That's just how
I feel" -
Olympic gold
Ferguson launching a
scathing attack on disgraced
sprinter Marion Jones, fol-
lowing the American's con-
fession that she used per-
formance-enhancing drugs.

* "And it is
the prayer of
mankind that
this belated
momentum has
not come too
late to reverse
the damage
already inflicted on our
planet" Vincentian Prime
Minister Dr. Ralph
Gonsalves recently applaud-
ing the United Nations' focus
on climate change and global

* "My point is that in life
you will meet obstacles. I
believe for us as Hindus it is
a good thing" Inter-
Religious Organization
President Pundit Mukram
Sirjoo explaining last month
why the timing of Trinidad
and Tobago's Nov. 5 general
elections may have been a
blessing in disguise.

* "I believe
that there
should be zero
tolerance to
financial prac-
tices by all
departments and no minis-
ters should be involved in

any impropriety" -
Barbados Prime Minister
Owen Arthur last month say-
ing integrity legislation and
issues of accountability in
governance will be addressed
before the next general elec-
tions, constitutionally due by

* "They promised me the
world, but I will not be
tempted" Trinidad and
Tobago's Opposition Leader
Kamla Persad-Bissessar last
month claiming that she had
turned down approaches by
both the PNM and the COP
to join them prior to the Nov.
5 elections, insisting that she
has always been faithful to the

* "The door is still open" -
Antigua and Barbuda's gov-
ernment last month saying it
is still willing to find an ami-
cable solution to the ongoing
Internet gaming dispute with
the United States.

* "We are in a Third World
country and when we decide
to put First World legislation
we will run into problems" -
Minister of Economic
Development and Planning
Julius Timothy saying last
month that Dominica should
focus more on tackling
developmental issues.

* "A change in government,
a change in rules" -
Jamaican dancehall artiste
Beenie Man speculates why
he faces tax evasion charges
in his home country.

Compiled from CMC and
other sources.

Needing more than a pound of flesh

becoming the accepted norm,
the survey went on to say,
adding that while many peo-
ple are overweight and seden-
tary, most aren't bothered by
it. So while a lot of men still
go to the gym for a good
workout, many simply can't be
bothered and accept the
spread that goes around their
middle, even before they
reach middle age too.
I still marvel when I see
young guys with potbellies
though, which they wear
proudly. It seems to be sort of a
status symbol, plus it's also a
sign that you haven't got AIDS,
as the perception is, if you're
fat and healthy, then you cer-

tainly can't have AIDS. Lose a
few pounds though, and see
how fast the whispers and mur-
murs start.
"Yu nuh see Cedric, how
him lose weight so fast, nuh
must AIDS him have?!"
Apparently, those guys
with the well sculpted
physiques and Adonis-like
bodies are intimidating to
women, a fact that I have to
agree with. As far back as I
can remember, women have
always looked on sculpted
men and said, "All man like
you must have plenty woman
running you down, I better
stay far from you."
"Man like you," I always
wondered what that meant,
but it has been their legacy, it

has been their curse, and they
just have to live with it.
Women do see men with good
bodies and feel intimidated,
but feel more comfortable
with the guy who is a bit over-
"After all, like how him fat
and slabba slabba, no other
woman nah go want him apart
from me."
Now that's charity. So I
guess there is some truth to the
research after all. The fat guy
might be so grateful for being
chosen, that he'll remain faith-
ful to her forever, or until he
loses some weight. By the
same token many men love to
keep their women fat, in the
belief that no other man will
want them. Even now I know

of husbands who hate it when
their wives lose weight, look
real hot and step out on the
town. "Is must man yu want to
catch why yu looking so good,"
they have said. So as a result,
the women quit the gym, come
off their health program and
pack on more than a pound of
flesh to please their men.

So the survey concludes
that women are of the notion
that guys who are slim and
trim are so full of themselves,
so vain, so self absorbed and
over confident, that they'll
eventually stray anyway.
So give them the fat, port-
ly, safe men. "Any man who
look so good will never be

faithful to me," said some
So gL ilk L 11, if you want
to find a lady and settle down,
pack on the pounds of flesh,
don't bother with the gym, eat
all you want, wolf down those
carbs, build that gut, for clear-
ly that's what the modern
woman wants.
And ladies, skinny is out,
belly is in, and the pound of
flesh is your ticket to love.
As one man said: "A
women with meat on her bones
feel comfortable like sofa."
Now, he was no Shylock,
but he loved his pounds of

November 2007


CMC The relaxed travel
arrangements, which Caribbean
citizens benefited from during
the International Cricket
Council (ICC) Cricket World
Cup earlier this year, will
resume when the region suc-
ceeds in creating a single
regional air space, a senior
Caribbean tourism official
has said.
Secretary General of
the Caribbean Tourism
Organization (CTO) Vincent
Vanderpool-Wallace told
reporters at the 30th annual
CTO conference here that as
part of the proposed single
regional air space the single
domestic space created among
the nine host countries of the
Cricket World Cup would be
eventually be reintroduced.
Tourism officials say the
single regional air space is
being established to improve
the management of interna-
tional and intra-regional air
"I am assured that is going
to return first with that group
of nine again, but in such a
way that is going to be a great
deal easier and will have many
more exemptions for many
more countries," Vanderpool-
Wallace said last month.
Antigua and Barbuda,
Barbados, Grenada, Guyana,
Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis,
St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the
Grenadines, and Trinidad and
Tobago, as well as Dominica,

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Caribbean to resume relaxed travel arrangements

agreed on the
single domestic
space in order
to facilitate
easier travel of
fans and crick-
eters during
the cricket
"Part of Vanderpool-Wallace
the difficulty in
establishing the single domestic
space was that unfortunately
there were some countries that
did not require a visa prior to
that that required one after-
wards and that created a little
bit of confusion, but I think
those details are now being
worked out," Vanderpool-
Wallace said.

The conference, which was
held under the theme, "The
Next Generation: Learning
from the Past, Preparing for the
Future", focused on protecting
the environment, exploring the
impact of climate change on the
region and looking to tourism's
future plans and future leaders.
Vanderpool-Wallace said the
major decision which came out
of the talks was for the region to
move forward as one Caribbean
with the recognition that the
regional countries also had to
market tlLI1,ml\Lm as one
group. The CTO official said
there was agreement for a cen-
tral fund in the promotion of the
Vanderpool-Wallace said

Grenada wants Oprah as

part of tourism campaign

regional tourism officials also
held discussions with the
Florida Caribbean Cruise
Association on a possible part-
nership with the entire region.
On the issue of climate
change and environmental pro-
tection, the CTO official said
although the Caribbean was
generally not responsible for
the increase in greenhouse
gases and the other major neg-
ative effects of climate change,
it was bearing the brunt of the

"Suddenly the Caribbean
is being punished as a result of
the activities of more of the
industrialized countries and so
we have this idea of having a
Caribbean sustainable zone
and there's been some
discussion on establishing a
Caribbean Sustainable Fund in
order to move this forward but
this is obviously in the very
early stages," Vanderpool-
Wallace said.

The Caribbean tourism
stakeholders also agreed to
amend the constitution of the
CTO to establish a Council of
Ministers as the organization's
supreme policy making body;
the establishment of an inde-
pendent research and informa-
tion unit and a plan to launch
the CTO's website in other lan-
guages, including Cl(II,,

ST. GEORGE'S, Grenada,
CMC The Grenada govern-
ment wants popular United
States talk show host Oprah
Winfrey to visit the island as
part of a tourism marketing
Tourism Minister Clarice
Modeste Curwin said that she
has asked Oprah's father
Vernon Winfrey to encourage
her daughter to visit the tri-
island state.
"We want more people to
be aware of and come to
Grenada," declared Curwin
during a news conference last
"And we know that with
Mr. Winfrey's connection, what
more can you have than a
blood connection with Oprah
Winfrey, who has expressed
her interest in this country."
Winfrey's father was part
of a delegation from the U.S.
visiting Grenada as part of the
activities marking 24 years
since U.S. troops invaded the
island to restore democratic
rule. Others included country
and western music writer and
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following two hurricanes in 10
months. Her father told jour-
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Male sex tourists fueling AIDS

epidemic in the Caribbean ~ study

study uI',L I that male sex
tourists, mainly from the
United States and Europe,
may be fuelling an HIV/AIDS
epidemic in the Caribbean.
The study, conducted by
Mark Padilla, a University of
Michigan assistant professor
of public health, also found
that efforts to stop the epi-
demic would be severely ham-
pered unless HIV prevention
funds were diverted to help
male prostitutes.
Padilla interviewed 298
bisexually-behaving men over
a three-year period.
Padilla is also saying that
the study should serve as call
to action for the tourism indus-
try to implement HIV/AIDS
prevention programs for
tourists and tourism employ-
The Caribbean is second
only to sub-Saharan Africa in
HIV/AIDS cases, and the dis-
ease has been described as
primarily heterosexual.

However, the study enti-
tled "Caribbean Pleasure
Industry: Tourism, Sexuality,
and HIV/AIDS in the
Dominican Republic", shows
that sexual contact between
Caribbean male sex workers
and male tourists may be a
much larger contributor to the
HIV/AIDS epidemic there
than previously thought.
"Currently, prevention
dollars in the Caribbean serve
primarily heterosexuals, and
this particular population of
male sex workers who have
sex with tourists is largely neg-
lected," Padilla said.

He warned the male pros-
titute population was growing
larger as the traditional, agri-
cultural jobs dry up, noting
that funding comes from a
variety of sources including
governments, multilateral
organizations and private
The majority of the
tourists coming to the

Caribbean come from North
America and Europe and the
study warned that the local
men who served these male
tourists also had sexual
encounters with female
"Many men are unem-
ployed from rural areas, and
they immigrate to tourism
areas. Very few identify them-
selves as sex workers, and
most have other income from
tourism", it stated.
"Because of social stigma,
these men often do not com-
municate with female partners
about their involvement in sex
The study urged the stake-
holders in the tourism sector
to "prioritize HIV prevention
in any initiative", adding "they
need to be aware that they are
contributing to a sex economy
that they are indirectly sup-
porting, and to take responsi-
bility to provide HIV preven-
tion for these individuals".

Bermuda seeking to lure Chinese visitors

- Premier Ewart Brown says
Bermuda has made a significant
impression during a global
tourism summit in China.
Brown delivered a keynote
address to the conference in the
capital Beijing on Oct. 29 and
then hosted a dinner for 200
representatives from around
the world.
"It's been a fantastic expe-
rience. It sets the foundation
for an eventual relationship
with China, and sets up the
likelihood that what is now a
trickle of business visitors will
grow into a flow," he later told
Brown attended the summit
in his capacity as tourism and
transport minister. The summit
was hosted by the Beijing
Tourism Administration and
brought together more than 200
travel and tourism industry lead-
ers from 24 nations.

Brown said prior to the
event that he hoped to glean
new ideas for expanding
Bermuda's tourism reach and
exploring opportunities for
joint ventures. He told the del-
egates about the success of the
recent high-profile PGA Grand
Slam tournament at the Mid
Ocean Club, which was won by
Argentina's Angel Cabrera, and
the Bermuda Music Festival.
"October turned out to be
the exclamation point on a
blockbuster summer for us,"
Brown said.

"For the summer, overall
tourist arrivals are up, visitor
spending is up and hotel occu-
pancy is up. Bermuda is in the

"We want to start chipping
away at this mission before we
have the new hotel beds so that
when are new hotels are built

Barbados expects benefits

as Virgin shifts to Heathrow
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Party adminis-
CMC Tourism Minister Noel tration said
Lynch says Virgin Atlantic's was losing
decision to use the Heathrow money. Since
Airport slots it bought from then, the new
Air Jamaica to fly to Jamaica
Barbados this winter will ben- Labour Party
efit the high end of the coun- (JLP) admin-
try's tourism product. istration said it Lynch
"That decision puts us in would seek to
a much better position to get review that
better connections coming out agreement.
of that major gateway," Lynch

"We are now in a much
better position, especially
when you talk about 747s
coming out of Heathrow, to
move to the next level in terms
of our European businesses,"
Lynch said in Parliament on
Oct. 30 as the Lower House
gave its approval to legislation
aimed at improving security at
the Grantley Adams
International Airport.
Beginning Dec. 11, Virgin
Atlantic will move its winter
flights from the United
Kingdom from Gatwick to the
busier Heathrow Airport, while
operating its code-sharing
agreement flights to Kingston
from out of Gatwick. Last year
Virgin Atlantic entered into an
agreement with Jamaica's
national airline to buy that car-
rier's Heathrow slots for 5.1
million ($10.2 million) and also
agreed to fly into Kingston
under a code-sharing agree-
ment with Air Jamaica, which
the previous People's National

Lynch said Virgin
Atlantic's improved service to
the island was only part of the
general improvement in airlift
from the United Kingdom mar-
ket which delivered the vast
majority of visitors to the island
on a yearly basis. He said cou-
pled with the strength of the
pound and Euro against the
United States dollar, the vital
tourism sector could look for-
ward to a good winter season.
"I therefore say we are
now in one of the better posi-
tions that we have been in
recent times to attract more
visitors from the U.K. and
European markets," he
"The pound is now very
strong against the U.S. dollar
and therefore very strong
against ours. So if the U.K. is
our number one market, we
expect to see an influx of visi-
tors, even more so than we
saw last year," Lynch added.

Haiti positions itself

as tourist destination

Enthusiastic crowds have attended the Bermuda Music Festival. Brown is hoping it will
attract more Chinese visitors to the country as well.

throes of a high-gear tourism
turnaround after almost a
decade stuck in neutral.
"In my beautiful country,
there is limitless potential for
our tourism industry. One of
the reasons I wanted to be here
in because I want to
learn a great deal more about
the Chinese tourist.
"Like so much of the
world, Bermuda wants to tap
into this seemingly bottomless
pool of consumers. It will be an
uphill climb, but we're ready
for the challenge. And the tim-
ing is crucial.

we will already have made
inroads with new travelers from
new markets," he added.
But Brown admitting that
the distance between China and
Bermuda would be a challenge
adding "however, we are cer-
tainly willing to give it a shot.
We"d be silly not to.
"People from China like the
same things that most visitors
like about Bermuda the golf,
spas and locations. When we
showed our video.. .there were
many oohss' and 'ahs' in the
room and scores of questions."

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -
Haiti is embarking on a project
designed to develop the island's
tourism industry, Tourism
Minister Patrick Delatour has
Delatour told the Caribbean
Media Corporation (CMC) that
the local tourism sector had
been suffering as a result of the
violence that had been affecting
the former French colony as well
as the high incidence of the
HIV/AIDS virus. But he said
the election of President R6ne
Prevail a few years ago had
resulted in the government plac-
ing more emphasis on develop-
ing the tourism sector as part of
the overall development of the
Haitian economy.
"At this Caribbean Tourism
Conference meeting we informed
our fellow tourism ministers from
the English, Dutch, French and
Spanish speaking Caribbean of
our intention to integrate our
plan into the markets of the
C(rinhKn, as well all seek to
compete with the rest of the

world," said
Delatour, who
attended the
annual confer-
ence of the
(CTO) here last

He said that as part of the
new plan a number of regions
in the country have been iden-
tified for development and that
would allow Haiti to fast track
its return to the competitive
tourism industry. Among the
projects identified by Delatour
include the development and
promotion of the National
History Park at Citadel as the
country's sole World Heritage
site, as well as the $30 million
re-development of its main sea
port to accommodate bigger
cruise ships by 2009.

November 2007

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U.S. issues warning against

drug resistant skin infection

Health authorities in
the United States are
urging residents to
take simple, preventive meas-
ures to protect themselves
against a methicillin-resistant
Staphylococcus aureus
(MRSA) skin infection.
Several elementary, mid-
dle and high school students
in the U.S. have been infected
recently with MRSA.
MRSA is a drug-resistant
bacteria that causes red, painful
boils that contain pus. The
infection usually appears near
cuts and scrapes, and areas of
the body covered by hair, such
as the back of the neck, groin,
buttocks, armpit or beard.
MRSA infections are
rarely fatal, and nearly all
infections can be treated by

draining the pus with or with-
out antibiotics. More serious
infections, such as pneumonia,
bloodstream infections or
bone infections are very rare
in healthy people who get
MRSA skin infections.
MRSA is usually transmit-
ted by direct skin-to-skin con-
tact, or touching shared items
or surfaces that have come
into contact with someone
else's infection, such as towels
or used bandages. The U.S.
Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention has identified
five factors that facilitate
MRSA transmission: crowd-
ing, frequent skin-to-skin con-
tact, compromised skin, con-
taminated items and surfaces,

MRSA infection of the hand.

and lack of cleanliness.
Schools, military barracks,
daycare centers and prisons are
examples of places where these
factors are most common.

The Miami-Dade
County Department
of Emergency
Management & Homeland
Security (DEM&HS) and
the Florida Department of
Health (DOH) are urging
residents to take the follow-
ing steps to protect them-
selves against a MRSA
* Wash your hands regularly
with soap and water or use
an alcohol-based hand sani-
tizer. Shower immediately
after exercising.
* Cover cuts and scrapes
with a clean, dry bandage
until healed.

* Avoid sharing personal
items such as towels or
razors that come into contact
with your bare skin.
* Place clothing or a towel
between your skin and
shared equipment, such as
weight-training benches.
* Keep frequently touched
surfaces clean.
* Closely monitor children
who participate in sports
where sweat and other bodi-
ly fluids may be exchanged.
* Clean sports equipment
between uses.

ST. JOHN'S, Antigua,
CMC Health Minister John
Maginley says Antigua and
Barbuda hopes by the year
2010 to provide universal
health care for persons living
with HIV and AIDS.
Maginley told a meeting of
the Pan Caribbean Partnership
against HIV and AIDS (PAN-
CAP) that the island had been
receiving assistance from a
number of partner agencies as
it moves towards achieving the
goal of universal health care.
More than 100 delegates
attended the two-day meeting
last month. It was held under
the theme "Universal Access
by 2010: Ensuring Success"
and meeting examines the
progress made in implement-
ing the Caribbean Regional
Strategic Framework on
PANCAP, established in
2001 and coordinated by the
Caribbean community
(CARICOM) Secretariat, is
the regional mechanism
responsible for coordinating

the Caribbean's response to
HIV/AIDS pandemic.
Maginley told the meeting
that the authorities here "now
have in place all the building
blocks on which to deliver and
to get universal access.
"We think we have the
team in place and with the
support of our aid agencies,
(Pan American Health
Organization), we can achieve
the goal of universal access by
2010," he said.
For the past two years,
the public healthcare system
has been providing free anti-
retroviral therapy for more
than 140 persons living with
HIV/AIDS. But Maginley said
there were several other areas
that still needed attention.
"Universal access also
talks about prevention, care
and support. We still have to
work on those areas," he said.
"We want to make sure
that while we treat people that

the incidences
of AIDS do
not continue
to increase. So
we need to
now refocus
on prevention.
We've been
doing quite a Maginley
lot of work
with in terms care with non
governmental organizations
and the faith-based organiza-
According to the health
minister, the movement of
people throughout the regions
poses its own set of challenges
for effectively providing
"Movement of people in
the region means that many
persons seeking healthcare
may be our Caribbean neigh-
bors and this can place a
heavy burden on our health-
care system," he explained.

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CAIcA n R B B b n n 2roo D

~ A Caribbean Today feature

Caribbean flavor spices up American seafood diner's new menu


A major American restaurant
franchise has added some dis-
tinct Caribbean flavor to its
"Captain D's S.ah,, Id i ,
a well-known chain in the
United States, has introduced
several Caribbean treats to
the public.
"Caribbean flavors are
very hot now," Mark Miller,
director of research and
development for Captain D's,
explained to Caribbean Today
when asked about the chain's
decision to spice up its menu.
Among the offerings
available to diners are a
coconut shrimp basket with

marmalade sauce, island
chicken and shrimp skew-
ers with Jamaican jerk
seasoning, a fish and
coconut shrimp dinner,
also served with mar-
malade sauce, an island
chicken dinner and a
mahi mahi dinner.
The restaurant chain ,
serves the shrimp basket
with fries. The island
chicken dinner comes
with rice, corn, salad and Cap
bread, while the shrimp
dinner is served with coleslaw
and fries.

The new additions to the
menu came out of responses

from a focus group conducted
by Captain D's several months
ago. They are being adver-
tised as part of a Captain D's
"Island Fest" promotional
campaign, Caribbean Today
understands, which is being

St. Kitts and Nevis places hold on

prices of baked products

CMC The government here
has given consumers the assur-
ance that the price of baked
goods will not be increased
until next year, even in the
face of rapidly rising flour
The Denzil Douglas
administration noted last
month that bakers in the twin-
island federation had agreed
to hold prices constant until
the end of the first quarter of
next year.
"After three weeks of
negotiations, government has

reached a settlement with
local bakers on the price of
bread and other baked goods
consumed by the local public",

a Cabinet paper said, noting
that bakers had requested an
increase in the cost of prod-
ucts commensurate with the
increase in the price of flour
purchased from overseas.
Recently consumers in
neighboring Antigua and
Barbuda were hit by a 20 per-
cent hike in the price of bread
and other baked products.
The government there said the
decision to grant the increase
was based a 13.3 percent
increase in the price of flour.

displayed prominently in the
restaurants and flyers across
the country. The promotion,
which began on Oct. 29, is
expected to run for about nine
weeks. If the Caribbean flavor
proves a hit with diners, it
could land on the menu per-
"If the items become
popular they will be moved
to the main menu," said Mike
Shannon, Captain D's director
of brand marketing.
According to Miller, the
restaurant chain had "played
around" with the idea of intro-
ducing coconut shrimp on the
menu over the past 18 months.
It is already a popular treat at
other American restaurant
chains. Captain D's is optimistic
the new flavors will do well.
"We're hoping it will start
to catch on in a week or so," a
Captain D's employee in


Food share
Miami-Dade County Mayor
Carlos Alvarez will join Farm
Share to distribute food at 10
a.m. Nov. 14, at 14125 S.W.
320 St., Homestead, to more
than 900 pre-registered fami-
lies in preparation of the
Thanksgiving holiday this
For more information,
contact Farm Share at 305-
248-3006 or visit

Salmon, salad and sauce for a spectacular outdoor grill


Many dedicated outdoor
cooks are looking for one last
spectacular dish to prepare
with their outdoor grill.
Think simple. Think
Too many cooks, both at
home and in restaurant
kitchens, make the mistake of
believing that impressive food
has to be complicated food.
Sometimes the most impres-
sive food is the simplest. The
key is to start with the best
ingredients, whether it's a
prime steak or an ocean-fresh
fish fillet, an organically grown
vegetable from the farmers'
market (or your own garden)
or a juicy summer fruit recent-
ly picked from the tree.
Simple cooking is also
often the best way to highlight
top-quality ingredients. What
could be simpler than placing
pieces of food over white-hot
charcoals and letting them
sear to a deep golden-brown

Grilled salmon.

color on the outside while
they stay moist and flavorful
within? What more do you
need to complement such sim-
ple food than a good side dish
and a simple sauce, also made
with the best ingredients?

Which brings me to the
matter of flexibility and
today's reciie: Grilled Salmon
with cucumber-yogurt sauce
and warm fingerling potato
Start with the fresh wild

salmon, which is so
much lighter, cleaner-
tasting, and more deli-
cate than the farm-
raised salmon served so
often today. Seasoned
only with salt and pep-
per and a little olive
oil, it's perfect for the
grill, especially if you
take care not to over-
cook it. (My tip: It's
done to perfection
when it still yields a bit
to light fingertip pressure; if
you let it cook until firm, it's
The bed of warm potato
salad the grilled fish rests
upon can be made several
hours ahead and reheated just
before serving, another con-
venience. And the cool
cucumber-yogurt sauce takes
only minutes to prepare.
Then there's the recipe's
flexibility. You can follow it pre-
cisely and serve it as described:
warm potato salad, hot-off-the-
grill salmon and cold sauce. But

if you want to be more casual,
cook the salmon in advance,
either half an hour or so before,
and serve it at room tempera-
ture, or make it a day ahead,
and serve it cold from the
refrigerator. Don't want
salmon? Try any other fresh
fish you prefer, or shrimp or
scallops, or grilled chicken or
Any approach will yield
impressive results.

* 1 pound (500g) fingerling
potatoes or other small
boiling potatoes
* Water
* Salt
* 1 cup (250ml) champagne
* 1 tablespoon sugar
* Freshly ground black pepper
* 1/2 medium red onion, cut
into 1/4-inch (6-mm) dice
* 1 cup (250 ml) good-quality
canned chicken broth
* 2 tablespoons unsalted


* 4 to 6 English cucumbers
* 1/2 cup (125ml) plain yogurt
* 1/2 cup (125ml) creme
* Juice and grated zest of 2
* 1/2 cup (125 ml) chopped
fresh dill
* 1/2 medium red onion, cut
into 1/4-inch (6-mm) dice
* Salt
* Freshly ground black pepper

* 4 fresh wild salmon fillets,
each about 6 ounces (180g)
* Extra-virgin olive oil, for
* Salt
* Freshly ground black pepper
* 4 dill sprigs, for garnish

Several hours before serv-


Food glossary
The following is a list of foods favored by
people from the Caribbean:
Popular breakfast food throughout Jamaica.
Breadfruit is typically served baked, grilled,
fried, boiled or roasted with meat.
Spinach-like vegetable is prepared as turnip
or collard greens.
Coo-coo (or cou-cou)
The Caribbean equivalent of polenta or grits;
now made almost exclusively with cornmeal.
Versatile coo-coo can be baked, fried or
rolled into little balls and poached in soups
or stews.
Hindu name for legumes; in the Caribbean, it
refers only to split peas or lentils.
Also known a coco, taro and tannia, usually
served boiled or cut up and used as a thick-
ener in hearty soups.
Escabeche (or 'escoveitch')
Usually refers to fresh fish (and sometimes
poultry) that is fried, then picked in vinegar,
spices, hot peppers and oil.
Curried goat is a Caribbean classic. Most
first-timers find goat milder in flavor than
lamb and an excellent substitute for lamb in
most recipes.
"The fruit of the tropics" is used in a variety
of ways in the Caribbean, including in hot
sauces and condiments, in desserts, candies
and drinks.
Saltfish is any fried, salted fish, but most
often cod.
A tropical flower used to flavor dinks, jams
and sauces, especially during Christmas
Brown pods containing a sweet and tangy
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Avegetarian-only event,
for health conscious
people will be held
next year in the Caribbean.
The two-day "Caribbean
Veggie Fest 2008"is scheduled
for Mar. 1-2 at the Rhodes
Hall Plantation located in
Green Island, Hanover,
The festival, being pre-
sented by Positive Tourism
Network in association with
the Caribbean Health Tourism
& Spa Conference, will focus
on available vegetarian foods
in the Caribbean, including
five star gourmet prepara-
tions, raw foods, healthy
juices, natural pies, natural
herbs and spices, natural
wines (yam and ginger).
Exhibiters will include

A vegetarian pizza.
vegetarian restaurants, vege-
tarian food purveyors, juice
makers, natural seasoning pro-
ducers and a farmers market.
Veggie Fest 2008 plans to
deal with earth-grown derived
foods, which will be prepared
and exhibited. Examples

include: ackee gour-
met, vegetarian pies,
cassava and potato
pudding, fruit and
vegetable juices, veg-
etable-based ice
cream, vegetarian
sandwiches and burg-
ers, vegetarian soups
and wraps, energy
juices, garden salads,
vegetarian pizza, veg-
1 etable run-down and
vegetarian one-pot
"I have long held this
vision of creating a veggie fes-
tival where people can eat
wholesome and satisfying
foods," said Theo Chambers,
one of the organizers of the
festival, "where hoteliers and
restaurateurs become more

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Elsie Foster Dublin, left, council president, Borough of Highland Park, New Jersey, and Dr. Una S.T. Clarke, former New York city
councilwoman, sample offerings from GraceKennedy Caribbean Tradition Brand Entrees last month in the United States. Dublin
and Clarke were chosen from the audience at the Jamaican Consulate in New York. Jamaican-based GraceKennedy rolled out the
first four entrees curried chicken/white rice, curried shrimp/white rice, jerk chicken/rice and peas and oxtail/rice and peas -
which are being packaged for overseas markets.

Caribbean flavor spices up American seafood diner's new menu

Georgia told Caribbean
Today last month.

However, Captain D's is
not the only American chain
to add Caribbean flavor to its
menu, whether long or short
term. Other chains like Red
Lobster, Buffalo Wild Wings

and Applebees have featured
Caribbean flavored dishes.
According to Captain D's cor-
porate officers, Americans
who travel to the Caribbean
often return to uie-LI to U.S.
restaurants dishes they had
tried and liked in the
"People are being more
and more exposed to these
flavors," Miller explained.

And while Caribbean dishes
at U.S. restaurant chains were
once restricted to summer, the
popularity of the flavors
appears to be warming up
colder months as well.

Gordon Williams is Caribbean
Today's managing editor.

conscious of vegetarian needs,
thus exposing them to a vari-
ety of healthy menu choices."
The festival, which is free
and open to the public, will

Natural juices.

facilitate sharing of ideas
amongst participants.
For more information,
e-mail address Tanika@ or
call 876-957-9243.

~ A Caribbean Today feature

Caribbean 'Veggie Fest' set for Jamaica in 2008

Salmon, salad and sauce for a

ing, make the potato salad.
Rinse the potatoes, leaving
their skins on. Put them in a
saucepan with enough cold
water to cover well and add a
sprinkling of salt.
Bring to a boil over high
heat, and then adjust the heat
to maintain a steady boil and
cook until the potatoes are
just tender enough to be
pierced easily with a long
metal skewer, about 15 min-
Drain well, transfer to a
large mixing bowl filled with
ice and water, and leave until
thoroughly cooled, about 30
Meanwhile, in another
mixing bowl, stir together the
vinegar, sugar, and salt and
pepper to taste. Peel the pota-
toes, using your fingertips and,
if necessary, a small, sharp
knife to slip off their skins.
Cut each potato crosswise into
discs about a quarter inch
thick and add them to the
vinegar mixture. Add the red
onion, toss gently, cover with
plastic wrap and marinate in
the refrigerator for three to
four hours.
About an hour before serv-
ing, prepare the cucumber-
yogurt sauce. Cut each cucum-
ber in half lengthwise and scoop
out the seeds. Cut each half
lengthwise into strips a quarter
inch wide, then cut across to
make dice the same size.

outdoor grill
In a mixing bowl, stir
together the yogurt, creme
fraiche, lemon juice and zest,
dill and red onion. Stir togeth-
er, then fold in the cucumber
and season to taste with salt
and pepper. Cover with plastic
wrap and refrigerate.
For the salmon, preheat
an outdoor or indoor charcoal
or gas grill. Brush the salmon
fillets on both sides with olive
oil and season lightly with salt
and pepper. Grill to the
desired degree of doneness,
about four minutes per side
per inch of thickness for medi-
um, five minutes per side for
cooked through but still moist.
Meanwhile, put the potato
salad in a saut6 pan with the
chicken broth and butter and
cook over medium heat, stir-
ring occasionally, until heated
through. Taste and adjust the
seasonings with more salt and
pepper, if necessary.
To serve, spoon the potato
salad onto four serving plates
to form even beds. Place a
salmon fillet on top of each.
Spoon some of the cool
cucumber sauce over each fil-
let and around the plate,
transferring the rest to a serv-
ing bowl to pass at table.
Garnish each serving with a
dill sprig. Serve immediately.

2007 Wolfgang Puck
Worldwide. Distributed by
Tribune Media Services, Inc.

Italy funds Caribbean

food security
CMC Caribbean countries are
getting special assistance to pro-
mote food security after Italy
announced additional financing
to a Food and Agriculture
Organization (FAO) project
that would allow regional
states to take advantage of
trade liberalization policies.
The FAO project,
"Promoting CARICOM/-
CARIFORUM Food Security",
was originally due to last four
years, but it has been extended
for another three years to 2010.
Italy, which provided initial
funding of approximately $5
million, has agreed to provide
an additional $3.3 million for
the second phase.
The countries involved in the
project are Antigua and Barbuda,
The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize,
Dominica, Grenada, Guyana,
Haiti, Jamaica, St. Kitts and
Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and
Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad
and Tobago and the Dominican


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November 2007

CIE n R B B o n n ro

~ A Caribbean Today feature

Island shrimp with calypso
rice and heart of Florida salad

Ingredients shrimp and rice
* 2 (8 oz.) packages frozen island
lime shrimp
* 1 cup frozen petite peas
* 1/4 cup pre-diced red onions
* 2 tablespoons sofrito (Spanish
cooking sauce)
* 2 (8.8 oz.) pouches pre-cooked
yellow rice

Place shrimp in large saut6 pan
on medium heat. Cook 10 to 12
minutes, stirring occasionally, or
until shrimp are pink and sauce
is slightly thickened.
Meanwhile, combine peas,
onions and sofrito in microwave-
safe bowl. Cover and microwave on
high for four minutes or until hot.
Stir in rice and microwave
on high two to three more min-
utes or until rice is thoroughly
heated. Stir rice; spoon shrimp
mixture over rice and serve.
Note: Sofrito is a cooking
sauce made from tomatoes, gar-
lic, peppers and spices. It is used
as a flavoring ingredient in many
Caribbean recipes.

Heart of Florida salad

* 1/4 cup mojo marinade
* 1 tablespoon extra-virgin
olive oil
* 1 tablespoon honey
* 2 medium tomatoes (rinsed)
* 1 seedless cucumber (rinsed)
* 1 (14-ounce) can cut hearts of
palm (drained)
* 2 tablespoons sliced black

Combine mojo, olive oil and
honey in a salad bowl.
Cut tomatoes and one-half
cucumber into bite-size pieces;
add with remaining ingredients
to dressing.
Stir until well coated. Chill
until ready to serve.

Publix Apron's Simple Meals
Nested crab cakes with couscous,
pears and gorgonzola cream

Ingredients crab cakes with
* 4 (3 oz.) frozen lump crab
* 1/4 cup butter, divided
* 1 1/4 cups water
* 1 (5.8 oz.) package roasted
garlic/olive oil couscous
* 2 cloves fresh garlic

* 2 cups tightly packed fresh
* 1/4 teaspoon salt

Place crab cakes on microwave-
safe plate; heat in microwave on
defrost (30% power) two min-
utes or until thawed.
Preheat large saut6 pan on
medium heat two to three min-
utes. Place one tablespoon but-
ter in pan and swirl to coat; gen-
tly add crab cakes and cook five
Add one tablespoon of but-
ter and turn crab cakes. Reduce
heat to medium-low and cook six
more minutes or until internal
temperature reaches 165 degrees
Farenheit. Use a meat ther-
mometer to accurately ensure
Meanwhile, combine water

Barbadian fruit

3 oz. brown rum
4 oz. self rising flour
S3 oz. red wine

3 oz. brown sugar

Add fruit and alcohol to
blender, and blend until
. Heat a sauce pan and add
.i blended fruit mixture to it.
Ingredients Allow fruit to cook until acidi-
* 3 oz. raisins ty has reduced, then add sugar
* 1 teaspoon mixed essence and butter.
* 2 oz. cherries Remove fruit from stove
* 3 whole eggs and allow too cool for 10 min-
* 2 oz. pitted prunes utes.
* 3 oz. unsalted butter While fruit is cooling

and one tablespoon of butter in
microwave-safe bowl. Cover and
microwave on high for three
minutes or until boiling. Stir in
couscous mix; cover and let
Remove crab cakes from
pan and cover to keep warm.
Add remaining one tablespoon
of butter to pan. Crush garlic,
using garlic press, into pan. Use
knife to remove garlic from bot-
tom of press.
Cook one to two minutes
until browned. Add remaining
ingredients, cover, and cook one
to two minutes, stirring occasion-
ally, until spinach is hot and ten-
der. Form nests of spinach and
top with crab cakes. Fluff cous-
cous with fork and serve.

Pears with gorgonzola cream

1 lemon for zest (rinsed)
3/4 cup part-skim ricotta
1/4 cup crumbled gorgonzola
1/4 cup whipped cream cheese
1/4 cup honey
4 medium or large pears
1 tablespoon of butter
2 tablespoons of cinnamon
1/2 cup pressurized whipped
heavy cream (optional)

Peel one to two strips of lemon
peel with vegetable peeler (or
zester). Finely chop, then meas-
ure (one teaspoon). Add to
medium bowl; add all cheeses
and honey.
Whisk one to two minutes
until smooth and well blended.
Divide into serving bowls and
chill until ready to serve.
Peel pears, remove core and
cut into bite-size pieces.
Preheat large saut6 pan on
medium two to three minutes.
Add butter (swirl to coat), add
pears, and sprinkle with cinna-
mon sugar. Cover and cook for
six to eight minutes, stirring

break eggs into a mixing bowl
and beat together with
When fruit is cool fold in
beaten eggs, flour and baking
Grease a six compartment
muffin pan or sheet pan and
add mixture.
Heat oven to temperature
350 degrees and place mixture
in for 20 to 25 minutes.

Submitted by chef Creig
Greenidge from Sandridge
Hotel. Obtained from
www. tasteofbarbados. corn

occasionally, until tender and
browned. Can be set aside until
ready to serve.
Spoon pears over cheese


* 1 lb. corn meal
* 1/4 pod chopped garlic
* 16 oz. cold water
* 2 teaspoon chopped herbs
* 8 oz. okras
* 2 oz. butter
* 16 oz. water
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 2 oz. chopped onions

Soak cornmeal in cold water
for five minutes.
Combine okras, salt,
onions, garlic and herbs in
saucepan and bring to a boil.
Reduce heat and let simmer for
10 minutes. Strain off okras and
In a thick bottom
saucepan, over a low flame put
the soaked cornmeal and half
of the okra liquid. Stir constant-
ly with a whisk. Add in stages
the remaining okra liquid.
Continue to stir and allow to
steam until corn meal is totally
Add okra and butter. Mix
well and serve with your
favorite sauce or steam flying

Steamed flying fish

* 8 flying fish fillets
* 1 teaspoon parsley chopped
* 3 limes
* 1 large tomato chopped
* 1 tablespoon salt
* 1 teaspoon limejuice
* 3 tablespoons Barbadian sea-
* 2 cups water
* 1 large onion sliced
* 1/2 tsp hot pepper sauce
* 6 cloves garlic minced
* ? tsp curry powder
* 1 green bell pepper cut in juli-
enne strips
* 3 tablespoons margarine
* 1/2 oz. fresh thyme
* Seasoned salt to taste
* 1/2 oz fresh marjoram

mixture, top with whipped cream
and serve.

Marinate the
fish in the salt and
lime juice for 10
minutes. Rinse the
fish and pat dry
with paper towels,
then rub in the
Barbadian season-
ing and leave to
marinate for an
Roll each fish
into a sausage
shape, starting
with the tail.
Heat the margarine in a
saucepan and saut6 the onion
and garlic until the onions
become transparent.
Add the tomato and pars-
ley and continue to cook for
two minutes. Tie the thyme and
marjoram together and add to
the pan together with the
remaining ingredients.
Place rolled fish on mixture
in pan, reduce heat, cover and
simmer for 10 minutes until fish
is cooked.
Taste sauce and adjust fla-
vor to taste.
Serve with cou cou.

Fried flying fish

* 8 flying fish fillets
* Few drops of lime juice
* 1 small onion
* 1 egg beaten
* 1 small green pepper chopped
* Seasoned bread crumbs
* 1 blade chives chopped
* Oil for frying
* Thyme and parsley
* 2 limes wedged
* Salt and pepper

Marinate the fish in the salt and
lime juice for 10 minutes. Rinse
the fish and pat dry with paper
Mix the seasoning ingredi-
ents and spread over the meaty
side of the fish. Leave for about
an hour to marinate.
Dip the fish into the beaten
egg and then into the bread
Fry gently on each side
until golden brown. Serve with
a wedge of lime.

Compliments of the Barbados
Hotel and Tourism Association

Cou cou and flying fish


November 2007


Prime Minister Hubbert
Ingraham of The Bahamas
will deliver a keynote address,
and receive the Star of the
Award, during
the 31st
Action confer-
ence Dec. 3-5 p
at the Inter-
Continental Hotel in Miami,
The Star of the Caribbean
Award is given in recognition
of distinguished service and
committed efforts to improve
the economic well being of the
people of the Caribbean
CCAA's Miami Conference
focuses specific attention on the
smaller economies of the
Caribbean and Central
America. Invited heads of state
for this year's Conference
include Denzil Douglas, prime
minister of St. Kitts and Nevis;
Nelson Oduber, prime minister
of Aruba; Leonel Fernandez,
president of the Dominican
Republic; Martin Torrijos
Espino, president of Panama;
Luiz Inicio Lula da Silva, presi-
dent of Brazil; Stephen Harper,
prime minister of Canada;
Oscar Arias, president of Costa
Rica; and John de Jongh, gov-
ernor of the United States
Virgin Islands.

Other invited speakers
include Charles Rangel, U.S.
congressman; Luis Alberto
Moreno, president, Inter-
American Development
Bank; Dan Sullivan, assistant
secretary, U.S. Department of
State; and Carlos Gutierrez,
secretary, U.S. Department of
Commerce, among others.
For more information on
the conference, visit

Radio station 1080 AM, the
home for Caribbean Saturdays
for more than two decades,
has been bought by California-
based Salem Communications
for more than $12 million.
According to a recent
press release, issued last
month, under the new owner-
ship, the format has
changed to an English lan-

r Y I

guage christian talk format.
The station, which offered
the longest running Caribbean
programming in South
Florida, has featured hosts
such as Jamaicans Eddy
Edwards, Mike Andrews and
Don Daly over the years.
The new Caribbean
Saturday's line up is as follows:
* 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Caribbean
Upliftment Program with Don
* 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Caribbean
Riddims hosted by Eddy
Edwards; and
* 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. South
Florida Caribbean Sportsline.
The Caribbean
Connection Show with Mike
Andrews will air on 1580 AM
from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The South Florida Workforce
Little Havana Career Center, in



partnership with Burger King,
Memorial Plan, Corporate
Staffing and Denny's, will host a
Job fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Nov. 14 in South Florida.
Job seekers will have the
opportunity to interview for a
variety of positions that
include, but may not be limit-
ed to, managers and assistant
managers, sales and other
administrative and clerical
positions which are available
in South Florida.
The event will be held at
the Little Havana Career
Center, 701 S.W. 27th Ave.,
Little Havana, Miami.
It is free and open to the
public. For more information,
call 305-594-7615.

"Jamaica Farewell", a play
written and performed by
Debra Ehrhardt, will be

staged Nov. 23 and 24 at the
Broward Center for the
Performing Arts in Fort
Lauderdale, Florida.
The theater is located at
201 S.W. Fifth Ave. For more
information, call 954-462-0222,
toll free 877-311-7469 or visit
www. browardcenter. org.

The seventh annual Miss
Florida Caribbean pageant
will be staged at 6 p.m. Nov.
18 at the Hilton Fort
Lauderdale Airport Hotel,
1870 Griffin Rd., Dania
Beach, Florida.
For more information,
contact Jannice F Davis at 954-
882-2729 or visit www.miss-
floridacaribbean. com.


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HIV/AIDS study sparks among Haitians, researchers


MIAMI A new scientific find-
ing that HIV/AIDS came to the
United States from Africa via
Haiti has spurred controversy
among researchers and
Haitians here.
Published in Monday's
Proceedings of the National
Academy of Sciences, the study
seeks to better explain the ori-
gin of HIV/AIDS. The study,
titled "The emergence of
HIV/AIDS in the Americas",
stated the virus that causes
AIDS, probably came into
America from Haiti around
1969, a decade earlier than
most scientists believed.
"Our results show that the
strain of virus that spawned the
U.S. AIDS epidemic probably
arrived in or around 1969," said
Michael Worobey, an assistant
professor of ecology and evolu-
tionary biology at The
University of Arizona in Tucson,
the study's principal author.

But the new findings have
drawn outrage from the Haitian
community here and have
sought to reopen deep wounds
over the U.S. medical commu-
nity's alleged role in fostering a
stigma against nationals from
the French-speaking Caribbean
island. Many Haitians said they
are tired of being stereotyped

and unfairly treated.
"People are going crazy,"
said Dr. Laurinus Pierre, execu-
tive director of the Center for
Haitian Studies in Little Haiti
in Miami, stating that he has
battled stigmas against Haitians
from the first days of
In Feb. 1990, a U.S. Food
and Drug Administration
(FDA) policy prohibited
Haitians from donating blood
in the U.S., triggering scores of
protests and boycotts of blood
drives. But by Dec. 1990, the
FDA rescinded that policy and
developed a more rigorous
screening of all blood donors.
"This does a disservice
to the Haitian community,
who feel like they already
went through this 20 years
ago," said Dr. Paul Farmer, a
professor of medical anthropol-
ogy at Harvard University.
"This is very slender evi-
dence on which to base such a
grand claim," added Farmer,
who is also a founder of
Partners in Health, an interna-
tional research and aid organi-
zation active in fighting AIDS
in Haiti.
"I don't think this is very
helpful," said Dr. Jeffrey
Laurence, a professor of medicine
at the Weill Medical College of
Cornell University in New York.
"People love to play histo-
ry, and it would be great to fig-

ure out who Patient Zero was
but there are doubts," he said.

The Patient Zero theory
came from a misrepresentation
for Patient 0, for "Out of
California", where early research
on AIDS by the CDC suggested
HIV in the U.S. spread in the
late 1970s, early 1980s from one
man in California. According to
the work of Worobey and col-
leagues, the strain that came to
the U.S. in 1969 was HIV-1
group M, subtype B; and is the
first discovered human immun-
odeficiency virus.
"This strain is the most
dominant of the AIDS strains
that exist in most countries out-
side of sub-Saharan Africa,
nearly all of which descended
from the one that came out of
Haiti," the researchers said.
Pitchenik said the study
has "nothing to do with race or
sex or color of skin," adding:
"We should not stigmatize any
particular group.
"It's not whether you're
Haitian or homosexual," he
"It's the high-risk behavior
you engage in, whether you
have unprotected sex, whether
you're a drug user sharing nee-
dles," he continued.

Caribbean, Florida agree to greater co-operation

Greater level of co-
operation between the
Caribbean and Florida
was established following a
visit last month of CARICOM
diplomats to the governor of
the southern U.S. state.
At a meeting with
Governor Charlie Crist, and a
delegation of consuls general
representing the CARICOM
member countries in the south-
ern United States, it was agreed
that several trade delegations to
CARICOM states would be
established in the near future,
beginning with the larger mar-
kets of Trinidad and Jamaica.
The mKIini -held at the
state capitol office in
Tallahassee on Oct. 25, includ-
ed representatives from the
Department of Tourism, Trade
and Economic Development
and Florida Department of
Law Enforcement (FDLE).

It was also agreed that
there would be discussions
with Caribbean in-state agen-
cies and promoters of cultural
events, such as the annual
Caribbean carnival and the
annual jerk festival, to address
ways that the state can incor-
porate those activities into the
general roster of tourist
attractions in Florida.

consul gener-
al in Miami,
who is also
chair of the
Corp in Allicock
Florida, described the meeting
as successful, noting that the
delegation was reassured that,
at the highest level, Florida
indicated strong interest in
partnering with CARICOM
and its diaspora.
Also resulting from the
mlLL6iIlW was an agreement
for follow-up discussions
"hopeful that there would be
appreciable and positive
results over the next year,"
said Allicock.
According to Allicock,
the discussions were centered
around CARICOM's trade
relationship with Florida,
the positive impact of the
Caribbean business communi-
ty on the state's economy,
education initiatives, technical
cooperation and immigration
Regarding education, the
delegation expressed to the
governor an interest in acquir-
ing and creating greater access

to scholarships for Caribbean
students at educational institu-
tions throughout the state.
Presently, a large number of
the student enrolment in
several tertiary institutions
in Florida are Caribbean
On the matter of immigra-
tion, the delegation explained
to the governor how those poli-
cies negatively impacted the
Caribbean community, especial-
ly in the area of deportation.
Pointing to the joint pro-
grams between the FDLE and
the Jamaica Constabulary
Force (JCF), the governor
lauded the partnership of offi-
cers for the liaison efforts in
law enforcement activities in
both regions. In addition, it
was further agreed that semi-
nars would be hosted for sen-
ior representatives of Florida
law enforcement agencies to
further sensitize them to the
cultural behavioral nuances of
the Caribbean community.
The CARICOM delega-
tion included Edward Bushell
of Barbados, Alma Adams of
The Bahamas, Gerard Greene
of Trinidad and Tobago,
Ralph Latortue of Haiti, and
Ian Sweeney of Antigua.


Marriage can change U.S. status, but

baby may not offer the same privilege

Question: I recently got married
to a United States citizen. We are
in the process of filing my paper-
work, but have not completed it
and I have overstayed my visa. I
would like to know about any
fines I may have to pay?

Answer: The fact that you have
fallen in love and got married to
a U.S. citizen, allows you the
opportunity of adjusting your
status in the U.S., says Irwine
Clare, immigration counselor
and managing director of the
Caribbean Immigrant Services.
Further, being inspected by an
immigration officer upon entry
into the U.S. ensures you won't
have to pay any fines or penalty.
The application fees you will
pay are as follows: application
fee $355; adjustment of status -
$1,010; and employment authori-
zation fee $340.
Within 90 days you should
have employment authorization,
which allows you to apply for
your Social Security number.
Within three to six" months you
should an interview for perma-
nent residence and "Green
Card". Maintain your marriage
and good luck.

Q: I am in the U.S. on a B1/B2
visa and I gave birth to my son
here. Am I eligible to obtain a
work permit, so I can work and
live here to support my child?

A: The answer is no. Unless you
are married to a U.S. citizen, or
have been sponsored by a natu-
ralized citizen parent, child over

21, an employer or sibling, you
cannot legally work in the U.S.,
says Clare.
Additionally, if you are a
highly skilled immigrant, you
may be eligible for a H-1B visa.
H-1B status, however, requires
a sponsoring U.S. employer.
The employer must file a labor
condition application with the
Department of Labor attesting
to several items, including pay-
ment of prevailing wages for the
position, and the working condi-
tions offered. The employer
must then file the certified LCA
with a Form 1-129 petition, plus
an accompanying fee of $130.
Based on the USCIS petition
approval, the migrant may apply
for the H-1B visa, admission, or a
change of nonimmigrant status.

Compiled by Felicia Persaud.
The answers provided here are
for information purposes only
and do not create an attorney-
client relationship; nor are they
a substitute for legal advice,
which can only be given by a
competent attorney after review-
in all the facts of the case.

social Security has proce-
dures in place to expe-
dite survivor's applica-
tions and disability claims that
apply to any injured military
service member, regardless of
where the injury occurred,
according to Michael J.
Astrue, commissioner of
Social Security.
"I want to assure the
brave men and women of (the
United States) Armed Forces
and their families that they
will not have to wait for
these needed benefits," said
Commissioner Astrue. "The
special process is just one way
Social Security can show our
military personnel how much
we appreciate their service."
For people applying for
survivor's benefits using Social
Security's toll-free number, 1-
800-772-1213 there is a spe-
cially-dedicated immediate
claims taking unit that
processes an application at the
time of contact. Those appli-
cations received in a local
Social Security office also are
expedited and given priority

handling, according to the
For Social Security dis-
ability applications, the
agency's goal is to schedule an
appointment within three
working days of the initial
telephone call, or to have the
local office call the service
member within two days to
start the disability process.
Disability claims filed online
at are
also expedited.
This applies to military
service members who become
disabled in the line of duty on
or after Oct. 1, 2001. The
expedited process is invoked
regardless of where the dis-
ability occurred, whether in
the U.S., Iraq, Afghanistan, or
on other foreign soil during
active military service.
For more information
about Social Security sur-
vivors and disability benefits,
or call 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-

Social Security benefits

available for disabled military

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Dancehall star 'Beenie Man' Soulful lin

faces tax evasion charges

Vibes for the situation.
Beenie Man who is due to
reappear in court on Dec. 3,
said he is being targeted by

KINGSTON, Jamaica -
International dancehall enter-
tainer Moses Davis, popularly
known as "Beenie Man",
was granted J$1.5 million
($21,000) bail after he
appeared in court on tax eva-
sion charges late last month.
Earlier in October, a court
had issued an arrest warrant
for the artiste after he failed
to appear before the Tax
Court to answer the charges.
Beenie Man, accompanied
by his attorney Garth McBean,
had appealed to the court to
quash the warrant, but the
request was turned down.
McBean told the court that his
client had been performing
overseas and missed his flight
back to Jamaica resulting in his
inability to attend court on the
scheduled date.
The tax authorities are
alleging that Beenie Man
owes the state J$47 million
($661,971), but the artiste has
blamed his former manage-
ment company Shocking

B'dos movie nI

at American Bl;
"Hit For Six", a popular
Caribbean movie, made its
international debut last
month at the American Black
Film Festival.
Written and directed by

the new Jamaica Labour Party
(JLP) administration because
of his open support for the
main Opposition People's
National Party (PNP).
"That is why the govern-

iakes U.S. debut

ack Film Festival
Mann Theatres late last
Since its premiere in
Barbados last April, "Hit For
Six" has been released in sev-
eral Caribbean countries.
"The film has secured
Caribbean-wide theatrical dis-
tribution deals for 14 countries
through Palace Amusements of
Jamaica and the Trinidad-based
Goldmine Entertainment," said
Saunders-Franklyn, who was in
Los Angeles for the festival.
"We are thrilled to move
to another level."
She said that there are
plans for further internation-
al exposure and distribution

The movie features an
all-Caribbean cast and crew,
including popular MTV
Tempo host, Trinidadian
Jeanille Bonterre; British-
based Trinidadian actor,
Rudolph Walker; lead actor
Barbadian Andrew Pilgrim;
Canadian-based Barbadian
actress, Alison Sealy-Smith;
and Barbadian actress Varia
One month after its
debut, "Hit For Six" won
three awards at the annual
Bridgetown Film Festival
2007, including best
Barbadian film, best actress
and best cinematographer.

Beenie Man

Photograph by BBC News
Saunders-Franklyn directs "Hit for Six".

West Indian communications
specialist Alison Saunders-
Franklyn, and produced by
Blue Waters Productions, the
film is the first from the
Caribbean island of Barbados
to be featured at the festival.
"Hit For Six" is a fictional
account of a West Indian
cricketer who fights a match
fixing charge. He learns about
love while struggling for his
last chance to play in a major
global tournament and earns
the respect of his estranged
father, a former great West
Indies player.
"Hit For Six" screened at

ment want me for so much
money," he reportedly said
before arriving in Jamaica. "A
change in government, a
change in rules."
However, the ruling JLP
government has dismissed
Beenie Man's claim that it is
responsible for him being
charged with tax evasion.
"Misguided, mischievous
and absurd", the party said in
a statement on Oct. 30 in
response to the Grammy
Award-winning artiste's claim
that he was being targeted by
the government because of his
support for the Opposition PNP
Earlier this year Davis's
wife D'Angel took him to
court over the ownership of
assets and he was in court
again several weeks ago after
the St. Andrew Parish Church
filed a lawsuit against him for
shooting a video in the church
cemetery without permission.

Compiled from CMC reports.

Dark warning

for 'dreamers'

Young men often sit
around the Caribbean
dreaming about living
elsewhere the United
States, Canada, the United
They see a lavish, open
lifestyle on television and
want to experience those
places themselves.
Some, especially those
enduring the brutal hardships
of inner-city life in the islands,
desperately hope to escape.
After all, it is no secret that
young, poor men are prime
targets for victimization by
law enforcement and gang-
related violence.
But before these young-
sters happily depart the island
shores, American-born author
Richard Jeanty, who is of
Haitian descent, is offering a
glimpse at the ,.iurnii 'they
can expect elsewhere, espe-
cially in the U.S. Jeanty's
book, "The Most Dangerous
Gang in America: The
NYPD", lays out a chilling
reminder that no matter what
these dreamers may be think-
ing, a move to the U.S. does
not guarantee peace and safe-


American R&B singer
Brian McKnight, soul-
ful crooner Joe,
Jamaican jazz pianist Monty
Alexander and international
gospel headliner BeBe
Winans are among the sched-
uled headlin-
ers for the
Jazz Festival
set to begin
this month
in Grand
scheduled to
perform at McKnight
the show,
from Nov. 29
to Dec. 1, include jazz vocalist
Dianne Reeves, Swiss-born
keyboardist and composer
Alex Bugnon, and Philadelphia
soul singer Musiq.
The Cayman Islands
Department of Tourism
has retained BET Digital
Networks for the fourth con-
secutive year to promote the
Cayman Jazz Fest across both
BET and BET J cable chan-
nels. BET J will produce a
one-hour post concert show
highlighting the performances
and artistes of the festival to
air on the network sometime
next year.
"With headline act Brian


e-up for Cayman jazz

McKnight and other interna-
tionally acclaimed jazz and
R&B artists, Jazz Fest 2007 is
going to be another great
event," said Cayman's Minister
of Tourism Charles Clifford.
Ii,,d on the positive
feedback received from visi-
tors and residents after Jazz
Fest 2006 one influential
journalist describing it as a
'gem' of a festival, I am confi-
dent that we will see an
increase in attendance over
previous years. The event also
provides a forum for local
musicians in this genre to
interact with and perform
artists. This
can only
boost the
ment of
Alexander local talent
and bring
greater international aware-
ness and appreciation of
The jazz fest is organized
by Cayman's Department of
Tourism in partnership with
BET J. For more information,
visit www.caymanislands.

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ty, especially for young men of

In 43 graphic chapters
from a man who is described
as "the social activist author
that writes with a L s1iL nI IL
Jeanty draws on case after
case of brutality by law
enforcement officials. The
tales of some of the names
featured in the book like
Amadou Diallo and Abner
Louima have made their way
into national and international
headlines. Others are not so
familiar. But all cases offer a
gripping reminder.
Jeanty does not hide his
motives for writing "The Most
Dangerous Gang in America..."
He spells it out clearly in the
introduction: "I'm actually writ-
ing this book to voice my per-
sonal frustrations with the police
department as well as the justice
i 'Ik m His frustrations are not
confined to New York City,
although the "Big Apple" has
most of his attention.
Jeanty is also clear on his
own justification for writing the
book: "Is there really a need for
this book? I would say yes". It
is here that he makes sure that
the people of the Caribbean
understand that the problems in
the U.S. will surely affect them
when they cross the border.
"Most people would be hard
pressed to find another major
city in any part of the world
that typifies multiculturalism or
a melting pot, as it is often
referred to, more than New
York City". No doubt.

Jeanty feels it is his job
"to offer a voice to those who
will never be heard". It is
worthwhile to listen to his
voice. The researched evi-
dence he offers in the book is
compelling. If Jeanty's claim
that "many police officers, not
just the NYPD (New York
Police Department), have this
fear that most Black men walk
around with concealed
weapons looking to take a
shot at them" is true, then
everyone has reason to worry.
Yet he is honest enough to
admit "if you're looking for an
objective point of view, you
bought the wrong book".
The examples Jeanty offers
among the wide range of topics
handled by the book, however,
present enough evidence to
,tI'L that all is not well for
young black men in America.
Amadou Diallo was fired on 41
times by NYC cops. He was hit
19 times and died in the lobby
of his own apartment.
"He lost his life", the
book states, h1.lu1 L cops
mistook his wallet for a gun".
"The Most Dangerous Gang
in America: The NYPD" is
surely worth reading. It offers
the dreamers something to
think about. And although
Jeanty is also listedas as a comic
"who hopes to lift the spirit of
the world through his words",
his book is definitely no joke.

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Shaggy gets Jamaican national honor

Entertainer Shaggy has
been awarded the
Order Of Distinction in
the rank of commander by
Jamaica for outstanding serv-
ice to the country.
The honor was presented
to him on Heroes Day, Oct.
15, at Kings House in Jamaica.
Shaggy, born Orville
Richard Burrell, in Kingston,
Jamaica, relocated to his
mother's home in Brooklyn,
New York at age 18. After
leaving the United States
Marines Corps in the early
1990s, he launched his music
career to great success.
"Oh Carolina", a cover of
The Folkes Brothers (1960)

hit became his first major suc-
cess when it roared into the

number one spot in the
United Kingdom and nine
other countries. In 1993 the
song also appeared on the
"Pure PILiurL album.
Shaggy followed in 1995 with
the "Boombastic" album for
which he won a won Grammy
in 1996 for Best Reggae
Album. In the last 12 years
Shaggy has sold over 20 mil-
lion albums worldwide.
"I feel honored to receive
this award and overwhelmed
that the Jamaican government
saw it fit to bestow upon me
such recognition," Shaggy was
quoted as saying.

Guyana 'full steam ahead' for CARIFESTA 2008

GUYANA, Georgetown,
CMC The Bharrat Jagdeo
administration says it is mov-
ing "full steam ahead" with
preparations for the staging of
next year's Caribbean Festival
of Arts (CARIFESTA), the
region's bi,-.,_LI cultural
Culture Minister Dr. Frank
Anthony, speaking at the open-

ing of the 16th Meeting of the
Council for Human and Social
Development (COHSOD) last
month, said Georgetown was
earnestly working towards the
success of CARIFESTA X
from the time it decided to host
the festival when original host,
The Bahamas, backed out.
"Guyana is proudly host-
ing of the Caribbean commu-

nity's flagship cultural exposi-
tion the Caribbean Festival
of Arts next year, is a great
opportunity for the region to
astound the world with its
beauty, diversity and creativi-
ty," Anthony said.
Guyana will host CAR-
IFESTA X from Aug. 22-31,

'Caribbean Photo Contest' opens to students


College shutterbugs from
across the Caribbean,
Latin and North
America, Africa and England
will this month begin their
quest to capture the beauty of
the islands and possibly earn
rich rewards too.
Entries are now being
accepted for the annual
"Caribbean Photo Cn< .iiii
Young photographers can sub-
mit up to five images in the pre-
liminary stages of the competi-
tion. Application for that stage
is open through Feb. 15, 2008.
According to the main
organizer, the contest will
offer the youngsters a chance
to explore their creative tal-
ents while focusing on nature
and culture.

"We want to highlight the
visual arts and its ability,
through visual imagery, to
capture nature and cultural
glimpses through the eyes of
today's youth," international
photographer Jomo Kenyatta
was quoted as saying.
"The program is designed
to challenge college students to
be the best among their peers
in an artistic endeavor and be
rewarded for their success."

However, American-born
Kenyatta has his own personal
connections to the Caribbean.
His wife Joan is from Kingston,
Jamaica, while he traces his
father's side of the family to
In addition, Kenyatta
is the creative force behind
"Caribbean Uniii n a multi-
media work project featuring
still photos and film which was
first released in New York in
2002, but which he describes as
a work in progress. According
to Kenyatta, Caribbean Unseen
"highlights and preserves rarely
seen and uncommon aspects of
Caribbean history, geography,
culture and lifestyle."
For the "Caribbean Photo
Con ei l he is hoping the bud-
ding photographers will be
able to capture the region's
special charm as well.
"It's such a rich and
diverse place," Kenyatta told
Caribbean Today. "I also
think it's a place that's
untapped; the hidden and
unseen aspects of the

The hunt to capture those
special images could bring
rewards such as scholarships.
To qualify for those, contest
entrants must first get through
several stages of competition.
A panel of judges will select
the top 100 candidates from
the original batch of entries.
The best images will then
be posted on a website to
allow the public to vote. Ten
finalists will be determined
from that process. The final-
ists, in addition to winning a
camera package, will also earn
a trip to Jamaica, for a photo
seminar and expedition.
The awards ceremony for
the winners, along with an
exhibition of photographs as
part of the contest, will be
held in June in Jamaica.
For registration informa-
tion, visit www.caribbeanpho-

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Today's managing editor.

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Antigua announces zero tolerance on crime

ST. JOHN'S, Antigua, CMC -
The Antigua and Barbuda gov-
ernment has announced a zero
tolerance on crime, warning
that criminal activities could
seriously undermine the
island's fragile economy.
Prime Minister Baldwin
Spencer, in a radio and televi-
sion broadcast on last month,
urged the nation to be cooper-
ative as the government moved
to implement measures to deal
with the increase in criminal
activities on the island.
"Support the government
in its quest to prevent this
unwelcomed development in
our peace loving twin island
nation," Spencer said. "Our
safety depends on this. The
survival of our fragile tourism
industry depends on this. Our
economy depends on this."
Police figures show that
17 people have been killed so
far this year, five more than

in 2006.

Spencer unveiled a series
of crime-fighting measures,
including more usage of spe-
cialized crime detection and
surveillance equipment, a
crackdown on illegal guns,
increased police patrols and
searches as well as a curfew for
"Minors found wandering
on the streets after 10 p.m. will
be apprehended and their par-
ents called upon to account for
their actions," the prime minis-
ter said. I',r ,iis must recog-
nize that they are responsible
for the actions of minors under
their care.
I',.rLi ni must also recog-
nize that the absence of good
values, traditions and discipline
only leaves room for lawless-
ness to take root."

Spencer announced that
police stations would remain
open on a 24-hour basis and
that members of the Antigua
and Barbuda Defense Force
would be deployed immediate-
ly to assist the police in their
operations. He told the public
that they should expect ran-
dom roadblocks and personal
searches island-wide.
"These forces will conduct
joint coordinated patrols espe-
cially within the areas of high
crime, with more frequent
patrols within other areas," he
"I appeal to you to be
patient and more so to be
cooperative with the law offi-
cials. Your lives might become
disrupted by the increased
stoppages, searches and block-
ades but it will redound to all
of our benefit."
Spencer said there would

Guyana forms new body to push

climate concerns

CMC A newly formed local
body has met ahead of a
December climate conference in
Bali, Indonesia to draft and refine
a blueprint to push major climate


change concerns of Guyana and
the rest of the region.
A statement from the
Guyana government said the
National Climate Change
Committee, under the auspices
of the Agriculture Ministry, will
prepare a document for the Bali
Conference "to encourage
stronger global actions and sup-
port in addressing the issues.
"The principal tasks of the
committee will involve examining
the program of events and activi-
ties for the conference; identifying
and discussing key issues and
areas of relevance to Guyana;
and to prepare briefing docu-
ments for Guyana's representa-
tives to conference", the
Government Information Agency
(GINA) said in a statement.
According to GINA, in a
bid to sharpen the focus of the
briefing document, the National
Climate Change Committee is
to hold talks with national


The effects of global cli-
mate change have generated
much debate and many coun-
tries are co-oper-
ating to formulate
effective strategies
to help mitigate
the problem. The
conference in Bali
is aimed at look-
ing at possible
The govern-
ment release said
a "Bali Roadmap"
is expected to
establish the
process to work
on the key build-
ing blocks of a
future climate
change regime, including adapta-
tion, mitigation and technology
co-operation and financing the
response to climate change.
Guyana is willing to deploy
its vast rainforest in the global cli-
mate change fight if there will be
financial rewards for the sacrifice,
President Bharrat Jagdeo told the
recent Commonwealth Finance
Ministers Meeting which was held
in the capital city, Georgetown.
"Guyana would ensure
guaranteed sustainable forestry
practices as well as focus heavily
on conservation if there is eco-
nomic reward for that and that
we're prepared to work with
bilateral donors, as well as com-
mercial entities to put this to the
market or to guarantee a finan-
cial flow to the country," Jagdeo
said when questioned afterwards.
"We're hoping that in the
post-Kyoto protocol framework
that there would be provisions
for standing rainforests and a

mechanism for rewarding coun-
tries for conserving those rain-
forests," the president added.
In the interim, Jagdeo said
work needs to be done with
bilateral donors so they can
guarantee a particular financial
flow to the country and then pos-
sibly use the carbon credits that
could be derived from standing
rainforests if they are assessed,
to offset carbon emissions.

be more collaboration among
the security forces and ordered
the immediate removal of tints
from unauthorized, vehicles,
including members of the
police force.
Spencer also expressed
concern about the financing of
criminal activity and issued a
firm warning to those involved
in financing illegal activities on
the island. He told the nation
that the authorities had infor-
mation regarding persons who
were providing financial sup-

KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC -
New Chief of Staff of the
Jamaica Defence Force (JDF)
Major General Stewart
Saunders said he will put the
focus on the continued trans-
formation of the army during
his tenure.
"I am very much aware of
what the government and the
nation require of the Jamaica
Defence Force, and the capa-
bilities that have to be achieved
to satisfy this requirement," he
said in his acceptance speech
after assuming charge on the
military on Oct. 27.
"It is important that as a
military entity, we continue to
be relevant to the society we
serve and its interests."
Maj. Gen. Saunders is a
past head boy of Jamaica
College one of the country's
premier all-boy secondary

port to criminals.
"I do not wish to believe
that this is so. But if that is the
case, I wish to assure you that
you too will be flushed out
with the criminals and will be
prosecuted," he said.
"Today, your government
is faced with what appears to
be a war between drug lords,
an escalation in crime and vio-
lence and the deportation of
criminals from North America
to Antigua and Barbuda."

schools. He joined the JDF 34
years ago in 1973 and has
served in various capacities
major, lieu-
colonel and
In a
Saunders with few
glitches and
much precision, Saunders
became the ninth chief of staff,
succeeding Rear Admiral
Hardley Lewin, who is one of
those being considered to
become the next commissioner
of police.

Jamaica's new army chief

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Caribbean steps up call to address climate change


United Nations wrapped up
the two-week 62nd Session of
the General Assembly debate
last month, Caribbean govern-
ments used the opportunity to
intensify calls on the devel-
oped world to provide more
aid to better address the chal-
lenges of climate change.
Caribbean leaders, for-
eign ministers and diplomats
pleaded with rich countries to
bear more of the burden in
the global fight against climate
change, stating that they are
the leading producers of
greenhouse gas emissions.
Baldwin Spencer, Antigua
and Barbuda's prime minister,
said the collective response to
climate change rLprL'L mni a
monumental test of the politi-
cal will and courage of human-
ity in general, but especially of
the political leaders of the
most powerful countries." He
also urged greater spending on
the adaptation fund, noting
that Small Island Developing
States (SIDS) were among the
most vulnerable in the world
to natural disasters as much as
climate change.
"Because of our size and
the nature of our primary eco-
nomic activity, the infrastruc-
ture of an entire country can
be destroyed by, for example,
the passage of a single hurri-
cane," he said.
In his maiden address to
the General Assembly,
Stephenson King, the new St.
Lucia prime minister, stressed
that the large producers of
greenhouse gases "must bear
the responsibility for the dam-
age being caused to the global
environment, and, in particu-
lar, to the vulnerable countries
whose sustainability and very
existence are increasingly
threatened by their actions."

King said the climate

change issue is directly related
to the Caribbean's develop-
ment, warning that it dirial-
ens the very core of our social,
economic and political security.
"The dangers we face as a
result of the hazardous level
of greenhouse gas concentra-
tions in the atmosphere are
well known and documented,"
he said. "Urgent, resolute
action is, therefore, required
to reverse this situation."
His Vincentian counter-
part Dr. Ralph Gonsalves
applauded the United
Nations' focus on climate
change and global warming,
stating that it is a \\wl k m
"And it is
the prayer of
mankind that
this belated
has not come
too late to
reverse the
damage I
already inflict- Savarin
ed on our
planet," he
"After all, we are short-
term caretakers of this earth,"
added the Vincentian prime
minister, "and it is our sacred
duty to preserve it for future
Jamaica's Deputy Prime
Minister Dr. Kenneth Baugh,
who is also foreign affairs
minister, said implementing a
global response to climate
change must remain a priority,
noting that Jamaica and other
Caribbean countries are "all
too familiar" with the adverse
effects of climate change and
associated phenomena, includ-
ing sea-level rise and the
increase in frequency and
intensity of hurricanes and
other weather events. He said
these "threaten the sustain-
able development, livelihoods
and the very existence of
Small Island Developing

Dec. 10 is 'budget da

Vincent and Grenai

KINGSTOWN, St Vincent,
CMC Prime Minister Dr.
Ralph Gonsalves has
announced Dec.10 as budget
day, saying Vincentians could
look forward to tax relief and
more zero-rated items in the
Value Added Tax (VAT)
"These tax relief meas-
ures are designed to leave
more money in the hands of
the companies and employees
in the private and public sec-
tors," Dr. Gonsalves told a
large crowd gathered on Oct.

27 for a parade marking the
country's 28th anniversary of
He said that what would
be announced in his budget
presentation would be the
bounties of the country's
recent years of economic
growth and the government's
sound economic management.
"There will be more bene-
fits if we work even harder, in
a more sensible, creative, imag-
inative, disciplined, and pro-
ductive way," Dr. Gonsalves

"In my own country, the
onslaught of Hurricane Dean,
on 19th August, resulted in
the loss of life, extensive dam-
age to infrastructure, property,
the agricultural sector, as well
as the loss of livelihood for
many," Baugh said.
Foreign Affairs
Minister Elvin
Nimrod said
despite inter-
national con-
ferences on cli-
mate change, Nimrod
there is still
dire need to
translate "a religious fervor
into good deeds in the neigh-
borhood of our global village.
"As we preach, so, too,
must we become converts," he
said. "Let us move from reso-
lutions to results."
Nimrod welcomed the
efforts of the British U.N.
Mission in working ., LJ I .L.-
ly" in raising awareness and
understanding of the threat of
climate change, "echoing the
very concerns that many small
island states, and low-lying
coastal nations have raised
over the last 15 years."

But he said, despite con-
certed efforts, climate change
has led to a downward assess-
ment of Grenada's sovereign
credit rating, pointing out that
the country is now under the
guidance of the International
Monetary Fund.
In underscoring the need
for concerted global response
to climate change, Dominica's
Foreign Affairs Minister
Charles Savarin said climate
change "seriously threatens
human utrl \ and will
undermine developing coun-
tries' ability to achieve the
Millennium Development
Goals (MDGs).
"Unless there is a global
and collective response, this

y' in St.


The Vincentian leader
also promised to announce
increases in the budget for the
school feeding program and
the nutritional support for
pregnant mothers by some
25 percent.
During his Independence
message, the prime minister
announced salary increases,
welfare payments, bonuses,
and other incentives, amount-
ing to some EC$33 million

planet will become unliveable
for most of us," he said, not-
ing that SIDS are most vulner-
able to the effects of climate
change, "even though they
contribute the least to emis-
sions of greenhouse gases."
Guyana's Foreign Affairs
Minister Samuel Rudolph
Insanally said some developed
countries do not seem pre-
pared to accept primary
responsibility for protecting
the environment.
"Instead of 'common but
differentiated responsibility,'
they speak of 'shared respon-
sibility' clearly demanding a
greater contribution by devel-
oping countries to the cam-
paign against climate change,"
he said.
"This demand often
becomes a conditionality of
any development assistance
that they provide.
"For developing coun-
tries, which
suffer from a
chronic lack of
resources, this
imposition is,
unequal and
unfair," he
Insanally Baugh
said despite
their initial
promise, in the Barbados
Action Plan, to assist the
small-island and low-lying
states of the region, developed
countries are yet to "yield the
measure of assistance needed"
in overcoming the conse-
quences of climate change.
"Invariably, these affected
countries must rely on their
own limited resources to pro-
tect the environment from
harm," he said.
Insanally, therefore,
called for a "Partnership for
Additionality", which, in
return for a commitment by
countries for the preservation

ROSEAU, Dominica, CMC -
One week after Prime
Minister Roosevelt Skerrit
announced a shake-up of
his two-year old Cabinet,
Francine Baron Royer was
sworn in as the island's first
woman attorney general on
Oct. 29.
Skerrit said that Baron
Royer, the former head of the
Dominica Bar Association
(DBA), had not been chosen
because of her gender to
replace attorney Ian Douglas
who has appointed minister of
"Mrs. Baron Royer was

of the environment, will pro-
vide "adequate and pre-
dictable financing to allow
them to pursue a path of
accelerated and sustainable

St. Kitts and Nevis'
Foreign Affairs Minister Dr.
Timothy Harris called for
greater South-South coopera-
tion, while appealing for
increased humanitarian and
disaster relief assistance, noting
that, over the past year, nearly
every region of the world has
endured some form of natural
or man-made disaster.
"No country escapes the
need for this assistance," he
"And, in addition to sup-
porting the existence and role
of the Central Emergency
Response Fund, we encourage
member states to commit to
this and other similar initia-
tives," he added.
Trinidad and Tobago's
U.N. Ambassador Philip Sealy
said a "clearly defined global
mitigation ,Iriklg\ that
keeps long-term temperature
increase at less than two
degrees Celsius above pre-
industrial levels is necessary.
He cautioned that an increase
of over two degrees would
likely result in ini rL ~IJLd
adverse impact" on SIDS.
"In order to avoid a glob-
al climate disaster, the
Government of the Republic
of Trinidad and Tobago calls
for urgent and ambitious
action by all states in accor-
dance with their common but
differentiated responsibilities,
respective capabilities and
social and economic condi-
tions," Sealy said.


not selected because she is a
woman, I do not select people
based on gender we select
them based on their abilities,"
Skerrit told reporters after the
brief ceremony.
He said Baron Royer, in
her mid-30s, was a competent
attorney and he was confident
that she would perform well.
The new attorney general said
she was confident of perform-
ing her new task.
Baron Royer is the fifth
attorney general since the
Dominica Labour Party
(DLP) came to power in 2000.

First woman AG in


November 2007


U.S.-based group condemns

Jesse Jackson's planned

pre-election visit to T&T

States-based Caribbean group
assailed as "imprudent and
inappropriate" a proposed
visit to Trinidad and Tobago
in the heat of electioneering
by famed U.S. civil rights
leader, the Reverend Jesse
The Caribbean-Guyana
Institute for Democracy
(CGID) said Jackson's
planned visit is allegedly to
L nd, r"L an Opposition politi-
cal party in that country, the
United National Congress-
Alliance (UNC-A), or one of
its candidate, or to attend a
UNC-A sponsored event,
ahead of general elections in
the republic on November 5."
The Brooklyn-based
CGID said its President
Rickford Burke, a lawyer,
wrote to Rev. Jackson, a for-
mer U.S presidential candi-
date, expressing the group's
opposition to such plan.
"As you may be aware,
the nation of Trinidad and
Tobago is currently preparing
for national elections on
November 5, 2007.
"Consequently, on condi-
tion that these media reports
are accurate, CGID wishes to
express its opposition to any
such visit by you, in the midst
of a political campaign, to sup-
port a political party," he
"I, therefore, wish to dis-
suade you from this engage-
ment, if you have in fact com-
mitted to traveling to Trinidad
and Tobago for the above
stated purpose, in support of,
or to attend an event spon-
sored by, a political party," he


Burke said Jackson's par-
ticipation in any event, spon-
sored by or endorsed by him,
"will be deemed indubitably
partisan, as well as, an unwel-
come intervention and inter-
ference in the internal affairs
and internal politics of
Trinidad and Tobago.
"CGID holds fast to the
democratic ideal that the peo-
ple of a nation state are the
arbiters of their own political
faith and must be free to elect
their own government without
outside interference or inter-
vention," he said.
Burke said it was in keep-
ing with this very ideal that for-
mer South African President,
Nelson Mandela, last month
declined to L nd< r,, an elec-
tion campaign or a candidacy"
of the UNC-A of Trinidad and
Tobago, allegedly upon a
request from the UNC-A.
CGID urged Jackson to
"value and uphold to this impor-
tant, internationally recognized,
non-interventionist principle of
the democratic ethos.

a U U U

- Premier Ewart Brown has
launched a personal attempt
to further muzzle the island's
media from printing leaked
details of a police investigation
into a scandal at the Bermuda
Housing Corporation (BHC).
Having issued a writ
against the daily Royal
Gazette newspaper and oth-
ers three months ago, last
month he issued an applica-
tion for an interim injunction
to restrain the parties from
printing anything further
about him personally until the
conclusion of his case.
The latest move came just
days before the London-based
Privy Council, the island's

highest court,
was due to
rule on a simi-
lar legal move
by Attorney
General Philip
Perinchief and
Commissioner Brown
Jackson. Chief Justice Richard
Ground and the Court of
Appeal had previously turned
down an application from
Perinchief and Jackson to ban
further publication of infor-
mation from the leaked police
files on the investigation into
the BHC, a government-fund-
ed entity.

P 0 o I T I C S

P.M. outline


ST. JOHN'S, Antigua, CMC -
Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer
used his Independence Day
message to further allay con-
cerns for public safety while out-
lining new policies to be pur-
sued by his three-year old
"(Recently) the police
have recovered a number of
unlicensed firearms, seized ille-
gal drugs, confiscated large
quantities of cash and executed
a number of search warrants.
As a result, a number of per-
sons are in police custody
assisting them with their inves-
tigations into the recent armed
robberies and slayings"
Spencer said.
He said law enforcement
officials have also removed
illegal tint from more than 100
vehicles and have issued over
40 tickets for major traffic
Spencer told the country
that the police will soon begin
issuing weekly updates to the
public on arrests and convic-

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es policies as Antigua

s 26th Independence

tions, drugs, guns and ammuni-
tion seizures, as well as infor-
mation on deportation of hard-
ened criminals from North
America and elsewhere.
"I appeal to you to be
patient and more so to be
with the law
officials. Your
lives might
become dis-
rupted by the
increased stop-
pages, searches
and blockades
- but it will
redound to all Spencer
of our bene-
fit," he said.

The prime minister also
outlined plans to improve the
nation's education sector,
including the provision of addi-
tional scholarships for students
to pursue their education
abroad and the construction of
additional learning facilities.

No rush to labor code St.

CASTRIES, St. Lucia, CMC -
Labour Minister Edmund
Estaphane said his govern-
ment will not be rushed into
implementing the controver-
sial Labour Code, but will con-
tinue a process of consultation
on the revised legislation.
The minister made the
statement in response to pres-
sure being mounted by at least
three of the island's trade
unions for the code, which was
adopted by Parliament last
year in the final weeks of the
former St. Lucia Party admin-
istration, to be passed into law.
At least two of the unions,
the Civil Service Association

(CSA) and the Seamen
Waterfront and General
Workers Union, have called
on the government to enact
the code in its present form,
stating that the time for con-
sultation had passed.
The unions recommended
that any adjustments to made
to the legislation be done after
it was adopted into law.

However, the trade unions
have not been speaking with
one voice on the issue as the
National Workers Union has
not supported that view, call-
ing instead on the government

The prime minister said
though he was happy with the
progress his three-year old gov-
ernment has made, there was
still room for improvement.
"When I look back I can
say with some satisfaction that
we have moved forward with
great progress," he said. "We
might have been slow in taking
certain giant steps, but we
have been certain."
He appealed to residents
to adhere to core family values
and responsibilities of being
dedicated to duty, committed
to instilling discipline and pro-
viding guidance.
"Our Independence calls
for a renewal of family and
family values," Spencer said.
"We are a nation of families
and as a family we can all
aspire to great things, advance
our nation and achieve the
ultimate for our people.
Antigua and Barbuda
obtained political Independence
from Britain on Nov. 1, 1981.

Lucia's gov't
to continue the process of con-
sultation to ensure that clauses
which were still unfavorable to
workers were ironed out.
In an address to the St.
Lucia Employers Federation,
Estaphane said he would con-
tinue to meet with employers
and trade unions to prepare
for the review of the code and
would not be rushed into
enacting the legislation until
all parties were satisfied that it
had been thoroughly reviewed.
"I want to make it abun-
dantly clear that my ministry
will not be rushed into approv-
ing the labor code," he said.


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Jamaica dethrones T&T

to win KFC Cup in cricket

CMC Jamaica, behind an
important all-round perform-
ance from Jerome Taylor and
superb fielding by Shawn
Findlay, captured the 2007
KFC Cup with a hard-fought
victory by 28 runs over
Trinidad and Tobago in a
competitive final at the 3Ws
Oval on Oct. 28.
After Brenton Parchment's
half-century and crucial runs
from the lower order rallied
Jamaica to 230 in 50 overs,
pacer Taylor grabbed three
wickets and Findlay took two
sensational catches and also
effected a run out to help
restrict Trinidad and Tobago to
202 in 49.3 overs.
In a match of fluctuating
fortunes, Jamaica recovered
from 36 for three and later
167 for seven, thanks mainly
to Parchment's 52 and the
support from the lower half,
which included 18 from
The West Indies fast
bowler then made impact with
the new ball by collecting the
wickets of Daren Ganga and
Mario Belcon, but the large
turnout of spectators was
more impressed with Findlay's
outstanding fielding. He took
a fantastic one-handed catch
at long-off to account for
Kieron Pollard for 27 and
then completed a run out with
a direct throw from cover that
got rid of top-scorer Lendl
Simmons for 64. He later held
another fine, diving catch at

Jamaica's captain Chris Gayle returns
home with the winning KFC trophy.
cover to help dismiss Rayad
Taylor, who finished with
three for 37 from 10 overs to
win the man-of-the-match
award, removed Belcon via
the lbw route and had Ganga
caught by the keeper attempt-
ing to hook. Captain Chris
Gayle also bagged three wick-
ets at a cost of 32 runs and
one of his victims was Denesh
Ramdin, who made 48 before
falling in the 42nd over when
he was the last hope for
Trinidad and Tobago.
Jamaica, sent in, benefited
from an impressive 52 off 67
balls from opener Parchment,
but they were put under pres-
sure by a quick three-wicket
haul from leg-spinner Samuel
Badree that caused them to
lose momentum. After a slow
start in the historic day/night


OCEANPORT, New Jersey,
CMC Caribbean racing men
missed the bi_-,,-lI prizes at
last month's rich Breeders'
Cup horse racing meet at
Monmouth Park.
Jamaican jockey Shaun
Bridgmohan had a top three
finish in his event, while
Barbadian jockey Patrick
Husbands and Barbadian
trainer Sir Michael Stoute
were outside of the top frame
in their events.
In the $2 million Breeders
Cup Juvenile colts and geld-
ings event, Bridgmohan
placed second with the 4-1
second favorite Pyro. The colt
finished steadily as the
favorite War Pass, under
Cornelio Velasquez, won the
mile and 16th trip easily by
four and three quarter
lengths. War Pass, the 2 -1
choice in the 11-horse field,
clocked one minute 42.76 sec-
onds in his victory.

Husbands rode the 17-1
shot Clearly Foxy in the $2
million Breeders' Cup
Juvenile Fillies event and
placed sixth. He raced near
the back of the 13-horse field
early and ral-
lied to finish
sixth, 10 and a
lengths behind
the winner
Gomez won Bridgmohan
the mile and
16th event with the 3-2
favourite, clocking in one
minute 44.73 seconds for
trainer Bob Baffert.
Sir Michael Stoute started
the 7-1 chance Jeremy in the
$2.5 million Breeders' Cup
Mile and the four-year-old colt
finished 10th in the 13-horse

Powell fears fallout from Jones's confession

p ......

KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC -
Men's 100 meters world
record-holder Asafa Powell of
Jamaica believes Marion
Jones's disclosure of taking
performance-enhancing drugs
will affect him in the near
Jones, a three-time
Olympic champion, pleaded
guilty on Oct. 5 to lying to
United States government
investigators about using per-
formance-enhancing drugs.
The disgraced American
sprint superstar subsequently
announced her retirement
from international track and
field competition.
Powell indicated he would
come under intense scrutiny
next season when he starts to
run faster.

* Bahamian to fight for title
The Commonwealth Boxing
Council (CBC) has sanctioned a
super middleweight title fight
between Bahamian Jermaine
Mackey and Charles Adamu for
December in The Bahamas.
The bout is set for Dec. 1.

Jamaican scores in Seattle's
USL triumph
Jamaican Craig Tomlinson scored
in the Seattle Sounders fourth
United Soccer Leagues (USL)
championship title win recently.
The Sounders defeated the
Atlanta Silverbacks 4-0 in the
final. Greg Howes netted two
goals. Hugo Alcarez-Cuellar also
scored and Tomlinson capped off
the win with a 90th minute strike
against Atlanta, which had
Jamaicans Machel Millwood and
Tweety Walters and Trinidad and
Tobago's Anthony Wolfe in its

Compiled from CMC and other

"People are going to say a
lot of stuff when I run fast,"
he said in a television inter-
view late last month. "But I
will be going out there to per-
form and break records.
People will always say bad
and good things. It's just a

part of the game."

Powell described Jones's
decision to take performance-
enhancing drugs as unfair.

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November 2007


Major shake-up in Caribbean
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC since the September rankings.
- St. Vincent and the Grenadines Cuba had no games, but climbed
(SVG) achieved an all-time best seven spots to 64th in the world
rating of 73rd in the world while and to the top spot in the CFU.
Cuba jumped back to the top of Haiti, which drew 1-1 with Costa
the Caribbean Football Union Rica in a recent friendly, surged
(CFU) ratings released last month. 15 places up FIFA's list to No.68,
FIFA's October rankings list making it the second ranked team
shows SVG now the third-ranked in the CFU.
side in the CFU being the best SVG, beaten Caribbean Cup
movers in the world this past finalists in 1995, played no interna-
month, leaping 24 places from tionals in the past month, but its
their world position on 97th in considerable leap took the country
September. Meanwhile, Cuba hur- past its previous best position of
dled to number one in the CFU 85th in the FIFA world rankings.
for the first time since April.
Eight-time Caribbean Cup FALLING
champions Trinidad and Tobago The 2006 World Cup finalist
slid from the top to number four, Trinidad and Tobago, which battled
and former CFU number one El Salvador to a 0-0 draw in San
Jamaica plunged out of the top- Salvador last month, is fourth in the
100 for the first-time ever to CFU with a world rating of 78th,
103rd in the world, the Reggae followed by Guyana (92). Barbados
Boyz' lowest rating since the moved 16 places up to equal its
FIFA Coca Cola rankings were best world rating of 93rd. Barbados
established in 1993. is rated sixth in the CFU.
The computerized ratings Three-time Caribbean Cup
served up major shuffles in champions and 1998 World Cup
October in spite of little interna- finals qualifiers Jamaica, the
tional matches for regional teams CFU's number one team as recent


soccer rating
as June this year, dipped seven
places on the world list from its
September position and is now
seventh in the CFU.
The CFU's Top-10 is com-
pleted by Bermuda, Suriname
and Antigua and Barbuda.
Mexico, a semi-finalist at the
Copa America tournament this
summer, kept its number one spot
in CONCACAF although it
slipped two places on FIFA's
world list to No.15. The United
States stayed second in the con-
federation with a world rating of
18th. CONCACAF's number
three team is now Canada (51)
ahead of Cuba, Panama (65) and
Costa Rica (66), followed by
Haiti in seventh and SVG eighth.
Argentina remained the
world's top-rated side, ahead of
Brazil, with reigning World Cup
champions Italy third. France is
fourth, Germany fifth, and Spain
sixth, followed by the Netherlands,
Portugal, Czech Republic and
Croatia completing the top 10.

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Fennell retains presidency of

Commonwealth Games body

LONDON, England, CMC -
Jamaican Mike Fennell is set
to retain presidency of the
Commonwealth Games
Federation for another four
years, the CGF has declared
on its website.
Fennell was expected to
have no challengers for the
job when the
holds a sched- L
uled meeting ..
this month in -
Colombo, Sri
Lanka where
its 71 member
nations and Fennell
territories are
expected to endorse the
Jamaican's candidacy.
"As the sole nomination
for the Presidency of the
Commonwealth Games
Federation (CGF), The Hon.
Mike Fennell, OJ, CD, is set
to continue his leadership of
the organization for another
four year term", the CGF

stated on its website.
Fennell was first elected
to lead the organization at the
1994 Commonwealth Games
in Victoria, Canada. He
served as chairman until 2003
and then as president after the
post was re-named. He is also
the president of the Jamaica
Olympic Association (JOA), a
position he has held since
"Under his leadership,
the Commonwealth Games
have gone from strength to
strength, highlighted most
recently by the successful
Melbourne Games in 2006,"
the CGF said.
The CGF said Fennell has
modernized the Games' move-
ment through the deployment
of a range of innovative man-
agement strategies and initia-
tives, substantially upgrading
the support provided to
Commonwealth Games host
cities and candidate cities for
future Games.

Jamaica dethrones T&T to win KFC Cup in cricket

affair, Parchment and Gayle
seemed to be getting into
stride before Gayle fell to a
fine low catch by Badree at
short mid-wicket from a firm
pull against Mervyn Dillon.
Findlay was soon bowled
attempting to drive off-spin-
ner Sherwin Ganga, who
played a key role in stemming
the early flow of runs before
Badree came into the attack.
With Parchment and Brendan
Nash together in a third wick-
et partnership of 49, Jamaica
were setting up nicely for a
big total, but Badree applied
the brakes with the quick dis-
missals of both batsman and
also claimed the wicket of
Tamar Lambert to leave
Jamaica at 103 for five in the
28th over.
After Nash edged a drive
to slip, Parchment played

across and was bowled to end
a promising innings that
included six boundaries.
Trinidad and Tobago then
seized the initiative as
Lambert was caught at the
wicket attempting to run a
ball to third-man.
Jamaica revived its effort
with a sixth wicket partner-
ship of 45 between Danza
Hyatt (28) and Carlton Baugh
(25) before the latter gave a
catch to deep cover. After
Hyatt was caught at cover,
there were useful runs from
Nikita Miller (26) and Darren
Powell (20) that pushed
Jamaica up to its winning
For Trinidad and Tobago,
Sherwin Ganaga finished with
three for 31 from 10 overs,
while Badree took three for
36, also off 10 overs.

Powell fears fallout from Jones's confession

"It's unfair to other ath-
letes because they were
robbed of their moment in
time," he said. "It's very, very
unfair. It (Jones's action) will
put a lot more pressure on the
sport because of her status.
"So many people look up
to Marion Jones, and after so
many years, they found out
that she was actually taking
drugs, this is going to put a lot
of pressure on the sport."

Powell, who ran a world
record 9.74 seconds mere
days after losing to American
Tyson Gay at the World
Championships of Athletics,
said he intends to remain
focused on capturing gold at
the Olympic Games in
Beijing, China, next year. He
said he will not let the Jones
situation or his disappointing
performance at Worlds side-
track him from that objective.

November 2007

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Organization of American
States (OAS) says it has
launched two youth projects in
St. Vincent and the Grenadines
aimed at engaging young peo-
ple, governments and the busi-
ness community in creating
economic and other opportuni-
ties for young people.
OAS Secretary General
Jos6 Miguel Insulza said the
joint launch of the Young
Americas Business Trust
(YABT) St. Vincent and
Grenadines National Chapter
represents "tremendous oppor-
tunities for the Caribbean
country's young people to build
a new future for everyone by
creating opportunities to direct-
ly address problems of poverty,
violence and inequality."
An OAS statement issued
here said that Insulza participat-
ed in a ribbon-cutting ceremony
for the project last month. The
ceremony was also attended by
representatives of various inter-
national donor countries.
Prime Minister Dr. Ralph
Gonsalves said the project had
the potential to help tackle


challenges stemming from the
new realities brought on by
globalization. He said the new
projects, launched by the
OAS in conjunction with the
state-owned National Center
for Technological Innovation,
would "help to better prepare
the young people for the com-
petitive world."

Insulza praised the govern-
ment "for the enthusiasm with
which they have embraced the
two initiatives (that) seek to
equip young people with the
skills needed to make them

more marketable in today's
changing employment environ-
ment." He said the OAS-affili-
ated Trust for the Americas
initiative provides disadvan-
taged persons in Latin
America with education and
training in advanced technolo-
gy, growing from two training
centers in Guatemala into a
network of 49 centers in 11
The OAS secretary gener-
al said the "unique partner-
ship" would provide IT train-
ing, job readiness training, and
civic education to young people
and the community at large.
The business labs are
intended to help young people
develop their entrepreneurial
spirit and basic skills in start-
ing a small business, through
short intensive hands-on
workshops "as a strategy for
governments and local organi-
zations to create employment
opportunities for young peo-
ple in their communities", the
OAS statement said.

Caribbean secondary students to study works of T&T's first P.M.

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad,
CMC Final year students at
secondary schools throughout
the Caribbean are to participate
in an essay competition
launched by the "Eric Williams
Memorial Collection" (EWMC)
marking the 2007 Bicentenary
of the British abolition of the
Transatlantic slave trade in
The initiative takes its
name, "School Bags Essay
Competition", after a famous
exhortation to the children of
Trinidad and Tobago by the
country's internationally
renowned historian prime min-
ister and author of "Capitalism
and Slavery", Dr. Eric Williams.
On the eve of Trinidad and
Tobago's Independence from
Britain on Aug. 30, 1962,
Williams, in a nation-wide
address as first prime minister,
said to the school children:

"...In your innocent hearts the
pride of the nation is enshrined,
on your scholastic development,
the salvation of the nation is
dependent...You carry the
future of Trinidad and Tobago
in your school bags..."

The essay project, organized
by the Memorial Collection
based at the St. Augustine
Campus of the University of the
West Indies, in collaboration
with the Jamaica National
Bicentenary Committee, has
also drawn support from the
Barbados-based Caribbean
Development Bank, the
Caribbean community (CARI-
COM) Secretariat; the regional
airlines LIAT and Caribbean
Airlines as well as a number of
Trinidad-based companies.
The competition, which
ends on Dec. 15, is restricted

to final year
sixth form stu-
dents in all
states, and
should be
based on Dr.
Williams's sem-
inal scholarly Williams
and Slavery". The essay will
focus on two questions: "How
has 'Capitalism and Slavery'
shaped current debates on the
commerce in African slaves and
the abolition of slavery?" and
secondly, "What relevance, if
any, do these debates have for
today's student?"
The organizers said that the
first prize winners would
receive a four-day all expenses
paid trip for two to Trinidad
and Tobago or Jamaica.

New tax to fund Internet access

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent,
CMC The St. Vincent and
the Grenadines government
has launched a "Universal
Service Fund" designed to pro-
vide Internet access to schools
on the island.
Science, Technology and
Industry Minister Dr. Jerrol
Thompson said that the fund
would be financed by a one
percent tax of the gross rev-
enue from each of the major
telecommunication providers.
"This fund will be used to
help provide broadband
(Internet) access to schools,

clinics and other important
social service institutions,"
Thompson said, adding that the
government would soon be

launching a host of other proj-
ects including training.

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'My Cai

Eleven-year-old John
Rickards, from St.
Vincent and the
Grenadines, has won the
Cond6 Nast Traveler "My
Caribbean" Essay Contest.
In an awards ceremony
held last month at the
Caribbean Tourism
Organization (CTO)
Conference in San Juan, Puerto
Rico, Klara Glowczewska,
editor-in-chief of Conde Nast
Traveler magazine, also
announced the two runners-up:
Chante Springer of Barbados
and Alexander Fonseca of
The contest, in its 15th
year, is open to Caribbean
school children.
Grand prize winner
Rickards received a $2,000
scholarship. The two runners-
up each received a $500 schol-
arship. Rickards's winning
essay will also be featured in
the January "Gold List" issue
of Cond6 Nast Traveler.
Given the topic: Imgi7iL
you are the Minister of
Tourism for your island. What
would you do, and what proj-
ects could you create, to help
bring locals and tourists closer
together?" John wrote:
"I want locals to be
involved in order to make
tourism a success. First, I
would examine all the natural
tourist attractions such as
waterfalls, the volcano, beach-
es, and hiking trails. I would
have workshops with the
locals to inform them of the
importance of natural attrac-
tions and how they could play
a part by securing these attrac-
tions from criminals in order
to make the tourists more safe.
The locals would act as tour
guides whenever tourists
would visit the island and edu-
cate tourists about our local

The annual contest,
administered through the
school system in each
Caribbean country. It strives
to educate primary and early
secondary school children in
the Caribbean about the

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OAS launches youth projects 11.-v-o

importance of tourism in their
region. After a multi-step
judging process involving the
ministries of tourism, the
ministries of education and
the Caribbean Tourism
Organization, a finalist was
chosen from each island.
Each of the 28 finalists and a
chaperone were flown to the
Caribbean Tourism
Conference (CTC) in Puerto
Rico where they interacted
with their government dele-
gates and ministers of
The contest is sponsored
by Cond6 Nast Traveler, as
well as the Caribbean Tourism
Organization, American
Airlines, HRG North
America, Holiday Inn San
Juan, Puerto Rico Tourism
Company, Museo de las
Americas and Destination
Puerto Rico (operated by
Travel Services, Inc.)
This year's 28 finalists, in
alphabetical order by country,
were: Anguilla: Johnessa
Harrigan; Antigua and
Barbuda: Aaliyah Mussington;
Aruba: Simran Mirpuri;
Barbados: Chant6 Springer;
Belize: Alexander Fonseca;
The Bahamas: Ferr6
Cambridge; Bermuda: Arisha-
Renee Butterfield; British
Virgin Islands: Kenisha Frett;
Cayman Islands: Jaida
Alexander; Curacao:
Maximiliaan Van Aalst;
Dominica: Miranda Forde;
Grenada: Kaze'll Banfield;
Guyana: Kevin Camacho;
Haiti: Sybille LL giinim1
Jamaica: Jason Gooden;
Martinique: Meddy
Marguerite; Montserrat: Nikita
Howe; Nevis: Kerese Elliott;
Puerto Rico: Blanca Pagan
Amaro; St. Eustatius: Jaiir
Jack; St. Kitts: Krystal Lescott;
St. Lucia: Mitchelle Augustin;
St. Maarten: Julique Hodge; St.
Vincent and The Grenadines:
John Rickards; Suriname:
Nicole Ritfeld; Trinidad and
Tobago: Nikolai Beharry; Turks
and Caicos: Jesthea Saunders;
and U.S. Virgin Islands:
Sh'Nae Carr.

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