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Yvette D. Clarke
., says she has
proposed legis-
lation in the
United States
House of
Representatives to deal with

citizenship and green cards
from Caribbean and other
immigrants, page 2.

Reggae star
through South
Florida last
month to serve
up his latest
and it appears his fans are
already hooked on the
Jamaican's musical concoc-
tion, page 19.

. He's played "The Lunitic" and some
,-very evil men. He evenT'filled a few
.'comedic roles. But Caribbean-born
actor Paul Campbell isinh no joking
mood when he talks abxot his
dream of bringing the region's
stories into the spotlight, page 21.

N ew s ........................................2 Health ....................................13 Business ................................18 Region/Politics ....................25
Local/Networking............... 9 Food ............................... 15 Arts/Entertainment ......... 19 Tourism/Travel ....................27
Barbados Independence ....11 Viewpoint.......................... 16 Sport ......................................23

Miami-based Glen Johnson, a
former world light heavyweight
boxing champion, believes loy-
alty to his Caribbean roots has
hampered his career in the
United States and limited his
ability to earn huge paydays in
the ring, page 23.



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Florida police charges Jamaican

city commish in gun-related crime

MIAMI Police in South
Florida charged the Jamaican-
born commissioner of the sub-
urban South Florida city of
Miramar with gun violation
after he reportedly brandished
a gun at a customer at a
supermarket last month.
Police said Fitzroy Salesman,
50, the first Caribbean-born com-
missioner in the city, was charged

"So, I pulled out my gun
in defend myself," Salesman
told the police.

But the police said store
video surveillance tapes show
a different story. According
to the draft police report,
Salesman is seen talking with

Salesman, right, and Pedlar in happier times.

with the misdemeanor offense in
which he sent customers running
for cover. Police said, when they
arrived at the store, they found
Salesman with a semi-automatic
handgun tucked into the waist-
band of his black pants.
They said Salesman told
them that he and another
store patron began arguing,
and he felt thriLii nd because
the individual "reached for his

a customer in the checkout
line. He reached into the
unidentified man's shopping
cart at one point and then
blocked the man's way as he
tried to leave the store.
Police said Salesman then
pulled a silver gun from the
small of his back and pointed
it at the individual "in an
angry and threatening man-
ner." Police said the man in

the video didn't imply that he
had a weapon, nor did he pro-
voke Salesman.
"This DVD clearly shows
(Salesman) to be the aggressor,
contrary to the story (Salesman)
uttered in the parking lot" to
police, the report stated.
Salesman has been
charged with one count of
improper exhibition of a
firearm, a misdemeanor. Police
gave him a notice to appear in
Broward Circuit Court on
Dec. 26 and told him he would
face trespassing charges if he
returned to that store.

In 2003, Salesman was
one of three Jamaicans elect-
ed to the Miramar City
Commission, making it the
nation's first Jamaican-majori-
ty commission. Caribbean
immigrants hailed it as a
watershed moment that would
help strengthen their political
muscle in South Florida.
"We hope this thing will go
away," said George Pedlar, a
former city commissioner and
one of the three Jamaicans
elected to the commission in
"It's a nightmare. This is
the last thing we need right
now. We don't want this sort
of scenario playing out again,"
he added.

Caribbean American congresswoman proposes

immigration legislation to ease application backlog

NEW YORK Caribbean
American Congresswoman
Yvette D. Clarke says she has
proposed legislation in the
United States House of
Representatives to deal with
the backlog of applications for
citizenship and green cards
from Caribbean and other
Clarke the daughter
of Jamaican immigrants,
who represents the 11th
Congressional District in
Brooklyn told the Caribbean
Media Corporation on Nov.
24 that it was important that
immigration authorities do all
in their power, as soon as pos-
sible, to ease the huge backlog
of applications.
"Caribbean and other
immigrants are stuck in the
process of getting their status
adjusted because of this night-
mare," she said. "Their quality
of life is impacted significantly
because of this."
Clarke, who was elected
to Congress in Nov. 2006, said

her bill, the Citizen and
Immigrant Backlog Immigrant
Act, would clean up the
unnecessary bureaucratic
"This legislation would
put the FBI (Federal Bureau
of Investigations), the
Department of Homeland
Security, the Immigration
Service and other agencies
on the spot for erasing the
backlog within 18 months,"
she said.

Bill Wright, a spokesman
for the Federal Citizenship
and Immigration Services,
said the agency received 2.5
million applications, including
petitions for naturalization as
well as for the entire range of
immigrant visas, in July and
August alone. He said that
was more than double the
total applications the agency
received in the same two
months in 2006. Wright said in
the 2007 fiscal year, which


ended Sept. 30, the agency
received 1.4 million petitions
from legal immigrants to
become U.S. citizens, about
double the number of natural-
ization petitions in the 2006
fiscal year.
He said the surge began
after Jan. 31 when the immi-
gration agency announced
fee increases, averaging 66
percent for most applications.
The increases went into effect
July 30. He said the "con-


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Grenada seeking immunity

for P.M. from U.S. prosecution

ST. GEORGE'S, Grenada -
The government here has
written to the United States
Department of State seeking
its intervention to have Prime
Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell
granted immunity from prose-
cution arising from his court
case involving U.S. business-
man Charles Howland.
Minister for Foreign
Affairs Elvin Nimrod, in a let-
ter dated Aug. 22, 2007 and
addressed to John B Bellinger,
legal advisor to the U.S.
Department of State, said he
was making the appeal based
on a principle of law in the
U.S. which exempts heads of
state and heads of government
from the jurisdiction of
American courts unless that
right is waived.
"'IPk., be advised that
Prime Minister Mitchell is
Grenada 's Head of
Government. Further the
Government of Grenada does
not waive any immunity that
Prime Minister Mitchell may
enjoy under U.S. law.
Accordingly, the Government
of Grenada hereby requests
that the U.S Government sug-
gest immunity for our Prime
Minister to the courts...", stat-
ed the letter, which is printed
on the front page of the Nov.
23 edition of the Grenada
Today newspaper.
In its editorial, the news-
paper described the letter as a
most vulgar attempt by a gov-

ernment that is supposed to
adhere to the principle of non
interference in the judiciary
by the executive.
"This is nothing but a
crude and cruel attempt by a
government official in St.
George's to use state powers
to intervene in judicial mat-
ters. The action of Minister
Nimrod is sending a most dan-
gerous signal to the people of
Grenada Carriacou and Petite
Martinique", the editorial


Howland, who is from
Boston, has filed a lawsuit
against Dr. Mitchell and his
wife in an attempt to try and
recover monies which convict-
ed fraudster Eric Rensteiner
obtained from him by fraudu-
lent means. Mitchell has been
accused of benefiting from the
mail and wire fraud carried
out by Rensteiner.

Caribbean groups

cop killing of blacks
MIAMI Several Caribbean Advancem
and other local community People, Po
groups in the Miami area joined Miami Wo:
hundreds of Haitians on Nov. 24 South Flor
in protesting the recent killing of Network.
four black men by Miami police. "We w
The protesters carried ceration of
makeshift coffins as they Villano, wl
marched slowly along Biscayne Beaugris,
Boulevard and 156th Street in involved in
North Miami, resting the card- boys," Rai
board coffins on the front lawn
of the Miami-Dade Police 'JUMP-01
Intra-coastal Station. They said Protes
the caskets represented the four Miami-Dac
black men, including three suspects mc
Haitians, who were killed with- suspects, cr
in the last month by Miami- ment practi
Dade police officers. "the jump-
The march and rally were aggressive
organized by Cop-Watch, a local cover police
activist group headed by Haitian criminal su
Max Rameau. Cop-Watch was "If the
joined by several Haitian groups, jump-outs
including the Haitian American Dade police
Grassroots Coalition, the Haiti their comn
Solidarity Committee and the activist Bei
Haitian Women of Miami. Other "We'r,
community groups that joined O.K. in ou
the march and rally comprised "How
the National Association for the (CONTINU


in Miami
ent of Colored
wer U Youth, the
rkers Center, and the
ida Peace and Justice

want to see the incar-
f Officer Christopher
ho killed "B.G."
and the other officers
n the killings of these
meau said.

ters insisted that
de police treat black
ore harshly than white
criticizing a law enforce-
ice they described as
out". They said it is an
tactic used by under-
e officers to arrest
;se people think these
are O.K., then Miami-
'e can go do them in
unitiess" said Haitian
rnadette Arman.
e here to say it is not
r community."
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December 2007

NEW YORK A Jamaican-
born Democratic legislator
has partially blamed the "fam-
ily of immigrants" for the fail-
ure of a driver's licensing plan
by Governor Eliot Spitzer.
Spitzer said last month
that public opposition forced
him to end his crusade to give
illegal Caribbean and other
immigrants driver's licenses.
But Nick Perry, a state
assemblyman, who represents
the largely Caribbean, 58th
Assembly District in Brooklyn,
told the Caribbean Media
Corporation (CMC) that
Caribbean and other immi-
grants did not provide ade-
quate support to the initiative.
"The family of immigrants
did not express the support to
carry this though," said Perry,
the majority whip in the
Assembly and first vice chair
of the state's black caucus.
N w- York has a very
large population of immi-
grants, who submitted to the
fear by the Republicans rather
than lining up for policies for
immigrants," Perry said.
"They've forgotten their
history and see IL1 mIl\ L s as
'in', so why try to help those
who are trying to get in?" he
Perry said Spitzer had no
choice but to "look at the real-
ity and do what was sensible."

But the governor said
Democrats who were caught in
the crossfire, namely presiden-

tial candidate Hillary Clinton,
privately made it clear they
wanted the issue to die.

Since announcing the plan
in September, Spitzer's initia-
tive had cascaded beyond
New York, becoming a nation-
al issue that posed a headache
for Clinton's presidential cam-
paign and sent Spitzer's popu-
larity skidding.
Caribbean American
Congresswoman Yvette D.
Clarke was among a host of
politicians in Spitzer's
Democratic Party who had
opposed the plan. Clarke, rep-
resentative for the 11th
Congressional District in
Brooklyn, the largest district
comprising Caribbean immi-
grants in the U.S., said while
the governor had good inten-
tions, his plan would not work
for thousands of undocument-
ed Caribbean immigrants in
New York.
"I think it's possible to
provide driver's licenses for
illegal immigrants, but I don't

think the three-tier system will
work," Clarke told CMC.
"I think the governor has
very good intentions, but with
security restrictions, it's (plan)
not tenable," she added.
Harlem Democratic
Congressman Charles Rangel,
an ardent supporter of the
Caribbean, said he was
relieved that the governor
decided to drop the initiative.
"I congratulate you, gover-
nor, for the attempt," Rangel
told a news conference.
"The idea was right, the
timing was wrong," Rangel
Under Spitzer's abandoned
three-tier plan, announced
with U.S. Homeland Security
Department Secretary Michael
Chertoff, Caribbean and other
immigrants who are in New
York illegally would obtain a
federally recognized identifica-
tion card known as a Real ID.
Spitzer said he still
believed his proposal would
have benefited New Yorkers,
citizens and Caribbean and
other immigrants alike.
Perry said he believed
that the Governor had "strong
feelings for immigrants.
"Nobody should fault the
governor for what he did. He
couldn't allow himself to be
bogged down with this.
I think he did everything
to stand his ground, but we
can't push the governor to
commit suicide politically,"
Perry added.

Haitian legislators visit U.S.

to back constitutional reform

MIAMI Haitian legislators
have been endeavoring to build
support in the United States
for constitutional reform in the
French-speaking Caribbean
A high-level delegation
from Haiti's Parliament last
month conducted town hall
meetings in major cities in the
U.S. that constitute a high pro-
portion of Haitians.
The 10-member delega-
tion, headed by Senate
President Joseph Lambert, con-
ducted meetings in Chicago,
Boston, Orlando, Miami and
West Palm Beach.
The team called on
Haitians in South Florida to
express their concerns about
the country's 20-year-old con-
stitution and President Rene
Pr6val's push to update it.
Their U.S. visit came a
month after Pr6val told Haiti's
8.5 million nationals that their
1987 constitution was "an ele-
ment of instability" that required
"profound modifications." His
call immediately provoked a
firestorm in which opponents
accused him of trying to deflect
attention from delayed parlia-
mentary elections for one-third
of the Haitian Senate and from
his government's alleged slow
progress in improving conditions
in the poverty-stricken nation.

But Pr6val's supporters,
including several of the law-
makers who met with the
Haitian community here, say

the constitution is "too costly"
and its checks and balances on
power "too restrictive".
"This constitution has
never been able to be imple-
mented in the 20 years it has
existed," Pr6val told reporters
here in October.

"I want certain people to
reflect on the constitution, and
tell the country, 'Here are the
problems we see in the consti-
"And then, the country
will decide what it wants to
do," he continued.
Pr6val said that decision
will be adopted in conjunction
with Parliament after a debate.
Some Haitians here want-
ed to grill legislators on the
question of dual nationality.
Under Haiti's constitution,
Haitians who become U.S. citi-
zens lose their right to Haitian

Caribbean groups protest cop killing of blacks in Miami

tentious tenor of the immigra-
tion debate" also prompted
legal immigrants to apply for
"We did our absolute best
to foresee the surge we would
have," Wright said. "We cer-
tainly were surprised by such
an immediate increase with
such a volume."
Wright said the deluge has
been so great that the agency is
struggling to send out notices
acknowledging it has received
the applications. He said about
300,000 applications in July
and August for legal perma-
nent resident visas, commonly
known as "green cards", from
highly skilled immigrants, are
also contributing to the surge.

Immigration officials said
the jump in applications for the
employment-based "green
cards" resulted from the
resolution of a mix-up in June

between Immigration and
Citizenship Services and the
State Department, which is
responsible for making visas
available. The agencies had first
invited the applications, then
said they would not be accept-
ed. They then reversed course,
agreeing to accept them.
Immigration officials said
it could take more than a year
to decide many of the recent
Wright said the agency
plans to use the higher rev-
enues to hire 1,500 employees,
an increase of about 10 percent
over its current staff of 15,000,
adding that, for the time being,
agency employees have volun-
teered to work overtime to
help clear the backlog. But he
warned that there are limits to
how much the agency could
expedite its procedures.
"We are not going to sac-
rifice quality or security to
speed up just to get the num-
bers," he said.

The backlog could also
prevent Caribbean and other
nationals from voting in next
year's U.S. presidential elec-
tions. Caribbean and other
nationals must hold U.S. citi-
zenship to vote in most elec-
tions, including presidential
"We are going to process
these cases as responsibly and
as quickly as we can, but we're
not focused on any of the elec-
tion cycle," said Michael Aytes,
associate director of the
Citizenship and Immigration
Clarke said she has gar-
nered the support of at least
24 bipartisan co-sponsors to
move the bill forward.
"We're moving aggres-
sively so it can come up for a
hearing," she said. "We're try-
ing to have the appropriate

killed?" asked Marleine Bastien,
executive director of Haitian


Women of Miami. "Not because
they pulled their guns, not
because they did anything wrong,
but because they were black.
"They want to dehumanize
these young men. They want
you to believe they can be killed
at any time," Bastien continued.
"But we call on the police sys-
tem to convict those that pull
their guns, those that kill."
Miami-Dade Major Mark
Jeter, the commanding officer
of the Intra-coastal station and
Villano's supervisor, said the
Gracia "B.G." Beaugris shoot-
ing death remains under investi-

nation, without elaborating. The
Internal Affairs Division of
Miami-Dade said it is reviewing
the other three deaths.

The circumstances sur-
rounding the death of Beaugris,
19, killed last month in a brawl
with Villano, especially angered
"There are two sides to
every story, but this should never
have happened," said NAACP
representative Ernest Burns.
"These are unarmed guys,
they're just children," he added.
"These police are grown,
trained men.
"If that happened in Coral
Gables or Aventura, they'd
have those (officers) outside
hanging," he continued.
"I want to see justice," said
Maizelyn Reid, the Jamaican-born
mother of Frisco Blackwood.
Blackwood and his com-
panion Michael Knight were
shot and killed by Miami-Dade
police following a short chase.
"You have the right to give
my son a ticket," she added.
"But you don't have the right to
kill him. You have to give him a
chance to live."

Jamaican-born legislator blames lack of support

for failure of immigrant licensing plan in New York

Caribbean American congresswoman proposes immigration

legislation to ease application backlog



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Three rearrested in disappearance of

female American student in Aruba

CMC Authorities here say
they have rearrested three
men in connection with the
disappearance of a United
States high school student in
Aruba in 2005 based on new
evidence collected.
Brothers Deepak and
Satish Kalpoe were arrested in
Aruba last month at the same
time authorities in the
Netherlands picked up Joran
Van der Sloot at the request
of the Aruban government,
prosecutors said in a state-
ment. Van der Sloot is attend-
ing university in Holland.
The three were previously
arrested in 2005 in connection
with the disappearance of
Alabama student Natalee
Holloway, 18, but a court here
released them, citing insuffi-
cient evidence. Prosecutors
have now charged them with
"involvement in the voluntary
manslaughter of Natalee
Holloway or causing serious
bodily harm to Natalee
Holloway, resulting in her
death", the statement said.
Van der Sloot, now 20,

and the
Kalpoes, now
ages 24 and
21, were the
last people
seen with .. '
Holloway, as
she left an
Aruban night- Holloway
club in
Oranjestad, about 1:30 a.m. on
May 30, 2005. All three men
have maintained their inno-
cence in her disappearance.

Up to press time prosecu-
tors had not disclosed any
information about the new
evidence that led to the re-
arrests. But they said a team
of detectives from the
Netherlands has been review-
ing the Holloway case at the
request of authorities in
Aruba, and had been on the
island as late as October to
complete the investigation.
"The family is always
hopeful when a step in the
right direction is made in the
case," said Sunny Tillman, a
spokeswoman for or

Holloway's mother, Beth
Holloway, in a statement.
Natalee Holloway was vis-
iting Aruba with a group of
about 100 classmates, cele-
brating their graduation from
Mountain Brook High School
in suburban Birmingham,
Alabama, when she went to
the nightclub in 2005. The
group had planned to leave
for home the following day,
and Holloway's packed bags
and passport were found in
her hotel room after she failed
to show up for her flight.
Her disappearance trig-
gered an exhaustive search and
investigation and a media sensa-
tion in the United States, Aruba,
and the Netherlands. Holloway
has never been found, but the
chief public prosecutor in the
case said there is sufficient evi-
dence that she is dead.
"There's no doubt in my
mind that she's dead," said
Hans Mos on Nov. 23 in the
pre-trial hearing for two of the
men charged in connection
with Holloway's disappearance.

Organization of American
States (OAS) says a survey of
countries in the Caribbean and
Latin America reveals some of
them do not have a unit
"invested with the authority
and specific function to prose-
cute cyber-crimes".
In a statement, the OAS
said that based on responses to
its survey, 12 countries have
reported that they do have such
a unit in place, but did not iden-
tify those countries.
The OAS unveiled the find-
ings at the fifth meeting of the
Group of Governmental Experts
in Cyber-Crime last month. The
meeting examined developments
in cyber-security strategies.

U.S. law school
NEW YORK One of the lead-
ing law schools in the United
States says it has secured asylum
for a gay Jamaican man who
claimed that he feared persecu-
tion if forced to return to his
native land because of his sexual
New York-based Columbia
University's law school's Sexual
and Gender Law Clinic said in a
statement issued here last month
that the U.S. Department of
Homeland Security has granted
asylum to Ven Messam.
"The grant of asylum,
issued by the U.S. Department

Howard Cox, chair of the Group
of Governmental Experts on
Cyber-Crime, said several coun-
tries that before lacked cyber
crime investigative or prosecuto-
rial capabilities "have improved
and are now fully participating
in the international effort to
address cyber crime."
Cox is also the assistant
deputy chief of the Computer
Crime and Intellectual Property
Section of the Criminal Division
of the United States Department
of Justice.
"Creation of prosecution
agencies featured among recom-
mendations by the Group of
Governmental Experts on Cyber-
Crime, to combat the growing
international problem of criminal

activity carried out using elec-
tronic networks," said Michael
Thomas, an expert with the
Office of Legal Cooperation,
OAS Department of
International Legal Affairs.
In reporting on the findings,
Thomas said the survey showed
that 53 percent of the countries
(16) have cyber crime investiga-
tion units in place; whereas 14
countries do not have, or have
not notified the OAS that they
have such a unit. He also said
that half of the responding
countries (15) indicate they do
have "substantive legislation,
which allows for the investiga-
tion and sanction of the various
forms of cyber-crime."

secures asylum for gay Jamaican
of Homeland Security, comes at added.
a time when conditions for gay, The statement said Messam
lesbian, bisexual, and transgen- was referred to Columbia's
der (GLBT) people in Jamaica Sexuality and Gender Law
are getting more dangerous by Clinic by Immigration Equality,
the day", the statement said. a national organization focused
on immigration rights for GLBT
'GRATEFUL' individuals, which provided
"I am grateful to the important assistance in the case.
United States government for It said since this past September,
saving my life", the statement four students from Columbia's
quoted Messam as saying. Sexuality and Gender Clinic
"My life in Jamaica was have provided legal assistance in
constantly in danger, with angry preparing their client's applica-
mobs carrying machetes, stones, tion for asylum.
knives, and guns, threatening to
kill me because I am gay", he

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Ex-Guyana advisor pleads not

guilty to U.S. corruption charges

NEW YORK The former
New York Police Commissioner
Bernard Kerik, once tipped to
become a consultant for the
Guyana Police Force, pleaded
not guilty last month to a 16-
count indictment of federal cor-
this year Kerik
was hired by
the Guyana
government as
a security advi-
sor on a one-
year contract. Kerik
his arraign-
ment, the former police chief
indicated that the charges
brought against him amount to
the biggest challenge of his life
so far.
"I'm disappointed that the
government has brought for-
ward this case," said Kerik. "It's
an extremely difficult time for
me and my family My life has
been marked by challenge."
The first set of charges is
related to the renovation of one
of Kerik's apartments in 1999,
when he was head of the
Correction Department under
then-Mayor Rudolph Giuliani.
Prosecutors say Kerik secretly

accepted more than $250,000 in
payments then lobbied city offi-
cials on behalf of the builders,
who were looking to win city

He also faces two com-
bined counts of mail and wire
fraud in connection with theft
of services.
"It's a sad day when this
office returns an indictment
against a former law enforce-
ment officer, particularly one
who served in positions as high
as those held by Bernard
Kerik," said U.S. Attorney
Michael J. Garcia.
Kerik is also charged with
obstructing the Internal Revenue
Service, filing false tax returns,
and failing to disclose a full
account of his income.
A third set of charges
alleges Kerik made false state-
ments to the federal govern-
ment when applying for govern-
ment positions, including his
2004 bid to become Homeland
Security secretary.
Kerik was released on
$500,000 bail and forced to sur-
render his passport and all

Caribbean countries lack cyber-crime

prosecution capabilities OAS survey

December 2007

Jamaican-born cop's killer

gets life in U.S. prison
NEW YORK A Brooklyn "God has brought us
ludge last month sentenced through this, t, gL Ih r"' she
the killer of a Jamaican-born continued, staring at
police officer here to life in Cameron. "You can't hurt us
prison without any possibility anymore.
of parole. "I love you, son," said
Brooklyn Supreme Court Jamaican-born Winifred
Judge Albert Tomei ordered Fleming, speaking as though
Allan Cameron, 29, behind her son, officer Stewart, was
bars for the rest of his life in the court room.
shortly after hearing the grip- "We will be together, in
ping plea for justice by Leslyn good time," added Fleming,
Stewart, the widow of the slain who had brought Stewart to
officer Dillon Stewart, 36. New York from Jamaica when
"The killing was a sense- he was a boy.
less, irrational execution of a Sheryl Campbell-Julien,
loving son, a husband, a public Stewart's sister, called
servant," Tomei said, con- Cameron a "heartless cow-
demning Cameron to spend ard," hoping that he would
'life in a soulless, loveless, "rot in jail."
compassionless environment." Cameron maintained
Cameron was convicted his innocence, even though
of firing six bullets at Stewart police found the Glock 9-mm
after a wild car chase in weapon used in the shooting,
Flatbush, Brooklyn, on Nove.r and his girlfriend admitted
28, 2005. One of the bullets stashing it for him.
slipped under the officer's bul- "The only thing I'm guilty
letproof vest and hit his heart. of, your honor, is being a
young black man and poor,"
EMOTIONAL he said.
Before Cameron was sen- Cameron drew the atten-
tenced, Mrs. Stewart repeated: tion of Stewart when he ran a
"I say, life without parole. stop light in his red Infiniti
"I still mourn not only car. He was on probation for
Dillon but what his legacy running from the police, want-
would have been," she said. ed on assault charges and car-
"It is not how he died, but trying a 9-mm handgun.
how he lived that made him a
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Three sent to prison in N.Y.

for murder of Trinidadian


Antigua seeks U.S. black caucus

support in Internet gaming dispute

judge has sentenced three
men to prison for their roles
in the death of the nephew of
Trinidadian singer Calypso
Rose last year.
Justice Jill Konviser-
Levine of State Supreme
Court in Brooklyn last month
sentenced 21-year-old Ilya
Shurov to 17-and-a-half years
in prison; Anthony Fortunato
to seven to 21 years and 20
year-old John Fox to 13 to 21
years in connection with the
Oct. 8, 2006 death of Michael
Sandy, 29.
Prosecutors said four
young white men had con-
spired to rob Sandy, a gay
designer who lived in the
Williamsburg section of
Brooklyn, luring him to a
beach, in the southern tip of
Brooklyn, through the Internet.
The court was told that
after luring Sandy to the
secluded beach, they then
punched and chased him onto
the nearby Belt Parkway,
where he was struck by a
sport utility vehicle; he later
died. The driver never
stopped, and has not been
arrested. The four men were
later arrested on hate crime
charges. Prosecutors said they
had selected Sandy for his

sexual orientation, believing a
gay man would hesitate to
resist or report the attack.
The youngest defendant,
Gary Timmins, 17, pleaded
guilty to attempted robbery
as a hate crime. He agreed
to testify against his friends
in exchange for a four-year
prison sentence. Justice
Konviser-Levine said Timmins
would be sentenced later.

Denise Sandy, the mother
of the young man, said his
death has brought hurt to her
life on a daily basis.
"I do forgive you for what
you have done," she said,
adding "but I also want justice
to be done."
Fortunato said he wished
he had "the resolve to stop
what happened that night. But
I acted like a coward, and I
turned and walked away."
Fox, who had escorted
Sandy to the beach and
taken part in the chase, also
addressed the Sandy family.
"I'm very sorry for what
happened to your son. I didn't
mean for it to happen, and I
tried to stop it," he added.
"And I thank you for your

ST. JOHN'S, Antigua, CMC -
Prime Minister Baldwin
Spencer and members of his
Cabinet met with a delegation
from the U.S. congressional
black caucus last month in a
move to bolster support for
the country's Internet gaming
dispute with the United States.
The congressional team
was headed by Ways and Means
Committee Chairman Charles
Rangel. The group included
other key committee heads,
including Homeland Security
Chairman Bennie Thompson
and Ethics Committee
Chairman Stephanie Tubbs
Jones. Yvette Clarke, whose
constituency in Brooklyn has
arguably the highest concentra-
tion of West Indians in the
country, was also part of the del-
Following the closed-door
meeting here, Spencer said it
was his hope that Rangel and
the Congress members would
have a better and greater
appreciation for Antigua and
Barbuda's position.
"We want a negotiated
settlement," Spencer said.
"We believe that if we are
able to sit with the Americans
eyeball to eyeball and we put
our cards on the table, we
should be able to work it out."

Bermudian drug trafficker

jailed without parole in U.S.

HAMILTON, Bermuda,
CMC A 45-year-old
Bermudian drug trafficker,
who testified that he used the
son of a Cabinet minister as
one of his couriers, was last
month sentenced to 11 years
in prison without parole in the
United States.
Anthony Quinton Beach
pleaded guilty at the U.S.
District Court in Atlanta,
Georgia to a conspiracy
involving $1.7 million worth
of cocaine, heroin and crack.
Beach was captured by
U.S. detectives last September
as he tried to return to
Bermuda from Jamaica via
Miami. They charged him
with 11 counts related to a
drug-smuggling operation
between Jamaica, the U.S.
and here from Nov. 1997
until Mar. 2001.

He admitted three counts
of possession with intent to
distribute at least 500 grams
of cocaine, at least 100 grams
of heroin and at least 50
grams of crack as part of a
plea bargain and the other
offenses were dismissed.

Beach had already served
18 months on remand in
Bermuda for offenses con-
nected to the drugs ring -
time served which was taken
into account in his latest sen-
Beach escaped a long
prison sentence here in 2002
because officers from the
U.S. Drugs Enforcement
Administration (DEA)
involved in the sting opera-
tion, which originally trapped
him in Mar. 2001, removed
most of the drugs which had
been placed in a golf bag to
be collected by him before the
bag reached the island. Puisne
Judge Charles-Etta Simmons
said he could only be pun-
ished for the remaining drugs
and gave him a two-year pro-
bation order.

The Royal Gazette said
Beach's plea hearing in
Atlanta revealed that one
of Beach's drugs mules was
Environment Minister Neletha
Butterfield's son Jeffrey.
Prosecutor Sandra
Strippoli told that hearing that
Beach told detectives in 2001

that he had been dealing
drugs with a supplier in
Jamaica called "Barker" for
about seven years.
She said he admitted
using several individuals -
named in the transcript as
Nathan Richardson, Jeffrey
Butterfield, Lamont Simons
and a person known as
"Bean" to bring drugs
from Jamaica to Bermuda.


He said he hoped that
Rangel would be able to go
back to Washington and urge
the State Department, the
Trade Department, and other
key agencies to reach an ami-
cable settlement.

Rangel said that though
the Internet gaming dispute is
not a legislative issue, there
was a need for equity and fair-
ness on the matter. He also
expressed concern over the
way the case was handled by
the U.S.
"I think my country is

wrong in trying to change the
rules of the WTO (World Trade
Organization), but this is a very
diplomatic issue," he said.
Rangel said that before a
determination is made, they
would have to wait on the
decision of the WTO panel of
arbitrators who heard the oral
from both
sides recently.
The panel was
expected to
hand down its
decision on
Nov. 30.
and Barbuda Spencer
and the U.S.
have been locked in a dispute
over Internet gaming after a
Washington decision to ban
cross-boarder gaming. The
twin-island state is pressing
for massive trade sanctions
against the U.S. and accuses
the country of ignoring a
WTO ruling against a U.S.
online betting ban.

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Three lovely young ladies emerged winners in the "Miss Florida Caribbean Pageant
2007" staged last month at the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Hotel in South Florida.
Contestants taking the top prizes were, from left, Nirvana Sookdeo, "Junior Miss
Florida Caribbean"; Megan Small, "Miss Florida Caribbean"; and Jordanne Dundas,
"Miss Teen Florida Caribbean".



IMF sees Caribbean economic growth,

but highlights needed policy changes

Global warming affecting

Caribbean's development ~ U.N.

International Monetary Fund
(IMF) said while Caribbean
economies will continue to
grow next year, regional gov-
ernments will have to strength-
en policies to deal with some
emerging risks.
According to the IMF's lat-
est report, entitled "Regional
Economic Outlook: Western
Hemisphere", though some eas-
ing is expected in 2008, mainly as
result of weaker economic activi-
ty in the United States, growth in
the region should remain rela-
tively high.
Anoop Singh, director of the
IMF's Western Hemisphere
Department, attributed the
region's resilience so far to the
"stronger economic fundamentals
now in place in most countries.
"Most countries have declin-
ing public debt, stronger fiscal
and external positions, and
sounder financial systems, and
they have recently used exchange
rate flexibility quite effectively",
an IMF statement issued here
quoted him as saying.

OECS, U.S. ur

to aid region's
CASTRIES, St. Lucia, CMC -
The Organization of Eastern
Caribbean States (OECS)
Secretariat and the United
States have unveiled a project
aimed at enhancing the pro-
tection of the region's environ-
The project, "Protecting
the Eastern Caribbean
Region's Biodiversity", will be
funded through a $2 million
contribution from the U.S.
Francis Burnette, head of
the OECS Pharmaceutical
Division, explained that the
initiative targets areas which
are closely linked to the prior-
ities as outlined by the OECS
Secretariat. He said the pro-
gram supports critical ongoing

Singh, however,
noted that with the
shift in the external
environment, the
region faces down-
side risks.
"A stronger
than expected slow-
down in the United
States, or a more
protracted period of
financial turbulence,
would undoubtedly Singh
have some impact in
Latin America", he said in the
He said it would be impor-
tant for a number of govern-
ments across the Caribbean and
Latin America to strengthen
policies, particularly in the fis-
cal area, to safeguard the recent
improvements in fundamentals
within the region.
He said lower public spend-
ing growth would also make it
easier for monetary policy to
contain inflation, which had
recently been edging up in
many countries, partly reflecting

iveil project

activities such as the harmo-
nization of national and
regional institutional policy
and legal frameworks relevant
to biodiversity
,L According
to U.S.
S.. o to the
public under-
Ourisman standing and
private sector
involvement are key elements
to the successful protection of
these sensitive environment
The project is scheduled
to begin early next year.

food price infla-
Looking to
the longer term,
Singh stressed the
need for improved
financial supervi-
sion and better
business condi-
tions to raise
growth and fur-
ther reduce pover-
ty and inequality
in the region.
With the U.S.
economy now expected to grow
just under two percent this year
and next, the report stated that
growth in the Caribbean and
Latin America is expected to be
five percent on average in 2007-
the fourth year of uninterrupt-
ed, strong growth in the region.
It said the expansion is forecast
to continue in 2008, with
growth of 4.25 percent, "as a
slower external environment
is partly offset by vigorous
domestic demand".

CMC A United Nations offi-
cial has listed a Caribbean
country among global states
with a high per capital carbon
emission rate, and noted that
climate change is beginning to
impact on the region's devel-
Speaking ahead of last
month's release of the United
Nations Human Development
2007/08 Report, Dr. Rosina
Wiltshire, the United Nations
Development Program's per-
manent representative to
Barbados and the eastern
Caribbean, said energy-rich
Trinidad and Tobago's per capi-
ta carbon emission is higher
than that for the world's high-
est carbon dioxide generator.
Wiltshire said while the
United States, which gener-
ates over six million tonnes of
carbon dioxide a year is the
leading contributor to the
world's carbon footprint, fol-

Don't ignore U.S. Congress,

Spencer urges Caribbean

ST. JOHN'S, Antigua, CMC -
Antigua and Barbuda Prime
Minister Baldwin Spencer has
urged the Caribbean not to
ignore the legislative arm of
government when trying to
influence decisions made by
the United States government.
"There is the need for the
Caribbean to pay more atten-
tion to the role of Congress in
the formulation of U.S. poli-
cy," Spencer said last month to
an audience that included U.S.
Congressman Charles Rangel.
"Too often we in the
Caribbean look to the execu-
tive branch as the main vehi-
cle that drives policy, usually
forgetting the part played by
"The executive branch
in Washington may propose
policies but it's the Congress

Haiti's irrigation benefits from $12.5M IDB grant

Inter-American Development
Bank (IDB) has provided a
$12.5 million grant to Haiti to
protect and improve the effi-
ciency of the irrigation and
drainage infrastructure boost-
ing agricultural production in
the Artibonite Valley, the coun-
try's main rice-growing region.
The original program,
which was launched in 2004
with a $41.9 million IDB soft
loan, seeks to raise incomes of
families in the Artibonite
Valley that was devastated by
floods caused by Hurricane

Georges in 1998.
The IDB said that the
grant would focus on protect-
ing and expanding those gains,
particularly in the face of
increasingly harsh water flows.
Under the program, more than
10,000 farmers in the valley
now hold land titles linked to a
verifiable cadastre. Four water-
user associations have been
established to collect fees and
ensure maintenance of the irri-
gation canals in an area cover-
ing more than 6,000 hectares.
"The program has also
largely completed levee pro-

tection works and done most
of the construction needed to
repair the principal drainage
system," the IDB said.
"The grant will provide
Haiti's Ministry of Agriculture,
Natural Resources and Rural
Development (MARNDR)
additional resources to protect
investments made in the irriga-
tion and drainage system in
the lower Artibonite from the
pressure of increased flooding
from the upper watershed and
the sedimentation of the
P6ligre dam."

which must approve the
enabling legislation."
The prime minister said
diplomatic representatives in
Washington should lead that
change of direction. He said
congressional support is criti-
cal in a wide range of issues,
including the Internet gaming
dispute currently before
World Trade Organization
"The WTO has ruled in
Antigua and Barbuda's favor,
but the U.S. government hasn't
complied with the ruling," he
explained. "In the meantime,
thousands of well-paying jobs
have been lost in Antigua."

Leaders hopeful
Barbados Foreign Minister Dame Billie
Miller says she is hopeful that a pro-
posed meeting with Caribbean commu-
nity leaders and members of the United
States Congress will lead to further
development of small states. The meet-
ing, she added, presents an opportunity
to negotiate a successful trade agree-
ment with the U.S.

$4M for Haiti
The World Bank said it will make $4
million available to the government of
Haiti to assist that country in the wake
of destruction caused by Tropical
Storm Noel recently.

Compiled from CMC and other

lowed by China, T&T has a
higher per capital carbon diox-
ide emission based on its rela-
tively small population of 1.1
The UNDP official said
the report sounds a warning
that global warming can halt
progress and reverse some of
the advances made by region-
al countries. She said the U.N.
report, which currently meas-
ures developmental factors
such as lifestyle expectancy,
educational attainment and
real income of nationals in
177 countries worldwide,
also points to the need for a
rethink of the models of
development being pursued.

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Question: I was sponsored by
my mother in 1997 and included
in the petition were my husband
and my two sons. I received the
biographic documents in Sept.
2002, one month after my sons'
21st birthday. They were not
included in the biographic and it
was only then that I understood
that I could have informed
the INS (Immigration and
Naturalization Service) some 60
days earlier of their impending
birthday. I am now awaiting for
an interview with the consulate
and am wondering whether my
sons can still accompany us to
the United States?

Answer: John Stahl, formerly of
the Emerald Isle Immigration
Center, says that under the
Child Status Protection Act of
2002, your sons may be still eli-
gible to apply for a "green
card" as your dependant even
though they have now reached
the age of 21. The Child Status
Protection Act, passed on Aug.
6, 2002, applies to certain peti-
tions filed and approved before
8/6/02 if the child aged out
(turned 21) on or after 8/6/02.
Provided that the CSPA applies
in this case, the next step is to
calculate your sons' age under
the law.
Their ages may be deter-
mined by taking their age on
the date that a visa first
became available (either the
date on which the priority
date for the petition became
current or the date that the



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y can mean danger when St. Vincent's P.M. sends son

ng immigration papers to be new envoy at U.N.

petition was approved,
whichever came later) and
subtracting that age from the
time it took to process the
petition (the time from peti-
tion filing to petition
approval). They will remain
that age throughout the rest of
the process. It seems that
since they recently turned 21,
by subtracting the processing
time they would be eligible.

Q: I had a mew.
multiple visa ---
and on one of
my visits I
met a man
and we got ,.
married and
have been
married for
three years.
During that
time he was
supposed to
have filed to adjust my status
and for my work papers. He
did not and my documents
have expired and I have no
ability to work legally and
support myself. He is current-
ly seeking a divorce. How can
I file to adjust without being
deported? I left behind a suc-
cessful business that is no
longer there. I also brought
my children up on a visitor's
visa, which has since expired.
Please help!

A: Essentially, you can file for
classification as an abused
spouse, says attorney Dr. Dolly
Hassan of the Liberty Center

for Immigrants in Queens, New
York. But that is if you were
abused by your husband. If
there was no abuse, then unfor-
tunately, there is little you
could do, added the attorney.
Hassan also warned that
most other kinds of applica-
tions would necessitate you
leaving the country for con-
sular processing at which time
the 10-bar to re-entering the
U. S. would
i mw., i ,-, However,
2* 4 should the
|' U.S. Congress
approve the
current U.S.
Senate bill to
legalize the
many undocu-
mented who
have been liv-
ing in the
country out of
status for five years or more,
then you and your kids will be
able to benefit from that law.
But bear in mind it's still a pro-
posal and not law as yet.

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 reviewing all
the facts of the case.

St. Lucia among 18 elected to U.N. body

Lucia is among 18 countries
elected to serve on the United
Nations Economic and Social
Council (ECOSOC) for three-
year terms beginning next
The other new members
are Cameroon, Congo,
Malaysia, Mozambique,
Moldova, Niger, Poland,
Republic of Korea, Sweden
and Uruguay.
Those countries will fill
the seats vacated at the end of
this year by Albania, Chad,
Costa Rica, the Democratic
Republic of the Congo
(DRC), Denmark, Guinea,
India, Lithuania, Mexico,
South Africa and Thailand.
Brazil, China, Iceland,
Pakistan, Russia, New Zealand
and the United Kingdom,
which are already council
members, were also re-elected.
Members were elected by
secret ballot according to the
following pattern: four from
African states, four from

Asian states, three from east-
ern European states, three
from Latin American and
Caribbean states and four
from western European and
other states. In addition,
Liechtenstein was elected to
the council for a one-year
term of office beginning Jan.
1, after Germany announced
that it was relinquishing its
seat for the remainder of its
term, which expires at the
end of 2008, in favor of
The 54-member Economic
and Social Council is the prin-
cipal organ coordinating the
economic, social and related
work of the various U.N. spe-
cialized agencies, regional
commissions and functional
As of Jan. 1, the council's
membership will also include
Algeria, Angola, Austria,
Barbados, Belarus, Benin,
Bolivia, Canada, Cape Verde,
Cuba, the Czech Republic, El
Salvador, France, Greece,

Guinea-Bissau, Guyana,
Haiti, Indonesia, Iraq, Japan,
Kazakhstan, Luxembourg,
Madagascar, Malawi,
Mauritania, the Netherlands,
Paraguay, the Philippines,
Portugal, Romania, Saudi
Arabia, Somalia, Sri Lanka,
Sudan and the United States.

Camillo Gonsalves, the eldest
son of Prime Minister Dr.
Ralph Gonsalves, has official-
ly taken up his new post as St.
Vincent and the Grenadines'
permanent representative to
the United Nations.
Gonsalves, 35, presented his
Lr.LdL nlii,1 to U.N. Secretary-
General Ban Ki-moon in a brief
ceremony at the U.N.
Headquarters last month.
Prior to his appointment
the new diplomat served as
senior crown counsel in the
attorney general's chambers
in Kingstown, but was also
part of official delegations
from his eastern Caribbean
country to a number of coun-
tries, including Venezuela,
Libya, Cuba, the Republic of
Korea and at the Caribbean

Nations Secretary-General
Ban Ki-moon has appointed
Trinidadian Angela Cropper as
assistant secretary-general and
deputy executive director of the
United Nations Environment
Program (UNEP).
Cropper, an independent
member of the Senate in the last
Parliament of Trinidad and
Tobago, is president of The
Cropper Foundation, a not-for-
profit charitable organization
committed to sustainable devel-
opment. She has also held senior
positions with the Caribbean
community and Common Market
Secretariat (CARICOM) and the
World Conservation Union
(IUCN), the statement said.
She was also interim execu-
tive secretary of the United
Nations Convention on Biological
Diversity and as senior adviser on
environment and development
with the United Nations
Development Program (UNDP).

"Ms. Cropper played a key

Community level.

When news of the young
Gonsalves's appointment was
announced in August, it
brought immediate protest
from Opposition parliamentar-
ians in St. Vincent, with
Opposition Leader Arnhim
Eustace charging that the
appointment was a clear case
of nepotism. The prime minis-
ter consistently defended the
appointment saying it was part
of his administration's
advancement of youth.
"I am looking to advance
bright, young people, and this
policy is continually being
manifested," Dr. Gonsalves
told the Caribbean Media
Corporation (CMC).

role in the Millennium Ecosystem
Assessment and led two sub-glob-
al assessments on the Northern
Range in Trinidad and the
Caribbean Sea", the U.N. state-
ment said, noting that she has also
received a number of environ-
mental awards in recognition of
her achievements in that field.
Cropper is currently serving
on a number of international
advisory boards, including the
CARICOM Task Force on
Functional Cooperation, the
Council of the United Nations
University, the European
Union High-Level Panel on
Sustainability, the Board of
Trustees of the Stockholm
Environment Institute, and the
External Advisory Group to the
World Bank on the implementa-
tion of its forest strategy
She has also been a visiting
distinguished fellow with the
Woods Hole Research Center
and a visiting distinguished fel-
low and McClusky fellow with
the Yale School of Forestry and
Environmental Studies.

T&T environmentalist

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Barbadians vote on republican

status during next elections

CMC The government here
has announced that Barbadians
will decide on whether the
country will break ties with the
British monarchy at the same
time they vote for a new gov-
ernment in general elections
due by Aug. 2008.
Deputy Prime Minister Mia
Mottley told a radio audience
last month that a referendum
on whether the country will
become a republic would be
bundled into the ballot to select


a new government in an
attempt to cut down cost on the
"We would have taken that
decision largely because we rec-
ognize that the cost of holding a
separate referendum, especially
in the context when since we
committed to it we would have
had to deal with the cost of build-
ing a new prison," Mottley said.
"We've had to deal with
the cost of oil prices virtually
trebling to quadrupling on us
and we felt that to have a refer-
endum in circumstances where
you've faced all the cost of an
election would have been an
extreme burden to the state,"
she said while participating in a
radio discussion on sovereignty
as the country prepared to cele-
brate 41 years of political
"The same time as you go

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Parliament you will exercise the
decision on the republican sta-
tus," she said.

Prime Minister Owen
Arthur, whose Barbados Labour
Party (BLP) included a promise
to take the country to republi-
can status
during the
last two
had prom-
ised in 2005
and again
last year
Artu that the
would get a
chance to vote on the matter.
Mottley said while the BLP
administration remained con-
vinced that a Barbadian head of
state should replace the British
monarch, it did not believe gov-
ernment alone should make the
"We feel that it is the right
thing to do to have a Barbadian
head of state. We accept that
there was a concern that the
government alone should not
make that decision in this day
and age and we are therefore
committed to expressing our
views to the public and having
them pass judgement on it...
"In the circumstances, we
will in fact therefore at the tim-
ing of the next general have a
ballot on whether or not
Barbados should become a
republic and give Barbadians
the opportunity to make that
judgement individually as we
promised to do," she added.
The move to change
towards a republican status came
out of a commission headed by
eminent jurist Sir Henry Forde.




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Barbados celebrates 41 st birthday

After the first English
LI k Uii nt at Holetown
in 1627, Barbados
remained a British colony until
achieving Independence from
Britain on Nov. 30 1966.
That first Independence
ceremony was accompanied
by the raising of the Barbados
National Flag, and playing of
the National Anthem for the
first time.
Nov. 30 is celebrated as
Independence Day and is a
national holiday in Barbados.
The day begins with an elabo-
rate and impressive parade
and ceremony at the Garrison
Savannah. However, celebra-

tions run throughout
November and include sports
competitions, fairs, community
events, and religious services.

One of the highlights of
the Independence celebrations
is the decorative lighting of
Parliament buildings and busi-
nesses throughout the capital
Bridgetown, using blue and
gold colored bulbs (the nation-
al colors). Roundabouts on the
highways are also lighted, cre-
ating a spectacular view at
Another highlight of the
celebrations is the National

Independence Festival of
Creative Arts (NIFCA), which
showcases the artistic talents
of Barbadians. This festival
encourages Barbadians of all
ages to match their talents in
the fields of music, singing,
dance, drama, writing, fine art,
photography and arts and
crafts. The festival runs
throughout November and
culminates with a gala presen-
tation in which the finalists are

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The national flag
The national flag of Barbados
is comprised of three equal
vertical panels the center
panel of gold and the outer
panels of ultramarine. A bro-
ken trident in black is located
in the center of the flag.
Blue represents the sea
and sky of Barbados, while
gold represents the sand of
the island's beaches. The sym-
bol at the center of the flag
represents the trident of the
mythical sea god Neptune -
the shaft of the trident is bro-
ken symbolizing Barbados's
break from Britain.

Some rules concerning the
display of the National Flag of
Barbados include:
The flag should be
flown every day from the pub-
lic buildings, Trafalgar Square,
from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. It may
also be flown daily from gov-

ernment buildings and schools
when they are in session, and
places of business. The flag
should not be flown after 6
p.m. except inside a building.
The flag is flown at half-
mast in mourning. The deci-
sion on the occasions on
which the flag should be flown
at half-mast rest with the
Cabinet (government).
The flag should never
be flown with the trident
inverted except as a sign of
The flag when on dis-
play should not be allowed to
touch anything beneath it -
floors, furniture, trees, plants,
buildings, vehicles, water, etc.

Barbados National Pledge
I pledge allegiance to my
country Barbados
and to my flag,
To uphold and defend their
and by my living to do credit
to my nation, wherever I go.

Barbados Coat of Arms
The Grant of Arms conveyed
by royal warrant was presented
to the president of the Senate
by Her Majesty the Queen in
1966 the year Barbados
gained Independence from

Britain. The Golden Shield
carries two Pride of Barbados
flowers (the National Rower)
and the Bearded Fig Tree
(after which Barbados is
named). The shield is support-
ed by a dolphin (symbolic of
the fishing industry) and by a
pelican (after a small island
called Pelican Island which
existed off Barbados).
Above the shield is a hel-
met and mantling and above is
a hand of a Barbadian holding
two crossed pieces of sugarcane
(symbolic of the Barbados
sugar industry). The cross
formed by the cane is a refer-
ence to the cross on which St.
Andrew was crucified.
Barbados's Independence
Day is celebrated on Nov. 30,
Saint Andrew's Day.

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What now for the


PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad In
1981 when prominent attorney
Karl Hudson Phillips led the
Organisation for National
Reconstruction (ONR) into the
general elections, the then Prime
Minister George Chambers
called on the population not to
give them a single seat.
They obliged, and the
calypsonian Slinger Francisco,
alias "the Mighty Sparrow",
later put Chambers's words
into song with the tune "Not
a Damn Seat for Them".
On Monday, Nov. 5, it was
a case of history repeating itself
as the one-year old Congress of
the People (COP) failed to win
a single seat in the elections,
even though, like the ONR,
many political observers had
regarded it as the main chal-
lenge to the ruling People's
National Movement (PNM).
In the 1981 general elec-
tions the ONR received more
than 90,000 votes, while the
votes cast for the COP amount-
ed to 148,041. But it took an
amalgam of Opposition parties
in 1986, under the banner
of the National Alliance for
Reconstruction (NAR), to
inflict the first electoral defeat
on the PNM after 30 unbroken
years in office. The ONR was
part of that amalgam and, like
the NAR, it has since been
confined to the cemetery of
Trinidad and Tobago politics.

The COP emerged as a

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breakaway faction from the
main Opposition United
National Congress (UNC)
attempting to bring about a
brand of "new politics" to a
country where race and not
issues have determined the out-
come of past general elections.
Its leader, Winston Dookeran, a
former Central
Bank governor,
is not as color-
ful a speaker as V
his counter-
parts in the
PNM and the
UNC Patrick
Manning and
Basdeo Dookeran
Panday respec-
tively relying mainly on his
integrity and intellect to draw
He had steadfastly refused
to entertain any idea of forming
an alliance with the UNC to
contest the polls, insisting that
that party, headed by former
Prime Minister Basdeo Panday,
was engaged in !.!L I... '.
Dookeran has dismissed
suggestions by the UNC leader-
ship that the breakaway faction
handed the elections to the
PNM on a platter, insisting "we
are here to stay."
Preliminary figures released
by the Elections and Boundaries
Commission (EBC) show that the
combined Opposition votes were
much more than that received by
the PNM. According to the fig-
ures, the PNM polled 299,813
compared to 342,466 received by
the other two parties. However,
voting for a new government is
not based on proportional repre-

Congress of
sentation, as is the case in
Guyana, but on the "first past
the post" system, and Panday said
the results showed the COP had
played a significant role in ensur-
ing the PNM victory in splitting
votes in areas traditionally
regarded as Opposition territory

But Dookeran does not see
it the way Panday does, noting
that the party had won a quar-
ter of all votes cast on Nov. 5
and had motivated many per-
sons about the
need for a new
political move-
"I give you
the assurance,
not just because
of our own
internal deter-
mination, but Panday
because of the
popular expression of thousands
of people (on Nov. 5), we are
here to stay," Dookeran said.
"We feel convinced what
we have done was the right
thing. We ask the population to
have faith. We will not give up
on our quest to get our politics
right," he said, adding that the
party is not deterred by having
no parliamentary seats.
"Parliament is important
but the 'People's Parliament'
outside of Parliament is equally
In a "Thank You" adver-
tisement on Nov. 9, COP mem-
ber Gillian Lucky reminded
supporters that "the journey
has just begun and there is
much work to be done.

the People in
"That I will no longer be in
Parliament at this time does not
mean the end of my duty to

the contrary,
for now it is
expected that I
will do all with-
in my power to
ensure that no
section of the
voting popula-
tion feels dis-
enfranchised or Manning
without a
voice," she said.

But political analyst Dr.
Winford James is already
sounding the death bell for the
COP, noting that with the party
unable to win any of the 41
seats contested in the Nov. 5
general elections, practicality
and history would provide the
rationale for the one-year-old
party's demise.
"The COP does not have
the electoral basis for survival,"
Dr. James said. "I am not saying
that they won't. I can't see the
basis for their survival. The
question is whether their elec-
toral base of support can hold.
"If they do it, it seems that
their reason for coming together
is far stronger than we believed,"
he said, adding that history have
shown that parties like the COP
generally have one chance.
"The electorate only gave
them one chance hoping that
they will do well," he said, hint-
ing at the possibility of some
COP members migrating back
to the UNC, the PNM or to the

Regional bankers confronting numerous challenges


Indigenous bankers from across
the Caribbean gathered in
Georgetown last month with a
clear purpose map a strategy
to protect their resources and
trap money launderers.
But the high profile
Caribbean Association of
Indigenous Banks (CAIB) 34th
annual general meeting ended
just like it started: with regional
financial officials either unwilling
or unable to find strategies to
protect their resources. In his
own words, Guyana's President
Bharrat Jagdeo chided the
regional policy-makers for doing
nothing "while the assets we
hold are losing value rapidly
"This is a timely reminder
to the policy-makers of the
region. We have seen the decline
in the U.S. dollar and we have
sat by silently in the region at
the policy-making level while
the assets we hold are losing
value rapidly," Jagdeo said.
"Most of our reserves are
held in very safe instruments in
U.S. dollars or in the United
States of America," he remind-
ed, expressing personal disap-

pointment at the region's failure
to direct its assets to the cre-
ation of opportunities within
the region.
In a region where money is
always scarce, the banking sec-
tor can't find the money to
underwrite the
cost of avail-
able anti-
money laun-
dering techno-
logical para-
Michael Carrington
Archibald told
journalists at the end of the
three-day conference.
"Depending on the size of
the bank, the anti-money laun-
dering software could be as
high as US$100,000 to US$500,
000," Archibald said.

The shortage of money is
just one of the many challenges
that the senior regional banking
officials face as they dissected
historical troubles haunting the
Caribbean financial sector.
Caribbean community (CARI-
COM) Secretary General

Edwin Carrington told regional
bankers that notwithstanding
their existence for "profit mak-
ing", it is time the banking sec-
tor chip in heftily towards the
cause of regional economic
"There is the need to
ensure that they (Caribbean
banks) contribute in significant
measure to the economic devel-
opment of the region,"
Carrington counseled.
He said "in the CARICOM
Secretariat's Caribbean Trade
and Investment Report that was
released last year, it was noted in
Chapter 7 that there is a tenden-
cy of most banks towards a
decline in commercial loans (to
both large and small enterprises)
and an increase in personal loans.
"While consumer needs
have to be attended to, econom-
ic growth is somewhat compro-
mised by the high import inten-
sity of such consumption expen-
diture," Carrington explained.
On the same theme, the
man at the helm of the regional
integration movement noted
"the report also referred to the
rather high (double digit) rates
of interest on commercial bank
loans (despite the decline

in recent years) and the adverse
effect this might be having on
economic activity.


"The very large interest
rate spreads (between interest
rates on deposits and advances)
suggest that there is still consid-
erable room for improvement in
the efficiency of operations of
commercial banks," Carrington
Among other challenges
Carrington said is facing the 34-
year-old financial grouping is to
maximize existing opportunities
thrown up by the availability of
the CARICOM Single Market
and Economy (CSME).

"With the elimination of
exchange controls in all but two
CARICOM countries, it is pos-
sible for commercial banks to
engage in cross-border lending
(via electronic banking) and so
reduce reliance on the more
costly alternative of establishing
a commercial presence even in
the smallest locations in order to
do business," Carrington said.
He reminded that "The
Draft CARICOM Financial
Services Agreement, in fact,
facilitates cross-border supply
by, for example, encouraging
the acceptance of cross-border
He asked the participants
to consider how, as bankers,
they "can help to deliver some
of benefits of the Single Market
and Economy to the people of
the region.
"Indeed, I invite you to
ensure that you play an active
role in the development of the
CSME, especially as regards the
monetary cooperation aspects
of the Single Economy,"
Carrington said.


December 2007

Another political analyst,
Professor John La Guerre, said
the COP should not allow the
election results to hamper its
efforts at one day becoming the
ruling party here since they did
achieve "a lot" during the past
year and gained 22 percent of
the overall ballots cast during
the polls.
"If they were serious about
the kind of politics they repre-
sented, they would continue to
appeal to the country and get
their act together and make the
necessary adjustments they
would have to make," he
"They certainly had an
impressive show and they, there-
fore, represent an alternative in
a number of people's mind and
that certainly some of their can-
didates performed quite well,
acquiring in just a matter of a
few months some 5,000 plus
votes which is a remarkable
achievement," La Guerre added.
The next challenge for the
COP is likely to be in the local
government elections that the
past Manning administration
had said would take place
under a radically reformed for-
mat, allowing for more involve-
ment of the citizens in the
machinery of government.
No date has yet been set
for the polls that are likely to
be held in the early part of



Do you really need an annual physical?

Do you really need an annual physical?

Caribbean denied grants

Getting an annual physi-
cal is good for you,
right? Don't be so sure,
suggests a study published in
September in the Archives of
Internal Medicine. The study
suggests that, for healthy
adults, the benefits of an annu-
al physical may not justify the
financial cost.
"A lot of doctors don't
think physical exams are very
helpful," says the author Ateev
Mehrotra, assistant professor
at the University of Pittsburgh
School of Medicine and a poli-
cy analyst at Rand.
President of the American
Academy of Family Physicians
Rick Kellerman agrees: "The
annual physical is not neces-
Neither of these physicians
is suggesting that preventive
care, which typically comes to
patients in the form of screen-
ing tests or lifestyle advice,
should fall by the wayside. But
80 percent of preventive care
occurs during other kinds of
office visits, such as an
appointment for a minor ail-
ment, the new study found.
There's no need to sweat
missing a physical or even sev-
eral as long as your doctor
approves and you remain in
close communication with him
or her, Kellerman says.
In fact, the annual physical
is too often a formality that
siphons time and money from
the healthcare system without
offering definitive improve-
ments for patients in return,
argues H. Gilbert Welch, a
professor at Dartmouth
Medical School.
Mehrotra estimates that
more than a third of annual
physical (in the United States)
feature potentially unnecessary
tests, such as blood cell counts
and urinalysis, that cost more
than $350 million per year and
that haven't been shown to
improve health outcomes.
Some doctors even argue that
submitting people to a battery
of preventive screening tests,
such as the PSA test for
detecting prostate cancer and
mammograms for young



women, may end up needlessly
exposing people to the risks of
treatment when the screening
tests may be unreliable and
treatment may have adverse
side effects.

However, doctors skeptical
of the annual physical may
be in the minority. In a 2005
survey also published in the

even a consensus on what
exactly a physical should
entail. One physician may
order a slew of tests, even for
outwardly healthy patients,
while another may do little
more than tap on a knee and
call it a day.
However, from the
patient's perspective, having
a doctor who recommends
frequent checkups or a particu-

Doctors don't always agree how helpful annual physical are.

Archives of Internal Medicine,
researchers reported that 65
percent of nearly 800 primary
care physicians from Boston,
Massachusetts; Denver,
Colorado; and San Diego,
California believed an annual
physical to be a necessity, 74
percent felt that it improved
early detection of illness, and
94 percent said it improved
patient-physician relationships.
For example, David Bell,
medical director of the Young
Men's Clinic at New York
Presbyterian Hospital-Mailman
School of Public Health at
Columbia University (New
York City), warns that seeing
the doctor is important even
for young healthy people, since
doing so can help physicians
catch difficult-to-spot problems
associated with sexually trans-
mitted diseases, mental health,
and substance abuse.
Currently, no major North
American clinical medical
association specifically recom-
mends that healthy adults get a
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Preventive Services Task
Force, which was created and
is funded by the federal gov-
ernment, provides up-to-date
recommendations on whether,
when, and how often to get
screened for various diseases.
The task force strongly recom-
mends certain screening tests.
(Whether you get them during
an annual physical or not is up
to you and your doctor to
decide. The important thing is
that you get them.)
Certain medical organiza-
tions, including the American
Cancer Society and the
American Committee on the
Gynecologic Practice, selective-
ly recommend annual tests for
particular groups.

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CMC Four Caribbean com-
munity (CARICOM) countries
have been ruled ineligible to
receive grants from a global
fund set up to fight the spread
of HIV/AIDS and other com-
municable diseases, an official
here has revealed.
Dr. Carol Jacobs, chairman
of the Global Fund to Fight
AIDS, Tuberculosis and
Malaria, said Antigua and
Barbuda, Barbados, Trinidad
and Tobago and The Bahamas
did not receive a share of the
U$ 1.1 billion recently assigned
to fight the diseases in 73 coun-
tries because of their high eco-
nomic classification.
"Barbados, Antigua and
Barbuda, Trinidad and Tobago
and The Bahamas are all cur-
rently classified by the World
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She said while these coun-
tries did not receive grants it
was a "signal achievement" for
the other CARICOM countries
which benefited from grants of
varying amounts to assist with
their national campaigns against
the communicable diseases.
According to figures from
the Global Fund, more than 80
percent of the funds approved at
a recent meeting in China were
for low-income countries, with
66 percent going to Africa, Asia
and the Western Pacific, 13 per-
cent each of to Latin America
and the Middle East, five per-
cent to the Caribbean and three
percent to eastern Europe.

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Light, tasty in cooler times: The secrets of steaming fish

People everywhere are dis-
covering the pleasures of
cooking with fresh sea-
sonal ingredients, a sure way to
enjoy food at its most flavorful
and healthful.
But lovers of good food
bemoan the fact that while it
may be easy to "eat light" dur-
ing the warmer months, autumn
and winter seem almost impos-
sible seasons for sticking to such
health conscious resolutions.
My response is simple: Steam
some fish.
The secret to successful
steaming is to create flavorful
steam. If you add lively season-
ings to your steaming liquid, and
simmer the liquid for a while
before you start cooking, your
steam will carry delicious aromas
that season the food as it cooks.
You can use any firm, mild
fish fillets that are freshest in
your market, including snapper,
cod, salmon, tilapia, sole and
pike. Baby bok choy, a peppery
Chinese relative of cabbage
that's also widely available,
makes a perfect, colorful com-
plement to whatever fish you
After cooking, I use a little
bit of the flavorful cooking liq-
uid as the basis for a quick
sauce; I enrich and thicken it

with just a touch of butter, but
you can leave that out if you
prefer. All you need to com-
plete the meal is some steamed
white rice; I especially like jas-
mine rice, which has a lovely
floral scent.
For cooking the fish, I
suggest a traditional drum-
shaped Chinese bamboo steam-
ing basket. You can also use a
Western-style steamer with a
perforated bottom that fits on
top of a saucepan. Whatever
type of cookware you use,
you'll produce a light yet satis-
fying autumn meal that's tastier
than you ever imagined any-
thing steamed could be.

Asian-style steamed snapper
and bok choy

* 1 quart water
* 1 cup (250 ml) white wine
* 2 tbls peanut oil
* 4 sprigs cilantro, plus extra for
* 3 scallions, cut into 1-inch
(2.5-cm) pieces
* 1 (3-inch/7.5-cm) piece ginger,
thinly sliced
* 1 jalapefio chile, cut into three
or four pieces
* 1 strip lemon zest, about one
by three inches (2.5 by 7.5
cm), cut with a swivel-bladed
vegetable peeler

_ crisp, about five minutes.
Remove the fish and bok

Steamed fish

* 1 strip lime zest, about one by
three inches (2.5 by 7.5 cm),
cut with a swivel-bladed veg-
etable peeler
* Salt
* 4 skin-on red snapper fillets,
each about four ounces
(125 g)
* Freshly ground black pepper
* 4 large Napa cabbage leaves
* 6 baby bok choys, halved

* 2 tbls peanut oil
* 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
* 1/2 jalapefio chile, thinly
* 1 tbls chopped fresh ginger
* 1/4 cup (60 ml) soy sauce
* 1 tbls sugar
* 2 tbls unsalted butter, cut into
small pieces
* 2 scallions, thinly sliced on the
bias, white and green parts
kept separate

Steamed jasmine rice or white
rice, for serving
Put the water in a shallow pot
on top of which the bamboo
steamer you're using will fit, or
in a wok or in the bottom of a
conventional Western-style
two-piece steamer.
Bring the water to a boil
over high heat. Add the wine,
oil, cilantro, scallions, ginger,
chile, and lemon and lime zests.

choy from the steamer and
cover and keep warm while
you make the sauce. Reserve
half cup (125 ml) of the
steaming liquid.
For the sauce, heat a medi-
um saut6 pan over medium-
high heat. Add the peanut oil.
When the oil is hot, add the
garlic, chile and ginger, and
saut6 until the garlic is
translucent, about two minutes,
taking care not to let them
brown. Stir in the reserved
steaming liquid, along with the
soy sauce, and boil for two min-
utes. Stir in the sugar and boil
until it has completely dissolved,
about one minute. Reduce the
heat to low the heat and whisk in
the butter. Add the scallion
whites, stir briefly and remove
from the heat.
On each of four heated serv-
ing plates, mound some steamed
rice. Arrange the steamed bok
choy on top and top it with the
snapper fillet, skin side up.
Spoon the sauce over the fish
and garnish with scallion greens
and cilantro sprigs.

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Season well with salt. Bring
back to a boil, then reduce the
heat and simmer for 10 minutes
to allow the flavors to develop.
Season the fish fillets on
both sides with salt and pepper.
Place the steamer basket over
the pot or wok. Line the steam-
er with the cabbage leaves, mak-
ing sure that the surface is not
completely covered so that
steam can get through. Place the
fish fillets, skin-side up, on top
of the cabbage leaves.
Cover and steam for one
Carefully uncover the bas-
ket and arrange the baby bok
choy halves around the fish.
Cover again and continue
steaming until the fish is
cooked through, tender enough
for the tines of a small fork to
slide into the flesh easily with-
out resistance, and the bok
choy is tender but still slightly

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Hate crimes are evil. Hate
crime statistics, by con-
trast, can be whatever
you want them to be.
It all depends on how you
view the numbers, such as the
ones cited in the FBI's latest
report on hate
crime inci-
incidents rose
in the United
States last
year by almost
eight percent,
the FBI
reported. And CLARENCE
for a second PAGE
year, racial
prejudice was
the motive in slightly more than
half of the reported instances.
In television appearances,
the Reverend Al Sharpton,
leader of the National Action
Network, barely concealed his
satisfaction. He has been criti-
cized by fussbudgets like me
for grandstanding the issue.
He led a march recently in
Washington to accuse the
Justice Department of lax hate
crime enforcement. Last month,
thanks to the FBI, he had actual
evidence to back up his long-
held speculation that hate
crimes are on the rise.
"The FBI report confirms
what we have been saying for
many months about the severe
increase in hate crimes," said

Well, not quite. It's true
that the FBI data show an
increase in hate crimes in 2006,
but not in a way that confirms
what Sharpton and Co. have
been saying.
For one thing, reported hate
crimes spiked upward in 2001
and have since declined. For
another, this year the number of
reported attacks against blacks
barely budged, according to the
new data posted on the FBI's
web site. Although Sharpton has
expressed his greatest alarm
over hate crimes against blacks,
last year's increase in hate


crimes came almost entirely as a
result of an increase in reported
attacks against whites. Reported
attacks against blacks stayed rel-
atively flat.
Incidents in which the vic-
tim was targeted for being
white increased by 7.5 percent
last year, while similar hate
crimes against blacks increased
by only get out your calcula-
tors four-tenths of one per-
cent. That's not quite as good as
zero, but, as the saying goes,
you can see it from there.
Not that I want to give you
the impression that a surging
race war is being waged against
whites. After all, it is sobering
to remember that the reported
3,332 black hate crime victims
numbered three times higher
than the reported 1,054 white

Yet the qualifying adjective
"reported" is important. The
reporting of hate crime statistics
by local police departments to
the FBI is voluntary. That
always feeds the suspicion that
some locals might be shaving
their figures a bit, just to make
their communities look more
Even more frustrating is the
fact that what constitutes a "hate
crime" is often in the eye of the
beholder. A good example is the
case of the "Jena Six". That's the
case in which six black teens in
Jena, Louisiana were charged
with the attempted second-
degree murder of a white stu-
dent who was beaten uncon-
scious in Dec. 2006. The charges
later were reduced to aggravated
second-degree assault. But civil
rights protesters and some Jena
residents have complained that
three white students, who four
months earlier hung nooses in a
schoolyard tree, were suspended
from school but not charged
with a hate crime.
So were the nooses a harm-
less prank, as the youths'
defenders contend, or a hate
crime? Was the beating a
schoolyard fight, as the Jena

I E P I n T

Husband training

some make it out to be

All men are dogs, it is
said, and indeed I
have said so too.
With dogs you have to
train them from early, or
you're stuck with an unruly
animal that's out of control, an
old dog with no training.
But can you teach an old
dog new tricks?. For that you
will need a dog trainer that
can teach canines to do tricks
and such, or a dog psycholo-
gist who first finds out what
problem the dog is having,
targets it, then solves it.
Invariably, almost all dog
problems originate with the
owners. So first you must train
the owner then rehabilitate
the dogs. The owner is you, so
first train yourself.
After all, is it not women
who say that all men are curs
and need constant rehabilita-

Well folks, I'm here to tell
you that I read where there is
actually a husband grooming
school in the USA, a place
where men, and husbands are
trained in the art of being...
well, good husbands. There
are people who I know who
have also expressed the same
sentiments, saying: "You
know, there ought to be a
training school for boys, to
teach them the finer things of
life, how to treat a lady, how
to dance."
It must be a virus, some-
thing in the air, for a few days
later I saw yet another article
titled, "How to train your hus-
band like a dog". Be careful
now, for these things will turn
round and bite you.
"Want to cure your hus-
band of annoying habits?
Then train him like a dog!
Reward good behavior, ignore
bad habits, and pretty soon
he'll be rolling over wanting
you to scratch his belly."
One lady said that after
two years of "animal train-
ing", her marriage is smoother
and her husband is much easi-
er to love.
Treating men like dogs,

used to be. Instead the trend
nowadays is for boys to be on
one side of the dance floor,
standing in a line, watching
the girls gyrating by them-
selves in the middle. Just visit
any nightclub any night and
that's what you'll see. Boys
should be taught how to
approach a woman with
respect. None of this "Yow
gyal, I man check fi you yu
nuh, bullit, yow".
They should train the men
not to disrespect women so
much, for by doing so, they
invariably turn those same
women into monsters. It's a
sad fact that so many men
treat their women with such
hatred, venom and abuse, that
the women in turn become
filled with hate, venom and
abuse and spit those right
back at the men. Too often I
have heard the same phrase
from different women, "I used
to be a quite soft spoken gen-
tle girl, but because of how
him talk to me and handle me,
I just fling it right back at him
and fight fire with fire."
I have seen it too often,
where otherwise calm sweet
women take on the persona of
their tormentor spouse.
"You see what him turn me into,
I was never like this, cursing,
bad words and drawing knife
pon him, is him mek me do it,
drag me down to his level."

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now ain't life a
bitch? In the
old days men
were men and
didn't have to
be trained in
the ways of
They took
charge of situ- TONY
nations, protect- ROBINSON
ed and provid-
ed for their
women. Chivalry was alive and
kicking, and good manners
were the order of the day.
Men would open doors for
women and stand when a
woman entered a room. When
last have you seen that? I
remember when I used to take
the bus to school, I would
automatically get up and offer
a lady, pregnant or not, my
seat. It was an automatic
reflex. Nowadays the poor
woman, laden with an eight
month belly, plus three bags of
groceries, would fall down first
before any man would get up
to offer his seat. I remember
seeing a photo in the papers,
with those three women carry-
ing this unconscious lady,
while big strong men looked
on without offering any help.
It still upsets me. They just
don't know any better.

Young boys should be
taught how to hold and dance
with a woman, like how it

December 2007



i nT

his plan to give illegal immi-
grants driver's licenses.

* "I don't have a
problem with
anyone making .
that assertion... .' I
but wild asser- ,- .
tions are not
enough" -
President Bharrat
Jagdeo responding last month to
criticism by a United States
report that money from the

drugs trade is propping up his
country's weak economy.

* "First of all, leave business
alone, stay away from business
because government should be
out of business" Denis O'Brien,
chairman and owner of telecom-
munications giant Digicel, last
month challenging CARICOM
governments to step back and let
the business community run
many sectors now being con-
trolled by state agencies.

* "The culture of
the Caribbean has
positives and neg-
atives. On the
good side we have
the fact that our
people are fun
loving and enjoy
themselves. However, on the neg-
ative side this leads to indiscipline
and lack of professionalism" -
former West Indies cricketer
Anthony Gray discussing the
challenges for the region's new
coach, Australian John Dyson.

* "The rise in the cost of living
is causing erosion in the quality
of life for people right across
our region" Grenada's Prime
Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell
offering his reason why CARI-
COM should summon an
urgent regional summit to
address cost of living increases
across all member states.

Compiled from CMC and
other sources.

Hate crime: not what some make it out to be

Six's defenders contend, or a
hate crime?
The protesters should be
careful what they ask for. After
all, if federal prosecutors were to
charge the white youths with a
hate crime, they might well be
obligated to charge the black
youths, too, which would only
compound their misery. For now,
since neither episode was prose-
cuted as a hate crime, neither
shows up in the hate crime sta-
tistics that Jena's local and coun-
ty police reported to the FBI.

That's a frustrating paradox
of hate-crime law. If your assailant
fails to mutter or scrawl an appli-
cable epithet while beating or rob-
bing you, they can avoid the extra
hate-crime charge, whether they

deserve to escape it or not.
That's why I cringe when I
hear hate crime laws being
oversold. It's a lot easier to out-
law blatantly hateful and intimi-
dating acts like the burning of a
cross in someone else's yard
than to outlaw hate itself.
It may sound corny, but the
best cure for crime is interven-
tion by families, churches,
schools, community organiza-
tions and everyday personal
interactions in the lives of
youngsters before they become
lawbreakers. That's true of hate
crimes, too. It may not be as
romantic as marching and
chanting, but it works.

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Now the man trainer would
have to get inside the minds of
these young boys and show
them how to treat women, for
somewhere along the way, that
is what they picked up. For as
some men say, "Woman fi get
lick now and again to keep
them in line."
Now, I am not naive
to think that men abusing
women and domestic violence
are new phenomena, but you
must agree that it is on the
increase and has reached
alarming proportions. And
I'm not talking about physical
violence alone either, but the
insidious pressure that some
men put women under, think-
ing that just because they earn
the money and provide the
house, they can handle the
woman any way they please.

Husband training
The fact is, in many cases
it's not evil or malice on the
man's part, but simply that he
does not know any better. So
those ideas of having training
school like a dog's, or a man
trainer to de-program the men,
may have some validity after all.

But what if women can't
afford to send these men to
these training schools, or can't
find a man trainer? They can
do the trick thL m',Lh S,. It's
simply a matter of perform-
ance and reward. The man
does the right thing, you
reward him. He does the
wrong thing, you punish him.
Unfortunately most women
resort to n,--iiniI- which does
not work. You don't teach an
animal tricks by n,,,__-i,1ini but by
rewarding. So women, girl-
friends, wives, you too can be

man trainers. Teach your dog-
gish men new tricks, de-pro-
gram them, mould them into
being better spouses. It works,
for I know of some husbands
who regularly wash dishes every
night, and then rush off to bed
afterwards for their rewards.
But the trick is, you have to
catch them early, for their bad
ways were influenced, nurtured
and encouraged by their parents,
usually their mothers. So you
have to train them real hard.
If you can take crazy
mixed up violent dogs and
pacify them, making them hos-
pitable and nice to be around,
what about husbands?
So there is hope for some
men, if not, dog nyam yu sup-
per. More time.

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Family is where

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December 2007


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CMC- Regional banking offi-
cials have been warned that any
recession in the United States
economy early next year will
severely hurt the Caribbean
tourism sector and hinder gov-
ernments' access to loans on
the global financial market.
Wendell Mottley, manag-
ing director of U.S.-based
Credit Suisse, told the 34th
Annual General Conference
of the Caribbean Association
of Indigenous Banks Inc
(CAIB) last month that the
financial crunch in the U.S.
will have drastic implications
for Caribbean countries.
Mottley, who is currently a
member of the expert panel
constituted to advise the Inter-

Digicel boss

gov'ts to get
CMC One of the most suc-
cessful international investors
operating in the Caribbean has
challenged regional govern-
ments to step back and let the
business community run many
sectors now being controlled by
state agencies.
"We need to totally deregu-
late electricity and governments
should get out of transport, gas,
airports and all these businesses
because they don't add anything
to it," said Denis O'Brien, inter-
national entrepreneur, chairman
and owner of telecommunica-
tions giant Digicel, while address-
ing regional business leaders
gathered for the Caribbean
International Leadership Summit
here last month.



for U.S. slowdown, Caribbean tourism warned

Bank (IDB)
president, said
the fall-off in
the U.S. econo-
my will espe-
cially hurt
those countries

which are
dependent on tourism. The
economist said one immediate
impact is a severe slash in visi-
tor arrivals to the Caribbean,
and not surprisingly, a slow
down in the economies of most
regional countries, corpora-
tions and the banking sector.

His warning came shortly


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imprudent lending, but they
were not on the black-list, but
many Caribbean jurisdictions
were placed there," the
Guyanese president, a trained
economist, said.
The CAIB's Conference
theme was "Defining the
Market p,\aL The 60-mem-
ber financial grouping com-
prises 50 general member
banks/financial institutions;

three honorary members -
Caribbean Development
Bank (CBD), the Caribbean
community, the Caribbean
Centre for Monetary Studies -
two associate financial institu-
tions and eight service mem-
bers. Members of the group-
ing have a combined asset of
some $17.5 billion.

after Guyana's President
Bharrat Jagdeo told banking
officials to be cautious about
adopting international regula-
tions which will handcuff the
regional banking sector.
Jagdeo said while foreign gov-
ernments have been pressur-
ing the regional banking sec-
tor to adopt measures which
will legislate it "out of com-
petitiveness," they lth mln, LhS
are guilty of flagrant "double
"They have tremendous
double standards...we saw it
with the OECD (Organization
of Economic Cooperation and
Development) harmful taxa-
tion issue where jurisdictions
like Luxembourg and others
in Europe were still practicing


T&T hosts MBA confab
"Rationalization and Economic
Diversification" will be the focus of the
sixth annual Caribbean MBA Conference
scheduled for next month in Trinidad.
The Caribbean MBA Conference,
set for Jan. 2-7, is organized by the
Harvard Business School (HBS) and
Wharton School of Business alumni
body in the United States.

IMF predicts 'soft landing'
The International Monetary Fund
(IMF) has predicted a "soft landing"
for the economies of countries in the
Eastern Caribbean Currency Union
(ECCU) economy in 2007.
After completing policy discus-
sions with authorities in the sub-
region, the IMF said in a statement
issued here last month that risks are
also "tilted to the downside".

Bahamas business backs crime
The business community in The
Bahamas says it is willing to pay
higher taxes to help the Hubert
Ingraham implement new measures
to help control rising crime.
Bahamas Chamber of
Commerce President Dionsio
D'Aguilar said last month if systems
that could make a difference are put
in place he and many other busi-
nessmen will be more than willing to
pay higher taxes to foot the bill.

Region wants IMF reform
The Caribbean has called for agree-
ment on a package of reforms to the
structure of the International
Monetary Fund (IMF) quota and vot-
ing power, stating that this is key in a
rapidly-changing global economy.
Canada's Finance Minister
James Michael Flaherty said
progress in this area is "essential to
strengthening the legitimacy of the
IMF as a cooperative international
monetary institution."

Compiled from CMC and other


n prior issues of Caribbean
Today, we have addressed
the topic of expatriation
and how the United States
taxation rules have evolved to
make expatriation "more
p \ n~i\ L and "less attrac-
tive" from a U.S. tax view-
point. (See the Mar. 2007,
April 2007, and Dec. 2004 edi-
tions of Caribbean Today.)
The U.S. Congress has
long perceived expatriation as
abusive and, notwithstanding
substantial tax changes in both
1996 and 2004, anti-expatria-
tion efforts remain a
Congressional favorite.
A pending proposal, The
Tax Correction Responsibility
Act of 2007 (HR 3056), is cur-
rently in the U.S. House of
Representatives. HR 3056
again introduces a potential
"mark-to-market" tax, as well
as a unique approach to taxing
U.S. person taxpayers who
receive gifts or inheritances
from a specifically defined
"covered expatriate". In sim-
ple terms, and subject to cer-
tain exceptions, the mark-to-
market approach would sub-
ject the expatriate to U.S.
income tax "as if" the expatri-
ate had sold his or her assets
for fair market value just
before expatriating, thus sub-
jecting any gain to U.S.
income tax, which tax might
otherwise be avoided under
the current rules.
Several mark-to-market
proposals have been intro-
duced in the past decade or
so, but none have yet been

The proposed change to
the longstanding U.S. tax-free
receipt of gifts and inheritances
is for certain a new and revolu-
tionary proposal. A "covered
.\piridiL 'is anyone who
expatriates and has met one of
the following tests: the Income
Tax Test, the Net Worth Test
or the Failure to Certify
Compliance Test. These tests
have been discussed in the
prior Caribbean Today edi-
tions referred to above.

Subject to several excep-
tions, under HR 3056, a U.S.
person taxpayer receiving a
gift or inheritance from a cov-
ered expatriate that exceeds
$10,000 in value (a "covered
gift or b qti ,i ), will incur a
U.S. gift or estate tax. Most
importantly, as to this new
potential U.S. gift or estate
tax, HR 3056 does not appear
to limit its reach to someone
who expatriates on or after
the date HR 3056 might be
enacted. It appears that the
adverse U.S. gift or estate tax
would apply to the U.S. per-
son taxpayer donee or devisee
if the donor or decedent was a
covered expatriate at the time
of the gift or bequest and
regardless of when such per-
son expatriated.
Thus, if HR 3056 were
enacted as proposed and a
U.S. person taxpayer there-
after received a gift or bequest
from someone who expatriat-
ed many years ago, and
regardless of whether or not
such expatriate then met the
definition of a covered expa-
triate, the new proposed tax
would seem to apply solely if
the expatriate met the covered
expatriate definition at the
time of such gift or inheri-
It should be noted that
HR 3056 is merely a proposal
and hopefully it will not be
enacted and especially will not
be enacted in its current form.
Any individual who has expa-
triated or is considering expa-
triation, and any U.S. person
taxpayer who may ultimately
receive a gift or inheritance
from a covered expatriate,
should watch this proposal
and any similar proposals
carefully as applicable to his
or her situation.

Cleon A. Smith is an
accounting major at Penn
State University where
Michael Rosenberg, a share-
holder in the Coral Gables
law firm of Packman,
Neuwahl & Rosenberg, is
currently teaching principles
of taxation. Rosenberg can be
reached at 305-665-3311 for
more information.

Happy Holidays and a
Prosperous New Year!

December 2007


Expatriation here we go again


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Shaggy's new 'Intoxication' leaves South Florida fans woozy

Reggae star Shaggy
breezed through South
Florida last month to
serve up his latest album
"Intoxication", and it appears
his fans are already hooked on
the Jamaican's musical con-

Shaggy showed up at the
FYE record store in the
Sawgrass Mills mall in Sunrise
as part of a whirlwind promo-
tional tour. His fans, many
who lined up for nearly half
hour before his arrival, were
not disappointed.
"I am intoxicated," blurt-
ed out African American

Felicia Bradley, whose knees
buckled when it became her
turn to approach the star.
"I just had to meet him,"
she added after belting out
several ear-piercing screams.
"It's unbelievable that I could
get to meet him."
Shaggy seemed genuinely
moved by Bradley's emotion

Danticat merges life, death and the immigrant experience

Government statistics
and television clips
often tell the tale of the
immigrant experience in the
United States. Big numbers
emerge. They can swarm you,
but never go deep enough.
In "Brother, I'm Dying",
Edwidge Danticat's story of
facing life and death and
the tumultuous in-betweens, a
far more personal account is
offered that stirs the reader's
soul. No flowery words here,
just a crisp, easy-to-follow
account that is extremely
When stalking poverty
and hardship force people

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from the Caribbean to seek
refuge in the U.S., for many
outside that experience it can
seem a simple enough propo-
sition: Get on the plane and
start carving out a piece of the
American Dream. Hardly
does anyone, including at

times those directly involved,
envision the ugly dregs that
attach lthL iu, 1s to the deci-
sion. Families are split up,
often causing irreparable dam-
age, people lose their identi-
ties, some immerse IlL m 1l\ L
in emotional horror. Many
never recover.
"Brother, I'm Dying" is
Danticat's story. The story of
two pivotal figures in her life -
her father and his brother -
drags her on along this roller-
coaster ride that sweeps the
reader right along with it.
Anyone who has had to leave
family and a way of life
behind in the Caribbean on
the way to "making life" in
America can surely under-
stand. One parent must go
without the other. Both par-
ents sometimes leave the chil-


and the dozens of
others who turned
up to have their
CDs autographed
and pose for photos
with him. He helped
her off the floor,
assisted her to a seat
and mopped her
brow. He also had
plenty of attention
for the others as
well and appeared
pleased that
"Intoxication" is off
to a good start.
"Everything's Shaggy's ne
good," Shaggy told
Caribbean Today after the
signing and photo opportunity
session which ran for over an
"Everything's good so far.
It's been a while since we've
basically done an in-store."

He shouldn't have much
of problem with his fan base,
which appears to cross age,
gender, racial and cultural
"I think it's one of his best
works so far," said Jamaican-
born Tousaint Nelson, who
got his CD signed and photo
taken with Shaggy.
"His appeal is about the
diversity of the music. It does-
n't have a barrier. And this is

'w CD "Intoxication".
the way reggae is moving
While in South Florida,
Shaggy did several radio
shows. According to him,
the aim is to regain a deep
foothold in the United States
following a reported slip by
his last few productions, which
failed to match the stinging,
platinum chart topping success
of "Hot Shot" from 2000.
"We're trying to build
back the market, definitely,
within the U.S.," Shaggy said.
Shaggy, who recently was
awarded the national honor of
Order of Distinction by
Jamaica, released
"Intoxication" on his own label
Big Yard Records after split-

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Three of the most dynamic female artistes in the United States have been confirmed to perform at next month's
"Air Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival" in Jamaica. Diana Ross, Anita Baker and Jill Scott will head the line-up
for the three-day event, Jan. 24-26, which is being billed as "The Caribbean's Biggest Party". The music festival
is also expected to feature several other artistes, including the Caribbean's own Billy Ocean and South African
Hugh Masekela. For more information, visit

Playwright using radio drama

to fight HIV/AIDS in Caribbean

ST. GEORGE'S, Grenada,
CMC-An award winning
Grenadian playwright is hop-
ing to use his latest production
to help fight the spread of
HIV/AIDS in the English-
speaking Caribbean.
Francis "Urias" Peter
said he is seeking to have his
play "Under the Cover of
Darkness", a radio soap opera
dealing with the escalating
HIV/AIDS problem affecting
the region, aired throughout
the Caribbean. It has already
been broadcast in Tortola,
Jamaica and St. Kitts and
Peters, who has just
won the local leg of the Pan
American Health Organization
journalism awards, planned to

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launch his 20-part drama series
in the rest of the English-
speaking Caribbean ahead of
the Dec. 1 observance of
"World AIDS Day".
"This was supposed to
have been distributed to the
entire region," said Peters, a
longstanding playwright who
heads the Family Theatre
Company. "It has not hap-
pened to the extent I want it
"...What I have done is
re-establish contact with the
regional stations..."

"Under the Shadow of
Darkness", a 20-part series
which has been airing on local
radio stations, revolves

around the sexual escapades
of the central character Joe, a
successful middle class busi-
nessman with wife and chil-
"There were calls from
Jamaica, Tortola, the response
from the region was just as in
Grenada because when I
write I don't only write from a
Grenadian perspective but
from a global stand point,"
said Peters, whose production
was also aired on WAFV in
Miami in April.
"Under the Shadows of
Darkness" was funded by a
grant from Mary Ourisman,
the United States ambassador
to the eastern Caribbean.



Peter Pestano

B arbadian R&B sensa-
tion Robyn 'Rihanna'
Fenty was
in the winner's -

circle again when
she copped the
coveted title of
favorite female
Soul/R&B at the
American Music
Awards last
The 19-year-
old beat out pop-
ular United States
artistes Beyonce
and Fantasia to
win the award,
which was based
on online votes.
This was not
the first time in
winners' row for


the young singer,
who won three |
major awards at Rihanna
this year's
Billboard Music
Awards held in the Las Vegas.
She was also adjudged the
"Female Artist of the Year",
"Female Hot 100 Artist" and
"Pop 100 Artist", beating out
top artistes such as Beyonce


ting with Geffen. It has soared
to the top of Billboard maga-
zine's reggae album chart.
The new CD, which is
being distributed by VP
Records, features several
duos, including Akon and
Sizzla. It appears the
"Intoxication" mixture suits
the fans of the man who

dropped the seductive singles
"Angel" and "It Wasn't Me"
just fine.
"I've listened to the
album," said Bradley, "and I
love Shaggy."

Gordon Williams is Caribbean
Today's managing editor.

Danticat merges life, death and the immigrant experience

dren behind. Siblings split up.
The extended family lost,
sometimes forever.

Danticat knits her story
neatly together, sparing the
readers just enough so they
roll along with her tale without
pin--ii at the sometimes hor-
rifying nature of it all. First her
father Mira leaves Haiti, then
her mother. She and one
brother stay behind in Haiti
with uncle Joseph and his fam-
ily. It's not ideal, but Joseph is
a loving man who allows her a
happy early childhood.
Young Danticat's main
woes begin mostly as an adult
while she is in the U.S. Her
father gets ill. Uncle Joseph,
an inspiration to her, struggles
with his own health and that
of the political upheaval that
has overwhelmed Haiti. As
her father's health deterio-

rates, her uncle's life becomes
more endangered. Joseph ends
up fleeing Haiti and is eventu-
ally drowned by a political sys-
tem that does not work the
same way for all people aim-
ing for the American Dream.
In the middle of it all,
even as she and her family
confront the developments,
Danticat becomes pregnant.
The promise of life is matched
with the inevitability of death.
It is a daunting mIrun--
Yet Danticat's book
weaves through it cleanly. It is
a personal story about the
immigrant dilemma that must
be told. Government statistics
and TV clips alone could
never do it justice.

* Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf

Gordon Williams is Caribbean
Today's managing editor.

Shaggy's new 'Intoxication'

leaves South Florida fans woozy


December 2007

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Accomplished Jamaican-born
actor Paul Campbell has
starred in many popular
Caribbean films, including
"The Lunatic", "Third World
Cop", "Dancehall Queen" and
.'li, -.iiu". Now residing in
South Florida, Campbell,
known for his intense portray-
als, spoke to Caribbean
Today's Managing Editor
Gordon Williams recently
about his projects and the state
of the film industry involving
the Caribbean and its people.
The following is an edited ver-
sion of that interview:

QUESTION: What are you
working on now?
ANSWER: It's a film script. I
just completed shooting (a
pilot) that we're trying to sell
to (a U.S. television network).
It is a David Letterman-style
sit down interview television
show. But the difference is,
this is a spoken word thing
where we have spoken word
artistes. The host of the show
is (Jamaican-born) Marcus
Blake...We have a live band.
It's the same sort of setup like
a Conan O'Brien sort of thing.

Q: Does it have a Caribbean
A: Definitely.

Q: What is it about?
A: It's called "The Yard",
going back to the Jamaican
influence...It's simply a yard
which is set up in such a way
you have all the lounge chairs,
music a gwaan inna di back-
ground, sophisticated lighting
that don't look sophisticat-
ed...That kind of thing.

Q: It's a Caribbean 'Johnny
A: It's not a Caribbean
Johnny Carson. It's a Miami.
Miami is a potpourri of all dif-
ferent cultures... And it just
so happens that the produc-
er/director is Paul Campbell,
100 percent Jamaican... The
theme song of the piece is
reggae... So, yeah, it has a
Jamaican flavor.

Q: The idea, where did it
come from?
A: From watching T.V. and
noticing that there weren't
enough of what people like
me would like to see.

Q: You have some film proj-
ects still out there to be
released. What are those?
A: Well early last year I left. I
went to L.A. (Los Angeles)...
Five years before that I had
met some friends of mine.. .a
brethren named Gordon
Green. We discussed the possi-

ability of having a project done.
And out of the blue he calls
me.. .We got together and we
shot a film. It's a horror film
called "Machete Joe". Well, of
course, dem always a give mi
di mad or the bad part. (He

Q: Of course...
A: Mi chop up whole heap
a people... Just before we
wrapped (up filming) I think
Sony, (American rapper, actor)
Ice Cube's people, touched
base with me and said they
were looking for me for some
time. I don't know how long,
but luckily we got together and
we connected and a week after
shooting NlM li, Joe",
boom, mi drop right into "First
Sunday", which is Ice Cube's
next big film coming out.

Q: About what?
A: It's an urban drama. Ice
Cube's a hustler. Himself and
Tracy Morgan star the piece.
And I play, of course, another
characterization about who
Jamaicans supposed to be and
I'm the hustler pon di side
who has a chop shop... It's
funny like hell, you know.

Q: Do you feel you're being
typecast now, when they want
a Jamaican, a screwface man
to commit some evil?
A: A wicked man. When dem
want a wicked man it comes
straight to me. Yeah.

Q: That bothers you?
A: No, you know. You see if it
pays the bill, it nuh bother
me.. .Here's where I can do
something about it, when I
have, like I do now, set up a
production company and I can
write my own screenplays.

Q: Colossus?
A: Colossus Films. I can write
my own screenplays and then
I can always dictate what parts
I play. Right now, it's the thes-
pian out in the wide world try-
ing to make the bucks.

Q: Author Anthony Winkler
made you into "The Lunatic".
You described that role as
your best.
A: Yeah man. I will always
love "The Lunatic" and the
writings of Anthony Winkler.
I think he's very brilliant, you
know, without even trying... I
went out there in the wilds
brethren, just to prepare for
that role. For me at the time,
it was an opportunity afforded
to me, something I'd always
wanted to do from me a boy,
and boom! Here it comes and
this film star. No more run-
ning around the fowl coop

There are so many Caribbean stories

to tell' I actor Paul Campbell

with the board gun. This was

Q: Winkler referred to you
as the Jamaican Laurence
Olivier. Now to hear you say
(you're taking almost any
role) as long as it pays the
bills, do you think you're
shortchanging yourself?
A: You see I'm always looking
for other roles, but it's the
roles that I get, that is afford-
ed to me now. I'll still iumo

onto it. As far as
no...Right now I've
written two screen-
plays. One is called
"My Brother's
Keeper" and the
other is called "The
Butcher's Kin", and
they're nothing like
what I've been
doing so far.

h. I Q: So you see your-
self as the lead actor
in these screen-
A: Not necessarily
lead, but acting in
the pieces, because I
would like to wear
another hat, that of
director, you know.
Because mi always
dream in shapes and
S colors.

ut he says Q: How hard is it for
s more in you to break into the
whole Hollywood
A: It is tough, when I believed
at first that breaking into the
Hollywood thing is the way to
go. It's not really. With the
advent of the Japanese making
these little cameras now, it can
be done anywhere, you know.
And if you cast your mind
back in regards to all of the
big films that have had all
these great things said about
it, they've been independents,
you know. So, I mean,

Hollywood, yeah, yeah, yeah,
but nobody is really going,
(or) necessarily wanting
to go. Yeah, I'd love to be
in Hollywood doing the
Hollywood thing, like I said,
I have two (films) coming
out of Hollywood shortly.
My thing is just to get the
film made.. .So, you don't have
to be living in Hollywood and
you don't have to be hanging
in Hollywood.

Q: The roles that you play, you
always seem to have an
intense look and you are
believable in your roles.
A: Yeah, I really prepare for
these things. So, the bad man
thing is also part of my
life...(I've seen) many things,
you know, which are sort of
etched in the back of my
mind. Good thing I did,
because a film like "Dancehall
Queen", you're talking about
intensity, yeah, yeah. That was
one of the most intense films.

Q: So you draw on that back-
A: I draw from life. That was
art imitating life, and vice
versa, life imitating art.

Q: How many of these roles
can you play?
A: If dem can come wid 10
million a dem, me can find 10
million different ways,
because if you notice, none a


December 2007


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Grads to celebrate UWI's 60th anniversary in 2008

KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC -
Graduates of the University of
the West Indies (UWI) will
meet in Jamaica in July next
year as part of the activities
marking the regional tertiary
institution's 60th anniversary
Convocation Week, Vice
Chancellor Professor E. Nigel
Harris has said.
Harris said that the high-
light of the year would be a
gathering of the graduates at the
Mona campus in Jamaica from
July 12-19, which will be attend-
ed by alumni and supporters
from all parts of the world.

events at

Mona include
a reception to
be hosted by
the Chancellor
Sir George
Alleyne; a
thanksgiving Harris
church service,
a jazz concert
and a banquet which will have
in attendance prime ministers
and heads of state of the
region. There will also be a
special luncheon for graduates
married to UWI graduates.

The UWI medical alumni
will also hold their biennial
conference and a banquet to
recognize distinguished med-
ical graduates and staff.

Harris said that the year of
celebrations would begin with
an opening ceremony at the
Cave Hill campus in Barbados
on Jan. 12, describing it as "a
colorful event drawing togeth-
er people from Barbados and
the region in 'Town & Gown'
He said there would also

be a tree planting ceremony
and "Miss Lou Conference" at
Mona, a special gathering of
engineering and agricultural
graduates at the St. Augustine
campus in Trinidad as well as
events in other contributing
countries including St. Vincent
and the Grenadines, Belize, St.
Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis and
"2008 will be a special
year, one in which we shall
bring together many people
who have shared and given so
much to our beloved universi-
ty, to the region it serves and

to the rest of the world,"
Harris said.
Over these years, he said
that the UWI has also partnered
with community colleges and
universities to broaden access
and quality of tertiary education
in the 15 contributing countries.
"At 60, there is much
about which we can be proud,"
said Harris. "...This celebra-
tion will involve all our stake-
holders, Caribbean govern-
ment leaders and communities,
alumni, current students and
the diaspora."

There are so many Caribbean stories to tell' actor Paul Campbell

mi bad man role dem has ever
been boring. You still have to
be on the edge of your seat. I
mean, "Dancehall Queen" I
opted to bite ears... It's not the
weapon, it's the attitude, you
know. That attitude is very
different from the bad man in
"Shottas". The bad man in
"Shottas" is very psychotic.

Q: Are you comfortable with
where you are now as an
A: No, no. I'd love to be in
the same frame with many of
the other, quote unquote, big
actors, you know, or recog-
nized actors. Just to show my
worth, show my wares.

Q: You left Jamaica, why?
A: I left Jamaica because what
was afforded to me wasn't
going to be what I want.

Q: From a creative stand-
A: From a creative standpoint.
The film industry in Jamaica is
nil. You have people trying to
do something, or trying to be
the monopoly, which is not
gonna work either. So I had to
come where it's at, in the wide
world of where it's happening,
America. Hollywood, New
York, that's it... Jamaica is
good to, wha' dem seh, sharp-
en yu teeth? And then you
have to go out... So, one had
to leave the nest in order to

Q: Are you satisfied with the
development of the theater,
especially in Jamaica?
A: No.

Q: Why?
A: It could have gone a longer
way and I'm not satisfied with
the whole movie, film industry
in Jamaica. Why? Because,
there is so much to be had
from it and yet it is only one
man a mek a money off it or
two people making money off
it when the talent and the
resources is that of the peo-
ple.. .So I'm not into that in

any way.

Q: There are two kinds of
stage productions in terms of
plays in Jamaica...
A: One is grassroots and one
a uptown.

Q: Yes.
A: (He bursts out laughing.)

Q: So, what do you watch?
A: Well, mi watch anything
yu nuh brethren, but I would
prefer to watch the, quote
unquote, uptown plays.. .It
shows more effort and it
shows a little more profession-
alism...My thing is.. .lots of
people disappointed with
some of the levels of the stuff
that they put out, but we can
do so much more.

Q: Who is monopolizing the
film industry?
A: All different kind of
people. People who have
been producing films out of
Jamaica for years, you know.
You can do your homework
on that... People have come to
me and talked to me about
"What about the red tape Mr.
Campbell, what about the
bureaucracy?"...How is it that
some other people can come
into Jamaica, make movies
and there is no red tape?

Q: How much of an impact
are Caribbean actors having in
the U.S.?
A: Not much, not much.
Impact would be the wrong
word to use because there is
nothing impactful about the
Caribbean and its culture
when it comes to the movies
or anything entertainment-
wise etched in the business.
It's always a mom and pop sit-
uation. This is from the POV
(point of view) of South
Florida where I sit.

Q: How disappointing is that?
A: Very disappointing...It's
not only Jamaica we need to
do this you know. Wherever
we are concentrated we can
bottle up these things and

make it. I mean, one little
man, Bob Marley, yes with the
help of his management at the
time, brought the world to its
knees. This little bit of
Jamaica became so humon-
gous in the world at large. So
we can do it...Unless it's bene-
fiting the major shareholder, it
nah go work, and usually it
doesn't, not here in South

Q: Caribbean people in
America, in the creative arts
industry, do you think they are
underselling themselves?
A: The opportunity is not
afforded to them. Caribbean
things sell best in the Caribbean.
You must always remember
that.. .Since we are here in
Florida, if I am shooting a film,
and it's a Jamaican film, I go
home to shoot it. I always
believe that there is a particular
truth that will always sell true
and this is why I think my
things, as you say, might be so
intense.. .Right now, the things
that I want to shoot here will
include the people of South
Florida, Cubans, Latinos, who-
ever man. I mean Guyanese,
Haitians, Jamaicans. So that's
my thing, mixing it up. If I want
to shoot a Caribbean film I go
home to the Caribbean and
get it shot.

Q: Other Caribbean actors
here say that when the (big
companies) want a Caribbean
person in a film they pick an
American to do a Caribbean
A: Well, why they do that is
from a money point of view.
First of all they need to under-
stand the vernacular. And
wha' mi a try fi show them is
that's bu.. sh.. You want to see
me on Ice Cube's latest thing.
(The director) was very bril-
liant in saying to me "Mr.
Campbell I know your work,
so just do you. Do
Jamaican."...The thing is,
man, we can do it. The patwa
out deh. And there is a way of
understanding everything
you're saying and still be


Q: How far has the film indus-
try come, now they asking you
to do the real patwa?
A: I tell you, it is taking its
time, but they're warming up
to it. And I'm damn sure I'm
putting my two cents in to
make sure dem warm up to it,
because, very much in the
same way that we are forced
to understand their vernacular
(he imitates an American
southern drawl) I think they
should mek an effort fi under-
stand fi wi own too...In the
medium that you are talking
about, film industry, it's the
stories that you're selling. And
Jamaica has an array of fantas-
tic stories.. .The iron is hot! I
like how there's a new change
(in government) and all of
that. Let's not turn our backs.

Q: The film business, is it still
hoodwinking the Third
A: Well, first of all let me
clear about the Third World
aspect. Since the inception of
the computer, there's been no
more Third World. But hood-
winking now, for want of a
better word, they still are.

Q: And the so-called Third
World is still falling for it?
A: Well I don't know why
people still falling for it; to be
fed a fish when you can
become the fisherman. So my
thing was, when mi go a
Jamaica, mi seh listen people,
the film industry, what we
have here in Jamaica, is great
stories, fantastic things.. .You
can mek yu money...I keep
telling you, you know, there
ain't no more Third World
bu.. sh.. There is the world
and if you have a great story,
great actors, and execute it
wonderfully technically,
sound, lighting, everything
attached and you put it out
there, it mek as much money
as the big films coming out of
Hollywood. People are not
interested in where it's shot.
The only interest is if it's in

Jamaica and it's shot in
Jamaica it's authentically won-
derful. This is wha' mi a seh.

Q: When you pitch the ideas,
like the stories of Jamaica,
what do they say?
A: People love it. But I've not
pitched it to people who can
effect change. I've written it.
Theoretically I have put it
across the (government's) desk.
I'm hoping for a speedy reply.
Because my thing is to have
them set up dem stuff, produce
the films out of Port Royal
(Jamaica). The world will buy it.
You know how much millions
actors Orlando Bloom and
Johnny Depp and (the film)
"Pirates of the Caribbean"
made? Eh? (He laughs.)...
There are so many stories that
can be had (in the Caribbean),
and I mean stories that are epics
and stories that are factual,
based on true life. People will
want to see these things.

Q: The Caribbean, Jamaica,
they're not telling the stories
because they are not willing to
put up the money or put the
structures in place so you can
produce those films?
A: The big picture I'm talking
about is not me. It nuh have
nutten fi do with me. It nuh
have nutten fi do with di min-
ister (of government). It has
to do with two and three gen-
erations, four, five, six genera-
tions to come, coming out of
Jamaica. If we have a film
industry that is turning around
millions of dollars, do you
know how many jobs that is?

Q: So you're optimistic now?
A: I'm always optimistic, man.
I'm more optimistic now
because I'm in a better place
than I was five or 10 years
ago. I have now X amount of
work under (my belt)...I hope
by now mi work enough and
long enough hours, or years
rather. So I'm optimistic that
they will get on the bandwag-
on. Mek wi turn it out. Wi
mus' jump pon it.

December 2007

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Jamaica's Powell wins IAAF

'Performance-of-the-Year' award

CMC Asafa Powell has won
the IAAF "Performance-of-
the-Year" award.
The IAAF announced at
its annual gala and awards
ceremony last month that the
100 meters world record-hold-
er from Jamaica had clinched
the title ahead of Zersenay
Tadese of Erithrea and
American Jeremy Wariner.
Powell established a new
mark for the 100 meters world
record mere days after missing
out on the glory of a 100 meters
World Championship gold
medal, when he faded to finish
third behind American Tyson
Gay, who the IAAF announced
at the "Male Athlete-of-the-
Year", and Derrick Atkins of
The Bahamas.
Powell clocked 9.74 sec-
onds at a Grand Prix meeting
in Rieti, Italy, on Sept. 9 while

easing off. His time was a full
tenth of a second quicker than
any other this year.
The women's "Performance-
of-the-Year" award was present-
ed to high jumper Blanka Vlasic
for her 2.07 meter, third all-time
best clearance, in Stockholm.

DURBAN, South Africa, Nov
25, CMC Trinidad and
Tobago, the last English-
speaking Caribbean nation to
reach the FIFA World Cup

Rijsbergen, left, will try to emulate the ac
Leo Beenhakker, who guided T&T to the

finals, will begin its quest for a
place in the FIFA 2010 World
Cup in South Africa with a
home-and-away, second stage
tie against either Bermuda or

KINGSTON, Jamaica -
Jamaican sprinter Herb
McKenley, who won medals at
the 1948 and 1952 Olympics,
died here late last month.
The 85-year old died in
hospital after ailing for some
McKenley, a sports hero
in Jamaica, was the first man
to run a sub-46 second 400
meters. He won gold in the
4x400 meters relay at the 1952

the Cayman Islands.
This was determined at
the preliminary round draw
in Durban last month, when
T&T and the other nations
in the Caribbean
Football Union
(CFU) top six all
drew byes for the
first stage of CON-
SCACAF qualifica-
tion for the World
Islands or Bermuda!
We will do every-
thing possible to get
all the information
complishment of on these two coun-
2006 World Cup tries and we will
watch them closely
before June," said
T&T head coach Wim
Rijsbergen, who took over
from the successful Leo


Olympics in
while also
capturing sil-
ver in the 100
meters and
400 meters.
He also cap-
McKenley tured silver in
the 400
meters at the 1948 Olympics
in London.


Miami-based Glen
Johnson, a former
world light heavy-
weight champion, believes loy-
alty to his Jamaican roots has
hampered his career in the
United States and limited his
ability to earn huge paydays in
According to the 38-
year-old Johnson, American,
European or Hispanic fighters
with inferior skills and ring
accomplishments have secured
far more lucrative bouts because
of their appeal to U.S. television
"It's an impossible mission
for me as a guy from Jamaica,
where we have a handful of
boxing supporters, to get on
TV. and get the big fights,"
Johnson told Caribbean Today
"And it's been haunting
the Jamaican fighters for
decades. (Former world cham-
pions) Mike McCallum, (the
late Trevor) Berbick. All those
guys before me, and will be
after me, will have the same
kind of setback because that's

just the way the business is, the
nature of the business.
"If you're not generating
money, promoters and TV. net-
works don't have a big interest
in you too much," he added.
"It doesn't really matter what
your skill level is."
A huge part of purses paid
to professional boxers is gener-
ated from television revenues.
Classes like heavyweight, mid-
dleweight and welterweight
usually generate far more
interest that the 175-pound
division that Johnson occupies.

However, Johnson is not
the only Jamaican former world


champion who has shown dis-
gust at what they term the
unfair treatment they receive
because they do not identify
with the U.S., Hispanic or
European nations, although
they live in America. Ex-cruis-
erweight champion O'Neil Bell,
who resides in the Atlanta area,
has also expressed dissatisfac-
tion, especially after finding out
that he had to travel to France
to secure a reasonable purse for
defending his title in March,
which he eventually lost.
Both Johnson and Bell
have watched fighters without
titles snare huge money, simply
because they have a huge
American, Hispanic or
European following.
"So they're putting on
guys, the American fighters
who, obviously, America is big
on boxing," Johnson explained.
"They're putting on guys from
Puerto Rico. You know Puerto
Rican public is big on boxing.
Mexico, those guys have a lot
of support from Mexico, and
also guys from England,
because England is super big
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Big paydays hard to come by

for Caribbean-born boxers

T&T eyes qualification again

after World Cup soccer draw

Jamaican Olympic star

Herb McKenley dies at 85

December 2007


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Disgraced athlete
CMC American Marion Jones
will lose all of her Olympic and
World Championship titles dat-
ing back to Sept. 2000 and will
also have to forfeit prize money
over her doping admission, the
IAAF has announced.
The IAAF Council, which
met here last month, also rec-
ommended that Jones's team-
mates in the 4x100 meters and
4x400 meters relays at the
Sydney 2000 Olympics, also be
disqualified and lose their

Jones, whose mother is
from Belize, is married to
Barbadian Olympic bronze
medalist Obadele Thompson.


Jones banned, loses titles, money

In a tearful admission in
October she confessed to using
steroids and lying to federal
investigators. She has also been
hit with a two-year ban, dated
from Oct. 8.

In a release, the IAAF
announced the 31-year old
Jones would be disqualified
"from all competitions on or
subsequent to 1 September
2000" and would have "all her
individual competitive results
on or subsequent to 1
September 2000" also annulled.
Jones captured gold medals in
the 100 meters, 200 meters and
the 4x400 meters relay in
Sydney, and also took bronze
in the 4x100 meters relay and
long jump. At the 2001 World
Championship in Canada, she
won the 200 meters and the sil-
ver medal in the 100 meters.

Big paydays hard to come by for Caribbean boxers

"My skill level is better than
all of them and it's better than
ever right now," added Johnson,
who once held the International
Boxing Federation (IBF) title,
and who beat top American
boxers such as Roy Jones Jr. and
Antonio Tarver on his way to
being named "World Fighter of
the Year" in 2004.

Johnson, known in boxing
circles as the "Road Warrior"
and "Gentleman Glen",
believes that the powers that

control boxing do not want to
see a Caribbean fighter ruling
the sport's popularity.
"I know that they're gonna
keep me back as long as they
can because they don't wanna
see me driving the vehicle of
boxing," he said, "because they
feel like I won't generate the
money and the audience and
the interest in boxing. So the
boxing entity is really not look-
ing forward for Glen Johnson
driving the vehicle."
Still Johnson, whose most
recent fight should have been
on Nov. 17 but was postponed

due to an injury affecting his
opponent, partially blames his
decline from the boxing spot-
light on himself. When he lost
his IBF belt to Britain's Clinton
Woods, he also lost the ability
to command big purses.
"You know, to be realistic,
it's my fault," he said. "I'm the
one who lost the title and I was
getting some popularity while I
had the title. But I lost the title
and it is a setback.

Gordon Williams is Caribbean
Today's managing editor.

FIFA unveils World Cup soccer

schedule for CONCACAF teams

DURBAN, South Africa, CMC The fol-
lowing is the schedule of matches for
the first two stages of CONCACAF
qualification for the 2010 FIFA World
Cup in South Africa (Matches to be
contested on home and away basis):

First stage
* Dominica vs Barbados
* Turks and Caicos vs St. Lucia
* Bermuda vs Cayman Islands
* Aruba vs Antigua and Barbuda
* Belize vs St. Kitts and Nevis
* The Bahamas vs British Virgin Islands
* Dominican Republic vs Puerto Rico
* United States Virgin Islands vs Grenada
* Suriname vs Montserrat
* El Salvador vs Anguilla
* Nicaragua vs Netherlands Antilles

Second stage
* United States vs Dominica or

* Guatemala vs Turks and Caicos or
St. Lucia
* Trinidad & Tobago vs Bermuda or
Cayman Islands
* Aruba or Antigua and Barbuda vs
* Belize or St. Kitts and Nevis vs
* Jamaica vs The Bahamas or British
Virgin Islands
* Honduras vs Dominican Republic or
Puerto Rico
* Canada vs St. Vincent & the
* United States Virgin Islands or
Grenada vs Costa Rica
* Suriname or Montserrat vs Guyana
* Panama vs El Salvador or Anguilla
* Haiti vs Nicaragua or Netherlands

T&T eyes qualification again after World Cup soccer draw

Beenhakker, on the national
team's website.
T&T, Haiti, Cuba, St.
Vincent and the Grenadines,
Guyana, and Jamaica will
only see action from the sec-
ond stage of qualification. Of
the rest of CFU nations, two
face difficult first stage match-
es against Central American
opponents Anguilla face El

Salvador, and the Netherlands
Antilles meet Nicaragua.
The other four nations
in the CFU top 10 all have
intriguing fixtures in the first
stage of the competition.
announced that World Cup
qualification will commence
in February next year.

December 2007





Caribbean leaders pleased by C


KAMPALA, Uganda,
CMC Caribbean community
(CARICOM) delegates
appeared pleased at the end
of the Commonwealth Heads
of Government Summit
(CHOGM) here last month,
with the incoming chairman
of the grouping, Hubert
Ingraham, joining other
regional delegates in reporting
progress on several fronts.
"It was a most useful
meeting and productive. We
talked about the need for
Britain and Canada to use
their influence on our behalf,
which they both agreed to do,
to get the World Bank and
other major international insti-
tutions to refocus their assis-
tance and their support, not
only for development, but also
for environmental matters,"
Ingraham, who is also prime
minister of The Bahamas, told
regional reporters covering the
Kampala summit.
St. Kitts and Nevis's

Late St. Lucia

Janine Compton, 37, the daugh-
ter of former
Prime Minister
Sir John
Compton, won
the by-election
in the rural
Micoud North
area last month
to take com-
mand of a con- Compton
stituency con-
trolled by her late father for
more than 50 years.

Prime Minister Dr. Denzil
Douglas also described the
talks as "exceptionally fruit-
ful," while expressing opti-
mism that the yearend dead-
line for completion of trade
talks with Europe would be
extended. He said the conces-
sion was out-
s lined during a
meeting with
the British
Prime Minister
Brown and
other leading
Ingraham Kingdom gov-
ernment offi-
"We have a number of
African countries that have
supported us in this cause and
I think we have been able to
impact upon the British,"
Douglas said.
While not in a position to
say exactly how long an exten-
sion would be granted, he
said, "we are (now) told that
there is going to be a call for a
delay and for a little more

* Hurricane season shows
region's 'vulnerabilities'
Caribbean disaster managers say
the 2007 hurricane season, which
ended on Nov. 30, has highlighted
"serious vulnerabilities" across the
Jeremy Collymore, coordinator
of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency
Response Agency (CDERA), said
even in the absence of any Category
Three hurricanes making direct
landfall in the region this season,
Hurricane Dean, which impacted the
eastern Caribbean as a Category
Two hurricane, and other lesser sys-
tems demonstrated some weak

* UWI prof's son not guilty of
murder in Jamaica
Rodney Beckles, son of a university
professor, was found not guilty of
murdering Khalil Campbell, son of
Jamaican High Court judge Lennox
A 12-member jury hearing the

case in the Home Circuit Court freed
the 21-year-old son of Professor
Hilary Beckles, principal of the
University of the West Indies Cave
Hill Campus.

* Unusual behavior among
Dominican students
A pastor believes it is the work of the
devil, but a psychiatrist is of the opin-
ion that there are still too many unan-
swered questions as to why nearly 30
students of a secondary school in
south Dominica were exhibiting
"unusual behavior" on Nov. 22.
Eyewitnesses said that nearly 30
students made strange animal noises,
denouncing God and professing loyalty
to the devil. The students, all girls,
could not be contained by school and
medical authorities, despite efforts to
sedate them.

Compiled from CMC and other

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'wealth summit Haitian wins by landslide
time to be given to us."
Apart from trade, the in N.Y. council elections

Jamaica Prime vMinister Bruce
Golding took the lead in
appealing to the U.K. govern-
ment for a fresh approach to
the challenges facing heavily
indebted middle-income coun-
tries in the

found him
very under-
standing; he,

grave concern
about these Douglas
issues," said
Golding of
the meeting with the British
prime minister.
He also sought to make it
clear that the region was not
asking for debt relief, although
he said it was something coun-
tries would welcome if made
available to them.
The theme of the summit
was "Transforming
Commonwealth S ,I. II .

PM.'s daughter wins by-election
Sir John died in September votes in an election that many
after a prolonged illness. The 82- political pundits .iiik ip.iicd
year-old former prime minister would have been far more corn
had represented the area for petitive.
more than five decades. Preliminary figures release
His daughter's victory by the Electoral Office here at
restored the ruling United press time showed that 3,423 pc
Workers Party (UWP) six-seat sons voted in the by-election fc
majority in the 17-member which 6,388 had been register
House of Assembly. The results showed that
Having out-voted her four Compton tallied 1,957 votes t(
male opponents in every polling Wilson's 1,085, while the threc
station, Compton, a marine biol- independents, including econc
ogist, defeated her closest rival mist George Daniel, a disgrur
Silas Wilson, of the main tled member of the ruling
Opposition St. Lucia Labour United Workers Party (UWP
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ST. GEORGE'S, Grenada -
When American soldiers
invaded Grenada in 1983 they
carried guns and explosives to
quell political upheaval on this
tiny Caribbean island nation.
If an invasion of gay
tourists is allowed in the next
few months, they will bring
revenue and as such trigger
further growth in cruise
But that's not all that
could be brought to St.
George's if the concerns of
those contributing to
Grenada's hottest topic of
debate these days are any-
thing to go. A gay lifestyle
flaunted across the country as
a threat to local cultural and
religious values, seems to be a
main bone of contention by
many a caller to radio talk
shows and social commenta-
tors here. And this may have
thrown a series of gay cruises
planned for Grenada in jeop-
ardy as officials send conflict-
ing signals.
While the tourism director
and a senior government min-
ister seem to be ,'-u-lin-e
that the cruises will be allowed
into Port St. George, the coun-
try's Tourism Minister Clarice
Modeste Curwin has said that
there will be a review.
Tourism Director Joyslyn
Sylvester Gairy said the
authorities have been careful
not to ban the cruises for fear
of losing the entire cruise line
calls to tourism-dependent
"If you decide you do not
want that cruise ship to come
here you stand the risk of ask-
ing the entire cruise line not
to come into your country,"
said Sylvester Gairy.

Grenada's law effectively
bans sexual relations between
men and public shows of
affection between heterosexu-
al couples are not even com-
monplace. Minister for
Ecclesiastical Affairs, Senator
Ann David Antoine, said the
administration hopes when
the cruise tourists arrive they
will conduct lh me1I L
"These persons are per-
sons and we need to treat
them with appropriate dignity
and respect," Antoine stated.
Ship bearing gays have
been banned from the
Cayman Islands since the
authorities claimed that there
was no guarantee appropriate
standards of behavior would
be upheld. The Ralph
Gonsalves administration in
neighboring St. Vincent and
the Grenadines has done like-

wise, and outspoken trade
unionist ChILiL ,r Humphrey
wants the Keith Mitchell gov-
ernment to follow suit.
"He (Gonsalves) has said
quite openly his minister of
tourism wrote to the agent

titled "A difficult dL.i The debate in Grenada
about homosexuality is a con-
tinuation of one started sever-
al weeks ago when the United
Nations Human Rights
Committee shadow report on

Public displays supporting the gay lifestyle is a controversial issue in the Caribbean.

saying this ship will not be
allowed in St. Vincent and the
Grenadines waters," said
Humphrey, the president gen-
eral of the
Technical and
cruise ships
targeting the
gay communi- Curwin
ty are sched-
ule to visit
Grenada between the months
of December and March.
They are the Queen Mary II,
Royal Clipper, New Luxury
celebrity Summit and Legends
of the sea being promoted as a
black gay cruise. Royal
Clipper is also scheduled to
stop at St. Vincent.
"We have not taken a pol-
icy as to whether the ships
should land in Grenada or
not," said Curwin last month.
"It's an issue we have to dis-
cuss. This is a decision that
we would have to take."

An editorial in one of the
five weekly newspapers here
has 'u''LiLd that the cruises
be permitted but that strong
advisories be issued before the
passengers are allowed to dis-
"There is absolutely noth-
ing wrong with issuing strong
advisories aboard the cruise
lines alerting the visitors of
our laws and our religious and
cultural values and setting
clear guidelines as to how they
ought to conduct thl me\ILS
in Grenada", stated the
Grenada Advocate newspaper
in its editorial last month

Grenada recommended that
the island abolish sections of
the law which criminalizes
same sex relationship. The
U.N. report wants authorities
here to build relationships
with lesbian, gays and trans-
genders and sexual rights
organizations and provide
funds to upgrade programs for
HIV prevention, VCT, treat-
ment, and care programs for
same-sex practicing people.
This year, Grenada
recorded its largest number of
HIV positive cases in any
given year since its first male
case was diagnosed in 1984,
and authorities have been
working with vulnerable
groups including the gay pop-
ulation as part of a campaign
to reverse this trend. And it's
only in this type of context
that tolerance has been pro-
moted here.
"We are stating that we
believe that it is contrary to
scripture, but we know that
they are people like that who
are in the church and we
would accept them," said
Canon Leopold Friday, the
bishop of the Anglican church
in the Windward islands.
Grenada was plunged into
a similar debate when a gay
cruise visited Port St. George
two years ago and citizens
recoiled in shock at the sights
of crowds of gay people perus-
ing the city's streets.
"We have to be careful
not to get homophobic; not to
get paranoid," cautioned the
tourism minister.





* Carnival returns to eastern
Tourism officials say Carnival Cruise
Lines have reversed a decision to
abandon calls to St Lucia and other
ports in the eastern Caribbean.
Guy Joseph, St. Lucia's minister
of communications works, air and
seaports, said the government suc-
cessfully negotiated the return of
Carnival Cruises after the company
announced last year that it was
pulling out of the sub region, opting
instead to take its ships to a route
which included the Dominican

* More flights from New York to
St. Lucia
St. Lucia is benefiting from increased
airlift out of New York, a move
Tourism Minister Allen Chastanet
says will be a tremendous boost to
the island's tourism sector.
In making the announcement at
a press reception at the Marriott
Hotel, downtown Brooklyn last
month, Chastanet said American
Airlines has introduced non-stop,
inaugural flights from New York's
John F. Kennedy Airport to
Hewanorra International Airport in St.
Lucia. He said the three-time weekly
American Airlines flights will "aug-
ment the Air Jamaica service and not
replace it."

* Bermuda strikes new mega
ships deal with NCL
The Bermuda government has struck
a new deal with the Norwegian
Cruise Line (NCL) guaranteeing mega
cruise ships will come to the island
until at least 2018.
The 10-year agreement -
which will come into effect in 2009
- was announced last month by
Premier Ewart Brown.

* Canadian visitors to Jamaica
on rise
Canada has overtaken the United
Kingdom as Jamaica's second
largest market for visitors and it is

Aztec Airways
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expected that arrivals from the North
American country to the Caribbean
island will break the 200,000-mark
for the first time next year, an official
has revealed.
Jamaica's Tourism Minister
Edmund Bartlett made the
announcement and bold prediction
while updating travel trade partners
on the destination's strategies to
enhance the industry while on a brief
visit to Toronto last month.

* St. Lucia to host 'Caribbean
Marketplace' in 2009
St. Lucia will, in Jan. 2009, host
"Caribbean Marketplace", one of the
region's biggest tourism conventions.
Tourism Minister Allen Chastanet
announced the island's successful
bid to host the Caribbean Hotel
Association (CHA) event at a St. Lucia
government reception held in the
United Kingdom during the World
Travel Market, last month in London.
It is the first time that this major con-
ference, attended by some 1,500
delegates in Aruba last January, will
be held anywhere in the eastern

* Region warned of fierce
Caribbean tourism officials, who
gathered in England last month for
the World Travel Market, were cau-
tioned to expect fiercer competition
for a piece of the tourism pie as
other traditional and emerging desti-
nations vie for market share.
Debbie Hindle, managing direc-
tor of bgb Communications, a leading
British public relations firm that spe-
cializes in travel and tourism, told the
officials that both traditional and
nontraditional markets will present
tougher competition in the industry,
which is the main foreign exchange
earner in most Caribbean countries.

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