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The mayor of a
southern
Florida city
says a special
election will
be held by
March to
replace sus-
pended
Caribbean-born City
Commissioner Fitzroy
Salesman, who is facing a
gun-related charge, page 2.


Irving Burgie, a
music compos-
er who wrote
the Barbados
national
anthem and a
host of
Jamaican and
Caribbean folk
songs, was recently honored
for his work by the New York
City Council, page 11.


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The United States
Congress has honored
Caribbean-born pilot
Barrington Irving, a
Miami resident who last
year became the first
black man and the
youngest ever to fly solo
around the world,
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U.S. Congress honors Jamaican

pilot who flew solo around world


MIAMI- The United States
Congress has honored a young
Jamaican-born pilot who
became the first black to fly
solo around the world.
Miami-based Barrington
Irving, 23, was recognized by the
U.S. House of Representatives
when it unanimously passed a
resolution honoring him last
month. The bill, sponsored by
Florida Democratic representa-
tives Alcee Hastings and
Kendrick Meek, encourages
museums across the U.S. to
also commemorate Irving's
accomplishment.
"When the younger gen-
eration is looking for a role
model and hero, they need
to look no further than
Barrington Irving," Meek
said in a statement.
"This young pilot proved
that when you dream big
dreams and work hard, the


extraordinary is possible.
"I am honored to call
Barrington Irving a con-
stituent," he continued.
'INSPIRATION'
Irving started his 26,000-
mile journey on his single-
engine plane "Inspiration" in
March. He had convinced
friends, politicians and corpo-
rate sponsors to believe in his
aviation dream.
He had received recogni-
tions from cities in southern
Florida and his native Jamaica
after returning to Florida in June,
touching down at Orlando's Opa-
locka Executive Airport.
"It's just so humbling to
know that something that
started so small is now being
recognized across
the nation," Irving said.
"But, no matter what, the
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the impact that I've made on
youth and teaching them they
can do or be anything."
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New Jersey to apologize for slavery


NEW JERSEY New Jersey
is expected this month to join
four other states in America
in apologizing for slavery.
Under a measure to be
considered by its legislators,
New Jersey will join Alabama,
Maryland, North Carolina and
Virginia in issuing formal
apologies for slavery. If it
does, it will also be the first
Northern state in the United
States to do so.
"This is not too much
to ask of the state of New
Jersey," said Democratic


Assemblyman William Payne,
sponsor of the slavery bill.
"All that is being request-
ed is to say three simple
words: 'We are sorry'. If for-
mer Confederate states can
take action like this, why
can't a Northeast state like
New Jersey?" he added.
RESOLUTION
The Caribbean diplomatic
corps at the United Nations
ended 2007 on a positive note
by getting the U.N. to pass a
resolution by acclamation,


designating Mar. 25 as
"International Day" in recog-
nition of the abolition of the
trans-Atlantic slave trade.
The resolution also adopt-
ed by consensus a call by the
Caribbean community (CARI-
COM) for the erection of a
permanent memorial in the
halls of the U.N. "in acknowl-
edgement of the tragedy and
in consideration of the legacy
of slavery and the trans-
Atlantic slave trade".
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Special election to fill seat

of suspended Jamaican-born,

Florida city commissioner
FLORIDA The mayor of a assault with a firearm, a felony.
southern Florida city says a Prosecutors said Salesman
special election will be held by pulled a gun on fellow shopper
March to replace suspended Lazavius Hudson, 18, at a
Jamaican-born Commissioner Winn-Dixie Supermarket on
Fitzroy Salesman. Thanksgiving eve, Nov. 21.
According to the Charter Authorities initially
for the City of Miramar, a spe- charged Salesman with a mis-
cial election must be held with- demeanor, but the Broward
in 90 days upon receipt of a sus- State Attorney's Office upgrad-
pension order to replace a com- ed the charge to a felony after
missioner. The commissioners interviewing more witnesses.
were scheduled to meet on Jan. Salesman, who posted a
9 to set the election date. $5,000 bond and was released,
Mayor Lori Moseley said holds a concealed weapons
the election license and his attorney said
can't be held he will plead not guilty.
until March, so The governor issued an
the city can give executive order suspending
candidates an Salesman on Dec. 21. Miramar
opportunity to City spokesman Romeo
contest the poll. Lavarias said once the city
So far, one can- received a signed suspension
didate has Mosel order from the governor's
emerged, but Mseley office Salesman's annual
others said they $23,800 commission salary and
are contemplating running for benefits would be frozen.
the seat. This is Salesman's second
Carl Lanke, 44, a school suspension in two years. In
activist, who sits on the South June 2005, three months after
Broward Drainage District Salesman was elected to a sec-
Board, said he initially planned ond term, then-Governor Jeb
to run in 2009. But he said he Bush suspended him after
will now launch a campaign authorities charged him with
and run in the March election. driving under the influence
"It's time to move on and and eluding police.
for new leadership to repre- He was acquitted, and
sent Miramar," he said. received $88,000 in back pay and
allowances, city officials said.
SUSPENDED Salesman has been a com-
Last month, Florida missioner in the south Broward
Governor Charlie Crist sus- County city of more than
pended Salesman, 50, after he 100,000 people since 2001.
was charged with aggravated 0


Cocaine traffickers shifting from Caribbean routes ~ U.S.


WASHINGTON The
United States Coast Guard
says that illicit trafficking in
cocaine is seemingly shifting
from the Caribbean to the
Pacific, as it announced record
seizures this year.
"We have forced them to
adapt to routes that are dan-
gerous and are expensive,"


said Coast Guard Commander
Bob Watts in announcing the
record annual cocaine seizures
worth more than $4.7 billion.
Watts said the Coast Guard
captured 355,755 pounds of
cocaine in the past year, and
that the largest seizure was 20
tons discovered aboard a
Panamanian vessel in March.


Watts said because of the
Coast Guard's increased sur-
veillance in the Caribbean Sea,
smugglers are turning to "riski-
er tactics" in trying to evade
interdiction, including dissolv-
ing cocaine in diesel fuel.
ALTERNATIVES
He said they have also


been forced to turn to the
more expensive and arduous
Pacific Ocean routes, includ-
ing via the Galapagos Islands,
since most of the major routes
via the Caribbean Sea have
been shut down. Watts said
Africa is increasingly being
used as an alternative trans-
shipment route to the drug


market in Europe.
"We have forced them to
adapt to routes that are danger-
ous and are expensive," he said.
"Right now, we're seeing
guys get in go-fasts and running
1,000 miles into the Pacific and
rounding the Galapagos
Islands to come in," he added.
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U.N. secretary general joins Caribbean

in calling for end to 'modern day' slavery


UNITED NATIONS United
Nations Secretary General
Ban Ki-moon has joined the
Caribbean community (CARI-
COM) in calling for an end to
"modern day" slavery.
In a message commemo-
rating International Day for
the Abolition of Slavery last
month, Ban described as
shameful contemporary forms
of slavery, stating that such
practices "sanctioned, sup-
ported or ignored by those
with the power and the
responsibility to end them
should lead us to outrage."
He said millions continue
to live as "contemporary
slaves, victims of abominable
practices, like human traffick-
ing, forced labor and sexual
exploitation."


Ban said "countless" chil-
dren are forced to become sol-
diers, work in sweat shops or
are sold by "desperate" fami-
lies, and that \\ iin n are bru-
talized and traded like com-
modities.
"Entire households and
villages labor under debt
bondage," he said.
"The fact that these atroci-
ties take place in today's world
should fill us all with shame,"
the U.N. secretary general
added.

'CRIMES'
He said it is up to every-
one to raise his or her voice
against rMiLK that deprive
countless victims of their lib-
erty, dignity and human rights.
"We have to work together


to realize the equal rights prom-
ised to all by the United
Nations Charter," he continued.
"And we must collectively
give meaning to the words of
the Universal Declaration of
Human Rights that 'no one
shall be held in slavery or
servitude'," he said.
Stating that many of the
post-slavery dependency
arrangements still persist today,
CARICOM recently called for
their immediate end. Speaking
on behalf of CARICOM,
Dominica's U.N. Ambassador
Crispin Gregoire told the U.N.
Fourth Committee that it is
time for ending the "anachro-
nism of new millennium colo-
nialism in our part of the
African diaspora."


Former suspect in case of missing

American student regrets no trial


ORANJESTAD, CMC A
former suspect in the disap-
pearance in Aruba of American
high school student, Natalee
Holloway, says he regretted not
having the matter go to trial so
"everything could be out in the
open."
Joran van der Sloot, 20,
was re-arrested in Aruba in
November for a new interro-
gation about Holloway's dis-
appearance in 2005, but public
prosecutors on the island
closed their investigation
Dec. 18, saying they believed
Holloway was dead. They


also said they
did not have
enough evi-
dence to pros-
ecute van der
Sloot or two
other former
suspects,
brothers
Deepak and
Satish


Holloway


Kalpoe, 20 and 21.
The young men were
charged in the disappearance
of Holloway, 18, on May 30,
2005.
"I would have liked to


have seen a trial, so that
everything could be out in
the open," van der Sloot told
reporters late last month, his
first public remarks since being
released on Dec. 7.
All three suspects denied
any involvement in Holloway's
disappearance. Van der Sloot
denied there was any new
evidence to prompt his arrest
again last month, as prosecu-
tors had asserted.
"There was no new
evidence at all," he said.
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New York governor pardons Jamaican man,

sparing him deportation despite prison time


NEW YORK, CMC New
York Governor Eliot Spitzer
has pardoned a 54-year-old
Jamaican-born man convicted
of robbery 16 years ago, saying
the pardon would spare the
man from being deported to his
native land.
The man, Frederick Lake,
entered the United States legally
in 1987, but was facing deporta-
tion under a federal statute that
calls for the removal of a lawful
alien who is convicted of an
aggravated felony.
Although convicted of rob-
bery in 1991 and released from
prison in 1997, Lake has long
maintained his innocence, and a
judicial inquiry suggested that
he might have been the victim
of a miscarriage of justice.
On Dec. 22 Spitzer said that
he issued the pardon, at least in
part, so that Lake, who suffers
from heart disease and diabetes,
could remain with his wife and
two young sons in East Flatbush,
Brooklyn, where he has lived


since his release from prison 10
years ago.
"Mr. Lake has fully served
the sentence imposed upon him
for his robbery conviction," he
said in a statement.
"He had a perfect discipli-
nary record while in prison, he
has had no other arrests or con-
victions during his lifetime, and
he has been living safely and
without incident in the commu-
nity for the last 10 years," he
added.

'NO PURPOSE'
"No purpose would be
served by separating Mr. Lake
from his many family members
who are United States citizens,"
the governor continued.
Lake was arrested and
charged with robbing a payroll
company in Inwood, on Long
Island, a New York City suburb,
in 1989. At his trial in 1991,
three people testified that Lake
had committed the crime, even
though the suspect was initially


described as
short and
stocky and
wearing an
earring. Lake
was nearly
six feet tall
and did not
have a
pierced ear. Spitzer
He also
produced airline tickets and pas-
senger manifests that showed he
had flown to Jamaica several
days before the robbery and
returned months later.
"Lawyers dream about
cases like this," said John
Lewis, one of Lake's attorneys.
"And it's just an enormous priv-
ilege to be able to be there.
"I think that Governor
Spitzer has a lot of courage
doing this," he continued. "It
would be hard to find a more
worthy subject than Frederick
Lake for this distinction."
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Haitian mother tries to stop

N.Y. hospital from pulling plug

on her brain-dead daughter


NEW YORK A heartbroken
Haitian mother in Brooklyn is
trying desperately to stop a local
hospital from pulling the plug
on her brain-dead three-year-
old daughter.
Marie Joseph, 35, said on
Dec. 29 she needs more time to
come to grips with the awful
reality.
Only six days after
Brookdale University Medical
Centre in Brooklyn declared
Patricia Joseph brain-dead, doc-
tors told her mother that they
were going to pull the plug -
prompting her to get an emer-
gency court order.
"All I'm saying is that I
want my daughter to be able to
go on her own," said a tearful
Joseph.
"I just want my daughter to
live for a few more days, because
when she is gone, she is gone for-
ever, and I'm never going to see
her again," she added.
New York State law allows
hospitals to declare people dead
when they meet medical stan-
dards for brain death, but
requires hospitals to have a plan
for "reasonable accommoda-
tion" to the next of kin's reli-
gious or moral objections.
In a similar case in 1989, a
hospital was found to have the
authority to take an infant off
life support over the parents'
objections.

COMA
Joseph said she took
Patricia to Jamaica Hospital in
Queens on Dec. 16 to get her
checked for leg pains. But she
said doctors there transferred
the girl, who suffers from sickle-
cell anemia, to Brookdale
University Medical Centre,
where she was given morphine
and a blood transfusion. The
next day, Joseph said Patricia
went into a coma-like state after
doctors believed she had a
stroke. On Dec. 18, doctors
placed her on a ventilator.
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University Medical Centre
declared Patricia brain-dead,
drew up a death certificate and
gave Joseph the bad news.
"They came to me every
day," Joseph said.
"They told me that they did
not need my permission, and
that they were just letting me
know," she added.
"It was thanks to one of the
doctors that they gave me a few
days."

PANIC
Panicking, Joseph said she
immediately contacted lawyer
Keith Sullivan, who got a tempo-
rary restraining order discussions
with the hospital broke down. He
was back in a Brooklyn court on
the afternoon of
Dec. 28 asking that the order
be extended.
"Their conduct, on its best
day, is heartlessly callous,"
Sullivan told Justice Lawrence
Knipel.
"On its worst day, it's evil."
Knipel heard testimony
from a doctor, Mayank Shukla,
who conceded that Joseph never
gave the green light.
"She never said 'O.K.',"
Shukla said.
"But she understood the
process," she added. "She want-
ed more time, and we were giv-
ing her more time."
Knipel adjourned proceed-
ings until the new year, keeping
the existing stay in effect until
then.
Michael Hinck, a spokesman
for Brookdale University Medical
Centre, said the hospital had
made every effort to come to an
agreement with Joseph during
the six days after the girl was
declared brain dead. He said that
staff had even facilitated an in-
room baptism.
"The hospital is trying to be
as sympathetic as possible," he
said.
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Jamaican charged with drug

smuggling in prosthetic legs
4EW YORK A Jamaican not be removed. However,
ian was held without bail at a inspectors became suspicious
detentionn Centre in Brooklyn because Stewart's airline ticket
waiting charges for smuggling had been purchased in cash
cocaine into the John E three days earlier and immi-
1ennedy International Airport gration records showed that he
sing his prosthetic legs. had traveled to the U.S. three
Dean Stewart, 22, who times between June and
ses a wheelchair, was detained August for brief visits.
shortly after arriving on an Air Stewart's prosthetic legs
amaica flight from Kingston were removed and X-rayed
ist month, where agents found multiple
According to an indict- packages of cocaine concealed
lent filed in Brooklyn federal inside the limbs, according to


court, Stewart told custom
officers that he could not walk
and his prosthetic legs could


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Bhutto's death shocks Caribbean leaders


GORDON WILLIAMS
Caribbean leaders have
reacted with shock and
horror at the assassina-
tion of Pakistan Opposition
Leader Benazir Bhutto, who
was cut down in her home
country late last month.
Several condemned the
killing of the 54-year-old
leader of the Pakistan People's
Party and some indicated her

upheaval in
that country,
while others
warned peo-
ple in the
region not to
let political
passions lead
them to vio-
lence. Bhutto
Bhutto, a for-
mer prime minister, died after
attending a political rally on
Dec. 27 in her homeland. The
exact cause of her death was
still being hotly debated up to
press time. One explanation
was that a gunman shot her
and then set off an explosion
which killed him and at least
15 others near the scene.
Yet Bhutto's death also ignited
an emotional bombshell in the


Caribbean, with leaders
directing outage at the terror-
ist act.
"The government of the
Republic of Trinidad and
Tobago strongly condemns this
act and reaffirms its unwaver-
ing commitment to internation-
al efforts to eradicate terror-
ism", read a statement issued
by Trinidad and Tobago's
Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
"The government and peo-
ple of the Republic of Trinidad
and Tobago express the deep-
est sympathy to the govern-
ment and people of the Islamic
Republic of Pakistan and fami-
ly members of former Prime
Minister Ms. Benazir Ali
Bhutto, political leader of the
Pakistan People's Party, on the
tragic incident which resulted
in her untimely demise and
that of innocent civilians".

CONFLICT
Caribbean leaders claimed
that the political uncertainty in
Pakistan, which up to press
time was still scheduled to
hold general elections this
month, had been of serious
concern to the region and was
even discussed at November's
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Kampala, Uganda. The
Commonwealth had recently
suspended Pakistan, claiming
the Islamic state needed to
move towards restoring
democracy. Pakistan is ruled
by ex-Army head President
Pervez Musharaf, who had
been expected to oppose
Bhutto in the elections.
"The assassination of such
a prominent political figure as
Mrs. Bhutto has pushed the
country (Pakistan) into fur-
ther conflict, violence and
uncertainty," said Jamaica's
Prime Minister Bruce Golding
in a statement.
Meanwhile, at least one
Caribbean politician issued a
warning to people in the
region not to allow their polit-
ical loyalties to get out of con-
trol and lead to violence simi-
lar to that in Pakistan.
"One would never want
any such incidents to happen
in the Caribbean," former St.
Lucia Prime Minister Kenny
Anthony was quoted as saying.

Gordon Williams is
Caribbean Today's managing
editor. CMC reports con-
tributed to this story.
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Grenada's RM. could face

charges in U.S. ~ judge


ST. GEORGE'S, Grenada,
CMC A district judge in the
United States says that Prime
Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell
could be brought back to face
charges if he loses the next
general elections in Grenada.
District judge Leo Glasser
issued the ruling in dismissing
a case brought against the
Grenadian leader and his wife
Marietta Mitchell by Boston
businessman Charles Howland,
on the grounds that Mitchell
was subjected to immunity
from prosecution given his sta-
tus as head of government.
Mitchell's New National
Party (NNP) government had
written to the George W. Bush
administration in Washington
seeking immunity from prose-
cution on the grounds of head-
of-government status.
In his ruling, Judge
Glasser pointed to the case
involving Ferdinand Marcos,
a former president of the
Philippines now deceased,
and his wife Imelda. They
were hounded down in the
U.S. court and had to seek
immunity from prosecution,
which was later waived by the
Philippine government.
"It would follow, there-
fore, that a similar waiver
asserted by the government
of Grenada depriving Dr.
Mitchell of the immunity he
might otherwise enjoy after
leaving office would permit
Mr. Howland to pursue his
claims in this action," Judge
Glasser explained.
"To be clear, this court
cannot hold that head of state
immunity does or does not


apply to for-
mer heads of
state because
that issue is
not yet ripe; if
the plaintiff
renews his
claim against
the Mitchells Mitchell
at a point in
the future
when Dr. Mitchell is no
longer the prime minister of
Grenada, the issue will then
be ripe."

LAWSUIT
Howling is suing Prime
Minister Mitchell and his
wife, along with his former
Ambassador Eric Resteiner,
the imprisoned international
fraudster, in connection with a
multi-million dollar mail and
wire fraud in which the busi-
nessman lost thousands of dol-
lars. Howland is alleging that
Mitchell and his wife benefit-
ed financially from the
Resteiner scheme.
The Grenada prime minis-
ter has publicly admitted
receiving "approximately
US$15,000" from Resteiner,
but Timothy Bass, the former
chief of security for the impris-
oned conman alleged that he
videotaped Mitchell in June
2000 collecting $500,000.00 in
a briefcase from Resteiner.
The money was allegedly
given in the form of a bribe
for Resteiner to obtain a
diplomatic posting, but Prime
Minister Mitchell has consis-
tently denied the claim.
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U.S. to help CARICOM

fight region's drug trade
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, market provides weapons to
CMC The United States has terrorist groups, drug traffick-
announced that it will be pro- ers, gangs, and other criminal
viding assistance to Caribbean organizations," McCormack
community (CARICOM) said in a statement released by
states to help them battle the the U.S. Embassy here last
illicit trafficking in small arms month.
and light weapons in the He said under the agree-
region. ment, which came out of last
U.S. State Department March's meeting between
Spokesman Sean McCormack CARICOM foreign ministers
said under the CARICOM- and U.S. Secretary of State
U.S. Initiative to Combat Condoleezza Rice, concrete and
Illicit Trafficking In Small practical measures will be
Arms and Light Weapons, undertaken to address illicit traf-
Washington will be assisting picking in small arms and light
participating member states to weapons throughout the region.
address the problem. CARI- Recently, Barbados
COM states have often com- Foreign Minister Dame Billie
plained that they cannot fight Miller called on the United
the problem on their own. Nations and the international
"Illicit trafficking in small community to offer the region
arms and light weapons poses more assistance in fighting
a serious threat to the security illicit trafficking in small arms
of the Western Hemisphere and the illegal drugs trade.
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U.S. approves new passport card for travelers to the Caribbean


WASHINGTON The
United States Department of
State has approved a passport
card equipped with new fea-
tures to allow greater ease for
travelers to the Caribbean,
Canada and Mexico.
The department approved
the card on Dec. 31 that per-
mits information on it to be
read from a distance. But
critics say the new passport is
dangerous because it does not
do enough to protect personal
privacy.
Ann Barrett, deputy
assistant secretary for
passport services at the State
Department, said the cards
could be read from up to 20
feet away, and that processing
only takes one or two seconds.
"The card would not have
to be physically swiped
through a reader, as is the cur-
rent process with passports,"
she said in a statement.
Barrett said the chip on
the card will not contain biog-
raphical information, adding
that privacy protections will
be built into the card.
In 2004, the U.S.
Congress passed legislation
that called for a inTill r and
more convenient" passport
card for frequent border
crossers. Currently, immigra-
tion officers at ports of entry


swipe traditional passports,
for Americans re-entering the
country, through an electronic
reader.

'THREATS'
Critics have already
assailed the new technology
passport card, saying that it
does not sufficiently protect
nationals' privacy.
"(The technology is)
inherently insecure and poses
threats to personal privacy,
including identity theft,"
said Ari Schwartz, of the
Washington-based Center for
Democracy and Technology,
in a statement.
Schwartz said this specific
technology, known as "vicinity
read", is better capable of
tracking inventory rather than
people.
Effective Jan. 31,
American travelers returning
to the country from the
Caribbean, Bermuda, Canada
or Mexico will be permitted to
present a birth certificate and
driver's license instead of a
passport. Over the Christmas
holidays, the George W. Bush
administration delayed a
requirement that Americans
present passports when cross-
ing U.S. borders by land or sea.
Administration officials
said the measure requiring


passports will likely go into
effect at the end of next sum-
mer.
A provision of the
major end-of-year U.S.
Congressional budget bill


r n-mH^


Effective Jan. 31, American
travelers returning to the
country from the Caribbean,
Bermuda, Canada or Mexico
will be permitted to present
a birth certificate and dri-
ver's license instead of a
passport.

pushed back the plan by the
Department of Homeland
Security as a way of strength-
ening national security.

'NECESSARY STEP'
The Departments of State
and Homeland Security said
the change is a "necessary
step to prepare travelers and
ease the transition to the


future requirements of the
WHTI (Western Hemispheric
Travel Initiative).
"WHTI proposes to
establish documentation
requirements for travelers
entering the United States
who were previously exempt,
including citizens of the U.S.,
Canada, and Bermuda", they
said in a statement.
Currently, U.S. Customs
and Border Protection officers
may accept oral declarations
of citizenship from U.S. and
Canadian citizens seeking
entry into the U.S. through a
land or sea border. However,
the departments warned that,
as of Jan. 31, 2008, "oral dec-
larations of citizenship alone
will no longer be accepted.
"U.S. and Canadian citi-
zens, ages 19 and older will
need to present a government-
issued photo ID, such as a dri-
ver's licence, along with proof
of citizenship, such as a birth
certificate or naturalization
(L rilithdL_ the statement
said.
"Children, ages 18 and
under, will only be required to
present proof of citizenship,
such as a birth certificate", it
added.
0


Immigrants file

lawsuit to speed

up citizenship
SANTA ANA, California -
Even as Caribbean American
Congresswoman Yvette D.
Clarke has tabled a bill aimed at
reducing application backlogs
for immigrants seeking United
States citizenship, four immi-
grants have filed a federal law-
suit against delays in back-
ground checks performed by the
Federal Bureau of Investigations
(FBI).
The class action lawsuit was
filed last month in U.S. federal
court in Santa Ana, California,
by the National Immigration
Law Centre, a public interest law
group in Los Angeles, and the
American Civil Liberties Union.
It was filed on behalf of four
immigrants who have lived legal-
ly in the U.S. for many years and
are eager to become citizens.
The lawsuit seeks to
force U.S. Citizenship and
Immigration Services to
impose deadlines for complet-
ing all the checks and chal-
lenges the expanded searches.
By law, the agency is required
to decide on naturalization
petitions within 120 days after
the candidate passes that test.

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KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC -
The Bruce Golding administra-
tion has appointed a former
Jamaica Labour Party senator
and Member of Parliament as
ambassador to the United
States.
Anthony Johnson, a sen-
ior lecturer in the Department
of Management Studies at the
University of the West Indies,
Mona campus, will succeed
Dr. Gordon Shirley, principal
of that campus, the govern-
ment announced last month.
Johnson, who holds a mas-
ter's degree in international
trade and finance and a bache-
lor's degree in economics from
the University of California, is
expected to assume the post
early in 2008.
Johnson was minister of


state in the 1980s in the
ministries of Industry and
Commerce, and Agriculture.
He was also Opposition
spokesman on a wide range of
areas, including education,
agriculture, mining, energy
and technology.
He served as senator for
several years, most notably as
minority leader of the Senate
during the past five years. From
1991 to 1995, Johnson served as
a member of the Electoral
Advisory Committee, the body
that sets election policy here.
He was also the executive
director of the Private Sector
Organization of Jamaica, as
well as an executive of a num-
ber of business concerns.
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Immigrants file lawsuit to speed up citizenship


(CONTINUED FROM PAGE 5)
DELAYS
After filing naturalization
petitions, each waited a year or
more without being approved
because the FBI has not com-
pleted the required criminal
record check, the suit said.
They have received no expla-
nation for the delays.
"I want to be assimilated
into the system here," said
Abbas Amirichimeh, a 41-year-
old immigrant from Iran, who
has been living legally in the
U.S. since 1994 and is a plain-
tiff in the suit. "I want to vote
for the president."
Prekash Khatri, the
ombudsman of the immigration
agency, said the FBI checks
"may be the single bi_.-_.-L,
obstacle to the timely and effi-
cient delivery of immigration
b ni I ii by the agency.
Congresswoman Clarke,
the daughter of Jamaican immi-
grants, who represents the pre-
dominantly Caribbean llth
Congressional District in
Brooklyn, New York, said her
bill in the U.S. House of
Representatives would address
the new bureaucratic backlogs
resulting from an unanticipated
flood of applications for citizen-
ship and "green cards" for
Caribbean and other immi-
grants. She told the Caribbean
Media Corporation recently
that it was important that immi-
gration authorities do all in
their power, as soon as possible,
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."

HEAVY WORKLOAD
Christopher Bentley, an


agency spokesman, acknowl-
edged a backlog but said the
cases were a relatively small
part of the overall workload of
background checks. Of more
than 1.5 million checks the
agency ordered from the FBI in
the year ending Sept. 30, 90 per-
cent cleared within six months,
he said. Of about 300,000 name
checks waiting to be completed,
Bentley said, about half have
been hung up in the system for
more than six months.
Bentley and FBI officials
declined to comment on the
lawsuit, saying it was pending
litigation.
Jim Moorhead, 56, another
plaintiff, is a British citizen who
said he had lived as a legal
immigrant in the U.S. for 30
years. In 1991, Moorhead was
named a citizen hero by Los
Angeles County when he cap-
tured an armed robber. A name
check delay has held up his citi-
zenship petition for two years.
"I've given 30 years of my
life to America," he said, "and
now I can't even do the right
thing by becoming a citizen."

CLEAN-UP
Clarke said her bill, the
Citizen and Immigrant Backlog
Immigrant Act, would clean up
the unnecessary bureaucratic
logjam.
"This legislation would put
the FBI, the Department of
Homeland Security, the
Immigration Service and other
agencies on the spot for erasing
the backlog within 18 months,"
she said.
The backlog could also
prevent Caribbean and other
nationals from voting in this
year's U.S. presidential elec-
tions. Immigrants must hold
U.S. citizenship in order to
vote in most elections, includ-
ing presidential elections.
0


MIAMI The United States
Coast Guard says it has repa-
triated over 200 Haitian
migrants to Port-au-Prince,
the Haitian capital.
Officials said in a state-
ment late last month that the
crew of the Coast Guard
Cutter Venturous repatriated
202 Haitian on Christmas Eve,
Dec. 24.
"Crew members from the
cutter Vigilant located a gross-
ly overloaded 40-foot sail
freighter approximately 33
miles south of Great Inagua,
Bahamas, (Dec. 22)", it said.
"Once located, the
Vigilant crew immediately
launched their small boat and
began taking the migrants off
the dangerous vessel".
The Coast Guard said 25
of the 227 migrants were
"uncooperative and refused to
disembark the sail freighter,
and the crew of the Vigilant
determined it was best to allow
the sail freighter to beach itself
on Isle de Tortue, Haiti".

ASSISTANCE
It said the crew of the
Venturous, while on a port call
in Dominican Republic, was
launched to assist and recover
the migrants from the Vigorous.
"A 40-foot boat over-


loaded, with 227 people, is a
disaster-at-sea waiting to hap-
pen," said Lieutenant
Commander Chris O'Neil,
public affairs officer for the
Seventh Coast Guard District,
based in Miami.
"Fortunately, the cutters
Vigilant and Venturous were
able to bring the migrants safely
aboard their decks," he added.
"The sea is an unforgiving
environment in the best condi-
tions, and setting to sea in a
grossly overloaded vessel is far
from the best conditions," he
continued.
He said once aboard
Coast Guard cutters, all
migrants are provided food,
water, shelter and any neces-
sary medical attention.

DISCRIMINATION CLAIM
Haitian immigration advo-
cates here say the U.S. discrim-
inates against their compatriots
by allowing Cubans, who reach
U.S. shores, to remain in the
country; while the same is not
done for Haitians. They said
The Cuban Migration Act of
1994 and 1995 have produced a
"Wet Foot, Dry Foot" policy.
This means the U.S. would
stop admitting Cubans inter-
cepted at sea, and Cubans
caught at sea, that is, with wet


feet, would summarily be sent
to Cuba. But those who reach
U.S. soil (dry feet) would be
permitted to remain in the
United States, and are eligible
to adjust their status to perma-
nent residence.
"This policy is in contra-
diction and violation of the
third provision of the Cuban
Migration Act of 1994, which
clearly states that, 'The United
States and Cuba agreed to
cooperate on the voluntary
return of Cubans who arrived
in the United States or were
intercepted at sea,'" said
Claude Louissaint, a human
services administrator for the
Broward County government
in Southern Florida.
"The unfair treatment of
Haitian migrants, in compari-
son to Cubans, leads one to
believe that many of the gains
ethnic minorities have made in
the areas of civil rights are
being reversed before our very
eyes," he added.
"The 'Anecdotal Wet Foot
Dry Foot' policy represents a
major deviation from the
American laws designed to
eradicate racial discrimination
and guarantee equal protection
under the law," he continued.
0


U.S. praises Guyana for fight against drug trade


GEORGETOWN, Guyana,
CMC After years of criti-
cism the United States govern-
ment says it can now laud
Guyana's fight against the
thriving illegal drug enterprise
and as a reward has tied the
level of future assistance to
commensurate improvements.
"I am very heartened to
see that Guyana has doubled
the number of interdictions in
the drug trade this year with
the security forces being more
aggressive," said United States
Ambassador to Guyana David
Robinson.
The U.S. envoy here said
U.S. government officials
"understand how tough it is to


extradite someone and we are
not at all disappointed with
the co-operation we are get-
ting from the
government of
Guyana."
Guyanese
authorities are
boasting of a
handful of drug
interdictions in
2007, which is
a major Robinson
improvement.
Scores of locals are currently
facing illegal drugs charges
overseas after passing frisking
by the police; sniffer dogs and
electronic surveillance at the
Cheddi Jagan International


Airport (CJIA) at Timehri,
south of the capital.

SATISFIED
The U.S. government, in
its annual reports the last two
years, has publicly cited
Guyana as a major trans-ship-
ment point in the multi-billion
dollar illegal drugs trade, and
criticized the government's
response. This time though
Robinson said Washington is
satisfied with the level of
cooperation his country is
receiving from Guyana in rela-
tion to the illicit trade and
extraditions.
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U.S. Congress honors Haitians who fought in Revolutionary War


WASHINGTON The
United States Congress has
honored Haitian soldiers
who fought for America's
Independence during the
Revolutionary War.
Florida Democratic
Congressman Kendrick Meek,
of Miami, introduced a resolu-
tion in the U.S. House of
Representatives commemo-
rating the courage of Haitian
soldiers who fought on behalf
of the U.S. in the ,kgL of
Savannah" during the
American Revolutionary War.
Meek introduced the reso-
lution on Dec. 19, the same day
that Haitians marked their
Independence and the renunci-
ation of slavery. Haiti celebrates
its Independence as the first
free Black Republic on Jan. 1.

MONUMENT
In October, the Haitian
American Historical Society, a
Miami-based nonprofit organ-
ization, erected the Savannah
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toric city in Georgia. The soci-
ety raised more than $400,000
in private donations to fund
the monument, and worked
alongside Savannah leaders.
Meek, who represents one
of the largest constituencies of
Haitian American voters in
Miami, said that the heroism
displayed by Haitian soldiers
in Savannah, during the
American Revolutionary War,
is a m,,irt L of great inspira-
tion and pride for Haitians.
"Haitians bled for our
country, and the Savannah
Monument Project and this
congressional resolution help
honor the sacrifice of these
brave Haitians who played a
part in the founding of our
great democracy," he said.
"Thanks to the tireless
efforts of the Haitian
American Historical Society,
which initiated the effort to
build the monument, this
great achievement will be rec-
ognized by the U.S.


Caribbean votes against U.N.

moratorium on death penalty
QTED NATIONS The Massimo D'Alema, Italy's for-
ribbean community (CARI- eign minister, speaking on
)M) has registered its strong behalf of the E.U., an ardent
position to a United Nations proponent of the death penalty,
n-binding resolution calling dismissed the allegations.
a moratorium on the death "The resolution is not an
nalty. interference," he said.
Claiming that the General "But we call on each
sembly vote attempts to member state of the United
dermine its sovereignty, Nations to implement the reso-
LRICOM has strongly lution and also to open a
'tested the initiative, joining debate on the death penalty.
er 65 countries that either "The moratorium is an
posed or abstained from the important opportunity for inter-
e. national debate," he continued.
Some 104 countries sup- Twenty-seven E.U. mem-
rted the resolution, while ber-states voted for the mora-
voted against it, and 29 torium, along with over a
stained. dozen Latin American coun-
The resolution called for tries and eight African states.
moratorium on executions, The United States, Singapore,
h a view to abolishing the Egypt and Iran joined CARI-
ath penalty". COM in opposing the meas-
"Capital punishment ure.
nains legal under internation- Over 100 countries are
aw, and Barbados wishes to said to retain the death penalty
;rcise its sovereign right to on their statutes, while about
it as a deterrent to the 133 have either abolished it in
st serious crimes," said law or practice.
)hammed Degia, Barbados's Despite the controversy,
t secretary to the U.N., U.N. Secretary-General Ban
ose country was among vocif- Ki-moon welcomed the adop-
us opponents of the measure. tion of the resolution, stating
"Beyond all of this, is the that he was "heartened by
iple fact that the question of signs that capital punishment
death penalty is basically will eventually be abolished
e of criminal justice, as worldwide.
forced and upheld within "Today's vote represents a
ional legal systems," he bold step by the international
led. community," he said.
"I am particularly encour-
'CUSATION aged by the support expressed
CARICOM accused devel- for this initiative from many
ed countries, particularly diverse regions of the world.
)se in the European Union, "This is further evidence
attempting to impose their of a trend towards ultimately
1 on them and threatening to abolishing the death penalty."
hdraw aid if they voted 4
[inst the initiative. But


Monument in Savannah, Georgia honoring Haitians.


Congress," he added.

FIGHTERS
Meek said that on October
9, 1779, the soldiers of
Chasseurs-Volontaires de


Saint Domingue (Haiti) served
as the largest unit of soldiers of
African descent to fight in the
Siege of Savannah, alongside
American and French forces.
"The Savannah Monument


represents the free black men
of Haiti that helped America
win its Independence from
British rule," said Daniel Fils-
Aim6, chairman of the Haitian
American Historical Society.
"I am grateful to the city
of Savannah for this overdue
recognition."
The monument was
designed by Miami sculptor
James Mastin and consists of
four life-size figures in mili-
tary uniforms. One is wound-
ed, one is shooting, and anoth-
er is cocking his gun. The
fourth figure is a 12-year-old
drummer boy, a representa-
tion of Henri Christophe, who
later became Haiti's ruler after
freed slaves successfully
staged their own revolution
against France.
*


Judge grants bond to U.S. immigration agent

accused of raping Jamaican woman


MIAMI A United States
federal judge here has ruled
that an immigration agent
accused of raping a Jamaican
woman while she was being
held in detention can be
released on bond.
Judge Peter Palermo last
month granted a $50,000 bond
for Immigration and Customs
Enforcement agent Wilfredo
Vazquez, who allegedly raped
the 39-year-old Jamaican
woman while she was being
moved from a detention facili-
ty in Miami.
Assistant U.S. Attorney
Ben Greenberg, however,
argued that Vazquez, 35, is "a
danger to the community and
a risk of flight" and, therefore,
should be kept behind bars
until trial on sexual battery
charges.
But Vazquez's attorney
Howard Schumacher coun-
tered that Vazquez should be
released, noting he had 16
years of military service,
including being a decorated
veteran of the war in Iraq. He
served there between Dec.

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2002 and Feb. 2004, he said.
When Vazquez was arrest-
ed on Nov. 16, he was working
as an active Air Force military
police officer in Tampa,
Florida.

ACCUSATION
Court records indicate
that Vazquez allegedly drove
the Jamaican woman from a
Miami-Dade detention center
to one in Broward County
but, on the way, he took her to
his home and raped her.
The woman said she was
"afraid" of Vazquez, accord-
ing to the criminal complaint,
and "emphasized that
Vazquez was wearing his
firearm, at all times, and she
did not know what he was
capable of doing to her."
The woman was being
processed at Krome detention
center in Miami for transfer to
one in Pompano Beach,
Florida after being sentenced
to time served in connection
with a false claim to U.S. citi-
zenship. Immigration officials
said they plan to put her in


deportation proceedings. She
has lived in the U.S. for 12
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Callers beware: pre-paid cards failing


to deliver on promises to consumers


TALLAHASSEE, Florida -
Callers to the Caribbean often
view pre-paid telephone cards
as a way to make talk cheaper.
But those phone cards may
not deliver services as
advertised to consumers,
according to Florida's Public
Service Commission (PSC).
Investigators from the
PSC recently conducted ran-
dom service quality checks on
calling cards issued by 10
firms in Florida, United
States. During these checks,
PSC investigators found sever-
al cards that did not function
as advertised.
According to PSC rules,
the card provider must be reg-
istered with the PSC if the
card can be used for intra-
state calls. The PSC must also
be notified of all charges, sur-
charges, and fees for the pre-
paid card, and this informa-
tion must also be disclosed to
the customer at the point of
purchase.

PROBLEMS


the card's network was contin-
uously busy;
* The card advertised no con-
nection fees, yet charged dis-
connection fees, misleading
consumers;
* The advertised per minute
rate on the card only applied
to one call. Additional calls
were charged at a much high-
er rate;
* The advertised rate only
applied to limited areas, which
was not disclosed; or
The card did not work
at all.


investigation of consumer
fraud is warranted.
If a consumer detects a
violation of a card's disclosed
fees or any additional prob-
lems, they should call the PSC
at 800-342-3552 to register a
complaint. The consumer
may also take the card back
to the point of purchase and
attempt to obtain a refund.
If consumers are consider-
ing using a pre-paid telephone
card, here are a few tips:
* Read the fine print before
buying a card;
* Be sure you understand
exactly what the calls will cost,
including the per minute
charge and any connection or
disconnection fees;
* Check the card's expiration
date;
* Look for a toll-free cus-
tomer contact service number
to call if you have problems
using the card; and
* Make sure the card can be
used to your calling destina-
tion. Fees may vary based on
calling destination.


Problems with the prepaid WARNING For more tips on using
cards included: If a violation is detected, pre-paid phone cards,
* The company was not regis- the PSC sends a letter to the brochures in English and
tered with the PSC; card issuer directing the com- Spanish are available on the
* The card was not charging pany to come into compliance PSC's website at www.flori-
for calls as expected; and notifying it that fines may dapsc.com. Consumers can
* The addition of unadver- be assessed. Inter-state and also call the PSC's consumer
tised surcharges and limita- international results from the line at 800-342-3552 (Spanish
tions was not disclosed; investigation are being shared agents available).
* The access number for with Florida's attorney general
to determine if any additional

MGIION Getting 'U' status in the United States

I I R T state, or local law enforcement try is justified on humanitarian
official that demonstrates the grounds to ensure continuation
P IC ORNER petitioner "has been helpful, is of a cohesive family
Ihina helnfnul or is likely to be Note that no fee will be


QUESTION: How does one
become eligible for 'U' nonim-
migrant status?

ANSWER: The Untied States.
Citizenship and Immigration
Services (USCIS) is publishing
an interim final rule that will
grant certain immigrant victims
of crimes who will assist govern-
ment and law enforcement offi-
cials in investigating or prosecut-
ing the criminal activity, a visa
called the "U" visa.
To be eligible, USCIS offi-
cials say the immigrant must have
suffered substantial physical or
mental abuse as a result of hav-
ing been a victim of a qualifying
criminal activity. Additionally, he
or she must have information
concerning that criminal activity;
be helpful in the investigation or
prosecution of the crime, which
must have violated the laws of
the U.S.
The petition for U nonimmi-
grant status must be filed by the
immigrant victim who must pro-
vide a U Nonimmigrant Status
Certification (Form 1-918,
Supplement B) from a federal,


helpful" in the investigation or
prosecution of the criminal activi-
ty Qualifying criminal activity
includes: Abduction, incest, rape,
sexual assault, torture, murder,
trafficking, false imprisonment,
perjury, female genital mutila-
tion, domestic abuse, blackmail,
abusive sexual contact, witness
tampering, prostitution, slave
trade, sexual exploitation and
involuntary servitude among
other related crimes.
Further, either the head of the
agency or a supervisor designated
with the authority to issue certifi-
cations on behalf of the agency
must sign the certification.

APPLICATION
Currently, USCIS has desig-
nated its Vermont Service
Center as the centralized loca-
tion to receive all U nonimmi-
grant petitions. USCIS can grant
up to 10,000 'U' visas each year
authorizing the holder to remain
in the U.S. for up to four years.
The immigrant can them apply
for permanent residency status,
but the agency will have to
determine that the individual's
continued presence in the coun-


charged for filing Form 1-918.
Petitioners must, however, pay
the established fee for finger-
printing services for each person
aged 14 to 79 included with each
petition. The biometric fee is
currently $80 per person.
"Many immigrant crime vic-
tims fear coming forward to
assist law enforcement because
they may not have legal status,"
explained USCIS Director
Emilio Gonzalez. "We're confi-
dent that we have developed a
rule that meets the spirit of the
Act; to help curtail criminal
activity, protect victims, and
encourage them to fully partici-
pate in proceedings that will aid
in bringing perpetrators to jus-
tice."

Compiled by Felicia Persaud.
Answers provided here are for
information purposes only, and
do not create an attorney-client
relationship; nor are they a sub-
stitute for "legal advice", which
can only be given by a compe-
tent attorney after reviewing all
the facts of the case.
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Social Security's retirement

benefits at your fingertips

ALFREDO BROOKS


The following are questions
and answers relating to Social
Security issues in the United
States.

QUESTION: My parents have
been asking me to help them
with their retirement plans. I
know Social Security is closed
during holidays. Is there any
way I can help them out over a
holiday weekend?

ANSWER: Yes our website,
www.socialsecurity.gov/online-
services, is ready to assist you.
You can visit our online retire-
ment planners to help them find
out their full retirement ages
and information to help them
determine when the time is
right to apply for benefits. And
if that time is now, you can even
help them complete and submit
their application for retirement
benefits online. Visit
www.socialsecurity.gov/online-
services to get started.

Q: My wife worked for a num-
ber of years. We noticed in her
most recent Social Security
statement that she is only three
work credits shy of qualifying
for Social Security retirement
benefits. Can we voluntarily
contribute money directly to
Social Security so that she will
have retirement benefits cover-
age?

A: No. People cannot get addi-
tional Social Security credits by
voluntarily contributing money
directly to Social Security. They
can earn credits only by working
in a job or business covered
under Social Security. However,
even if your wife does not have
her own Social Security cover-
age she may be eligible to
receive Social Security benefits
based on your work record.

Q: What is the absolute earliest
age that a person can retire
under Social Security?

A: An eligible worker may
start receiving Social Security
retirement benefits as early as
age 62. However, if you start
your benefits early, they are
permanently reduced for each
month before your full retire-
ment age. For example, if your
full retirement age is 66 and
you sign up for Social Security
when you're age 62, you will
only receive 75 percent of your
full retirement benefit.
For more information
about the relationship between
age and benefit payment
amounts, you can visit the
Social Security website at
www.socialsecurity.gov/retire-
ment. Or you can call Social
Security's toll-free number at 1-
800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-
0778) and ask for the publica-


Social Security benefits can make
retirement enjoyable.
tion, "Retirement BLI n1 IN .

Alfredo Brooks is a Social
Security public affairs special-
ist based in Orlando, Florida.
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NEW YORK Immigrant
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ly as United States-born chil-
dren to suffer from lead poi-
soning in New York City,
according to a new Health
Department study. The risk is
highest among the most recent
immigrants.
The new study of children
tested for lead poisoning in


2002, published online in the
American Journal of Public
Health last month, found that
children who had lived abroad
within the previous six months
were 11 times as likely as
U.S.-born children to have
lead poisoning.
The most affected chil-
dren were from the
Dominican Republic, Haiti,


Mexico and Pakistan -
nations where lead may be
less tightly regulated than in
the United States. The study
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soning in New York City's
immigrant children.
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Cervical cancer The task
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sure, but there's no agreed-
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mends screening every two
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130/85 and at more frequent
intervals for people with high-
er baseline readings.


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Tobacco All adults should be
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smokers should receive an
intervention designed to end
their tobacco habit.

Alcohol All adults should
receive screening and behav-
ioral counseling interventions
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adults, including pregnant
women, in primary care set-
tings.

Obesity The task force rec-
ommends that clinicians
screen all adult patients for
obesity and offer intensive
counseling and behavioral
interventions to promote sus-
tained weight loss for obese
adults.
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City, but immigrant children
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cent of U.S.-born cases, but
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their children are tested for
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two, as required by law."
The Health Department's
most current statistics show
that while only 14 percent of
the city's children were born
outside the U.S., 18 percent of
lead poisoned children with
lead levels requiring home
investigation were foreign-
born.
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CARIBBEAN TODAY


2007: A year when the Caribbean broke new ground in sports, trade


PETER RICHARDS

Intense political drama, high
profile legal battles, turbulence
in the regional air transport
sector and the signing of a new
comprehensive trade pact with
former colonial powers in
Europe dominated the land-
scape in the Cribbin, but
2007 will long be remembered
as the year in which the region
hosted a major global sporting
event.
For nearly two months of
an event-filled year, the
Caribbean
stepped on to
the world stage
to host the ..
Mar. 13 to
April 28
Cricket World
Cup, which was
played in nine
countries after Woolmer's death
the hosts met overshadowed
what many Cricket World Cup.
skeptics said
would have been an impossible
deadline to complete an
impressive list of new stadia
in the participating states.
Impressed with the working of
many of the systems during the
event, CARICOM leaders,
meeting two months after the
teams departed the region and
the spotlight had shifted, made
a decision to maintain many of
the structures set up for the
global event.

MARRED
The death of Pakistan
cricket coach Bob Woolmer,
however, overshadowed the
Cricket World Cup in the
region. Jamaican pathologist
Dr. Ere Seshiah kept to his
claim that the former England
cricketer had been strangled
even though other pathologists
found that Woolmer had died
of natural causes when he was
found in his hotel room on
Mar. 18. The inquest into his
death did not shed much light
on the situation.
The controversial
Economic Partnership
Agreement (EPA) signed with
the European Union just weeks
before the yearend deadline
might not have been the bigg.LI
headline grabber, but it may yet
be the 2007 event which most
defines the future of these
Caribbean states still proceed-
ing along an ambitious path to
merge their markets and
economies. While, as expected,
Caribbean governments lauded
the accord, there were others,
such as the Barbados-based
Caribbean Policy Development
Centre (CPDC), that argued
that the agreement fell short of
answering many of the critical
sustainable development chal-
lenges facing the region and has
little with which to move it
beyond a traditional Free Trade


Agreement (FTA).
The EPA, which Europe is
negotiating separately with the
79-member African, Caribbean
and Pacific (ACP) group of
states, replaces a special export
regime for cane sugar and
other economically critical
goods from these countries that
had been in place since the
mid-1970s. But supporters and
critics alike agree that the EPA
pact would strongly influence
how the region conducts future
trade and economic relations
and some prominent
Caribbean nationals, including
Professor Norman Girvan, the
former secretary general of the
Association of Caribbean
States (ACS), had called for a
postponement of the Dec. 31
deadline for signing the EPA.

ELECTIONS
General elections were
held in The Bahamas, Jamaica,
Trinidad and Tobago, Turks
and Caicos, the British Virgin
Islands and Bermuda in 2007.
Jamaicans swept aside their
first woman Prime Minister,
Portia Simpson Miller, in favor
of Bruce Golding, whose
Jamaica Labour (JLP) was able
to squeeze out a two-seat
majority in the 60-member
Parliament. The victory by the
JLP followed a similar pattern
in The Bahamas, where Prime
Minister Perry Christie and his
Progressive Liberal Party
(PLP) were replaced by Hubert
Ingraham's Free National
Movement (FNM), and in the
British Virgin Islands, where
the main Opposition Virgin
Islands Party (VIP) won 11
of the 15 seats in that British
Overseas Territory.
Patrick Manning stemmed
the hemorrhage of incumbent
parties falling out of grace with
the electorate and was sworn in
as prime minister of Trinidad
and Tobago for a fourth term,
one day after his People's
National Movement (PNM)
swept aside the United
National Congress (UNC) and
the Congress of the People
(COP) in the Nov. 5 general
elections.
By yearend, Premier Ewart
Brown followed Manning and
led his Progressive Labour
Party (PLP) to a third succes-
sive victory over the main
Opposition United Bermuda
Party (UBP) in Bermuda.
A new prime minister was
sworn into office in St. Lucia in
2007. Stephenson King took
over the reigns of government
nine months after the 82-year-
old Sir John Compton, who
had defied the odds, led the
United Workers Party (UWP)
to victory over the St. Lucia
Labour Party (SLP). Sir John,
who led the country for over 30
years as chief minister, premier
and prime minister at various


periods, died in September
after a protracted illness that
included a series of minor
strokes and pneumonia.
In Belize, where Prime
Minister Said Musa is gearing
for general elections in 2008,
two government ministers were
dismissed because they were
not present
when the
Opposition
sought to
move a vote of
no-confidence
in the Musa
administration.
The year
also ended King took over in
with much St. Lucia.
speculation
that Prime Minister Dr. Keith
Mitchell will call early general
elections in Grenada, particu-
larly after the latest opinion
polls had shown his ruling New
National Party (NNP) had
rebounded sufficiently to be
in a position to defeat the
National Democratic Congress
and the Grenada United
Labour Party (GULP).

U.S. LINK
In 2007, the Caribbean
sought to improve its relation-
ship with its most powerful
neighbor to the north the
United States. Regional leaders
traveled to Washington D.C. in


Golding


June for the inaugural
Conference on the Caribbean
that also included discussions
with President George W. Bush
and senior U.S. officials,
including influential lawmakers
in the Congress and Senate.
The communique issued after
the meeting with Bush noted
that the leaders pledged to
continue promoting the consol-
idation of democratic norms,
values, and institutions
throughout the hemisphere and
to enhance accountability and
respect for individual rights.
Not to be outdone, newly
elected Canadian Prime
Minister Stephen Harper visit-
ed the Caribbean and outlined
a 10-year plan for a new eco-
nomic partnership with CARI-
COM that includes assistance
for member states as they
make the transition towards
the CSME.
But even as Washington


was outlining plans to help the
region deal with threats of
terrorism and crime, four
Caribbean nationals were
arrested in Trinidad and
Tobago and the U.S. on
charges of seeking to blow up
the John F Kennedy (JFK)
International Airport in New
York. A magistrate court in
Port of Spain ruled that a
prima facie case had been
made out against Trinidadian
Kareem Ibrahiim, 62, former
Opposition legislator in
Guyana Abdul Kadir, 55, and
another Guyanese national
Abdel Nur, 57, who were
arrested in June and charged
with conspiring to "cause
death, serious bodily injury and
extensive destruction" by blow-
ing up the fuel supply to the
airport. The men arrested in
Trinidad have since challenged
their extradition and by
yearend the matter was still
being heard in the courts in
Trinidad.
In Suriname, the highly
anticipated trial of 25 people
implicated in the Dec.1982
extra judicial killing of 15 politi-
cal opponents of the then mili-
tary regime of army command-
er Desi Bouterse began in
November. In Grenada, a rul-
ing by the London-based Privy
Council, the island's highest
court, paved the way for the
release of some of the men con-
victed for the 1983 murder of
then left-wing Prime Minister
Maurice Bishop and several
members of his Cabinet. The
Privy Council ruled that the
death sentence imposed on the
former Deputy Prime Minister
Bernard Coard and several oth-
ers was invalid and ordered
that the men be re-sentenced.
Trinidad and Tobago's
Chief Justice Satnarine Sharma
escaped impeachment after a
tribunal appointed to investi-
gate charges of judicial inter-
ference, in a case involving for-
mer Prime Minister Basdeo
Panday, found there was not
sufficient evidence to warrant
his removal from office.
Panday was subsequently sent
to jail for breaching the
Integrity Commission rules by
failing to declare millions of
dollars he had in banks in
London. He is out on bail
appealing that decision.
Even some of the region's
high profile entertainers went
before the courts in 2007. In
Jamaica, Moses "Beenie Man"
Davis was charged with tax
evasion amounting to J$30 mil-
lion ($400,000), while the
Trinidadian soca artiste Machal
Montano was released on
TT$50,000 ($8,300) bail as a
result of an altercation outside
a night club in Port of Spain.
Other artistes, including Kernel
Roberts, the son of the late
calypso legend "Lord


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January 2008


Kitchener" (Alwyn Roberts)
have also been charged.

BORDER CLASH
A ruling by the Hague-
based Permanent Court of
Arbitration was interpreted by
both Guyana and Suriname as
a victory of sorts for each other
in their longstanding border
dispute. In its ruling, the
United Nations tribunal
slapped both Suriname and
Guyana for failing to do their
utmost to resolve the dispute
according to established inter-
national prac-
tices. By
yearend,
Guyana was
seeking an
explanation
from Venezuela
over a military
incursion into
its territory and Bouterse is on trial.
Suriname said
it wanted an amicable border
agreement with French
Guiana.
As the Caribbean states
sought to tighten their borders,
efforts to establish a single
Caribbean carrier were again a
dominant agenda item in 2007.
Caribbean Airlines, the new
Trinidad and Tobago-based car-
rier, which replaced BWIA,
took to the skies in January, but
Air Jamaica, the region's single
largest carrier, said it was not
prepared to participate in any
single regional airline, while
Guyana and a Canadian-based
firm have started talks to estab-
lish a national carrier by 2008.
High airfares, accompa-
nied the buy-out of Caribbean
Star by the regional airline
LIAT and the Antigua-based
airline defended the increase,
saying it was "appropriate and
1LjihnIk But by yearend,
some Caribbean governments
were complaining loudly of the
monopoly situation created by
the multi-million dollar pur-
chase of Caribbean Star assets.
While the region was
spared the annual onslaught by
hurricanes and other weather
patterns last year, Hurricane
Dean and tropical storms Felix
and Noel did much to cause
more than 60 deaths, mainly in
Haiti. The murder of police
officers in Jamaica, the death
of escaped prisoners in Guyana
as well as civilians at the hands
of Trinidad and Tobago police
underscored the ongoing crime
problem in the Caribbean.
The release of journalist
Mark Benschop in Guyana on
treason charges under a
Presidential Free Pardon masked
the relationship between the
media and Caribbean govern-
ments in 2007.

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N.Y. City Council honors Irving Burgie Reggae gets international focus

~ Music composer with Caribbean ties gets Big Apple recognition at UWI confab in Jamaica, Feb. '08


NEW YORK New York City
Council has honored the com-
poser of Barbados's national
anthem and a host of Jamaican
and Caribbean folk songs.
Irving Burgie received
the council's proclamation on
Dec. 19 during an elaborate
Christmas celebration ceremo-
ny at New York City Hall
presided over by three
Caribbean Council members -
Leroy Comrie, of Jamaican
parentage; Vincentian Dr.
Kendall Stewart; and Haitian
Dr. Mathieu Eugene.
The council said Burgie,
also renowned as the composer
of "Jamaica Farewell" and
"Day-O", was awarded the
proclamation "in tribute to his
lifetime of musical and philan-
thropic contributions".
"The incomparable Irving
Burgie continues to serve as a
source of tremendous pride for
Caribbean nationals across the
diaspora," Comrie told those
attending the ceremony.
"He is a role model for
aspiring singers and composers
in our city and across the


world."
Burgie composed about 34
songs for singer Harry
Belafonte, of Jamaican parent-
age, between 1955 and 1960.


These included 11 songs on
the 1956 Belafonte album
"Calypso", which remained
number one on the Billboard
charts for 32 weeks and was
the first album of any kind to
sell over one million copies.
Burgie also composed other
songs for Belafonte, such as
"Island in the Sun", which was
the title of the 1957 hit movie.


In 1966, Burgie composed
the words for the national
anthem of the newly,
Independent nation of
Barbados. His songs have
sold over 100 million records
worldwide, and his music has
been performed by artistes
around the globe.


BelaTonte


Burgie has also penned
songs for the Kingston Trio
and many other groups. His
songs have been featured in
numerous films and music

(CONTINUED ON PAGE 12)


The worldwide impact of
Jamaica's reggae music
will be the focus of a
weeklong international con-
ference in the Caribbean
island next month.
The University of the
West Indies' Institute of
Caribbean Studies and the
Faculty of Social Sciences at
Mona will host "Global
Reggae: Jamaican Popular
Music A Yard and Abroad"
Feb. 18-24.
The conference, which
will feature attractions at
other venues in Jamaica as
well, is the third in a series
focusing on Caribbean cul-
ture. The first, held in 1996,
honored Professor Rex
Nettleford, UWI's vice-chan-
cellor emeritus. The second, in
2002, celebrated the work of
the Barbadian griot/historian,
Professor Kamau Brathwaite.
This third conference, to
be held in association with the
Recording Industry
Association of Jamaica
(RIAJam), the Jamaica
Cultural Development
Commission, the Bob Marley
Foundation, and the Jamaica
Tourist Board, will pay tribute
to the generation of musicians
who have created reggae -
Jamaica's distinctive contribu-
tion to world culture icons
such as Count Matchuki, Don
Drummond, Count Ossie,
Mrs. Pottinger, and Prince


Marley helped reggae captivate the
world.
Buster.

RATIONALE
The conference, coupled
with associated reggae con-
certs, will consolidate and dis-
seminate knowledge on the
global impact of Jamaica's dis-
tinctive musical contribution
to world culture. It hopes to
build on the foundation of the
1995 symposium that was held
at UWI, Mona, co-sponsored
by the Reggae Studies Unit
and the Bob Marley
Foundation, to celebrate the
50th anniversary of the birth
of Jamaica's premier cultural
ambassador Bob Marley.
The 2008 conference will
provide an opportunity for
musicians, scholars, cultural
practitioners and entrepre-
neurs from Jamaica and
around the world to reflect on
(CONTINUED ON PAGE 12)


S several major
cultural
events are
on tap in the
Caribbean this
winter season,
offering visitors
additional rea-
sons to journey
to the region.
Among them are
the following:
* The St. Barth's Hugh Masakela
Music Festivl Hugh Masakela
Music Festival, ing in the Carib
Jan. 11-13 -
Offers a variety of musical
styles, including jazz and clas-
sical. Check www.stbartsmu-


KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC -
International reggae and
dancehall artiste Moses
Davies, popularly known as
Bennie Man, is seeking to
make arrangements to clear
his multi-million dollar tax
debt, his lawyers have report-
ed.
The lawyers, in an
appearance before the Tax
Court last month, disclosed
that they are planning to meet
with the tax authorities
regarding the J$47 million
($661,000) in income tax
which the Tax Department
says it is owed.
The artiste is trying to
obtain documents from his


a will be among the international stars perform-
bean.
sicfestival.org for details.
Barbados Jazz Festival,
Jan. 14-20 The website,


Beenie Man


former management company,
Shocking Vibes, which will
assist him to make a case


www. barbadosjazzfestival. co
m, offers a listing of the
artistes scheduled to be on
show.
* The Air Jamaica Jazz and
Blues Festival, Jan. 24-26 -
Scheduled headliners include
Diana Ross, Anita Baker, Taj
Mahal, Jill Scott, Hugh
Masakela and Spyro Gyra.
Visit www.airjamaicajaz-
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* The St. John Blues Festival,
Mar 19-23 is slated for the
Virgin Islands. Visit
www.stjohnbluesfestival. com/
bf/blueshome.
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before the Tax Department,
the lawyers said. They told the
presiding judge that once the
documents are obtained,
arrangements will be made to
settle the debt.
Beenie Man was taken
into custody in October after
he failed to appear before the
Tax Court to answer charges
of tax evasion. The entertain-
er has blamed his former man-
agement company, Shocking
Vibes, for his dilemma, claim-
ing the company was responsi-
ble for paying all his taxes.
He is scheduled to return
to court on Jan. 22.
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* TITLE: CONNE
* AUTHOR: CLA
KING-WELCOME
* REVIEWED BY
GORDON WILL

When Carolyn Rob
cated to Watertown
fresh on her future,
n't possibly have er
signed the deep,
disturbing links to
her past that the
move would cause.
In
"Connections",
Jamaican-born,
Florida-based
author Claudette
King-Welcome
takes Carolyn
through a journey
that is deliciously
intriguing, if some-
what farfetched. It
one of broken fami
dreams, spiced with
redemption, and gl
er in the end by lov
It serves up a few s
well.


ECTIONS For those into romance
UDETTE novels, packaged with tissues
E for tears, "Connections" is a
r: nice pick-up.
AMS Carolyn, who tells the
story, is a single, career-orient-
)inson relo- ed, near-40, white woman who
i to start was raised by a single mom,
, she could- Elizabeth Robinson. She longs
ivi- for love and eventual-
.v findsit in Larry, an
,ambitious landscaper
.f, a, nd a black man with
A t M i wo grown children.
lie is also raised by
a lone woman,
Gracie Mae Tare.
At first Carolyn
wiggles to fit
uneasily into her
new community,


isU
lies and
h shots at
ued togeth-
'e and faith.
hockers as


B*which is balanced
unevenly on class
barriers and
racism, while
cementing a friendship with
her elderly neighbor Cassie
Brandon, a lonely widow.
The fairy tale tone of
"Connections" kicks into gear
(CONTINUED ON PAGE 12)


Music fests spice up Caribbean

destinations this winter season


A twisting tale of deception,

intrigue and true love


Beenie Man seeking to clear off tax debt


January 2008


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T&T's 'Queen


places fourth


ARTS & E nTERTAI n m ENT


i of the Caribbean' Miami-Dade releases

in 'Miss World' bid countywide art guide


PORT OF SAIN, Trinidad,
CMC Trinidad and Tobago's
Valene Maharaj was crowned
"Queen of the Caribbean"
and placed fourth in the 2007
"Miss World" competition in
Sanya, China last month.
Some 106 contestants par-
ticipated in the competition,
which was won by the
People's Republic of China's
Zhang Zilin. It is the first time
an East Asian has won the
contest.
Angola's Micaela Reis
took the first runner-up spot
with Mexico's Carolina Moran
Gordillo coming in as second


runner-up.
In an interview published
in the Trinidad Express last


month, an ecstatic Maharaj
said: "It's been a great experi-
ence. I enjoyed every minute
of it."
Maharaj's name was the
fourth to be called when the
finalists were announced. The
order was Angola, China,
Mexico, Trinidad and Tobago
then Sweden. Minutes earlier
she had made it to the top 16
finalists, which included
Maharaj, who is a runway
fashion model, has been in the
beauty industry since age 16.


A twisting tale of deception, intrigue and true love


(CONTINUED FROM PAGE 11)
at a town ball when sparks
between Larry and Carolyn
first fly. The seemingly too-
good-to-be-true courtship
between the two sets a neat
base for the intrigue that is to
come later. The novel takes a
steady boil, but when it finally
does, the temperature becomes
almost irresistible. At first, only
the new couple seems in favor
of the relationship. Cassie and
Elizabeth both frown on it.
"Mama was not happy when I
told her about Larry being
black," said Carolyn. Gracie
Mae seemed more accommo-
dating, while Larry's daughters
eventually come around.
Brief forays into Carolyn's
working life by King-Welcome


help to diversify the plot, but
hardly disturbs the main
course. The plot takes a while
to develop and small pieces
knit together to form the big
picture. Eventually, it all
comes to a head in a near-sud-
den whoosh! Family lines are
crossed up. Sordid memories
surface or are forced out.
Bam! An elderly woman
bloodies another's nose. Old
time ,hi iUL and scandal in di
family" stirs up all kinds of
emotional turmoil.

TALENT
King-Welcome has sure-
fire talent as a storyteller. But
"Connections" somehow rings
with a "where have I heard
that before?" feel. It seems


drenched with that "Lifetime"
television channel flavor.
The editing could have
done far more justice to the
novel. A sprinkling of poorly
placed punctuation marks and
the occasional wrong use of
words show that someone took
their eyes off the ball while
working on a more-than-wor-
thy project.
Yet credit King-Welcome
for a bold try. The author of
"Paper Thoughts", a collection
of poems, clearly understands
how to pull the dots together to
make pleasing "Connections".

Gordon Williams is Caribbean
Today's managing editor.


N.Y. City Council honors Irving Burgie


(CONTINUED FROM PAGE 11)
videos, with "Day-O" being
the "wake-up call" for the
astronauts on the space shuttle
Atlantis in 1997.

CARIBBEAN TIES
Burgie was born in
Brooklyn, New York, in 1924,
but his mother was Barbadian.
He grew up surrounded by
people from the Caribbean.
After serving in the United


States Army during World War
II, Burgie studied music at
Julliard School of Music in
New York, the University of
Arizona and the University of
Southern California. He was
influenced by folk music, and
began performing and writing
songs. In the early 1950s, he
began performing in C('li.g,
and New York, u <,llb,< ralini.
during this time, with Louise
"Miss Lou" Bennett, the late,


renowned Jamaican folklorist.
He also assumed the name
"Lord Burgess".
Last year, Burgie was
inducted into the Songwriters
Hall of Fame.
He is a frequent visitor to
Barbados, where he has estab-
lished the Irving Burgie Literary
and Creative Scholarship
Awards for the last 28 years.
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MIAMI The Miami-Dade
County Department of
Cultural Affairs has produced
and released "Selections from
the Miami-Dade County Art
in Public Places Collection", a
new publication designed to
provide citizens and visitors
with a guide highlighting pub-
lic art works throughout the
county.
The 60-page booklet fea-
tures many of the program's
most prominent and popular
works of public art, including
pieces located at the Port of
Miami, Miami International
Airport, Carnival Center for

"This new publication is one
of many steps being taken
to demonstrate the impor-
tance of a public art pro-
gram"
Carlos Alvarez

the Performing Arts,
Downtown Miami and loca-
tions throughout Miami-Dade.
"Selections from the
Miami-Dade County Art in
Public Places Collection" fea-
tures locator maps and
addresses of public art proj-
ects, brief descriptions of the
works and full color images.
The brochure offers residents
and visitors the opportunity to
conduct self-guided tours of
the collection and to learn
more about our county-wide
inuim u m of art, created by


(CONTINUED FROM PAGE 11)
and document the global
impact of reggae. Keynote
speakers from each continent
will share their perspectives
on the ways in which
Jamaican reggae has been
appropriated and adapted in a
variety of cultural contexts.
The conference will also
examine the local impact of
the reggae music industry in


St.



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Alvarez
Miami-Dade-based artists and
others from all over the world.

COMMITTED
"We are committed to
making Miami-Dade County's
Art in Public Places program
a national model of opera-
tional efficiency, artistic quali-
ty and programmatic account-
ability," Miami-Dade County
Mayor Carlos Alvarez said in
a press released issued by the
county recently.
"This new publication is
one of many steps being taken
to demonstrate the impor-
tance of a public art program
and to emphasize the high
standards that we have set for
the future of the program."
To request a copy of
"Selections from the Miami-
Dade County Art in Public
Places Collection", call 305-
375-4634 or visit
culture@m iam idade.gov.
F


Jamaica and assess ways in
which the Jamaican economy
can benefit more directly from
the investments of intellectual
property in this vibrant multi-
national industry.
For more information,
call 876-977-1951 or e-mail
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...........


CHRISTOPHER ELLIOTT
Your next hotel might
not be a hotel. It could
be a condo, a rental
apartment or a home.
And maybe it should be.
It isn't just that traditional
hotels, inns and resorts turn
off many travelers. There are


Linda Frappia, a healthcare
manager from Irvine,
California. She has rented
homes in Europe with two
bedrooms and kitchens for as
little as $500 a week during off-
season. That's about as much
as it costs for a comparable
suite in a nice hotel for one
night.


Sometimes a cozy bed and breakfast is better than staying at a hotel.


plenty of reasons to check out
of the lodge these days -
through-the-roof room rates,
being nickeled and dimed for
every little extra item and
the alternatives are often
roomier, less expensive and
more convenient.
No one is predicting the
demise of the hotel industry.
Not by a long shot, but when
it comes to overnight accom-
modations on your next trip,
you might consider an alter-
nate to a traditional hotel.
Here are five reasons why:

Lots and lots of room -
Renting a house or condo
almost always gives you more
room for less money. That's the
experience of travelers like


More privacy Hotels are, by
their very nature, public
places, from the lobby to the
exercise rooms. If you want to
go somewhere where you don't
have to rub shoulders with the
masses, you'll want to skip the
hotel. The solution was to rent
an apartment, which means,
"comfort without intrusion".
A better place Hotels are
expensive. Even cheap hotels
can be pricey, once you factor
in taxes, "resort" fees and
other surcharges. But that's
not necessarily the case with
one of the popular hotel alter-
natives.
You can go native Most
hotels are built in resort areas,
and it's difficult to get a feel for


what a place is really like when
you're miles away from any
residents. But rent a condo,
home or apartment, and
you're more likely to be right
in the middle of everything.

Extra flexibility Hotels have
rules. Some of them are very
strict. For example, say you
want to take the whole
family including grand-
ma and grandpa on your
next vacation. Don't try
squeezing everyone into a
hotel room, or even a
suite. But rent a home or
an apartment, and no one
is likely to tell you to cap
the number of guests, or
threaten you with a sur-
charge if there are too
many people in the place.

REALITY CHECK
This is not for every-
one. Some travelers will
still be more comfortable
in a traditional hotel. For
example, business travel-
ers who are in town for
just a few days will proba-
bly want to stay away
from a condo or a home
exchange. It's not worth it for
them. Darryl Cohen, an attor-
ney in Atlanta, explains his
preference for hotels as fol-
lows: "I'm well taken care of,
and if there is a problem, a
staff member is available to
remedy the situation."
But the longer I watch
these non-hotel alternatives
develop, the more convinced I
am that they represent the
future of lodging. In other
words, for a lot of travelers,
staying at the inn is out.

Edited from Christopher
Elliott's travel troubleshooter
column. Elliott is the
ombudsman for National
Geographic Traveler maga-
zine. 2007 Christopher
Elliott. Distributed by
Tribune Media Services, Inc.



Grenada not banning

gay cruises


ST. GEORGE'S, Grenada,
CMC The Grenada govern-
ment has announced that it
would not prevent several
cruise ships carrying gay pas-
sengers from docking at Port
St. George over the next few
months.
A statement from the
Ministry of Tourism last month
said there has been a negative
fallout as a result of reports in
the foreign press Mu--'lin,
that the country was moving to
ban gay cruises to the island.
Cruise liners, Queen Mary
2 and Legend of the Seas have
scheduled cruises with gay pas-
sengers to several Caribbean
countries, including Grenada in
December, January, February
and March. Officials were par-
ticularly upset about a headline
appearing in the online edition
of the Toronto Star newspaper,
which read "Grenada consider-
ing ban on gay i. ri,,I .
"The Ministry of Tourism
views with concern the recent
negative and adverse reactions
being promoted in some sec-
tions of the media on the per-
spective visit of homosexual
visitors to our island," said the
statement read by Permanent
Secretary Arlene Buckmire-
Outram last month, following
several days of consultations
on the matter involving
tourism officials and various
stakeholders.

CONCERN
"Equal of concern are the
negative reports which have
now appeared in the foreign
press stating that Grenada has
barred gay cruises from dock-
ing in our island," said
Buckmire-Outram following a
discussion with media repre-
sentatives and tourism stake-
holders.
Tourism Minister Dr.
Clarice Modeste Curwin also
complained that inaccurate
reports Lui--, lin, that


Grenada was planning to ban
gay cruises to the island have
led to a number of cancella-
tions at local hotels. Dr.
Modeste Curwin told
reporters that persons have
also protested by dispatching


Modeste Curwin


letters to the Canadian gov-
ernment asking that country
to cut aid to St. George's.
"As a result of this the
numbers of hotels have had
cancellations and this does not
augur well for our tourism
sector," the statement said.
"The ministry therefore
wishes to make it clear that the
cruise lines which regularly
visit Grenada and are sched-
uled to do so during the cruise
season are important to all of
us and as such we will continue
to welcome all visitors and we
will work along with our popu-
lation to ensure that their time
and ours will be enjoyable."
Cruise ships carrying gay
passengers have visited
Grenada many times before,
but the news that large num-
bers of them are scheduled to
visit over a four month period
has created a major stir here
and has sparked a raging
debate in the country. Sections
of the society, including reli-
gious organizations, have
voiced strong opposition to
the planned cruises.
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B'dos Opposition backs regional food plan


BRIDGETOWN, Barbados,
CMC Opposition Leader
David Thompson believes it's
iunirLiik, for Barbados to
meet its own food require-
ments, but has expressed con-


fidence that a regional food
plan, which takes into account
the vast resources of Guyana
and Trinidad, could satisfy the
island's needs and that of its
neighbors.


"There are vast areas of
land in Guyana, there is vast
potential for agricultural pro-
duction in Trinidad, there is
vast potential for agricultural
production throughout the


Miami Dade College


region, not
only for
export, but to
help feed our
own people
within the
region,"
Thompson
told the Thompson
Caribbean
Media Corporation (CMC).
He was speaking ahead of
last month's special summit of
Caribbean community
(CARICOM) leaders in
Guyana called specifically to


discuss the high cost of living
in the region, which currently
imports about $3 billion a
year in food.
Agreeing that something
must be done urgently about
the problem, Thompson called
for a more large scale "region-
al cooperative venture" that
would allow Caribbean
nationals to source cheaper
items, including, but not limit-
ed to food stuff.
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Is canned fish good


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DR. THOMAS LEE

Question: I know that eating
fish is good for the heart. But
fresh fish costs a lot and I
can't get to the grocery store
very often. Does eating
canned fish help?

Answer: Canned
salmon, tuna, sar-
dines, kippered her-
ring, and other types
of fish are pretty
much on a par with
fresh fish. They give
you as much heart-
healthy omega-3
fatty acids as fresh
fish, and sometimes
more. These essen-
tial oils help prevent
potentially deadly
heart rhythms. They
also work against
inflammation and
the formation of
blood clots inside Canned fish
arteries.
An Italian study published
in 2001 found that people who
ate fresh or canned fish at
least twice a week were 30
percent less likely to have had
heart attacks as those who ate
fish less than once a week.
Whenever possible,
choose fish packed in water.
Since water and oil don't mix,
omega-3 fats remain locked in
the fish. When fish is packed


in oil, some of the omega-3
fats intermingle with the pack-
ing oil and are lost when the
oil is drained.
About the only downside
of eating canned fish is the
extra sodium it contains. You
can get more than 300 mil-
ligrams of sodium one-sev-


enth of a healthy daily ration -
from three ounces of canned
salmon or tuna. Rinsing the
fish can help a bit.

Dr. Thomas Lee is editor in
chief Harvard Health Letter.
2007. President of Fellows
Harvard College. All rights
reserved. Distributed by
Tribune Media Services.
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GORDON WILLIAMS
Fitzroy Salesman has
made history for a lot of
right reasons in the
United States. A Caribbean
American man who fashioned
himself into a popular South
Florida politician, he earned
himself a seat on Miramar's
City Commission.
A few years ago, Salesman
was part of a trio of Jamaican-
born men who held the major-
ity on the elected commission,
the first time English-speaking
Caribbean Americans had
achieved such a political feat
in the U.S.
But in recent times
Salesman has been making
history for the wrong reasons.
He has been involved in a few
skirmishes with the law, which
threatens his political legacy
and also the reputation of
Caribbean Americans every-
where.
In 2005 Salesman was
suspended from the city
commission by Florida's then
Governor Jeb Bush after
being charged with driving
under the influence of alcohol
and evading cops. His police
station mug shot showed a
man looking disoriented. The
outspoken politician seemed
to have taken a mighty fall.
But Salesman rebounded. Last
year he was cleared of those
charges and reinstated to his
$31,599-a-year job by current
Governor Charlie Crist. Lost
wages were reimbursed, legal
fees taken care of. Salesman
said he felt vindicated.
The whole thing had
blown over and Salesman was
once more in the clear. That
is, until the most recent inci-
dent. Salesman, 50, is facing
firearms-related charges based
on accusations that he alleged-
ly pulled a gun at a man while
at a South Florida store.
Again, Florida's governor has
suspended Salesman from
Miramar City Commission
duties. Again Salesman is get-
ting ready to face the court
system. Again his political
future and his freedom are
at stake.

DAMAGE
What is to be made of
this? In the U.S., a person is
supposed to be innocent until
proven guilty in a court of law.
But that has not stopped a few
things from happening in
Salesman's case. Although he
is an American citizen,
Salesman is repeatedly
referred to as the Jamaican-
born Miramar city commis-


sioner. He can't escape the tag
and that casts a shadow on the
Caribbean American commu-
nity as well. Also, Salesman's
connection to the Caribbean
only fuels the snickering from
some who believe that people
from the region who settle in
the U.S. are often unable to
handle the same success they
so desperately seek.
It is difficult to fully
understand the damage that
Salesman's latest legal woes
can cause to the Caribbean
American community. But
rest assured there will be
some damage. Miramar is a
fairly affluent community with
a huge Caribbean American
population. Many there are
eager to support their own,
especially in achieving politi-
cal office. But if Salesman's
mug shot continues to show
up on police blotters for all
the wrong reasons, will it be
fair to ask those same resi-
dents to stand behind him
when he again seeks their
support?
How long will it be before
Caribbean American voters
start thinking that maybe their
elected officials should be
spending more time serving
their community than fighting
personal legal battles?

NO RUSH
No one should rush to
judge Salesman. It does not
matter how many times he has
to face the court. The system
will be enough judge for him.
As far as we know, he is inno-
cent.
Yet maybe it is time that
Salesman does some reflection
into his own conduct. He
should be aware of the
Caribbean saying that "if it
nuh go suh, it go near", which
loosely indicates that even if
the charges do not stick, they
leave a mark.
Salesman, by virtue of his
popularity and clout, is capa-
ble of creating a hugely posi-
tive image of Caribbean peo-
ple in the U.S. He has lobbied
for Caribbean people in the
U.S. to be able to represent
the governments of the region
in matters relating to the U.S.
government. I suspect that he,
if he can only stay off the
police blotters, would value
himself as one who could do a
good job at that.
And make the right kind
of history.


Gordon Williams is Caribbean
Today's managing editor.
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VI E W PO I N T


What's going on


Mr. Salesman?


Last month I touched on
the subject of husband
training by wives. The
indignity of it all, some men
say, as wives are so much trou-
ble.
Yet, some men marry not
only consecutively, but concur-
rently, having more than one
wife at the same time. Imagine,
the idea of men having more
than one wife, when in fact
they often complain how one
wife gives so much trouble.
The acquisition of multiple
wives is as old as time itself. It
has been practiced throughout
history by people of many
nations and religions, large and
small. It is recorded in the Bible.
The more the merrier, and if
kings David or Solomon could
speak right now, they'd both say,
"It's good to be the king."
In this modern day,
polygamy is still practiced by
some, even in the great U.S., as
many religious groups and sects
live the life they love, and love
the wives they live with. It is a
pure and honest expression of a
man's love for his wives.
Meanwhile, the rest of society
lives under the veil of hypocrisy,
as men take vows with one wife
but keep another on the side.
There is this television
series called "Big Love", that
explores this very same phe-
nomenon, that of a man with
his three wives and how they
interact and co-exist amicably
and civilized. It is almost every
man's dream, to be able to
have three wives out in the
open, with no jealousy or
problems.
-\ln, multiple wives
is the way to go, all of the
pleasure, none of the giutr,
that's civilised living."
In parts of Africa,
men are still allowed to
have many wives, as long
as they can afford them.
Each wife knows her place
and the pecking order is
maintained. In the West,
the principle remains the
same and the 'wives' are
as loyal and devoted to
their husbands as their
African counterparts.
They know where he is at
all times, as he is always at
the first, second or third
wife's house. How many
wives in our neck of the
woods can purport to
knowing where their hus-
bands are at any given
time?
In multiple marriages
there is no need for dis-
honesty, as all the parties
know what the deal is, and
they know exactly what
they were getting into.

BENEFITS
The benefits to multi-
ples are many, with the


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man has a
choice of dif-
ferent wives
whenever he
pleases. All
the wives
know their
schedule and
fit right in, or
TONY if he wants to
ROBINSON keep it even
more sponta-
neous and
real, he has no schedule, but
just pops in and spends the
night with whichever wife who
strikes his fancy. A life of per-
manent booty calls. Because of
this heightened sexuality, the
marriages are kept fresh, alive,
spontaneous, and honest.


It is with pleasure that we pause from
our usual routine to say



for your friendship, goodwill and loyalty.
May the happiness and good cheer of the
Holiday Season be yours throughout the
New Year.


(6outecalf/ f/te Cwari6tean,


first being sex. Yes, sex, that all
important ingredient of any
successful marriage. In
monogamy, sex wanes, even
slightly, although many lie and
say that it isn't so, but in multi-
ples it is heightened, and here's
why: Whether you like to hear
it or not, people crave sexual
variety, and it's not gender
related either, as women also
fall into this category. Some are
shackled by so called morality
however, while others don't
venture because of fear.
But take those away and
we would all sleep with
whomever, whenever we want-
ed to. For this reason, people
have affairs, as the need for
sexual variety beckons.
With multiples, this hunger
and thirst are satisfied, as the


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VIE U PO I n T


* "The backlog,
under the
requirements of
the Western
Hemisphere
Travel Initiative
(WHTI), is outra-
geous" -
Caribbean American
Congresswoman Yvette D.
Clarke calling for a moratorium
on all new passport rules in the
United States.

* "We, more than most, have
tasted God's goodness" Jessica
Odle, Barbados's New York con-
sul general, highlights the
Caribbean s blessings in her
( I. liia.,i message.

* "Haitians bled
for our country"
- Congressman
Kendrick Meek,
who last month
introduced legisla-
tion in the US.
House of
Representatives honoring the
c ',irribira 'ns of Haitians in
America's Revolutionary War.

* "We really feel like we have
the upper hand here" Mark
Mendel, a United States-based


lawyer, who is representing
Antigua and Barbuda, said the
twin-island state is looking for-
ward to receiving a huge com-
pensation from the US. in its
Internet gambling trade dispute
with Washington.

* "Because of a long-standing
attitude of that European coun-
try, which has always said that it
does not favor the involvement
of other cultural agencies and
entertainers in its market, it has
firm restrictions so Europe has
put up barriers to liberalizing
the market for our cultural
workers and entertainers" -
CARICOM ( I,.i, .-o, Owen
Arthur last month revealing that
one country (France) virtually
stood in the way of the
Caribbean completing the
Economic Partnership
Agreement with the European
Union.

* "Governments are designed to
create and follow rules and
because tourism involves cre-
ativity, thinking outside of the
box, the bureaucracy in govern-
ment can slow down progress" -
Caribb'ean Tourism Organization
(CTO) Secretary General
Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace last
month advising Caribbean gov-
ernments not to get too involved
in the day-to-day running of their
vital foreign exchange earning
tourism sectors.


* "Any first year
law student would
know that this
case was frivo-
lous, vexatious,
non meritorious
and designed to
harass a sitting
prime minister" Grenada's
Attorney General Elvin Nimrod
saying it is wrong for anyone to
object to Prime Minister Dr.
Keith Mitchell being granted
immunity from prosecution in a
United States court.

* "Normally, a grand jury will
indict anything or anyone,
including a ham sandwich" -
Anthony Capetola, a New York-
based attorney, explaining why
the murder case against his
Trinidadian-born client Kelly
Forbes, was not strong. Forbes
was arrested and charged with
manslaughter for killing her hus-
band of three months.

* "You can't look that far in
advance. Anything can happen.
I'm just taking it one day at a
time" Bahamian high jump
world champion Donald
Thomas last month playing
down focus on the Beipiag
Olympics next summer as he
looks to the start of 2008.

* "The situation at the WICB is
not conducive to productivity and
if there isn't a change the prob-
lem will continue to exist" -


Bruce Aanensen,
former chief exec-
utive officer of the
West Indies
Cricket Board,
expressing his
view last month
that the number of
directors on the WICB is too large
and causes problems to players
and management. He also feels
there is also too much interference
from the directors of the WICB.

* "When you add to that the
number of persons who are
coming back in our country who
may not have jobs, who are dis-
located from their family mem-
bers, who are angry at being
returned then we have another
social problem" Dr. Ann-Marie
Barnes, the technical director in
Jamaica's Ministry of National
Security, highlighting the strain
on regional local law enforcers
caused by the influx of deportees
to the Caribbean from developed
countries.

* "The passing of the generation
of charismatic leaders who com-
manded and expected loyalty
and the rise of a generation of
technocrats in their stead pro-
vides no easy answers" -
Professor Alan Cobley, a
University of the West Indies offi-
cial, lamenting the high level of
disenchantment among young
voters in the Caribb'ean, which he
said could cripple democracy in


the region.
* "It smacks of desperation. The
prime minister is clearly hoping
to hide behind the season" -
David Cr mi..i ng, leader of the
fledgling People's Empowerment
Party (PEP), criticizing the pre-
( I'iu;'h,i, announcement of gen-
eral elections in Barbados by
Prime Minister Owen Arthur as
a de'librart attempt by the gov-
ernment to '.., t ,. ,.. ,, 'public
debate leading up to the poll
scheduled for this month.

* "There is always the balloon
effect. Wherever you put pres-
sure, they go somewhere else" -
Vito S. Guarino, assistant special
agent in charge of the US. Drug
Enforcement Agency's (DEA)
Caribbean Division, said much
of Colombia's cocaine now
comes to the southern coast of
Hispaniola, via Venezuela.

* "Failure to stop these activities
is an offense under section 68(7)
of the Act and is punishable
upon conviction by a fine or
imprisonment or both" The
Fi,, io. i,d1 Service Commission in
Jamaica issuing an order last
month for the investment scheme
Cash Plus Limited to immediate-
ly cease and desist its securities
trading activities umnil the compa-
ny obtains the required license.

Compiled from CMC and other
sources.
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Multiple wives, multiple crosses


(CONTINUED FROM PAGE 15)
With multiples there is no
need for dL.Lpiini no need for
lies, no need for n,1_,_ini Ah
nl_-ini_- the bane of marriages,
the weapon of wives, the alba-
tross of husbands. One would
think that with three or more
wives, the mathematical per-
mutation of ll'inll_ would
increase proportionally. But
not so, and that is the beauty of
multiples, for with multiple


wives, the very reason for nag-
ging is taken away. No more is
there a need to ask, "So where
yu was, who yu was with,
what's her name, are you sleep-
ing with her?" That is the
domain of the so called sole
wife, she who is insecure and
needs to have and to hold her
husband close to her bosom
when she feels like it.
There is sexual blackmail
that single wives are famous


for. With multiples, if, heaven
forbid, one wife decides to
withhold her sexual favours, all
the husband has to do is visit
any of the others. This leads to
a happy contented husband
who may even forgive that
errant wife her misdeeds. In
fact, she would think twice
before trying that stunt again,
as she knows that if he doesn't
eat at her home he always has
another home to eat from.


Just think of it, a world
with no mistresses, no guile, no
guilt, no lying about coming
home late, no tears. The
phrase, cheating husband
would be stricken from our
vocabulary. But there are also
negatives to multiples, a down-
side, although the pros may
very well outweigh the cons.

EXPENSIVE
First of all, it can be an
expensive undertaking, as each
wife and indeed each house-
hold will have to be maintained
equally. You very well can't
have one wife living in a decent
upscale apartment, while the
others exist in squalor.
Therefore, each house has
to be financed equally. That's
three more rents or mortgages
from one man, not an easy task.
That's why polygamy is usually
reserved for the privileged
among us, the kings of old, the
tribal chiefs, the affluent.
But at least it will be out in
the open, unlike the victims of
monogamy who have to hide
their financial statements as
they cloister away their mistress
in a hidden apartment, hoping
that the wife never finds out.
Also with multiple wives, the
man has to be virile, as each
wife is expecting her just
rewards.There can be no sexual
fatigue or inequality on his
part, or multiple love will


quickly turn to multiple crosses.
Imagine one wife getting more
than the others, or him not
being able to perform at all?
But truth be told, with the
variety offered up to him, just
like a boxer who gets many
prize fights, he will be kept in
peak condition, always sharp,
at the top of his game and
won't need much stimulation.
Then there will be children,
for each household will have
many, and he will have to be a
good father to them all, helping
with homework and stuff. But
come to think of it, that sce-
nario occurs in so called monog-
amous society, with men having
separate families, complete with
children, albeit squired away in
some secret suburb.
Still I say, big up multiples,
and even though many of you
ladies may be fuming as you
disagree with me, almost every
man I know would vote for it.
Plus if you really gave it serious
thought, you may even agree
for the above reasons no
lying, no deception no suspi-
cion. And you would always
know where he is.
Hail multiples, but don't
you ladies even dare think about
taking multiple husbands; it goes
against the laws of nature.

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Remittances to Caribbean slowing ~ World Bank


NELSON KING

WASHINGTON The World
Bank says that while the
Caribbean and Latin American
region remains the largest recipi-
ent of recorded remittances,
growth of remittances to the area
has slowed in recent months.
"Flows to Latin America
and the Caribbean slowed on
the back of a weakening U.S.
(United States) economy and
tighter enforcement of immigra-
tion laws", the bank explained
in a statement last month.
"Although remittances to
the Latin America and the
Caribbean region continued to
increase in 2007, including in
Mexico, their rate of growth
has slowed markedly, raising
concern over the long-term
sustainability of remittance
flows", it added.
Nevertheless, the World
Bank said the growth of remit-


A weakening U.S. economy has helped
slow remittances to the Caribbean.
tances to developing countries
remains robust because of strong
growth in Europe and Asia. It
said the remittance industry is
experiencing some po, i,\
structural changes"with the
advent of cell phone and
Internet-based remittance
instruments.
"The diffusion of these
changes, however, is slowed by
a lack of clarity on key regula-
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Daughter of slain revolution

extends olive branch to fath


ST. GEORGE'S, Grenada,
CMC -The daughter of slain
former Grenada Prime Minister
Maurice Bishop has extended
an olive branch to her father's
killers.
Nadia Bishop called on
Grenadians to join her in for-
giving former Deputy Prime
Minister Bernard Coard, ex-
army strong man Hudson
Austin, and the other 15 people
convicted for the murder of
Bishop and several members of
his Cabinet in 1983.
Bishop, 39, said she was
speaking for herself and her
family and not on behalf of
other family members who lost
relatives during the political
unrest in Oct. 1983.
"This invitation is not
designed to provide a reason to
judge those who are not ready to
forgive or to reconcile. It has


taken me 24 years to get to his
point," said Bishop, a United
States-based lawyer.
"Everyone needs the time
that they need and no one should
be judge by anybody else's time-
line, especially not the family
members of those who were killed
on October 19."

TURNAROUND
Political observers say her
declaration is
of major signif-
icance and a
complete turn-
around from
the bitterness
and anger that
spurred many
families to
publicly cam- Maurice Bishop
paign for the
killers to
remain in jail for the rest of their


to money laundering and other
financial rii,, ', it stated.
"Remittance costs have
fallen, but not far enough,
especially in the South-South
corridors".

RISE
The World Bank said
remittance flows to developing
countries are expected to reach
US$318 billion in 2007. Of this
amount, remittances sent home
by migrants from developing
countries are expected to
exceed $240 billion in 2007, up
from $221 billion in 2006 and
more than double the level
reached in 2002, it said.
"This amount reflects only
officially recorded transfers-the
actual amount including
unrecorded flows through for-
mal and informal channels is
believed to be significantly
larger", the bank stated.



ary leader

er's killers
natural life.
"I am here today because I
have come to the conviction
that my father would be very
unhappy to know that 24 years
later that the people of
Grenada, whom he considered
his family, are still fighting and
having divisions amongst them-
selves in the name of Brother
Bishop," she said. "This is not
what he would have wanted."
The young Bishop was
joined by Marcel Belmar, whose
sister, Jema, was among those
killed during the palace coup in
1983. While Belmar, who has
been at the frontlines of protest
against the killer's freedom from
prison, has had a change of heart,
other family members were said
to be unhappy with the position
taken by the young Bishop.
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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad,
CMC An international tri-
bunal has found that the case
brought against Chief Justice
Satnarine Sharma over allega-
tions of judicial misconduct
was weak, clearing the way for
him to resume his duties.
Sharma, 64, was suspended
from office on June 13, 2007
allowing the tribunal to begin
its task of investigating a claim
made by Chief Magistrate
Sherman McNicolls that he
(Sharma) had attempted to
influence his decision in the
trial of former Prime Minister
Basdeo Panday.
The international tribu-


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nal, headed by retired Privy
Councillor Lord Michael
Mustill, and
A -*a included St.
Lucian jurist
Sir Vincent
Floissac Q.C.
and Jamaican
jurist Dennis
Morrison
Q.C., found
Sharma insufficient
evidence to
recommend to the president
that the question of Sharma's
removal be forwarded to the
Privy Council for final deter-
mination.
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MIAMIlADE
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Barbadian

new govt.
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados,
CMC Barbadians will go to
the polls to elect a new gov-
ernment on Jan. 15, Prime
Minister Owen Arthur
revealed during last month's
pre-Christmas national
address to the nation.
Nomination Day was Dec.


Arthur, who is seeking an
unprecedented fourth succes-
sive term for his Barbados
Labour Party (BLP), ended
months of speculation when
he announced the date for the
much-anticipated poll during a
two-minute address, which
was broadcast live on radio
stations and the Caribbean
island's lone television station.
In the last general elec-
.. tions, which were held on May
21, 2003, Arthur's BLP won 23
seats in the 30-member House
of Assembly, with the remain-
ing seven going to the
Democratic Labour Party
(DLP).


DESPERATION?
Meanwhile, two


IVAN CLIFFORD

HAMILTON, Bermuda, CMC
- The ruling Progressive
Labour Party (PLP) swept to
victory in last month's general
elections with a resounding
22-14 seat majority over the
main Opposition United
Bermuda Party (UBP),
according to preliminary
results.
Both parties had nominat-
ed candidates for all 36 seats
in this British Overseas
Territory, and the results were
a repeat of the 2003 election.
According to the preliminary
figures, the two main parties
traded two seats each. The
results also flew in the face of
opinion polls that the parties
were in a close contest.
Opposition Leader
Michael Dunkley, who gam-
bled on leaving a safe seat to
take on PLP incumbent Patrice
Minors, a former health minis-
ter, backfired when he was
beaten by 92 votes. Dunkley
made the switch in a do-or-die


attempt to take his party back
to power it last held nine years
ago.
Premier Ewart Brown,
whose job had appeared to be
on the line in a tight finish, or
even defeat, easily held his
Warwick South Central seat
while his close

comer Zane
DeSilva
caused an
upset by beat-
ing former
UBP tourism
Brown minister David
Dodwell by 48
votes in Southampton East
Central.
DeSilva became the first
white member of the PLP
since former tourism minister
David Allen, who died five
years ago.
Two independent candi-
dates collected just 67 votes
between them.
0


Guyana approves voters bill


GEORGETOWN, Guyana,
CMC Parliament has
approved legislation paving
the way for the Guyana
Elections Commission
(GECOM) to proceed with
house-to-house registration
despite reservations by the
opposition that the measures
may threaten the independ-


ence of the commission.
GECOM said it is ready
to begin the exercise that is
expected to end on July 4.
The house-to-house registra-
tion is expected to be done
before the local government
polls scheduled for this year.
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PLP returned in Bermuda


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3n Jan. 15
Opposition parties here
slammed Arthur for his pre-
Christmas announcement of
the Jan. 15 general elections,
while declaring their readiness
to contest the poll. Opposition
Leader David Thompson told
the Caribbean Media
Corporation (CMC) that
while his Democratic Labour
Party (DLP) is ready to con-
test the elections, he thought
the announcement just days
before Christmas Day was "an
unfortunate cut into the most
sacred event of the Christian
faith."
David Comissiong, leader
of the fledgling People's
Empowerment Party (PEP),
told CMC he believes the pre-
Christmas announcement was
a deliberate attempt on the
part of government to "short
circuit" public debate leading
up to the poll.
"It smacks of despera-
tion," Comissiong said. "The
prime minister is clearly hop-
ing to hide behind the season."
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CARIBBEAN TODAY


S P O RT


Haiti is Caribbean's 'Team of the Year'


PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad,
CMC The Caribbean
Football Union (CFU) has
named Haiti its "Team of the
Year" for 2007.
CFU President Jack
Warner made the announce-
ment last month.
Warner said the Haitians
were unquestionably the high-
est achievers in the region this
past year.
Haiti landed the 2007
Digicel Caribbean Cup for the
first time, qualified for the
2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup


Haitians celebrate their Digicel
Caribbean Cup triumph in Jan. 2007.
and the FIFA Under-17 World


Championship, and also
reached the final round of
qualification towards the 2008
Olympics.
"Not only can Haitians
take pride in those achieve-
ments but we, in both CON-
CACAF and the Caribbean
Football Union...also feel a
justifiable sense of pride,"
Warner stated. "Such accom-
plishments must be due to the
vibrant leadership of the
Federation Haitienne de
Football."
0


West Indies names rugby squad


for Sevens World Series in U.S.


PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad,
CMC Rugby West Indies
has announced a 12-member
squad for the International
Rugby Board's Sevens World
Series tournament next month
in the United States city of
San Diego, California.
The players were picked
following the NAWIRA
Sevens tournament, a mini
camp in Trinidad, and the


Trinidad and Tobago Sevens.
The squad includes
Claudius Butts, Kevin
McKenzie, Richard Staglon,
Theodore Henry, Albert La
Rose, Andre Carbrera, Kelson
Figaro, Bevon Armitage, Elroy
Graham, Donald Walters,
Jeremico Cooper and Kurt
Johnson.
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...keeps top spot in regional ratings


PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad,
CMC Digicel Caribbean Cup
champions Haiti celebrated
2008 as the number one
Caribbean Football Union
(CFU) team despite slipping
three spots down the FIFA
Coca Cola Rankings.
After achieving an all-time
best 66th on the world soccer
list together with the CFU top
spot in November, the Haitians
dipped to 69th on FIFA's
December ratings list released
last month, but remain head of
the CFU rankings.
Cuba dipped one spot on
the FIFA list to number 71 and


retain the CFU second spot,
and Trinidad and Tobago
stepped closer to the CFU
front-runners by moving up two
places to 81st on FIFA's list as
the region's number three team.
Jamaica climbed two
places up the CFU list to
fourth with its number 97 rank-
ing, to displace St. Vincent and
the Grenadines (SVG) and
Guyana, which both suffered
huge slides on the world list.
SVG, the highest ranked
English-speaking Caribbean
team in November, tumbled 24
places down FIFA's list to 101st,
and is now fifth in the CFU.


Guyana plunged to 128th
spot, a whopping 35 places
down from its November world
rating of 93rd, and now shares
sixth in the CFU with
Barbados.
Bermuda, 147th on the
FIFA list, is eighth in the CFU,
while Antigua and Barbuda
(151) and Suriname (153) com-
plete the region's top 10.
There was no change
among the world's top teams,
with Argentina at number one,
stalked by Brazil and Italy, with
Spain fourth and Germany fifth.
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GORDON WILLIAMS

MIAMI Despite plans for a
warm-up bout this month and a
crack at a world title fight in
April, Jamaican-born former
light heavyweight champion
Glen Johnson still harbors an
intense desire for a rematch
with his ring nemesis Clinton
Woods of Britain.
If familiarity breeds con-
tempt, Johnson has seen enough
of Woods to spawn a cauldron
of bordering on hatred. The for-
mer International Boxing
Federation king is vowing to
inflict so much punishment on
the current IBF titleholder he
has difficulty finding ways to
express it.
"I'm looking forward to
that fight where I can't even
put that in words," Johnson
said while working out recently
at the Warriors Boxing Gym in
Florida, United States where
he lives.
"I need to break about
four (of Woods's) ribs and a jaw
bone in that fight, because I
definitely want to hurt Clinton
Woods very, very, very badly."
Johnson, 38, scheduled to
fight Colombia's Hugo Pineda
this month in a warm-up bout,
has also been reported to be in
line to that on undefeated
American Chad Dawson in
April for the World Boxing


Council title. But it is Woods
who riles up Johnson the most.
The Jamaican has fought
Woods three times before, all
in Britain. The results have
been mixed, with each fighter
winning once and one draw.
However, Johnson has long
believed that the two fights he
did not win were hometown
decisions that favored Woods.
"I've beaten him three
times," said Johnson, who holds
a record of 46 wins, 11 losses and
two draws. "They took one.
Actually they took two.. .because
one of them was called a draw,
which I beat him. The other one
I win the decision and the other
one, they called a split decision,
went to him."

BITTER
The Jamaican is especially
bitter because he believes
Woods, 35, has delayed his
quest to be listed among the
sport's greatest and deprived
him of lucrative purses.
"Out of all the people that
I've fought, he's done the most
damage to my career," Johnson
said.
"So this man has set back
my career twice already and
there's nobody else in boxing
that has done that," said the
man called the "Road Warrior"
for his willingness to fight any-
where he's asked and who has
suffered several dubious ring


decisions in his long career.
"There are fighters who
have set my career back by rip-
off wins and stuff like that. But
they've done it once. This guy
(Woods) has done it twice. So I
am very, very angry when it
comes to Clinton Woods."
Johnson is the top ranked
challenger for the IBF crown
and could get a crack at that
title around mid-2008. If Woods
is still holding the belt, the two
will meet for a fourth time.
Johnson admits that
Woods is not to bear total
blame for what he considers
bad ring decisions in their pre-
vious fights, but he refuses to
play down his building animos-
ity towards the Englishman.
"Yeah, it's a personal thing,"
said the fighter who also goes by
the nickname "Gentleman
Glen". "It's a grudge match. I
know (Woods) is not the doer
himself, because I know that it's
his camp, you know, manage-
ment, promoters and stuff like
that. Those are the ones that do
the dirty deeds. It's not so much
the fighter.
"But he's the only one that
I can catch and the only one
that I can deal with. So, he's
the only one that has to pay."

Gordon Williams is Caribbean
Today's managing editor..
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SPORT BRIEFS


* Haiti, Cuba in final round of
Olympic qualifying
Cuba and Haiti are among eight
teams contesting the final round of
CONCACAF's Under-23 men's soc-
cer qualification for the 2008
Olympic Games in March.
The qualification will take
place from Mar. 11-23 at three
venues in the United States. Cuba
is in Group A with the U.S.,
Honduras and Panama. Haiti is in
Group B alongside Canada,
Guatemala and Mexico. The top
two teams qualify for the Olympics.

* Kittitian Harris traded to
Chivas in MLS
The United States Major League
Soccer (MLS) club Real Salt Lake
(RSL) has traded St. Kitts and Nevis
international Atiba Harris to Chivas
USA.
The attacking midfielder has
been exchanged for the 2005
expansion partner's natural third
round selection (37th overall) in the
upcoming 2008 MLS SuperDraft.
Harris joined RSL after a successful
trial prior to the 2006 preseason,
and made 43 regular season
appearances with the club, scoring
four goals and adding a pair of
assists in two MLS seasons.

* J'can club faces D.C. United in
CONCACAF soccer
Jamaica and Caribbean champions
Harbour View will face D.C. United
of United States Major League
Soccer in the quarterfinals of the
CONCACAF Champions Cup in
March.
The first-leg encounter of the
quarterfinals will take place
between Mar. 11 and 13, with the
return-legs set for Mar. 18-20. The


Caribbean crown earned the
Jamaican club a berth to the
Champions' Cup quarterfinals.

* Campbell, Powell in 'Track and
Field News' top 10
Jamaican sprint stars Veronica
Campbell and Asafa Powell
secured top 10 positions as Tyson
Gay and Meseret Defar snatched
the number one spots in the Track
and Field News magazine's poll for
the top performers in 2007.
Campbell, the 100-meter gold
medalist at the Osaka World
Championships, took ninth spot in
the women's poll and Powell,
whose sizzling world-record equal-
ing run in Rieti was voted the top
performance at the IAAF awards, is
number five on the men's list.

* T&T ends losing hockey streak
to U.S.
Trinidad and Tobago's men's hock-
ey team ended its run of five
defeats against the United States
with a 2-2 draw last month in the
second match of five friendly inter-
nationals at the United States
Olympic Training Centre.

* Haitian retains world boxing
title
The unbeaten Haitian Joachim
Alcine retained his World Boxing
Association light middleweight title
with a 12th round technical knock-
out victory over Panama's Alfonso
Mosquera last month. The victory
improved Alcine's record to 30-0
with 19 knockouts.

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sources.
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SPORT


Cricket World Cup, Lara, track make global headlines in '07


KEVIN PILE

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados,
CMC Cricket World Cup
opened a new chapter in sports
for the Caribbean in 2007, but
the glittering fairytale that was
Brian Lara's career drew to a
close as the legend exited the
world stage he had long domi-
nated.
Hosted across nine nations
and costing regional govern-
ments hundreds of millions of
United States dollars, the tour-
nament ended in sore disap-
pointment for West Indies and
their fans and led to Lara's sud-
den retirement.
The World Cup, staged
from Mar. 13 to April 28,
unveiled history as the cricket-
mad region hosted international
cricket's showpiece for the first
time ever, and it virtually over-
shadowed several other accom-
plishments of which the
Caribbean could boast.
Jamaican Asafa Powell
rebounded from the huge disap-
pointment of a third place finish
at the World Championships of
Athletics in Osaka, Japan, to
set a new world record time of
9.74 seconds in the 100 meters
run at the IAAF Rieti Grand
Prix in Italy in September, while
Haiti crowned itself champion
of the Digicel Caribbean Cup,
the region's premier soccer
competition.
West Indies, seeking to
claim the prestigious tourna-
ment for the first time since its
back-to-back wins in 1975 and
1979, had its dreams of a win on
home soil shattered with anoth-
er of what has become its trade-
mark performance. Though it
progressed almost effortlessly
from the group stage with com-
fortable wins over Pakistan,
Zimbabwe and minnows
Ireland, it subsequently lost its
first four matches of the Super
Eight second round to eliminate
any chances of reaching the
semi-finals.
The team's World Cup
expedition was mired in rumors
of internal wrangling and dis-
unity among players. Lara's
sudden announcement, that he
would retire after the final
match against England, added
further fuel to the raging fires
of speculation.
West Indies' wretched cam-
paign also signaled the end of
the line for the team's under-fire
Australian coach Bennett King
as he also resigned. There was
no disappointment for two-time
defending World Champions
Australia, which played flawless
cricket throughout the tourna-
ment to capture an unprece-
dented third World Cup.
West Indies licked its
wounds, regrouped and took
aim at England during the sum-
mer, but could find no success
there either as the Caribbean
team was comprehensively
whipped 3-0 under the new


leadership of Guyanese
Ramnaresh Sarwan, who had
replaced Lara.
West Indies's gloom was
brightened only by Shivnarine
Chanderpaul's matchless form.
The indomitable Guyanese
scored heavily to compile 446
runs at an average of 148, with
two centuries, and assumed the
run-scoring mantle laid down
by Lara's absence. In the
process, he passed 7,000 runs in
Tests, joining the prestigious
club of great West Indies crick-


Laia illaue
cricket.


eters that included Brian
Lara, Sir Vivian Richards, Sir
Garfield Sobers, Desmond
Haynes, Gordon Greenidge and
Clive Lloyd.
In December, during the
five-match ODI series in
Zimbabwe, Chanderpaul also
eclipsed 7,000 runs in one-day
internationals, becoming only
the third West Indies batsman
to achieve the feat, after Lara
and legendary opener Haynes.

EARY EXIT
In September, the West
Indies's disappointing run con-
tinued at the inaugural ICC
Twenty20 World Cup in South
Africa where the regional team
exited in the first round.
Hammered by hosts South
Africa by eight wickets in the
opening match in Johannesburg,
despite a whirlwind century by
Gayle, West Indies slumped to
another loss in their second
match against Bangladesh to
bow meekly out of the tourna-
ment.
Administratively, the West
Indies Cricket Board (WICB)
continued its musical chairs. In
January, Dr. Roland Toppin, the
man identified to become the
WICB's chief executive officer,
said he was no longer available
to take up the position. In
February, the WICB announced
that former banker Bruce
Aanensen would take up the
vacant post from April, but the
Trinidadian's tenure was short-
lived. After several bruising bat-
tles with West Indies Players
Association President Dinanath
Ramnarine over players' con-


tracts, Aanensen announced his
resignation in August. His
move followed Julian Hunte's
appointment as WICB president
in July, the St. Lucian replacing
Ken Gordon in the top post in
regional cricket. He was elected
unopposed.
Australian John Dyson, a


former Test open
named coach of t
regional side.
At the region
Barbados capture
Beer Cup in Janu
ing unbeaten throw
competition. In C
Jamaica's long wa
limited-overs glory
- was ended when
the KFC Cup.
Earlier in Au
continued its imp
formance in the V
Under-19 tournai
won the three-da'
Kitts. Its hopes of
double were dash
however, which p
superb performance
day final to secur.
In October, t
ed Patterson Rep
released, detailin
commendations to
structure of
West Indies
cricket.
Commissioned
by the WICB
and prepared by
former Jamaica
Prime Minister
P.J. Patterson,
along with Sir
Alister
McIntyre and
Dr. Ian
McDonald, the
138-page docu-
ment recom-
mended a name
change for the
WICB and a
shake-up in the
structure of the
board.
According to the
WICB should be
Cricket West Indi
a Cricket West In
and a Cricket We
Board.

ATHLETICS
In athletics, I
ued to be the talk
for more than on(
Without a major
credit, he entered
Championships in
August as a favor
100 meters. But ii
was upset by Am
Gay. Bahamian D
finished with silver
onds. Powell earn
But the next mon
reminded the woi
lime talent by car
world record in th
earned him the I
Performance of tl
in November.
Bahamian D(


was good enough to capture gold
at the World Championships,
when he won the high jump with
a leap of 2.35 meters. Jamaican
Usain Bolt took silver in the 200
meters and shared in another sil-
ver performance in the 4x100
meters, while The Bahamas was
also runner-up in the 4x400


er, was then meters.
he embattled Jamaican Veronica
Campbell gave the region rea-
ial level, son to celebrate when she cap-
-d the Carib tured gold in a thrilling finish to
iary after play- the women's 100 meters. In one
)ughout the of the closest 100 meters races
)ctober, in recent history, it took the
lit for regional judges several minutes to deter-
ry since 1999 mine the winner. Campbell
i it captured edged out American Lauryn
Williams. It was Campbell's first
igust, Guyana World Championships sprint
ressive per- title and it followed her 200
West Indies meters Olympic title in Athens
ment when it three years before. Campbell
y title in St. was forced into second in the
f doing the 200 meters behind American
ied by Jamaica, Allyson Felix and picked up her
produced a third medal at the games when
nce in the one- Jamaica copped silver in the
e that title. 4x100 meters relay
he long await- In July, the Caribbean
ort was shone at the World Youth
g its many rec- Championships in Ostrava,
transform the Czech Republic with power-
house Jamaica giving a
strong account of itself.
Dexter Lee won the
boys 100 meters and
was followed home by
.. compatriot Nickel
Ashmeade for the sil-
ver, while Ramone
7 4McKenzie took the 200
meters gold with
Ashmeade taking
bronze.
Barbadian Shane
S -3 Brathwaite also stood
C l wout at the youth games
when he snared the
octathlon by tallying
6,261 points. In the
process, the 17-year-
Campbell won in a close finish. oldcreated history by


report, the
renamed
ies, comprising
dies Council
st Indies



Powell contin-
of the town
e reason.
medal to his
I the World
n Osaka in
rite to take the
n the final, he
erican Tyson
)errick Atkins
er in 9.91 sec-
ied bronze.
ith in Italy, he
rld of his sub-
ving out a new
he event. That
AAF
he Year Award

onald Thomas


first World Youth
champion and its first ever ath-
letics gold medal winner in a
global competition at any level.
There was also some suc-
cess for the region's girls as the
Jamaican trio of Latoya
McDermott (400 meters),
Shermaine Williams (100 hur-
dles) and Misha-Gaye DaCosta
(high jump) landed silver.
Bahamian Nivea Smith earned
bronze in the 200 meters.
In July, the Pan American
Games in Brazil also brought
success as Antiguan sprinter
Brendan Christian delivered his
country's two medals by win-
ning the 200 meters and taking
bronze in the 100 meters won
by the Netherland Antilles'
Churandy Martina. Bahamian
Chris Brown joined the fun
with gold in the 400 meters,
while Dominican Chris Lloyd
was good enough to claim
bronze in the same event.
Jamaican Maurice Smith
won the decathlon event and


The Bahamas powered its way
into winners' row in the men's
4x400 meters relay.
Jamaican Delloreen Ennis-
London sustained the success
for the Caribbean with a win in
the women's 100 meters hurdles
and her country's 4x100 meters
relay team followed that up
with another gold.

FOR KICKS
Soccer also grabbed the
headlines, with Haiti elevating
itself to the position of
Caribbean champions. In the
final of the Digicel Caribbean
Cup, Haiti upset favorites T&T
in the final.
The cream of T&T's
national players remained
locked in a dispute with the
local federation over bonus
monies owed them from their
appearance at the 2006 World
Cup in Germany. A ban was
imposed on
the players
in question,
leading to a
weakened
squad for
the Gold
Cup con-
tested in the
U.S. in
June, where
T&T failed
to win a sin- Thomas outjumped the
gle match, world.
In
November, there was a chang-
ing of the guard in Jamaica's
football as Captain Horace
Burrell, who oversaw Jamaica's
historic outing at the 1998
World Cup in France, took over
the reins of power from the
embattled Crenston Boxhill.
The change came against the
backdrop of the Reggae Boyz'
lowest ever position in the 14-
year history of the FIFA rank-
ings, as they slipped to 103rd in
October with Cuba, Haiti, St.
Vincent and the Grenadines,
T&T, Guyana and Barbados all
ranked higher. Technical
Director Bora Milutinovic was
fired after completing just one
year of his four-year contract
and was replaced by Ren6
Simoes, the Brazilian who had
guided the Reggae Boyz to the
World Cup finals in 1998.
The Caribbean shone inter-
nationally on the horseracing
circuit as Barbadian Patrick
Husbands captured the jockeys'
title in December at the
Woodbine Racetrack in Canada
and Jamaican apprentice
Jermaine Bridgmohan won at
the Tropical at Calder meet in
Florida in January.
In golf, T&T's Stephen
Ames reminded the world he
merited his place on the PGA
Tour with a win at the $4.6 mil-
lion Children's Miracle Network
Classic in November.

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