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The United
Nations says
the battle
against
HIV/AIDS is
being won in
the Caribbean.
According to
Michael
Sidibe, execu-
tive director of UNAIDS, a "major,
major breakthrough has been
made during the last five years of
increasing the coverage of treat-
ment" for HIV/AIDS in the region,
page 11.


ALL EYES ON
~ A 6' 5" male Jamaican will be seeking
top honors at next month's IAAF World
Championships in Athletics. United
States-based 400-meter hurdler Isa
Phillips is hoping to match the excel-
lence of another illustrious countryman
who fits that description, and in the
process shatter American dominance in
the event, page 23.


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humanitarian work, especially his
efforts to alleviate poverty and suf-
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WASHINGTON, D.C. -
World Bank aid to Caribbean
and Latin American countries
is at an all-time high.
The Washington-based
financial institution said recently
that it had committed $17.1 bil-
lion in fiscal year 2009 to help
regional countries struggling
amid the global
economic crisis.
It said that
figure repre-
sents a 70 per-
cent increase
over the previ-
ous fiscal year
and a record
high for the Zoellick
global devel-
opment institution in the
region.
"Requests for assistance
from the World Bank Group
rose sharply this year, and we
expect this to continue well
into 2010, as the pace of
recovery is far from certain,"
said World Bank Group
President Robert B. Zoellick.
The World Bank said it


July 2009


Haiti appeals to donors to honor pledges Hundreds of Caribbean nationals


MIAMI, Florida Prime
Minister Michele Pierre-Louis
has appealed to international
donors to honor pledges made
at a donors conference in
Washington in April, saying
that Haiti is yet to receive any
money in promised aid.
"We are frustrated, we are
in dire need of financial sup-
port," said Pierre-Louis on her
first official visit to South
Florida recently. She said Haiti
is yet to receive any of the $353
million pledged to the country.
"So it would be helpful to
know exactly if they want (the
aid) to go into agriculture, in
environment, education or
health," the prime minister
said, adding the donors had all
agreed on the plan that had
been presented at the meeting.
Pierre-Louis's appeal


came on the heels of former
U.S. President Bill Clinton's
appointment as the new
United Nations envoy to
Haiti. In lay-
ing out his
vision, Clinton
said Haiti,
more than
ever before,
has the oppor-
tunity to
advance.
"Haiti, not Pierre-Louis
withstanding
the total devastation caused by
the four storms last year, has
the best chance to escape the
darker aspects of its history in
the 35 years that I have been
going there," he said.

INFLUENCE
The Haitian prime minis-


ter said that ex-President
Clinton could use his influ-
ence to get the donors to start
honoring their pledges.
"That probably is one of
the roles President Clinton
will have to play, see what fol-
low-up there can be to the
donors' conference," Pierre-
Louis said, noting that despite
Haiti's troubles there were
many opportunities to invest
in the country.
She said that Miami-based
Royal Caribbean is building a
$50 million pier and that the
government, with a
Venezuelan loan, will shortly
begin work on renovating the
Cap-Haitien airport in the
north of the country.
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U.S. Coast Guard arrests drug traffickers,

seizes $8.5M cash in Caribbean waters


SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -
The United States Coast Guard
said its Caribbean Corridor
Strike Force (CCSF) special
agents and officers recently
arrested four Colombians and
seized about $8.5 million in
U.S. currency during patrol of
the Caribbean Sea.
The Coast Guard said the
crew of the cutter Harriet Lane
detected a "suspicious go-fast
vessel departing Panama while
patrolling Caribbean interna-
tional waters June 21, and
launched a helicopter to fur-
ther investigate the vessel.
"The Coast Guard heli-
copter crew used warning shots


and disabling fire to bring the
vessel to a halt after the go-fast
operator failed to stop as
ordered", it said in a statement.
"The crew of the helicop-
ter was able to observe the
crewmembers of the go-fast
boat throwing multiple bails
into the water, which were later
recovered revealing approxi-
mately $8.5 million in cash".

DETAINED
The U.S. Coast Guard
said the four Colombian crew
members of the go-fast vessel
were detained and brought to
its base in San Juan, Puerto
Rico, where CCSF agents


arrested them for "failure to
heave as instructed by the
Coast Guard, and they seized
the approximately $8.5 million
for further investigation".
The Coast Guard said the
U.S. Attorney's Office in
Puerto Rico agreed to prose-
cute all four crewmembers.
The Caribbean Corridor
Strike Force investigates South
American-based drug traffick-
ing organizations "responsible
for the movement of multi-kilo-
gram quantities of narcotics uti-
lizing the Caribbean as a trans-
shipment point for further dis-
tribution to the United IIks .
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NEW YORK Some 1,342
Caribbean nationals were
granted asylum status in the
United States last year, accord-
ing to recent data released by
the U.S. Department of
Homeland Security.
Nationals of only three
Caribbean nations were
approved for asylum status
compared to only one for
refugee status. Haiti led the
region with 1,237 or 5.4 per-
cent of the global total of
asylees in 2008.
Jamaica had 19 approvals
for asylum.
By contrast, Cuba's asy-
lum approvals were much
lower with 86 approved in
2008. However, 4,177 Cubans,
the highest in a decade, were
granted refugee status last year
compared to no Haitians. That
number grew from just 2,922
in 2007 and from 3,143 in 2006.
An applicant for refugee
status is outside the U.S.,
while an applicant seeking
asylum status is in the U.S. or
at a U.S. port of entry.
To be eligible for refugee
or asylum status, an applicant
must be unable or unwilling to
return to his or her country of
nationality because of persecu-
tion or a well-founded fear of
persecution on account of race,
religion, nationality, member-
ship in a particular social
group, or political opinion.
In 2008, a total of 60,108
persons were admitted to the


United States as refugees.
During 2008, 22,930 individu-
als were granted asylum,
including 12,187 who were
granted asylum affirmatively
by U.S. Citizenship and
Immigration Services
(USCIS) and 10,743 who were
granted asylum defensively by
an immigration judge during
removal proceedings.

TOP
The top countries of
nationality for affirmative
asylees were China (17 per-
cent), Colombia (9.1 percent),
and Venezuela (6.3 percent).
The three countries accounted
for the nationality of 32 per-
cent of all persons granted
asylum affirmatively.
Globally, the majority of
refugees (52 percent) admit-
ted to the U.S. in 2008 were
under 25 years of age, with 36
percent under age 18. A slight
majority of refugees were
male (52 percent). More than
half of all refugees admitted
in 2008 (57 percent) were sin-
gle; 38 percent were married.
In 2008, the leading coun-
tries of nationality for refugee
admissions were Burma (30
percent), Iraq (23 percent),
and Bhutan (8.9 percent).
The largest percentages of
refugees admitted to the
United States in 2008 settled
in California (16 percent) and
Texas (8.5 percent).
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devoted "significant energy
and rf L u rt.L in fiscal year
2009 in responding to the
needs of countries hit by the
global financial crisis, "with a
strong focus on initiatives to
protect the most vulnerable in
the poorest countries; maintain
long-term infrastructure invest-
ment programmes; and sustain
the potential for private sector-
led economic growth and
employment .rLd IIIn .

TRIPLED
The bank said commit-
ments to the Caribbean
and Latin America from its
International Bank for
Reconstruction and
Development (IBRD) and
the International Development
Association (IDA) more than
tripled in fiscal year 2009 to $14
billion for 64 operations, up
from $4.7 billion the previous
year.
The IBRD provides
financing, risk management
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Ex-city commissioner Salesman appeals gun conviction in Florida


DAWN A. DAVIS
Fitzroy Salesman, the
Jamaican-born ex-com-
missioner for the South
Florida city of Miramar, will
appeal his misdemeanor
firearm conviction.
Salesman was convicted
of improperly exhibiting a
firearm stemming from an inci-
dent at a Miramar supermar-
ket in Nov. 2007. He and his
attorney, Eric Schwartzreich,
have filed an appeal to over-
turn the conviction that
includes 30 days in jail in addi-
tion to a year probation.
Salesman had begun serv-
ing his time at a Broward
county facility following his


sentencing, but was freed 14
days later after his lawyer
filed a supersedeas bond, a
kind of surety by the accused
requesting a delay in judge-
ment until after the appeal.
"The appeal process is on
its way," Salesman confirmed
last month. "It was self
defense. I had enough reason
to fear and protect my life
given what I know. As a mat-
ter of fact, the police report
that we tried to get admitted
in evidence in court, the judge
flatly refused. There are a lot
of things that he refused us.
We are appealing on the
grounds that all the evidence
was not brought forward."
Salesman said he is confi-


Welcome Michael Murph, manager of the Richmond Heights branch of
Citibank in South Dade welcomes Ryan Merrell CFP to the branch at a
reception that was held at the Ruby Tuesday's Restaurant recently. In atten-
dance were customers, other branch managers and financial product offerers
from the Hartford and Western National. Ryan, who comes to Richmond
Heights from the Coral Gables branch, was very excited at the prospects of
his new assignment. Welcome again Ryan.


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dent he has a strong case for a
successful appeal. So does his
lawyer.
"The appeal will probably
take about seven months from
now, but we are hopeful that
his conviction will be over-
turned," said Schartzreich. "...
I think that the facts came out
at trial and before trial, and at
numerous hearings that Mr.
Salesman was threatened by
one of the individuals...He
was defending himself and he
responded to a threat and that
he was in his lawful right that
day in the supermarket."

GANG
Quoting crime statistics in
Miramar's zone four, where
the incident took place,
Salesman explained that the
area is crime ridden and is a
prime area for gang opera-
tions. He said an organized
gang he called H >d oper-
ates in Miramar, adding that
about a year ago 14 gang
members were indicted on
several charges, including
attempted murder, extortion
and aggravated assault. The
Florida Department of
Corrections refers to ties
between local Florida gangs
and the notorious Crips and
Bloods gangs which originated
in the state of California.
"When I went to Winn
Dixie that night, the way the
young man approached me
was one of the ways that the
gang operates," explained
Salesman. "They go out and
pick fights with people, beat
them up, kill them."
There was no evidence


offered to prove the com-
plainant had any link to gangs,
but detailing his side of the
story, the former commission-
er said he had no words with
the 19-year-old who was iden-
tified in the media as the per-
son who he had the confronta-


Salesman testifies during his trial.

tion with.
"When I went to Winn
Dixie that night there was a
young man pushing a cart...I
turned to the manager, I pointed
to the cart and I said 'if the self
check out lanes were open, this
young man could have scanned
his sodas, paid for them, and it
would have made the shopping
experience a lot more pleasura-
ble under the conditions,"
Salesman explained. "...Out of
the blue this other guy jumped
out and said 'he is not f...... g
going anywhere'. They (the
gang) was the first thing that
came to my mind. So, I pulled
my weapon."
He lambasts the
Caribbean media for jumping
on the bandwagon and not
reporting the facts.
"Our Caribbean newspa-


pers over the years, they have
maligned us and marginalized
us to the point where we can't
function effectively,"
Salesman said." They have
always gone to second hand
sources to get the information
when the source is right there
before them."
Salesman took Caribbean
Today to task for a story pub-
lished last month in which sit-
ting Miramar Commissioner
Winston Barnes was asked to
comment on the ex-commis-
sioner's legal battles.

BOOT CAMP
Asked about his two-week
stink in lock-up, Salesman said
"it was no different from boot
camp. The only difference is
boot camp food is a lot better. It
was halfway decent, given where
you were. The guards were very
courteous and nice...Everything
went well; I was in protective
custody, I wasn't faced with the
general population."
He has not ruled out run-
ning for office again, but if and
when he does make that deci-
sion it will be with a long and
hard consultation with his fam-
ily, he added. But Salesman
remained unapologetic.
"What other people think
and what they say, it doesn't
really matter to me," he said.
"I do what I have to do, and I
continue to do what I think is
right when it comes to my safe-
ty and my family's safety and
protection. It's that simple."

Dawn A. Davis is a freelance
writer for Caribbean Today.
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products, and other financial
services to countries; and IDA
provides interest-free loans
and grants to the world's poor-
est countries.
The World Bank said sup-
port to the region represents
almost a third of total IBRD/
IDA lending (30 percent) and 42
percent of total IBRD lending.
The bank also said fast-
disbursing Development
Policy Loans, providing criti-
cal budget support at a time of
rising financing gaps, com-
prised 51 percent of


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Of the 12,187 persons
granted asylum affirmatively
in 2008, more than four-fifths
were between the ages of 18
and 54 while slightly more
than half were male, and 48
percent were married.


IBRD/IDA lending.

CRISIS RESPONSE
In addition, the bank said
the IFC supported 68 advisory
services projects to help improve
business environment, promote
access to finance for under-
served segments and enhance
the benefits of private sector
projects in local communities.
As part of its crisis
response initiatives, the World
Bank said the IFC doubled its
trade finance guarantees to
the region to $825 million.
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U.S. criticizes Caribbean in report on human trafficking


WASHINGTON The United
States has placed three
Caribbean community (CARI-
COM) countries on its "Tier 2
Watch List" and one on its
"Special C(',i in its ninth
Annual Trafficking in Persons
(TIP) report.
The U.S. State Department
has also placed six CARICOM
nations on its "Tier 2" list.
The report, released here
last month, listed Belize,
Guyana, and St. Vincent and
the Grenadines in the "Tier 2
Watch List" category, and
Haiti as the "Special C(',, .
Antigua and Barbuda,
The Bahamas, Barbados,
Jamaica, Suriname, and
Trinidad and Tobago are list-
ed in the "Tier 2" category.
Tier 2 applies to countries
considered to be making mini-
mal efforts to satisfy the U.S.
anti-trafficking in persons'
requirement, while "Tier 2
Watch List" is when their
efforts are not enough,
according to U.S. standards.

EXPLOITATION
Washington said that
Belize is a iiiurL, transit,
and destination country" for
men, women, and children
trafficked for the purposes of
commercial sexual exploita-
tion and forced labor.


It said the most common
form of trafficking in Belize is
the internal sex trafficking of
minors, particularly situations
in which "poor families push
their school-aged daughters to
provide sexual favors to
wealthy older men in
exchange for school fees,
money, and gifts."
This 'sugar daddy' phe-
nomenon occurs in Belize and
other Caribbean countries,
but often it is not recognized
as a form of human trafficking
by local communities or law
enforcement personnel, the
report stated.
It noted that the Belize
government does not fully
comply with the minimum
standards for the elimination
of trafficking.
"Despite these overall sig-
nificant efforts, the govern-
ment did not show evidence of
progress in convicting and
sentencing trafficking offend-
ers last year," the report stat-
ed, adding ihI rI h< r, Belize
is placed on Tier 2 Watch
List".
The U.S. said Guyana is
also a source country for men,
women, and children traf-
ficked for the purposes of
commercial sexual exploita-
tion and forced labor. It said
Guyanese trafficking victims


have been identified within
the country, as well as in
Barbados, Brazil, Trinidad
and Tobago, and Suriname. It
said the majority of victims
are trafficked internally for


Guyana's President Bharrat Jagdeo

sexual and labor exploitation
in the more heavily populated
coastal areas and in the
remote areas of the country's
interiors.
"In coastal areas, traffick-
ers promise rural women and
girls jobs as domestic servants,
then coerce them into working
in shops or homes for little or
no pay, or sell them to broth-
els", the report noted, stating
too that the Bharrat Jagdeo


administration does not fully
comply with the minimum
standards for the elimination
of trafficking, but is making
significant efforts to do so.
But, despite its overall
efforts, the U.S. said the
government did not show
evidence of progress in
prosecuting and punishing
acts of trafficking. The
Guyana government has
already criticized the U.S.
report.

'POTENTIAL SOURCE'
Washington said St.
Vincent and the
Grenadines is a "potential
source country for children
trafficked internally for the
purposes of sexual exploita-
tion", adding it may also be
a destination country for
women trafficked for the
purposes of commercial
sexual exploitation.
"Anecdotal reporting sug-
gests the number of victims
trafficked in, to, or through St.
Vincent and the Grenadines is
small.
"Information on the full
extent of human trafficking in
St. Vincent and the
Grenadines, however, is lack-
ing, as neither the government
nor NGOs have conducted
any related investigations,


studies, or surveys", it stated,
noting that "reports indicate
that a traditional practice of
sending children away from
home to live with another
family is sometimes misused
for the purpose of coercing
children into commercial sex-
ual exploitation".
Despite overall significant
efforts, it noted that the Ralph
Gonsalves administration also
did not provide "evidence of
vigorous law enforcement
efforts to combat trafficking
by investigating reports of the
commercial sexual exploita-
tion of children and of women
who may be forced to engage
in prostitution."
The State Department
said Haiti remains a "Special
C,,, 'for the fourth consecu-
tive year as the new govern-
ment, formed in September
2008, has not yet been able to
address the significant chal-
lenges facing the country,
including human trafficking.
"The U.S. government,
however, notes the progress of
Haiti's government, and urges
the Government of Haiti to
take immediate action to
address its serious trafficking-
in-persons problems", the
report stated.


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U.S., Caribbean hold talks over tourist pre-clearance


KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC -
Caribbean tourism ministers
have held talks with officials
of the U.S. State Department
regarding the placement of
pre-clearance facilities in the
region that would allow for
quicker and easier immigra-
tion clearance for Americans
visiting the region.
Jamaica's Tourism


Minister
Edmund
Bartlett said
that, if
approved, the
measure
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In addition, he said, air-
lines would be able to avoid
the heavy tax they now pay, as
well as make the Caribbean a
more affordable vacation des-
tination for American visitors.
Bartlett said that the dis-
cussions with the State
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free policies, which placed most
Caribbean destinations at a
competitive disadvantage. He
noted that visitors to Puerto
Rico and the U.S. Virgin
Islands enjoy a duty-free
allowance of $1,000, while visi-
tors to other Caribbean were
allowed only $500. He said
Jamaica is now looking at
amending the duty-free laws to
allow incoming passengers to
purchase duty-free items.

SUCCESS
Bartlett, who was in
Washington participating in
the Caribbean Tourism
Organization (CTO) second
annual tourism summit last
month, described the event as
"very successful," noting that
the meetings with representa-
tives from the World Bank
and Inter-American
Development Bank, regarding


financing tourism projects in
the Caribbean, were fruitful.
He said the Caribbean as a
tourist destination needs to
take a serious look at re-defin-
ing itself to meet the emerging
global economic challenges.
"We need to start examin-
ing our own business model as
we seek to create greater effi-
ciency and improve the quality
of service that we provide to our
visitors. It is the enhanced visitor
experience that is going to keep
the Caribbean competitive,"
Bartlett said, stressing the need
for destinations to improve and
become modernize.
"This is vital within the
competitive times as the indus-
try will be looking for value,
which is going to be the key
word as prices become more
competitive."
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as new U.S. envoy to Belize
Tinai Thummalapally, a U.S. in 1974. He received his
business executive from bachelor of science degree in
Colorado and a close mechanical engineering from
friend of United States President California State University and
Barack Obama, is set to take up completed post graduate
the position as Washington's new courses in business administra-
ambassador to Belize. tion. He is currently the presi-


Thummalapally, who
raised $100,000 for Obama's
historic presidential campaign,
was among the latest batch of
diplomats named last month.
His nomination as ambassador
extraordinary and plenipoten-
tiary of the U.S. to Belize has
to be approved by the U.S.
Senate before the appointment
officially takes effect.
Thummalapally, who is
originally from the Indian city
of Hyderabad, migrated to the


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recordable optical discs.
His friendship with
Obama dates back to his stu-
dent days in 1980 and was
present at two landmark
moments in Obama's life: his
wedding in 1982 and his
announcement in 2007, when
Obama declared that he was
running for president.
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Clinton makes first visit

to Haiti as U.N. envoy


UNITED NATIONS -
Former United States
President Bill Clinton, the

appointed
United
Nations .
Special Envoy
to Haiti,
recently made
his first visit to
the French-
speaking Clinton
Caribbean
country in his
new capacity.
During his recent three-
day visit, Clinton met with sen-
ior government officials to dis-
cuss how best the international
community can support their
efforts to better prepare for
hurricanes, generate new jobs
and enhance the delivery of


basic social services, the U.N.
said.
Clinton has laid out his
vision to advance develop-
ment in Haiti, stating that
Haiti, more than ever before,
has an opportunity to
progress.
"Haiti, notwithstanding
the total devastation wreaked
by the four storms last year,
has the best chance to escape
the darker aspects of its histo-
ry in the 35 years that I have
been going there," he said.
Clinton said that what he
wanted to do first was to fol-
low the plan Haiti has set out
for its recovery and its future.
"All I want to do is help the
Haitians take over control of
their own d,,iny he said. "It's
all I have ever wanted for Haiti."
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Belafonte gives props to Wyclef Jean for peace, humanitarian efforts


Harry Belafonte, left, and Wyclef Jean at the 2009 WHY (World Hunger Year)-Chapin
Awards in New York City.


NEW YORK Eighty-two
year-old Jamaican American
recording star, actor and
humanitarian, Harry Belafonte,
believes he could not pass on
the torch in the struggle for
peace and human dignity to a
better person than Haitian
musical adventurer Wyclef
Jean the 2009 ASCAP-Harry
Chapin Humanitarian Award
recipient.
Presenting the award to
Jean last month at the 2009
WHY (World Hunger Year)-
Chapin Awards at the
Lighthouse at C(l I, ,, Piers
here, Belafonte himself a pre-
vious ASCAP Humanitarian
Award winner whose contribu-
tions to the civil rights, anti-
war and anti-apartheid move-
ments are as legendary as his
music saluted the 36 year-old
Haitian and fellow Caribbean
musician for leveraging the
celebrity and activism of him-
self and his friends for humani-
tarian work.


"Wyclef's greatest contri-
bution can't easily be meas-
ured because Wyclef himself
has said the greatest accom-
plishment is giving hope to
young kids," said Belafonte as
he educated the audience
about the four-year-old Y6le
Haiti nonprofit foundation
Jean established to bring hope
to his native country.
"Ydle Haiti allows kids to
dream they have not dreamt
often, and most of the time
their dreams have been night-
mares. That's what got me
here dreaming," he said.

HELP
Y6le Haiti helps the poor
and underprivileged in Haiti
through food distribution, aid
for hurricane victims and job
creation efforts. The aim is to
change the lives of hundreds
of thousands of poverty-strick-
en Haitians through its sus-
tainable development pro-
grams, Y6le Haiti partners


with established community-
based groups where they exist,
and if they don't exist it helps
start them. The focus is to
feed the hungry, and fight
HIV/AIDS while providing
soul sustaining nourishment
through the arts and sports
programs.
Trinidadian Simon Khan,
chief executive officer of
Antilia, a New York-based
Caribbean special events com-
pany and entertainment brand
that helped promote and pro-
duce the awards, said he was
delighted to see Belafonte
from Jamaica, Jean from Haiti
and Slinger "The Mighty
Sparrow" Francisco from


Trinidad and Tobago/Grenada
tithe their time to put the
spotlight on world hunger and
the challenges facing the
Caribbean nation of Haiti.
"This once again goes
to show the power of the
Caribbean American diaspora
and what can be done on an
international stage when we
leverage our talents for good,"
he said.

HONOR
The Haitian-born Jean,
who was heralded throughout
the evening for his unselfish,
energetic activism in the serv-
ice of causes that matter, said
he was honored to receive the


award as he reminisced about
his own battle with poverty
and struggle to make ends
meet while growing up in
Haiti. He encouraged humani-
tarian groups to focus on sus-
tainability when helping the
poor.
"When you are going to
feed a child, remember it's
about sustainability the reali-
ty is that you have to give
them the (fishing) rod and the
boat and they won't come
back to you no more," Jean
said.
Also honored at the event
were Growing Power
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Are leaders moving closer to political, economic union in the Caribbean?


PETER RICHARDS

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad,
CMC When he first pro-
posed the idea to Caribbean
community (CARICOM)
leaders in 2006, it was shot
down maybe because coun-
tries were not prepared to
hand over part of their sover-
eignty to unelected officials.
Now, as head of a task
force that is examining plan
for a political
union involv-
ing Trinidad
and Tobago
and three
islands
of the
Organization
of Eastern
Caribbean
States Lewis
(OECS),
Professor Vaughan Lewis is
again urging that they surren-
der some political power to a
European-style commission.
The recommendation is
outlined in the report from a
six-member task force that
was presented to the govern-
ments of Trinidad and Tobago,
Grenada, St. Lucia, and St.
Vincent and the Grenadines in
May. The report is contained
in two volumes with a com-
bined total of 521 pages and is
being circulated by the govern-
ment here for
public discus-
sion.
One of the
proposals, a
European-
style commis-
sion, has not
found favor
with the wider
Manning CARICOM
integration
grouping a situation that
Lewis insists is a "hurdle that
has to be jumped."

WARNING
The task force itself has
warned that it would be self-
defeating if such a require-
ment is not taken on board by
the countries involved in the
new political and economic
initiative.
In arguing for support of
the European-style commis-
sion, the task force stated that
CARICOM's integration sys-
tem has generally favored an
inter-governmental approach
conceptually reflected in the
notion of "community of sov-
ereign states.
"But the machinery serv-
icing the operations of the sys-
tem and theoretically having a
responsibility for ensuring the
implementation of decisions,
is bereft of the legal authority
and legal instruments for
ensuring enforceability..."
In August last year, the
four Caribbean states


announced that they had
agreed in principle on the need
for closer economic and politi-
cal integration without detri-
ment to the wider effort of a
CARICOM Single Market and
Economy (CSME), a move
that was subsequently
endorsed by the others govern-
ments of the nine-member sub-
regional OECS. The OECS
countries are Ilk l\ 1L L mov-
ing towards an economic
union, even though St. Vincent
and the Grenadines' Prime
Minister Ralph Gonsalves
acknowledged recently that the
global economic crisis was neg-
atively impacting moves in that
direction.
As a result, he does not
hold out much hope for
achieving the year-end dead-
line previously set by the lead-
ers for full implementation of
the arrangement.
"It is going to be very diffi-
cult...because in terms of some
of the formal arrangements the
very crisis itself had the effect
of slowing some of that work,"
Gonsalves told CMC.
The task force presented
its report at a special summit of
Caribbean leaders here in May
and Trinidad and Tobago's
Prime Minister Patrick
Manning said the initiative
would allow for the Caribbean
to rekindle the spirit of the
West Indian Federation that
collapsed in 1962.
The report advocates the
establishment of a "Treaty of
Union" that is subject to revi-
sion to accommodate the
requirements of further eco-
nomic and political union. The
union will have, as its major
elements, a Union Council of
States comprising the heads of
government of each state and a
council of ministers comprising
one minister from each state.
The report also recom-
mends a Union Commission
made up of commissioners,
one from each state nominat-
ed by his respective country
and appointed by the Council
of States for a five-year peri-
od. As a legislative body, there
will be a "Union House of
Assembly" with the member-
ship drawn from both the gov-
ernment and opposition
benches of Parliament in each
member state.

MAKING DECISIONS
To make judicial deci-
sions, the Caribbean Court of
Justice (CCJ), which the
regional governments estab-
lished in 2001 to replace the
London-based Privy Council
as the final court, "shall have
compulsory and exclusive
jurisdiction to hear and deter-
mine disputes concerning the
interpretation and application
of the Treaty of Union".
Under the proposal, the


Executive of the Union will
comprise the Council of States
and be responsible for the for-
mulation and execution of the


Gonsalves
Gonsalves


policy of the Union.
The task force stated that
the primary objective is to cre-
ate a transition from the exist-
ing loose cooperation system
of CARICOM arrangements
to an institutional arrange-
ment that "would permit a
convergence of sovereignties
and therefore a linkage of
decision making and decision
implementation".
Lewis said that the task
force was not advocating that
the political autonomy or
independence of the partici-
pating states should be subject
to a single system of gover-
nance or jurisdiction.

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WHY is an advo-
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community-based
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and poverty. The
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by advancing models
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reliance, economic
justice and equal Wyclef Je


the task force has done is to
recommend a structure of
governance that would take
into consideration the transi-
tion to an economic union in
the sub-region by 2011.
"Secondly, we propose
that the by the specified date
of 2013, there should be the
consolidation of a governance
structure, a constitutional
political system that reflects
the political realities of two
simultaneously ongoing
processes, natural to these
island states of convergence
while maintaining an identifi-
able autonomy."
The ruling People's
National Movement in


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Trinidad and Tobago sched-
uled a special convention on
June 21 to discuss the recom-
mendations, with Manning
already warning "there is so
much on the table" and the
consequences "so far-reaching
that we are going to have to


access to nutritious and
affordable food.
*


ean shows off his award.


start talking publicly and edu-
cating the population on these
matters."
But Jamaica is wary about
the moves by the four regional
countries, warning that the
proposed economic and politi-
cal union may have severe
consequences for CARICOM.
In addition, Prime Minister
Bruce Golding has also
warned that membership in
the Bolivarian Alternative for
the Americas (ALBA), being
promoted by Venezuela may
have a "destabilizing effect"
on CARICOM."
Former St. Vincent and
the Grenadines Prime
Minister Sir James Mitchell,
who has called on the opposi-
tion parties in the countries
concerned to put aside "their
selfish personal rL IIN'and
support the initiative, has
nonetheless said he wanted a
president to head the pro-
posed union and elected
"directly by all the people of
the union."


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Baby mama drama, a wicked cycle that keeps going round and round


I'm sure you may lament as
you observe the decline of
parenting and the state of
our children nowadays. And
don't think that I'm only refer-
ring to the Caribbean either,
for it's a global problem.
The term baby mother is
really associated with the
black race, especially in the
United States and Britain and
of course, in the Caribbean. I
wouldn't be surprised if it was
coined by us and then adopted
by those other countries.
Baby mothers are every-
where, and come in all races
too. In England, some girls
have multiple babies with dif-
ferent fathers in order to get
welfare money from the state.
It's also big in the U.S. But
like it or not, it's generally a
black term, and no longer a
derogatory one either.
What is true, is that they
are many, and they're accept-
ed in society. For some, it was
the sheer bad luck of a burst
condom, or the pregnancy was
not planned, as passion won
over restraint, while for others
it's a rite of passage, as by a
certain age, young girls have
to give birth or risk the chance
of being ridiculed.
See what happened in the
U.S. a few months ago, where
these young schoolgirls had
this pact to all get pregnant,
just to emulate Britney
Spears's younger sister, who
had a kid by age 16?! Gone
are the days when a positive
pregnancy test spelt grief and
heartache. Now it's replaced
by joy and exultation.

SHACKLE
Then there is the career
minded woman, who has no
need to be shackled by any
man, but just needs him to
impregnate her, then he can be
on his way. Of course, there
are also those who were loved
and left holding the bag with
the baby in it. By whichever
way they got there, baby
mothers are an integral and
large part of our social fabric.
Truth be told, single parent-
hood outnumbers the two-par-
ent home by far.
What is also true, is that
baby mothers have become
younger, and therein lays a
major part of our social prob-
lems. Single mothers have
been around for a very long
time, but they weren't so
young. Now we have baby
mothers from as young as age
14 and even younger, so by
age 19, she has four children
for four different men.
Why is it so prevalent,
and why are they getting
younger? Some of the reasons
I've already explained, but in
many other cases, men prom-
ise these young girls some sort
of economic future, have their
way, then move on, leaving


her with the
child. Along
comes anoth-
er man,
promising
her the same,
but the same
result occurs.
The question s
is, at what TONY
point does ROBINSON
she realize
that she's
being conned, when she has
six kids for six men?
But that's usually in the
lower socio- economic strata.
The baby mothers from the
upper echelon have their
crosses too, with many creat-
ing their own misery. Whether
you're a spinster, divorcee or
widowed, as long as you have
pickney with no man around,
you're a baby mother. That's
the harsh reality.
Well, some lady friends of
mine were carrying on about
how their children were
unruly and unmanageable.
When I delved more into the
conversation I discovered why.
Being single, they took on the
role of mother, father, sister,
brother, uncle, aunty and
friend to the child, not allow-
ing anyone else to have influ-
ence over their children. One
even admitted to me that she
never ever left her child at
swimming, football, tennis, or
any other activity, and even
interfered with what the
coaches were doing. In effect,
negating what influence the
coach or teacher may have on
the child.
It's a baby mother thing, as
most admitted doing this. So the
child grows up with no other
influence but the over protec-
tive mother, and suffers for it.

MISGUIDED
Okay, so now you're going
to ask, where are the fathers?
I asked the ladies present, and
one told me that her men all
left, never to be seen again.


The irony is that she was the
prettiest one in the group, but
was still saddled with two chil-
dren and no man.


T me White House and
members of the United
States Congress must
move quickly on enacting a just
and humane immigration reform
package that will reunite fami-
lies, reinvigorate the economy,
and remove the term "illegal or
undocumented immigrants"
from the dialogue in this country.
Ethnic media, which reach
over 60 million adults in the
U.S., call on Congress to move
decisively on immigration
reform because there are few
issues as important to the
nation's well-being as an over-
haul of the inefficient, inhu-
mane and economically debili-
tating immigration system.
More importantly, we are also
urging our readers and viewers
to contact their Senators and
Congressmen and let them
know that immigration reform
must be a national priority.
The immigration system is
broken, not just for 12 million


Another reason is that
many baby mothers focus so
much on the children that the
man simply feels neglected
and moves on. And one big
reason is that some baby
mothers feel that only they
know how to bring up a child,
and they let the men know it
too. Every time he attempts to
instill discipline or order in
the child's life, his actions are
resented by the mother and
rebuffed. So, tired of battling
for authority, he takes the
path of least resistance and
finds it easier to move on.
But it affects the child, as
being over protected, spoiled
and mother/fathered by the
baby mother, he or she has a
misguided view of the real
world. If it's a boy, he expects
the same treatment from all
women, but is in for a rude
awakening when he grows
older. If it's a girl, she lives
what she sees, and follows the
cycle of her mother, becoming


undocumented immigrants, but
also for specialized workers
blocked from joining the
American economy because of
narrow quotas, and mothers and
fathers and brothers and sisters
of U.S. citizens who must wait
for years before being reunited
with their families.

BROKEN SYSTEMS
Our nation needs compre-
hensive immigration policies
that will replace a broken sys-
tem of raids and roundups with
one that protects all workers
from exploitation, improves
America's security and build
strong communities. It's time to
end the division between work-
ers, which has allowed big busi-
ness to exploit both sides.
Clearly, working-class citi-
zens and immigrant workers
have much in common dreams
of better homes, education for
their families and quality health-
care. There is more that brings
us together than separates us.


a baby mother before she
even reaches 15. So how can
the mother berate her?
Many baby mothers are
content to go it alone, substi-
tuting their son for the man in
their lives, lavishing every-
thing on him, turning him in
effect, into their husbands. If
they have girls, they force
maturity on them, transform-
ing them into big women from
they can barely walk, as they
dress them in impy skimpy
clothes, fancy hairstyles and
jewelry. Some even encourage
them to go 'ketch' man from
an early age, seeking an eco-
nomic future.
The baby mother repre-
sents a large section of the fab-
ric of our society and con-
tributes greatly, but are they
doing more harm than good to
our children?

seidol@hotmail.com
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United we can be a strong force
for change, changes that that
bring more workforce safety
and humane conditions.
Immigration is often por-
trayed as an explosive, divisive
issue. In reality it's not. Since
the repeal of the national ori-
gins quota system in 1965, which
discriminated against certain
immigrants, a consensus has
been building towards an immi-
gration system that respects the
country's core values. These
include economic opportunity,
equality under the law regard-
less of ethnic background, and
an embrace of the world's most
innovative, energetic and ambi-
tious workers. Now, with the
country facing serious competi-
tion from workers abroad, it's
more important than ever to
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''Why Do Jamaicans Run So Fast?' A film searches for answers

'Why Do Jamaicans Run So Fast?' A film searches for answers


DAWN A. DAVIS

The world has watched with
wonder as Jamaica, a nation
with barely three million peo-
ple, consistently stamps itself
with authority on the world
athletics stage, especially in
the sprints.
Last year's Olympic
Games, especially the gold
medal-winning exploits of
triple world record holder
Usain Bolt, and female stars
Shelly-Ann Fraser, Veronica
Campbell-Brown and Melaine
Walker, once again provided a
stage for the Caribbean island
to parade its dominance. Soon
everyone wanted to know
how they did it.
Now a 61-minute film,
titled "Why Do Jamaicans
Run So Fast?", is offering at
least part of the answer; and
last month audiences attend-
ing screenings at the
American Black Film Festival
at Miami Beach's Colony
Theatre, where it was nomi-
nated in the documentary cat-
egory, got a chance to share it.
Indeed, the question
asked by many was explored
in a romping, intimate, yet
probing look at Jamaica's top
athletes including Bolt, Asafa


Powell, Campbell-Brown,
Fraser and Walker. Jamaican-
based producer Nando
Garcia-Guereta filmed the
athletes before and during the
Olympics, and in Jamaica, as
they discussed their personal
journey and triumphs. Garcia-
Guereta, along with director
Miquel Galofre from Spain,
and writer Laura Carulla, put
their own resources into the
making of the film for the love
of Jamaican culture.
"I love Jamaica," Garcia-
Guerta explained. "I am a
reggae music lover. I started
visiting Jamaica from I was 30
years old. I decided to live in
Jamaica and so I sold every-
thing in Spain, bought some
land in Portland, start building
my house block by block
Jamaican style. Little by little
I start doing my music busi-
ness and eventually got
involved in youth sports."
The film also focuses on
young, upcoming athletes as
the production team moved
around the island. The chil-
dren, in training for an
upcoming athletic meet seem
determined and disciplined.
Their pensive faces as they
journey to the race event is
juxtaposed with Garcia-


Guerta's own clips from Bolt's
triumph at the Olympics. As
the news reaches the children,
the entire bus erupts in cele-


bration.

THEORY
Youngsters and adults


alike have their own theory of
why Jamaicans run so fast.
Some focus on the consump-
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'Resurrection' of Haitian culture


The event was part of fes-
tivities surrounding
Haitian Cultural Heritage
Month in May and was organ-
ized with the help of the
Haitian-American Historical
Society (HAHS) and the
Unique Coalition of Minority
Businesses (UCOMB) of South
Florida. "Resurrection 2009"


was painted by Carl Craig, but
other paintings by Alexandra
Barbot, the HAHS's commis-
sion artist, were displayed as
well. Miami-Dade County
Chairman Dennis C. Moss and
Commissioner Katy Sorenson
co-sponsored the unveiling of
the painting.
"South Florida's close ties


with Haiti make Miami-Dade
County the perfect location to
embrace Haitian culture with
the celebration of its rich and
influential history here in the
United States," said Moss. "I
encourage the community to
view the Haitian Memorial
Monument at Deering Estate."
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Artists Alexandra Barbot, left, and Carl Craig unveil "Resurrection 2009" at Deering Estate at Cutler, Miami, Florida recently. It is a
60" x 72" oil on canvas painting.


Dancehall entertainer Bounty Killer

granted bail on gun-related charges


KINGSTON, Jamaica,
CMC Popular dance-
hall entertainer
Rodney Pyrce, also
known as "Bounty
Killer", was granted
J$750,000 ($8,522) bail
after he appeared in
court on several gun-
related charges this
month.
The singer had
been slapped with
charges of illegal pos-
session of a firearm,
unlawful wounding and
assault arising from an Bounty K
incident in Sept. 2007
when a policeman was assault-
ed while driving his private
motor vehicle in the business
district of New Kingston.
Pyrce was charged after
surrendering to the police.
The entertainer is due to


return to court on Aug. 1.
A police officer who was
with Pyrce when the incident
occurred has also been
charged.
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Caribbean winning


MIAMI, Florida The United
Nations says the battle against
HIV/AIDS is being won in the
Caribbean and Latin America.
Michael Sidib6, executive
director of UNAIDS, the
United Nations program
established to tackle the pan-
demic, said a "major, major
breakthrough has been made
during the last five years of
increasing the coverage of
treatment" for HIV/AIDS in
the region.
"In the Caribbean and
Latin America, governments
and health system are respond-


ing quickly, and the number of
people who need treatment
was not so high compared to
the rest of the world," he told
reporters here last month.
"The Caribbean was the
first region in the world to
negotiate a reduction of the
price of drugs for treatment,
which made a big difference in
increasing coverage," he added.
Sidib6 acknowledged that
the region has 62 percent anti-
retroviral therapy coverage,
the highest of any region in
the world. He, however, said
the region's bi-LI epidemics


battle against
are in countries with the
largest populations, adding I
that the problem is mainly
access to the slums.
The UNAIDS spokesman
said fear was one of the major
challenges facing the region,
stating: "People are really
scared to be discriminated 4
(against), to be stigmatized [
and lose their job."
Although the region is
said to be second only to sub-
Saharan Africa in terms of the
prevalence of the disease,
Sidib6 believes "the Caribbean
can be the first region in the Sidib6


HIV/AIDS ~ U.N.


CANCUN, Mexico, CMC -
The United States said it will
donate 420,000 packets of the
antiviral drug Tamiflu to help
fight the spread of swine flu in
the Caribbean and Latin
America.
The U.S. Department of
Health and Human Services
(DHHS) said recently that the
drug will be distributed through
the Washington-based Pan
American Health Organization
(PAHO).


Health officials from 43
countries gathered in Mexico
for a recent two-day meeting
to discuss measures to con-
front swine flu that is sweep-
ing across the world. Up to
press time, the death toll from
the A/H1N1 was 337 people in
121 nations with more than
80,000 people infected global-
ly, according to WHO's
Deputy Director-General
Keiji Fukuda.
Meanwhile, the Roman


Catholic Church in Dominca
has banned handshakes among
its worshipers as a means of
preventing the spread of the
deadly influenza A (H1N1)
virus after the Caribbean
island recorded its first case
last month. The church also
said it would suspend other
longstanding traditions like
drinking wine from the chalice
and giving communion on the
tongue.
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Region urged to look at marijuana's positives


ST. GEORGE'S, Grenada,
CMC Caribbean govern-
ments are being urged to
allow for the cultivation and
exportation of marijuana for
medical purposes despite it
being an illegal drug in all
Caribbean community
(CARICOM) countries.
"People are always talk-
ing about the young men on
the streets and blocks who are
selling marijuana, but what we
need to do is to get them
involved in agriculture by
encouraging them to plant
marijuana for the pharmaceu-
tical market," said Amsale
Maryam of the Association of
Developmental Agencies in
Jamaica.
She made the statement
while contributing to the discus-
sion on "Rural Livelihood" as


for instance, the cocoa plant is
used for purposes other than
the production of cocaine.

DISCUSSION
Barbadian Hermon
"Bongo" Lowe said the issue
should be placed on the agen-
da for the CHOGM.
"Ganja (marijuana) is and
continues to play a role in the
development of the Caribbean
and this needs to be dis-
cussed," Lowe said.
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Medical claims support marijuana use.
part of the Caribbean Regional
Civil Society Consultation, which
is being used to prepare the
People's Forum communique for
the Nov. 27-29 Commonwealth
Heads of Government Meeting
(CHOGM).
She told the meeting that,


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~ Celebrating Jamaica's 47th Independence


A remarkable one-woman show remembers Jamaica...with a smile


MARIE GREGORY

T ere wasn't much to
laugh about in the 1970s
I1. in Jamaica. Supermarket
shelves were empty, containers
were everywhere, friends dis-
appeared overnight. Not the
happiest time.
Some 35 years later, it is


possible to look at that decade
differently and, for some, even
to smile and admit that time
changes perception, heals the
wounds.
Debra Ehrhardt offers
the perfect prescription.
Jamaican-born Ehrhardt
attended school in Kingston
and, from age seven, when one


of her friends told her about
her visit to the United States,
her driving ambition was to go
there herself. How she achieved
this is the subject of her one-
woman show "Jamaica
Farewell", which made its
European debut recently at the
Hackney Empire in London,
England.


ELGO PRESENTS 'OUT OF ONE, MANY'
Jamaican-born artist Elgo is celebrating
women through his abstract and figura-
tive styles in an exhibition dubbed "Out
of One, Many" currently on display at the
African American Research Library and
Cultural Center in Fort Lauderdale,
Florida. More than 40 pieces of vividly
colored acrylics focus on the female, the
goddess and the matriarch.
Elgo credits his style to his wide
travels and influences. His work is remi-
niscent of many artists, Jamaican and
international. Currently based in Atlanta,
Georgia, Elgo and his wife Patricia also
run a gallery in Montego Bay, Jamaica.
The exhibition runs through July 24.
Above, from left, "Powder Puff"
and "Colors of Bleu" are among Elgo's
works on show.


In a 90-minute
one-woman show,
Ehrhardt had the
audience laughing
and clamouring for
more. The
Jamaicans were the
most enthusiastic,
but the British
understood and
appreciated both
content and delivery.
Using her
remarkable voice
range, Ehrhardt por-
trayed all the char-
acters who helped -
and hindered her
attempts to reach
the U.S. Most amus-
ing was her account
of numerous visits to
the embassy in futile
visa applications,
even once dressed as
a nun. Persistence
paid, though not in Ehrhardt
the manner expect-
ed. As an attractive young
Miss, Ehrhardt acquired a
boyfriend who worked at the
embassy and, in fact, turned
out to be a CIA operative. He
did not get the visa, but was of
help unknown to himself.
When her Chinese boss told
her he wanted someone to
deliver a suitcase for him to a
friend in Miami, she volun-
teered but admitted to lacking
a visa. That was no problem
to him. The visa was produced
and Ehrhardt was able to
accompany the boyfriend on
one of his frequent trips to
Miami.
Her tale of adventures en
route to Montego Bay airport
provided lots of fun. Her anx-
iety as she sat in the airport
waiting for him to arrive
clutching her carry-on bag,
which contained a million dol-
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boarding, was whisked
through formalities with her
accompanying, trying to smile
and look relaxed. When he
picked up her bag and felt the
weight, he jokingly asked,
"What do you have in there, a
million dollars?"
The Miami arrival pro-
duced its own set of problems,
the major one being how to
hand over the bag to the contact
without the boyfriend's knowl-
edge. She had been told that the
contact would know her.
Fortunately, the boyfriend went
to the bathroom immediately
they exited customs, the contact
was on the spot, the transaction
completed then she could really
smile and enjoy Miami!
Well, it might have been
like that. It's a good story any-
way and the audience loved it.

FITTING IN
Ehrhardt has remained in
the U.S. though she returns to
Jamaica often and hopes one
day to have her own house in
Port Antonio. In her early days
in the U.S. she was based for
several years in New York
where she developed skills as
an actress and writer. She man-
aged to overcome being told
by theater management that
she did not fit in. Some said
she did not look Jamaican, oth-
ers that she did not sound
American. Eventually she
decided to provide her own
material so that she did not
have to change her accent.
The three plays she has
written are accounts of her
development as a Jamaican
from the Kingston childhood
to the adult living in the U.S.
while maintaining and being
proud of her Jamaican roots.
The first was a play called
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Celebrating Jamaica's 47th Independence


Bolt wii
TORONTO,
Canada, CMC -
Jamaica's triple
Olympic gold
medalist Usain
Bolt is the
"Laureus World
Sportsman of the
Year" after his
historic perform-
ances at the
Beijing Olympics
last year.
The 22-year-
old sprinter was
presented with
the award last
month by fellow
track legends and
Olympic gold
medalists Michael
Johnson and
Edwin Moses.
"I am
delighted to win
this prestigious
award and
would like to


is 'World Sportsman of the Year' honor
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BOlt strikes nis famous "to te world" pose after receiving tme Laureus award.


thank everyone
who voted for me," said Bolt,
after delivering his trademark
a lightning-like "to the world"
gesture with his arms.
Among those Bolt defeat-
ed for the top prize, were mul-
tiple Olympic swimming gold
medalist Michael Phelps, of
the United States, Spanish
tennis star Rafael Nadal,
Portuguese soccer player
Cristiano Ronaldo, and
Britain's Formula One driving
champion Lewis Hamilton.

RECORDS
In Beijing last year, Bolt
became the first man to win
both the 100 and 200-meter
sprint double plus the 4x100-
meter relay gold medals with
world record performances at
the same Games.
He won the 100 meters in


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9.69 seconds, the 200 in 19.30
and linked up with his
Jamaican team-mates Nesta
Carter, Michael Frater and
Asafa Powell to win the sprint
relay in 37.10 seconds.
Past winners of the
Laureus award include Roger
Federer, Lance Armstrong and
Tiger Woods. Bolt is embrac-
ing his dream of becoming a
legend.
"Fame for me is to become
a legend in this sport," Bolt
said.
"I keep working over the
years to be the champion at
every championship that
comes up, so I'm just trying to
become a legend, that's the
aim for me right now," said
the 6-foot-5-inch marvel.
"It is an honor to succeed
such greats as Roger Federer,


Michael Schumacher, Lance
Armstrong and Tiger Woods,"
Bolt added.

NEXT STOP
Bolt was handed the
award on the eve of his first
international 100-meter run
this year, at the Festival of
Excellence meet at Toronto's
Varsity Stadium. It is one of
the "prep" events for sprint
phenom ahead of the IAAF
World Championships in
Berlin, Germany this summer.
"I have the World
Championship coming up this
year in track and field, so I'm
working towards that, being
the champion in that," he
said.
Laureus World Sports
Academy member Johnson,
(CONTINUED ON PAGE 16)


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we keep and the way we carry ourselves. If you
are going to a party or a formal function, don't you
dress well? We all want to promote a favorable
impression of ourselves to other people we meet
and talk to.
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be any different for your business? If you want to
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order to win customers, you should keep your com-
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Forstmayr will be CHTA's next president


Josef Forstmayr, managing
director of Round Hill
Hotel and Villas in Jamaica,
will be the next president of the
Caribbean Hotel and Tourism
Association (CHTA).
Forstmayr, who is also a
director on the Jamaica Tourist
Board, will go through a one-
year initiation that will prepare
him for his role as CHTA pres-
ident between 2010 and 2012.
CHTAs board of directors
made its decision to name
Forstmayr president-elect at its
annual general meeting last
month that was held during the
"Taste of The Caribbean" culi-
nary competition in San Juan,
Puerto Rico.
Forstmayr is currently the


Forstmayr
CHTAs second vice president.
He was voted "Caribbean
Hotelier of the Year "in 2007
and was president of the Jamaica
Hotel and Tourist Association
from June 2001-2003.
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Jamaica's Governor General Patrick Allen, left, was last month knighted by Britain's
Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace in London, England.
Allen, a Seventh Day Adventist pastor and former teacher, will now be called
Sir Patrick. His wife Patricia Allen will be known as Lady Allen.
In late May the queen had named the governor general a Knight Grand Cross
of the Order of St Michael and St. George.
Allen was sworn in as Jamaica's governor general in February. He replaced the
retired Sir Kenneth Hall, seen here on the right during Allen's swearing-in ceremony
as Jamaica's sixth governor general.



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Longing for some of that home cooking?
Salisfy your hunger with some of grandma's rice
and peas, finger licking jerk pork and savory curry
goat all with family and friends.


This is a great time to reconnect and reacquaint in Jamaica. Come
enjoy the feast! Catch up with friends! Let's have some fun! If you
haven't been home for a while, a lot has changed. There's so much
to see and do.
Jamaican holiday periods offer sheer excitement no matter what
the holiday. What better place to spend this holiday season than in
Jamaica your true home.
And though you may have been away for a long time, and are
a green card holder, or became a US citizen, remember, all persons
traveling by air between the United States and Jamaica now need to
have a passport to enter or re-enter the US.
We look forward to welcoming you home. For further information
contact your travel agent or www.visitjamaica.com


JAMM


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~ Celebrating Jamaica's 47th Independence

Ah pastries, the sweet slice

of life straight from 'yard'!


Most Jamaicans are
known to have a
sweet tooth.
Puddings, cakes or candy will
always get their attention.
Yet even when Jamaicans
leave "yard", they make sure
that they take their own pastry
recipes along. "Our pudding is
not their pudding," one
Jamaica said recently. And he
is right.
So Caribbean Today is
offering a sample of Jamaican
pastries just in case you
might be tempted to make
some of your own.
BREAD PUDDING
Ingredients
* 1 lb day-old white bread
(preferable hardo bread)
* 1/4 cup melted butter
* 1/2 cup sugar
* 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
* 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
* 1/4 cup rum
* 1/3 cup raisins
* 1/2 cup sweetened con-
densed milk
* 4 cups whole milk
* 5 eggs (beaten well)


Method
Preheat oven to 350
degrees F. Grease a nine-inch
square baking dish with but-
ter. Line the baking dish with
wax paper.
Remove the crust from

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the bread. Break up the bread
into small portions.
Combine the bread, sugar,
cinnamon, nutmeg, rum,
raisins, and melted butter in a
mixing bowl. Pour into the
baking dish. Mix the con-
densed milk, eggs and whole
milk. Pour this over the bread
mixture in the baking dish.
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Celebrating Jamaica's 47th Independence


Easter is not the only time for bun...and some cheese


It's not officially that time
of year, but a little Easter
bun is fine anytime in
Jamaica.
The serious religious tra-
ditions of Easter are never
lost on Jamaican people.
The season is gone, until
next year, but many still take
great delight in digging into
that sweet loaf of pastry they
know as "Easter bun", espe-


cially with a piece of cheese.
Caribbean Today offers
an Easter bun recipe,
courtesy of "Nyam Jamaica"
and Trevor Ferguson, owner
of Golden Bakeries in the
United States.

Jamaican Easter bun

Ingredients
* 1/2 bottle stout (optional)
* 3 cups flour


Ah pastries, the sweet slice of

life straight from 'yard'!


(CONTINUED FROM PAGE 14)
Place in the oven.
Bake for one and a quar-
ter hours. Test if it is baked by
inserting a small knife in the
middle until it comes out
clean.
Serve warm or cool.
Serves six to eight.

CORNMEAL PUDDING

Ingredients

* 3 cups golden cornmeal
* 3/4 cup all purpose flour
* 2 1/4 cups brown sugar
* 5 cups thick coconut milk
* 1/2 tsp. mixed spice
* 11/2 tsp salt
* 11/2 tsp grated nutmeg
* 1/2 cup raisins
* 1/2 cup of the shredded
coconut

Method
Sift together flour and
cornmeal. Blend together
sugar, salt, nutmeg, mixed
spice and coconut milk. Add
to cornmeal mixture, stirring
until there are no lumps.
Pour into a greased pan.
Coat raisins with a little flour
and sprinkle into mixture.
Sprinkle shredded coconut on
top. Dot generously with but-
ter or margarine.
Bake in a moderately-hot
oven 350F for 15 minutes or
until set.
Combine and pour cus-
tard mixture (see recipe
below) on top of pudding.
Bake for a further 30 to 45
minutes or until set.
Cool and serve.

Custard mixture
* 1/2 cup strong coconut milk
* 4 heaped tbsps granulated
sugar
* Dash cinnamon
* Dash vanilla
Combine all ingredients
and use as directed above.

COCONUT TOTO

Ingredients
* V4 butter
* 3 cups flour


* 1 cup sugar
* 2 eggs
* 1 tsp. vanilla
* 3 tsps. baking powder
* 1 tsp. cinnamon
* tsp. salt
* 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
* 2 cups grated coconut
* 1 cup Evaporated milk

Method
Cream butter and sugar.
Add eggs and vanilla and beat
for two minutes longer.
Sift together flour, baking
powder, cinnamon, and nut-
meg. Add flour mixture, and
coconut to butter and sugar
mixture alternately with evap-
orated milk.
Spread evenly in greased
shallow baking tin 8" x 12".
Bake at 400F for about 30
minutes.

BULLA

Ingredients
* 2 3/4 cups brown sugar
* 1/2 tablespoon salt
* 2 cups plus water
* 1 cup margarine
* 2 tablespoon ginger
* 2 tablespoon vanilla
* 7 1/2 cups flour
* 3 tablespoon baking powder
* 1/2 tablespoon baking soda
* 1 teaspoon nutmeg
* Flour for rolling out bulla

Method
Dissolve sugar and salt in
water. Add ginger, margarine
and vanilla.
Sift together all dry ingre-
dients and combine with liq-
uid- gradually. Dough must be
clammy and heavy. Place on
floured board and dust with
flour until dough is manage-
able.
Roll out to a thickness of
.75cm and cut into slices. Bake
in a 375 degree oven until
done, 20 to 25 minutes.


- Pastry recipes reprinted
from www.jamaicans.com.
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* 3 teaspoons baking powder
* 3/4 cup brown sugar
* 2 eggs beaten
* 1/2 tablespoon browning
* 1 tablespoon molasses
* 1/2 pint milk
* 2 tablespoons melted butter
* 1/2 cup raisins soaked in
water or liquor
* 1/2 cup mixed peel
* 1 teaspoon nutmeg
* 1 teaspoon cinnamon
* 1 tablespoon allspice or
mixed spice
* 1 tablespoon cherries
* 1/2 tablespoon allspice

Method
Preheat oven to 200
degrees Farenheit. Warm the
stout on low flame.
Add browning, sugar,


Try a slice of Easter bun.
molasses and butter. Stir
until dissolved.
Sift together flour, baking
powder and spices. Add


chopped fruits -
ensure raisins
are drained to
the mixture.
Add wet
ingredients to
flour mixture.
Bake in a
greased loaf
pan for one to
one-and-a-
quarter hours.
Remove
from oven
when ready,
and allow to
cool. Glaze
with sugar
water. Honey and melted but-
ter can also be used.


The little piece ofJamaica that flies


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~ Celebrating Jamaica's 47th Independence


n for Jamaica Late P.M. Shearer's photo


Essay Competition for Jamaica's $5,000 note


The Jamaica Information
Service in Miami is
accepting entries for
the annual Independence
Essay Competition, which
forms part of the Jamaica
Independence celebrations
throughout Florida communi-
ties in the United States.
The contest, now in its
ninth year, is open to all
Jamaican children, first and
second generation, who reside
in Florida. The deadline for
submitting entries is July 24.
The winner in each category


will be awarded with a plaque
from the Jamaica Consulate
General.
The aim of the competi-
tion is to advance community
awareness while exposing
youth to their Jamaican cul-
ture and heritage.
Students can choose from
a selection of topics related to
Jamaica's heritage, including
community leadership, enter-
tainment, education, history
and culture, geography and
national development.
Applicants must be


between ages five and 18 years
and reside in Florida. There
are three age categories: five
to eight; nine to 12; and 13 to
18.
For more information
about the contest, contact the
JIS office at the Jamaica
Consulate General in Miami,
25 S.E. Second Avenue, Suite
609, call 305-374-8431 exten-
sion 232, or email
jismiami@bellsouth.net or
visit the consulate's website at
www.jamaicacgmiami. org.
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Bolt wins 'World Sportsman of the Year' honor


(CONTINUED FROM PAGE 13)
declaring the Jamaican fully
deserving of the Laureus
Award, again praised Bolt's
Beijing performance and
labeled the 100-meter run the
best he has ever witnessed.
"Usain's 100 meters in
Beijing was the greatest
sprinting performance I have
ever seen, no doubt about it.
His arrival on the scene over
the last two years has been
explosive and he thoroughly
deserves to be Laureus World
Sportsman of the Year," said
Johnson, who lost his own
200-meter world record to
Bolt in Beijing.


The Laureus award is the
latest and most prestigious
honor for Bolt for his out-
standing 2008 campaign. It fol-
lows other honors such as the
IAAF Male Athlete of the
Year award, Central America
and Caribbean (CAC) Athlete
of the Year, Jamaica's Athlete
of the Year, the BBC Overseas
Sports Personality award, plus
the Champion of Champions
2008 label for the French mag-
azine L'Equipe, and Eurosport
Sports personality of the Year.
The Laureus World
Sports Awards are the only
global sports awards honoring
the greatest sportsmen and


women across all sports each
year. Russian Olympic and
World pole vault champion
Yelena Isinbayeva received
the Laureus World
Sportswoman of the Year
Award.
The winners are selected
by the ultimate sports jury -
the 46 members of the Laureus
World Sports Academy, a col-
lection of the world's greatest
sportsmen and women.? The
Laureus World Sports Awards
recognize sporting achieve-
ment during the period Jan. 1
to Dec. 31 each year.


MIAM 3

This summer, enjoy the outdoors!
Experience new and improved
Recreational facilities
Thanks to Miami-Dade County's Building Better Communities Bond
Program, work has been completed or is underway, at more than 80
recreational locations throughout the County.
Here's what to look for:
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KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC
- Jamaicans will soon have a
new currency note.
The Bank of Jamaica
(BOJ) has said that a J$5,000
note will go into circulation in
September.
The note will bear the
portrait of the late Prime
Minister Hugh Lawson
Shearer, who served from
1967-1972.
BOJ Governor Derick
Latibeaudiere officially
launched the new J$5,000 note
on May 18.
Meanwhile, financial ana-


lyst John Jackson said the
introduction of the new note
will not have an effect on the
inflation rate in Jamaica.
"It would not affect infla-
tion because you will substi-
tute new notes with old ones,"
he said, a view also reiterated
by the head of the Planning
Institute of Jamaica Dr.
Wesley Hughes. "It's not an
increase in money supply."
In 1994, the Central Bank
introduced the J$500 note and
six years later the $1,000 note
was introduced.
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remembers Jamaica...with a smile


(CONTINUED FROM PAGE 12)
"Mango Mango", which dealt
with a young girl looking at
society, growing up in Jamaica
and realizing the contradic-
tions around her.
This play received two
NAACP awards in Los
Angeles.
The second play was
"Invisible Chairs", which looks
at relationships within the
family .As a result of reviews,
Fox television took options for
a sitcom based on it.
"Jamaica Farewell" has
been chosen as a finalist in a
New York playwright compe-
tition and has been performed
in the U.S., Canada, and now
London.
Ehrhardt confessed to
being intrigued by people. She
loves to watch them and to
see what makes them tick.
Newly arrived in the U.S., she
felt that Americans empha-
sized the differences between
people. She wanted to find the
similarities. She hoped to
write plays that showed what
united rather than separated
people.

EARLY SPARK
As a child, Ehrhardt
entertained her family on out-
ings to Dunn's River. She was
never afraid to take the spot-
light. Even now, when she
writes stories, she calls family
and friends, reads out to them
what she has written, tests
their reaction, then rewrites.
She reckons she creates enthu-
siasm for Jamaica and friends
automatically want to visit the
island. She gives American
friends a history lesson on
Jamaica and stresses the motto
"Out of many, one people".


Admitting to embellishing
and adding to parts of her sto-
ries, Ehrhardt nevertheless
states that she writes about
what she knows. Her mother,
a conservative Christian, was
horrified that people would be
able to identify her and want-
ed Ehrhardt to change names
and situations. Some of this
she does anyway to enhance
the comedy. When she was
writing as a young girl, her
mother read everything but
wanted her to rewrite it and
'u.gr 1,Ii it, showing situa-
tions through rose tinted spec-
tacles. This caused Ehrhardt
to lose faith in herself as a
writer. Years later after a love
relationship ended in sadness
and depression, she was able
one night to take up her pen
and, as she said, "It was as if
20 years of pent up thoughts
and emotions came pouring
out of my pen."
Ehrhardt now lives in
California, claiming that the
climate in the U.S. east does
not suit her Jamaican bones.
She has a son and a daughter.
Her son works with her on
some productions; his main
interest being in the music. He
was involved in the London
production.
The energy she puts into
her work is striking, as is her
range of voices. A one-woman
show without a break is
demanding. It made an enter-
taining night for the audience
and, in making them laugh at
the 1970s, was highly thera-
peutic.

Marie Gregory is a freelance
writer for Caribbean Today.
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~ Celebrating Jamaica's 47th Independence


Reggae Sumfest to be dedicated to 'King of Pop' Michael Jackson


KINGSTON, Jamaica- This
year's Reggae Sumfest, which
promoters bill as the v. i Id
greatest showcase" of reggae
music will be dedicated to the
memory of the Michael
Jackson, the King of Pop who


Jackson


died recently.
According to the festival's
Chairman Robert Russell, dur-
ing the
Montego Bay
launch of
Reggae
Sumfest, this
year's staging
will be dedi-
cated to the

entertainer in
the world."
Jackson .
visited and
performed in b '-
Jamaica in Brxtn
1975 as a
member of
the Jackson 5. The group was
hosted then by former Prime
Minister, Edward Seaga at his
home in Temple Meads, St.
Andrew. At the time, Seaga
was Opposition leader and
head of the now ruling Jamaica


Labor Party. The Jackson 5 was
the opening act for Bob Marley
and the Wailers at the National
Stadium.
Russell said it is important
that the top reggae show be
dedicated to the top musical
star. Jackson died on June 25 in
Los Angeles, California after
reportedly suffering cardiac
arrest. He was 50.
Caribbean fans have been
among those joining millions
around the world in mourning
his sudden death.

LINE-UP
The 17th annual Reggae
Sumfest will get underway this
month with the annual beach
party at Cornwall Beach, featur-
ing the sounds of many of
Jamaica's local entertainers,
including Errol Lee & the Bare
Essentials, Cameal Davis,
Khalil, Timeka Marshall, ZJ Ice,
DJ Mix Master Marvin and
Crazy Nei, backed by Danger
Zone Super Strong.
The Jagra Dancehall Night
on July 23 is expected to crank
up the 'heat' as a slew of stars,
including
Beenie
Man,
Bounty
Killer,
Vybz
Kartel,
Mavado,
Lady Saw,
Elephant
Man, Busy
Beenie Man Signal,
Spice, Kip
Rich, Flippa Mafia and D'Angel
are scheduled to take the stage.
The following night,
American R&B stars Ne-Yo and
Jazmine Sullivan are set to take


'Harder They Come' musical

hits Miami stage in August


The musical "The Harder
They Come" will be
staged for the first time
in the United States next
month in Miami, Florida.
The stage adaptation of


the Jamaican movie will open
Aug. 29 in the John S. and
James L. Knight Concert.
Direct from London's
West End, the play offers a
peek into the journey of an


aspiring reggae star as depict-
ed in the 1972 international
breakthrough film that helped
boost reggae music worldwide.
"The Harder They Come
made music history, introduc-
ing the world, and the United
States in particular, to reggae
music," said M. John Richard,
president of the Adrienne
Arsht Center, which is pre-
senting the musical.
The film "The Harder
They Come" was written, pro-
duced and directed by the late
Perry Henzell, who also wrote
the book for the musical,
which was originally produced
by Theatre Royal Stratford
East and U.K. Arts. The West
End production is directed by
Kerry Michael and Dawn
Reid and produced by Jan
Ryan and Robert Fox.
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the stage, along with reggae acts
Morgan Heritage, Jah Cure,
Coco T and Queen Ifrica.
The curtain comes down on
Sumfest on July 25 with per-
formances from multi-Grammy-
winning star Toni Braxton, Nas,
Damian 'Jr Gong' Marley,
Tarrus Riley, Etana and
Da'Ville among others.


Sponsors for the 2009
event include the Jamaica
Tourist Board, Digicel, Air
Jamaica, Jamrock Magazine,
Ocean Spray, Jagra, Appleton,
Carib Beer and Mackeson
among others.
Reggae Sumfest brings in
an estimated 5,000 visitors to
Jamaica, along with $5 million


in revenue, according to a sur-
vey done by the Jamaica
Tourist Board. Reggae
Sumfest is produced annually
by Summerfest Productions.

- Edited from CaribPR
Newswire
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10-year-old spells out her love for mom Jamaica


A10-year-old has been
declared the winner of
Caribbean Today's
"Dear Mama" Mother's Day
contest.
Melanie Hamilton's
touching tribute to her mother
Vinora emerged victorious
from a field of many entries.
Below is the text of the trib-
ute:

Dedicated to my mother
Vinora Hamilton

My mother, with your intrigu-
ing mule and gorgeous face as
you can see I adore your beau-
ty and grace.
Everyday, my soul yearns to
see you like a lonely puppy
waiting for an owner. Your
couth and cool, calm and col-
lected attitude makes everyone
fill up with gratitude.

Your loving heart has done so


would I become a
worthless punk? But
I thank the Lord
everyday for my life
with you in many
ways. I believe the
Lord has blessed me
so, because your love
and honesty is as
pure as snow.


much for me I don't know
where to start.

You tell me practice makes
perfect, so I really want to
know how many years did it
take? I bet you didn't even get
a break.

I would never know what life
would be without your spunk,


You make my life as
an imitation of heav-
' i en, while some peo-
ple are living off of
food from 7-Eleven.
My life is filled with
joy in many ways it's
like a football player making
good plays.
You mean the world to me as
you can see, and I never take
the time to say, I love you
Mama in so many ways.
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chance


's Johnson gets another

at world boxing crown


hza'S U
Johnson, right, and Dawson will fight again.
MIAMI, Florida The long
awaited and eagerly anticipat-
ed rematch between Miami-
based Jamaican Glen Johnson


and the undefeated two-time
light heavyweight champion
Chad Dawson of the United
States has now been con-
firmed.
The two outstanding 175-
pound pugilists have signed to
face each other on a date to
be confirmed later this year
under the promotion of Gary
Shaw Productions, DiBella
Entertainment and Seminole
Warriors Boxing.
"Dawson-Johnson II will
be broadcast live on HBO
World Championship Boxing
in the fall. The site and date
will be formally announced
shortly", the promoters
announced in a joint state-
ment recently.
Unable to get an excep-
tion from the International
Boxing Federation (IBF) for
his mandatory title defense,
Dawson vacated his IBF title
in order to make the Johnson
rematch.
The return Johnson-
Dawson will be for Dawson's
International Boxing
Organization (IBO) belt.
Johnson, a former world
champion, had been clamor-
ing for a second bout with the
26-year-old Dawson since they
fought in April 2008 when
Dawson won a disputed deci-
sion and retained his World
Boxing Council (WBC) light-
heavyweight title.
Many ringside observers
and television viewers believed
the judges' decision was unfair
and that Johnson deserved the
victory.
Dawson won 116-112 on
all the judges' cards.
Johnson has a ring record
of 49 wins (33 knockouts)
against 12 losses and two
draws while Dawson is 28-0
with 17 knockouts.
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Our history with Jamaica reflects a long-standing relationship of mutual
respect and service. In particular, we have maintained close ties with the
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Patterson receives CARICOM's highest award


Former Jamaica Prime
Minister P.J. Patterson was
selected to receive the Order
of the Caribbean Community
(OCC), the region's highest
honor.
Patterson was given the
honor in recognition of "out-
standing contribution in the
area of the Region's External
Trade Relations and in foster-
ing relations with the African,
Caribbean and Pacific Group
(ACP) especially in its forma-
tive L .r, .
The former leader of
Jamaica's People's National
Party (PNP) was born on
April 10, 1935 in St. Andrew.
He served as prime minister
from 1992 tO 2006, the longest
tenure in that post in his
country's history.
Patterson studied law
and was called to the Bar in
England. His political career
was built on that base in the
legal profession.
He became an active
member of the PNP after
returning from England and
began his career in Jamaica's
Cabinet as minister of tourism
in 1972. Patterson became
deputy prime minister to
Prime Minister Michael
Manley in 1989. In 1992,


Patterson
Patterson was elected prime
minister. He was re-elected
three times.

EARLY DAYS
Patterson received his sec-
ondary education at Calabar
High School. He also attended
the University of the West
Indies (UWI), where he pur-
sued a bachelor's degree at the
Mona campus in Jamaica. He
then headed to the London
School of Economics follow-
ing which he enrolled at the
Inns of Court (Middle


Temple).
While at UWI, he served
as chairman of the univer-
sity's External Affairs
Commission, where he
gained exposure to world
leaders and international
political thought through
attendance at a number of
international student fora.
It was also at UWI that he
developed a commitment
to Caribbean regionalism,
as well as to the causes of
the countries of the devel-
oping world.
During his tenure as
Jamaica's foreign minister
he provided leadership for
the Caribbean in the nego-
tiations that led to the
Lom6 Convention and the
Sugar Protocol. As president of
the ACP/EU Ministerial
Council he led negotiations for
the ACP group of countries
with the European Community.
As chairman of the ACP/EEC
Ministerial Conference, he
played a pivotal role in forging
an agreement on the basic
framework for the original
Lom6 Convention, which influ-
enced the outcome of subse-
quent negotiations that led to
the convention being signed in
1975. He has served as presi-


dent and spokesman of the
ACP Ministerial Council sever-
al times.

HONORS
Patterson is a member
of the Global Leadership
Foundation, a non-govern-
mental organization com-
posed of former statesmen,
ex-presidents and prime min-
isters founded in 2004 by for-
mer State President of South
Africa and Nobel Prize laure-
ate FW. de Klerk.
Patterson's career as polit-
ical leader, integrationist,
trade unionist and advocate
for social reform has been
rewarded with several honors
including the Order of Merit
of Jamaica, the United
Nations Gold Medal for his
advocacy against apartheid,
and the Joliot Curie Peace
Award of the World Peace
Council.
He was invested with the
Order of the Nation upon
becoming prime minister of
Jamaica in 1992. In 2006
Patterson was invested with
the Order of Excellence of
Guyana.
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Jamaica on top
Jamaica leapfrogged Trinidad and
Tobago again for the top spot in the
Caribbean Football Union rankings,
according to the FIFA world soccer rank-
ings released recently.
The Reggae Boyz, the reigning
Caribbean champions, jumped 11 spots
in the July FIFA World Ranking.
The Soca Warriors, meanwhile,
remained stagnant at 72nd in the world
and returned to the number two position
in the CFU rankings after just a one-
month reign at the summit.
Latest CFU rankings (FIFA world
rankings in brackets)
1. Jamaica (65)
2. Trinidad and Tobago (72)
3. Cuba (85)
4. Grenada (88)
5. Antigua and Barbuda (105)
6. Barbados (107)
7. Suriname (111)
8. Haiti (120)
9. Guyana (120)
10. Netherlands Antilles (140)
11. St. Kitts and Nevis (145)
12. Bermuda (146)
13. St. Vincent and the Grenadines (153)
14. Puerto Rico (166)
15. Cayman Islands (171)
16. The Bahamas (181)
17. Turks and Caicos Islands (182)
18. Dominican Republic (184)
19. St. Lucia (191)
20. British Virgin Islands (193)
21. Aruba (195)
22. Dominica (198)
23. US Virgin Islands (200)
24. Anguilla (203)
25. Montserrat (203)


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Comedian Owen 'Blakka' Ellis gets the last laugh in New York


NEW YORK After more
than two decades on stage,
Jamaican comedian Owen
"Blakka" Ellis is set to bring
the curtains down on his
comedic career with a
farewell comedy weekend in
New York.
One of the Caribbean's


most well-known comedic
entertainers, Ellis, who now
resides in Canada, said recent-
ly that he no longer enjoys the
stand-up art and wants to
make time for the fulfilling
work of writing, directing and
producing.
Ellis told the Jamaica


Gleaner that he will put more
effort into organizing the
Association of Comedic
Entertainers (ACE) and facil-
itate workshops for upcoming
comics. He also indicated that
he will be working alongside
the Jamaican comedy duo Ity
and Fancy Cat as a


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involved in producing comedy
shows.
Ellis will share the New
York stage, at the Brooklyn
School of Music, with the
likes of Ity and Fancy Cat
from and Susan Kennedy
from Trinidad and Tobago for
the farewell comedy weekend.
The tour kicks off on July 31
and runs through to Aug. 2.

START
Ellis got his start on the
stand-up stage in 1985 as part
of the duo Bello and Blakka
with Winston Bell. Since then
he has entertained audiences
throughout the Caribbean, the
United States, Canada and
the United Kingdom.
Among the highlights in
the comedian's career is per-
forming with the great
Jamaican folklorist Louise
Bennett-Coverley. For Ellis,
though, his most memorable
moment was the first time he
performed with Bell to a
packed stadium of more than
15,000 persons in Trinidad.
Other stand-out career memo-
ries include performing at the
Apollo Theatre in New York
and doing a television special
for Channel 4 in London.
According to producers
Horace and Victoria Mitchell,
"We see this as an opportuni-
ty for patrons to enjoy a
weekend of wholesome family
entertainment and unlimited
laughter. It is even more sig-


nificant as Owen "Blakka"
Ellis will use this as the event
to take his final bow on the


Ellis
New York comedy stage."
The comedy weekend will
serve a benefit for the New
York based Jamaican charity
Children of Jamaica Outreach
(COJO), which assists in mak-
ing a difference in the lives of
underprivileged children in
Jamaica as well as the U.S.
Ticket information for
the comedy showcase is
available online at
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A Caribbean institution recently showed
its respect for the work of an American
educator in health research. The
University of Technology in Jamaica
awarded Dr. Robert Gallo, director of the
Institute of Human Virology at the
University of Maryland, Baltimore, an
honorary degree of doctor of science. Dr.
Gallo, right, received the honor from
UTech's Professor Errol Morrison during
the opening ceremony of the Annual
International Conference of the University
Diabetes Outreach Program (UDOP) held
in Jamaica. His entire career has
focused on the study of the basic biology
of human blood cells and their normal or
abnormal growth. Dr. Gallo and his team
have been pioneers in the field of human
retrovirology. They maintain an on-going
program of research, clinical care and
treatment for people living with HIV and
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All about Jamaica: Tourist board launches summer promotions in U.S.


The Jamaica Tourist
Board (JTB) has joined
forces with various part-
ners in the United States to
undertake major summer pro-
motions in an effort to raise
awareness about and drive
bookings to the island.
The in store, radio and
online promotions, which
began in June, offer prize trips
to Jamaica for those in need of
an exotic getaway.


Over a four-week period
starting this month, 650 F.Y.E.
stores across the U.S. will fea-
ture the chance for one cus-
tomer to win a family trip for
four to FDR Resorts. This
promotion is being made in
collaboration with Island
Records, which is this year cel-
ebrating its 50th anniversary.
To coincide with the Sony
Pictures summer release of the
film "The Ugly Truth", the


JTB has joined forces with Air
Jamaica and Sandals Resorts
for a one month promotion.
The trip giveaway for two will
be publicized via the Sony
websites.
Island Records is continu-
ing its anniversary celebrations
in partnership with the JTB
and web retailer SHOP.com to
offer a trip to Jamaica. The
two-month promotion, expect-
ed to reach over 42 million


people, will run through
August. NWA World
Vacations will provide the
prize trip for two.
The Island Records part-
nership with the JTB continues
with Barnes & Noble's 200 top
selling stores across the U.S.
undertaking a two-month sum-
mer-long online and in-store
promotion. Rose Hall Resort
& Spa (A Hilton Resort) and
Air Jamaica have provided the
prize trip for two.

REGIONAL
The Mellow Mushroom
Restaurant chain, which has
100 locations in the American
Midwest and Southeast
regions, will engage in a three
to four-week promotion begin-
ning in mid-July. On-table sig-
nage, attached to mini bottles
of Busha Browne Jerk Sauce,
will direct consumers to the
restaurant's website, where a
banner advertisement will
direct them to the JTB site.
The contest requires con-
sumers to answer questions


about "jerk" and also visit
Mellow Mushroom's site for
answers to the questions.
Clear Channel/Verizon
Wireless will run two separate
four-week promotions on radio
stations WAXQ-FM, Z-100,
WWPR-FM, WKTU-FM and
WLTW-FM throughout the
remainder of 2009. Each pro-
motion will award a five-
day/four-night trip for two to
Iberostar Rose Hall, with air
travel courtesy of Air Jamaica.
Jamaica is positioned as
the "Entertainment Zone"
sponsor at the Nautica New
York City Triathlon, a three
day program from July 24-26,
where the JTB will provide
live reggae entertainment.
The event will provide
opportunities for the island and
its co-sponsor JetBlue to show-
case their brands. Jamaica will
also be featured in the 30
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Capital: Kingston minister, who is elected by the
Size: Over 4,000 square miles Jamaican people. The prime minis-
Length: 146 miles ter is the leader of the majority party
Width: 22 to 51 miles in the House of Representatives.
Population: 2,605,800 (July 2000
estimate) Language: The official language is
Annual population growth rate: English, but patois, a dialect, is
0.46 percent widely spoken across the island.
Average temperature: 820 F
Climate: Tropical. Hot, humid, tem- Flag: The Jamaican flag has three
operate interior colors: green, black and gold. Black
stands for hardships overcome and
Achieved Independence: August to be faced; gold, for natural wealth
6,1962 and beauty of sunlight; and green
National flower: Lignum Vitae tree stands for hope and agricultural
National bird: Doctor bird resources.
National fruit: Ackee
National tree: Blue Mahoe Money: The currency in Jamaica is
National dish: Ackee and saltfish Jamaican dollars. Bank notes are
issued for the following amounts
Ethnic groups: Black (90.9 per- $50, $100, $500, $1,000. The
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cent), Chinese (0.2 percent). heads of famous Jamaican people
appear on the notes.
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sum and limestone. Religion: The majority of
Jamaicans follow Christianity.
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alumina, apparel, sugar, bananas, Some things Jamaica is well
coffee, citrus and citrus products, known for:
rum and cocoa. Blue Mountain coffee
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GDP per capital: US$3,350 (pur- Reggae music and Bob Marley
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Anthony King, right, Jamaica Tourist Board's regional director for tour operators and airlines, accepts an award from New York
City Comptroller William C. Thompson, Jr. last month at a special ceremony in celebration of Caribbean Heritage Month. King
was among six outstanding community leaders and an organization honored by the city comptroller for exemplary service to the
Caribbean community in New York. The event, co-sponsored by the Caribbean American Center of New York, the Caribbean
American Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Caribbean Women's Health Association and the West Indian American Day
Carnival Association, was held at the SEIU Union Headquarters in Manhattan.


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~ Celebrating Jamaica's 47th Independence


Jamaican track stars gear up for 2009 World Championships in Athletics


GORDON WILLIAMS

KINGSTON, Jamaica -
Jamaica's top gold medal
prospects at nest month's
IAAF World Championships
in Athletics (WCA) showed
they were shifting into the
right gear for the big event
during the country's national
track and field trials here last
month.
Olympic champions Usain
Bolt, Shelly-Ann Fraser,
Veronica Campbell-Brown
and Melaine Walker all
secured national champi-
onship titles, while several
others, including 400-meters
hurdler Isa Phillips, did well
enough to underline their
hopes for the top spots in
Berlin, Germany.
World record holder Bolt
won the sprint double without
much bother. The triple
Olympic gold medalist landed
the 100 meters in 9.86 seconds,
ahead of former world record
holder Asafa Powell (9.97) and
2005 World Championships sil-
ver medalist Michael Frater
10.02.
In the women's race,
Fraser led from start to finish
to record 10.88 seconds.
Second was fast finishing
Olympic silver medalist and


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Campbell-Brown
reigning Jamaican champion
Kerron Stewart in 10.93.
Commonwealth Games title
holder Sheri-Ann Brooks fin-
ished third in 11.16.
Jamaica will parade four
women in the short sprint at
the WCA, between Aug. 15
and 23, as defending world
champion Campbell-Brown
received a bye into the event


S*- .... after winning it
* in 2007. Yet
.-- --. Campbell-
Brown, who was
still recovering
from an injured toe suffered
earlier this year, did not need
any such assistance in the 200
meters. The two-time Olympic
champion in the event ran
impressively to capture the
national title in 22.40 seconds
ahead of Fraser, who clocked
22.58. Simone Facey, the
United States collegiate cham-


pion in 2008, finished third in
22.96.

BEST ON SHOW
Bolt was again easily the
best on show in the 200
meters, clocking 20.25 seconds
while glancing from side to
side for most of the straight-
away at the National Stadium.
Second was Steve Mullings in
20.40 and third Marvin
Anderson in 20.63. After the
race Bolt admitted to being a
bit "tired" from completing


the qualifying rounds in the
sprint double, but said he
should be fully ready for the
Berlin championships.
World record holder
Walker had a far less easier
time in the women's 400
meters hurdles, as she was
pressed to the line by club
mate Kaleise Spencer. Walker
fought hard to catch the fast
starting Spencer and narrowly
got home in 54.70 seconds, to
her rival's 54.71. Nickiesha
Wilson finished third in 56.01.
In the men's event, Phillips
ran a then world-leading time
of 48.05 seconds to win his first
national title and signal his
intention for Berlin. Second
was 2004 Olympic silver medal-
ist Danny McFarlane in 48.54.
Josef Robertson also reached
the World Championships
qualifying standard by clocking
49.22 to finish third.
The WCA should offer
top quality performances with
runners from the U.S. anxious
to topple the Jamaicans, espe-
cially in the sprint races where
the Caribbean country domi-
nated at last year's Olympics
in Beijing, China.

Gordon Williams is Caribbean
Today's managing editor.
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Eye on Isa: U.S.-based Jamaican takes aim at world hurdles crown


A six-foot, five-inch tall
male Jamaican will
have an outstanding
chance to win a gold medal at
the World ( /iitiJit,, i'/ /i' in
Athletics (WCA) in August.
No, it's not Usain Bolt. He cer-
tainly will be favored. But
United States-based Isa
Phillips too will be aiming for
a world title in the 400 meters
hurdles. On June 27, shortly
after winning the event in a
then world leading time of
48.05 seconds at Jamaica's
national trials in Kingston, the
25-year-old, who has been
competing in the event for nine
years, spoke with Caribbean
Today's Managing Editor
Gordon Williams. The follow-
ing is an edited version of that
interview:

QUESTION: Good race
today right?
ANSWER: Yeah, definitely.
Thanks very much. The point
was just to execute and come
to meet the goals we've had,
which is to win and get a good
time in, and something for the
fans.

Q: What about the time, 48.05,
good enough for you?
A: Yeah, good enough, seeing
that it came with the win; and
the time of the year is


good... I'm glad I could get
that kind of time in and it's
world leading and I never
really executed 100 percent as
I wanted to. It's not the best
race. So, in other words, the
best is still to come.

Q: From a technical stand-
point, what happened during
the race and to your mind
where do you think you need
to sharpen up with six weeks
to the World Championships?
A: ...The thing for my height
is to run 13 strides (between
each hurdle), you know like
(former U.S. star) Edwin
Moses did back in the days,
and most of the current peo-
ple do that now. So last year I
was doing 13 strides through
(the first) five (of 10) hurdles.
This year, for the first time,
I'm doing 13 strides through
six. As far as you can take the
13, the better... Today I did it
through six, which is what I've
been getting a consistency
with this season, which is
good. But I still never got out
efficiently enough, because my
coach preaches efficiency and
consistency, doing the right
thing over and over
again...When I do that, the
times are predictable based on
the steps you do. That auto-
matically gives me 47 (sec-


Phillips on his way to victory in Jamaica.
onds) whenever I get it (right)
in practice.

Q: You say you are up to 13
strides through the first six.
Are there any plans in your
mind, by the time (the WCA
in) Berlin comes around, to
extend that to seven or...
A: Oh, no, no. It's not to
extend it. We've settled for
that this year, because it's a
process. As you get stronger
and you're more efficient and


used to the race you gradually
increase it further round (the
track)...The thing is we've set-
tled with the six...The races
on the circuit right now...
those races are just to get it
right, that same pattern I'm
telling you about.

Q: Does your name ('Isa')
have any special meaning?
A: Yeah, well, my father said he
made it up originally, but I later
found out from a theology stu-
dent at my school (Louisiana
State University) that they were
doing some research and they
said in Hebrew and Koranic it
means 'Jesus, son of Mary'. It's
common in the Middle East.
They say I-sa (shortening the
pronunciation of the "I") and
it's also related to
"Joshua"...We have a cousin
named "Ital", so I guess he just
took the "1" off. Actually, my
middle name is "Ita" too. So it's
clearly a made-up name.. .Isa
Ita (Phillips).

Q: What's your father's name?
A: My biological dad is
Manley Phillips, but I've had
many dads throughout the
years due to him, I've had a
bad situation where he wasn't
able to, you know, be consis-
tent in terms of taking care of
the entire family. So, me being


a good youth, I've had lots of
what I call "rich dads"
throughout the years... Most
of those are normally adopted
dads who will see the poten-
tial and see my 'teachability',
my humbleness, and...they
play the role of a dad because
I wasn't able to be with my
biological dad all the time. So
they are equally my dad too...

Q: 400 hurdles is synonymous,
in Jamaica, with (2004
Olympic silver medalist)
Danny McFarlane...Do you
get the feeling that people
understand that you are up
and coming and, based on
(victory at the trials)...that the
equation has shifted and you
are now the man? What is
your view, in your mind, your
place now in terms of
Jamaica's 400 meters hurdles?
A: ...Well, I never really
looked at it primarily from a
national level, you know. I'm
always thinking internation-
al...The Americans had a
sweep in the (event at the
2008) Olympics, one, two,
three and then (U.S. star)
Bershawn (Jackson) beat me
the other day in Eugene
(Oregon) and he made a state-
ment that we gonna sweep
again, U.S. sweep. It's almost
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CARIBBEAN TODAY


~ Celebrating Jamaica's 47th Independence


Eye on Isa: U.S.-based Jamaican takes aim at world hurdles crown


(CONTINUED FROM PAGE 23)
like we (Jamaicans) don't exist.
They don't give us no respect
in the hurdles over here.. .For
me personally, I appreciate
that, being national champion,
and good, but it's always higher
heights. I'm always looking
much bigger. So the home
crowd, I appreciate them and


all that, and everything, but for
some reason I wasn't really
looking at being the boss or
top dog a "yard". We're all
family to me. We're Jamaicans.
We represent the same country
and I never yet have in the
mind to warring against the
local people.


Q: You're just tapping into
your (true) potential now, you
think?
A: Yeah, yeah, definitely. We
see clearly where we're going
all the way...I have the poten-
tial and once I get it right and
learn this thing, later on we're
looking at some 47 mids and
47 low (times)...


Q: Back to what 'Batman'
(Jackson) said about the sweep.
You're not buying into that?
A: Nah man. I mean, we and
him are friends too. We talk
and I didn't expect him to (say
that), knowing that we have
the potential too, and it's not
just the sprinters, to be right
there, you know. Danny beat
all of them, except one, who
win (beat) him in '04. So, I
mean, they know we're right
in there...But we're not look-
ing at that. The main thing for
me is to prove to myself and
be a testimony to others that
it is true that we can be, do,
have, whatever we want...

Q: ...I get the impression that
your journey is a steady climb
as opposed to a quick rise...Is
that deliberate?
A: Definitely. Yes it's delib r,.a
because it's been a goal. It's all
planned. We don't do things by
accident over here...

Q: And the (gold) medal to
you, is it as important as get-
ting to the pinnacle in terms
of the time (you run)?
A: Well, both are the same. I
really don't like winning with-
out putting on a show or
bringing out some form of
good thing. If you win with a
slow time, I didn't like it. I win


(U.S.
National
Collegiate
Athletic
Association)
NCAA with
a slow time
and I didn't
feel good I
and because Phillips
of that, you
know, the response was like-
wise.

Q: Do you feel you can win at
the World Championships,
realistically? You say you're
aiming towards London
(Olympics) 2012...
A: Yeah, definitely. Me have a
goal to win this. The fact is
that, whether me feel me can
win or not, I always set goals
to get what me want, and I set
goals at the highest. A lot of
times it sounds
ridiculous... and they laugh at
me, but I already understand
the process setting the goal
and visualizing it and imagine
it and going through those
processes actually cause the
universe to attract it and bring
it to you. There are a lot of
things that can happen, but I
clearly see where I can win...
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tion of natural foods. Others,
like aspiring reggae music
artiste Mr. Myers share vary-
ing opinions: "Yout' a run
from dem bawn...a so de ghet-
to run," Myers said, explain-
ing that young people in vio-
lence-prone inner cities have
had to learn to "dash" from
bullets.
Garcia-Guerta has his
own theory.
"I think the fact that
Jamaicans are very competi-
tive is a very important thing,"
he explained. "They have a
very good institutional school
system where Boys and Girls
Champs are very important.
The schools are very competi-
tive; Jamaica College wants to
be better than Kingston
College and so on. Of course
the genes from slavery is not a
joke thing, where the stronger
man survives".
The film tracks their vary-
ing moods of everyone
involved. More than a sur-
vivor, Bolt, the fastest man in
the world, speaks about his
nutrition, routine, goals and
family life. A jubilant Fraser
relives her moment in history.
The ,ihl, i,,' parents, friends,
and the wider Jamaican public
share their admiration and
support. Noted reggae deejay
Big Youth, who was popular in


the 1970s, and current dance-
hall sensation Vybz Kartel,
who Bolt names as his favorite
reggae artiste, chime in on the
star's success. Others, includ-
ing former Miss World, Lisa
Hanna, now a Member of
Parliament, Opposition
Leader Portia Simpson Miller,
Yendi Phillips, Miss Jamaica
World 2007, appear in the film
in support of the medal-win-
ning Jamaican athletes and
future sports stars.

MUSIC
With driving beats and
inspirational lyrics, the film
also features music from some
of the most popular reggae and
dancehall acts in Jamaica,
including Etana, Big Youth,
Bongo Herman, Bob Marley,
Queen Ifrica, The Heptones
and Malijah. Music is an essen-
tial element in the film, accord-
ing to Garcia-Guerta. As chief
executive officer of Portland-
based Nicetime Productions
Music & Film, the honorary
Jamaican is very much part of
the Jamaican music scene.A
Jamaican resident for seven
years, Garcia-Guerta believes
he is part of the culture.

Dawn A. Davis is a freelance
writer for Caribbean Today.
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~ Celebrating Jamaica's 47th Independence

How's that? Bucknor retires after setting world record for cricket umpires


ADRIEL RICHARD
Steve Bucknor has lived
his whole life believing in
the concept of "fair
play", but he is walking away
from the game that he loves
questioning if others have
always applied it in their
response to situations involv-
ing him.
The 63-year-old disclosed
that he plans to write an auto-
biography, where he would let
his feelings be known about
his journey from the humble,
if not quite mean streets of
Montego Bay on the north
coast of his native Jamaica, to
becoming the most respected
and capped international
cricket umpire.
He has been described as
"a gentle giant", but Bucknor
plans to give the world an
insight of just how tough he
can be, and how tough his ride
to the top has been, and will
send down a few fiery deliver-
ies like the ones he enjoyed
watching former West Indies
star batsman Sir Vivian
Richards dispatch with aplomb.
"I am putting bits and


pieces together," he said
recently. "I did not want to do
it while I was still umpiring
because I have a few shots to
fire. I can't call many names,
but once I fire these shots,
then people will know exactly
what I am talking about."

CONTROVERSY
Bucknor was involved in a
highly contentious series in
January last year, when he was
removed by the International
Cricket Council from officiat-
ing in the third Test between
Australia and India in Perth
after several contentious deci-
sions contributed to India's
defeat in the second Test in
Sydney.
"I do not think the situa-
tion was handled well at all,"
he said. "There is a protocol
and when someone says his
umpires will remain no matter
what, and the following day
that is changed, you have to
ask, 'who makes the decisions,
or why the decisions were
made'? Or, 'what influenced
the changing of decision'?"
Bucknor also complained
that some captains can be mis-


"Now jI im it sou1irez


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Bucknor
chievous in the way they treat
umpires. He recalled on one
occasion in a Test he was
standing at square leg, and a
batsman ran down the middle
of the pitch in trying to com-
plete a run.
"The captain comes run-
ning over to me to say, 'Hey,
umpire Bucknor, did you not
see the man run down the
middle of the pitch'?


Windies, India square one-day cricket series in Jamaica


GORDON WILLIAMS

KINGSTON, Jamaica Top
flight international cricket
returned to Jamaica last
month with the West Indies
earning mixed results after
playing two one-day interna-


tionals (ODIs) against India
at Sabina Park.
After losing a hard-fought
first game by 20 runs on June
26, the home team bounced
back impressively to square
the four-match Caribbean
series two days later, coasting
to an easy eight wicket win in


the second match.
"We are glad that we have
squared the series," said
Jamaican Gayle, the West
Indies captain, after the sec-
ond ODI." It was a good
effort from the guys."
But it was India which
drew first blood. Led by an
impressive century from
Yuvraj Singh, who scored 131
runs off 102 balls, the visitors
piled up 339 runs for six wick-
ets off their allotted 50 overs
in game one. Other useful
contributors in the run glut
were Dinesh Kharthik (67),
captain Mahendra Singh
Dhoni (41) and Yusuf Pathan
(40 not out).
Dwayne Bravo was the
most successful bowler for the
West Indies, picking up two


wickets for 66 runs off his 10
overs. Jerome Taylor, Lionel
Baker and David Bernard Jr.
each took a wicket.
The home team made a
courageous reply but fell
short. Veteran Shivnarine
Chanderpaul led a balanced
West Indies batting perform-
ance with a topscore of 63 out
of the final score of 319 off
48.1 overs. Gayle chipped in
with 37, Runako Morton 42
and Ramnaresh Sarwan 45.
Ashish Nehra and Pathan
both picked up three wickets
for India.

DRAWING LEVEL
In the second match the
West Indies came out on the

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leg and this is not my
responsibility. You are
taking a shot at me.
Why?"

UPBRINGING
Bucknor noted his
upbringing being
raised by a single
mother, some days
going hungry, and
resisting the tempta-
tion to break the law -
had helped him to
./ cope in such situations
and prevented him
from losing his dignity
with some ill-advised
action or comment.
"I am prepared to
stand up to anybody,"
he said. "Fear was
never anything when I was
growing up. I didn't think
about fear. It was never part
of me. I was never a bad man,
and I never got arrested for
anything, but I understood


what fair play was...
"I know exactly how to
behave. My bones have never
been broken by talking, so if
someone believes that they
can be unfair to me by talking
and get away it, they can go
right ahead.
"Maybe, I did not have
the power to punish that play-
er, but he would get punished
otherwise."
Bucknor revealed that
sometimes his decision to
remain true to his beliefs hurt
him professionally, as cricket
authorities have ignored many
of his suggestions, and some
captains have marked unjustly,
giving him low marks.
"Sometimes you do a
good game," he said. "No mis-
takes whatsoever. Everything
is in order, and at the end of
the day, you get a mark of
average out of poor, average,
and good, you get average.

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~ Celebrating Jamaica's 47th Independence

How's that? Bucknor retires after

setting world record...


(CONTINUED FROM PAGE 25)
"But the (ultimate) Judge
is always ready to make the
pronouncement. If I was good,
then my rewards are going to
be good later on I hope."

RACISM
Bucknor has also lived
through the experience of
having his life threatened and
the scourge of racism, which
still rears its ugly head as it
did a few years ago in South
Africa.
"My reception in South
Africa has always generally
been good, but there are times
when there are certain groups
of people who are not happy
seeing this (black) skin in the
middle of the park and us hav-
ing the authority there," he
said pointing to his forearm.
"In that case, there were
two of us with this skin, and
you cannot be the person with
the authority in the middle
when many years before this
skin was being oppressed.
"I believe this was the reason


for the death threats because
the umpires are there to be
the mediators and they are
there to get the players to
behave and stay in line.
"The white extremists are
not going to be happy. This
death threat was told to me. I
did not hear it. It was told to
me that it was a white extrem-
ist who might have been
drunk because of the language
spoken."
Through it all, Bucknor
rose to stand in a world record
128 Tests the most by any
umpire and 180 one-day
internationals, including a
world record five World Cup
finals.
He identified his single
greatest achievement as
remaining fit in body and in
mind to ensure that he could
afford his seven children the
opportunity of a sound educa-
tion.

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attack and immediately
p,_'-',d back India. The visi-
tors, again batting first on a
wicket more helpful to
bowlers, slumped to seven
runs for three wickets. India
then tottered precariously at
82 runs for eight wickets
before Dhoni and Rudra
Pratap Singh staged a bold
rearguard stand, adding 101
runs for the ninth wicket. The
captain was eventually bowled
by Taylor for a well-played 95
to end India's innings.
Taylor and fellow seam
bowlers Ravi Rampaul and
Bravo shared all the wickets.
Rampaul had a career-best
haul of four for 37 off 10
overs. Taylor and Bravo split
the remaining six wickets. The
Indian camp admitted it may
have underestimated the
home team's attack.
"I think that we should
have shown a lot more respect
towards the West Indies
bowlers," said Dhoni after the
game.
The West Indies' batting
response was just as aggres-
sive as its spell in the field.
The opening pair of Morton
and Gayle raced to 53 off
eight overs. Gayle, aided by
some shabby fielding by the
Indians, was particularly
harsh. He eventually reached
his half-century in 55 minutes,


off 36 balls with seven fours
and a six. Then he smashed a
four and six off consecutive
balls from Harbhajan Singh's
third over, India's 15th, to
bring up the West Indies' 100
off 89 balls in 62 minutes.
But Gayle departed short-
ly after for 64, brilliantly
caught at wide long off by a
diving Gautam Gambhir off
the bowling of Rohit Sharma.
His knock included eight fours
and two sixes.
India looked ready to
stage a mini-fightback when
Sarwan was stumped by
Dhoni off Sharma for 15 with
the score at 132 in the 22nd
over.
But Morton pressed on,
pulling Praveen Kumar
through mid-wicket for four to
bring up his own half century
in 101 minutes off 67 balls.
Morton blasted a tower-
ing six off the first ball from
Harbhajan's ninth over to
push the West Indies past the
target in impressive fashion
with 15.5.overs to spare and
eight wickets in hand.
The final two ODIs of the
series were scheduled for St.
Lucia this month.

Gordon Williams is
Caribbean Today's managing
editor.
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