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A senior
official in
United States
i administration
says Cuba g
has agreed to month, the United
resume talks
with Washington on immigration Stateswillimple
and direct mail that were sus- ment laws requiring
pended under former U.S. alltravelers
President George W. Bush, page 3. entering the U.S.
rom the Caribbea
Miramar City h'nada and Mexico
Commissioner to show passports
Barnes dis- approved travel
cusses the documents to U.S.
fall of fellow stoms and Border
Jamaican- Protection, page 2.
born politician
Salesman, who
was convicted on a gun charge in
Florida, and its possible impact on
the Caribbean American commu-
nity in the U.S., page 9.

"Barrel children". The term elic- Eint w r ko a u
its a myriad of emotions amongaB u n a a ed
Caribbean people. It is a label soo
borne out of disrupted family
relationships as one parent or b y s a e 8 m0
the other leaves the region to N i g et I J i"=
make a better way for those left h i r em o a s ad ,
behind. The connection or the o a se ae r as
lack of it is explored in an art
exhibition in Fort Lauderdale,
page 11.

Feature .........................7.
Viewpoint .......................9.

Arts/Entertainment ..............11
Caribbean American Heritage
M onth ......................... 13

Sport .......................... 15
Local/FYI ...................... 17
Health ......................... 18

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Jamaican-born former city commissioner jailed in U.S.

MIAMI, Florida A
Jamaican-born, ex-commis-
sioner for a city in southern
Florida was sentenced to 30
days in jail and a year on pro-
bation after being convicted in
a firearms charge.
Last month, a Broward
County jury convicted Fitzroy
Salesman, 52, a former
Miramar commissioner, of a
misdemeanor firearms charge,
but acquitted him of a felony
count that could have sent
him to prison for three years.
Salesman was charged
with aggravated assault with a
firearm after prosecutors said
he drew his gun inside a super-
market during a confrontation
with another shopper in Nov.
2007. He was found guilty of
the lesser offense of improper-
ly exhibiting a firearm.

St. Luci

LONDON, England, CMC -
A St. Lucian woman who
allegedly tried to sneak cocaine
into the United Kingdom by
placing it under her wig was
one of three persons traveling
from the Caribbean who were
nabbed by authorities for sus-
pected drug smuggling late last
The U.K. Border Agency
(UKBA) said Chermisa Lisa
Daniel, 32, was detained at
Gatwick Airport after arriving
from a flight from her home-
land on May 31. UKBA said
she was found with one kilo-

Salesman said he drew the
weapon after being confront-
ed by Lazavius Hudson, 19,
during an argument over
Hudson's choice of checkout


lines. He said Hudson threat-
ened him by saying, "let's take
it outside."

Salesman could have been
sentenced up to 364 days in
the Broward County jail for
the conviction.
Florida Governor Charlie
Crist suspended Salesman from
the Miramar City Commission
when he was first charged with
the felony. Salesman lost his
bid for re-election since the
charges were filed against him.
Salesman has said he
wouldn't rule out running for
elected office again some day.
"It's a calling," he said.
"But first, I have to put the
pieces back together."

Jamaican-born Miramar City
Commissioner Winston
Barnes discusses the fallout
from Salesman's conviction,
Viewpoint, page 9.

an woman allegedly

cocaine under her wig

gram of the drug worth an esti-
mated $66,247 in her possession.
Daniel is scheduled to
appear in court on June 10.
Mack Andrew Hamilton
Graham, 28, also of St. Lucia
was detained by UKBA offi-
cers on May 30 after arriving
on a flight from Barbados,
while a London woman,
Alisha Youngblood, was held
after disembarking a flight
from Jamaica.
Graham was allegedly
found with two kilograms of
cocaine with an estimated
street value of $132,494. He is

also due in court on the same
day as Daniel.
Peter Avery, the assistant
director of criminal investiga-
tion at Her Majesty's Revenue
and Customs, said British
authorities are serious about
thwarting efforts to traffic nar-
cotics across their borders.
"Our investigators and
their U.K. Border Agency col-
leagues have demonstrated
that we are determined to
stop Class A drugs reaching
our streets," he said.

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MIAMI, Florida Roman
Catholic priest, Father Gerard
Jean-Juste, a prominent spiri-
tual and political leader in the
Haitian community in South
Florida has died. He was 62.
Ira Kurzban, a Miami
attorney who represented
Jean-Juste's Haitian Refugee
Center in several lawsuits
against the United States gov-


ernment, said he died on the
evening of May 27 at Miami's
Jackson Memorial Hospital
following a stroke.
"The Haitian American
community has lost a visionary
and a central figure who
helped to establish the Haitian
community in South Florida.

June 2009

New passport rules for travelers

re-entering U.S. from Caribbean

States authorities this month
began implementing laws
requiring all travelers entering
the country to possess a valid
The U.S. Department of
State and the Homeland
Security Department said the
new rules were part of the
Western Hemisphere Travel
Initiative, which mandates that
"all Canadian and American
citizens entering the United
States from Canada, Mexico
or the Caribbean must show
passports or approved travel
documents to U.S. Customs
and Border Protection".
Previously, a photo identi-
fication or driver's license was
Caribbean countries had
earlier indicated that the new
measure would severely affect
their tourism sectors.
Approved travel docu-
ments include a regular pass-
port, a new passport card, a
IruiLd traveler" card or an
"enhanced driver's l. L n 1
proving citizenship of every
traveler over the age of 16.

The new travel require-
ments are part of a wider ini-
tiative outlined by the George

W. Bush administration in the
aftermath of the September
11, 2001, terrorist attacks on
the U.S. For years, Americans
who visited Mexico, Canada
and the Caribbean were
exempt from presenting iden-
tity papers at U.S. borders and
Effective June 1, U.S. citi-
zens returning by land or sea
from those countries will need
passports or other secure
identification, unless travelers
are youngsters or on certain

exempt cruises.
Homeland Security
Secretary Janet Napolitano
said some Americans were
unaware of the new require-
ments or may have forgotten
to get the necessary docu-
"We'll work with them at
the border," she said.

"They (have) lost a friend
whose arms and heart were
always open," he said, adding
that the death was unrelated
to the leukemia that he was
treated for three years ago.
Marliene Bastien, execu-
tive director of Haitian Women
of Miami, said Jean-Juste, a
liberation theologist, was "an
icon, someone who gave him-
self wholly, selflessly to others
without any need to."
She described him as
the gr aL Li champion of
refugees' who fought tirelessly
for the rights of immigrants.
"He showed that we, as a
country, could do better in
the way we treat people who
leave their native land to come

Jean-Juste was an ardent
supporter of ousted Haitian
President Jean-Bertrand
Aristide and his Fanmi
Lavalas Party.
"This terrible, terrible
news [is] a big loss for us," said
Maryse Narcisse, a Lavalas
leader and spokeswoman for
Aristide, who resides in exile

Prominent Haitian priest

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Cuba, U.S. agree to resume

immigration, direct mail talks

United States says Cuba has
agreed to resume talks with
Washington on immigration
and direct mail.
A senior official in U.S.
President Barack Obama's
administration said on May 31
that the Cuban government
had expressed interest in
resuming the talks that were
suspended under former
President George W. Bush.
Speaking on the condition
of anonymity, the official told
reporters in Washington that
Havana "would like to resume
migration talks (and) engage
in talks on direct mail service.
"We and the Cubans have
to determine a mutually con-
venient place and time," he

The official also indicated
that Cuba would like to
"explore areas of additional
dialogue" on counter-narcotics,
counter-terrorism, hurricane
and disaster preparedness
response, among others.
In May, the Obama
administration proposed the
resumption of migration talks
between both countries that
had been conducted every two

years until Bush suspended
them in 2003. A month earlier,
Obama eased travel and
money transfer restrictions on
Cuban Americans with rela-
tives in the Spanish-speaking
Caribbean country. Obama
has also been under enormous
pressure, primarily from


Caribbean and Latin
American countries, to lift the
decades-old economic and
trade embargo against
"These talks are part of
our effort to forge a new way
forward on Cuba that
advances the interests of the
United States, the Cuban peo-
ple and our entire hemi-

NEW YORK New York City
has settled a wrongful death
lawsuit with the family of a
Jamaican psychiatric patient
who died last summer on a
hospital floor in Brooklyn for
$2 million.
The IlJ 11 Ill was
signed on May 27 in Brooklyn
Supreme Court before Justice
Allen Hurkin-Torres. It came
11 months after Esmin Green,
49, collapsed and died at the
sprawling Kings County
Hospital Center.
"To anyone who saw the
video clip, it was clear this was
a horrible, wrongful and negli-
gent act," said Stanford
Rubenstein, the lawyer repre-
senting Green's Jamaican-
born daughter Tecia Harrison,
who had filed the lawsuit
against the city for negligence.
"What remains most
important to this family is the
criminal culpability for those
responsible for what hap-
pened and those who attempt-
ed to cover it up, which con-
tinues, after all this time, to
remain under investigation
by the New York City
Department of Investigation,"
Rubenstein added.
"In no way does this set-
tlement affect that investiga-

tion, and the family remains
adamant in its demands that
anyone who committed a
criminal act with regard to the
death of Esmin Green or the
attempt to cover it up be pros-

G reen

ecuted criminally to the full
extent of the law."

Alan D. Aviles, president
of the Health and Hospitals
Corporation that oversees 11
municipal hospitals, including
Kings County Hospital
Center, said the settlement
"is not meant to put a value
on a life and the loss of a
loved one," adding: "That
remains priceless."
Green's death was cap-

tured on video, showing that
hospital staffers ignored her
for hours.
Green, who had a history
of mental illness, had been
taken to the psychiatric emer-
gency room on June 18 last
year. Reports say she may
have been sitting in the wait-
ing room for nearly a day,
including an hour during
which she lay on the floor.
An autopsy determined
she had a fatal blood clot in
her lung caused by "physical
The city Department of
Investigation said it is looking
into whether hospital staffers
falsified Green's medical
records. A medical chart says
Green was "sitting quietly in
the waiting room" at 6:20
a.m., but the video shows she
was dead on the floor.
"The family wants anyone
who committed a criminal act
with regard to this act to be
prosecuted," Rubenstein

Green's death came amid
mounting concern over psy-
chiatric service at the Kings

June 2009

N.Y. settles lawsuit in wrongful death

of Jamaican hospital patient for $2M


U.N. names Bill Clinton special

Nations Secretary General
Ban Ki-Moon has officially
appointed former United States
President Bill Clinton as the
U.N. special envoy for Haiti.
Ban said he hopes Clinton
will attract private and govern-
ment investment and aid for the
poorest country in the Western
Hemisphere, building on his
extensive engagement Haiti.
"I am confident that
President Clinton will bring ener-
gy, dynamism and focus to the
task of mobilizing international
support for Haiti's economic
recovery and reconstruction,"
said the U.N. secretary general.
Ban and Clinton joined
forces to help Haiti when they
visited the French speaking
country in March "to raise
awareness of efforts to help its
people and government bolster
their economic security," the
U.N. said.

Haiti suffered a string of


severe setbacks last year, and
was deeply affected by the rise in
global food and oil prices. In
addition, the country was devas-
tated by four successive storms
last year, leaving 800 people
dead and another million either
homeless or badly affected.
"It is an honor to accept
the secretary general's invita-
tion to become special envoy
to Haiti," Clinton said.
As special envoy, the U.N.

envoy for Haiti
said Clinton will support the
efforts of the Haitian authorities
to "jumpstart sustainable social
and economic development.
"He will focus attention
on the importance of new part-
nerships and efforts among the
private sector, civil society, and
donors, as well as strengthen
local capacity, and create a
more stable and prosperous
future for the children of
Haiti", the U.N. stated.
Clinton said Haiti is "better
positioned to make progress for
all its people than at any time"
since he first visited the country
in 1978. He is no stranger to the
U.N., having previously served
as the U.N. special envoy for
Tsunami Recovery after the
2004 Indian Ocean earthquake.
In April, international
donors pledged $324 million,
including $57 million from the
U.S., to help in Haiti's rebuild-
ing efforts.

N.Y. settles lawsuit in wrongful death of Jamaican hospital patient for $2M

County Hospital Center, the
only mental health provider
for many poor people in
Brooklyn. In May 2007, the
New York Civil Liberties
Union filed a lawsuit alleging
abuse and neglect of psychi-
atric patients at the hospital,
and that December, the
United States Department of
Justice began an investigation.
In February this year, the
authorities issued a scathing 58-
page report that found other

problems, including that
patients were not treated for
suicidal behavior, were routine-
ly subdued with physical
restraints and drugs instead of
receiving individualized psychi-
atric treatment, and were fre-
quently abused by other
patients. The report found that
conditions at the psychiatric
unit were "highly dangerous
and require immediate atten-
It also concluded that in
at least three cases, including
Green's, employees falsified

records to hide their neglect.
Green had migrated from
Jamaica in the late 1990s to
earn money for her six chil-
dren back home. A devout
churchgoer, she had worked
caring for the elderly and
helping at a day care center
for children, before she lost
her job. She suffered from
depression, authorities said.
Rubenstein described the
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'Be prepared', U.S. experts warn

Caribbean as storm season begins

rI nhe 2009 Atlantic hurri-
cane season officially
started June 1 with
weather forecasters predicting a
near-normal six-month period.
But Caribbean countries
were warned that, as with any
season, they need to be pre-
pared for the possibility of a
storm hitting home.
In its initial outlook for
the 2009 Atlantic hurricane
season, the United States-
based National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration
(NOAA) had indicated a 50
percent probability of a near-
normal season, a 25 percent
probability of an above-nor-
mal season and a 25 percent
probability of a below-normal
"Global weather patterns
are imposing a greater uncer-
tainty in the 2009 hurricane
season outlook than in recent

SL~., the NOAA stated,
noting that forecasters were
indicating a 70 percent chance
of having nine to 14 named
storms, of which four to seven
could become hurricanes,
including one to three major
"This outlook is a guide
to the overall expected sea-
sonal activity. However, the
outlook is not just about the
numbers, it's also about taking
action," said Dr. Gerry Bell,
lead seasonal hurricane fore-
caster at NOAA's Climate
Prediction Center.
"Prepare for each and
every season regardless of the
seasonal outlook. Even a
near- or below-normal season
can produce land falling hurri-
canes, and it only takes one
land falling storm to make it a
bad season."

prisoners, and move toward
democratic reform," Clinton

The OAS' Permanent
Council last month agreed to
create a working group to try
to find a consensus text for the
re-admission of Cuba. The
agreement came after the U.S.,
in a surprise move, said it was
willing to re-admit Cuba in the
Washington-based organiza-
tion, a sudden reversal of its
long-standing opposition.

sphere," said U.S. Secretary of
State Hillary Clinton ahead of
the Organization of American
States (OAS) summit in
Honduras earlier this month,
where Cuba's re-admission
into the hemispheric body was
expected to be discussed.
"These talks are in the
interests of the United States
and also in the interests of the
Cuban people," she added.
"At the same time, we
will continue to press the
Cuban government to protect
basic rights, release political

Prominent Haitian priest dies in Miami

in South Africa.
Jean-Juste was jailed
twice in Haiti for his protest
actions, demanding the return
of Aristide after a 2004 violent
revolution and attack on gov-
ernment corruption.
"He's going to be missed a
whole lot, and he's going to be
remembered in a very positive
way even by some of his detrac-
tors," said Yvon Neptune, a for-
mer prime minister under
Aristide, who exchanged notes
with Jean-Juste from adjacent jail
cells after both were arrested by
the interim government of
Gerard Latortue.
"Especially in the 1980s,
he was very instrumental in
having the U.S. government
consider the case of the
Haitian refugees," Neptune
said, adding that the former
priest had been involved in
social work "not only in help-
ing the Haitians solve their
legal problems but in helping

them in many ways."

In 1971, Jean-Juste became
the first Haitian to be ordained as
a priest by the Catholic Church
in the U.S. He described the U.S.
g I\ L rnlk n111i' policy towards the
Haitian "boat people" as "heart-
less, racist, and criminal."
In 1980, he launched The
Haitian Refugee Center Inc. in
Miami as an independent agency,
and in that same year, U.S.
District judge James Lawrence
King ruled that the Immigration
and Naturalization Service (INS)
had systematically discriminated
against Haitian refugees by issu-
ing sweeping deportation orders.
The judge told the agency
to conduct new hearings for
5,000 Haitian refugees.
Mary Ross Agosta, a
spokesperson for the Miami
Catholic archdiocese, called
Jean-Juste "a voice of the
poor, both here and in Haiti."

Cuba, U.S. agree to resume

immigration, direct mail talks

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Nine Haitians die in smuggling

operation 'gone wrong'

MIAMI, Florida The United
States Coast Guard confirmed
that nine migrants, all believed
to be Haitians, were found
dead in waters off South
Florida last month.
The Coast Guard said 16
survivors were adrift for more
than 10 hours before they
were rescued in what is being
described as "a smuggling
operation gone wrong".
It said the migrants were
part of an apparent operation
that set off from Bimini in The
Bahamas in a vessel carrying 30
people, including children and
one pregnant woman. The
Coast Guard said the over-
loaded boat sank around 2 a.m.
May 13, but it did not learn
about the incident until 10 hours
later, when a passing boater
spotted three passengers in the
water about 15 miles from
Boynton Beach, near Miami.
The Coast Guard said the
discovery triggered a massive
and dramatic air-and-boat res-
cue at sea.
Chief Warrant Officer
James Mullinax said three of
the survivors were taken
ashore after a doctor aboard
the Cormorant decided they
required immediate attention

at a hospital. At least one per-
son died in the hospital.
Coast Guard Captain Jim
Fitton said the boat was
"obviously overloaded" and
that authorities believe the
boat was being used to smug-
gle Haitians into the U.S.
Coast Guard officials said
there has been a recent
upsurge in the number of
Haitians caught at sea. Nearly
1,400 have been apprehended
since last October, up from 972
during the same seven-month
period a year ago, it said.
Duty Officer Sergeant
Alexander Bannister of The
Royal Bahamas Police Force
in Nassau said his force was
also investigating the incident.
Sergeant Yvonne Cacioli,
of the marine unit of the Palm
Beach County Sheriff's office,
said her unit was among the
first to arrive after the migrants
were spotted. She said people
were found scattered across the
water along with shards of boat
debris, adding that survivors
were dehydrated, exhausted
and "in total shock.
"The ones who were able
to hold on, thank goodness we
could get to them," Cacioli said.

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Major religious group launches campaign

seeking refugee status for Haitians in U.S.

religious organization in the
United States has launched a
campaign urging President
Barack Obama to grant
refugee status to thousands of
undocumented Haitians.
The Washington-based
American Friends Service
Committee (AFSC), a
Religious Society of Friends
(Quaker) affiliated organiza-
tion, has appealed to Obama
to reverse the George W.
Bush administration's position
and grant temporary protec-
tion status (TPS) to Haitians.
"Given the devastating
and overwhelming conditions
in Haiti, TPS is the most
immediate form of humanitari-
an assistance the United States
government can provide," said
AFSC last month, noting that
the U.S. government has grant-
ed TPS to nationals from other
countries "that face significant
hardship and suffering".
AFSC identified among
those countries Sudan,
Liberia, Somalia, Bosnia-
Herzegovina, El Salvador and
Guatemala, due to political
unrest, and Honduras and
Nicaragua after devastation
by Hurricans Mitch in 1998.
"The Bush administration,

however, was adamant in its
refusal to grant the same sta-
tus to Haitians", the group
stated, adding, "one has to


wonder why".
AFSC noted that storms
and hurricanes in Haiti have
left scores of people dead, an
estimated one million families
and children homeless and
destroyed local crops needed
for food.
It said presently 70 per-
cent of the Haitian people are
unemployed, while others still
wait for relief and assistance.
"Deporting Haitians in
the United States by not
granting TPS aggravates the

political, economic, social and
humanitarian crisis", the
group stated.
Ninaj Raoul, founder and
executive director of the New
York-based Haitian Women
for Haitian Refugees, said it
would be fair for the estimated
30,000 Haitians who face
deportation because of their
immigration status, to get TPS.
"They certainly meet the
standards," she said.
"It' hard to know what's
going to happen with the TPS,
because it seems that this
administration is, above all,
focused on border enforce-

In April, Secretary of
State Hillary Clinton, en route
to the Fifth Summit of the
Americas in Trinidad and
Tobago, said in Haiti that the
U.S. was considering granting
TPS to illegal Haitians.
"We are looking carefully
at the policy, which we inherit-
ed," she said.
"And we are going to be
considering how best (for
those) who are here to contin-
ue to have those resources,"


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added Clinton, who held dis-
cussions April 16 with Haitian
President Rend Preval.
Clinton, however, cau-
tioned that Washington did
not want to encourage other
Haitians to make the danger-
ous journey across the water.
"People who were there
before President Obama
became president would be eli-
gible," she said, adding: "People
who came after would not be."

But Haitian advocates say
Washington is not moving fast
enough. Consequently, they
have increased pressure on the
Obama administration to grant
TPS to Haitians, with Preval
among immigration advocates
and U.S. lawmakers urging the
president to act faster.
Two prominent U.S.
Democratic senators Charles
Schumer of New York, chair-
man of the Senate
Subcommittee on
Immigration, Refugees and
Border, and Patrick Leahy of
Vermont, chairman of the
Senate Judiciary Committee -

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St. Vincent elected to U.N. organizations

Vincent and the Grenadines
has been elected to two
organizations within the
United Nations.
Ambassador Camillo
Gonsalves said the island had
been elected to serve on the
Commission on Crime
Prevention and Criminal Justice
and the Executive Board of the
International Research and
Training Institute for the
Advancement of Women.
The elections took place
during last month's organiza-
tional session of the 54-mem-
ber U.N. Economic and Social
Council (ECOSOC).
"The election to these
two critical bodies represents
another facet of St. Vincent
and the Grenadines' active
foreign policy," Gonsalves
told the Caribbean Media
Corporation (CMC).
"In seeking election to
pivotal governance and organ-
isational bodies within the
international community, St.
Vincent and the Grenadines is
able to bring its unique per-
spectives to bear on the shap-
ing of policy in matters of par-
ticular interest to Vincentians


and the wider Caribbean.
"Along with the diplo-
matic outreach to friendly
countries, this institutional
activity is a critical pillar of
the Vincentian foreign poli-
cy," he added.

The Commission on Crime
Prevention and Criminal
Justice, based in Austria, is a
subsidiary body of the United
Nations Office on Drugs and
Crime. Its four mandated pri-
ority areas are: international
action to combat national and
trans national crime, promot-
ing the role of criminal law in
protecting the environment;

crime prevention in urban
areas, including juvenile crime
and violence; and improving
the efficiency and fairness of
criminal justice administration
St. Vincent and the
Grenadines' three-year term
on the Commission on Crime
Prevention and Criminal
Justice begins on Jan. 1, 2010.
The Executive Board of
the International Research and
Training Institute for the
Advancement of Women,
based in New York, is the lead-
ing United Nations Institute
devoted to research, training
and knowledge management
in partnership with govern-
ments, the U.N. System, civil
society and academia "to
achieve gender equality and
women's. imp< \\ rim i. iii. The
island's three-year term on the
10-member Executive Board
also begins on Jan. 1, 2010.
Gonsalves said St. Vincent
and the Grenadines was unsuc-
cessful in fielding a candidate
for the International Narcotics
Control Board, missing the
final slot by three votes.
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Stanford was U.S. informant BBC

LONDON, England -
American-born Sir Allen
Stanford, who became a citi-
zen of Antigua and Barbuda
and has been accused of being
at the center of a multi-billion
dollar fraud scheme, has found
himself the target of fresh alle-
The British Broadcasting
Corporation (BBC) reported
that according to its sources,
Sir Allen, 59, was an informer
for the United States Drug
Enforcement Administration
(DEA) and that he cooperat-
ed with the agency to track
money laun-
dering by
American -
drug cartels.
That helped
spare him ear-
lier because
he was an
informant of Stanford
the U.S. gov-
The claims were made in
the weekly investigative televi-
sion program, Panorama: The
Six Billion Dollar Man, which
aired last month. The program
claims some U.S. officials were
aware of Sir Allen's links to
cartel for nearly two decades,
dating back to 1990.
"Sources told Panorama
that if he was a paid anti-drug
informer, that could explain
why a 2006 probe into his
financial dealings was quietly

dropped," the BBC reported.

Panorama, which prides
itself as the world's longest
running investigative television
show, said there is "strong evi-
dence" that the businessman
was a "confidential agent" for
the DEA and that he turned
over details of money launder-
ing by clients from Colombia,
Mexico and Ecuador.
The Securities and
Exchange Commission (SEC)
filed civil charges against the
investor and financier of the
glitzy Stanford Twenty20
cricket tournaments, alleging
that he perpetrated a $8 billion
investment fraud "of shocking
magnitude" using his Antigua-
based Stanford International
Bank. However, no criminal
charges have been filed against
the principal of the Stanford
Group of Companies.
Sir Allen has vigorously
denied any wrong doing and
has vowed to clear his name.
"I would die and go to
hell if it is a Ponzi scheme," he
said in an earlier interview.
"It's no Ponzi."
He has also insisted that
involvement with drug cartels
"is something absolutely for-
eign to everything in my body."

Information obtained from

have been among many writ-
ing Obama, expressing deep
concern about the status of
Haitians in the U.S. They said
that Haitians "may be in dan-
ger of being prematurely
returned to their homeland,
despite its devastation from
four recent hurricanes and
tropical storms.
"Because the country -
the poorest in the Western
Hemisphere is still reeling
from the impacts of these
storms, we urge you to extend
Temporary Protected Status
for Haitian nationals currently
residing in the United Siii, ,
they wrote.
The National Association
for the Advancement of
Colored Peoples (NAACP),
the largest civil rights organiza-
tion in the U.S., has also joined
a chorus of calls on Washington
to grant TPS to undocumented
Haitians. The NAACP said it
"strongly supports" legislation
introduced in the U.S. House of
Representatives by Florida
Democratic Congressman
Alcee Hastings to grant TPS to

Major religious group launches campaign

seeking refugee status for Haitians in U.S.


F nT U R 6

Cariboh.u t Silver lining: T&T star Thompson has no regrets finishing second to Bolt

nthe hoopla that surrounded
the triple gold medal and
world record-breaking per-
formances by Jamaica's Usain
Bolt at the 2008 Olympic
Games, some forget that other
Caribbean,, athletes shone as well
in Beipg. Trinidad and
Tobago's Richard Thompson
who finished second to Bolt in
the 100 meters final and was part
of T& T's il ,' medal-winning
4x100 meters relay team, was
among them. Caribbean Today's
Managing Editor Gordon
Williams caught up with the
United States-based Thompson
last month in Kingston following
his appearance at the Jamaica
International Invitational (III).
That meet was part of his prepa-
ration for this summer's IAAF
World ( I.'m.'pi.-,- .-./I.q in
Athletics in Berlin, Germany.
The following is an edited ver-
sion of that interview:

Q: Where are you now, in rela-
tion to where you want to be
come August at the World
Championships in Athletics?
A: Well, the thing is last year
at this time I was well ahead of
where I am right now...I got
into an accident January 1st
and that set me back in my
training about a month...I1
think I'm ahead of where a lot
of people expected me to be.

I'm ahead of where I expected
to be at this point...By the
time Berlin rolls around...I'm
gonna be ready.

Q: What did the accident actu-
ally do to you, physically?
A: I got a bad whiplash. My
neck was giving me problems
for a very long time. Lower
back was hurting. I still have
marks on my knee from the
accident. My knee was hurting
really badly as well as my inner

Q: What was your first reaction
when you heard of Bolt's acci-
dent in Jamaica, did it bring
back any memories?
A: Yeah, it certainly did
because you know I kinda
traced back to January 1st
when it happened to me. Now
Usain. We're both very fortu-
nate to have been in a com-
plete wreck where the car was
a write-off and still be able to
walk out of it. I think it's really
a blessing that Usain is still
here. It would have been really
bad for this sport, and for him
as a person...I think he still has
room for improvement and,
you know, taking the sport to
another level. So I'm really
glad to know that he's O.K.

Q: Bolt is obviously a rival on

T&T's Thompson finishes second to Bolt in the Olympic 100 meters final.

the track...
A: Right, and, you know, I
think in this sport, or any
sport, anyone who is very com-
petitive who wants to win they
should see lih ImsNL% ,s as being
the best someday. You know,
you're being realistic about
your goals, and I'm a realist. I
won't step into a competition
and say 'Hey, I'm gonna beat
Bolt today or beat Bolt tomor-
row'. It may not happen this
year...But if he's in any kind of
shape that he was in last year, I
don't think there is anyone in
the world who is capable of
beating him.. .But who knows,
by 2012 (Olympic Games in

London), maybe someone else
will emerge. Maybe...I will be
able to beat him, especially
2012 because that's the goal.
Everyone wants the gold
medal, so...I don't think on my
best day and his best day that I
would be able to beat him.

Q: Coming into JII it's
announced that Bolt is not
running...How does it feel to
be the next in line, everybody
is looking to you, right?
A: Right. Well I understand
that and when you're in a posi-
tion like that it's definitely an
honor. It's something that you
work for. You want your name

to be mentioned in a meet. It
shows that you've worked hard
and you've earned a certain
level of respect from the
crowd, the promoters and
everybody. But at the same
time, you know, you're given
that pressure and sometimes I
don't mind being the under-
dog. I prefer, just like last year,
I was the underdog in nearly
every meet I went into...I was
seen as the underdog and it's a
lot less stressful.

Q: You don't like top billing?
A: No, I wouldn't say I don't
like it. I could handle it, but I
just like being the underdog,

Q: Going into the Olympic
Games, the atmosphere first.
Obviously you're comfortable
with where you were, in terms
of your preparations?
A: I was very comfortable,
especially with the rounds and
so on, because I had been
doing 200s (meters) for the
entire year for LSU (his school
Louisiana State University in
the U.S.)...So I knew that if I
could handle rounds of 200s,
rounds of the 100s would be
nothing for me and I was in
the best shape of my life. I told
my parents before the meet, I

Financial experts offer grim outlook for Caribbean economies

and Caicos Islands No one
came to the Turks and Caicos
Islands expecting to hear good
news regarding the economies
of the Caribbean.
In fact, the governors of
the Caribbean Development
Bank (CDB), some of whom
are finance ministers of their
own respective regional coun-



tries, had traveled here late last
month prepared to accept the
diagnosis that Dr. Compton
Bourne, president of the
region's main lending institu-
tion, was about to deliver.
Bourne did not hold back
any punches. He made it clear
that "we are not in ordinary
times." In fact, he warned that
for seven of the 13 English and
French speaking Caribbean
countries that are members of
the bank, negative economic

growth is projected for 2009,
and in the case of the other six
countries, the growth rate,
although positive, would be
slower this year than in 2008.
Trinidad and Tobago's
Central Bank Governor, Ewart
Williams, participating in a
panel discussion that discussed
the "Global Economic Crisis:
Implications for Caribbean
Sovereigns and the Private
Sector", said he is expecting
economic growth to be at least
one percent in his country even
though the International
Monetary Fund (IMF) said it
would be below that figure. It
is a disclosure that holds impli-
cations for the rest of the
region, since oil rich Trinidad
and Tobago has been able to
weather the global crisis much
better than any of the other
Caribbean countries and more
so provide millions of dollars to
a regional fund to assist disad-
vantaged Caribbean countries.
"We were getting accus-
tomed to oil at a price at well
over U.S. 100 dollars and sud-
denly we wake up and it is less
than 50 dollars and it has seri-
ous implications for us,"
Williams said, adding that con-
sumer confidence which is
necessary for rebuilding the
economy has declined as "peo-
ple see the whole world with

CDB Director of the
Economics Dr. Denny Lewis-
Bynoe, said that another wor-
rying problem for the region is

that while some countries are
in a better position than others
to deal with the global melt-
down, all are still "challenged
by the magnitude of the situa-
The United States-based
international rating agency,
Standards & Poor's (S&P),
said that economic activity in
the Caribbean during the first
half of last year had increased,
with some countries taking
advantage of the international
capital markets. But by the
year-end the picture had
changed drastically. S&P noted
that the nine rated Caribbean
countries ended 2008 with real
Gross Domestic Product

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worsen with every new fore-
cast," said Olga Kalinina, a
director at Standards & Poor's.
"Similarly our ratings pre-
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Silver lining: T&T star Thompson has no regrets finishing second to Bolt

told my coach, anyone who
was close to me, that I wasn't
leaving Beijing without a

Q: Based on the times that
were being run...the medal
color you were looking at was
not silver?
A: Well, going into the Games
I believe I had the fourth
fastest time in the world. Bolt,
obviously, he had broken the
world record. Asafa was sec-
ond in line and Tyson Gay had
run 9.77 in their (U.S.) trials,
but then he got injured the
next day in the 200. So that put
me third in line. Everyone
expected me to get the bronze
medal. But you know, as fast
as Bolt had run all year and as
fast as Asafa had run all year,
my mentality going into the
race, was that I was going in to
win. You know, as I said, I'm a
realistic person and being real-
istic you go into an Olympic
final and stuff happens, you
know...I knew I was able to
handle pressure because I was
doing it for the entire NCAA
season and I was very well pre-

Q: You step to the line in the
100 meters final...
A: Well, anyone who knows
me, knows that I thrive off of
things like that...I love things
like that so it just gave me an
adrenalin rush and I was excit-
ed.. .When they zoomed in on
me to announce that I was in
lane four, whatever, 'from
Trinidad and Tobago, Richard
Thompson', anyone who
remembers, I was jumping
around and I was smiling and

so on. So I was very confident.

Q: So the gun pops. Bolt does-
n't get out as well as everybody
else, but you know he is going
to show up at some point.
A: The gun goes off and I have
the best start I have ever had in
my entire life. I'm in front for
30 meters. Bolt isn't too far
behind me. I know I'm in front
of everyone else. I'm executing
the race perfectly. I go all the
way to 30 meters and I'm driv-
ing. I come up slowly, relaxed
and everything and generating
power at the same time. And
then I just feel Usain pull up at
the side of me and within 10
meters, between 40 to 50, I
could just feel him separate
himself so quickly and it's the
most crazy thing I've ever seen
in my entire life. It's kinda like a
full bus passing you (he laughs).

Q: You feel the breeze?
A: (He laughs again.).. .He just
shot off. And at that point I
wasn't even fooling myself, I
knew the race was over. I knew
the gold medal was gone
unless he had gotten injured or
he had fallen. If he had fallen
he may still have beaten us.
That's how far ahead he was...

Q: Bolt's acceleration, the
speed, have you ever seen any-
thing like that before?
A: No. Bolt is extraordinary.
It's not everyday you see a guy
6' 5" being able to turn his legs
over so quickly. I think that's
what separates him from
everyone else...

Q: Outstanding accomplish-
ment, Olympic silver medal,
especially running against
someone, as you describe it, in

a different class. What was
your first thought coming
through the finish?
A: I couldn't believe that it had
happened, even though I knew
I was capable of doing it. It
was surreal...


Q: Your expectations have
gone up now?
A: Yeah, certainly, because there
are a lot of people who didn't
even know who I was in Trinidad
prior to the Olympic Games and
now they know who I am and
they expect that, after such a per-
formance like the Olympic
Games, they want me to be con-
sistent all the time. You know,
I'm only human. I'll have good
days, I'll have bad days. But the
major thing is to be able to pull it
together when it counts, which is
the World Championships...
So, I just wanna be able to do
that again and pull through for
myself, my country and friends,
fans, everybody.

Q: Do understand the expecta-
tions of your nation?
A: I do. I do. It's definitely
there. No doubt about it.

Q: Is it something that you
feel? Does it pressure you?
A: No it doesn't pressure me. I
just try to take the same
approach to what got me to
where I am and I believe that
once I think like that every-
thing will work out the way it's
supposed to.

Q: Usain Bolt being at a differ-
ent level in the sprinting, does
that make your job easier,
when people don't expect you
to beat him?
A: I wouldn't say it necessarily
makes my job easier. It actual-
ly makes it harder for me and
the rest of the athletes.

Q: I mean, if you lose to Bolt,
in other words, people will say
A: I understand what you're
saying now. Losing to Bolt is
kinda like winning the race to
everyone else. No, seriously,
because really, you step on the
line with Usain Bolt, everyone
expects you to come nothing
other than second because he's
expected to win the race. So
yeah, it makes it easier on me
and the rest of the field every
time we step on the line to run
against Usain. He's the one
with all the pressure. Everyone
expects him to win every time.

Q: Is that a blessing or a curse
for you as an athlete?
A: You could see it as both.. .All
the pressure is on him. But then
it's a curse because if you contin-
uously let him win all the time
then that expectation will always
be there and you will always be
number two...

Q: On a scale of one to 10,

Financial experts offer grim outlook for Caribbean economies

said that the global crisis had
indeed exposed the region's
vulnerability to external
"Many of our economies are
contracting, people are losing
their jobs and poverty is on the
rise," he said, noting that some
of the Caribbean countries'
plans for the United Nations
Millennium Development Goals
(MDG) by 2015, including a sig-
nificant reduction in poverty,
were "now in j I'prd)
But when he spoke later at
the breakfast panel discussion,
Burke was confident that the
crisis provides an opportunity
for the Caribbean to approach
multilateral institutions, such
as the International Monetary
Fund (IMF), for better lending
"I am seeing a wonderful
window of opportunity," he
said, even as he acknowledged
that "we are not seeing the
kind of creativity (from the
region) that the situation

"I can't say why," he

Britain has already indi-
cated that it is prepared to
assist the Caribbean ride the
crisis as well as to deal with
matters relating to climate
change, which are also present-
ing both a financial and social
burden to the small coastal
countries of the region.
International Development
Minister Mike Foster, who
chaired the CDB nflli n Iw said
that while global economic
growth would return, for the
Caribbean with its own unique
dynamics, strengths and vul-
nerabilities, "recovery will
come differently and it won't
be the same across the region."
In addition, London
is promising to help the
Caribbean move forward in its
vision for better integration
and building viable areas for
growth, including environmen-

tally sustainable growth.
But despite such promises
of goodwill, the CDB president
has issued a warning to region-
al governments. With declining
revenues from the various sec-
tors including tourism, con-
struction, remittances and a
reduction in the availability of
trade credit to Caribbean
importers, his message was that
if those trends persist, even
moderately into the medium
term, it would be catastrophic
for everyone, more so the
most vulnerable members of
Caribbean society.
"It is therefore a matter of
major public importance that
the slide be halted and eco-
nomic growth re-started,"
Foster said. "Determined,
national economic leadership
by governments is required."

Bourne has promised that
the CDB would be sending a
pI)sI'iI message to the
Caribbean countries that it was

seeking to help them deal with
the financial crisis.
"The message we want to
send from the bank is that the
bank is very conscious of the
special economic difficulties
the countries are facing at this
time," he said adding that the
sub-regional Organization of
Eastern Caribbean States
(OECS) would be the main
beneficiary of the decision to
provide loans to regional coun-
tries to meet the premiums for
their insurances during the
hurricane season that would
have normally come from the
World Bank.
In addition, the CDB is
also examining other options,
including expanding its capital-
ization base with Bourne not-
ing Ns 'n1L of our countries are
close to the borrowing limits
and will not be able to access
funds if we do not increase the
capitalization base."


with 10 being very realistic and
one being no chance at all,
where do you see yourself in
terms of beating Bolt?
A: For 2012? Nine.

Q: Representing the
Caribbean, how much of the
responsibility of the region do
you carry into competition?
A: Every time I step on the
line, whether it's in Trinidad
and Tobago wear or whether
it's in Nike, I represent
Trinidad and Tobago and the
Caribbean. It's not just one
country. It's an entire region
and I understand that, you
know, and it made me feel
really proud to be part of his-
tory in the Olympic Games,
with Bolt and I finishing one-
two. And not just that. If you
look at the line up for the 100
meters final, there were six
Caribbean athletes in the eight
man final. So, yeah, every time
we step out there we certainly
represent the Caribbean...A
lot of people know that the
U.S. were dominant, back
in the days when it came
to sprinting. Now it's the
Caribbean. So it's something
that I have to live up to.

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June 2009



Salesman has 'purpose,

service to offer' ~ Barnes

Last month, a South
Florida court sentenced
Jamaican-born Fitzroy
Salesman to 30 days year in jail
on a firearms charge. Winston
Barnes, along with Salesman
and fellow Jamaican George
Pedlar, made history in 2003 as
Car bb'ean Americans by com-
prising the majority of the elect-
ed Miramar City Commission.
Pedlar no longer sits on the
commission. Salesman's convic-
tion cost him his seat. Barnes,
discussed the impact of
Salesman's fall from grace with
Caribbean Today's Managing
Editor Gordon Williams.

QUESTION:...What kind of
effect do you think that
Salesman's conviction has on
the Caribbean community? Is
it a big letdown and do you
sense that in the American
community they're looking at
it as that, saying that probably
Caribbean people cannot suc-
ceed or cannot handle success?
ANSWER: I want to think
that they have learnt to under-
stand the situation in a more
wider scope.

Q: You mean the Americans?
A: The larger community as I
like to say. At first I was shrug-
ging off the situation, saying
'Hey, they know it's an individ-
ual, not a community'. But to be
very honest, I got some intima-
tion and, after a while, I became
extremely aware that something
of a focus was on me, being the
last one (Caribbean American)
left in there (on the Miramar
City Commission).

Q:...Are you suggesting or
thinking that they are looking
for you to be the next one to
A: Hopefully not, because I
think that the community and
especially from the commis-
sion's standpoint, I think people
understand very, very clearly
that I came in there with my
own persona intact. I didn't go
in there and start that notoriety
or fame, whichever you choose.
I came to the situation with
that. That's what brought me in

there, with people who listen to
my radio program saying, 'Hey,
do this'. But no, as I said, when
situations like that happen, my
response, for example, to
callers on the air is, 'Listen, it is
an individual, people can't be
judging'. But they will, they
will. But I think what has hap-
pened now is that I have so dis-
tinguished myself, in whatever
way, differentiated myself, if
you prefer, on the commission,
people are saying, 'Whoa,
O.K.'. And whether it's misfor-
tune or whatever has hap-
pened, where Fitzroy is con-
cerned, something of a pattern
has developed.
So it can't be
said, 'Hey, this
is how
behave'. This
is how an indi-
Q: You're say-
ing people understand, but are
probably not surprised, that it
has happened to Fitzroy
Salesman based on what has
happened in the past?
A: Not necessarily I say that in
the context of saying it does not
necessarily parlay to another
individual. This is how a partic-
ular individual behaves. So it
cannot be said, at least I'm
thinking the larger community
is saying, this is how this indi-
vidual behaves, not necessarily
this is how Jamaicans behave.

Q: How will it impact, some-
thing like this, because it's one
thing for him to be accused on
different occasions and being
incarcerated? How do you
think this will impact on future
Caribbean American candi-
dates, not just in Miramar, but
how it's viewed on a wider
scale in the United States?
A: Not much, to be honest.
I'll tell you why: I am con-
vinced now that Americans are
smarter than that. Like a say-
ing from an old Jamaican song
was 'All kinda people come a
dance'. So different personali-


Deleting a lover with a stroke on the keyboard

ow many of you
have had regrets "
about your love
life, even as you suffered
through it, even as you
marked time to the dull
beat of a thrumming heart
that has lost its excite-
You have two choices,
either you endure the tor-
ment of being with some-
one who you do not care
for, or you can delete
them, just as you press the
"delete" button on your
In the old days, gallant
men would write a letter
and have it delivered to
the hapless lady. Women
too, would write a 'Dear
John' letter, named after
the song about this guy who
went off to war and his
fiancee wrote him a letter of
termination. Or as Tom Jones
sang, "Please release me, let me
go, for I don't love you any-
more, to waste our lives, would
be a sin, release me, and let me
love again."

Those days are long gone,
and people now delete lovers
in the coldest, cruelest, crass,
callous ways. Imagine my sur-
prise to learn that people
delete lovers via the Internet,
which is a sort of letter I sup-
pose: To from Message: deleted:
Dear John, I don't love you
anymore, goodbye: ps: I put a
block on your e-mail so don't
try to e-mail me: Message
Now that's cold, but what's
even colder is deleting your
lover by text. Hi it's me I dnt
luv u n e mur, it's ovr, u r
history, by.
The fact is, teenagers are
fickle and flit from one to
another, and clearly, they con-
trol the text market, so I guess
we shouldn't be surprised that
they use that preferred way to
drop each other. Folks used to
utilize the phone too, and
have long talks explaining why
they're dropping their lover,
but with phone credit being

what it is
that is not an
"Karen, I
have some-
thing to tell
you.. .lis-
about us
me credit run


See, it just wouldn't work
in these times.
Way back when, I have
known men who sent flowers
with a note saying that the
relationship has run it course
and he has to move on. But
that too has proven to be too
expensive, plus those same
flowers are better used to woo
his new lover anyway.

Deleting your lover can
be an expensive venture, and
that's why dinners are out too,
for men do not spend money
on food and drink for women,
only to drop them. Dinner is
usually introductory, rarely
Plus it's always risky to
delete your lover in a public
place, for many do not go off
quietly into the night. Many
women swear off men after
being deleted, and often seek
solace in the church. Yes, non-

believers or not, emotional
trauma has driven more women
into church than all the evan-
gelists in the world combined.
The man on the other
hand, after being deleted, usu-
ally mistrusts women forever,
and lives a life playing the
field, having short flings for
fear of being dropped again.
Few things are worse for a
man than being dumped by a
woman. The first thing that
he's going to think, is that it's
because of another man. But
some women simply want to
move on, and a future of
uncertainty, possibly loneliness,
is a far better prospect than
staying with him. Sadly, many
men cannot cope with this
emotional trauma, and suc-
cumbing to their bruised egos
and pride, they do something
drastic, like murder/suicide.

If the woman doesn't
want you and says so, why not
just walk and don't look back?
But I guess everyone's differ-
ent, and some men view being
dropped as a loss of invest-
Some women may not go
the murder/suicide route, but
might just do a half of the
tragi-comedy and commit sui-
cide alone, as the emotional
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bear. But low self-esteem
plays a major role in these
actions. Sometimes the person
doing the deleting is also
wracked with guilt and makes
matters worse by prolonging
the agony, dr,_,-,iniiI out the
inevitable, remaining friends
with the victim when she
wants more than mere
People should not take
being deleted as being the end
of the world, but instead treat
it as a new beginning, and a
chance to meet new people
and cultivate new friendships.
But whoa, not so fast, as some
ladies told me that their bio-
logical clocks play a huge role
in the after effects of being
dropped. "When I was a

teenager and was dropped
is one thing, but my man
dropped me at age 52, where
am I going to find another
lover at my age?!"
Well, she might have a
valid point, but does she really
have to acquire another lover?
Can't she survive and live off
her memories? Apparently it's
not so easy for women, and
just recently one told me that
what she misses most now, is
being in love and having
someone love her. That's the
downside of being deleted, it
erodes your self esteem and
also leaves you feeling lonely
and empty.
Bear in mind that there is
a distinction between being
left and being deleted. If you
cheat on your lover and he

leaves you, that's not being
dropped, but if things are
going fine from your end, you
play by all he rules, do every-
thing for her, and she still
leaves you, then that's being
But listen, you shouldn't
have to rely on someone else
to make you happy or feel
loved. So what if he deleted
you? Life sucks, get over it, be
a whole person by yourself,
join a service club, start read-
ing again, buy a dog. Being
deleted by your lover is not the
worse thing in the world, but
may just be a sweet release.


ties make up different commu-
nities. So, no, people ought to
look beyond that. And there is
a possibility that you say,
'Whoa, another Jamaican', but
no, I think not, because
through the very diversity a
word I don't particularly care
for -the very diversity of our
community, the people say,
'Hey, no, it's just one member
of the community'.

Q: ...When you and Mr. Pedlar
and Mr. Salesman were elected
to the commission, a lot was
made of the fact that you are
Caribbean American and it
reflected, in most people's eyes,
as a sign of progress in the
Caribbean American communi-
ty. What has happened to
Salesman, is that like a huge
setback for the Caribbean
American community?
A: Not necessarily and I'll tell
you why: When that big thing
was made of the Caribbean
American thing I absolutely
and totally rejected it. I just
rejected it because I think too
much was being made of it.
And I understand. I understand
the newsworthiness of it. I
understand it could be an indi-
cator of a certain amount of
progress for a community. I
understand all of that. But
from the get go I was fearful of
just wearing that brand. I just
never subscribed to it at all. In
a number of situations I just
flatly rejected it. Maybe, sub-
consciously, I was aware that,
'Huh, once you put that brand
on people start focusing on it'.

Q: Intentionally or not, the fact
that that occurred, those three
persons, yourself, Mr. Pedlar
and Mr. Salesman, were looked
upon as possibly role models for
accomplishments by Caribbean
American people. You don't
A: That is a distinct possibility.

Q: So now that this has hap-
pened (to Mr. Salesman), is this
something they would look at
and say this is a letdown?
A: O.K., look at it from another
perspective: America is a fairly
politically savvy country You
have politicians here that go
to jail sometimes. So to unfairly,
in my opinion, unfairly say
Jamaicans behave in a particular
way, Caribbean people; all peo-
ple behave in that fashion. I
don't want to for one second
deny that whole C(.rihlain
Jamaican thing. But no, it's a
reality that happened and it
could happen to anybody.

Q: On a more personal note
regarding Mr. Salesman, what
has happened to him in the
past with a track record of him

running into the you
think he should have taken on
a more responsible role and
understood what he represent-
ed within the community and
just, more or less, be far more
careful than he has been?
A: I have to agree with that.
And I also respond in this way:
I've been extremely fortunate,
because of my substantive
work situation, I am absolutely
aware of that whole public
thing. And I know you just
walk a straight line in public.

Q: You don't think he fully
understood, as they would say
'he never got it.?
A: You know something, he got
it, but maybe from a different
perspective. He got it from the
perspective of service, because
he has a connection with the
community that I'm never going
to have. I mean it's just incredi-
ble, the kind of connection he
has with what is sometimes
called 'the ,i r,, I'. I mean, I
have it too, but from a different
level in the sense that every-
body knows Mr. Barnes and
stuff. But he's in the street, with
people. Honestly, I hope that he
can find a way to serve the com-
munity. He has a connection,
that knack that none of us have
and a lot of it is personality.

Q: Do you think he has blown
it, finally?
A: I hope not, because...I'm
convinced that he has a partic-
ular purpose and a service to
offer the community.

Q: And you think the communi-
ty, the huge Caribbean American
community, will forgive him?
A: A lot of them have already.

Q: Has he talked about coming
back and running again?
A: That is something that you
say under those circumstances,
but the thing is this, I want to
believe that he can serve the
community even if he's not on
the commission again.

Q: Have you spoken to him
A: I saw him the very day that
he came from court. He was
looking at the possibility of an

Q: Has something hit him to
say 'Wow, what have I done
A: I fear maybe not. I'm being
frank, you know. I mean he and
I have had some harsh words
over the years about that whole
thing. Some people have been
not so pleased with me that I
don't show myself in certain sit-
uations, but he knows where I
stand. He has a pretty good
idea where I stand...

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Art's reflection of 'barrel life' renews Caribbean connection


Barrel children". The
term elicits a myriad of
emotions among
Caribbean people.
It is a label borne out of
disrupted family rela-
tionships as one par-
ent or the other (tra-
ditionally, the moth-
er) leaves the island
for "fahrin" to make
a better way for
those left behind.
Once overseas, the
barrel, filled with
day-to-day necessi-
ties, trinkets and
toys, becomes the
one tangible connec-
tion these children
have with the parent.
That connection
- or the lack of it is
explored in an exhi-
bition dubbed
"Reflections of the
Barrel Child:
Symbols of
Caribbean Family
Life" at Fort
Lauderdale's "The Barrel"
Sailboat Bend Artists
Lofts' 1310 Gallery. As part of
a larger exhibition ("Signs of
Oneness") that examines sym-
bolism and the human spirit,
"Barrel Child" nudges the
viewer to question his or her
concept of family and rela-
"We have left our people
and our families for decades
in search of a better life," says
Nerissa Street, exhibition host
and the architect of this
Caribbean focused piece.
"What they remember of us,
while we stay in 'fahrin' are
the things we send back. What

American-born of
Jamaican parents, Street con-
structed the piece around
memories of her grandmother,
a "barrel child" who spoke
freely about the separation
from her mother. Old photos

dot the crocos (burlap) bag
wrapped around the open bar-
rel spilling out its contents of
cornmeal, diapers, and half
forgotten memories.
Street references the too-tight
shoes and clothes that were
often part of the contents,
alluding to the washing away
of memories and familiarity
distance and time create. The
pain of separation is evident
in the photos strewn across
the barrel contents. Some
relationships mend upon
reunion, others flounder.
Si r, L i mother, Pat, confirms

mother maintained strong
bonds in spite of the distance
that marked them.
In prose, Florida International
University professor and poet
Donna Aza Weir-Woley paints
a poignant picture of the

scene that is so familiar to
many Caribbean children.
"The scent of 'foreign' fills the
air once the barrel is opened,"
she says. "The smell of old
and new clothes, mixed with
Dial soap and boxes of Tide
detergent, perfumes, choco-
late and assorted candy assails
my nostrils as I reach for
Blow-pops and Snickers bars.
Stick fingers clutch at brand

new shirts and jeans from
Aunt Bertine and second-
hand wool skirts and sweaters,
hand me downs from cousins I
have never met. There is
laughter and sadness in grand-
mother's living room, anger

The symbolism in Jamaican-

Simone de Bernard Mas's work questions the
male dominated society and the role of womei

born artist Simone de Bernard
Mas's work highlights another
form of connectedness. Her
molded sculptures of female
genitalia questions the

Caribbean's male dominated
society and the role women
"As I observed the women of
my culture attempting to live
up to these patriarchal ideals,
I became more aware of the
necessity to break free of the
enforced mold," she explains.
"Bound", the beautifully
sculpted bronze-like vagina
trapped in a rusting
clamp speaks vol-
umes about the
controlled existence
of women.
Bernard Mas uses
the female form in
all her work her
jewelry, her paint-
ings, her sculpture.
She explains that
this specific form of
art is her way of
looking at women's
self image and how
it is formed. It is
also a bold state-
ment about the
female as "god-
Using color as a
means of bringing
balance and ordEr
to t II,' is how
Haitian-born artist
Eddy Jean-Baptiste
Caribbean's depicts his
n. Caribbean heritage.
The high-ceilinged
gallery walls
becomes his canvas, with
abstract digital pieces flashing
across the white space, leaving
impressions of rich Caribbean

Hot summer for Caribbean music festivals

they want is us." that her mother and grand- ajor festivals featur-
ing Caribbean music
iY are popping up on
Dancehall star Ninja M an, son this summer's entertainment

denied bail on murder charge

KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC -
A court here has denied bail
to popular dancehall artiste
Desmond Ballentine (aka
Ninja Man), who is accused of
The court has also denied
bail to the singer's son Janeil
Ballentine, 20, and another
man, Clayton Dennis, who
have all been charged with the
murder of 20-year-old Ricardo
Police allege that on Mar.
16, Ninja Man, his son and
Clayton were traveling in a car
through the corporate area
inner city community of
Olympic Gardens when they
fired bullets at a man, but
missed the target and instead hit
Johnson who was pronounced
dead upon arrival at hospital.
The singer later surren-

Ninja Man
dered to the police, while the
other two accused were cap-
tured in a police operation in
the northern parish of St.
The three accused were
scheduled to return to court
on June 1.

Among the artistes sched-
uled to perform are Jamaican
dancehall star Mavado and
American soul singer Regina
Next month, Jamaica will
draw the spotlight with the
17th staging of "Reggae
Sumfest". The weeklong festi-
val, billed as "the world's
greatest showcase of reggae
music", will be staged from



calendars across the region.
This month, St. Kitts will
host the 13th annual "St. Kitts
Music t,,Ii al The three-
day event, to run from June
25-27, is expected to feature
an assortment of musical fla-
vors, including reggae, hip-
hop, calypso, jazz, gospel and


July 19-25 in Montego Bay. It
will kick off with a beach
party. Live performances,

beginning with "Dancehall
Night" on July 23, are among

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the highlights.
Up to press time Sumfest
organizers said they were still
finalizing the show's line-up of
artistes. However, dancehall
stars Beenie Man, Mavado
and Bounty Killer are report-
edly set to perform. Singers
Tarrus Riley, Etana and Coco
Tea, plus the group Morgan
Heritage are also slated to
take the stage.


June 2009


CIRT & E TE RTAn I nm nT

IT FROM 'YARD' Art's reflection of 'barrel life'
-. renews Caribbean connection


Popular Jamaican actor unlver Samuels, seated Tar rignt, will leaa mne cast OT PatricK Brown's play "bneep in wolfs Clotning" dur-
ing a June 20 performance at the Clayton County Performing Arts Center in Jonesboro, Georgia, United States. Showtime for the
play, which is being presented by the Sunshine Theatre Company, is 8 p.m. Call 770-875-7370 or 786-237-5493, or visit for more information.


* 'Isaiah', the Caribbean musical
Two performances of "Isaiah",
a Caribbean musical, will be staged
this month at the Gwinnett Center,
6400 Sugarloaf Parkway in Duluth,
Georgia, United States.
Performances, presented
Missionaries of the Poor, are set for
June 27 and 28. For information,
call 404-287-1641 or visit

* 'Caribbean Fashion Extravaganza'
Online publication Synjen

Magazine will host a Caribbean
Fashion Extravaganza this month in
South Florida.
The event, which will take
place at 8 p.m. June 28 at the
Renaissance Plantation Hotel, is
expected to feature a lineup of
fashion designers, makeup artists,
hair stylists and models.
For more information, contact
Zach Matzuga via e-mail at zach-
or call 954-639-6922.

* Belizaire's art exhibition
To mark "Caribbean Heritage
Month", the works of Haitian artist
Frankin Belizaire will be on display
through June 27 at the Miramar
Branch Library and Educational
Center in South Florida.
For more information, call
954-404-3071 or 954-437-
1806, ext. 235.
Compiled from various sources.

Disturbing landscapes
also took shape in Louis
Davis's photo art. A social
activist through his work,
muted watermark
images of a homeless
man, a swastika, a
swinging noose, a
Christian cross, all
splattered with
blood, brings home
messages of racism,
hypocrisy, depravity.
Davis's work often
leaves the viewer
questioning his role
in humanity.
That is why
"Signs of Oneness",
or the search for the '
common thread that
connects all humani-
ty, is about self-
determination, says
Street. And, the
artists in this show
demonstrate that the
images and symbols
we create are signs
of society exploring
and evolving.
Sailboat Bend Dahlia Wall
Artist Lofts is a com- her mark o
munity of artists liv-
ing in one space. The three-
storey downtown Fort
Lauderdale building of one,
two and three-bedroom apart-
ments serve as living and stu-
dio space for visual artists,
writers, and performers who

feed off each creatively. Each
month the residents put on an
exhibition featuring their
work and that of guest artists.
"Signs of Oneness" continues
through June 13 and will also
showcase films, performances

ker-Huntington, a Jamaican American, makes
on an interactive art piece.
and a book signing.

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Florida's kids to gain from 'Caribbean Heritage Summer Institute'

Jamaica Awareness is
scheduled to launch a
"Caribbean Heritage

United States President
Barack Obama has
issued the following
proclamation marking
Caribbean American Heritage
"Caribbean Americans
have made lasting contribu-
tions to our Nation's culture
and history, and the month of
June has been set aside to
honor their cultural, linguistic,
ethnic, and social diversity.
Generations of immi-
grants have preserved the tra-
ditions of their homelands,
and these traditions have
defined our Nation's identity.
Caribbean Americans bring a
unique and vibrant culture.
This multilingual and multi-
ethnic tradition has strength-
ened our social fabric and
enriched the diversity of our
Millions of individuals in
the United States have
Caribbean roots. Unfortunately
some Caribbean Americans
were forced to our country as
slaves; others arrived of their
own volition. All have sought
the promise of a brighter
tomorrow for lth ImLL 1 and

Summer Institute" this month
for children ages 11 to 18 in
South Florida.

Brooklyn music fest to

pay tribute to Caribbean

Caribbean culture will be the
focus of the "Brooklyn Music
It L,\ ml scheduled for June
21 at the Floyd Bennett Field
in the New York City bor-
This year's event is
being tied in with Caribbean
American Heritage Month
and is expected to feature a
line-up of Caribbean and
Caribbean-inspired artistes.
Among them will be reg-
gae-fusion acts like Asian
band Brown Rice Family,
BennyBwoy, acclaimed actor
Leon and his reggae-soul band
The Peoples, 'skragga' musi-
cians The Rudie Crew, ska
musician King Django, and
the New York Ska-Jazz
"This music festival
brings together the best in
Caribbean music-not just from
the Caribbean, but from the
Caribbean influenced neigh-
borhoods right here in New
York," said Crooks.

"Caribbean music isn't
just island music," said
Caribbean music promoter
George Crooks, who initiated
the annual Brooklyn Music
Festival in a recent press
"We purposely scheduled
the concert in June -
Caribbean Heritage Month.
We want New Yorkers as a
whole to celebrate Caribbean
music and culture."

their children.
In their pursuit of success,
Caribbean Americans exhibit
the traits all Americans prize:
determination, a devotion to


community, and patriotism.
They have made their mark in
every facet of our society,
from art to athletics and sci-
ence to service. Caribbean
Americans have also safe-
guarded our Nation in the
United States Armed Forces.
This month we also recog-
nize the critical relationship

The program, aimed at
empowering youth and strength-
en their performance skills, will
run from June 8 to July 3 at the
Holy Family Episcopal Church
in Miami Gardens.
According to Sydney
Roberts, executive director of
the non-profit organization,
the goal of the program is to
develop children's understand-
ing of the cultural heritage of
the Caribbean region and the
ways in which this heritage
has shaped both the local and
broader community.
"As we look to the future,
it is essential that we work to
empower our youth for school
and community development,"
said Roberts in a recent press
"This summer institute is
designed to ensure that partic-
ipants leave with a heightened

appreciation for culture and a
strong sense of the role they
can play in strengthening the
development of their commu-
nity by making a meaningful
contribution through the

Targeting middle to high
school youngsters, the
Caribbean Heritage Summer
Institute is designed to grab
their interest through diverse
hands-on, interactive activities
where they will learn new
crafting and performance
skills, fine-tune existing ones,
and move on to present their
work to the community in a
variety of settings. Dr. Marva
McClean, program director,
will lead a team of educators
from local school districts and
professionals in the cultural

arts in providing the students
with a creative and innovative
visual and performing arts
curriculum over the four week
All students will participate
in five core areas: Caribbean
Heritage, Dance and Music,
Caribbean Games, Art of the
Caribbean, and Celebrations:
Carnival and Festivals.
"Our vision is that during
the time they are with us, the
Institute's participants will
receive an II''''in challeng-
ing and relevant community
based education which they
can use as a springboard for
their future development,"
said Roberts.
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L ike his boss, President
Barack Obama, Attorney
General Eric Holder Jr.,
has scored a first in United
States politics.
Obama is the first African
American to lead the most
powerful nation in the world,
while Holder, 58, has become
the country's first black attor-
ney general.
Both have intriguing and
similar family backgrounds.
Obama's father was born in
Kenya, while his mother was an
American. In Holder's case his
father, Eric Holder, moved to
the U.S. from Barbados when
he wasHl years old and even
though his mother, Miriam, was
born in New Jersey, her family
roots are in St. Phillip, the east-
erly Barbados parish.
A highlight of his three-
day visit at the invitation of


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s to San Juan to host 'Taste of the Caribbean'

the Barbados government last
month was the official opening
of Tamarind Hall Municipal
Complex in Horse Hill, St.
Joseph. This complex was be
renamed in Holder's honor.
Prior to the re-naming
ceremony, Holder held bilat-
eral talks with the Prime
Minister David Thompson.
Holder, who grew up in
Queens, New York, is the
82nd attorney general of the
U.S. He previously served as a
judge of the Superior Court of
the District of Colombia and
deputy attorney general. He
was a senior legal advisor to
then Senator Obama during
the presidential campaign and
was one of three members of
Obama's vice-presidential
selection committee.

Food and beverages will
be the toast of San Juan,
Puerto Rico when the
Caribbean Hotel and Tourism
Association (CHTA) presents
"Taste of the Caribbean" June
The three-day event,
billed by its promoters as the
largest and most important
culinary event in the region,
will feature educational semi-
nars, workshops and demon-
strations for hoteliers, restau-
rateurs and food and beverage
"T.,iL is being held in

conjunction with the Puerto
Rico Convention Bureau,
Puerto Rico Hotel and Tourism
Association and Puerto Rico
Tourism Company. Sponsors
include Bahama Breeze, Albert
Uster Imports, Inc., Certified
Angus Beef, Dowman
Design, Fosters Wines, U.S.
Dairy Export Council and U.S.
Meat Export Federation.
It will begin at the Caribe
Hilton in San Juan on June
12, with two days of work-
shops, tasting and demonstra-
tions on June 13 and 14.
"With global competition

reaching a critical mass during
one of the most difficult
tourism markets we've ever
faced, it is increasingly impor-
tant to distinguish ourselves as
a region through culinary
excellence and creativity in
our food and beverage offer-
ings," said Enrique De
Marchena Kaluche, president
of CHTA.
For more information,
call CHTA at 305-443-3040 or
visit www.caribbeanhoteland-
tourism. com/taste.php.

'Caribbean Expressions' come to Miramar, Florida

outh Florida will welcome
1992 Nobel Laureate
Derek Walcott as part
of its literary fest during
"Caribbean Expressions"
this month in Miramar.
The four-day Caribbean
American book and art fair, set
June 18-21 to mark Caribbean
Heritage Month, will be staged
at the Miramar Cultural Arts
The Caribbean-born
writer is scheduled to be the

main attraction during "The
Night of the Nobel Laureate:
A Celebration of the Work of
Derek Walcott" on June 19.
"Caribbean Expressions"
will also feature literary pan-
els, readings by authors, artist
presentations, film ,t r.LL niniII'
poetry and spoken words pre-
sentations, and Caribbean
music and culinary arts.
An awards night, recogniz-
ing Caribbean women of excel-
lence, is slated for June 18.

During those days of cele-
brations Walcott and Jamaica's
Professor Rex Nettleford will
also receive recognition for
their accomplishments at the
event being staged under the
patronage of the CARICOM
Consular Corps.
For more information,
call 954-357-7478, 754-224-
8150 or 786-537-5897.

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The Caribbean Tourism
Development Company has con-
firmed venues for "Caribbean
Week in New York", June 8-12.
The following is a list of

June 8-12 Celebrity Chef
Program: Clh ,1 will prepare
distinctive Caribbean dishes at
prestigious events held all over
the city to showcase a taste of
the region to consumers, travel
industry professionals and

June 11
Caribbean Media
Awards Luncheon at the New
Yorker Hotel, 12:15 p.m. to
1:45 p.m.
Workshop for Travel
Agents at New Yorker Hotel, 4
p.m. to 6:30 p.m.: The workshop
will offer niche market presen-
tations on "Weddings and

the United States maintains
with Caribbean nations. In a
world of increasing communi-
cation and connectivity, this
friendship has become even
more important. We are
neighbors, partners, and
friends; we share the same
aspirations for our children;
and we strive for the very
same freedoms. Together, we

Honeymoons" to a select group
of travel agents invited by CTO,
its chapters and member coun-
Caribbean Media
Marketplace at New Yorker
Hotel, 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.: The
media are invited to interact
with tourism officials, hotels,
tour operators and airline rep-
resentatives to gain informa-
tion about the Caribbean.
Caribbean Treats: Food,
Rum & Rhythm at Manhattan
Center, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.: A
Lt lLbrliti n of the Caribbean
region's award-winning rums,
including sampling of premium
rums and rum cocktails, celebri-
ty chef demonstrations and
musical performances.

June 12
Caribbean Marketing
Conference at New Yorker
Hotel, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: To
be attended by ministers, com-

can meet the common chal-
lenges we face.
Now, therefore, I, Barack
Obama, president of the
United States of America, by
virtue of the authority vested in
me by the Constitution and the
laws of the United States, do
hereby proclaim June 2009 as
National Caribbean American
Heritage Month. I urge all
Americans to commemorate

missioners and directors of
tourism, as well as senior
tourism industry representa-
tives from the private sector.
Allied Awards Luncheon
at New Yorker Hotel, Bank
Room, 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.:
To be attended by ministers,
commissioners and directors of
tourism, as well as senior
tourism industry representa-
tives from the private sector.
36th Annual Governments
of the Caribbean State Ball and
Awards Presentations at Plaza
Hotel, 7 p.m. to midnight:
The official closing event to
Caribbean Week in New York.
Highlights include the presenta-
tion of the Lifetime Achievement
Award, Special Recognition
Award and Excellence Award.
For more information, visit or call

this month by learning more
about the history and culture of
Caribbean Americans.
In witness whereof, I have
hereunto set my hand this sec-
ond day of June, in the year of
our Lord two thousand nine,
and of the Independence of the
United States of America the
two hundred and thirty-third."

Holder return

Barbadian roots

Obama praises Caribbean contribution

June 2009



Seventeen-year-old Frankie
Telfort is among the elite
in high school American
football. Even before he
reached his final year, the 5'
11", 200-pound linebacker with
strong Caribbean roots was
being courted by top universi-
ties in the United States.
And, with more than 35
colleges vying for his atten-
tion, making a decision
proved challenging. But,
Telfort has made his choice.
"I chose the University of
Southern California (USC)
because they have a great
coaching staff and the school
excels in preparing athletes
for their careers," the soft-
spoken star linebacker told
Caribbean Today.
The young man is serious
about his future, and it goes
way beyond football.
"I plan on pursuing a dou-
ble major, pre-med and writ-
ing," said Telfort. "Medicine is
my career choice, but I also
want to focus on my writing."
The son of a Haitian
father and American mother,
Telfort has been writing poet-
ry and short stories for several
years. Shakespearean-style

sonnets is a large part of his
poetic repertoire. One of
Telfort's poems is slated to be
published soon in a literary

Simpson MillerTelfort is USC bound.

"I was reading Hamlet
and I figured I would try writ-
ing a sonnet, and it came out
pretty well," said the native of
Miami, Florida.

The multi-talented teen
also stands out on the football
field. He helped carry his high
school team, Miami-based
Gulliver Prep Raiders, to the

2A state championships this
past season, Telfort recorded
an impressive 163 tackles and
four sacks. College recruiters
took note, resulting in the
footballer's top ranking
among popular recruiting
database website
So, what's the secret that
makes Telfort so marketable?
"It is definitely my
speed," he said. "I run a 4:3
(seconds) 40 (yard dash). It's
my speed and my mind; I have
a great knack for the game."
Invariably, practice and
drills are also part of the
equation. Telfort explained
that he works out with child-
hood friend Dacoi Sumler, a
wide receiver from Gulliver
Prep. Constant training and
inspiration from his friend
makes him to work harder.
"Basically, we do a lot of
lateral drills to make sure the
footwork is right," Telfort
explained. "We work with
truck tires for coordination.
We push each other to make
each other better."

Telfort is not just a natu-
ral in football. He also runs
track. He has competed at the

World rated Haitian fights in U.S. on June 12

CMC World-rated Haitian
middleweight boxer Daniel
Edouard is booked for his
first appearance this year
when he fights American
Dumont Welliver this month.
Square Ring Promotions
announced last month that
Edouard, ranked number
nine by the World Boxing
Association (WBA), will face
Welliver in the main event of a
June 12 card at the Spring
Mountain Casino.
The bout will be televised
on ESPN2.
"It's exciting to be back
on Friday Night Fights,"
Edouard said in a Fightnews
website story.
"I feel that winning pro-
duces results and I have posi-
tioned myself on the edge of
contention and hope that con-

tinued success will result
in a title challenge," added
Edouard, who holds a number
14 ranking with the World
Boxing Council (WBC).
Edouard boasts a solid
ring record of 21 wins (12

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Welliver has lost 12 of
his last 16 fights including a
points defeat to Barbadian
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two clashed in November 2003
for the vacant International
Boxing Union (IBU) light mid-
dleweight title.


West Indies cricket great Brian Lara, left, offers some batting tips to fellow left han-
der Barack Obama, during the United States president's recent visit to Trinidad and
Tobago to attend the Summit of the Americas.

T&T's Glen returns to MLS soccer

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad,
CMC Trinidad and Tobago
striker Cornell
Glen is mak-
ing a return to
United States
Major League
Soccer (MLS)
after signing
with San Jose
the Trinidad
and Tobago Glen
(TTFF) Media has reported.
The Earthquakes signed
Glen until the end of the sea-
son with the option to extend
for the next season after the
28-year-old impressed coach
Frank Yallop at trials last
Glen had MLS appear-
ances between 2004 and
2006 with stints at New York,

Dallas, Columbus, Colorado
and Los Angeles, where an
injury sidelined him for the
last half of the 2006 season
"It's great to finally get a
chance to come back out with
an overseas club," Glen told
TTFF Media.
"I've been working very
hard towards this and coming
here I felt this was the chance
I had to grab.
"It's good for me because
I have the experience of play-
ing in the MLS before and
hopefully now I can establish
myself again and help the
club go on to greater things.
They are an ambitious club
and I hope to play a part in
helping them achieve suc-
cess," Glen added.
Glen joins Jamaican Ryan
Johnson as Caribbean players
on the San Jose roster.


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Jamaica's Reggae Boyz draw twice on U.S. soccer tours

R eigning Caribbean soc-
cer champions Jamaica
failed to secure a win in
two friendly internationals
played in the United States
late last month, but the Reggae
Boyz showed improvement in
their build-up for the CON-
CACAF Gold Cup tourna-
ment scheduled for July in the
Jamaica, playing a man
short for all of the second
half, came from behind to
snatch a late 2-2 tie against
fellow Caribbean team and
Gold Cup participants Haiti
on May 23 in Fort
Lauderdale, Florida.
The following weekend, the
Reggae Boyz played to a goal-

less draw with El
Salvador, a Central
American team still in the
hunt for a place in the
2010 World Cup.
Against Haiti,
ranked 122nd in the
world by the game's
governing body FIFA,
Jamaica (70th) were
unimpressive early, but
took the lead at
Lockhart Stadium when
striker Nicholas Addlery
pounced on his own
blocked shot in the 29th -
minute to score in the
on his senior interna-
tional debut. Ten min-
utes later Haiti drew
level when substitute
Jean Robbens Jerome
redirected a cross inside
the far post.

But the Boyz suf- Victor
fered a major setback
right before half time when cap-
tain Claude Davis was cau-
tioned for the second time and
sent off. Playing a man short,
Jamaica fell behind in the 65th
minute. Goal scorer Jerome
turned provider when his cross
was slotted in by teammate
Lesly Fellinga.
Jamaica battled back and
was rewarded two minutes
before full time when Damion
Stewart headed home a free
kick taken by teammate Jason
"The team did not play
well as a whole," Jamaica's
coach John Barnes admitted
after the game. "...I expected
a hard match and I got that."
However, Haiti's
Colombian-born coach
Jairo Rios was overjoyed
with the result.

ca's Jermaine Johnson dribbles away from El Salvador opponents Julio Martinez, left, and

Turcios during last month's game.Simpson Miller
"Haiti did a great job," he
said. "...For us this is very,
very good news."

The following weekend the
Boyz traveled to Washington
D.C. where they held World
Cup hopeful El Salvador,
which is drawn in the same
group for the Gold Cup. The
May 30 game offered the two
teams, which will meet on July
10 in the final group game, a
preview of what to expect in
the tournament, which matches
teams from the Caribbean,
Central and North America.
Not much was settled last
month, however, despite the
improved performance by the
"It was much better (than
the Haiti match)," said
Barnes. "...For most of the

time, we kept the ball. We
probed, we created chances."
Both teams missed some
scoring opportunities as well.
But the game was highlighted
by a fine performance from
Jamaica's Jermaine Johnson.
His speed and skill troubled El
Salvador all night at the RFK
stadium, as he rallied a largely
inexperience Reggae Boyz unit.
"I'm the senior player on
the team so I just tried to do
my thing," Johnson said. "So I
tried to make the other play-
ers base off me."
Johnson and the Boyz
were scheduled to host Panama
in another friendly internation-
al on June 7 in Kingston.

Gordon Williams is Caribbean
Today's managing editor.

Rhyme and reason: Haitian American eyes big time on field, in classroom

state level in the 100 meters
and is making a name for him-

self in the event.
Asked how he
keeps it all in perspec-
tive and does well both
academically and athlet-
ically, the Telfort admit-
ted that he is not much
of a partygoer, but
instead has his mind set
on making something of
"I am definitely
focused and I really
appreciate my parents
for being totally sup-
portive and steering me
in the right direction,"
he said. "They are very Telfort
proud of me and want to
see me succeed in life."
With a 3.3, and when
weighted a 3.9 grade point
average, Telfort has set his
sights on staying among the
top of his class at USC. His
quiet confidence should keep
him at the top of his game.
However, don't count out his
academic side. Telfort intends

to make a mark in the literary
and medical field. And part of
his strategy is to "put God
first and use my brain."

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

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In an attempt to mitigate
the impact of youth unem-
ployment, the South
Florida Workforce Investment
Board (SFWIB) recently
launched its Summer Youth
Employment Program to assist
youth between the ages of 14
and 24 gain an understanding
about careers, the workplace
and appropriate employment
skills by linking them to
employers for work experi-
ence and career exploration.
The program is a public/pri-
vate partnership between the
South Florida Workforce
Investment Board, the businesses
community, and the public sector.
The initiative is being
supported pursuant to the
American Recovery and
Reinvestment Act. The pro-
gram's concept is to encourage
local employers (both public
and private) to provide career
exploration opportunities to
young people within their


It can be painful watching
your young worker fritter
away a summer's worth of
lawn-mowing or baby-sitting
income on video games, music
downloads and frequent fill-ups
of gas.
Might I tIk_-JLI an alterna-
tive to summer spending? Invest
the money in the stock market.
Terrible timing? Hardly.
Despite the stock market's
choppy waters, socking away
money in stocks when you're
young is always a timely idea.
It's a great way to beat inflation
and build wealth. Besides, chil-
dren have a long time to watch
current losers turn into winners.
As you consider investment
options with your son or daugh-
ter's summer-job money, watch
out for fees that could eat away
at returns and minimum invest-
ment requirements that may be
too restrictive. Start by putting
your youngster's investing on
automatic pilot by having a set
amount withdrawn from his
bank account or paycheck every
payday. That way, for example,
you could put away 10 percent
each month for college, another
chunk in a long-term invest-
ment plan, and leave plenty left
over for spending.

One approach for small
investors is a mutual fund with a
low minimum investment. For
example, the Monetta Young
Investor Fund can be opened
with a minimum deposit of $100
if you commit to investing at

launches summer

or young people
organizations during the sum-
mer months. The SFWIB will
cover the youth participant's
wages for the hours worked.
According to Rick
Beasley, executive director of
South Florida Workforce, "the
Summer Youth Employment
Program is a great opportunity
for local employers to make a
contribution to their commu-
nity and help create a simula-
tive economic impact on the
local economy; at the same
time providing career expo-
sures to our future workforce.
I encourage anyone who is in
a position to provide a place-
ment opportunity to contact us
for information about the pro-
gram. It's a great investment
in our youth."
For more information
about the SFWIB's Summer
Employment Program, visit the
agency's website at www.south-
floridaworkforce. com.

least $25 a month. The fund
invests in kid-friendly stocks such
as Disney, Apple and Google
and offers educational materials
geared to novice investors.
Also, Vanguard, Fidelity, T
Rowe Price and other large fund
companies have choices suitable
for small investors. Plus, they
offer a heavy dose of online
investment-education tools.
Another way for beginners
to invest small amounts in stocks
is through, an
online brokerage firm. Ch< It, >I
from three low-cost pricing plans
that allow you to buy shares for
as little as $4 a week through
automatic purchase plans in more
than 7,000 companies, exchange-
traded funds and mutual funds.
Similarly, allows
small investors to bypass bro-
kers and buy from companies'
direct stock purchase plans.
Dividends are automatically
Remember, young workers
can contribute up to $5,000 annu-
ally in earned income in a Roth
individual retirement account.
Though contributions are taxable,
the money can be withdrawn
decades from now tax-free.
Finally, if you'll be shipping
off a new high school graduate
to college in a couple of months,
an investment in a couple of
hours' worth of time with a
financial planner may have a
longer shelf life than the latest
video game or iTunes download.

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Kaye Chong, right, Air Jamaica's manager of community and special markets, accepts a special community service award from
actress Sheryl Lee Ralph. Chong was among six Jamaicans to receive the honor from Jamaica's Consul General Sandra Grant-
Griffiths for her significant contribution to community development in her adopted homeland during a recent ceremony at Jungle
Island in Miami, Florida. Ralph served as patron of the event.

Program offers help for Miami's homeowners

r e City of Miami's
Department of Community
Development "Foreclosure
Prevention Program" has
announced the availability of
money to assist ligihk 1, lw-
income homeowners, within city
limits, who are facing foreclosure.
According to information
released last month by the city,
the program offers eligible
homeowners up to $7,500 in
assistance towards late fees
and delinquent payments asso-
ciated with their home loan.
To be ligibk, the home-
owner must meet the follow-
ing qualifications: have
received a foreclosure notice
from their mortgage lender; be

80 percent average median
income or below as defined by
the United States Department
of Housing and Urban
Development; the property
must be located in Miami, be
single-family, and owner-occu-
pied (have a homestead
exemption); the property's
maximum tax assessed market
value cannot exceed $300,000;
the homeowner must prove
that delinquency on their
home loan was due to a signifi-
cant loss of household income,
such as loss of employment,
sudden medical illness, death
in the family, predatory lend-
ing practices, etc.; and the
homeowner must demonstrate

their ability to make future
mortgage payments after the
assistance is received and pro-
vide a revised monthly budget.
Applications are available
at the Department of
Community Development,
444 S.W. Second Ave., 2nd
Floor, Miami, FL 33130; and
on the web for downloading at
www.miamigov. com/commu-
Applications will be accept-
ed at the department.
Assistance will be provided on
a first-come, first-ready, first-
served basis. For more informa-
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Fish with buttery yucca serves up

Caribbean seafood lovers' delight

Most Caribbean people
are from countries
surrounded by the
sea and they love seafood.
This month Caribbean
Today is serving up a sumptu-
ous feast of fish and buttery
yucca, courtesy of Publix
Apron's Simple Meals. Enjoy!

Caribbean fish
* 2/3 cup orange juice
* 3 tablespoons diced
* 2 tablespoons sliced black
* 2 teaspoons lemon pepper
seasoning salt
* 2 teaspoons cornstarch
* 2 teaspoons prepared horse-
* 1 1/2 pounds white fish fil-
lets such as snapper,
grouper, or orange roughy
(thawed, if needed)
* plastic wrap
* 1 tablespoon butter
* 3 cups frozen pepper stir-fry
(sliced bell peppers and onions)
* 1 cup shredded green or

red cabbage

Combine orange juice, in
microwave-safe baking dish,
with pimientos, olives, lemon
pepper, cornstarch, and horse-
Cut away any dark red
flesh on fish (for mildest fla-
vor); cut into four portions.
Place fish in sauce mixture;
turn to coat (wash hands).
Cover dish tightly with
plastic wrap; microwave on
HIGH 8-10 minutes or until
fish is opaque and separates
easily with fork.
Meanwhile, preheat large
saut6 pan on medium-high two
to three minutes. Place butter
in pan; swirl to coat. Add
remaining ingredients; cover
and cook five to seven minutes,
stirring often, or until tender.
Serve fish and sauce over

Buttery yucca
* 4 cups water

* 1 tablespoon minced onions
* 1 tablespoon butter
* 1/4 teaspoon salt
* 1/8 teaspoon pepper

Place medium saucepan
on high. Add all ingredients;
cover and bring to boil.
Reduce to medium-high;
cook 20 to 25 minutes, stirring
occasionally, or until tender.
Drain and serve. Note: For
a richer flavor, melt additional
butter on yucca after draining.

No harm done from a very fishy diet

Question: Dr. Bruce Bistrian, I
read in an earlier issue that one
of the nutrition experts eats
five servings of fish a week.
Why so much? And isn't there
a risk from the contaminants?

Answer: I believe research has
shown that eating fish has a
variety of benefits, but for me,
the science came much later
than my love of fish did.
Eicosapentaenoic acid
(EPA) and docosahexaenoic
acid (DHA), the two omega-3
fats found in fish, have been
shown to reduce the risk of
death from coronary artery dis-
ease by about 35 percent when
consumed in modest amounts.
Modest means a daily average of
about 500 milligrams (mg) of
EPA and DHA together (not
each), which you can get by eat-
ing two servings of fish a week
- provided, of course, it's oily
Two servings provide from
3.0 to 4.5 grams of EPA and
DHA, and because much of it
is stored, that's equivalent to
ingesting about 500 mg daily.
There's less definitive evidence
from epidemiologic studies that
omega-3 fats in that amount
will reduce risks of such widely
disparate disorders as depres-
sion, metabolic syndrome,
Alzheimer's disease, and some
kinds of cancer. The American
Heart Association recommends
a daily average of 500 mg for
prevention of coronary artery
disease, and twice that much -
a gram a day for people

with established heart disease.
In even greater amounts -
three grams a day fish oil can
significantly lower elevated
triglyceride levels, another risk
factor for coronary artery dis-
ease. If you're taking prescrip-
tion-strength fish oil Lovaza is
a brand name for triglyceride
lowering, then physician moni-
toring is indicated. Intake at the
multi-gram level has shown
promise as a treatment for
inflammatory disorders such as
rheumatoid arthritis and inflam-
matory bowel disease. And
research I've been involved in
shows that it helps people who
are critically ill from conditions
like adult respiratory distress
syndrome or because they're
recovering from major surgery.

As for contaminants, methyl
mercury and toxic organic com-
pounds such as polychlorinated
biphenyls (PCBs) and dioxin are
the ones that have caused the
most concern. (Meat and dairy
products also contain methyl
mercury and toxic organic com-
pounds). In 2006, Harvard
researchers Dariush Mozaffarian
and Eric Rimm wrote a compre-
hensive review about the risks
and benefits of eating fish that
was published in The Journal of
the American Medical
Association, and some of the fol-
lowing information is taken from
their review.
Methyl mercury is found in
highest concentrations in four
types of fish: swordfish, shark,

king mackerel, and tilefish
(sometimes called golden bass).
Because methyl mercury can
impair neurologic development
and function, these species
should be avoided by pregnant
women, those who may
become pregnant, those who
are brLaIl-fLLin-, and infants.
However, it's still impor-
tant for the people in these
groups to consume two serv-
ings of fish per week with high
EPA and DHA content,
because DHA is an essential
nutrient for optimal brain
development, which occurs
during gestation and early
infancy. The dangers of methyl
mercury aren't an issue for
adults unless they eat more
than five servings of fish a
week. Even then, the risk can
be managed by limiting intake
of the four species with high
mercury levels.
The risks of PCBs and
dioxin are essentially below the
level of detection when consum-
ing store-bought fish, and
because these compounds are
also found in similar amounts in
meat and dairy products, there
doesn't seem to be any disad-
vantage from swapping one
good protein source for another.
However, there may be advi-
sories about contamination of
freshwater fish in certain areas,
and these local recommenda-
tions should be heeded.

2009 Copyright Harvard
Health Publications.

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad,
CMC The Trinidad-based
Caribbean Epidemiology
Centre (CAREC) has con-
firmed that three Caribbean
countries have reported posi-
tive cases of the deadly
Influenza A (H1N1), which is
commonly referred to as
"swine flu".
"A total of four con-
firmed cases have been
reported two from
Jamaica, one from
Bahamas and one from
Bermuda. All four cases
had a recent travel his-
tory to affected areas in
noted in a statement on
its official website.
CAREC warned
that with an increase in
travel between affected
areas and the Caribbean,
particularly during the Cases
school vacation period
"countries should continue
enhanced surveillance for
fever and respiratory illness".
The center stated that
several affected countries
were "now only testing severe
cases and as such reported
numbers are no longer a com-
plete description of burden of
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The Ministry of Health in
The Bahamas said that the
reported case occurred in a
young adult visitor who came
from New York to that coun-
try on May 25 and returned
home the next day to recover.
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same day. The results were
received on the evening of
May 29. All necessary precau-
tions were taken at the facili-
ties where the visitor stayed
for the brief period and there

s of swine flu are affecting children and adults.

are on-going surveillance
activities at other contact
,n,, the ministry stated.
The Bahamas said that as
there continues to be wide-
spread global occurrence of
the virus it would continue to
monitor the influenza trends,
"which at present do not indi-
cate any increase in cases at
this time".
The World Health
Organization (WHO) said
that as of June 1, 62 countries
officially reported 17,410 cases
of influenza A (H1N1) infec-
tion, including 115 deaths.


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Caribbean's gender, diversity issues to benefit from IDB multi-donor fund

American Development Bank
(IDB) has approved the cre-
ation of a multi-donor fund to
support initiatives geared
towards tackling gender and
diversity issues in Latin
America and the Caribbean.
The new fund will pro-
vide grants for initiatives that
advance gender equality,
reduce discrimination and
support equitable develop-
ment in the IDB's 26 borrow-
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Women and men affected
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indigenous peoples, and Afro-
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The IDB said that up to
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fund's operations, including
an initial $4 million allocation

approved for 2009.
"The fund's long-term
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"This is an important
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gender and diversity issues in

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BC strongly encourages participation by minority and women-
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