Group Title: Caribbean today (Miami, Fla.)
Title: Caribbean today
ALL VOLUMES CITATION PDF VIEWER THUMBNAILS PAGE IMAGE ZOOMABLE
Full Citation
STANDARD VIEW MARC VIEW
Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00099285/00035
 Material Information
Title: Caribbean today
Uniform Title: Caribbean today (Miami, Fla.)
Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 38 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Caribbean Pub. Services
Place of Publication: Miami Fl
Miami Fl
Publication Date: February 2009
Copyright Date: 2010
Frequency: monthly
regular
 Subjects
Subject: Economic conditions -- Periodicals -- Caribbean Area   ( lcsh )
Politics and government -- Periodicals -- Caribbean Area   ( lcsh )
Genre: periodical   ( marcgt )
 Notes
Additional Physical Form: Also available by subscription via the World Wide Web.
Dates or Sequential Designation: Began in 1989.
General Note: Description based on: Vol. 10, no. 3, published in 1999; title from cover.
 Record Information
Bibliographic ID: UF00099285
Volume ID: VID00035
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier: oclc - 40985415

Downloads

This item has the following downloads:

00002-2009 ( PDF )


Full Text


S@ FEBRUARY 2009




We cover your o rId
W e c o v e r y o u r %% o r I d


I THE MULTI AWARD-WINNING N^EWS MAGAZINE


This may not be the year you
celebrate Valentine's Day in an
elegant restaurant. Or, maybe
you're skipping your intimate
lobster dinner to trim your budg-
et. Thank goodness chocolate,
the ambrosial route to romance,
is still affordable, paqe 11.


J PRESORTED
STANDARD
S U.S. POSTAGE
PAID
MIAMI, FL
PERMIT NO. 7315
70 Tel: (305) 238-2868
1-800-605-7516
editor@caribbeantoday.com
l_ ct cads@bellsouth.net
Vol. 20 No. 3 Jamaica: 654-7282


With intense global economic
storm clouds now threatening
on the horizon, Jamaica's finan-
cially troubled national carrier
has unveiled a new business
plan that calls not only for the
ditching of jobs and aircraft,
but also some unprofitable
routes in the U.S., page 14.


Tanya Ragbeer, left, has trans- sia
formed the tragic loss of her
daughter Tatiana into opportu-
nities for others via TATI, Inc., a fc s.,ti nth dul-
non-profit organization with a m
mission to unite, educate, and
mentor Caribbean American
youth to become productive
citizens and leaders, page 15.

CAL CAIBEANTOAY IRC-FO -MAC6517'


News .................................2...
Black History Month ........6
Viewpoint .........................7...


INSIDE
Health ................................ 9 Tourism/Travel ............... 14 Business ..........................19
Food .................................. 11 Feature ............................15
Arts/Entertainment ..........12 Sport ................................16





CARIBBEAN TODAY

n e WS


rwww~~.carib-anoda.co. -


February 2009


Bahamas senator detained in Caribbean American residents form fastest

Travolta extortion plot resigns growing group in South Florida health care


NASSAU, The Bahamas,
CMC A Bahamian lawmak-
er accused of being involved
in a plot to extort money from
American actor John
Travolta, after his teenage son
died, has resigned.

Pleasant
Bridgewater,
who was
among three
people
detained as
police here
investigated
the alleged Bridgewater
scheme, was
charged late last month with
abetment to extort and con-
spiracy to extort. She was
released on $40,000 bail.
However, Bridgewater
vowed to prove her innocence
of the "untrue and unfair
hi rgL that resulted from
actions she took in her capaci-
ty as a lawyer.
Up to press time police
had also declined to explain
what the alleged scheme
involved.
Another politician, former
Tourism Minister Obie
Wilchcombe, and ambulance
driver Tarino Lightbourne,
were also taken into custody by
the authorities. Wilchcombe,
who said he was a close friend
of Travolta, was released pend-
ing further investigations. The
ambulance driver remained in
police custody up to press time,


although he had not been
charged. A police source said
he could possibly face a charge
of attempted extortion.

EXTORTION
Jett Travolta, 16, died on
Jan. 2 after a seizure he had
while his family was vacation-
ing on Grand Bahama.
Lightbourne was the one who
rushed the younger Travolta
to hospital and has since spo-
ken publicly including an
appearance on United States
television about his efforts to
revive him.
Travolta's lawyers recently
disclosed that the family fell
victim to per-
sons seeking to
extort from
them, but
declined to
divulge the
suspects' j
demands or
what threats
were made if Wilchcombe
they did not
get what they asked for.
Jett was the only son of
Travolta, 54, and his wife,
actress Kelly Preston, 46. His
body was cremated in The
Bahamas and his ashes taken
to Florida, where a memorial
service was held.
0


MIAMI A union represent-
ing health workers in South
Florida says Caribbean
nationals are the fastest grow-
ing group of that sector.
"It has been an interesting
demographic transformation,"
said Monica Russo, president
of the Florida State Council of
the Service Employees
International Union.
"The newer folks are
from Haiti and Jamaica and
all across the West Indies,"
she added.
Russo said the majority of
Caribbean nationals in South
Florida seek careers as home
health aides, medical assis-
tants, nurses, surgical techni-
cians, among others. The
union boss said, in Lauderhill
and Lauderdale Lakes, two
Broward cities with a high
concentration of Caribbean
immigrants, technical schools


NEW YORK, CMC A
Trinidadian-born resident of
Queens, New York faces mul-
tiple charges for an alleged
scheme in which he is accused
of promising to get official
United States "green cards"
and other documents for
dozens of Trinidadian immi-
grants but instead stole nearly
$100,000.


offering specialties in health
care are multiplying.

GROWTH
Some schools say the
community grew around
them, but newer schools say
they were drawn to the area
by the concentration of poten-
tial students.
"We build our schools
through referrals," said
Bernadette Edwards, senior
admissions representative
at the American Institute
School of Health Careers
in Lauderdale Lakes.
"We're not just selling a
program, we're selling a
dream," she added, revealing
that over 60 percent of her stu-
dents are of Caribbean ancestry.
The scene is similar at
MedVance Institute, another
health school in Lauderdale
Lakes, where more than 50


Nazim Hosein, 36, was
arrested last month when he
arrived on a flight from Port
of Spain and was later
arraigned on multiple charges
including grand larceny, crimi-
nal possession of stolen prop-
erty and scheme to defraud.
Prosecutors claim Hosein
duped dozens of members of
the Trinidad and Tobago com-
munity in New York by prom-
ising to speed up their appli-
cation process. They allege
that he claimed to know a fed-
eral employee who could
assist them to get their docu-
ments for fees ranging from
$5,000 to $20,000.
Hosein pleaded guilty. His
lawyers declined to comment
on the matter.

DEAD DREAMS
Prosecutors said he told
the alleged victims to meet


percent of the students are
from the Caribbean. Jamaican
Michael Hayle, 48, a father of
four, said he is studying to be
a surgical technician at
MedVance Institute. He said
he worked for years in
Georgia as a janitor in a
health care facility, and that
he had a hard time finding a
similar job when he relocated
to South Florida last year. He
said he then decided to try
something new.
"My only regret is that I
didn't start sooner," he said.
Pauline Bremmer, another
Jamaican native, said she has
just finished a 15-month surgi-
cal technician program, along
with her 18-year-old son
Jerome. Both graduated from
MedVance with perfect aver-
ages.
0


him at on Oct. 10, 2008 to
receive their documents, but
that they waited more than
five hours not knowing that
Hosein was in Trinidad.
"The victims in this case
are all hardworking immi-
grants who bought into the
dL fi ndinl, alleged assurances
to hasten their American
Dream and trustingly turned
over large sums of money to
him. Instead of a brighter
future, they found their
dreams quashed by the defen-
dant's alleged unscrupulous
actions and their money
gone," District Attorney
Richard A. Brown said.
Hosein, who was released
on $100,000 bail, could face
seven years in prison if con-
victed.
0


Barbadian pleads guilty to smuggling

'date rape' drugs into the United States


BUFFALO, New York A
Barbadian national has plead-
ed guilty of smuggling "date
rape" drugs into the United
States.
Warren Maynard, 51,
pleaded guilty in a U.S. feder-
al court here of smuggling the
illegal drugs in containers
marked rL ligi< ,I water".
He had been charged with
a felony for international nar-
cotics smuggling and appeared
before U.S. District Judge
William M. Skretny.


Prosecutors said Maynard,
who had been living in
Brooklyn, New York, was
arrested Oct. 16 at the
Lewiston-Queenston Bridge
in upstate New York by
U.S. Customs and Border
Protection agents. Acting
U.S. Attorney Kihkii n M.
Mehltretter said Maynard had
secreted ketamine an illegal
"date rape" drug in 43 bot-
tles of what was labeled reli-
gious water.
0


Trinidadian accused in N.Y.


'green card' scam


It's not just Black History,

it's our history

Learn about Black cultural heritage and diversity

* Take one of the special bus tours to explore landmarks
highlighting the African-American experience

* Revel in the sights and sounds of Carnaval during this month's
JAM at MAM celebration at the Miami Art Museum

* Enjoy"All That Jazz @ the Miami-Dade Public Library,"featuring
activities and concerts your whole family can enjoy


Find more Black History Month events and activities by visiting
miamidade.gov or calling 3-1-1.


IN




CARIBBEAN TODAY


I L'eLieve endJino wodki


1I


February 2009


hi
OF,


hmoep, 1c, AqPoccibLe.


...... .. ... imm m. ... .. . . ... m






CARIBBEAN TODAY


~ A Caribbean Today special feature


Caribbean Americans have high hopes for Obama West Indians feel 'pure joy' at


NELSON KING

WASHINGTON, D.C. The
Caribbean community in the
United States has high hopes
for a Barack Obama presiden-
cy, with one Jamaican-born
political scientist hailing his
official swearing in ceremony
on Jan. 20 here as representa-
tive of "a new dawn for
America, the Caribbean and
the world.
"Under Obama, we hope
to see expansion of trade, and,
hopefully, expansion of invest-
ment in the Caribbean," said
Dr. Basil Wilson, provost and
professor emeritus at John Jay
College of Criminal Justice in
lower Manhattan, New York.
"The Caribbean should be
able to see significant changes
in U.S. relations with Cuba,"
he told the Caribbean Media
Corporation (CMC), shortly
after watching live television
coverage of Obama's inaugu-
ration as the 44th president of
the United States.
Obama took the oath of
office as the first black presi-
dent of the U.S. in a simple
yet elegant ceremony, wit-
nessed by two million people
and watched on television by
millions around the world,
including the Caribbean.
"I stand here today hum-
bled by the task before us,
grateful for the trust you have
bestowed, mindful of the sac-


rifices borne by our ances-
tors," said Obama, the 47-
year-old son of a black father
from Kenya and a white moth-
er from Kansas.

ASSURANCE
He assured the world that
he will address head on dire
economic and other challenges
it faces. The new U.S. presi-
dent also pledged to work
with all nations in the world,


including the Caribbean.
In response to Obama,
Wilson, considered one of the
foremost Caribbean political
scientists in the U.S., said he
was hopeful that particular
attention would be paid to the
plight of the people of Haiti.
"We hope Haiti will get a
'Marshall Plan', as well, to
bring it into the 21st century,"
said Wilson, stating that Haiti
suffered "dreadfully" under


the previous George W. Bush
administration.
Kawal Toteram, a
Guyanese lawyer in Queens,
New York, told CMC Obama
brings much-needed hope to
all nations around the world.
"It's a hair-raising experi-
ence to see the inauguration
of the first black president of
the United States," he said.
"It's a great moment for
all people of the world, espe-
cially people of color
and all immigrants."

'NEW DIRECTION'
Steve Alexander, a
former Grenada New
York consul general,
said the Caribbean
"yearned" for the day
for new leadership in
1 Washington.
"I think I'll see a
new direction for the
nt of Caribbean," he told
CMC.
Holding back tears,
Derek Ventour, a Grenadian-
born entertainment promoter
in Brooklyn, New York, said:
"I didn't know that I would
see a black man as president
(of the U.S.) in my generation.
"But I must say, this is a
new dawn, a new beginning not
only for this great country but
for the world ,\ r he added.
0


U.S. president's inauguration


NEW YORK Several promi-
nent members of the West
Indian community in the
United States have joined oth-
ers in expressing elation over
the inauguration of Barack
Obama as U.S. president.
Congresswoman Yvette
D. Clarke
described the
"pure joy"
that she and
others were
experiencing
because of the
historic occa-
sion. I%
"I feel a Clarke
lot of excite-
ment, a strong sense of pride
and a spirit of determination,"
Clarke told the Caribbean
Media Corporation (CMC)
the day after Obama was offi-
cially sworn in as the 44th
president.
"This is a unique moment,
where people from all walks
of life are feeling a great sense
of hope and an urgent need
for change," added Clarke,
the daughter of Jamaican
immigrants, who represents
the 11th Congressional
District in Brooklyn, the
largest district of Caribbean
immigrants in the country and

Jamaican-
born Una
Clarke, is a
former New
York city
council-
woman.
"...As a
Caribbean Perry
American,
whose parents immigrated to
this nation and became a part
of the civil rights movement,
it's both thrilling and hum-
bling to see the look of dignity
on their faces, knowing that
their hard work has paid off."

'GREAT DAY'
St. Vincent and the
Grenadines' New York Consul
General Cosmus Cozier said
Jan. 20 was "a great day not
just for black people, but for
the world over."
"The only thing that wor-
ries me is so much (needs) to
be done," he said.
"But the example he
(Obama) sets goes well for
the future," he added.
"Government can't do every-
thing."
Cozier said Obama will
put a lot of programs in place
to help nationals and the
world, adding that he hopes
the new U.S. president
rescinds the draconian immi-


gration laws.
"It'll be a better place for
us," he said. "I'm looking for-
ward to having a lot of
changes in immigration."
Jamaican-born New York
Assemblyman Nick Perry,
representative for the pre-
dominantly Caribbean, 58th
Assembly District in
Brooklyn, described Obama's
inauguration as "a sense of
mission accomplished." He
said this was in keeping with
"everyone's fight for equality,
for an America, as Martin
Luther King, Jr. said, that
lives up to its creed where
all people are treated equally,
where black Americans,
Asian Americans, are not
judged by the color of their
skin but by the content of
their character."





Street Address:
9020 SW 152nd Street, Miami, FL 33157
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 6010
Miami, FL 33116-6010.
Telephone: (305) 238-2868
(305) 253-6029 Fax: (305) 252-7843
Toll-Free Fax: 1-866-290-4550
1-800-605-7516 Jamaica: 654-7282
E-mail: editor@caribbeantoday.com
Send ads to: ct ads@bellsouth.net
Vol. 20, Number 3 FEB. 2009

PETER A WEBLEY
Publisher

GORDON WILLIAMS
Managing Editor

SABRINA HOPKINS
Graphic Artist

DOROTHY CHIN
Account Executive


SHARON LEE
Account Executive
CARMEN CHANG
Account Executive


JACQUELINE RUBIANO
Accounting Manager
Caribbean Media Source
Media Representatives
Opinions expressed by editors and writers
are not necessarily those of thepublisher.
Caribbean Today, an independent
news magazine, is published every month
by Caribbean Publishing & Services, Inc.
Caribbean Today is not responsible
for unsolicited manuscripts or photos. To
guarantee return, please include a self-
addressed stamped envelope.
Articles appearing in Caribbean
Today may not be reproduced without
written permission of the editor.


* Must have been in business for at least 2 year (include
proof).
* Cannot have more than seven (7) employees (2 part
time will count as 1 fulltime).
* Must not be a part of a national chain.
* Can not have more than two (2) businesses in district.
* Must have a current Miami-Dade County Occupational
License or paid receipt and Municipality License at the
time of application. Business name on application must
match one on license (include copy).
* A physical address is required. No P.O Box as mailing
address allowed.


* Home-based businesses can apply.
* Applications will not be accepted after deadline.
* Must not have delinquent loan with Miami-Dade
County, a County Department or County funded agency
* Businesses funded in the past can not apply.
* Non-profit agencies cannot apply.
* Application must be typed or printed only.
* Applicants must sign and submit all requested
documents.
* Must submit outside picture of business location build-
ing, home, or work vehicle).
* Submit 1 original and 1 copy completed application.


* Must participate in business workshop training.
All application packages will be subject to selection committee review and approval.


-usw^caribbeantodj..c..


* Applications available from February 9,2009 February 26, 2009
Chairman Dennis C. Moss
Miami-Dade County Commissioner
District 9

Mom and Pop Small Business Grant Program
For Miami-Dade County, District 9

Grant funds available to
qualifying business owners
(up to $5,000 per business)
Applications available for pick up at the following locations:
* District North Office: South Dade Government Center, 10710 SW 211 Street, Suite 206, Miami, FL 33189
* District South Office: 1634 NW 6 Avenue, Florida City, FL 33034
* Applications will also be available for download at www.miamidade.gov/district09
An mandatory informational workshop is scheduled for Thursday, February 19, 2009 from 6:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m.
at the South Dade Government Center 10710 SW 211 Street, Room 203, Miami 33189
Return 1 original and 1 copy completed application between February 19 -26, 2009, by 5:00 p.m.
For more information, contact Ms. Finney 305-756-0605.
All businesses must be located in District 9 and meet the following criteria:


February 2009





CARIBBEAN TODAY


Secretary General of the
Caribbean community
(CARICOM) Edwin
Carrington says the region is
looking forward to "very
friendly and productive rela-
tions" with the new Barack
Obama administration.
Speaking as Americans
and the rest of the world
joined in celebration of
Obama's inauguration as the
44th president of the United
States last month, the CARI-
COM official noted that the
new administration could
present some advantages to
the regional grouping.
"A number of elements of
Barack Obama's election plat-
form, as well as the informa-
tion given by his incoming sec-
retary of state in her confirma-
tion hearing last (month),
point to the rebuilding or the


I

b

in
f
clf


strengthening of U.S. diplo-
matic links throughout the
hemisphere including the
Caribbean; points to the
strengthening of security coop-
eration; it points a greater sen-
sitivity to the threat of climate
change and global warming
and a readiness to address
those issues," he said.
The CARICOM secretary
general said the inclusion of
persons of Caribbean descent,
such as Attorney General Eric
Holder, should work to the
region's advantage and result
in the region having a more
sympathetic ear with the U.S.
government. He added that
should Obama's economic
plan prove to be successful,
member states would also
reap the rewards.
0


Caribbean academic issues 'wish list'


Atop regional academic
has issued his own list
of priorities for the
new United States administra-
tion, which calls specifically on
President Barack Obama to
tackle economic and security
concerns in the Caribbean.
Professor Norman Girvan
of the University of the West
Indies also believes the cur-
rent situation in Gaza is
enough to warrant immediate
attention by the president, but
he also believes there can be
no side stepping the issues
currently facing the impover-
ished Caribbean nation of
Haiti or neighboring Cuba,
which continues to reel from
the effects of a decades-old
U.S. embargo.
In the case of Haiti,
Girvan has called on the new


Obama government to under-
take "full and unconditional"
cancellation of the country's
bilateral debt to the U.S. He
has also urged the new U.S.
government to use its influ-
ence with other bilateral and
multilateral donors, including
the World Bank, to have them
do the same.
Girvan has also called on
the Obama administration to
"initiate an international part-
nership for Haitian recon-
struction and development"
and to restore "Temporary
Protected Persons status" to
undocumented Haitians in the
U.S., which provides them
with the opportunity to make
a case against forcible repatri-
ation.
0


What they said about Obama's inauguration:


* "From Paris to Port-of
Spain, and from Tokyo to
Tunis, people are drawn to
this phenomenon because of
what it says about the power
of the human spirit...the abili-
ty of human beings to chart
their own destiny...the possi-
bility of mankind to over-
come tremendous, stupen-
dous, even frightening odds"
- Prime Minister Denzil
Douglas, St. Kitts and Nevis.
* "In Barack Obama, there is
something unique. He repre-
sents change, but not just as a
slogan, he represents change
that could come about, the
possibility of change in the


whole world" Guyana's
President Bharrat Jagdeo.
* "I think it is a good thing
for (the Caribbean). It places
us in a position where I think
we are in a stronger bargain-
ing position" Grenada's
Prime Minister Tillman
Thomas.
* "It was a very moving
event, the very drama of the
occasion" Ralph Gonsalves,
prime minister of St. Vincent
and the Grenadines.

Stories on pages 4 and 5
compiled from CMC.
0


Usww~cribanody*o


I couldn't hold back the tears ~ Bermuda's premier
HAMILTON, Bermuda, CMC was an outspoken student referred to his father who 60
- Bermuda's Premier Ewart and civil rights activist in years ago would not have
Irown said he could not hold Washington, D.C., and when he been able to eat in a restau-
)ack the tears listening to returned to the capital on Jan. rant in Washington, D.C.,"
3arack Obama's speech dur- 20, he admitted he was over- Brown said of Obama's
ng his inauguration as the come with emotion. speech.
first African American presi- "I was filled up and, in
]Int of th1 TI nitl d Stntotc fort c utiro ld t hno rl lhd mb T I


UenL OL eUl U1LeU !)LaLes.
Four decades ago, Brown


ac L, toUIU llnot IJU UC I i mly
tears, especially when he


Adopt a shelter pet

and save a life.

* Give a cat, dog, kitten or puppy a home for life

* Get unconditional love in return
* Save on rabies shots and microchipping

Find out how you can adopt a shelter pet.

Go to miamidade.gov/animals or call 3-1-1.


Train don't chain your best friend

Beginning April 2009, it will be illegal to keep your dog
tethered when you aren't present.


This means it will be unlawful
to tie a dog to any object or
structure -- including a house,
tree, fence, post, garage or shed
-- by any means, such as chain,
rope, cord, leash or running line.
However, this doesn't mean you
can't use a leash to walk a dog.

That fact is that dogs left tethered
and unattended are deprived of
social interaction, and since they
can't run if they feel threatened,
they are 2.8 times more likely to
bite. So the anti-tethering law
has been enacted to improve the
safety of residents as well as the
well-being of pets.


Once the law is in effect, illegally
tethering your dog can result in
fines of $100 or more.
Please remember, train don't
chain.


For more information go to miamidade.gov/animals or call 3-1-1.


BAMn S I AUGU RATIO

~ A Caribbean Today special feature


CARICOM ready to

work with Obama


February 2009


/





CARIBBEAN TODAY


-usw^caribbeantodj..c..


r ie Miami-Dade Public
Library System (MDPLS)
will celebrate "Black
History Month" with three spe-
cial art exhibitions in the South
Florida city.
The exhibitions will fea-
turing works from Haitian-
born artist Asser Saint-Val,
children's book illustrator
Adjoa J. Burrowes, and artist
and historian Wendy Allen.
The public is invited, at no
cost, to view the exhibitions at
the following branches:

* North Dade Regional,
2455 N.W. 183 St.
Asser Saint-Val: "The
Melanin Project" Through
Mar. 23.
Melanin is the biological
pigment that gives human skin
and hair its color. Saint-Val,
interested in the way science
and biology have been used to
justify false perceptions about
people of color, made a study of
"the phenomenon of melanin"
and the role it plays in people of
all races. His findings became a


IB CK HIS TORY m o T

~ A Caribbean Today special feature


series of paintings, of imaginary
embodiments, of this phenome-
non part figurative, part some-
thing you would see under a
microscope.
For more information,
call 305-625-6424.

* Main Library Auditorium,
101 W. Flagler St.
"Color All Around" -
Illustrations by Adjoa J.
Burrowes Through Mar. 31.
Features 42 original cut-
paper collages from picture
books illustrated by Burrowes.
She combines her expertise as


African Americans, the world ins


Black History Month is a
L lLbrdIItin1 of the accom-
plishments of African
Americans. Not many have
accomplished more than the late
civil rights leader Dr. Martin
Luther King Jr. His words, some
published here, continue to


of his destiny" -1959.
* "Darkness cannot drive out
darkness; only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate;
only love can do that" 1963.
* "Nonviolent action, the negro
saw, was the way to supple-


a graphic designer with use of
collage and mixed media. Her
illustrations feature cut-paper
figures, organic shapes and
angular forms.
For more information,
call 305-375-2665.

* Main Library, 1st floor exhi-
bition space, 101 W. Flagler St.
"The People's President:
Portraits of Lincoln by Wendy
Allen" Feb. 7 through April 6.
Created exclusively with
one subject in mind: a man who
was one of America's most
beloved presidents. In obser-
vance of the 200th anniversary
of Abraham Lincoln's birth, the
MDPLS has collaborated with
Allen to create a site-specific,
salon-style installation of her
obsessive oeuvre of Lincoln
portraits.
For more information,
call 305-375-2665.
Additional details of the
three exhibitions may be
obtained by visiting
www.mdpls.org.



pired by MLK
justification in our age" 1967.
* "A good many observers have
remarked that if equality could
come at once the negro would
not be ready for it. I submit
that the white American is even
more unprepared" -1967.


e ripsni people all over the world
: ment, not replace, the progress "To be a negro in America is
* "Man is man because he is free of change"- 1964. to hope against hope" 1967.
.
to operate withm the framework "The curse of poverty has no


I


Art exhibitions, dance
performances, films
and educational work-
shops will be among the high-
lights of Nova Southeastern
University's (NSU) Black
History Month activities.
The South Florida institu-
tion's celebration this month is
open to the public.
Below is a partial listing of
events. Unless otherwise noted,
all events will be held on
NSU's main campus, 3301
College Ave. in Davie.

Feb. 9,16 "Food for the Soul"
Series
Lunch-speakers series fea-
turing Tiffany Jordan, 1 p.m. to
2 p.m., Knight Auditorium. Call
Carla Withrow, 954-262-5149.

Feb. 12 Strengths of Black
Families Film Festival
Viewing and discussion of
"Pursuit of Happyness", 7 p.m.
to 10 p.m., Knight Auditorium.
Contact Dr. Debra Nixon at 954-
262-3008 or nixond@nova.edu
for more information.

Feb. 15 Discover Your Roots,
Discover Your World... African
American Genealogy Resources.
Learn about African
American genealogical
resources plus new free databas-
es. Open to the public and free,
4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Alvin
Sherman Library on NSU's
main campus. Call 954-262-4613.

Feb. 16 Jeopardy Night,
6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Student teams will compete
in the Black History Jeopardy
Night game. Contact Julie
Hamrick at Hamrick@nova.edu.

Feb. 18 African World Artists
Collective Opening Reception
and Exhibit
Farquhar College of Arts
and Sciences will host this
event, which includes a tour of
the art exhibit, performances
and refreshments. Call Tennille
Shuster at 954-262-7611.


I Feb. 19


sented by Corpo e Movimento
Capoeira Academy, noon to 1
p.m. in the University Center
Flight Deck. Contact Kenny
McCallum at 954-262-1289 or
odoo@nsu. nova. edu.

* Master Class and discussion
with Marc Bamuthi Joseph, 1
p.m. to 3 p.m.
This dance workshop and
discussion will take place in the
Division of Visual and
Performing Arts Division
Orchestra Room in the
University Center. For reserva-
tions, call Chetachi Egwu at 954-
262-8073.

Feb. 20 Strength of the Black
Family Film Festival
Festival continues with
"The Great DLIhkrs 7 p.m.
to 10 p.m., Knight Auditorium.
Contact Dr. Nixon.

Feb. 21 Black Law Student
Association presents NSU Law
Day
The free event gives high
school and undergraduates a
taste of what it's like to attend
law school. From 9 a.m. to 2
p.m., in the Shepard Broad
Law Center. Contact Beth
Hall, 954-262-6121 or
hallb@nsu. law. nova. edu.

Feb. 24 Dessert and Dialogue:
Hip Hop and the Black
Experience in America
From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in
the University Center Flight
Deck. Contact CIlr IM, James
at jcherise@nova. edu.

Feb. 27 Strength of the Black
Family Film Festival
Festival concludes with "Meet
the Browns", 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.,
Knight Auditorium. Contact
Dr. Nixon, 954-262-3008 or
nixond@nova. edu.
A blog site is available
to encourage ongoing discussion
around the various NSU
Black History Month events.
The address is
http://blogs. library.nova. edu/
blackhistory.
0


I "Body & Movement" pre-

NAACP marks 100th anniversary


The National Association
for the Advancement of
Colored People will
mark its 100th anniversary on
Feb. 12. The NAACP, which
has 1,700 units in the United
States, has scheduled several
events this month to celebrate
the milestone:
* 6 p.m. Feb. 12 100th birth-
day celebration, Old Dillard
Museum, 1009 N.W. Fourth
St., Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
* 8 p.m. Feb. 12 40th annual


NAACP Image Awards airs
live, nationwide on the FOX
television network.
* Feb. 21 Executive
Committee and general mem-
bership meeting "Visual Art
Skills and Philosophies" at the
Old Dillard Museum.
* 7 p.m. Feb. 26 NAACP
"Adult" Branch M line 1409
Sistrunk Blvd. Fort Lauderdale.
For more information,
call 754-366-3735.
0


Miami libraries display special art exhibitions


NSU offers variety of


events in February


February 2009





CARIBBEAN TODAY


V I W P o I N T


Obama's hopes face reality


ow www-.caibeatoa.com I


Hellish encounters of the dating kind


WASHINGTON Irony is
hard to define but you know
when you don't see it.
Irony is
the gap
between
ideals and
reality, the
gap between
expectations
and what
happens.
It was
ironic of CLARENCE
Thomas PAGE
Jefferson to
defend as
"inalienable"the rights of all
men to life, liberty and the
pursuit of happiness while he
owned slaves.
It was ironic of Abraham
Lincoln to author an
Emancipation Proclamation
that only freed the slaves in
the states that had broken
away from the Union.
It was ironic of African
Americans to fight a war
against Nazism abroad and
return to racial segregation at
home.
But as my wife and I
watched Pete Seeger and
Bruce Springsteen on televi-
sion, singing "This land is your
land, this land is my land..." at
the Lincoln Memorial program
before the inauguration of
Barack Obama and we began
to sing along there was no
irony in that moment. The
inauguration of a biracial presi-
dent with African roots and a
global autobiography causes
even the most cynical among us
to feel proud to be part of a
country that made this possible.

JOY
You would have to have a
heart made of stone to be
unmoved by Laurie Madsen, a
woman I met on a Metro
train, who jokingly called her-
self "one of the few liberals in
Utah." Old enough to witness
the tragedies of the 1960s on
television, "I marched with
Martin Luther King Jr. in my
house," she said, choking back
tears. "Now I feel blessed to
march to Obama."
I felt her joy. Watching
King deliver his "I Have a
Dream" speech at the Lincoln
Memorial made me want to
be a journalist. I wanted to
witness history while it was
happening. Like others of my
generation, I did not dare to
expect to live long enough to
see King's dream become as
much of a reality as it has.
Irony recedes as Obama's vic-
tory raises the expectations
that we Americans have of
ourselves and our country's
capacity for racial fairness.
Yet, disabuse yourself of
any notion that irony has died,
despite such suggestions from
public intellectuals as diverse


as author Joan Didion and
"The Daily Show" host Jon
Stewart. Political honeymoons
soon end. A gap between
expectations and reality
inevitably opens. Critics and
comedy writers quickly regain
their footing.

REALITY
Are expectations of
Obama too high, journalists
ask? It's easy to see how the
world might get that impres-
sion. Obama iconography was
abundant long before he took
his oath of office.
You could see it in the
ring of Obama-branded com-
merce around the Washington
Mall a bizarre bazaar of
Obama caps, T-shirts, playing
cards, bobble-head dolls and
other paraphernalia of
Obama-love.
Top of the kitsch pile is
the "Barack Obama condom".
"Use with good judgL IIIn
(sic) its foil wrapper advices.
Irony lives. At least, the com-
pany didn't try to use the real
Obama campaign slogan,
"Yes, we can!"
Like the "John McCain
condom" offered by the same
company, it has no official link
to the man whose name and
photo it features on its foil
wrapper. And neither does the
blissfully irrational exuberance
that many well-wishers around
the planet have expressed
about Obama's victory.
Reverend Eugene
Robinson, the first openly gay
bishop in the Episcopal
Church, offered this reality
check in his opening prayer at
pre-inaugural ceremonies:
"Bless us with patience and
the knowledge that none of
what ails us will be fixed any-
time soon," he prayed, "and
the understanding that our
new president is a human
being, not a messiah."
Obama supporters with
whom I have talked seem to
know that, despite die-hard
critics who mock his "Savior"
appeal to liberals. Once the
inaugural party lights have
faded, everyone should know
that President Obama becomes
just another chief executive
who must sink or swim on his
ability to handle the job.
He seemed to say as much
in the subtle appeal for help
that he included in his inaugu-
ral address, even as he tried to
keep hopes aloft. "What is
required of us now is a new
era of responsibility," he said,
"a recognition, on the part of
every American, that we have
duties to ourselves, our
nation, and the world, duties
that we do not grudgingly
accept but rather seize gladly,
firm in the knowledge that
there is nothing so satisfying
(CONTINUED ON PAGE 8)


I've heard some stories
about hell that I just had to
share.
True, they say that hell is
what you make it, and indeed
some people make the lives of
others a living hell, even as
they attempt to derive heaven-
ly pleasures. But even though
they say that first impressions
are the most lasting, many first
impressions leave an indelible
mark that we would prefer not
to be lasting at all. It's an
impression that is a hellish
one.
Hellish encounters I call
them, and he or she who feels
it, knows it. In fact this first
one is from a
friend of mine
who seems to
have more
bad luck with
women of all
races, sizes,
religions and
creeds, than
anyone I
know. His sad TONY
story begins ROBINSON
where he
bemoans the
fact that we live in a self serv-
ing society that puts such a


huge emphasis on material
gain and vanity, that people
lose lil m, s LS in the struggle
to keep up. Nevertheless, he
considered himself lucky to
have attracted beautiful
women of all races, as you
know what our makeup is like
in the diaspora.
Unfortunately, this racial
potpourri made no difference to
his hellish experiences as
demons come in different
forms. One young lady, on the
very first date, made him drive
out over half a tank of gas
before she decided on where


she wanted to eat. Now we all
know what the price of gas is
nowadays, irrespective of what-
ever country you live in, so to
drive around town searching for
a suitable restaurant is not only
no fun, but impacts seriously on
the pocket.
Apart from being angry,
miserable and hungry, he was
even more distressed to watch
his gas gauge move from full to
empty as they endlessly drove
around town. The lady simply
could not decide on fast food,

(CONTINUED ON PAGE 8)


CASTHELY ORTHODONTICS
"Creating Straight & Beautiful Smiles"

DENTAL BRACES INVISALIGN
Free Consultation Easy Payment Options
Serving Miami's Caribbean Community for Over 9 Years

North Miami Beach Office Kendall Office
1400 NE Miami Gardens Dr., #101 7887 N Kendall Dr., #103
North Miami Beach, FL 33179 Miami, FL 33156
www. oastheolyQrth.com 305.940.4911 305.275.1094


IWELL.NESS CENTER



S WentwMD Diplomate
;, American Board Of Family Practice
1"Holistic Care For
an Optimum Lifestyle"
( Now Accepting New Patients!!
S/ (305) 520-5750
S/ www.drwjarrett.com
S / We've Relocated to West Kendall
. 12955 SW 132nd Street Building 3B, Suite 104 Miami, Florida 33186


February 2009






CARIBBEAN TODAY


-usw^caribbeantodj..c..


V I E P 0


* "Time is not on
our side" -
Caribbeani com-
munity Secretary
General Edwin
Carrington
underlines the
urgency for the
region to take "bold and decisive"
action to weather the current eco-
nomic crisis

* "He will do a few things he
can't avoid, like rolling back
restrictions" United States-
based Cuban affairs expert Peter
Hakim last month predicting
that the new Barack Obama
administration will go further
towards a new relationship with
the Caribbean island than prom-
ised during the presidential cam-
paign.

* "There are too many young
men in the region's prisons.


Young people are not to be in
prison" -Deputy Premier and
Minister of Social Transformation
Hensley Daniel announcing plans
by his ministry to designate 2009 as
the year of the fairly in Nevis.

* "This crisis could possibly
slow down the pace of the
CARICOM integration
process" Suriname's Fis, n,..
Minister Humphrey Hilden bir'g,
last month expressing his concern
over the far-reaching effects the
world's economic crisis could
have on the Carinbbeani.

* "It's like I have a duty to per-
form, to represent myself, my
country, my
friends and my
family. And
those are the
things I focus on,
getting the job
done" -
Jamaica's World
and Olympic
gold medal winner Veronica
Campbell-Brown explains her
motivation to be a champion.


* "There is a little dinghy that
we have that we call our police
launch, which cannot serve the
purpose of protecting our
shores" Government back-
bencher Eastern Taylor-Farrell
joins voices in Montserrat look-
ing to Britain for help in coping
with asylum seekers and other
refugees.

* "We accepted this enormous
responsibility with pride and
conviction" -Antigua and
Barbuda expresses its pleasure at
serving as chair of the United
Nations' Group of 77.

* "This crisis provides an opportu-
nity for us to raise standards and to
achieve cost-effective delivery of
goods and services to the public" -
Barbados's Prime Minister David
Thompson last month trying to
rally his country in the face of tough
economic times

Compiled from CMC and other
sources.
0


Obama's hopes face reality
(CONTINUED FROM PAGE 7) question: It is not only 2009 Clarence Page.
to the spirit, so defining of our whether he will live up to Distributed by Tribune Media
to the spirit, so defining of our our expectations that matters, Services, Inc.
character, than g our all but also whether we will live
to a difficult task." up to his. w
With that he raises a new up to his.


Retailers Win Big Being a Florida Lottery
Florida Lottery Partnerships Net $2.68 Billion For State Retailers retailer is now
more profitable than ever.

.ODMART Becoming a Florida Lottery retailer will
add a new dimension to your business
and help raise funds for education in
Florida. Here are a few advantages of
becoming a Florida Lottery retailer:
V Increase store traffic
V Earn commission on every ticket
sold
V Earn extra cash through retailer
T he Florida Lottery was introduced From inception of the Lottery through incentives
in 1988 to raise non-tax revenue fiscal year 2006-2007, more than $47.9 V Receive support from expert
for public education. Since then, billion in Lottery tickets has been sold. sales, advertising and marketing
Lottery games have contributed This activity has netted retailers across Lottery staff
more than $19 billion to the state's the state in excess of $2.68 billion in V Bonus commissions for selling
Educational Enhancement Trust Fund. commissions and redemption bonuses, top prizes in FLORIDA LOTTO",
No less significant, however, is the MEGA MONEY' and FANTASY5'
multibillion-dollar impact the Lottery Reaching Out to Minority MEGAMONEY and FANTASY5
has had on small and minority-owned Entrepreneurs
businesses throughout the state. Minority business development is a very Education is Our Beneficiary; All
Business owners looking fornewand important part of the small-business Floridians are Our Shareholders
exciting products, and see king ways to equation. After all, small business
excitbring mor e custom ers into theirways to represents the lifeblood of the Florida Operated according to the same for-profit
bring more customers into their stores and business model as a private corporation,
add a new revenue source, should consider of jobs and payroll. And it is to small the Florida Lottery contributes more than
becoming a Florida Lottery retailer. Based s nds h p L e is $1 billion annually to education statewide,
on a s y c e by business that the Florida Lottery has
on a study conducted by Ernst and Young, pledged its support on a statewide basis. making it one of the most successful public-
selling Lottery products boosts customer pledged its support on a statewide basis sector programs of its kind in
traffic by 11%. This study also found In the spirit of diversifying its the country.
that frequent Lottery customers spend small-business partners, the Lottery Howeverunlike a private coloration
two-and-one-half times what non-Lottery is committed to increasing the number However, unlike a private corporation
customers spend. of minority-owned retailers statewide., here the d ividends go to shareholders,
The economic impact begins with From February 2006 to February 2008,otters more than$19 billion in
the network of more than 3,000 retail overall the agency's number of minority "dividends" has gone to the residents of
the network of moril ers increased by 3%. Florida through contributions to the state's
outlets that sell Lottery products, readers increased by 3%. Educational Enhancement Trust Fund. When
generating billions of dollars in revenue By developing retailer incentives you look at the big picture, the Lottery is a
from commissions, redemption and and providing support for special win-win situation for Florida. Education,
incentive bonuses, and enhanced promotions, the Florida Lottery works Florida residents, businesses and players are
merchandise sales. Retailers receive a with retailers throughout the state to all beneficiaries of the Lottery's success.
5% commission on ticket sales, plus a make them as successful as possible.
1% cashing bonus on the redemption Ultimately, this success helps create jobs
of winning tickets. As a direct result and an increased demand for merchandise. Lottery Retailer?
of offering Lottery products, Florida During FY 2006-2007, Florida Lottery Contact the Florida Lottery Business
retailers earn additional profits when retailers received $234.3 million in Development Office at 850.487.7733 or
Lottery customers make other non- commissions and bonuses. In the retail vit out webstte at flalottery com and click on
Lottery purchases in their stores. sector alone, the Florida Lottery sparks a
commercial chain reaction that benefits
all Floridians. 9 2008 Florida Lotery Adveronal


Hellish encounters of the dating kind


(CONTINUED FROM PAGE 7)
fine dining, fish or fowl, and
was clearly a hellish encounter.

LADIES TURN
Ladies have hellish
encounters too, although they
usually take on a sexual tone.
The man wants to move too
fast, grope too early, see her
naked too soon; hell for a
woman.
Still, there are a few other
types of hellish encounters as
this lady told me. This man
expressed an interest in her
and asked her out for what he
promised to be a wonderful
evening. Naturally, after giving
it some thought, she accepted
and went on a spending spree,
spending not only time, but
money to prepare for this won-
derful. \_ i L il new dress, new
shoes, expensive perfume, the
works. Well, the evening start-
ed going downhill from when
the guy showed up on foot
after his friend dropped him
off, and promptly asked her if
she could drive her car, as his
was, "In the shop for servicing
and wouldn't be out for a day
or two."
If she was smart, she
would have followed her mind
and cancelled the date on the
spot, but what the heck, maybe
his story was true, she thought.
If she was wise, she should
have pitched him out of her
car when he asked to use her
cell phone, as his was "Having
a problem with the SIM card
on his," and couldn't make
calls. If she was astute, she
should have felt the flames of
hell beating down on her,
when instead of directing her
to the trendy restaurants for
dinner, as he had promised, he
instructed her to drive to some
seedy joint on the back roads,
where curiously all the waiters
and girls on the corner knew
him by his first name.
During the meal, on plastic
plates of course, he then pro-
ceeded to boast about his pre-
vious involvement with women,
adding that, %iltL it's so late,
why don't we just check into
the hotel next door and save
the bother of driving back to
town? I'll book a room for
about three hours." That was
her cue, as the young lady, by
now mortified, ran to her car
and never saw the creep again.
Truly a hellish encounter.

BAD LUCK
But back to the story of my
poor unfortunate friend who
was so perennially unlucky with
women. Some people just seem
to attract that sort of experi-
ence, over and over again.
He was the quintessential
nice guy, and many women just
seemed to zoom in to exploit
this. On the very first date, this
girl promptly told him that she
had four kids. Now for many


guys, that would have been the
cue to get the hell out of
Dodge City, but not Mr. Nice
Guy, who was full of sympathy
and empathy. So the very next
day he found himself picking
her up from work, then the
kids from three different
schools, plus the youngest one
from her mother, then on to
another town where she lived.
I always say, don't start
anything that you can't finish,
but the poor man started the
daily equation of distance plus
gas plus time which equals
major frustration plus econom-
ic meltdown. To top it off, he
had to feed the entire tribe at
KFC every day, so you can just
imagine what the bills came to.
After two weeks he simply
could not take any more and
told her that his job had reas-
signed him to work in the
country parts.
This other young lady had
the unfortunate experience
that every woman dreads.
During what she thought was a
lovely. \ n iniiw her date kept
looking at a photograph in his
wallet and sobbing as he did.
She thought perhaps that it
was some dearly departed rela-
tive. But when she asked, he
informed her that it was a
photo of his wife whom he
simply adores.
Surely a jaw dropping hell-
ish experience.

MAIN ATTRACTION
But back to the tale of my
hapless friend who tried his luck
with yet another lass. Doing his
best to impress, he brought his
date a dozen red roses as he
picked her up. So impressed
was she, that she immediately
called her mom to inform her
how wonderful the guy was. Off
they went to the movies, and it
was during this drive that she
told the guy how her ex-hus-
band of 10 years had given her
a hard time and then left her.
But it was during the
movie that all hell broke loose.
During the scene where the
female star got tied up, the girl
went berserk and started
screaming about how men
treat women and how all men
are wicked and bad. She
became the main attraction.
Washed with shame, shock
and awe, my friend took her
home, politely called her the
next day, but mercifully never
heard from her again.
I know that people are
seeking companionship and
will even resort to dating serv-
ices, but buyer beware. Look
for the signs. My advice is, if
the evening starts to take on
hellish proportions, get the hell
out of there as fast as you can,
because you will burn forever
as hell does not get cooler.

seidol @hotmail. com
0


I n T


February 2009





CARIBBEAN TODAY


11 6 n t T 91


Sculptures promote ovarian cancer awareness


MIAMI, Florida Sculptures
by artist John Magnan, con-
veying a visual vocabulary for
ovarian cancer awareness and
honoring the women and their
families affected by the dis-
ease, are currently on show
here at the University of
Miami's gallery.
The exhibition, titled
"body image/body essence",
opened last month. It is being
presented by the National
Ovarian Cancer Coalition
(NOCC) and is scheduled to
run through Mar. 21.
According to a release
issued by the NOCC, the
nationally touring body
of work done by the
Massachusetts sculptor is
making its 17th city stop in
Miami. The 16 sculptures
offer a visual journey, depict-
ing a universal story of hope,
courage and love.
The sculptures, the
release stated, were created
in response to Magnan's wife's
diagnosis and treatment and
her seven-year battle with
ovarian cancer. The works
speak to the struggles of peo-
ple living with cancer.

CONFLICT
"body image/body essence",
the release explained, explores
the conflict between "who I am"
and "what I look like" faced by
women with ovarian cancer after
its invasive surgery and follow-
up treatments. The art also
addresses aspects of changed


self-image, both serious and
lighthearted. Issues such as scar-


through Saturdays; and noon
to 7 p.m. on Thursdays.


For more information,
call 847-884-0000.


Marijuana withdrawal can be tough


Magnan's "Echo" shows a stance of
power and determination, displaying the
strength of women living with ovarian
cancer.

ring, fatigue and fertility are dis-
played in some of the pieces and
also playful explorations of
"chemo brain" or hair that refus-
es to grow back.
The University of Miami's
College of Arts & Sciences
Gallery is located at 1210
Stanford Drive, Coral Gables,
Florida.
Admission is free, but
donations will be accepted for
the ovarian cancer awareness
and education. Viewing hours
are noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday


DR. MICHAEL CRAIG
MILLER

QUESTION: My 27-year-old
son is trying to quit smoking
pot. He's gone three days now
without smoking, but now he's
experiencing stomach cramps,
nausea, and headaches. He has
no appetite, is often angry, is
unable to make decisions, and
has insomnia. Are these symp-
toms normal? How long will
they last?

ANSWER: Quitting marijuana
is surely difficult, so your son
has my sympathies, and I can
understand your pride.
Marijuana withdrawal
symptoms are not particularly
well known, because not every-
one gets them. But it's not rare
to have symptoms of withdraw-
al from pot. As many as two-
thirds of marijuana smokers
trying to quit will experience
them in some form. Although
not as dangerous as, for exam-
ple, alcohol withdrawal, the
discomfort of marijuana with-
drawal can indeed undermine
the determination to quit.
In the last decade, several
studies have defined the syn-
drome of marijuana withdraw-
al. Your son's symptoms fit the


picture anxiety, feeling shaky
or restless, irritability, anger,
-.-rLsiin low appetite,
weight loss, stomach pain, and
sleep problems.
The time frame you
dL". ribx makes sense, too.
Symptoms usually start in the
first three days after quitting,
peak during the first week, and
are fading by the end of two
weeks. Effects can last longer,
although by week three the
symptoms are usually minimal.

CRAVING
Craving is the one symptom
that can persist for a very long
time, as can the way a person
responds to cues, such as mari-
juana imagery and parapherna-
lia, or the people and places he
associates with marijuana.
I wouldn't assume that
every symptom is a withdrawal
symptom. Stay alert to the pos-
sibility that your son is experi-


encing the return of symptoms
that made marijuana appealing
to him in the first place. That
is, sometimes people are more
vulnerable to marijuana
dependence because they are
using it to treat some underly-
ing mental disorder. For exam-
ple, irritability, indecisiveness,
and insomnia can all occur as
part of anxiety or depression.
If your son has questions
about quitting marijuana or an
underlying illness, it can be
very helpful for him to discuss
them with a professional.
Certainly it's a good idea for
him to seek help if his symp-
toms persist beyond three
weeks. His primary care doctor
may have some advice or could
make a referral to an appropri-
ate person to do the evaluation.

Dr. Michael Craig Miller is an
assistant professor of psychia-
try at Harvard Medical School
and an associate physician at
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical
Center in Boston,
Massachusetts.

2008 President and Fellows
of Harvard College. All rights
reserved Distributed by
Tribune Media Services, Inc
0


Acupuncture becoming more mainstream medicine


DR. RONALD REIMER

Dear Mayo Clinic: What do
you think of acupuncture as a
treatment for various ail-
ments? How does it work?

Answer: Acupuncture, which
has been used and studied
throughout the world for
more than 4,000 years, can be
utilized to rebalance the flow
of energy (Qi) in the body and
effectively treat many condi-
tions. At Mayo Clinic,
acupuncture has been used
successfully for pain manage-
ment, postoperative nausea,
anxiety relief, drug addiction,
insomnia and headaches, to
name a few.
Acupuncture is adminis-
tered by inserting up to a
dozen or more tiny needles
into very precise locations
(points) determined by symp-
toms. The needle insertion
points are based on a series of
points along meridians or
channels that interconnect
throughout the body, each
with a different function.
There are 12 principle meridi-
ans within the body, contain-
ing almost 400 acupuncture


points.
Patients rarely have any
discomfort with needle inser-
tion. Needles remain in place
for 15 to 45 minutes. During a
treatment, the acupuncturist
may gently stimulate the nee-
dles manually, apply heat with
a ceramic lamp at a safe dis-
tance, or attach low-frequency


electrical stimulation. The
goal is to improve energy flow
in the body, thus relieving
pain and other symptoms,
allowing people to sleep bet-
ter and improve their quality
of life.
For some conditions, one
treatment provides rapid
relief. Other situations, such
as chronic pain management,
may require a series of treat-


ments. In some cases, symp-
tom relief is not always imme-
diate and may require a peri-
od of two to three days for the
positive effects to be noted.
This is in part related to
delayed secretion of endor-
phins.

MAINSTREAM
While some patients and
providers remain skeptical of
its therapeutic value, acupunc-
ture is becoming more main-
stream in Western medicine as
a stand-alone treatment or as
one element of a comprehen-

ftfl I a^^ -


sive treatment plan. As a
practicing neurosurgeon, I can
cite several examples of
acupuncture's beneficial
effects.
Not everyone will experi-
ence similar results, nor might
everyone even be a candidate
for acupuncture. Acupuncture
has an excellent safety profile,
with negligible risk of infec-
tion or bleeding. It can safely
be performed on patients who
are on blood thinners, unlike
many other pain management
modalities. Patients should
seek treatment by physicians


who've received extensive
training in the art and science
of acupuncture.

Dr. Ronald Reimer, is in neu-
rosurgery at Mayo Clinic,
Jacksonville, Florida.

Edited for space. 2008
Mayo Foundation for
Medical Education and
Research. Distributed by
Tribune Media Services Inc.
All Rights Reserved.
0


PAUL W. MOO YOUNG, D.D.S.

FAMILY DENTISTRY
EMERGENCY WALK-IN SERVICE


Cosmetic
Restorative
Preventive

Member American Dental Association
Most Insurance Accepted

6701 Sunset Drive, Suite 114
KSouth Miami, FL 33143


Oral Surgery
Oral Cancer Screening
Root Canal Treatment
Orthodontics


(305) 666-4334


LWW-crbbatoa.co


February 2009





CARIBBEAN T,.DA','


Come to the C I capital, of the worlI -




Enjoy these great hotel rates


A


Tel- 697-1442-3, Fax:697-0342
Emadial- inlo.'panuiets com reservations@pariasuites.com
Webstle ''e'/w pariasuites c:or
RATES EFFECTIVE JANUARY 15TH 2009
Standard US?'.l5 l Ee:ulruE US"$1, 00
Superior US 13500 Suiles US$.2'01 00
Delue USi150 00
Breakfast not included.


Tel 627.5555 Fa. 627-6317
Email pos. Ireernalioric 'rcourl ard com r, i,'Aiw marriolltt con
Calri',val Rale LUSD 320 0c0 Single or Double Occupa.r '


Tel 1 .68-622-KPOK 15765). Fax: 1-868-622-9677
Emrnl -c1il'ik.apolk.holel corn Websile WA'w I. .po0 hotel corn
FIVE NIGHT PACKAGE RATES
Single OR Double OCCupanc',
Rales are applicable Tor 5 rnihlt belwteen
Wednesday 18slh Wedneldaly 25t1h Febiuary 2009
Standard
1 Double Bed me 'viet'' US .-141-0) 00 $1550.00
Sludio US .1550 00
Superior US '.1760 00
Suite Balcony Suite
LIS i. 1940 1:11:1
E,\ TRA PERSON RATE US$ 175 00 per night


<2. :YWV
*
I' I~
4


Tel: 868.625-3366, Fax: 868.625-4166 or 868 624-4677
Email rtser,,altiorin@cplazahotel corn Website: www.crowneplaza corn
CARNIVAL RATES ARE BASED ON FIVE (5) NIGHTS
MINIMUM STAY FROM FEBRUARY 20th THROUGH
(check-out) on FEBRUARY 25th 2009'
SINGLE OCCUPANCY: US $300 00 iper night
US $1 815 00 5 nighs i Inclusive of la es,
DOUBLE OCCUPANCY: US $320 00 ipei nighli
US $1 936 00 5 nights (inclusive o01 1aesi


Tel: (868) 623-3511, Fax: (868) 625-8514
Email -iarkelingj@cascadiahotel corn
Websire WWw cascadiaholel corn
Single: $250 US Double: $260 US
Inclusive of taxes and full buffet breakfast
Additional persons are $30 US per night


Tel: 1 868 659-2271, F
Email: carasuitespap@
Websile: www.carahot
Thursday 19th t.#.
'Stay for Seven (7
Executive,,
Bsiif


*. .*


'I-Iil j- .:f9ly ~ vi~iV
RoiC,.I~-."nii 'iS CiTE Nd h
Tii, ki-.q.-rerCrp'vASSiflet D i h
, sucjl 1.1 1.i. j. 5 rd s-siAre carv)S


>3I


brlualy 2'009





February 2009


... ......


CARIBBEAN TODAY


FOOD


7v~< 4'A
'4 .4.
~
- 'CO V -


I www .caibeatoa.comI


Two's company: Spice up your romance with hot chocolate
BEV BENNETT world," says Kimmerle, tional hot chocolate recipes chocolate melts and hot
author of "Chocolate: The are luscious enough to warm chocolate is sipping tempera-
rT' his may not be the year Sweet History" (Collectors up your celebration: ture.
Ivou celebrate Press, 2005). Pour into two heatproof


Valentine's Day in an
elegant restaurant. Or, maybe
you're skipping your intimate
lobster dinner at home to trim
your budget.
Thank goodness choco-
late, the ambrosial route to
romance, is still affordable.
Unlike some ingredients
that are expensive, chocolate
has a luxurious allure, while
being within reach, according
to Beth Kimmerle.
"You can get exotic fla-
vors in a (chocolate) bar and
you don't have to spend a lot
of money," says Kimmerle, a
candy and chocolate historian
in New York City.
In fact, if you can't prom-
ise your %\\ LIhL ari the world
for Valentine's Day, you can
do the next best thing and
provide a taste of chocolates
from different cocoa-growing
regions.
"You can have a fun night
tasting bars from all over the


EXPLORING
You can also take your
chocolate explorations further.
Kimmerle ,uI-',I preparing
an unusual dessert of choco-
late pudding with a fried
bacon strip as an accompani-
ment. Dip the bacon in the
chocolate for a taste that's
simultaneously salty and
sweet.
For another easy and fun
dessert, melt semisweet
chocolate in the top of a dou-
ble boiler over simmering
water and drizzle it over sliced
bananas alternating with salt-
ed pecan halves and crumbled
macaroons in a tall glass.
Don't overlook hot choco-
late as a source for seduction.
"The aroma of a choco-
late drink wafting through the
air is very sexy and romantic,"
Kimmerle says.

RECIPES
The following two nontradi-


Spiced hot chocolate
Ingredients
* 1 tablespoon unsweetened
cocoa
* 1 tablespoon sugar
* 1/16 teaspoon crushed red
pepper flakes
* 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
* 1/4 cup half-and-half
* 1 cup milk
* 2 ounces semisweet choco-
late, broken into small
chunks
* 2 small red or green
jalapeno or serrano chilies
for garnish

Method


Combine cocoa, sugar, red
pepper flakes and cinnamon
in a small, heavy-bottomed
pot. Gradually add half-and-
half, stirring constantly.
Press out any lumps from
cocoa. Stir in milk. Bring to a
simmer over low heat. Stir in
chocolate chunks.
Simmer over very low
heat, stirring frequently, until


glasses or mugs. For chili gar-
nish, make a slash in the tip of
each chili. Balance the chili on
the glass.
Note: If desired, strain out
chili flakes before serving.
Makes two servings. Each
serving has: 280 calories; 15
grams total fat; 6.5 grams pro-
tein; 31.5 grams carbohydrates
and 150 milligrams sodium.

2009, Bev Bennett.
Distributed by Tribune Media
Services Inc.
0


Caribbean treat: Shrimp

with coconut milk over rice


eafood is always a
Caribbean delight. This
month Caribbean Today,
with help from Publix's Apron's
Simple Meals recipes, is offer-
ing a special treat of shrimp
with coconut milk over rice,
plus some green bean salad to
welcome the New Year. Enjoy!

Ingredients
* 1/4 cup frozen sofrito
* 1 1/4 cups water
* 2 tablespoons extra-virgin
olive oil
* 8-10 sprigs fresh cilantro
(rinsed)
* 1 lemon (for zest, rinsed)
* 1 cup instant rice
* 1 pound large
peeled/deveined shrimp
(thawed, if needed)
* 1/4 cup white wine
* 1/2 cup light coconut milk

Method
Thaw sofrito under cool
running water. Combine water
and oil in medium saucepan;
bring to a boil on high.
Chop cilantro leaves fine-
ly (two tablespoons); set aside.
Peel several strips of lemon
with zester (or vegetable peel-
er); chop finely for zest (a
tablespoon).
Stir lemon zest and rice
into boiling water. Remove
from heat, cover, and let stand
five minutes or more.
Preheat large saut6 pan
on medium-high two to three


minutes. Place a quarter cup
sofrito in pan (chill remaining
sofrito for another use); stir in
shrimp and cook three to four
minutes, stirring often, or just
until shrimp begin to turn
pink.
Stir in wine, coconut milk,
and cilantro. Cook two minutes,
stirring often, or until thorough-
ly heated. Fluff rice with fork;
serve shrimp over rice.

Green bean salad
Ingredients
* 1 (7.5-ounce) box frozen
green beans with almonds
* 8-10 sprigs fresh cilantro
(rinsed)
* 1/4 cup pre-diced red onions
* 1 lime (for juice, rinsed)
* 2 tablespoons light olive oil
vinaigrette
* 1/4 teaspoon salt

Method
Thaw green beans under
cold running water (about two
minutes); set almond topping
aside.
Chop cilantro leaves fine-
ly (two tablespoons). Drain
beans thoroughly; place in
medium bowl. Stir in cilantro
and onions. Squeeze juice of
lime over salad (two table-
spoons); add dressing and salt.
Toss until well blended.
Chill until ready to serve.
Sprinkle almond topping over
salad and serve.
0


OrJI HUEinA


a) Nassau

Ft. Lauderdale
SY


Chicago NewYork
(D Baltimore/ Philadelphia )
Washington 4
el


London
1%


Havana


1 Barbados

0 Grenada
e Curacao


At Air Jamaica, we are changing our approach, with our sights set
on a future in which we serve you even better.
Our new super-convenient schedule is designed for the special way you like to travel,
with 218 flights each week to 13 destinations in the US, Canada and the Caribbean.
We are ready to fly.







Soaring oNmewI eigh3ts8
www.AirJamaica.com 1800.523.5585


0

JAMAICA


I





CARIBBEAN TODAY


-usw^caribbeantodj..c..


Popular gospel singer 'Moses'

dies following dispute in Jamaica


KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC -
Police here have launched an
investigation into the death of
popular gospel artiste and
evangelist Kasim Grant, who
was also known as N I, ML".
Grant's body was found in
a ravine along the Gordon
Town road, just on the out-
skirts of the Corporate Area,
one morning late last month.
Police said they had
launched a search for Grant
following a shooting incident
in the same area that left one
man wounded. The gospel
singer was accused of firing
shots at two people during a
dispute before fleeing the
scene.
At press time, police said
it was not known if Grant
jumped or accidentally fell to
his death.
The evangelist had previ-
ously been shot and seriously


injured during a gang feud fol-
lowing which he proclaimed
Christianity.
His music is well known
in Christian circles in Jamaica
and across the Caribbean.
0


SOlive Chung-James, M.D.

Board Certified Family
Physician
Children adults gynecology
Tela (y78ns,.p. weight management
welPassio-known in the Caribbeat an community.quet







Conveniently Located Across From Jackson South E.R. at:
9275 SW 152 Street, Suite 204, Miami, Florida 33157
Phone: 305-251-3975 Fax: 305-251-9839





The C itize your relat Cliniionship!


Real Lawyers. Real Cheap.


(305) 821-1150 (888) 928-7325
ve Chungwww.citizenshipclinic.com
Oh D.wei 400 SE 12 Street Buldghtng C
A Dr. Chug-James, practicing in Ft. Lauderdale FL 33316

does not include USCIS filing fees. The hiring of an atobey is an important decision and shoutyld not be
based on advertising alone Before you decide, visil our websste or ask us to send you Iree information
about ouS qualificaWions. Attorneys Edward Boreth and nna Shapovalo.rida 33157
about our qualifications. Atlarneys Edward Boreth and Inna Shapovaiov.


'Jazz in the Gardens' invites mixed flavor


MIAMI Old school, new
school, crooners, rappers and
instrumentalists will all be
part of the mixed flavor line-
up slated for this year's "Jazz
in the G.,rd ln, next month.
Radio show voice Tom
Joyner will host the fourth
annual event Mar. 28-29 at the
Dolphin Stadium here.
A fusion of soul and cool
jazz can be expected from
Maze Featuring Frankie
Beverly, a
veteran
group
known for
hits such as
"Joy and
Pain",
"Southern
Girl", "Love
Is The Key",
"Back In
Stride" and
Kenny G "Can't Get
Over You".
American rhythm and blues,
soul and neo soul singer, song-


writer, and record producer
Anthony Hamilton is also in
the line-up. His platinum-sell-
ing second studio album
"Comin' from Where I'm
From", featuring the singles
"Comin' from Where I'm
From" and
"Charlene"
was a reve-
lation when
it was
released in
2003.

RAP
"Jazz in the
Ga rde n
will also
Common feature an
injection of
hip hop from Common. The
rapper's release "Be" was
nominated for Best Rap
Album in 2005. He won Best
R&B Song in 2003 for "Love
of My Life (An Ode To Hip
Hop)" when he teamed up
with singer Erykah Badu, who


Erykah Badu
is also in the show's line-up
this year.
Saxaphonist Kenny
G., R&B legend Kenny
"Babyface" Edmonds, plus
Will Downing, Roy Ayers,
Angelique Kidjo and
Jonathan Butler help bolster
the "Jazz in the GardL n,
appeal.
The show is scheduled to
run from 4 p.m. to midnight
each day.
Visit www.jazzinthegar-
dens.com for more informa-
tion.
0


Florida's Haitian artists create 'Here, There and Beyond' exhibit


The talents of contempo-
rary Haitian artists in
Florida will be show-
cased in a month-long exhibit
at Miami-Dade College's West
Art Gallery in South Florida.
"Here, There and Beyond;
The Work of 16 Haitian Artists
of Florida" will open on Feb. 6
and run through Mar. 6.
"This work is a 'kombit'
(collective effort) that aims to
define the tendencies of this
new breed of Haitian artists
evolving in the diaspora,"
artist and author Fred Thomas
said in a recent press release.
"It will provide them the
means to access the main-
stream art world. While Haiti


is well known for its rich artis-
tic traditions, its artists are
L,.a*int behind as far as recog-
nition and financial remunera-
tion are concerned."
Other participating artists
include Alphonse "Alpi" Piard,
Dominik Ambroise, Alexandra
Barbot, Turgo Bastien, Claudine
Charles, Yvan Danthier, Michele
Frederic, Sophia LaCroix,
Francesca LaLanne, Gizou
Lamothe, Louis Louissaint, Guy
Scillien, Robert Sylvain, and the
exhibit's curators Christian
"Kristo" Nicolas and Regine
Mercier.
"The imprint of the moth-
erland on these artists is ever
present with bright colors and


bold moves of contrast," said
Nicolas in the same release.
"At the same time, the
subjects are brushed with a
variety that can only be found
in the living surroundings of
their creators. The result of
this artistically unique cultural
blending can no longer remain
in the shadows. It must step
into the light and be revealed
to the world."
The gallery is located on
MDC's west campus, 3800
N.W. 115th Ave. in Doral.
For more information,
contact Odessa Simmons at
305-237-7186 or
galleries@mdc. edu.
0


Calypsonian Mighty Duke laid to rest in T&T


n a fashion reminiscent of
his glory days on the calyp-
so stage, veteran calypson-
ian Mighty Duke was last
month laid to rest in his native
Trinidad and Tobago.
The singer, whose real
name was Kelvin Pope, died
after a battle with myelofibro-
sis a serious bone marrow
disorder that disrupts the
body's normal production of
blood cells.
Regarded as one of the
calypso art form's greatest
icons, he created history in
Trinidad and Tobago calypso by
winning the National Calypso
Monarch title four consecutive
times, from 1968 to 1971.
The legendary calypson-
ian, whose work spanned a
period of over 50 years, has
also been credited for his
measured lines, beautiful
melodies and well-chosen


lyrics that have served to
establish him as one of the all
time greats in calypso.
The Jan. 22 funeral service
at Coronation Park in Point
Fortin, south Trinidad was
billed as a celebration of his life


and saw the creme de la creme
of the artform take to the stage
to perform renditions of Pope's


popular songs. Those included
calypso hits such as "What is
Calypso", "Freaking IrL, king ,
"All Night" and "Black is
Beautiful" that were among the
highlights of his masterful
career.
In delivering the homily,
Dean Knolly Clarke described
Pope as an advocate for the
art form and a person who
cared about the dignity of
humanity. He also called Pope
a modern prophet, as he made
reference to his well known
anti-apartheid song "How
Many More Must Die".
After the service, a pro-
cession was held through the
streets of Point Fortin to the
Point Fortin Cemetery, where
Mighty Duke was laid to rest.

- CMC
0


February 2009


momm- I ............... ........ ........ "Il""Ill""Ill!"",""",
I n R T S / e nT 6 R T n i n m e nT





CARIBBEAN TODAY


Highlights Include
Discover Your Roots, Discover Your World:
"Power Revealed"-African Presence 2009 African American Genealogy Resources
Sixth Annual Art Exhibition February 15, 1:00-6:00 p.m.
February 5-March 18 ..... i,, h Af. ... A ..... .... . c .. in,.


Featuring African art from the collection of the Museum
of Art-Fort Lauderdale. Nova Southeastern University
Alvin Sherman Library. Research. and Information
Technology Center. Second Floor Gallery

MUSEUM of ART FORT LAUDERDALE
NOVA SOUTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY

My Nappy Roots: A Journey Through Black
Hair-itage Film and Panel Discussion
Saturday, February 7, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Attend the Florida film premiere and discussion of My
Nappy Roots A Journey Through Black Hair-itage. the award
winning documentary on black hair featuring Kim Fields.
Malcolm-Jamal Warner. and Vivica A Fox Connect with the
film's director. Regina Kimbell. fans. and a panel of experts for a
community discussion on the historical. professional. and
personal accounts of the black hair journey
Carl DeSantis Building. Knight Auditorium. NSU Main Campus
Call Kimberli Kidd at (954) 262-5477


3oes your aimlliy nave e rican merican rooisl l^omie iearn
about African American genealogical resources and explore
exciting. new. free databases like FanilySearch org and
Slave Voyages org
Alvin Sherman Library. Research. and Information
Technology Center
Call (954) 262-4613

Back to Africa
Tuesday, February 17, noon-I:30 p.m.
Stephen Campbell. professor., and eight doctoral students in
clinical psychology participated in a two-week humanitarian
trip to Swaziland in 2007 This presentation will address the
stigma of mental illness and HIV/AIDS among blacks in the
United States and South Africa
Carl DeSantis Building. Room 1124
Contact Sarah Valley-Gray at valleygr@nova edui


CELEBRATING


VAJ 1 SOHJT.EASTit uN.VEWlSITT


NOVA SOUTHEASTERN
N V A LiNI\ERS IT I


February 2009





CARIBBEAN TODAY


-usw^caribbeantodj..c..


U.S. Passport Card offers convenient, cheaper alternative


The United States
Passport Card allows
U.S. citizens a conven-
ient and cheaper alternative to
a passport book when travel-
ing to some overseas destina-
tion, including the Caribbean.
Below are some of the most
frequently asked questions
about the passport card:

Question: What is the
Passport Card?
Answer: The passport card is
a wallet-size card that can
only be used for land and sea
travel between the United
States and Canada, Mexico,
the Caribbean and Bermuda.
The card will provide a less
expensive, smaller, and more
convenient alternative to the
passport book for those who
travel frequently to these des-
tinations by land or by sea.

Q: Why can't I use the
Passport Card to fly to
Canada, Mexico, the
Caribbean or Bermuda?
Answer: The passport card is
designed for the specific needs
of the northern and southern
border resident communities
and is not a globally interop-
erable travel document as is
the traditional passport book.
While the passport card has
limited use, the passport book


MJ rD STATES OF A
*..:. ..Pn OAR
U 6tngaiv



IT0I ITATB. USPAMTM T
A A
TRAVaE


YORKK us



will remain the premier inter-
nationally accepted travel doc-
ument.
Q: Where do I apply for a
Passport Card?
A: First time applicants can
apply at any one of thousands
of Passport Application
Acceptance Facilities across
the U.S. Applicants can locate
a facility nearest to them by
checking the website
http://travel.state.gov.

Q: Can I apply for the
Passport Card and passport
book at the same time using
the same application?
A: Yes.

Q: What documents will I
need in order to apply for a
Passport Card?
A: The passport card is a fully
valid passport that attests to
the U.S. citizenship and iden-


tity of the
[MER bearer. As
D such, the
,o 1/w,, passport card
is adjudicated
to the exact
standards as
b, the passport
I8 1 book.
A Applicants
S... must provide
iS WAYIE documents
," ". "which attest
to their U.S.
citizenship and identity such
as birth and naturalization
certificates.
First time adult and minor
applicants under age 16 will
need to submit a completed
Form DS-11 "Application for
a U.S. Passport", two photos,
evidence of citizenship, the
application fee for the pass-
port card and the execution
fee. These applicants must
apply in person at a Passport
Application Acceptance
Facility.
Adult applicants with fully-
valid passports can apply for
the passport card by mail by
submitting Form DS-82
"Application for a U.S.
Passport By Mail", two photos,
fully valid passport issued with-
in the last 15 years, and the
passport card application fee.
Check website


http://travel.state.gov for
complete details on applying
for the passport card.

Q: How much will the
Passport Card cost?
A: For first time applicants,
the passport card will cost $45
for adults and $35 for children


under the age of 16, which
includes the execution fee of
$25. Adults with fully valid
passports issued within the
last 15 years can apply for the
card by mail using Form DS-
82, at a cost of $20.
0


TOPS IN TOURISM


The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) has named David Callaghan,
center, vice president of resort sales and service for Interval International, as its
"2009 Allied Member of the Year". Alec Sanguinetti, left, director general and chief
executive officer of CHTA, along with the association's President Enrique de
Marchena Kaluche, were present at a recent awards function to congratulate
Callaghan. Meanwhile, Albert Gurley, head houseman at Grenada's Spice Island
Beach Resort, was named CHTA's "Caribbean Hotel Employee of the Year". Phyllis
Johnson-Smith, manager of housekeeping at Sheraton Cable Beach Resort in The
Bahamas, was chosen "Caribbean Hotel Supervisor of the Year".


February 2009


momm- I ............... ........ ........ -
I T 0 U R I S M / T R n V IE t





CARIBBEAN TODAY


F nT U R 6


LWW-crbbatoa.co


Silver lining: TATI creates opportunities for Caribbean students


DAWN A. DAVIS
Jan. 24, 2009 was an evening
of .lbraaiin remember-
ing the life of Tatiana
Renee McIntosh affectionately
known as "Tati".
But Mar. 18,2007 will forev-
er be etched in the mind of Tanya
Ragbeer, Tati's mother. Ragbeer's
life was changed forever when
she learned about her daughter's
fatal accident on her drive back
to school at the University of
Florida. She was 19.
"She was on her way back
to Gainseville after spring
break," Ragbeer recounts. "I
was in touch with her on the
ride, and I said to her 'I don't
want to talk to you too much
while you are on your cell
phone, but I will check in with
you again within an hour'. It was
in that hour that it happened."
It has not been easy for
Ragbeer and her family, but
they have healed somewhat.
Tati's sisters, Katrina Ragbeer,
10, and Natassjia Ragbeer, 12,
"have adjusted well; they talk
about it freely, they honor her,"
notes Ragbeer.

FITTING TRIBUTE
But, out of the tears and
mourning, an organization was
born, to carry on the legacy of
giving and compassion that
marked Tatiana's life. Last
month the second annual
"TATI Dream Fete" fundraiser
brought together friends and
supporters of TATI, Inc.
(Transforming America
Through Interaction), a non-
profit organization created to
honor Tatiana's selfless spirit
and enthusiasm for life. With a
mission to unite, educate, and
mentor Caribbean American
youth to become productive
citizens and leaders, TATI, Inc.
works to merge cultures and
bridge social, cultural and gen-
erational gaps, says Ragbeer,
the organization's founder and
president.
"TATI, Inc. strives to posi-
tively impact the lives of our
children in the Caribbean
American community," says
Ragbeer about the non-profit's
Caribbean American focus.
"Not that all other children
are not important, but that
these are our children, we
understand them, understand
their needs, their insecurities,


and if we don't make it a prior-
ity to groom them for the
future, who will? We are not an
exclusive organization, but as
they say, the best place to start
anything is in your own back
yard."
It is in that spirit that Fort
Lauderdale's New River Inn
came alive with Caribbean


hagoeer, len, nas turned mIe tragic loss of nei
Tatiana into opportunities for Caribbean stude
music, laughter, and scholar-
ship as guests listened to the
sweet pan sounds of the
Lauderhill Steel Ensemble
under a cool, star-lit sky. A spe-
cial musical performance by
reggae icon Freddie McGregor
was a fitting tribute to Tatiana,
who was also a talented singer,
musician and dancer. She was
also bright, focused, and an
"A" student.
"She was so lively and
bubbly. I could feel her spirit
dancing", Tati's mother says.
"That child was so talented, I
looked at her in awe. She was
academically strong and com-
mitted. She danced, played the
piano, she was a model, an
artist and she also sang. She
did it all. I guess that is all part
and parcel of somebody who is
just passing through."

SCHOLARSHIPS
As a catalyst for youth, the
organization provides scholar-
ships and positive mentors for
high school and college stu-
dents. Launched in Jan. 2008,
TATI, Inc. has awarded three
scholarships, the most recent
presented to Miami's Coral
Reef Senior High School stu-
dent Ryan Murray for his essay
on the three issues that would
be top priority if he were run-
ning for president of the
United States.
TATI, inc. partnered with
the Caribbean American
Chamber of Commerce and the
Institute of Caribbean Studies


"Oh...Deliclous!"



*\avor ruSsh C

-Mit* *i *^o Z wwwTochoriosfoods.com

Mi am i Ocho Rios M i-,irn|^nc.^3675 NW 71 St ijreet i-ar fi,1334-62


to create the scholarship known
as the "Caribbean American
Heritage Month Youth Essay
Competition". This endow-
ment, with its community focus,
encourages llth and 12th grade
high school students with a
Caribbean background to
become positive contributors in
their community. First place
awardees receive
$500.
The Tatiana
McIntosh Memorial
Scholarship awards
$500 to college stu-
dents experiencing
financial difficulties,
while the University
of Florida Tatiana
McIntosh Memorial
Scholarship pro-
r daughter vides a $2,000 grant
nts. to meritorious stu-
dents in a first or
second year bachelor's degree
program at the Gainesville
institution.
An award of $500 is also
given to an adult through the
Unsung Heroes Mentorship
Award program. This individ-
ual is lauded for working tire-
lessly and providing "extraordi-
nary community Sr% ipt' for
youth in need, as did Tatiana
through her involvement in the
Caribbean American Chamber
of Commerce's youth activities.
She was once lauded with the
University of Florida's
Presidential Scholarship for her
"outstanding volunteerism".
Those attributes live on in
TATI, Inc., with its sponsorship
and involvement in local and
Jamaican schools. For example,
in June 2008 the organization
provided school supplies for
the Richmond Park Primary
School in Clarendon. In addi-
tion, the non-profit group also
donated formal gowns to
Kingston high school students
for their graduation.
Since its launch, TATI,
Inc. has served many in the
Caribbean American, African
American and Jamaican
communities. According to
Ragbeer, the organization is


ready to go even further. Its
future plans include hosting a
leadership academy and build-
ing through community forums.
"Our number one goal
remains to get our youth
involved and to make them
aware of how much their con-
tribution to their communities
matter in building a better
tomorrow," she said. "When
you look at people like (U.S.


President) Barack Obama and
(golfer) Tiger Woods, they did-
n't get there by being average,
they had to be above the norm.
We want to create successful,
bright, well-rounded citizens
like them."

Dawn A. Davis is a freelance
writer for Caribbean Today.
*t


Applications available from February 9,2009- February 27.2009
Commissioner Katy Sorenson
Miami-Dade County Commissioner
District 8

Mom and Pop Small Business Grant Program
For Miami-Dade County, District 8

Grant funds available to
qualifying business owners
Up to $5 000 for commercial business or
Up to $2,000 for home-based business

Applications available for pick up at the following locations:
* District Office: South Dade Government Center, 10710 SW 211 Street,
Suite 204, Miami, Miami, FL 33189
* Chamber South, 6410 SW 80 Street, South Miami, FL 33143
* Economic Development Council of South Dade (EDC), 900 Perrine Avenue,
Palmetto Bay, FL 33157
* Greater Homestead/Florida City Chamber of Commerce, 212 NW 1st Avenue,
Homestead, FL 33030
* Applications will also be available for download at: www.miamidade.qov/district08
Retum 1 original and 1 copy completed application by US Mail, or hand deliver
application in person, to one of the above listed locations by February 27, 2009, 5 pm
(We suggest you keep a copy of the completed application for your records)
For more info, contact Commissioner Sorenson's District Office at 305-378-6677 or
Ms. Lawanza Finney at 305-756-0605 from 10 a.m. -4 p.m.

All applications will be subject to selection committee review.




Jacinta "Bonnie" Wong
GRI, CIPS, CRS, PMN
Broker President

Office: 305.232.6677
Cell: 305.302.1617
E-mail: jbw17303@aol.com


phMLSI p
9 Ig"A IR


13382 SW 128th Street, Miami, Florida 33186


Pick-Up of cargo from anywhere in the U.S.
Packing, Crating and Marine Insurance

MIAMI FREIGHT & SHIPPING CO. LTD.
(305) 885-0558
Fax: (305) 887-6684
7790 NW 46th Street Unit 18 Miami, Florida 33166 email: xjohnston@miamifreight.net


February 2009





CARIBBEAN TODAY


rwww~.carbba-tda.co.-


SPORT


Caribbean launches bid for places in soccer's Under-20 World Cup


T op Caribbean soccer
nations Jamaica and
Trinidad and Tobago will
face tough North American
opponents the United States
and Canada, respectively, in
opening round games of the


CONCACAF Under-20
Championship next month.
The young Reggae Boyz
and Soca Warriors are two of
three possible Caribbean
teams which will play in the
Mar. 6-15 tournament in


Anthony A. McFarlane, MD
BOARD CERTIFIED CARDIOLOGIST
CARDIAC DIAGNOSIS & TREATMENT
CARDIAC CATHETERIZATIONS
NUCLEAR CARDIOLOGY
STRESS TESTING
PACEMAKERS


Telephone: 954-601-6490
H. 4101 NW 4th Street, Suite 404 Plantation, FL 33317 .


Donovan D. Taylor, M.D.

Board Certified Family
Physician
children adults gynecology
I .* weight management
Donovan Taylor, M.D.
Please call for an appointment
(305) 655-0702
Graduate of UWI. r.i ily practiced in Mandeville,
Residency at JMH.
NEW LOCATION
250 NW 183rd Street, Miami, Florida 33169
DIPLOMATE OF THE AMERICAN BOARD OF FAMILY PHYSICIANS





IAN C. JONES, D.D.S.
Preventive Dentistry
Restorative & Cosmetic
Dentistry
Crowns, Bridges, Dentures
Oral Surgery & Root Canals
SBleaching of Teeth


6300 W.Atlantic Blvd. Margate, FL 33063

VA(954) 956-9500
VIA


Trinidad. Four places in the
Under-20 World Cup in Egypt
later this year are up for grabs.
St. Vincent and the
Grenadines (SVG) must beat
Honduras in a two-leg playoff
to become the third nation
from the region in the final
CONCACAF round.
The eight teams from the
Caribbean, Central American
and North America have been
divided into two groups for
the CONCACAF round.
Jamaica has been placed in
Group A with the U.S., El


Salvador and Honduras or
SVG. T&T is in Group B with
Canada, Mexico and Costa
Rica. The top two teams from
each will advance to the semi-
final round and book a place
in the Under-20 World Cup
from Sept. 23 to Oct. 16.
The CONCACAF U-20
Championship schedule in
Trinidad is as follows:
Mar 6 Honduras/SVG v. El
Salvador; Jamaica v. U.S.
Mar 7 Mexico v. Costa Rica;
T&T v. Canada
Mar 8 El Salvador v.


Jamaica; U.S. v.
Honduras/SVG
Mar. 9 Canada v. Mexico;
T&T v. Costa Rica
Mar. 10 Jamaica v.
Honduras/SVG; U.S. v. El
Salvador
Mar. 11 Costa Rica v.
Canada; T&T v. Mexico
Mar. 13 semi-final one and
semi-final two
Mar. 15 third-place match
and final


St. Croix's Joseph suffers TKO,


loses bid for IBA boxing title


GORDON WILLIAMS

HOLLYWOOD, Florida -
Caribbean boxer Christian
Lloyd Joseph was subjected to
a relentless assault before
being stopped early in his bid
for the International Boxing
Association (IBA) light mid-
dleweight title here last
month.
From the onset of the 12
rounder, the feature bout of
the "Hard Knocks at the Hard
Rock" nine-fight card promot-
ed by Seminole Warriors
Boxing, Joseph was subjected
to a steady barrage of blows
from American Sechew
Powell before the referee
ended the fight in the third
round.
And while he did not
appear to be seriously hurt by
Powell, openly protesting the
referee's call, Joseph's strategy
of covering up in defense and
offering only sporadic coun-
terpunches, was not pleasing
to watch in the hugely one-
sided bout.
The loss dropped the
record for the native of St.


Croix, Virgin Islands to 12
wins, eight losses and two
draws. Powell improved to 25
wins and two defeats.

NO BELL
The fight card was wit-
nessed by some well-known
names in boxing, including
Jamaican-born
former undis-
puted world
heavyweight
king Lennox
Lewis.
Jamaican-
born Glen
Johnson, a for-
mer world Johnson
light heavy-
weight cham-
pion, was also present, work-
ing both as a television com-
mentator and fight trainer.
American Timothy Taggart,
his charge in a four round
super middleweight bout, lost
a unanimous decision.
The most notable
absentee on the night was
Jamaican-born O'Neil Bell, a
former undisputed world
cruiserweight champion. Bell


had been slated to make his
debut as a heavyweight at
"Hard Knocks". According to
the promoters, Bell, who is
based in the United States,
agreed to the fight. However,
they said a contract sent to the
fighter last year was never
signed and returned to them.
Bell's camp, they said, later
informed them he would not
enter the ring.
"He decided not to fight,"
said Chico Rivas, a match-
maker for Warriors Boxing.
Leon Margules, Warriors
Boxing's chief executive, said
Bell never gave a reason for
his decision to pull out of the
bout.
"I don't know why,"
Margules said the day before
the Jan. 14 fight card. "We
agreed to the purse, opponent.
His trainer called two weeks
ago to say he's not fighting...
It's disappointing, very disap-
pointing."
Johnson, who is scheduled
to fight American Daniel
Judah on Feb. 27 in a tune-up
bout for a title challenge later
(CONTINUED ON PAGE 17)


T&T aiming for success with Caribbean Games


PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad,
CMC Trinidad and Tobago's
Olympic Committee (TTOC)
President Larry Romany says
his country is determined to
make the inaugural Caribbean
Games this summer a success.
The Caribbean Games,
being staged by the Caribbean
Association of National Olympic
Committees (CANOC), is set
for July 13-19 and is an Olympic-
styled project.
Romany said the organiz-
ing committee has new chal-
lenges in the face of the cur-
rent global economic crisis, but
the TTOC remains confident
that the collective support of
the Caribbean NOCs, govern-
ments, athletes and public will
prove the decisive factor.


"In the 1960s, the West
Indian Federation came apart.
In 2009 history will not repeat
itself. The Caribbean will prove
to the world that we have
matured as a people and gone
past insularity and self-serving
agendas," Romany said.
"The Caribbean Games
will be a symbol of that matu-
rity and shared responsibility."
Romany added that the
TTOC considers it a "privilege
and honor" to be entrusted as
host NOC with the first ever
Caribbean Games. The inau-
gural Caribbean Games will
involve five sporting disci-
plines, track and field, boxing,
tennis, netball and volleyball.


l


February 2009





CARIBBEAN TODAY


SPORT


r wwwcrbe-n Sod SySc


'Everything is good' for VCB in bid for World Championships sprint double


GORDON WILLIAMS

WINTER GARDENS,
Florida Jamaica's two-time
Olympic champion Veronica
Campbell-Brown is on track
to make a strong bid for the
sprint double at this summer's
IAAF World Championships
in Athletics in Berlin,
Germany.
Campbell-Brown, a native
of the parish of Trelawny who
currently lives and trains in
Florida, United States, said
her preparations for the 2009
season are going well.
"Everthing is good," she
told Caribbean Today last
month here.
Campbell-Brown is the
reigning world champion in
the 100 meters, a race she won
in an extremely close finish in
Osaka, Japan in 2007. That
title guarantees her a place
in the field for the event in
Berlin this August. However,
despite being two-time
Olympic champion in the 200
meters, she will have to finish
in the top three of the event at
the Jamaica trials in June to
qualify for a spot on the team
for that race.
Campbell-Brown said,
barring injury, the progress of


her preparations so far indi-
cates she will be ready for the
task.
"I'm feeling pretty good,"
said the 26-year-old who lost
only two races in 2008 one
in each sprint and success-
fully defended her 200 meters
title at the Olympic Games in
Beijing, China.
"Training has been going
well. We're just trying to make
sure we do everything that we
possibly can to eliminate any
mistake that have occurred in
the past and to just look for-
ward to the 2009 season."

PROBLEM START
Amongst the problems to
be corrected is her notoriously
sluggish start. According to
her coach, American Lance
Brauman, that technical area
is receiving special attention.
"We've put some extra
time into that," Brauman told
Caribbean Today.
"The world knows that
I'm not one of the greatest
starters," Campbell-Brown
explained. "The beginning of
my races are always where I
make a mistake or (I am) not
as good to set up the entire
race. So, with that said, we're
working on my start."


Record indoor track win

for Guyana's Pompey


NEW YORK CITY, New
York Guyana's Aliann
Pompey ran a national record
and world leading 51.85 sec-
onds to win the women's 400
meters at the 14th New
Balance (Indoor) Games late
last month here.
Pompey, a 30-year-old
three-time Olympian, regis-
tered a lopsided win and was
all alone at the finish as she
lowered her own Guyana
record of 52.17 at the New
York's Armory's Track &
Field Centre.
"I felt like I could (run a


personal best)," she said.
"I haven't run indoor in five
years (and) I was wondering
if I could do that," added
Pompey, who won
Commonwealth Games
gold in 2002.
Pompey enjoyed a 30-
meter lead 150 meters into the
race and showed little sign of
fatigue the entire way as she
came home in front of Sophia
Smellie (54.94) and Nicole
Dumpson (55.01).


St. Croix's Joseph suffers TKO,

loses bid for IBA boxing title


(CONTINUED FROM PAGE 16)
this year, also expressed disap-
pointment at the failure of his
fellow Jamaican to take last
month's fight.
"I was looking forward to
see him fight," said the man
known as the "Road Warrior",
"and it's disappointing for him
not to be fighting here."
Johnson also praised Bell,
who was born in Montego Bay
and migrated to the U.S. as a
child, for his boxing ability
and the determination that
helped him become an undis-
puted world champion in the


sport.
"He's such a great talent,"
Johnson said. "If a man can
come from where we come
from in Jamaica and be a
world champion he must be a
great talent."
Caribbean Today's efforts
to contact Bell were unsuc-
cessful as he did not return
calls made to his cellular tele-
phone.

Gordon Williams is Caribbean
Today's managing editor.
0


That tardiness out of the
blocks was a key reason she
did not finish in the top three
at Jamaica's 2008 Olympic tri-
als in Kingston and failed to
make the team in that event.


Campbell-Brown, right, celebrates her 200
meters win at the 2008 Olympics. She's eyeir
the sprint double at this year's World
Championships.
"I think, when I look back
at the race at the trials, if I'd
had a better start I would be in
a better position," Campbell-
Brown said.

DETERMINED
However, that disappoint-
ment has already been shelved
away. Brauman believes that,
at this point, Campbell-Brown


is already ahead in her prepa-
rations from last year and her
determination to succeed is
still as strong as ever.
"You know, you're talking
about Veronica Campbell-
Brown," Brauman said. "I
mean, she's a champion.
She always will be. She's
always been. She's hungry.
She wants to defend her
title. She wants to win the
double.
"We're doing everything
we can to prepare her to do
so," he added. "She always
takes her training seriously.
"She has ever since I had
her (as coach) in 2002 and
none of that has changed.
She's very focused and
determined and ready for
ig big year."
Campbell-Brown admit-
ted that the success of
Jamaica's athletes at last
year's Olympics, plus Jamaica's
overwhelming response to the
country's performance at the
Games, has added inspiration.
That has been compounded
by the realization that the
performance appeared to help
quell other problems facing
the Caribbean nation.
"They are great fans of
track and field," she said of


r


The April issue of Caribbean Today will
feature a comprehensive examination of how the
healthcare industry serves the Caribbean community.


and enjoy a higher disposable income.
19% have a college degree, 32% have some
college, in today's economy, our readers are highly
esteemed. 59.6% own their own homes. 76% are
between 25-54 years of age (readership study conducted by
Circulation Verification Council.


Caribbean Today is uniquely positioned to deliver product, retail and services messages to a community
with which it is identified. Miami Dade Communications Department ranks Caribbean Today sixth overall
out of the 72 publications that it does business with, and number one, as a Black publication.

BE A PART OF THIS SPECIAL EDITION
Call Now to speak to an advertising associate.


Caribb-ean ay
1-800-605-7516, 305-238-2868, Fax 305-252-7843
email: sales@caribbeantoday.com
DEADLINE IS MARCH 27TH, 2008


February 2009


Jamaicans. "They're always
rooting for us, they're sup-
porting us and I was very
pleased to know that during
the two weeks when we were
competing in Beijing every-
thing in Jamaica was smooth,
quiet. There weren't as many
crimes and I was very happy
with that.
ILktau. for us to bring
the country together through
track and field, which we are
so good at, is very good."
Jamaica, led by sprinter
Usain Bolt's triple world
records and gold medal per-
formances, finished third on
the Olympic Games medal
table with 11. The country
earned six gold, three silver
and two bronze. Only the U.S.
and Russia finished above
Jamaica.
Campbell-Brown is hop-
ing to lead her country to a
repeat showing at the World
Championships in August,
and possibly make it better.

Gordon Williams is Caribbean
Today's managing editor.
0






CARIBBEAN TODAY


-usw^caribbeantodj..c..


REGION


Arthur, Thompson disagree as CSME debate rages on in Barbados


BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -
Owen Arthur is not exactly a
happy man.
In fact, by his own admis-
sion, the former Barbados
prime minister, who has been
credited with stout leadership
of the Caribbean community
(CARICOM) Single Market
and Economy (CSME) proj-
ect over the past decade, is
quite bothered by what he has
been hearing of late and has
been left to conclude that all
is not well with regional inte-
gration.
"CARICOM is at large,"
he recently told the Caribbean
Media Corporation (CMC)
while promising to say more
in a later interview.
But from the perspective
of his successor in office,
David Thompson, Arthur is
not totally blameless for the
current state of affairs in
CARICOM. The new
Barbados prime minister is
equally critical of other for-
mer leaders, who he says are
constantly bashing CARI-
COM "as if had they been
here in my position or the
other prime ministers that
they would have carried the
region to the next step."
Thompson further points
out that the two issues on
which CARICOM is moving
the slowest monetary policy
and free movement "are two
of the most difficult issues for
the region that they (former
leaders) left unresolved."

DEFENSE
In his own defense, the
Barbados leader also says he
was not privileged to receive
any briefing from his prede-
cessor when he took office on
Jan. 15, 2008 and further sug-
gests that neither were his col-
leagues, who recently were
handed leadership reins in
other countries of the region.
"Other prime ministers
came into office in very chal-
lenging situations and have
had to face the idea of shoul-
dering their national responsi-
bilities and getting up to speed
in relation to CARICOM
matters... this is not as easy a
task as it appears," Thompson
admitted.


During a recent televised
news conference called to
assess his first year in office,
the Barbados leader also
responded to his critics, as
well as others who are of the
view that the regional integra-
tion process, in particularly
the march towards the CSME,


has slowed under his watch.
He said while such a percep-
tion exists, the real issue has
been that the region has seen
a changing of the guard.
"...The electorate
is responsible for that.
The electorate elected
five new prime minis-
ters who do not buy
their stature in the
regional movement at
the supermarket. You
earn it and learn it," .,
he said.
The CSME, which
makes provision for
the free movement of
people, goods, services
and capital within the
15-member CARI-
COM grouping, is due
for full implementa-
tion by 2015.


IMMIGRATION -
GUAGE Arthur, le
On the substantive
issue of immigration, which
many, including critics of the
year old administration, are
now using to gauge the gov-
. rlmLn 111\ commitment to tak-
ing forward the regional inte-
gration process, Thompson's
deputy, Freundel Stuart, has
been more explicit.
Stuart, who is also attor-
ney general, argues that that
while Barbados understands its
obligations under the Revised
Treaty of Chaguaramas, and
will discharge those responsi-
bilities efficiently, its interests
must be clearly understood.
"I'm just going to quote a
young lady from St Philip who
raised this issue with me and
who said: 'Mr. Stuart, it's all
right for the people to talk,
but I have never gone to the
airport yet and seen anybody
coming through the arrival
hall with house and land, they
come with bags'.
"And of course you can
extend that, they do not bring


along schools and hospitals
either," Stuart said.
The deputy prime minis-
ter says although Barbados is
committed to promoting the
long-held dream of integrating
the people of the region, it
could not simply close its eyes
to the fact that the environ-
ment has changed, as has its
capacity to absorb large num-
bers of immigrants.
"This is not people who
are coming to stay for two


weeks and go back, but whose
residence here can and does
place enormous strain on our
social services," he said.
"We have
to be careful
about the
transplanta-s
tion of racial
tension from
one part of the
Caribbean to
another."
While the Ramphal
spotlight has
recently been turned on
Barbados's position within
CARICOM, Stuart Si ,ugI"
to critics that they need to
focus their attention else-
where. He questions if mem-
ber states are not
willing to commit to the
Caribbean Court of Justice
(CCJ), how could they be
ready for a CARICOM Single
Market and Economy?
"If you are still at a stage
where you do not trust your


own people to dispense jus-
tice, to interpret your law, (to
ensure) that justice can be
done to your citizens, can you
tell me that you are ready for
a Caribbean Single Market
and Economy?" he asked.
"You can't be ready. If you
still believe that your former
colonial masters have values
higher than the people you
want to lead, you cannot be
serious about any Caribbean
Single Market and Economy."


STUMBLING BLOCK
But in an editorial here
last mont, the island's leading
daily, The Nation, pointed out
that one of the critical stum-
bling blocks in any integration
process is always the surren-
der of sovereignty. The paper
also warns that for if any such
process is to succeed, then
member states will have to
cede some power to a higher
central authority.
It, however, agrees with
Stuart that it is high time that
other CARICOM govern-
ments join with Barbados and
Guyana in upholding their
obligations to the CCJ.
"Frankly put, the CCJ
allows us to remove our jus-
tice system from foreign con-
trol and bring it home to our
own judges. Considering that
even some of the Privy
Council judges feel that it is
better for us to have our own
final court, then it is nothing
short of scandalous that only


Barbados and Guyana recog-
nize the final appellate juris-
diction of the court.
"There comes a time
when all the posturing must
stop. The Single Market and
Economy may not be the easi-
est mechanism to put in place,
but if regional countries are
seriously committed to the
integration process, then they
must move speedily to sign up
to the CCJ. Whatever may be
the technical hurdles to the
implementation of the Single
Market, such objections do
not apply to the CCJ", the
paper states.
In his weekly column,
noted Caribbean journalist
Rickey Singh also took issue
with recent comments made
by members of the Barbados
Cabinet.
"I never realized that
CSME had become such a
major burden for Barbados,"
said Singh, noting that "intra-
regional migration has long
been a CARICOM reality.
"As Errol Barrow, the
visionary CARICOM archi-
tect, stressed in his 1986
address in Georgetown: 'If we
(as leaders) have sometimes
failed to comprehend the
essence of the regional inte-
gration movement, the truth is
that thousands of ordinary
Caribbean people do, in fact,
live that reality every day",
the column stated.
In delivering the Errol
Barrow memorial lecture here
last mont, Sir Shridath
Ramphal one of the stal-
warts of the regional integra-
tion process also cautioned
that "today we devalue the
goals of the CSME at our
peril." Quoting from 2007
CARICOM Secretariat fig-
ures, he noted that the CARI-
COM market accounted for
58.4 percent of Barbados's
total exports of goods, while
pointing out that "Errol
(Barrow) was committed to
deeper Caribbean integration
because he firmly believed in
the validity and importance of
its economic dimension."


Montserrrat calls on Britain to assist with growing asylum requests


BRADES, Montserrat, CMC
- Montserrat is looking to
Britain for help in coping with
asylum seekers and other
refugees after a boatload of
illegal Haitian and Sri Lankan
migrants arrived here last July.
Elected members of
Parliament made the call dur-
ing debate in Legislative
Council on the Immigration
(Amendment) Act, which
addresses how asylum seekers


and other refugees are
processed upon arrival on
the island. The measure was
eventually passed but not
before lawmakers made an
appeal to the United Kingdom
government to provide new
financial assistance to the
British-administered territory
to help it cope with the recent
demand.
Prior to the amendment,
Montserrat had no legal provi-


sions to deal with persons
seeking asylum on the island.
The change brings Montserrat
in line with an international
convention signed by the
British government for the
treatment of such persons.
But with the passage of the
legislation, government back-
bencher Eastern Taylor-
Farrell also believes the U.K.
government should take a
closer look at the security


needs of the island.
He lamented that the
Royal Montserrat Police
Force (RMPF) was inade-
quately equipped to patrol
Montserrat's coastline.
"In light of the incident
where persons are brought in
on ships from wherever and
dropped off on our shores, if
the police had a proper coast
guard to patrol our shores, we
would deter such persons


from taking such action,"
Taylor-Farrell, referring to the
arrival last year of the group
of 40 migrants.
"It is in this light that I
would tiun-,lI that this honor-
able House ask the British
government for funds so that
the Royal Montserrat Police
Force can purchase a decent
vessel to patrol our waters,"
the government M.P. said.
0


February 2009





CARIBBEAN TODAY


B u s n e s s


LWW-crbbatoa.co


American's 'Ponzi' scheme costs Miami launches free tax preparation campaign


NEW YORK A British
Virgin Islands-based hedge
fund has lost over $350 million
as a result of an alleged mas-
sive securities fraud scheme led
by American businessman
Bernard Madoff, its main
shareholder has claimed.
Jacques Rauber, the
majority shareholder of Auriga
International Advisers, con-
firmed reports last month that
the company's fund was wholly
invested in Fairfield Sentry a
United States-based fund,
which had placed all its $7.3
billion in assets with Madoff.
Madoff, 70, a former chair-
man of the NASDAQ stock
market in New York, was
arrested in December and
charged with running a multi-
billion dollar hedge fund swin-
dle scheme. He has been
charged with a single count of
securities fraud and faces up to
20 years in prison and a fine of
up to $5 million, if found guilty.

'REGRET'
Rauber said that Auriga
investors paid management
fees to their own fund, and
also, indirectly, to Fairfield
Sentry, for the privilege of hav-
ing all of their assets in
Madoff's alleged scheme.


"I deeply regret that the
investors of Auriga International,
to which I too b,1 >nii: fell victim
to this incredible case of fraud,"
the Zurich-based Rauber said,
disclosing that another fund,
Auriga Alternative Strategies,
was affected "to a much lesser
extent."
Madoff, who is under
house arrest, is alleged to have
operated the scheme through
his hedge fund business, which
was separate from his better-
known market-making business
Bernard L. Madoff Investment
Securities (BMIS).

'GIANT PONZI'
According to a criminal
complaint filed by the U.S.
Attorney's office in New York
and the Federal Bureau of
Investigations (FBI), Madoff
said his business was "a giant
Ponzi ,Ihiml a reference to
Charl, Ponzi, one of the great-
est swindlers in U.S. history.
Madoff told investigators
that it was entirely his fault,
and that he "paid investors
with money that wasn't there,"
according to the complaint.

- CMC


heI VB dge fund over $350 million


Global recession impacts Jamaican firms


KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC
- A local charity organization
and a fast food outlet in
Jamaica are the latest to fall
prey to the deepening global
recession.
Faced with a decline in
donations, "Food for the
Poor, Jamaica" late last month
sent home 14 members of its
staff, including Executive
Director Bradley Finzi Smith,
in a redundancy exercise.
The decision was made at a
recent retreat held with the
organization's overseas admin-
istrators.
"Following a review of its
operations, administrative


costs are being significantly
reduced in order to ensure
that the aid we provide to the
poor is not at all diminished,"
said FFP Jamaica Chairman
Father Burchell McPherson.
McPherson said the
affected workers will be duly
compensated. The organiza-
tion has also offered counsel-
ing as well as character and
job references to the work-
ers. The redundancies have
come in the wake of
December's announcement
that Food for the Poor,
Jamaica's parent company
that it was listed as the num-
ber one international aid


agency in the United States.

SHUTDOWN
Meantime, the interna-
tional fast food chain Wendy's
has announced the closure of
one its Jamaica stores. The
store, located in the business
district of New Kingston was
scheduled to close on Jan. 30.
"With what is happening
in the global market and with
the slide of the dollar, we
actually decided that the store
had been suffering since the
end of last year...," said
Manager of Restaurant
Operations Sophia Pusey.


MIAMI, Florida Mayor
Manny Diaz has launched the
City of Miami's 2009 Earned
Income Tax Credit (EITC)
and free tax preparation cam-
paign.
During last month's
launch, information on over
20 city-sponsored locations
that will be offering free tax
preparation services as part of
this year's EITC campaign was
made available.
Eligible residents who file
their tax returns at these sites
can learn if they qualify to
receive a federal income tax
refund of up to $4,824 via the
Earned Income Tax Credit
(EITC) and up to an addition-
al $1,000 per child via the
Child Tax Credit (CTC).
There was also more informa-
tion about the City's new
Benefit Bank locations offer-
ing access to Federal and State
benefits, such as Food Stamps,
cash assistance and Medicaid.
EITC tax credits can
result in sizable refunds for
low-income working families.
Each year, thousands of eligi-
ble households in Miami fail
to claim this entitlement, leav-
ing millions of dollars worth of
EITC benefits unclaimed.
Partners in the 2009 EITC
campaign include the Internal
Revenue Service (IRS),


Eastern Financial Credit
Union, the Benefit Bank, and
the City's Economic Initiatives
and Neighborhood
Enhancement Team (NET)
department. The "Your
Money Bus Tour" is spon-
sored by the City of Miami,


RE-ELECT


ACCESS Miami, TD AMER-
ITRADE Institutional,
NAPFA Consumer Education
Foundation, and Kiplinger's
Personal Finance magazine.
0


CARL J.


"EXPERIENCE AND COMMITMENT

TO THE COMMUNITY"



MRMACIYCMSINSET
NWil~iiat inwl0" mWlni fffflai~nmWnil


Call for Bids or Proposals

For a listing of available Broward College (BC)
open procurement solicitations, visit:
www.broward.edulpurchasing/bids
or contact

954-201-7455

BC strongly encourages participation by minority and women-
owned business enterprises (MWBE firms)


FACT- Thousands of Government Applications Filed by Individuals Are Rejected Or Returned Due to Simple Costly
Mistakes. We can Save You Time. Money and Frustration. Let Us Help You Now. We Make It Easy & Simple...
Immigration Made Easy.org
AFFORDABLE & EASY FORM PREPARATION SERVICES
Serving the Caricom Countries Since 2001


* Personal ITIN Tax ID Number
(Open Bank Account Pay Taxes, By Wholesale and Open a Business)
* File Taxe i With ITIN
(To Show Good Character For Future Immigration Filing)
" Renew Jamaican Passport
" Obtain New Jamaican Birth Certificate
" File For Travel Passport
" Renew or Replace Green Card
" File Citizenship
* Letter Of Invitation (Friends or Family)
* Extension Of 1-94 (White Card)
* Translation Of Documents
* Emergency U.S. Passports
The Ingraham Building
25 S.E. 2nd Avenue Sute ,200 (second floor) Miami, FL 33131
(305) 374-0444


SOff Any One $ Off Any Two
* 5 Service Services
Brin In This Ad To Honor Discount
Limited Time Promotion Must Bring Ad Valid thru March 15, 2009


Photograph by Jorge R. Perez/City of Miami
Mayor Manny Diaz announces the kick-off the 2009 City of Miami's Earned Income Tax
Credit Campaign.


I


February 2009




20 CARIBBEAN TODAY February 2009
a great deal on
wed nesd avs




University of Florida Home Page
© 2004 - 2010 University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries.
All rights reserved.

Acceptable Use, Copyright, and Disclaimer Statement
Last updated October 10, 2010 - - mvs