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With a
r f criminal
charge shad-
owing him,
born Fitzroy
S Salesman
lost his bid
for re-elec-
tion to the
Miramar City Commission last
month. Is this the end of the
road for the charismatic
politician? page 2.
Miami Beach is
fast becoming
the fashion
capital of
South. This
hotspot boasts
a multicultural
population that
includes a
Caribbean com-
munity. It has
also become
the perfect
backdrop for a
fashion show
featuring up and coming design-
ers from the region, page 11.
Altidore, an
with Haitian
three goals
to help the
States beat
Trinidad and Tobago in a World
Cup qualifier and put a huge
dent in the Caribbean's last
hope of a place in soccer's
biggest show, page 15.

~ What would make a humble young
man leave beautiful, balmy weather in
the Caribbean to take on a 1,000-mile
race on a dogsled in ice-cloaked,
freezing arctic country? Well, because
he was determined to, says Jamaica's
Newton Marshall. And he made
history along the way, page 19.


News ...................2 Summit of the Americas .. .8 Spring Health ..........12
Spring/Summer Viewpoint ................9 Sport ................... 15
Education ...............5 Arts/Entertainment ......11 Local/FYI ..............17

Business/Travel .........18
Feature ................. 19


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What's next for Fitzroy Salesman?

~ Jamaican-born politician loses election, faces criminal charge


FLORIDA With a criminal
charge shadowing him, Jamaican-
born Fitzroy Salesman lost his
bid for re-election to the
Miramar City Commission.
The hotly contested Seat #1
went to newcomer and commu-
nity activist Barbara Sharief,
who also beat out incumbent
Carl J. Lanke. Salesman
blamed his pending court case
for his most recent setback.
"The main contributing
factor to my losing the election
was the reports that even if I
won, the governor would sus-
pend me again and the city
would have to have another
by-election," Salesman told
Caribbean Today after last
month's race. "That played a
major role in it."
Salesman must now focus
on his new trial, which is
scheduled to start this month
after the collapse of proceed-
ings in early March when a
juror brought a dictionary to
the jury room. The former
commissioner is accused of
aggravated assault with a
firearm stemming from a Nov.
2007 incident in a Miramar
grocery store.
An educator in the Dade
County public school system
for the past 14 years and a

Salesman, seen here in a South Florida
courtroom, sees himself as a political
trailblazer for Caribbean immigrants.
licensed real estate agent,
Salesman said his next move
maybe in the real estate field
because "nobody wants to hire
me with the present charges
hanging over my head."
Asked if he will run again,
the embattled politician said:
"I have not ruled it out, but for
right now it is not in my imme-
diate plans."

But, Salesman was quick

Caribbean community
(CARICOM) has called for
economic emancipation
through the rLdJLg-nin-g of
the global architecture of fair
prices and fair trade".
The 15-member grouping
issued the call as the United
Nations commemorated the
International Day for the
Remembrance of the Victims
of the Trans-Atlantic Slave
Trade on Mar. 25.
According to CARICOM,
that was needed through "jus-
tice for workers, the commodi-
ty supplier states, and the vul-
nerable states, sectors and
communities to climate
change, as we fulfill the moral
and financial obligation still
owed those of African descent,
on the continent and in the
Addressing reporters at
U.N. headquarters in New
York, Grenada's Ambassador
Dessima Williams, speaking
on behalf of CARICOM, said
the call on the international
community was to "honor the
victims of slavery with a sys-
tem of economic freedom for
the planet's poorest billions".

As part of CARICOM's

April 2009

NAACP wants Obama to grant

Haitians protected status in U.S.

to point out that he will remain
an active member of Miramar,
a city with a large Caribbean
population located north of
Miami and south of Fort
Lauderdale in South Florida,
United States.
"I have always been an
active community advocate,"
he explained. "That's one of
the things I pride myself on.
"You don't have to call me
commissioner. It's not some-
thing I wore on my lapel. My
name is Fitzroy. Whether I am
sitting on the dais or not, I
have always been an active
member of the community, I
have always helped people
regardless. I am still going to
be the same person I have
always been, I will help those
that I can."
He chided the Miramar
Caribbean community for not
participating enough in the
election process. The city,
which had a majority of three
Caribbean Americans on the
commission board of five in
2003, is viewed as a reflection
of that margin. Popular radio
broadcaster Winston Barnes
was the only Caribbean official
to hold onto his seat at the
commission during in the
recent election. An agitated
Salesman put the blame

most influential groups in the
United States has joined a
chorus of calls on Washington
to grant Temporary Protected
Status (TPS) to Haitians liv-
ing in the U.S. illegally.
"The recent devastating
environmental disasters from
which Haiti has not recovered,
continuing violence, and unsta-
ble political conditions pose a
serious threat at this time to
the personal safety of anyone
forcibly repatriated to Haiti",
said the National Association
for the Advancement of
Colored Peoples (NAACP)
last month.
TPS grants temporary
protection from deportation
to nationals of a country in
which environmental or polit-
ical events have occurred or
where armed conflict poses a
serious threat to public safety.
TPS has been granted to
nationals of many countries,
including those of Nicaragua
and Honduras in 1999 follow-
ing Hurricane Mitch, and of
El Salvador in 2001 following
severe earthquakes.
Last year's storms and

efforts to advance this initia-
tive, Williams said the body
intended to name a goodwill
ambassador and to establish a
trust fund in the near future.
She said CARICOM was
grateful to all who have
already made financial contri-
butions to the memorial and
invited others to do likewise.
The Grenadian envoy
said the permanent slavery
memorial will be a "symbol of
our ability to come together,
victor and vanquished, to tell
the story of shame and tri-
umph, to commit to remem-
ber the legacy of slavery, lest
we forget".

Caribbean wants economic

emancipation to 'honor the

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hurricanes killed over 800 peo-
ple and rendered hundreds of
thousands homeless in Haiti.

In addition, the NAACP
said granting Haitians TPS
would also directly assist
Haiti's Ii,,L ni democracy in
its efforts to recover from
these conditions, stabilize the
country's economy, rebuild its
political and economic institu-
tions, and provide a future of
hope for Haiti's people".
The NAACP said since
TPS would be extended only
to those Haitians currently
residing in the U.S., concerns
about a mass exodus to the
U.S. would be unfounded. It
noted that Haiti is the hemi-
sphere's oldest democracy,
and has always had a "special
relationship" with the U.S.
"Haitian immigrants have
long contributed to America's
diverse and vibrant culture",
it stated. "The current plight
of Haitians in their homeland
clearly qualifies them for TPS
here in the United S Ij.L .




Caribbean 'green card' holders on the rise


Despite the threat of declining
prosperity in the United
States, Caribbean immigrants
continued to pour into the
U.S. last year, with the num-
ber of legal permanent resi-
dents "green card" holders -
rising above the total for 2007.
According to figures
released by the Department of
Homeland Security (DHS),
137,098 people from the region
were granted permission to
make America their home,
even as a global economic cri-
sis sparked fears that the
promise of the "American
Dream" may be losing some of
its allure.
The Caribbean's numbers
represented 12.4 percent of
1,107,126 "green card" holders
admitted to the U.S. in 2008.
Last year's total of legal
permanent residents from the
Caribbean surpassed the 2007
mark of 119,123, and boosted
the region's slice of the world's
total by more than a full per-
centage point. However, the
figure was a drop-off from the
2006 total of 146,768, the
Caribbean's highest number in
recent years.

The latest DHS figures
landed the Caribbean around

mid-pack among the world's
regions. Asia with 383,608 in
2008 continued to send the
most foreigners to the U.S. to
live. That continent supplied
34.6 percent of all American
permanent residents last year.
Europe and Africa accounted
for just over 20 percent of new
"green card" holders in 2008.
Meanwhile, people born in
two Spanish-speaking countries
- Cuba and the Dominican
Republic accounted for the
most U.S. permanent residents
from the Caribbean in 2008.
Some 49,500 Cuban nationals
were granted "green cards",
while 31,879 D.R. nationals
received that status.
French-speaking Haiti
accounted for 26,007 U.S. per-
manent residents in 2008,
while English-speaking
Jamaica supplied 18,477.
Cuba, D.R., Haiti and

SJamaica accounted for
S the bulk of Caribbean-
born immigrants
awarded permanent
residence in the U.S.
The number of
"green card" holders
from Cuba and the
D.R. in 2008 showed a
sharp increase over the
previous year. Some
20,396 more Cuban-
born immigrants were
granted permanent res-
idence in 2008 than the previ-
ous year. D.R. recorded an
increase of 3,855 over the
same period.
Meanwhile, the number of
Haitians who became perma-
nent residents dropped in 2008
from the previous year when
30,405 received that status.
The numbers from Jamaica
also declined over a year. In
2007, 19,375 Jamaicans
received permanent residence.
In 2008 Mexico once
again accounted for the most
"green card" recipients for a
single country with 189,989,
well over double of its nearest
rival China, which supplied

Gordon Williams is Caribbean
Today's managing editor.

U.S. fingers St. Vincent bank

in investment fraud scheme

States financial regulators
claim they have uncovered
an alleged multi-million dollar
investment fraud scheme at a
Vincent and the Grenadines
based offshore bank.
The Securities and
Exchange Commission (SEC)
said the Millennium Bank, a
subsidiary of United Trust of
Switzerland SA, issued certifi-
cates of deposit promising
improbable returns on invest-
ment, in a manner similar to
what is alleged to have tran-
spired at the Antigua-based
Stanford International Bank.
The SEC filed a com-
plaint against two American
business people William
Wise of North Carolina and
Kristi Hoegel of California -
claiming they duped as many
as 375 investors into buying
"fictitious, high-yielding" cer-
tificates of deposit to the tune
of $68 million from
Millennium Bank.
"As alleged in our com-
plaint, the defendants dis-
guised their Ponzi scheme as a
legitimate offshore investment
and made promises about exu-
berant returns that were just
too good to be true," Rose
Romero, director of the SEC's
Fort Worth Regional Office,

said in a statement.

The SEC alleged that the
St. Vincent-based bank made
"blatant misrepresentations
and glaring omissions" while
marketing the certificates of
deposits to wealthy U.S.
clients for
more than
four 3 ,,a .
A Texas
judge has also
agreed to an
SEC request
for the compa-
ny's assets to
be frozen. Stanford
SEC's enforcement action
seeks an order compelling
them to return funds and
assets traceable to the alleged
Millennium Bank fraud.
The action by the U.S.
financial regulation body fol-
lows closely on a suit filed
against the Stanford Financial
Group, which it accused of
perpetrating fraud of $8 billion
around the Stanford
International Bank in Antigua.
Stanford's principal, Sir
Allen Stanford, and two of his
senior officials were also
named in that action.

I P*+ M ACp

April 2009


U.S.-based gay rights group

calls for boycott of Jamaica

Jamaica's stance against
homosexuality is once
again under attack, with a
group of United States-based
gay rights activists and blog-
gers calling for a boycott of the
The group is led by Wayne
Besen, Jim Burroway and
Michael Petrelis, who have
established an Internet site
which makes reference to


Jamaica as the most homopho-
bic place on earth. They have
also asked people who love
their gay friends and family
members not to visit the island.
The group goes further to
warn those who care about the
human rights of gay, lesbian,
bisexual and trans-gender peo-
ple, as well as all gay bars and
restaurants in San Francisco,
California, not to buy popular
Jamaican rum and beer prod-
"There is no justifiable rea-
son for gays and our allies who
value the lives of persons with

AIDS in Jamaica to vacation
there, or consume their alco-
holic drinks", stated a release
from the group late last month.

The bloggers argue that it
is time to stop rewarding what
they called "this hate "I.d I
with tourism dollars. The
group further called on the
Bruce Golding-led administra-
tion to "repeal Jamaica's
oppressive sodomy law".
They also want the prime
minister to issue a statement
"clearly and unequivocally"
condemning violence against
gays and apologizing for past
violence, as well as to imple-
ment a gay-affirming program
to train police officers.
Bevan Dufty, a spokesman for
a California-based gay rights
group, said a meeting has been
scheduled for early this month
with the honorary consul of
Jamaica, Dr. Newton Gordon,
to highlight their concerns. He
said during the meeting the
gay advocates will also high-
light the recent U.S. State
Department report on homo-
sexuals in Jamaica.
Last year, Prime Minister
Golding declared during a BBC
program, that he would not tol-
erate gays in his Cabinet. Since
then, the National Security
Ministry has issued a release
saying the government recog-
nizes the rights of all citizens
and condemns all attacks.


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Notorious Guyanese prisoner pleads

guilty to drug trafficking, other charges

NEW YORK After spend-
ing nearly three years in a
United States jail, notorious
Guyanese prisoner Shaheed
Roger Khan has pleaded
guilty to drug trafficking and
other charges.
Khan, 37, entered the plea
when he appeared before
Judge Dora Irizarry in a New
York court last month to
answer the charges related to
the importation of cocaine into
the U.S. between Jan. 2001
and Mar. 2006, as well as pos-
session of an illegal firearm.
The new twist to the case
took many by surprise since
Khan's lawyers have been

maintaining his innocence
ever since the U.S. unsealed
the indictment against him.

Khan, who has earned the
reputation of Guyana's bi,, ,LI
drug lord, has also reportedly
confessed to plotting with his
lawyer to keep witnesses from
testifying against him as part
of a plea deal with federal
prosecutors that does not
require Khan to testify against
his former attorney Robert
The Guyanese prisoner,
who was arrested in Suriname
in 2006 and extradited to the

U.S. to face the charges, is due
to return to court for sentenc-
During the court case,
details of Khan's alleged drug
trafficking and crime organiza-
tion activities have been com-
ing to light. Khan also claimed
to be a friend of the Guyana
government, who was even
granted permission to import
spy equipment into the country.
But none of this seemed
to be of interest to federal
authorities in the U.S., who
detained Khan on charges of
importation of cocaine into
the U.S.

Guyana's first female president dies at 88

Guyana, CMC
- Janet Jagan,
Guyana's first
female presi-
dent, died
here on Mar.

Jagan, 88, Jagan
was admitted
to the state-owned Georgetown
Public Hospital late Mar. 27
after complaining of feeling
unwell. She was then admitted
to the Intensive Care Unit.
Health Minister Leslie
Ramsammy said the former
head of state died as a result of
an abdominal aneurism.
Jagan led the People's
Progressive Party (PPP) to vic-

tory at the 1997 elections, hav-
ing taken over leadership of
the party following the death of
her husband, Cheddi Jagan,
who was president at the time
of his death.

However, the former first
lady's stint in the country's
highest political office was
short-lived. She resigned in
Aug. 1999 due to ill-health.
Jagan, who authored
several books and at one time
worked as the editor of the
PPP's newspaper, The Thunder,
was born in the United States
city of (Clui ig,- She moved to
Guyana in the 1940s with her
husband, whom she met while
he was furthering his studies as

a dentist at Northwestern
A co-founding member of
the PPP, Janet Jagan also served
in various political and govern-
ment capacities over the years.
She was also the recipient of
many local and international
honors, including the Order of
Excellence, the nation's highest
honor; Woman of Achievement
Award from the University of
Guyana; and the Gandhi Gold
Medal for Peace, Democracy
and Women's Rights awarded
Janet Jagan was buried on
Mar. 31. She leaves to mourn
her son, Dr. Cheddi Jagan Jnr,
daughter Nadira Jagan-Brancier,
and five grandchildren.

What's next for Fitzroy Salesman?

squarely on the shoulders of
the electorate.
"One thing I have learned
about the Caribbean commu-
nity we are still stuck in the
past," he said. "There is this
one precious term that they
keep using: role model. I
don't know how your elected
official becomes your role
model. In my case, are you
going to judge me on the job
that you have given me to do,
or are you going to judge me
on some other superficial or
artificial factors?
"My role model was my
grandmother," he added.
"She was strong, she was lov-
ing, she was caring, and she
was giving. But make no mis-
take, she was not a pushover,
she would not make people
walk all over her. It is the
same for me. I do not intend
to be anybody's role model. I
can help you, I can be an
advisor if you intend to pur-
sue a political career, but I
don't want to be your

role model."

With conviction, Salesman
said, "I have no regrets." He is
proud of his accomplishments
as a Miramar city commission-
er. To underscore the point, he
noted that there are three trail-
blazers in South Florida of
Jamaican origin: Hazelle
Rogers, a former Lauderdale
Lakes commissioner and now
a representative in the Florida
House of Representatives; Ian
Richards, elected Broward
County court judge; and him-
"I opened the eyes of the
Caribbean community in
Miramar and I showed them
that it could be done,"
Salesman said. "Looking at it
from that perspective, while I
was there I was able to help a
lot of people in so many

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

April 2009

incG/summER EDUC ATION''y

~ A Caribbean Today feature

CaribchVt Jamaican-born U.S. school superintendent lands national honor

Tn February, Jamaican-born
SDr Beverly L. Hall, superin-
tendent of Atlanta Public
Schools (APS) for almost a
decade, was named .\,' i..,Il
Superintendent of the I -, 'by
the American Association of
School Administrators .\N l.- was
also chosen Si.'.' Superintendent
of the Y., by the Georgia
School Superintendents
Association. Dr. Hall, who's in
charge of nearly 50,000 students,
close to 4,000 teachers and 100
schools, grades K-12, is the first
superintendent from the state and
the city, respectively, to receive the
honors.. 1..-spoke to Caribbean
Today's Managing Editor
Gordon Williams about her
accomplishments and other
issues relating to education in the
US. and the Caribb'ean. The con-
tent of the interview is edited for
space considerations:

QUESTION: Was the national
"Superintendent of the Year"
award something that you
expected or was it a surprise?
ANSWER: Well, there were
two surprises. First of all, I
did not expect to be named
Georgia state superintendent.
The city of Atlanta has never
won the designation... And so
I had no reason to believe I
was going to break that tradi-
tion... Then when I was named
one of four finalists nationally,
that was another surprise. But
I also knew that only 15 per-
cent of the superintendents
nationwide are women.
Altogether. And I said the
chances of me winning the
national was, you know, slim to
none. And if you think about
African American, or women
of color, then the percentage is
probably less than one per-
cent... Georgia has had, I think,
four national finalists and
nobody has won. So the odds
were not with me...

Q: How big of an accomplish-
ment is that to you personally
and to your district of the
Atlanta Public Schools?
A: ...I think I never would
have gotten it if the district had
not been showing the progress
that it's showing. We have been
on a steady nine-year, you
know, path of progress. The
trajectory has been moving in

the right direction on all of the
metrics whether you look at
student achievement, gradua-
tion rates, student attendance,
recruitment and retention of
teachers... And I think Atlanta
is celebrating this, not just the
school system, but Atlanta in
general...because it is a boost
for the city. To have the super-
intendent named as the nation-
al superintendent of the year
has...sort of, validated that
there is a school system in
Atlanta that's working, that's
showing progress...

Q: Do you view what you have
accomplished, in any way, as a
reflection of what immigrants
can do in America, Jamaicans
in particular, Caribbean people
more generally?
A: ...I really do believe that
the fact that I was born and
raised in Jamaica, in the West
Indies, really contributed to my
belief, and my passion, that all
children can achieve at high
levels, regardless... And so I
think the fact (is) that I was
grounded in the reality of my
experience in Jamaica...I'm
like, why can't people believe
that all means all and that all
children, if they're given the
right circumstances, in terms of
teaching experiences, high
expectations (will achieve)...

Q: In his campaign, and his
early presidency, (U.S.
President Barack Obama) has
consistently listed education
among his top four or five pri-
orities. What does that say to
you as an educator?
A: Well we are more optimistic
now than I think ever before
that education is going to have
its place in this administration
as a major priority...I think
he understands it's the great
equalizer... And so, for the first
time I have real hope that at
the federal level education is
going to get some real, real

Q: What do you see in Obama,
in what he's saying, that repre-
sents a significant shift in the
way things are being looked at
now, in terms of the federal
government's participation in
the process directly and mean-
A:...The way you know what
people mean is when they put
their money where their mouth
is. And he is putting more
money towards education that
has ever been put at the feder-
al level before...So you know
(Obama) means it. He's putting
some money behind it.

Q: If someone had told you 10
years ago that this is where you
would be, at this point, accom-
plishing what you have so
far...would you have viewed

this as a joke?
A: Absolutely, and it's still hard
to digest... I still can't absorb it.
Like I wake up and it's almost
like it is happening to some-
body else... When I started,
you know, I was a teacher in
Brooklyn, New York and was-

n't even sure I was gonna last
because I had a horrible first
year... I've just been moving,
but never, never thought I
would have been named the
"Superintendent of the Year".

Q: How much did your

Jamaican/Caribbean back-
ground, your schooling and just
how you were raised, influence
you today and how you go
about your business?
A: Everything that I am today,


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harles, a radio prompted death threats by From his years as a jour-
Haiti, typed his local police. After being nalist, Charles knew how to
broadcasts on a granted political asylum by put stories together and was a
Jis stories uncov- the United States government, fast typist. An educated man,


evels for immigrants

if Haitian American

he also knew what was hap-
pening in the world. Yet with
all his knowledge and experi-
ence, he still couldn't help his
son with most of his home-
work. His son was only in the
second grade.
"You need to understand
how computers work so you
can help with homework,"
Charles said.
Now in the third grade,
his son is growing up. Charles
wants to give him a good life.
But to bring a better life with
he knew
that he
needed to
make more
tried to get
a better job.
He sent out
many appli-
cations. It
got him
Finding a
job in
Miami was
not easy Instructor Azucena Her
S"Every during class at theTech
Every Florida.
job you
apply for
asks if you have experience
using computers," Charles
said. "If you know computer
programs you have a higher
percentage chance of getting a

Charles, a determined
man, looked at all the com-
puter classes offered in
Miami, but found the classes
too expensive for his limited
budget, which had to pay for
the home occupied by his wife
and son, buy food, clothes and
school his son. There was no
money to spare for his own
professional development.
Charles became frustrated.
The world around him was
changing so fast.
"Everything is about tech-
nology," he said.
Everyone, including his
son, was walking away from
him towards the Internet, into
the computer, into the digital
world. He couldn't get a good
job. He couldn't help his son
with his homework.
One morning, while read-
ing the newspaper, Charles
learned that "Elevate Miami",
a City of Miami digital literacy
program, was offering free
classes at Curtis Park in the
Allapattah neighborhood
close to his home. He signed
up in June 2008 and, since
then, has learned much about
computers, including how to
navigate the Internet. He

learned to apply for jobs
online and ultimately landed a
job as a security officer.
"When you apply for jobs
in the mail, it takes some time
for the employers to get the
resume," Charles said. "When
you do it online, they get it
right away and if they want
more information, they can
ask right away. It was so fast."

On the Internet, he was
also able to apply for Florida

nandez works with Guyriano Charles, seated,
hnology Learning Center, Curtis Park in Miami,

KIDCARE so that his son
could receive free health
insurance. For job applica-
tions, he was able to write his
resume and cover letter using
Microsoft Word, which he
learned in one of the classes.
He also learned how to write
financial reports in Microsoft
Excel, and he's currently tak-
ing an introductory course in
Microsoft Power Point.
Now Charles is inspired to
go to Miami Dade College to
study computer science and
become a web developer.
After only taking classes
at Curtis Park for less than a
year, Charles is grateful that
he is learning about comput-
"It's like when you finish
eating, you have to drink
water," he said. "You cannot
live without computers."
Created under the leader-
ship of Miami Mayor Manny
Diaz, "Elevate Miami" pre-
pares residents and businesses
of Miami for a leadership
position in the global econo-
my, establishing public and
private partnerships that facil-
itate affordable technology,
including mobile and low-cost
Internet access, employable
skills sets and economic
For more information,
or call 305-416-1538.

Board of County Commissioners

Cordially invite you to view

an exhibit highlighting

Cuban history

throughout the month of May

A commemoration ceremony will
take place on the anniversary of
Cuban Independence Day
Wednesday, May 20, 2009 10:00 a.m.

Stephen P. Clark Center
111 NW 1st Street Miami, FL 33128

Free concert featuring famed Cuban artist
Marisela Verena immediately following
commemoration ceremony

April 2009

inGc/summER EDUCnATION c '

~ A Caribbean Today feature

Essential help for college seniors Miami school assessment study raises concerns


DEAR JOYCE: My daughter
will graduate from a small liberal
arts college. So far she has done
virtually nothing about finding a
job. Speak to her, please.
- D.D.

ANSWER: The numbers fore-
cast a cold summer for new
college graduates:
As a result of the deteri-
orating economic
situation, employers
expect to hire 22
percent fewer new
grads from the col-
lege Class of 2009
than they hired
from the Class of
2008, according to
an updated study by
the National
Association of
Colleges and
( Jobs won't bi
seniors can't count on campus
recruiters scouting them out this
year. The NACE survey reports
that 66 percent of responding
employers plan to reduce or
eliminate spring hiring.
More than 46 percent of
NACE-surveyed employers say
they're unsure about their fall
2009 hiring plans, and 17 percent
expect to further trim their col-
lege hiring.

Whether college seniors
view this spring break as the
last big fling of college life, or
haven't yet gotten the memo
about the challenges they face,
isn't as important as what they
do next.
Practical tips Speaking to
the college senior: You may
well be able to Twitter your
way into a good perch in the
college afterlife with strategic
networking efforts. But your
very first stop should be your
college career center, where
you'll find resources and spe-
cific advice for your major.
Do what you can to make
your center's specialists invest in
your success. Additionally, ask
favorite professors for job leads
and written recommendations.
Next, focus on the funda-
mentals of a fruitful job search:
Engage in self-appraisal -

Know what you can do best and
want most, then choose several
job targets by title. Even if you
change targets, the process will
sharpen your analytical skills.
Prepare persuasive promo-
tional materials, such as strong
resumes, cover letters, net-
working letters, accomplish-
ment sheets and reference let-
ters. Prepare typed thank-you
letters that read like direct-mail
pieces, not like handwritten

e easy to find, even after graduating college.

"Dear Aunt Martha" thank-
you notes.
Research the job market -
Do attempt to identify and
contact by name the people
who have the power to hire
you; it's the hiring managers
whom you most want to meet.
In addition to networking
and stacking up job leads from
professors and your career cen-
ter, don't overlook other basic
building blocks of the compre-
hensive search published ads
in newspapers and online. Get
organized with a free online
job search manager, Jibber
Jobber (jibberjobber. com).
Prepare for the all-impor-
tant job interview The actions
d,,. riK d above are prerequi-
sites to the big event: Flunk the
interview, flunk the job effort.
Study books (like my own "Job
Interviews For Dummies") and
online interviewing projects for
good answers (Google: N.,
graduates job ini ri kr\i ).
Do all you can to keep your
spirits high No one is attracted
to Gloomy Gus or Sad Sarah.
Once you win the offer,
stay put At least until the
economy revives.

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than a
areas of need,
emerging needs
and concerns
have been iden-
tified in a
released assess-
ment study of
County schools.
The study,
conducted by
Center, assesses
the county's
conditions and
provides recom-
mendations that
will help deter-
mine how coun-

CAA Executive Director Julie B. Edwards, left, and Miami Mayor Carlos Alvarez visit a "Head Start" class at
Perrine Community Service Center. Miami-Dade Community Action Agency's Head Start Program is the largest
in the Southeastern United States.

ty services are delivered to
low-income residents.
Sixteen target areas of
need; emerging needs such as
housing, financial and foreclo-
sure assistance; age, ethnic
and racial population shifts;
education trends; public
health concerns; and more
were identified by the study,
which was released by the
county's Community Action
Agency (CAA) late last
include increasing partner-

ships; improving outreach,
especially to juveniles and
young adults; and enhancing
relationships with additional
children's service providers
and the business community
to cultivate more job opportu-
"We realize there has
never been a more critical
time to come together as a
community to maximize our
resources and take action,"
said Miami-Dade County
Mayor Carlos Alvarez in a
press release issued following

the study.
"The Community Action
Agency is forming community
partnerships that will help
them register more children in
the Head Start program,
NLJ ld ri/L more homes to
keep residents safe from South
Florida storms, and provide
resources to job seekers."
To view the assessment
report, visit

Make every day

Earth Day!

This year it falls on April 22, but Miami-Dade County can help
you go green on Earth Day and beyond.
* Save water by exchanging your old showerhead for a free, new
low-flow version.
* Get a free tree at a nearby Adopt-a-Tree event you'll help
replenish the earth with life-giving oxygen and improve our
tree canopy.
* Save time and paper by paying your County bills online.
For more Earth Day information and tips on how to live, work and play green,
go to or call 3-1-1.



April 2009




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~ T & T hosts Summit of the Americas

U.S.-Cuba impasse to be hot topic at Summit of the Americas T&Tenvoy

MIAMI Trinidad and
Tobago's ambassador to the
United States expects discus-
sions about Cuba to be a hot
topic at this month's Summit
of the Americas, as more
Latin American leaders push
for the Caribbean country to
be embraced by hemispheric
Glenda Morean-Phillip

said that while Cuba is not
officially on the agenda for
the April 17-19 Port of Spain,
Trinidad gathering, it will cer-
tainly be on everyone's lips.
"One issue that's expected
to come up especially from
your president (Barack
Obama of the Untied States) -
is Cuba, because that's on
everybody's mind," she told

reporters in Miami recently.
Cuba, a founding member
of the Organization of
American States (OAS), was
suspended in 1962 after mem-
ber nations said its communist
regime went against OAS prin-
ciples. The T&T envoy
explained that Latin America
was largely in favor of admit-
ting Cuba to hemispheric

"I think there is a lot of
sympathy and support," she

T&T will be the first
Caribbean community (CARI-
COM) country to host as
many as 33 hemispheric lead-
ers at the same time. The U.S.

American lawmaker vows support for Caribbean on trade, investment

States Democratic Senator
has pledged to assist in the
promotion and development
of investment and trade initia-
tives between the U.S. and the
Christopher Dodd, a
Connecticut Democrat and
member of the U.S. Senate
Foreign Relations Committee,
told members of the Caribbean
community (CARICOM)
diplomatic corps that he will
attempt to get some of the
region's concerns on the agen-
da for this month's Summit of
the Americas in Trinidad and
"Senator Dodd said that

he was upbeat about the
upcoming event, noting that it
presents an opportunity to
highlight and promote a range
of issues impacting the region,
including but not limited to
the environment, trade and
N .iirni a press release from
the Jamaica Information
Service (JIS), that govern-
ment's news arm, stated late
last month.

U.S. President Barack
Obama is scheduled to attend
the April 17-19 Port of Spain
summit, which will be the first
opportunity for Caribbean
leaders to engage with him

since he
assumed office
in January.
Dodd also
told the
region's diplo-
mats includ-
ing Jamaica's
New York


Genieve Brown Metzger and
Trinidad and Tobago's Harold
Robertson that he will help
in expanding small business
"I'm a great believer in
small business development;
that's where most employment
comes from," he said.

"Today, with the availabil-
ity of the Internet, if you can
have access to technology, you
can market your products
very well, so we'll be glad to
try and help in that area," he
He assured the meeting
that he would make an effort
to get the U.S. Department of
Commerce and the Export/
Import Bank to "sit down and
look at how they can jointly
assist small and emerging
businesses to access markets
that commercial banks are
sometimes too reluctant to

Summit offers 'new day' in U.S.-Caribbean ties Biden

States Vice President Joe Biden
believes this month's Summit of
the Americas will provide
"important first steps toward a
new day in relations and build-
ing partnerships with and
among the countries and people
of the hemisphere".
"The President (Barack
Obama) and I understand that
only by working together can
our countries overcome the
challenges we face," he said late
last month.
"Today, we are more than
just independent nations who
happen to be on the same side
of the globe," added Biden,
who met with some Latin
American leaders ahead of the
April 17-19 summit in Port of
"In today's interconnected

world, we are
all neighbors
who face
many com-
mon con-
said the cur-
rent global
economic cri- Biden
sis had
touched the entire world, with
every citizen searching for
answers, "looking for hope and
turning to their leaders to pro-
vide them.
"It is our duty as global
partners to heed their calls, to
together forge a shared solution
to a common problem," the
vice president said.

He added that Washington

was taking several steps to
make that happen and stated
that the U.S. Congress has
approved the American
Recovery and Reinvestment
Act, designed to promote job
creation and to set a course for
growth for the next generation.
In addition, he said Obama had
proposed a budget, designed to
set a foundation for the econo-
my of the future, with impor-
tant investments in health care,
education, and energy.
"Rekindling the U.S. econo-
my and ensuring that interna-
tional financial institutions serve
the interests of the people are
particularly important for the
Americas," Biden added.
"Our economic intercon-
nection means that a robust
U.S. economy is good for the
hemisphere and can become an

engine for bottom up economic
growth and equality throughout
the region."

Biden also lamented what
he described as the dual chal-
lenges of security gang vio-
lence and the illegal trafficking
of weapons and narcotics.
"In the United States, we
need to do more to reduce
demand for illicit drugs and
stem the flow of weapons and
bulk cash south across our bor-
ders," he said.
The upcoming summit is
the first meeting of all demo-
cratic heads of government
from Latin America, the
Caribbean, Canada and the
U.S. since the 2005 Mar del
Plata Summit in Argentina.

OAS predicts 'good sense', 'spirit of co-operation'

head of the Organization of
American States (OAS) has
expressed optimism that the
upcoming fifth Summit of the
Americas in Trinidad and
Tobago will take place in an
atmosphere of gi'dJ sd LiisL
and with a spirit of co-opera-
"We will have a Summit in
which many things are going
to be said, but no unreason-
able demands are going to pre-
vail," said OAS Secretary

General Jose Miguel Insulza.
With the new United
States President Barack
Obama expected to gain con-
siderable attention at the Port
of Spain gathering, Insulza
said he believed there will be
a "spirit of co-' ,Lp rii ,n from
dignitaries attending from
countries across the Western
Hemisphere, most of whom
Obama will be meeting for the
first time since assuming office
in January.
The OAS secretary gener-

al added that the attitude that
will prevail at the April 17-19
summit will be one of "give
the president of the U.S. the
possibility of developing his
policy, but don't press him too
hard on issues that we all
know that he can't solve
today," although he admitted
that "of course that's not going
to be everybody's attitude."
With regard to U.S. rela-
tions with Latin America and
the C(,rixihn,i Insulza said it
boiled down not to who is in

charge in Washington, but what
approach the White House
takes towards its neighbors.
"The countries of the region
are willing to engage more in
multilateralism in a common
agenda, provided that we agree
this is what we all want to do
multilaterally," he said.
"The problem is a unilat-
eral setting of the agenda and
a multilateral implementation
of the agenda."

alone, headed
by Obama, is
bringing a del-
egation to the
summit that's
more than
Morean- Morean-Phillip
Phillip said.
U.S. Vice
President Joe Biden told Latin
American leaders late last
month that while the Obama
administration was "willing to
reach out" to Cuba, it did not
have any immediate plans to
lift the near-half-century-old
economic and trade embargo.
CARICOM leaders have
been among many who have
urged the U.S. to end the sanc-
tions. But the embargo will
not be on the summit's agenda.
The global economic situation,
trade and security are sched-
uled to dominate discussions.
The U.S. and Cuba have
been hostile to each other
since the Cuban Revolution
in 1959.

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LW-S^^ caribbeantoday

For all of the keen intel-
lect that United States
President Barack Obama
showed in his online town-hall
niL lilnl he
didn't seem
to know
much about
reefer eco-
marijuana CLARENCE
might be a PAGE
stimulus for
the economy
and job creation, he played the
question for laughs.
"I don't know what this
says about the online audi-
ence," he quipped as his studio
audience chuckled and
groaned. "But...this was a fair-
ly popular question. We want
to make sure
that it was L
answered," he
Sure. So
you could
knock it.
"The answer
is, no, I don't
think that is a
good strategy
to grow our
No stimulus? Hey, more
than a few blinged-out,
Escalade-driving pot dealers
would dispute that notion. You
want "green" industry? Free
the weed, dude.
Such is the call of pro-pot
politicians like California
Assemblyman Tom Ammiano,
who has proposed to legalize
the weed, tax it and regulate it
like booze. He estimates the
move would generate $1 bil-
lion in revenue for the state's
troubled budget and save $150
million in enforcement costs.
It's hard to argue with
Ammiano's logic, but it's easy
to make light of lighting up.
Marijuana is, after all, funny.
Few subjects inspire more bad
puns from headline writers
than those that, well, step on
grass. A quick sample:
"Obama: Nope to dope".
(Russia Today)
"Obama's Marijuana Buzz
Kill". (The Daily Beast online)
"Marijuana issue suddenly
smoking hot". (Politico)

Like sex and sobriety,
marijuana is funny because it is
surrounded by so much
hypocrisy. So is politics.
To listen to Obama's chor-
tles, for example, you'd never
guess that he is the third U.S.
president in a row to have
admitted to using marijuana
back in his years of youthful
indiscretion. Bill Clinton says
he tried it but "didn't inhale."
Oh, sure. George W. Bush

admitted to early pot use in a
taped interview with a friend,
but refuses to discuss it in pub-
lic. Obama described his own
teen drug use in poignant
detail in his first memoir, but
like countless other boomer
dads now shies shyly away
from the subject.
Yet you would not guess
from his snarky town-hall atti-
tude that only a week earlier
his Attorney General Eric
Holder announced that the
federal Drug Enforcement
Administration would stop
raiding and arresting users or
dispensers of medicinal mari-
juana unless they violated both
state law and federal law.
That means you, California, and
a dozen other states that allow
marijuana sales and possession
for medicinal purposes with a
doctor's recommendation.
Holder sensibly announced
that DEA
resources are
too valuable in
sa the war
S. against dan-
gerous drug
lords to be
raiding resi-
dents who oth-
erwise are in
with state and
local laws and
standards. That would reverse
the Bush administration's
ridiculous scorched-earth pur-
suit that ignored the right of
states to govern ilia infl\l in
such matters.

Yet convenient inconsis-
tency is not limited to any one
party or administration. A
week after Holder's notice -
and the day before Obama
laughed off the notion of legal
reefers DEA agents raided
Emmalyn's California Cannabis
Clinic, a licensed medical mari-
juana collective in San
DEA spokesmen claimed
that Emmalyn's had violated
local as well as federal law, but
they didn't say how. Local offi-
cials said they didn't have a
clue what DEA was talking
Not laughing is ('ChI, rl,
Lynch, a celebrated cause since
his Morro Bay, Calif., medical
marijuana dispensary was raid-
ed by the DEA in 2007. Two
days before Obama's town
hall, a federal judge postponed
Lynch's sentencing to await
clarification of Team Obama's
new hands-off approach.
Lynch, who has no crimi-
nal record and was welcomed
by the local mayor and busi-
ness community, should be set
free. Instead he's in legal
limbo, with both sides trying to
make him a test case for their


Obama's hazy ganja policy

Grade 'F' for

Actor Bill Cosby has
been talking about it,
and so have others
who lament the plight of chil-
dren nowadays: Children who
know not right from wrong,
children who know not the
value of anything, or have any
values themselves.
Oh, how ill mannered and
classless our children are
today, and we constantly
lament, write, complain and
talk about how the youth of
today are different from those
of days gone by. And so they
are. But who is to blame?
I put the blame squarely
at the foot of the parents for
the sad state that our children
are now in today. And sure,
right now as you read this,
you're going to say, "Of
course he's right about all
those other children, but he
doesn't mean mine, mine are
the exception, mine are
And therein lays a huge
part of the problem, as we
always look outward at the
others, and never inwards at
ours. Old time parents were
different, they would chastise
a child who did wrong, verbal-
ly or physically, and a few
well-placed whacks with a belt
were not uncommon. Now it's
called corporal punishment,
and deemed backward and
But corporal punishment
then, saved many boys from
meeting up with the sergeant
later. Now parents want to be

I was a child once, and I grew
up with parents who loved us
dearly, but we were brought
up to show respect, and if we
didn't, punishment was meted
out. This in no way dimin-
ished our love for our parents.
In fact, it strengthened it, and
when we had children of our
own, we tried to pass it on to
Sadly, this is not the case
with many parents, who sim-
ply do not have a clue, and
then expect others to clean up
their mess for them. Imagine,
you have mothers nowadays,
paying their sons to wash the
family car.
Remember the word obe-
dience? Now they can't even
spell it, much less practice it,
so what we have is anarchy
among the youth. Remember
the words home training? We
had to be home by a certain
time, but now I see children


their friend,
their pal, so
they are
afraid of
even verbally.
used to show
respect, as
respect was TONY
taught. Now ROBINSON
they will see
adults talking
and butt right in without even
saying l V tLiL me". That in
itself is bad enough. But guess
what? The adults will stop
talking to you and talk to the
child, leaving you hanging in
mid sentence like a fool.

I am sick and tired of
watching parents being con-
trolled and ruled by their chil-
dren, like their little brats
have the God given right to
rule all that they survey. Hey,

April 2009


Caribbean Today contest winne
"My Valentine", written by
Earl Thompson, has been
selected the winner of
Caribbean Today's 2009
Valentine's Day poetry con-
Below is Thompson's
tribute to love:

You told me how much you
But of this I'm very much
You showed me this by the
things you do
And you're always the first to
say, "I love you"
You never judge me whenever
I'm wrong
And you've always encour-
aged me to be strong
You're the greatest thing to

ever happen for me
And it's so very plain to see
Although I know you're
already mine
I want you to forever be my

- Earl Thompson

Y I e W P o I n T

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walking the streets at all hours carstill
of the night, and the parents noti
see no wrong in it.
we 1
In those days we could thin
not phone people's homes
after a certain time, but not so eith
now. Ha, that's like speaking soci
an alien language. But guess
what? It is truly alien to him, miso
for he simply does not know den
any better. ado
So who's to blame? atd
Parents nowadays teach their The
children nothing of value, but ha
rather to disrespect authority
Y and to shower them with gifts bef(
all year around. Many chil- dre
dren not yet 10 years old are child
getting computer games that Sad
cost the price of a small car
and think nothing of it. Then

le 'F' for parents

re are parents who buy
for their children who are
in high school and think
thing of it. What values are
teaching our children by
ng this?
Do not for a moment
k that this is just an upper
middle class phenomenon
er, for the so called lower
o economic parents lavish
heir children too, with
placed priorities as evi-
ced by the jewelry that
rns their male and female
dlers who drip in gold.
y spend more on bling
n on books.
You have heard it all
ore, children having chil-
n, grandmas at age 30, five
dren by age 20 and so on.
statistics, and perhaps vic-
s of unfortunate circum-

stances. But what excuse is
there from parents who are
supposedly educated,
informed and brought up
properly, yet allow their off-
spring to run like beasts?
Then they complain.
I have seen daughters
shout at and berate their
mothers in public, and I
cringe. But if the mother just
accepts it, who are we to inter-
vene? Luckily there are still
some parents with old time
values. If it wasn't for them,
we would be sunk, but sadly
they are in the minority. And
of course there are YOUR lit-
tle darlings who do not at all
fall in the categories that I
have mentioned. Lucky you.

Obama's hazy ganja policy

competing crusades.
Also not laughing are law-
makers in at least 10 states,
including Obama's home state
of Illinois, who currently are
debating whether and how they
might join the 13 states where

medical marijuana is legal.
If he really cares, Obama
could end this reefer madness
in much the same way that
Franklin Roosevelt ended the
disastrous run of liquor prohi-
bition in 1933. Prohibition had
to go. It was too costly to

enforce. It demoralized a pub-
lic already beaten down by the
Depression. It wasted a poten-
tial tax revenue-producing
commodity by intruding
unnecessarily into private lives
of, iliL r\\ is law-abiding
Americans. Sounds familiar.

Unlike Roosevelt,
President Obama does not
have to amend the Constitution
to end our current marijuana
confusion. He only has to get
out of the way and allow the
states to enforce their own drug
laws. That's not a laughable

notion. It's only sensible.

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Jamaican-born U.S. school superintendent lands national honor

really and honestly, is attrib-
uted to the experiences I had
in Jamaica...I came here with
so much self-confidence... I just
said it was where I was, I could
compete, I could do well and
that was it...

Q: You also spoke of the pend-
ing disappointment if you did
not succeed?
A: Absolutely. You had no
choice. You had to succeed. So
failure is never an option... We
were expected to do better
than the previous generation.
You were expected to go to
school. Education was the way
out. And I think about that all
the time. I just can't fail...

Q: Would you go back to
Jamaica to live, to make a con-
tribution to the education sys-
tem there, with the knowledge
that you have acquired here,
and have you ever been
approached by Jamaica, the
government, to come back and
play that kind of role there?
A: No, I've not been officially
approached, but people infor-
mally, when we're at these
events, will say something...
I'm not sure that I would ever
go back to Jamaica to live
because everybody, my family,
everything is here (in the U.S.).
But I would have no problem
going back to offer any sup-
port, advice, whatever, if I was
asked to do it...

Q: How do you compare

Jamaica's, the Caribbean's,
education system to that in
the United States?
A: Well I'm disappointed in
how it has slipped (in Jamaica).
Because when I came here
there was no question that the
educational system in Jamaica
and Barbados, and so on, were
competitively top notch... It
used to be when (Jamaican stu-
dents) came (to the U.S.) you
could almost guarantee, when
you gave them the assessment
for some of the grade levels,
they would test above their
age. That has not been the case
for quite a while now... (She
pointed to limited resources in
the Caribbean and migration of
teachers as possible factors.)

Q: Do you think that's the rea-
son, the teachers are leaving
and you think the standards
have fallen?
A: I think it's a combination of
things. The political upheaval
that the country went through.
(She mentioned the optimism in
Jamaica after Independence in
1962.)... Something got lost in
the translation and the transi-
tion...There are still some very
good schools, don't misunder-
stand me. They still have some
very good students, but I'd love
to see a more critical mass...

Q: How do you respond to
people who claim you don't
deserve the Superintendent of
the Year award?
A: Well, you know, I mean
everybody has their own opin-
ion... When you talk about who

deserves or not, there are a lot
of superintendents out there
who equally deserved it. But
when you look at the end prod-
uct (in Atlanta); the children,
creating an environment for
them to be successful... In 2002,
the graduation rate was 23 per-
cent. Last year it was 75 per-
cent... Whatever they say they
just can't take away the reality,
the impact, our administration
has had on the students who
are doing so much better.

Q: They also talk about your
no nonsense style. Where did
that come from?
A: ...I have very little toler-
ance for incompetence because
the cost is so tremendous for
the children. And so, if I'm no
nonsense it's because I just
think the work is critical that
we're doing and we have to do
it well...

Q: There have been some seri-
ous charges against the Atlanta
Public Schools system, like peo-
ple being encouraged to cheat
(in the classroom) and the
results. How do you respond to
something like that?
A: When we first began to
show the results we were show-
ing, there was a story that peo-
ple were saying it could be
cheating. The challenge is that
you couldn't have cheated for
nine years in every school.
After a while, the theory would
never hold up. And it has to do
with the fact that lots of people
had very low expectations for
the children of Atlanta and

couldn't quite believe that they
could do what they did. So we
have now so many students
who are going into what you
would consider the small Ivy
League colleges, full scholar-
ships, doing well. So they
would have to have learned
something at APS. So I think
we're beginning to get lots of
evidence that a lot of these
allegations are just that.
You have a lot of disgrun-
tled people. When you say
accountability, when you hold
people accountable, when you
remove ineffective people, they
will write and say just about
anything...But I think the data
is very strong on the progress
of the district, not just on state
tests, but on national tests.
Graduation rates, attendance
rates, those are irrefutable.
They just stand on their own.

Q: Have you ever tried to get
anything from your Caribbean
educational background to
apply here?
A: Well one of the most transfer-
able aspects from Jamaica to
here, in terms of how I approach
it, is in the challenging curricu-
lum; that you can't water down
the curriculum. You have to
teach to high standards, because
kids can do it, and I saw it hap-
pen throughout my childhood...

Q: What has been the response
to that?
A: Well at first there was a lot
of pushback...but I think, over
time, I think they've begun to
see the results... Now we see

more and more and more peo-
ple across the board agreeing
that if you set your standards
and you teach kids they will
reach those (standards).

Q: Tell me the single thing that
you have done that you are
happy with, that you can smile
and look back, in terms of pub-
lic policy or in terms of what
you have done, and the single
most thing that you have done
that caused you to go oopss'?
A: ... It's hard to pick out one
thing that I'm happiest that I
have done. But if I had to
think, it would have to be in
the recruitment and selection
of a high quality team and very
good principals... It's the peo-
ple that you hire to do the
work that can execute. And
I'm very proud of the team
that I've assembled at the top
and the principals that I have
out in the field. Eighty nine
percent of those principals
have been hired in my tenure.
So I can take a lot of owner-
ship for them and I'm very
proud of that group.
Something that you would
have done differently? It's
hard.. .When I came in it was
difficult to get into the guts of
all of the business operations
and we had that whole E-Rate
scandal. And so that has been
the bin.-.L blip in my tenure
here; was the fact that I didn't
realize that people were really
doing illegal stuff...

April 2009


Caribbean designers take 'Fashion on the Beach' to Miami

Miami Beach is fast
becoming the fashion
capital of America's
South. Known for its tropical
lifestyle, trendy beaches, non-
stop nightlife and art deco
skyline, this hotspot also
boasts a multicultural popula-
tion that includes a growing
ty. It has
the perfect
for a fash-
ion show
up and

on the
by Maurice
Tucker of
made its
debut dur- Reggae inspired Riddim
ing "Miami Driven line.
Week" last month at the
Hotel ChIILk, along one of
the city's hip strips,
Washington Avenue. Not the
best of productions, with a
venue change at the last
minute, fighting for space in
the tiny show area, and inade-
quate lighting, it was left to the
talented designers to save the

Kingston-based designer
Camesha Powell, a finalist in
"Miss Jamaica Universe
2007", unveiled her Poshe line
of dresses. Playful yet elegant,
her designs exude glamour
with an eclectic style reflecting
her own
n. b taste.
sive, the
is self-

use of
gives her
dresses a
.. look,
S ..... while
-- allowing
Camesha Powell's Poshe for flexi-
line. ability
bounce. She uses a lot of pink
and polka dots, maintaining a
girly, flirty look.

'Keneea Linton's classic
lines belie the fact that she
too is not professionally
trained in sewing. Silk and
satin fabrics, with her signa-
ture empire waistline cut,
accent the clean-cut line.
Linton's use of lace in
many of her dresses, adds a
sophistication not often seen in
today's fashion houses. The
designer's admiration for
C( ll ,I classic styling is evi-


* Guyanese producer sues
T-Pain for $5M
A Guyanese concert producer and
promoter has sued a United States
hip-hop star for $5 million for can-
celing a concert in Guyana in
February because of alleged kid-
napping and death threats.
According to a complaint filed
last month on behalf of Hits and
Jams Entertainment company a
Florida court, T-Pain, whose real
name is Faheem Najm, 23, and his
representatives breached their
contract with the company.

* Caribbean fashion show
"Caribbean Fashion Rocks" will
stage its signature fashion show and
hair event this month in New York.
The event is set for April 26 at
Club Mink, 187-30 Jamaica Ave. in
For more information, call 888-

* Cops, gunman shot at
Luciano's home
A house owned by Jamaican reg-
gae artiste Luciano was the scene

of an alleged shootout between a
gunman and police officers late
last month.
Three cops were injured in the
incident at the Kingston, Jamaica
residence. The alleged gunman
was shot and killed. Luciano, who
was not present at the house dur-
ing the incident, was later arrested
and charged by the police.

* May release for Ziggy Marley's
'Family Time'
Ziggy Marley will release his third
solo album early next month.
The former lead man for the
Melody Makers, a band made up
of the siblings fathered by the late
reggae king Bob Marley, will launch
"Family Time" through Tuff Gong
Worldwide on May 5. Tracks will
feature Ziggy's mother Rita, sister
Cedella, daughter Judah, and musi-
cal legends such as Paul Simon,
Jack Johnson, Willie Nelson and
Toots Hibbert.

Compiled from various sources.

"The inspiration behind
my clothing line is the sophis-
ticated woman who is confi-
dent," Linton said. "My style
reflects my personality, and I
find myself to be a confident,
ambitious woman, and my
designs reflect that.
Working as a professional
designer since 2005, Linton
has shown her designs at
"Caribbean Fashion Week"
and dressed several of the
"Miss Jamaica World" and
"Miss Jamaica InliL r con-
There could not be a
fashion show on Miami
Beach without a swimsuit
line. And, although not a
Caribbean designer, Melvie
Tucker's swimwear line.

dubbed "Veneno", would
have shone brightly under the
brilliant West Indian sun. The
Alabama native creates cus-
tom-made swimsuits, measur-
ing clients for a perfectly fit-
ted suit. Tucker's Yin and
Yang collection features black
and white suits that are eye-
catching as well. Her Neon
line is flashy. Because her line
is custom-made, plus size
women can finally find
swimwear that fits them and
flatters their body.

An unlikely fashion
house, VP Records, show-
cased casual styles with a reg-
gae flair. T-shirts and jackets
with catchy rL -,iL rI/Ld" say-
ings were a definite hit. Under

the name "Riddim Driven",
young designers Tiffany and
Kimberly Chung have created
what could be the next trend
in reggae T-shirt wear.
Among the casual wear
designers was Wendy Lee of
La Pluma Negra, a Kingston-
based fashion design house.
The comfy, high-end quality T-
shirts, easy slacks and little
dresses were decorated with
unusual artsy designs.
"We insist on quality,"
said Lee. "Clean lines and
quality is what we embody
with La Pluma Negra."

Dawn A. Davis is a freelance
writer for Caribbean Today.
Photographs by Louis Davis.

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U.S. to spend $17.6M expanding

Florida's community health centers

United States Department of
Health and Human Services
has announced the release
of $17.6 million to expand
services offered at community
health centers in Florida.
The money, according to a
press release issued by the
department late last month,
was made available by the
American Recovery and
Reinvestment Act and comes
as more Americans join the
ranks of the uninsured.
N MrL Americans are los-
ing their health insurance and
turning to health centers for
care," said Health Resources
and Services Administrator
Mary Wakefield. "These
grants will aid centers in their

efforts to provide care to an
increasing number of patients
during the economic down-
The Increased Demand for
Services (IDS) funds will be
distributed to 43 federally qual-
ified health center grantees in
Horida. The health centers
are expected to use the funds
over the next two years to cre-
ate or retain approximately 255
health center jobs.
Grantees submitted plans
explaining how the IDS funds
would be used. Strategies to
expand services may include,
but are not limited to, adding
new providers, expanding
hours of operations or
expanding services. The
funds will provide care to an

additional 100,976 patients in
Florida over the next two
The IDS awards are the
second set of health center
grants provided through the
Recovery Act. On Mar. 2,
U.S. President Barack Obama
announced grants worth $155
million to 126 new health cen-
ters. Those grants will provide
access to health center care
for 750,000 people in 39 states
and two territories.
To see a list of grantees by
state, go to htp://
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about health centers, visit

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awareness, participation and
support for HIV prevention,
care and treatment, Miami-
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will observe "HIV/AIDS
Awareness Week" April 20-24.
According to Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention
statistics, Miami ranks number
one among reported cases of
HIV/AIDS per 100,000 popula-
tion by metropolitan statistical
area of residence.
Although AIDS educa-
tion is taught throughout the
school year, during the aware-
ness week Miami-Dade
County Public Schools will

focus lessons and activities on
AIDS prevention. Volunteers,
including persons living with
AIDS, will provide education-
al lectures and health fairs.
Contact your local schools
to find out what activities are
planned. For more informa-
tion, call Jacquelyn White,
Division of Student Services,
HIV/AIDS Education
Programs, at 305-995-7273.

New weight-loss device offers

gentler option for gastric surgery


Gastric surgery is a last resort
for people who are dangerous-
ly obese. But there may soon
be a gentler option in the
shape of a removable device
inserted into the gut though
the mouth.
The EndoBarrier, devel-
oped by GI Dynamics of
Lexington, Massachusetts, is
an impermeable sleeve that
lines the first 60 centimeters of
the small intestine. In animal
experiments and preliminary
human trials, it reduces weight
and rapidly brings type II dia-
betes under control.
Given the rising tide of
obesity across the developed
world, new treatments are a
matter of priority. In the
United States alone, more than
15 million adults meet the cri-
teria for gastric surgery
because they have a body mass
index of more than 40, or a
BMI of 35 plus a complication
such as diabetes.
While the operations do


cause dramatic and sustained
weight loss, their high cost and
concerns about the risk of
dying on the operating table
mean only a fraction of those
who might benefit go on to
have the surgery. According to
the American Society for
Metabolic and Bariatric
Surgery, around 220,000 peo-
ple in the United States had
gastric surgery for weight loss
in 2008.

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Violence against women fuels HIV growth,

sparks new Caribbean group into action


PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -
With women now comprising
51 percent of adults living with
HIV globally, a newly
launched Caribbean women's
group is warning that violence
against the fairer sex is helping
to fuel growing levels of HIV
among women and girls in the
"The role of sexual vio-
lence in HIV transmission is
becoming clearer and such vio-
lence is widespread. One study
in the region found that for
nearly 50 percent of adolescent
girls their first sexual experi-
ence was forced", said the
Caribbean Coalition on
Women, Girls and AIDS
(CCWA), which was launched
here last month.
"Violence, real or threat-
ened, dramatically increases
female vulnerability to HIV by
making it difficult or impossi-
ble to negotiate safer sex and
condom use. It also affects
women's expectations in rela-
tionships and can stop women
from accessing HIV preven-
tion, care and treatment servic-
Under the theme "Women
and Men: United to End
Violence against Women", the
CCWA pledged to vigorously
challenge not just violence
against women but all aspects
of female vulnerability to HIV.
Official statistics show that
for Caribbean countries, such
as Antigua and Barbuda, the

Dominican Republic, Guyana,
Haiti, Jamaica, and Trinidad
and Tobago, an average 15 per-
cent of women in the age
group 15-24 years were sexual-
ly active before their 15th

Dawn Foderingham, the
Regional Partnerships Advisor
for the Joint United Nations
Program on HIV and AIDS
(UNAIDS) said it was neces-
sary for there to be "collective
action in addressing violence
against women, which violates
the dignity and human rights
of every female citizen and
makes them more vulnerable
to HIV"
Regional Program Director
at UNIFEMs Caribbean Office,
Roberta Clarke, said that while
there have been gains in the
efforts to improve equality
between men and women in
the Caribbean iILqqulJIIIl
persist and beliefs and practices
deeply rooted in our cultures
perpetuate the vulnerability of
women and girls to certain
She told the launch that
several Caribbean countries
have amongst the highest
homicide rates and all have
higher than global averages of
sexual violence, with three
countries having amongst the
top 10 highest rates.
"How did we get to this
place where nearly half of all
young girls surveyed in a Pan
American Health

Organization (PAHO) study

reported that their first sexual
encounter was forced or
coerced? How did we get to
this place where one in three
women experience abuse in
intimate relationships? How
did we get to this place of gang
rapes and trafficking in girls
and women?" she asked.
She said while there may


be complex factors contributing
such situations, the socio-eco-
nomic causes of violence and
insecurity is the base and per-
sisting belief system that
women and girls are somewhat
less than men; that they are
objects of male predatory
behavior, whether verbal or
"The very fine line
between admiration of the
female physical form and its
objectification is crossed rou-
tinely and crassly. And it is this
devaluing of women's worth,
this reduction of femininity to


Seeing red: Getting to know the rainbow's most alarming shade


Everyone has a favorite
color, but no color
affects us as strongly as
red. Here's how to make the
hue work for you:
Play better:
Putting on a red .
jersey could give
you a competi-
tive edge at the
gym or in a
pickup basket-
ball game.
According to a
study from
University in
wearing red uni-
forms perform
better than
those wearing "Wearing red ca
blue uniforms in noticed".
combat sports.
Be careful, though. You
may be adversely affected by
the guy next to you on the

n get

treadmill if he has a red shirt.
Wearing red may not make you
play better as much as seeing
red may make your opponent
play worse, says lead study
author and anthropologist
Russell Hill.
Work better: The X's
your grade school teacher
scrawled in red pen might
have left indelible ink on
your brain. German and
American study partici-
pants who viewed a flash
of red had more difficulty
solving anagrams and
completing analogies
compared with those who
saw green or neutral col-
ors like black.
We probably associate
red with mistakes or dan-
ger (consider blood and
fire engines), says lead
you study author Andrew
Elliot, a psychologist at
the University of
Rochester (Rochester, New
York). Similarly, subjects work-
ing on difficult tasks in a red
room performed worse than

those in a blue room, according
to a study by Nancy Stone, a
psychologist at Missouri
University of Science and
Technology, Rolla. Think twice
about that scarlet lamp shade
on your desk.
Stand out: Wearing red can
get you noticed, and not just
because it's a vivid color. When
you see bright red, it may actu-
ally speed up your heart rate,
says Barbara Drescher, a
researcher at the University of
California-Santa Barbara.
Bright green can do the same,
even though green is seen as the
most pleasant hue, while red is
rated least pleasant.
People may pay attention
to you with these colors, but
Drescher isn't sure how long
the arousal lasts.
"We adapt very, very quickly,"
she says.

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Finasteride and prostate cancer

shortened a man's life.
Let's say that the drug is
incredibly effective and could
actually decrease the prostate
cancer death rate by 50 per-
cent per year. There's no way
that it will be anywhere near
that effective. But for my way
of looking at this, I took an
extreme. Because all men are
at risk of prostate cancer and
no method of ,r Ir e iiin
including PSA, defines men at
highest risk, hypothetically all


QUESTION: I wonder if I
should take the pill to help
prevent prostate cancer. I'm
57 years old. Other than high
cholesterol and hypertension,
I'm very healthy. What is your

ANSWER: I was very sur-
prised at the American
Society of Clinical Oncology
and the American Urological
Association recommen-
dation that doctors offer
men age 50 and over the
drug finasteride to pre-
vent prostate cancer.
We are talking here
about all men who are
50 years of age or older
potentially taking a drug,
perhaps indefinitely, to
prevent prostate cancer.
That's an estimated 42
million men in the
United States!
I am not a statistics
expert. But here's how I Finas
look at the numbers:
The number of cases of
diagnosed prostate cancer
expected this year is 186,320
(and that includes men
younger than 50). The number
of U.S. men who will die from
the disease is about 28,600.
Assuming that the drug is
as effective as it appears, it
will prevent one or perhaps
two fewer cancers per year
out of 100 men who take the
drug compared to those who
don't take it. Many of those
cancers would never have
caused any symptoms or

42 million men in the U.S.
might be offered the drug.
Sticking with my wild assump-
tion that finasteride might cut
the death rate from prostate
cancer in half, the drug would
hypothetically save 14,300
men from dying of prostate
cancer if every man in the
U.S. took the drug.

But if you look at a man's
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Finasteride and prostate cancer

different. Let's assume all men
have an equal risk of dying
from prostate cancer. Then, a
man 50 years or older has a
99.93 percent chance that he
will NOT die from prostate
cancer this year WITHOUT
the drug.
If a man did decide to
take finasteride and it turns
out to decrease the risk of
death from prostate cancer by
50 percent, the man's risk of
NOT dying from prostate can-
cer this year would be 99.97
percent. This means you have
improved your risk of not
dying of prostate cancer this
year by only four in 10,000 by
taking finasteride.

In reality, there is actually
no evidence that finasteride
does decrease a man's risk of
dying from prostate cancer.
Personally, I plan to decrease
my risk by watching my
weight, eating healthy and
exercising regularly.

Dr. Howard LeWine is chief
medical editor of Internet
Publishing at Harvard
Health Publications, Harvard
Medical School.

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Violence against women fuels HIV growth, sparks new Caribbean group into action

sexual being that can help us
explain the vulnerability to
harm," Clarke said.

But she was also quick to
note that men also have iden-
tity issues, given the fact that
their socialization continues to
emphasize ,.,r LiIn power
and control as core aspects of
"When power and aggres-
sion and control are combined
with lack of achievement tra-
ditionally defined, with
thoughtlessness and contempt
for society and with access to
guns, we reap the bitter har-
vest evident across the region.
"And so it is that women
and girls are not safe. And too
many young men are in harms
way and doing harm, she said
adding that the socialization
into restrictive and harmful
gender roles does not only
contribute to violence, it is
also deeply implicated in the
HIV epidemic in the
Caribbean," the UNIFEM
official said.
"Across the range of
socializing institutions, specific
ideas about the roles and
behavior of women, men, boys

and girls are promoted. For
boys and men, masculinity is
still associated with risk tak-
ing, with power and control,
with early sexual activity and
with multiple partnerships.
"For girls and women,
socio-economic dependency
whether expected or a conse-
quence of circumstances, inter-
feres or impedes the ability to
demand safe sexual practice."
Last year, U.N. Secretary
General Ban Ki Moon
launched the campaign "UNite
to End Violence against
Women", cognizant of that fact
that "violence against women is
never acceptable, never excusa-
ble, never tolerable." The seven
year campaign, stretching from
2008 to 2015 to coincide with
the target date for achieving the
Millennium Development
Goals (MDGs), calls on govern-
ments, civil society, women's
organizations, young people,
the private sector, the media
and the entire UN system to
join forces in addressing the
global pandemic of violence
against women and girls.

The overall objective of
the campaign is to raise public
awareness and increase politi-
cal will and resources for pre-

venting and responding to all
forms of violence against
women and girls.
Clarke said for UNIFEM,
two regional priorities are end-
ing violence against women
and halting and reversing the
spread of HIV and that the
support for CCWA brings
these two together in a coher-
ent way.
The CCWA, a broad
coalition of women from a
diversity of backgrounds
including Dr. Jean Ramjohn-
Richards the wife of Trinidad
and Tobago's President
George Maxwell Richards,
Governor General of St. Lucia
Dame Pearlette Louisy and
former Barbados Foreign
Minister Dame Billie Miller,
said there has been a growing
concern that existing AIDS
strategies have not adequately
addressed women's needs.
The CCWA said that its
mandate would also be to con-
vene and create linkages and
partnerships nationally and
regionally with women's rights
activists, HIV/AIDS activists,
and human rights community
as well as policy makers.


New weight-loss device offers gentler option for gastric surgery

alternatives, but its approach is
appealing for its simplicity and
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At Massachusetts General
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by gastroenterologist Lee
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miniature version of the sleeve
causes weight loss in rats
equivalent to a popular form
of gastric surgery in humans,
where food intake is restricted
by an adjustable band placed
around the top of the stomach.
"We aren't doing anything
to the stomach, so the patient
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Stuart Randle, president of GI
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patients given gastric bands
find ways to fulfill their crav-
ings for more calories.
"They can do a lot of cre-
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Kaplan's team also found
that the device caused a rapid
reversal of type II diabetes,
even before the weight loss
kicked in, thought to be the
result of changes in neural and
hormonal signals sent from the
gut. This also happens in
patients given a gastric bypass,
in which the gut is re-plumbed
to miss out a large part of the

stomach and part of the small
The weight loss triggered
by the device is larger than can
be explained simply through
reduced absorption of nutri-
ents, Kaplan adds. So that, too,
seems to be driven mainly by
changes to gut physiology.
Around 150 people have
tested the device, with similar
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Randle says the total cost of
the EndoBarrier, including
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least $20,000 for a gastric
More extensive trials will
be needed to ensure the device
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in the gut for long periods, says
David Flum, who studies the
outcomes of gastric surgery at
the University of Washington,
Seattle. But if the studies prove
successful, many more obese
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Disappointing T&T lose 3-0 to U.S.

in vital World Cup soccer qualifier


NASHVILLE, Tennessee -
The C(rih'Ibiin s last hope of a
place at soccer's biNsIl tour-
nament suffered a huge set-
back early this month when
Trinidad and Tobago was
defeated 3-0 by the United
States at LP
Field here.
A hat trick
of goals by 19-
year-old Jozy
scored in the
13th, 71st and
89th minutes,
helped the Altidore
U.S. cruise to
an important
win in the final round of CON-
CACAF World Cup qualifiers
and moved the Americans to
the top of the six team group.
After three rounds of
games, the U.S. has seven
points. T&T, with two, is tied
for last place in the group with
El Salvador. Costa Rica (six),
Honduras (four) and Mexico
(three) also trail the U.S.
Each team has seven more

qualifying games to play. The
top three group finishers will
advance to the 2010 FIFA
World Cup in South Africa.
The fourth place team will play
one from South America for a
chance to snatch a late berth.

Yet the Soca Warriors,
who qualified for the last
World Cup finals in 2006, will
have much work to do to
ensure a repeat next year.
Against the U.S., T&T hardly
seemed up to the task and
players later admitted that the
team did not put on a quality
show for its hundreds of sup-
porters among the 27,959
"It's a huge disappoint-
ment," said regular captain
and '06 World Cup veteran
Dwight Yorke, who did not
play due to suspension. "We
didn't compete. People tried,
but clearly it wasn't good
The disappointment wasn't
any less for those who partici-
pated, all who understand that

Jamaica v. U.S. sprint duel in 2010

CMC The Caribbean com-
munity (CARICOM) has
saluted West Indies batting
star Shivnarine Chanderpaul
for his latest accolades, includ-
ing being given Guyana's third
highest national honor.
Guyana's government con-
ferred on the 34-year-old left-
hander, the Cacique Crown of
Honor last month for being
"an outstanding citizen and a
true role model for young per-
sons all around the world" and
CARICOM endorsed the
"On behalf of the entire
Caribbean community, I salute
you and wish you continued
success in the years ahead",
CARICOM stated in a con-
gratulatory letter to
Chanderpaul, signed by its
Secretary General Edwin
"The government and
people of Guyana have recog-
nized your excellence at the
national, regional and interna-
tional levels by conferring on
you the third highest national
The Cacique Crown of

Honor for Chanderpaul was
announced last month by
Guyana's President Bharrat
Jagdeo at a function at State
House in the city ahead of him

collecting Guyana's
2008 "Sportsman of
the Year" award
and having a street
named in his honor.
is the current world
number one in the
ICC Test batting
rankings and was
named World
Year at the presti-
gious ICC Awards
S ceremony in
.. J September last year.
S He was also named
in the 2008 ICC
World Test Team-
During the
voting period for the
2008 ICC Awards,
Chanderpaul played
eight Test matches,
scoring 819 runs at
an average of 91.00,
including three 100s
and six 50s, all of
which were against the top
seven teams in the world.

Series of dual chal-
lenge track meets, fea-
turing top sprinters
from arch rivals Jamaica and
the United States, will debut
in 2010 instead of this year,
according to a joint announce-
ment made by the Jamaica
Amateur Athletic Association
(JAAA) and USA Track and
Field (USATF) late last
The meets were originally
proposed by USATF for 2009,
but those plans were changed
as concerns were raised about
the packed athletics calendar
this year, including the IAAF
World Championships in
Athletics scheduled for
August, and the fact that most
of the aihlk i ,' schedules for
the year had already been set.
The "USA vs. Jamaica
Challenge Series" is now set
to launch in May/June 2010. It
will feature male and female
athletes in the 100, 200 and
400 meters; 100/110 meters
hurdles; long jump; and the

4x100, 4x400 and sprint med-
ley relays.

USATF's Chief Executive
Officer Doug Logan first pro-
posed the series last month.
"We feel the stars will be
aligned, literally and figura-
tively, next May and June for
this series to really take off,"
Logan said in a USATF press
"We look forward to tak-
ing on our American friends in
head-to-head competition in
2010," said JAAA President
Howard Aris.
The competition between
the U.S. and Jamaica was on
full display at the 2008
Olympic Games in China
where, collectively, U.S. and
Jamaica won 11 of 12 medals
in the 100 and 200 meters; 16
of 18 in the 100 through 200
meters; and five of six medals
in the 400 meters hurdles.

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T&T in, Jamaica booted out of Under 20 World Cup soccer

Trinidad and Tobago will be
the sole Caribbean represen-
tative at this year's FIFA
Under 20 World Cup soccer
finals in Egypt.
The young Soca Warriors
lost 2-1 to Honduras to finish
fourth in the CONCACAF

Championship last month in
T&T. The host nation had earli-
er lost 4-3 in a penalty shootout
against the United States after
the two teams played to a 0-0
draw in the semi-final.
However, T&T had
already earned an automatic

berth in the World Cup by fin-
ishing second in Group B of
the final round of qualifiers
behind eventual tournament
winner Costa Rica.
Jamaica, the other
Caribbean team in the final
qualifying round, which fea-
tured eight countries split into
two groups of four, finished
third in Group A, behind the
U.S. and Honduras.
Only the top two teams in
each group advanced to the

World Cup this September.
T&T started the final
round brightly, scoring a 1-0 win
over Canada, before drawing its
remaining two group matches
against Costa Rica (0-0) and
Mexico (2-2) to finish with five
points. Costa Rica topped the
group with seven points from
two wins and a draw.
Jamaica had mixed for-
tunes in Group A, losing 3-0
to the U.S., beating El
Salvador 2-1, before slumping

4-0 to Honduras. The young
Reggae Boyz finished with
three points, behind the U.S.
(seven) and Honduras (five).
Costa Rica beat the U.S. 3-
0 in the final to claim the CON-
CACAF Championship. The
U.S. team featured two players
- goalkeeper Sean Johnson and
midfielder/ defender Anthony
Wallace whose parents are
from Jamaica.

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Haiti has replaced Cuba
as one of the four
Caribbean teams set
to play in this summer's CON-
CACAF Gold Cup soccer
tournament in the United
Cuba, citing developmen-
tal concerns, withdrew from
the tournament last month.
Haiti won a draw over
Trinidad and Tobago to
become the fourth team from
the region.
The other Caribbean
teams are Grenada,
Guadeloupe and Jamaica,
which won the regional cham-

pionship in December.
The 2009 tournament will
be played in a record 13 dif-
ferent U.S. cities, beginning
with the first game on July 3
at the Home Depot Center in
Los Angeles, California, and
culminating with the July 26
final at Giants Stadium in
New Jersey.
"By expanding the Gold
Cup to 13 venues, it will give
fans more opportunity to
experience the championship
in person," CONCACAF
President Austin "Jack"
Warner said in a recent press
release by his organization.
"While 13 cities create
logistical challenges, we think
the benefits of reaching out to
more venues are clearly

worthwhile," added CONCA-
CAF General Secretary
Chuck Blazer. "The ability of
so many people to see nation-
al teams play we feel is well
worth the effort."
The tournament will use
the same format as in 2005
and 2007, with the 12-team
field divided into three, four-
team groups. The top two
teams from each group will
advance to the quarterfinals
along with the two best third-
place teams.
In addition to the four
Caribbean teams, Canada,
Mexico, the U.S., Panama,
Costa Rica, Honduras, El
Salvador and Nicaragua will
also play in Gold Cup 2009.

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Disappointing T&T lose 3-0 to U.S.

in vital World Cup soccer qualifier

the Soca Warriors represent
the C(ri hI.iin s final chance
for a spot in South Africa.
"I think we got what we
deserved tonight," said anoth-
er senior Soca Warrior Carlos
Edwards, who played the
entire game. "I think we
were below par.. .At the end
America came away with the
victory they richly deserved.
"It is a big setback," he
Yet the result could be a
huge launching pad for Altidore,
the man who dealt the stinging
blows to the C(.ril'hiin
chances. The teenaged striker
from New Jersey, whose parents
were born in Haiti, became the
youngest American to score
three goals in a game. All scores
came from assists by veteran
Landon Donovan, who Altidore
credited, along with the rest of
the U.S. team, for a dominant
overall performance and his own
"When the team plays well
individuals will shine,"
Altidore said.

The two countries will
next play qualifying matches in

June, but will not meet each
other again until Sept. 9 in
T&T. Altidore, who is having a
lukewarm start as a profession-
al club player in Europe, could
be even better by then. U.S.
coach Bob Bradley thinks the
maturing youngsters will be a
big part of the program.
"(Altidore) is starting to
establish himself in the group,"
Bradley said.
T&T will be hoping to do
the same among the teams
from the C(.rihIi..nii Central
and North America. The loss
to the U.S., which followed
disappointing draws against El
Salvador and Honduras, was
damaging. But the Soca
Warriors vowed to bounce
"So it's one we gotta take
on the chin," stand-in captain
Dennis Lawrence said after
the loss. "We've got to lick our
wounds and we've got to come
back strong."
"We're still in there," said
Yorke. "Lots of games to play.
We have to stay positive."

Gordon Williams is Caribbean
Today's managing editor.


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issued to foreign nation-
als who intend to remain
in the United States for a tem-
porary (less than permanent)
The period varies for dif-
ferent nonimmigrant classifica-
When a person is admitted
to the U.S., a government offi-
cial at a U.S. port of entry
examined his or her immigra-
tion documentation and, in
most cases, issued a Form 1-94,
"Arrival-Departure Record",
or Form 1-94W,
"Nonimmigrant Visa Waiver
Arrival-Departure Record".
The 1-94/I-94W shows the
person's nonimmigrant status
and the length of time he or
she can legally remain in the
U.S. The 1-94/I-94W shows
how long the person is permit-
ted to remain in the U.S., but
the nonimmigrant visa (if a visa
was issued) does not. A visa
only shows when and how
many times a person may seek
admission to the U.S. from
abroad, based on the classifica-
tion noted on the visa.

A person may apply for an
extension of stay in the U.S. if:
He or she was lawfully
admitted into the U.S. as a
He or she has not com-
mitted any act that makes he
or she ineligible to receive an
immigration benefit;
There is no other factor
that requires the person to
depart the U.S. prior to extend-
ing status (for example, a
USCIS officer may determine
that the person should obtain a
new visa prior extending his or
her status); and
A person submits an
application for an extension of
stay before the expiration date
on your Form 1-94. (There are
certain limited circumstances
under which USCIS will excuse
a late submission.)
An applicant's passport

must be valid for the entire
requested period of stay in the
If a person was admitted to
the U.S. in any of the following
nonimmigrant categories
shown on the 1-94, he or she
cannot extend that stay in the
U.S. and must depart the coun-
try on or before your 1-94
expires: C (alien in transit); D
(crewman); K-1 or K-2
(fianc6(e) or dependent of
fianc6(e)); S (witness or
informant beyond a total of
three years); TWOV (transit
without visa); or WT or WB
(visa waiver program you
would have been issued a
green Form 1-94W).
Application procedures for
an extension of stay depend on
a person's nonimmigrant status:
Employment-based cate-
gories: If a person is in one of
the following employment-relat-
ed categories, his or her
employer should file a Form I-
129, Petition for Nonimmigrant
Worker, before his or her Form
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traders and investors); H-1B, H-
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workers); L-1A or L-1B (intra-
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and Mexicans under the North
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South Florida will be hon-
ored for their positive
contributions to the Caribbean
nation and its diaspora at the
third annual "Community
Service Awards Ceremony and
Tea Party" on April 19 at
Parrot Jungle Island in down-
town Miami.
The event, hosted by the
Consulate General of Jamaica
for the southeastern United
States, will feature guest of
honor Sheryl Lee Ralph, a
Jamaican-born actress and
The honorees will be rec-
ognized for outstanding contri-
bution in the areas of culture,
civic, scholastic and profession-
al capacities in Jamaica and
South Florida, as well as
extraordinary achievements
throughout the past year.
Consul General Sandra
Grant Griffiths said the
Jamaica government will con-
tinue to acknowledge the com-
mitment of Jamaicans in the
diaspora and their contribution
over the years to the develop-
ment of their homeland, as
well as their respective com-

abroad. She
said in 2009
event will be
even more
meaningful .
with support
given to an
outstanding Ralph
while simultaneously recogniz-
ing honorees in this regard.
This year, the area of phil-
antrophy to be endorsed by
the consulate will be related to
HIV/AIDS education and
intervention projects.
Ralph has turned her
attention to programs benefit-
ing the fight against the dis-
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U.S. wants crackdown on Caribbean tax havens

when the United States econ-
omy is shaky, the Obama
administration has signaled its
intention to crack down on
lucrative tax havens, including
some in the Caribbean.
U.S. Treasury Secretary
Timothy Geithner said that
the administration will launch
an "ambitious" program to
crack down on companies that
use offshore jurisdictions to
avoid paying taxes.
"We're going to have a
much more ambitious effort to
deal with offshore tax havens,"
Geithner told a U.S. Senate
hearing last month, stating that
Americans should pay their
fair share of taxes rather than
trying to avoid them, "particu-
larly given the scale of the fis-
cal challenges we inherited."
A recently released
Congressional report found
that, in 2007, 83 of the 100
largest publicly-traded U.S.

companies had units in low-
tax or no-tax jurisdictions, like
the Cayman Islands.

Michigan Democratic
Senator Carl Levin, chairman
of the Senate Permanent
Subcommittee on Investigations,
which has delved into alleged tax
haven abuse for years, said he
hoped a bill he is sponsoring, and
similar legislation in the House of
Representatives, will stop banks
from helping wealth Americans
avoid paying taxes.
Levin said the Obama
administration's support for
the bill s, nd, a strong signal
to tax havens that this admin-
istration is not going to toler-
ate the kind of offshore tax
abuses that have been drain-
ing $100 billion-a-year from
the U.S. Treasury and that, as
a result, offload the tax bur-
den onto the backs of honest

Geithner said the Obama
administration supports the
tax haven legislation, which is
similar to a bill Barack
Obama co-
sponsored as a
other things,
the proposed
would close
certain tax
loopholes and Geithner
give U.S. regu-
lators the authority to take
special measures against for-
eign jurisdictions and financial
institutions that impede U.S.
tax enforcement. The proposal
also would treat foreign corpo-
rations managed and con-
trolled in the U.S. as domestic
corporations for income tax

Air Jamaica expands New York/Grenada service

MIAMI Air Jamaica is to
expand its service from New
York to Grenada in June,
after instituting a number of
cutbacks in February.
The financially-strapped
national flag carrier of Jamaica
is in the process of implement-
ing a major cost cutting exer-
cise that calls for the lay off of
staff, retirement of aircraft and
slashing of unprofitable routes.
However, officials said the
additional flights, which will
bring Air Jamaica's total week-
ly Grenada flights to four,
were necessary "in anticipa-
tion of the busy summer travel
L I t11 .I
Effective June 26, Air
Jamaica will add a Friday
flight to Grenada and a
Monday flight, effective July
13. The airline currently
operates two weekly non-stop
flights on Wednesday and
"The increase in service
to Grenada was made possi-
ble by close cooperation with
the minister of foreign affairs
and tourism through the
Grenada Board of Tourism

and members of the Grenada
Airlift Committee," said
George deMercado, Air
Jamaica's senior director,

The airline's current
schedule includes 218 weekly
flights to 13 destinations, with
service between Jamaica and
Toronto, New York (JFK),
Chicago (O'Hare), Baltimore,
Philadelphia, Orlando, Fort
Lauderdale, Curacao and
Nassau, as well as service
between New York and
Barbados and New York and
Effective February, Air
Jamaica ended a 40-year serv-
ice at Miami International
Airport (MIA), saying it was
the best option in the face of
the global economic crisis.
"Will we ever come back
to Miami? I can't say," said
Chief Executive Officer
Bruce Nobles in announcing
the termination of service,
which first began in 1969, at
Miami International Airport.
"The economy right now

is not in very good shape," he
said, while disclosing that
about 18 workers would be
let go at MIA.
"Not many people are
going on vacation, and we are
trying to put our resources in
the places where we have the
most strengths and where we
can make money."
Nobles said the Miami
service has not been prof-
itable in recent years, adding
that service will continue at
Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood
International Airport, where
four times as many passen-
gers use Air Jamaica.
Besides Miami, the airline
said it would also close its sta-
tions on several routes, includ-
ing Atlanta, Los Angeles and
Grand Cayman. Service
between Jamaica and Barbados
and Jamaica and Grenada has
also been affected.
Meanwhile, the Jamaica
government has announced
that the planned privatization
of the national flag carrier
has been put off until the end
of June.

...Winds up Barbados route

KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC -
Air Jamaica late last month
announced that it will suspend
its New York-Barbados route,
in a move to wind up its
Barbados operations.
Last year, Air Jamaica
recorded huge losses, with $16
million of the total being
attributed to the Bridgetown
The decision to terminate
service to the island is due to
take effect around the middle
of this month and follows an

earlier announcement by the
carrier that it was ending its
direct service between
Barbados and Jamaica.
At the same time, the car-
rier announced plans to
increase its overall schedule
to 246 weekly flights. This
includes New York-Grenada:
four weekly flights; Fort
Lauderdale-Jamaica: five
daily flights; New York-
Jamaica: four daily flights and
Toronto-Jamaica: daily serv-
ice, a company release said.

In recent months, the
financially-strapped national
flag carrier of Jamaica has
been busy making several
Direct services between
Jamaica and Barbados and
Jamaica and Grenada were
also terminated as part of a
major cost cutting exercise that
also calls for the lay off of staff
and retirement of aircraft.

FBI seeks Caribbean victims

of alleged fraudulent scheme

HOUSTON, Texas The
United States' Federal Bureau
of Investigation (FBI) says it is
seeking information from
Caribb.',n as well as other
investors in the Stanford
Financial Group (SFG), which
is accused of perpetrating a
multi-billion dollar internation-
al fraud scheme.
The FBI has identified the
companies, owned by Texan fin-
ancier Sir Allen Stanford, as
Stanford Capital Management,
the Stanford Group Company,
the Stanford Trust Company,
and the Antigua-based Stanford
International Bank (SIB) and
the Bank of Antigua. It also
said it was seeking to "identify
victims and determine the
extent of any potential fraud".

The FBI has established a
dedicated investor e-mail
address and an informational

telephone line. It is also
requesting that investors pro-
vide basic contact information,
along with details of invest-
ments with the SFG or its affil-
iates. The FBI is also asking
members of the public, if they
have "investigative informa-
tion that may aid the criminal
investigation," to submit that
On Feb. 17, the Securities
Exchange Commission (SEC)
filed a civil complaint against
group's owner, along with two
of his senior employees and
some of companies. The SEC
alleges that the executives per-
petrated an $8 billion invest-
ment swindle that involved
providing misleading informa-
tion about the safety of invest-
ments sold as "certificates of
JdL, 'ii and promising unreal-
istically high rates.

Confab focuses on economic downturn

CMC The impact of the global
economic slowdown is expected
to be a major talking point at an
upcoming Caribbean Tourism
Organization (CTO) conference
in Curacao.
Next month's Fifth
Tourism Human Resources
Conference will also discuss
other pressing matters affect-
ing the industry, including
tourism human resources
development, including creat-
ing hospitable experiences.
"Like the rest of the work-
force, tourism human
resources professionals have to
grapple with the impact of the
global economic meltdown,"
said CTO Director of Human
Resources Bonita Morgan.
"Therefore, it's important
that we explore strategies that

work in difficult times and
learn from each other's experi-
ences," she added.
The three-day event,
which has as its theme "Best
Practices for Creating a
Motivated and Productive
Tourism Wrkld'r.L is being
organized in collaboration with
the Curacao Tourism Board
and is expected to attract
tourism educators, trainers and
human resource professionals.
Hundreds of tourism relat-
ed jobs have been lost across
the Caribbean in recent
months as the financial crisis
has impacted business. The
Bahamas, St. Lucia and
Antigua and Barbuda have
been among the hardest hit in
terms of lost employment.

Jamaican Canadian billion-
aire Michael Lee-Chin has
dropped further down in
the ranking by Forbes
Magazine of the world's rich-
est people.
The list for 2009, which
was published last month,
showed Lee-Chin, who was
said to be worth $1.8 billion
last year, falling to 701st on
the list of billionaires. Lee-
Chin was last year ranked 667
out of the world's more than
1,000 billionaires.
This year, he barely made
it on the list of less than 800
persons. According to the
magazine, Lee-Chin, who is
the chairman of AIC Mutual
Funds based in Canada, has
seen assets under manage-

ment plunge by 42 percent
since investors started cashing
out due to the financial down-
Lee-Chin, 58, also owns
majority stakes in National
Commercial Bank Jamaica,
Total Finance in Trinidad and
Tobago, as well as Columbus
Communications, a cable
company based in Barbados.
His personal real estate port-
folio includes 250 acres of
beach-front property in Ocho
Rios, Jamaica and homes in
Canada and the United States.
Microsoft founder Bill
Gates has regained his title as
the richest man in the world,
with $40 billion.

Jamaican billionaire drops down

list of world's wealthiest people

April 2009

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Jamaican dogsledder overcomes doubts, fears in 1,000-mile arctic race


Jamaica has once again
made history this time
involving dog sled racing.
The little island of talented
and creative people just
earned another place on the
world stage with the help of
one humble young man.
Hailing from an island
known for its 90 degree tem-
peratures in the shade, 26-year
old Newton Marshall took
13th place out of a field
of 29 in a dogsled race that
stretched just over 1,000 miles
through the ice-cloaked arctic
region from Whitehorse
Yukon to Fairbanks, Alaska at
the peak of the winter season.
The famous Yukon Quest,
one of the most grueling races
in the world, takes the same
path as the old mail delivery
dogsledders of the 19th to
20th centuries and celebrates
the gold rush of the era that
brought thousands of prospec-
tors to the area. Marshall is
the first black man, and
the first Jamaican, to finish
the arduous winter race,
which began on Feb. 14.
A rookie, Marshall sur-
prised the pa k ', bringing
home his team of dogs in a
time of 11 days, 20 hours and
eight minutes after trekking
through four mountain ranges,
rough jungle ice, glaciers, and
miles and miles of 'sugar snow'.
"A lot of people didn't
think I was going to make it,"
an elated Marshall told
Caribbean Today recently.
"My coach said to me
'you have to finish this race,

scratching is not
an option.' I
kept that in my
head and I got a
lot of encour-
agement from
my family and
friends. And I
said to myself,
anything I start
I want to finish,
no matter
To prepare
for the race and
get acclimated
to the cold
Marshall got to
the Yukon
Valley in late
October, which
gave him time
for practice runs Marshall thanks
in the snow and 1,000-plus miler
adequate time to
interact with his team of 14

So, how did a Jamaican
get involved in this non-tradi-
tional sport? Enter Danny
Melville, founder and chair-
man of Chukka Caribbean
Adventures, a tourism-driven
enterprise based in Jamaica.
"The minute I heard that
there was such a thing as dry-
land dog sledding, I had an
epiphany and I said, we can
do this. I immediately thought
of the thousands of mongrels
roaming the streets in
Jamaica," an enthusiastic
Melville explained.
Despite the skeptics, even
among his family, Melville
barreled ahead, bringing his

one of the dogs for helping him complete the
unique idea to fruition. He
believed racing abroad would
be the perfect opportunity to
promote Jamaica, Chukka
Caribbean Adventures, and
the plight of street dogs. He
also loved the idea of giving
young Jamaicans a chance to
go abroad to become ambas-
sadors for Jamaica, promoting
the island's can-do attitude.
But the venture needed a
sponsor. Melville found a kin-
dred spirit in Jimmy Buffett, a
country singer and owner of
the Margaritaville franchise.
Seen as the 'godfather' of the
team, Buffett injected capital
that allowed the Jamaican dog
sled team and its mushers
(person who works with dogs)
to acquire equipment and
start training.

Marshall, a St. Ann native,
learned his skills from Devon
Anderson, a musher, avid
horseman and operations
manager at Chukka Caribbean
Adventures. Marshall, along
with fellow mushers Damian
Robb and Jermaine Burford
conduct dog sled tours at the
St. Ann property.

The dogs used on these
tours are stray dogs rescued
from the streets by the Jamaica
Society for the Prevention of
Cruelty to Animals (JSPCA).
Fed a special high calorie diet,
which includes mineral supple-
ments, these dogs are pam-
pered and trained to build
muscle and stamina. It is said
that these dogs live even
longer than the average animal
because of the extra care and
attention they receive. The
Alaskan Huskies used for the
races enjoy a high protein, high
fat diet of about 8,000 calories
per day to help them withstand
the Alaskan cold.
"I am very close to the
dogs," Marshall explained.
"You get a sense of when
they want to run and if they
are uncomfortable. You must
have a special connection with
the dogs. If you don't have
that, the dogs will fail, espe-
cially running this race...I
spend a lot of time talking to
my dogs. When they wag their
tails I know that I am going to
have a good run. You can feel
the energy of your dogs."
The young musher has
never competed in any other
sport, not even soccer or

cricket, which are traditional
pasttimes in the Caribbean.
"I never did anything
much except for this crazy
race," he said laughing, adding
"I felt really happy just to be
at the finish line."

Marshall crossed the fin-
ish line in Fairbanks, Alaska
at 6:26 a.m. on Feb. 26.
"It was overwhelming,"
said Melville. "Tears came to
my eyes."
Remarking that compet-
ing in the Yukon Quest was
one of the toughest things he
has had to do, Marshall
revealed that it was music,
specifically Buju Banton's
"All Will Be Fine", that
helped keep his mind steady.
Fighting off sleep and halluci-
nations, the musher sang
along the trail.
"I felt the love in that
song," he said. "It made me
feel stronger."
Marshall will now focus
on his next race, scheduled for
Mar. 2010 in Anchorage,
Alaska the Iditarod Dog
Sled Race, which also covers
1,000 miles. Armed with the
love for his dogs and a gentle
determination, expect him at
the front of the pack.
"Once you are positive
and stay focused, nothing can
go wrong, no matter what
anybody says," he said.

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

Sunday Apnril
Palm Sunday Lilurg) and Procession
Easter Cantata
Festival Choir, Guest Soloists and Organisi

Monday, April 6
Holy Eucharist

Tuesday. April 7
Holy Eucharist

Wednesday, April 8
Service of Tenebrae

Thursday, April 9, Maundy Thursday
Seder Supper
Holy Euchanst. Stripping of the Altar

Frida.. April 10
Good Friday Meditations

Saturda.. April 11
Easter Vigil

Sunday Apnl 12
Easter Day
Festival Eucharist

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