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September 2009

Bolt, Caribbean shine bright at World Championships in Athletics


BERLIN, Germany The
Caribbean once again flexed
its muscles as a global track
and field power by capturing
26 medals at last month's 12th
IAAF World Championships
in Athletics (WCA) here.
Led by Jamaica's record
WCA haul of 13, including
seven gold, four silver and two
bronze, which placed the
country second overall to the
United States in the medal
table, the region produced
some of the most dazzling
moments of the meet, which
ran from Aug. 15-23.
None were brighter than
the wildly popular Usain
Bolt's world record sprint
double, and the Jamaican's
three gold medals overall.
Bolt shattered his own 100
meters mark of 9.69 seconds,
set at last year's Olympic
Games in China, with a stun-
ning 9.58 on the second night
of the WCA. Tyson Gay of

Bolt, right, wins the 100 meters ahead of Gay, center, and Powell.

the United States finished sec-
ond in an American record
9.71, and Jamaica's Asafa
Powell third in 9.84.
"I was definitely ready for
the world record and I did it!"
Bolt said after the final. "I am
proud of myself. This is a big
moment in history."

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The 6' 5" sprint star, who
celebrated his 23rd birthday
during the WCA, returned

days later to the Olympic
Stadium track to clock 19.19
in the 200 meters and break
his other individual world
mark set at the '08 Olympics.
That result took Bolt more by
"The world record, I
did not really have it on my
mind," he said.

Bolt's countrywomen
Shelly-Ann Fraser (100 meters
in 10.73) and Melaine Walker
(400 meters hurdles in a
championship record 52.42),
who also won in China,
repeated at the WCA in their
pet events, while Brigitte
Foster-Hylton won the 100
meters hurdles.
Jamaica won both 4x100
meters relays to complete the
country's gold haul.

The men's team of Steve
Mullings, Michael Frater, Bolt
and Powell, clocked 37.31 sec-
onds to beat Trinidad and
Tobago (37.62) into second
place. Jamaica's women, fea-
turing Simone Facey, Fraser,
Aleen Bailey and Kerron
Stewart, who won 100 silver
in 10.75, romped to the relay
win in 42.06 seconds. The
Bahamas placed second in
Jamaicans who journeyed
to the WCA were happy with
their country's performance.
They also soaked in the admi-
ration it brought from other
nations, including the host.
"On a whole it was just
excellent," said Ann Mair,
who came here from New
York. "I enjoyed the whole


Caribbean American leaders take census case to Washington

A delegation of Caribbean
American leaders, along with
other nationals from across the
United States, is scheduled to
attend the Congressional
Black Caucus annual confer-
ence in Washington, D.C.
Sept. 23-26.
While in the U.S. capital,
the leaders will meet with
members of the Unity
Coalition, a group of over 50
Black organizations, to solidi-
fy support for "Question 9",
which addresses the issues of
self identification and country
of origin on the 2010 census.
The delegation will sup-
port Congresswoman Yvette
Clarke, co-chair of the week-
end activities and representa-
tive of New York's 11th con-
gressional district, which has
the largest number of people of
Caribbean descent in the U.S.
Representatives of the
Caribbean American Cultural
Coalition Census Committee

in South Florida are encourag-
ing Caribbean nationals to get
an early start in the 2010 cen-
sus process. Acting on a chal-
lenge issued by the Institute of
Caribbean Studies (ICS) in
Washington D.C. to engage
the Caribbean community in
the process, the coalition
deployed representatives
to the Broward County
Complete Count Committee.

The effort, led by Florida
State Representative Hazelle
Rogers and others, began an
early public awareness cam-
paign at UNIFEST during the
recent Caribbean Heritage
Month. The group also con-
vened a strategy meeting in
North Lauderdale of invitees
to a census department-spon-
sored conference in Orlando,
"My motivation is to
increase the number of partic-

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ipants in my district and the
immigrant community at large
in the 2010 count to ensure
that they understand the full
benefits from an accurate
count," said Rogers in a
recent press release.
A delegation of South
Florida Caribbean leaders
attended the 11th Annual
Legislative Conference spon-
sored by the Institute of
Caribbean Studies (ICS) June
24-26 in Washington, D.C. The
group, which included Rogers,
State Rep. Yolley Roberson,
Councilman Aster Knight,
North Miami City Clerk Alix
Desulme, attorney Marlon Hill,
Hulbert James, Roxanne Valies,
and Maria Kong, also attended
a White House census briefing
that focused on Question 8 and
9. James, chair of the South
Florida census committee, was
selected as one of three national
co-chairs of the National
Caribbean Community Census
"We will intensify our
efforts to ensure a complete
count by working with census
staff and complete count com-
mittees at the local, state, and
national level," said James in
the release.


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Investors blame U.S. regulators for Stanford 'Ponzi' scheme

LOUISIANA United States
regulators failed to act on
reports that Texas fin-
ancier Sir Allen -g
Stanford was operat- 4
ing an alleged multi-
billion dollar Ponzi
scheme, a United
States Senate
Banking Committee
has been told.
Investors appear-
ing before the com-
mittee last month
said that they had Stanford
provided information
to the U.S. regulators about
the alleged $7 billion Ponzi
scheme by Sir Allen that
involved his Antigua-based
Stanford International Bank
"These agencies, along
with Stanford, have robbed
me of my American dream,"
said 55-year-old Craig Nelson.
"I feel the U.S. government is
responsible for my loss."
Leyla Wydler, an ex-
Stanford Group financial
adviser, said that regulators at
the National Association of
Securities Dealers ignored her
when she alleged in 2003 that
the financier was conducting a
Ponzi scheme. Wydler who

U.S. seeks

to extradite


drug kingpin

United States has asked
Jamaica to extradite
Christopher "Duddus" Coke,
the alleged leader of the
"Shower Posse" gang, who is
facing weapons and drug-traf-
ficking charges in New York.
In the indictment,
unsealed in the U.S. Southern
District Court of New York
late last month, Coke, 40, also
known as PrL,,d ii and
"Shortman", is charged with
"conspiracy to distribute
cocaine and marijuana" and
"conspiracy to illegally traffic
in firLirm .
The indictment further
alleged that members of
Coke's "Shower Posse" traf-
ficked in marijuana and
cocaine in the New York met-
ropolitan area and elsewhere,
funneling the profits back to
Coke, who the U.S. Justice
Department has labeled as
"one of the world's most dan-
gerous drug kingpins."
The indictment said Coke,
a "businessman" in Jamaica's

made a similar charge to the
U.S. Securities and Exchange
Commission (SEC),
which charged
Stanford of engaging
in the "massive" Ponzi
scheme in February -
** said she was fired in
2002 because she
declined to offer the
"high yield" certifi-
cates of deposit (CDs)
to clients.
"The finan-
cial advisers who sold
CDs were praised and
compensated for doing so, and
those who did not sell the CDs
were fired," she testified.
Many of the investors said
the SEC, the U.S. financial
regulatory agency, was also
too slow in responding to alle-
gations levelled against Sir

"The system absolutely
failed us; and now, we are left
destitute, defrauded and
dependent on others," said

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Troy Lillie, a retired Louisiana
refinery worker.
But Rose Romero,
regional director at the SEC's

Fort Worth office in Texas,
said it was difficult to build a
case against Sir Allen because
of the clandestine nature of

his operations.
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Court hears of 'blood oath' between Stanford, Antiguan financial regulator

United States federal court
has been told that the rela-
tionship, between indicted
Texas financier Sir Allen
Stanford and the former
Antigua and Barbuda chief
financial regulator Leroy
King, had been sealed through
a so-called "blood oath."
Former chief financial
officer of the Stanford Group,
James M. Davis, in a plea
agreement filed in the Federal
District Court in Houston,
said that Sir Allen and King
took the "blood oath" at a
meeting in 2003.
Davis told the court that
the oath "promoted an elabo-
rate N. IIL m to hide the $7
billion Ponzi scheme, of which
Sir Allen, King, Davis and
other Stanford Group top

associates are accused of run-
ning through Stanford-owned
the Stanford International
Bank (SIB) in Antigua.
After the pact, David said
that King called Stanford "Big
Brother", telling the court
that King received $8,000 in
American Football Super
Bowl tickets for himself and
his girlfriend. In addition,
Davis alleged that King
accepted regular bribe pay-
ments from a secret Swiss
bank account that Davis said
Sir Allen told him to handle.

The unusual twist to the
Stanford case came as Davis
pleaded guilty late last month
to fraud and conspiracy in the
federal court.
Davis, who oversaw the

Investors blame U.S. regulators for

Stanford 'Ponzi' scheme

secrecy around him," she tes-
Sir Allen is being held in
a Houston jail awaiting civil
and criminal trial for what
prosecutors said could begin
in about a year's time. He has
repeatedly denied any wrong-

Ralph Janvey, the court-
appointed receiver for
Stanford's assets, was not
present at the hearing, but
said in a letter that his testi-
mony would impair the crimi-
nal case against Sir Allen.

movement of vast sums of
money at SIB, also said in the
plea agreement that Sir Allen
ordered him to "report false
revenue and false investment
portfolio balances to banking
rgljiItr, as far back as
1988, when Sir Allen ran an
offshore bank in Montserrat.
"I did wrong. I'm sorry. I
apologize. And I take respon-
sibility for my actions," Davis
said after the hearing.
Sir Allen was also sched-
uled to appear in court on
Aug. 27, but was hospitalized
after his pulse rate soared, his
lawyer said.
While he has repeatedly
denied accusations that he ran
a Ponzi scheme involving cer-
tificates of deposit issued by
SIB, Sir Allen has also insist-
ed that if anything illegal did

inner city, faces a maximum
sentence of life in prison if
Rohan Powell, a spokesman
for Jamaica's Justice Ministry,
told reporters late last month the

happen, it must have been
Davis's fault. Davis, who had
been a friend of the accused
financier since they were
roommates at Baylor
University in Waco, Texas,
now faces up to 30 years in

The plea agreement and a
court presentation on Aug. 27
by prosecutors repeated many
facts that were outlined in
June in an indictment of Sir
Allen, several Stanford Group
officials and King.
They are accused of
defrauding 30,000 investors of
$7 billion, filing false reports
to regulators and investors,
diverting more than $1.6 bil-
lion into undisclosed personal
loans to Stanford, and con-

extradition request is "under
rt i, \% and that an arrest war-
rant is yet to be issued.
Coke's lawyer, Tom
Tavares-Finson, described the
allegations as h1 p1-1 adding
that his client is perplexed.
"He can't understand

spring to obstruct an investi-
gation by the US Securities
and Exchange Commission
(SEC), the financial regulator.
Davis told the court that
he, Stanford, King and others
had proposed various respons-
es designed to mislead the
American regulators, which
King was expected to transmit
back to the SEC.
The plea agreement also
stated that King "helped mis-
lead rgulaht 'r, of the
Eastern Caribbean Central
Bank (ECCB) when it began
raising questions about the
SIB operations.
King is awaiting extradi-
tion to the U.S. to face the

what it could possibly be,"
Tavares-Finson said. "We'll
wait and see. I don't know
what's going to happen with
the Jamaican government."


U.S. seeks to extradite suspected

drug kingpin


September 2009


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Broward County politicians put down their gavels and picked up stethoscopes and white coats as part of "National Health Center
Week" last month, celebrating the quality accessible care provided to underserved populations by community health centers.
Among those who showed up at the Broward Community Family Health Center (BCFHC) were, left to right, Jamaican-born Florida
State Representative Hazelle Rogers; West Park Vice Mayor Thomas Dorsette; and BCFHC President and Chief Executive Officer
Rosalyn Frazier. "National Health Center Week" included health fairs, tours, screenings and educational events at the three Florida
locations of BCFHC Hollywood, Pompano and West Park.

Bisphosphonates effective in fighting osteoporosis


QUESTION: For many years,
I took Aciphex and then
learned it may have been a
factor in giving me osteoporo-
sis. I do not want to take bis-
phosphonates for mild osteo-
porosis. My naturopathic heal-
er suggests calcium aspartate,
along with a high dose of vita-
min D and weight-bearing
exercise, as well as eating
dark, leafy greens. Can this
regimen, as well as stopping
the Aciphex, reverse osteo-

ANSWER: Supplemental cal-
cium and Vitamin D and
weight-bearing exercise are
routinely recommended to
maintain bone health, espe-
cially for postmenopausal
women or those who do not
get enough of these nutrients
in the diet.
What's enough? For most
adults, 1,200 milligrams/day of
calcium and 800 international
units of Vitamin D are recom-
mended. Green, leafy vegeta-
bles are a good dietary source
of calcium, but dairy products
(such as milk and yogurt) are
even better. Vitamin D can be
found in fish (especially
salmon and tuna), eggs and
fortified milk.
Increasing your intake of
calcium and Vitamin D and
increasing weight-bearing
exercise may slow bone loss,
especially if intake of calcium
and Vitamin D are low.

However, the evidence is
mixed on the ability of calci-
um, Vitamin D and exercising
more to actually reverse
osteoporosis (that is, increase
bone density, not just slow its
decline) and lower fracture
risk. If they can, the effect
seems to be small.

The most effective way to
reverse osteoporosis and
reduce the risk of fracture is
by taking a bisphosphonate
(such as alendronate/Fosamax
or risedronate/Actonel).
Raloxifene (Evista) and estro-
gen therapy also increase bone
density and reduce fracture
risk, but their side effects and
lower effectiveness (compared
with bisphosphonates) make
these less-appealing options.
Rabeprazole (Aciphex) is
a "proton-pump-inhibitor"
(PPI) which reduces acid in
the stomach. It can treat
ulcers, heartburn and other

acid-related stomach disor-
ders. Before blaming rabepra-
zole for your osteoporosis,
keep in mind that in extensive
studies of its effectiveness and
safety, no link between
rabeprazole and osteoporosis
was identified.
While it's possible that PPI
use increases the risk of osteo-
porosis, it's also possible that
people taking PPIs have more
risk factors for osteoporosis
than those who don't take
PPIs. For example, people tak-
ing PPIs may be sicker and
more likely to have been
admitted to the hospital
(where PPIs are often pre-
scribed). Or, they may take less
calcium or vitamin D, drink
more alcohol, or take corticos-
teroids more frequently than
people who don't take PPIs.
Even if PPIs are found to
increase osteoporosis risk, it's
possible that some PPIs (includ-
ing rabeprazole) have little
effect on bone density, while
others weaken bone more.

Dr. Robert H. Shmerling,
M.D. is associate physician at
Beth Israel Deaconess
Medical Center, Boston,
Massachusetts, and associate
professor at Harvard Medical

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U.S. scientists warn of coral

bleaching in the Caribbean



United States scientists have
warned that conditions are
favorable for significant coral
bleaching and infectious coral
disease outbreaks in the
Scientists from the National
Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration (NOAA) made
their forecast in the July Coral
Reef Watch outlook, released
here recently. They cautioned
that their forecast will be partic-
ularly felt in the Lesser Antilles
in view of continued high water
temperatures through October.
"Just like any climate
forecast, local conditions and
weather events can influence
actual temperatures," said Dr.
Mark Eakin, NOAA's coral
reef watch coordinator.
"However, we are quite
concerned that high tempera-
tures may threaten the health
of coral reefs in the Caribbean
this year."
Eakin said he is concerned
that bleaching may reach the
same levels or exceed those
recorded in 2005, the worst
year of coral bleaching and
disease in Caribbean history.

Social Secu

and yoi
To help readers under-
stand more about Social
Security in the United
States, Caribbean Today, with
the help of the Social Security
Administration (SSA), is offer-
ing the following questions and

Question: I was disabled
for a while several years ago.
My health has since improved.
Can I receive disability benefits
for the time I was disabled?
Answer: If you were disabled
,L \ L ral years ,j,', but are not
disabled now, you probably
can't get benefits at this point.
Whether or not you are entitled
to what we call a <. I .J period
of disability" depends on:
When you became dis-
abled; and
When you apply for Social
Security disability benefits.
You may be entitled to a
I ..LJ period of disability"
when medical evidence estab-
lishes you were unable to
engage in substantial gainful
work activity for a continuous
period of 12 months, but by
the time the disability decision
is made, you have medically
recovered. You must also
meet the following require-
ments to be entitled to a closed
period of disability:
You must file an applica-
tion within 14 months after the
disability ended; or

He said in parts of the Eastern
Caribbean, as much as 90 per-
cent of corals were bleached
and over half of those died
during that event.

Eakin said prolonged
coral bleaching of more than a
week can lead to coral death
and the subsequent loss of
coral reef habitats for a range
of marine life. It also affects
local economies and tourism.
Scientists have said that
coral bleaching is associated
with a variety of factors, espe-
cially increased ocean temper-
atures. This causes the coral to
expel symbiotic micro-algae
living in their tissues algae
that provide sustenance for
They also said that the
loss of algae leaves coral tis-
sue devoid of color, making it
appear bleached.
Eakin said the bleaching
risk may be higher in certain
regions in the Caribbean than
in this initial forecast.

ity benefits

You must have filed an
application between 15 to 36
months after the disability ended
and you must show that your
failure or inability to file a timely
application was due to your
physical or mental condition.
If you meet the require-
ments for disability benefits,
there is a five-month waiting
period before your first month-
ly benefit can be paid. You can
receive up to 12 months of
retroactive benefits from the
date you file an application
with Social Security. Learn
more about Social Security dis-
ability benefits at

Question: It seems difficult
to figure out what plan to get
for Medicare prescription drug
coverage. What is the easiest
way to compare plans?
Answer: The easiest way to
get a handle on Medicare pre-
scription drug plans is to use
the Medicare Prescription
Drug Plan Finder at There
you can find and compare
plans in your area. Or, you
may find it better to get per-
sonalized counseling about
plans in your area by calling
1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-



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Britain determined to revamp politics in Turks and Caicos Islands


and Caicos Islands, CMC At
the end of their annual summit
in Guyana in July, Caribbean
community (CARICOM) coun-
tries reiterated their opposition
to moves by Britain to suspend
the constitution of the Turks
and Caicos Islands (TCI).
The end of summit com-
muniqu6 noted that the leaders
of the 15-member bloc, while
"deeply disturbed" by the find-
ings of a commission of inquiry
into possible corruption into
the former Michael Misick gov-
ernment, still felt London had
an obligation to find an alter-
native solution rather than sus-
pending the constitution and
imposing direct rule.
In March, the leaders from
countries that were once British
colonies the French country
of Haiti being the exception -
said that the plans by London
were "not the most effective
tools to bolster good gover-
nance and effective administra-
tion in the territory".
In May, CARICOM used
the United Nations Second
International Decade for the
Eradication of Colonialism
conference in St. Kitts to push
for support for its position.
"The CARICOM position
on this matter calls for deeper
reflection by all involved in
order to arrive at a solution that
will minimize constitutional dis-
ruption," said Permanent
Secretary in the Ministry of
Foreign Affairs Astona Browne.
She noted that given the
geographical proximity and
cultural ties of the people of
the Caribb.ii it should not be
surprising that CARICOM
continues to regard the decolo-
nization process of the remain-
ing overseas territories as fun-
damental to Caribbean region-
al integration.
Galmo Williams, who took
over the leadership of the TCI
government in March from
Misick, also addressed the U.N.
conference and later travelled
to London at the head of a
two-member delegation in a
bid to get the British govern-
ment to accede to his request
for the citizens of the island to
have a say in their future.

But a dejected Williams,
upon his return, told the
Caribbean Media Corporation
(CMC) that political
Independence seems to be the
only option now available to
the Turks and Caicos Islands.
"It is our only way out, self
determination. It is our only
way out to nationhood. They
are determined we must be
ruled by one man (governor)
and I think it is unfair. I think I
have to continue speaking out

against it. Independence has to
be the only way that we in this
country must is our
only way for our long term
growth," he told CMC.
Britain had said its action
would last at least for two years
and follows the conclusion of a
one-man commission of
inquiry, which reported that it
had found "clear signs" of cor-
ruption in the government. At
the center of the corruption
claims is Misick, who is alleged
to have amassed a multi-mil-
lion-dollar fortune since he was
elected in 2003.
According to the inquiry
team's document, the corruption
appears to have consisted of
"bribery of
and/or public
officers by over-
seas developers
and other
investors, so as
to secure
Crown Land onMisick
favorable Misick
L rilllh'.
The commission also dis-
coveredle r i u, deterioration
- from an already low level in
the territory's systems of gover-
nance and public financial
management and at all eiiir .
The contributing factors to
this decline include "the poten-
tial and encouragement in the
system of governance for abuse
of public office, concealment of
conflict (of) interest at all lev-
els of public life". Another fac-
tor was the lack of effective
constitutional checks and bal-
ances "to protect the public
purse, the inefficient from
scrutiny, the dishonest from
discovery and the vulnerable
from ,blu f L
Sir Robin Auld, the head
of the commission, has recom-
mended criminal action against
Misick and other politicians
who are accused of enriching
the mInll ep.
Britain's Overseas
Territories Minister Gillian
Merron said that the investiga-
tion had discovered a "high
probability of systemic corrup-
tion or serious dishonesty" in
the TCI. CARICOM had
hoped that London would have
used the period during which
the final report would have
been submitted and the legal
challenges to "more profitably
find solutions that would avert
the IlirL, IL nIdLJ constitutional
and democratic dislocation.
"In this regard, the rejec-
tion by the governor of the
proposal of the new premier to
allow the people of TCI to
elect a new government which
could have adopted and imple-
mented the measures required
to improve the administration
of the territory and strengthen
integrity in public life was,
regrettably, a lost opportunity,"
the regional leaders said at the

end of their summit in July.
"The people of the Turks
and Caicos Islands and their
ability to govern IlILII1mLIS in
the long run
will benefit far
more from
their adminis-
trative and
good gover-
nance process-
es through
their own Wetherell
efforts than by Wetherell
the administra-
tions through the governor
under direct rule."

Britain was not impressed.
London delivered its verdict on
the island that enjoys one of
the more dynamic economies
in the Caribbean.
In 2002 Turks and Caicos
was removed from a list of
countries and territories con-
sidered to be uncooperative tax
havens by the Organization for
Economic Cooperation and
Development (OECD), which
seeks to end harmful tax prac-
tices around the globe.
However, by 2009 it remained
on the OECD's grey list of
countries that have promised
to comply with rules on sharing
tax information. Tourism is
also a major revenue earner.
Governor Gordon
Wetherell said that he has since
signed the necessary proclama-
tion suspending the constitution
of the island that was once a
dependency of Jamaica and
became a crown colony upon
Jamaica's Independence in 1962.
The final hurdle to Britain's
move came last month when
the British Court of Appeal dis-
missed arguments by Misick
that the TCI Constitution Order
- that allows for suspending the
constitution contravenes
European Union laws. The
three-member panel also ruled

that there was little evidence to
support the case going any fur-
The governor said that
with "immediate effect, minis-
terial government and the
House of Assembly are sus-
pended...and the House of
Assembly is dissolved and
Members' seats are vacated.
"The constitutional right to
trial by jury is also suspended
with immediate effect. In
accordance with the Order in
Council, this will be for a peri-
od of two years, subject to
extension or abbreviation as
necessary," Wetherell said.

The governor said that dur-
ing the two-year period, he
would be responsible for the
government of the Turks and
Caicos Islands and that he has
appointed British-national
Martin Stanley as chief execu-
tive to head the TCI public
service. But Williams con-
demned the "coup" by London.
"...As the grand children of
slaves, left abandoned on these
barren shores centuries ago,
we, together with those who
came later on, have turned
these Islands into something
that we can all be proud of,
and indeed something that our
once delinquent masters, have
stated that they will do any-
thing except a return to slavery
to repossess," Williams

"As the legitimately and
duly elected leader of this
country," Williams said that he
was siro ni; objecting to the
recommendations outlined in
the Report of the Commission.
"But I am convinced that
this coup d'6tat committed
against the LgililliaJIL govern-
ment of our Turks and Caicos
Islands by the United Kingdom
puts them on the wrong side of
history, for I can assure you that
this action which they have
taken against us was not done
because it is the right thing to do
nor because it is necessary, but
rather it is being taken because
they are able to do such things in
a country of our size and status."
But the British governor
has dismissed the talks of a
"take over," telling citizens "we
can finally move ahead togeth-
er towards a fresh start for the
"Our guiding principles
will be those of transparency,
accountability and responsibili-
ty," Wetherell said. "I believe
that most people in the Turks
and Caicos will join with me in
welcoming these changes."
"This is not a 'British
takeover'," he insisted. "The
British government and I are
committed to working towards
holding free and fair elections
by July 2011."


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Little sweetness, a little
spice are always nice
to Caribbean people.
As home to so many races and
cultures, the region is always
welcoming a variety of dishes.
So this month, Caribbean
Today is serving up Oriental-
style chicken, flavored with
familiar coconut and ginger.
Try it nuh!

* 1 1/2 cups water
* 1 (8-ounce) can pineapple

chunks in juice (drained)
* 1 (7-ounce) box coconut gin-
ger rice
* 1 tablespoon sesame oil
* 4 cups frozen popcorn chick-
en bites
* 1 (16-ounce) bag frozen
broccoli stir-fry
* 1 (16-ounce) jar sweet and
sour dinner sauce
* 2 tablespoons honey

Place water in medium
saucepan. Cover and bring to

boil on high heat for rice.
Stir rice and seasoning packet
(from rice) into boiling water.
Reduce heat to low, cover and
simmer 20 minutes.
Preheat wok on high for
two minutes.
Place sesame oil in wok
and swirl to coat. Add chicken
and cook three minutes, stirring
frequently to prevent burning.
Add pineapple and broc-
coli stir-fry. Stir, cover and
reduce heat to medium-high.
Cook seven minutes, stirring
Add sweet and sour sauce
and honey. Stir, cover and
reduce heat to low. Simmer
eight minutes.
Remove rice from heat
and let stand four minutes.
Serve chicken and vegetables
over rice.

Oriental salad


* 1 cup cherry tomatoes
* 1 yellow squash
* 6 cups romaine lettuce
* 1/4 cup Oriental salad

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Grace Kennedy Limited,
a leading Caribbean
food manufacturer and
distributor, has announced it is
the new title sponsor of a large
Caribbean food festival in the
United States.
The Jamaican Jerk
Festival, now named the Grace
Jamaican Jerk Festival, will be
held Nov. 8 at Markham Park
in Sunrise, Florida.
"To have Grace Kennedy,
the foremost producer of
authentic Caribbean food prod-
ucts as the title sponsor is just a
natural fit," Eddy Edwards,
chairman of the board of
Jamaican Jerk Festival USA,
Inc., said in a recent press
release. "The company has
been a supporter and partici-
pant in the festival since our
launch in 2001...

"Grace Kennedy has
always considered this festival
to be one of our most impor-
tant annual events in the
region, allowing us to connect
with the large Caribbean com-
munity here in South Florida as
well as the expanding audience
of jerk lovers," said Joy
Thomas, market manager,
southern U.S.
"Being the title sponsor
presents us an opportunity to
do more than just showcase
our brand. We will be able to
play a part in all of the day's
entertainment and activities,
really interact with the festival
goers and serving up dishes
made primarily with our jerk
line of products."

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More than miles separate us

Our story so far:
L ast year, Barack Obama
was elected president,
the first American of
African heritage ever to reach
that office. If this was regard-
ed as a new beginning by most
Americans, it was regarded
apocalyptically by others who
promptly proceeded to lose
both their minds and any pre-
tense of enlightenment.
These are the people who
immediately declared it their
fervent hope that the new pres-
idency fail, the ones who
cheered when
the governor
of Texas
raised the
specter of
secession, the
ones who
went online
to rechristen
the executive
mansion the LEONARD
House, and to
picture it with
a watermelon patch out front.
In the debate over health-
care reform, they are the ones
who have disrupted town hall
meetings, shouting about the
president's supposed plan for
"death pak 1,l to euthanize
the elderly.
Now, they are the ones
bringing firearms to places the
president is speaking.

It remains unclear, once
you get beyond the realm of
Internet myth, alarmist rheto-
ric and blatant lie, what the
substance of the president's
supposed tyranny might be.
"Socialized health care"?
Given that our libraries,
schools, police and fire
departments are all "social-
ized", that's hard to swallow.
When and if the implied
violence comes, perhaps its
author will explain. Meanwhile,
expect those who stoked his
rage i.e., the makers of
Internet myths, alarmist rheto-
ric and blatant lies to disdain
any and all moral responsibility
for the outcome.

These are strange times.
They call to mind what historian
Henry Adams said in the mid-
1800s: "There are grave doubts
at the hugeness of the land and
whether one government can
comprehend the whole."
Adams spoke in geo-
graphical terms of a nation
rapidly expanding toward the
Pacific. Our challenge is less
geographical than spiritual,
less a question of the distance
between Honolulu and New
York than between you and
the person right next to you.
Such as when you look at a
guy who thought it a good
idea to bring a "gun" to a
presidential speech and find
yourself stunned by incompre-
hension. On paper, he is your
fellow American, but you
absolutely do not know him,
recognize nothing of yourself
in him. You keep asking your-
self: Who "is" this guy?

We frame the dill r It
in terms of t.<'n- r\lli%\L and
"liberal", but these are tired
old markers that with overuse
and misuse have largely lost
whatever meaning they used
to have and with it, any ability
to explain us to us. This isn't
liberal vs. conservative, it is
yesterday vs. tomorrow, the
stress of profound cultural and
demographic changes that will
leave none of us as we were.
And change, almost by
definition, always comes too
fast, always brings a sense of
stark dislocation.
Round and round we go
and where we stop, nobody
knows. And it is an open ques-
tion, as it was for Henry Adams,
what kind of country we'll have
when it's done. "Can" one gov-
ernment comprehend the
whole? It may be harder to
answer now than it was then.
The distances that divide
us cannot be measured in miles.

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woman's life when she is
most dangerous, and
indeed, it is a wise man who
knows that the female of the
species is more deadly than
the male.
Usually it's the nearest
thing in her proximity, her
man, who feels the brunt of
this rage and gets burnt,
scalped and scarred by the
inferno. No man can match it.
Many men don't even know it
by name, but all they know is
that at a certain time, they
better not argue, say anything,
or even LIu-',l touching her,
but just hold their corner and
let her be.
It goes by the name PMS,
and some men know it and
fear it, while others haven't a
clue. But it comes in many
forms, many shapes, and is in
all women.
Now I know that you're
thinking of the traditional cycli-
cal PMS, where like the lunar
cycle, emotions and actions are
affected. No, it's not that one,
for there are many other sorts
of PMS that exist.

One of them is Perpetual
Mood Shifts. Any man knows
that he is in big trouble if he
doesn't bend and sway to those
mood shifts. A woman will be
in a perfectly good mood, hav-
ing a great time, then suddenly
it's like the moon has covered
the face of the sun and every-
thing goes dark.
Not even she can explain
it. Ask no questions, make no
queries, step away if you can,
walk away to another room. If
you live elsewhere, go home.
Sometimes, if you're lucky, it
will shift back to normal as
suddenly as it had changed.
Then there is the Puffy
Mid Section, yet another PMS
that affects women. For some
strange reason, a man with a
puffy mid section is accept-
able. A woman with a puffy
mid-section is looked upon
with derision. They like it not.
Still, I saw a woman with
a huge mid section, wearing
an impy skimpy outfit that
showed off her fat. When I
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no, no, not in the way that
you're thinking. There are
women who every now and
then go through a phase
where, as far as they're con-
cerned, all men suck. They
are bitter, angry women. As
far as they are concerned,
there is not one good man in
existence, and all men in her
life, past, present and future,
are the scum of the earth,
worthless vagabonds. They
usually preface their sentences
with the words, all a "unoo",
as in, "All a unoo worthless."
From you hear those
words, back off and retreat,
for that PMS is deadly. Those
women usually end up alone,
or in the arms of other
women. A few who have made
that switch, after a while, the
same problems that they had
with men are the same ones
they have with women.

Hot on the heels of that
PMS is the other more general
one, People Make me Sick, or

PMMS. These women find
fault with everything and
everyone, even their own chil-
dren whose lives they inter-
fere with. After a while every-
one avoids them.
The lighter type of PMS
includes, Provide Me with
Sweets, Perpetual Munchie
Spree, Pimples May Surface.
In those, the woman has those
cravings for chocolate or
munchies until invariably they
break out in pimples.
Those you can live with.
What you don't want to hear is
the deadly PMS, Pack My Stuff.
That has left many a grown
man weak-kneed and sobbing,
b, -inii- her not to leave.
But how do you counter
all these various types of PMS
in women? Well, there is, and
it's quite simple. It's all in the
approach. If a man suspects
any form of PMS in his
woman, he should not go
home and just ask her "What's
for dinner?" Also, don't ever
ask her, "Are you really wear-
ing that?" Instead, look on
her and say "Wow that outfit
looks great." Or even better,
"Wow you look fabulous."
Also, no matter what she's
eating, don't ever ask, "Should
you be eating that?" as it
implies that she's fat.
So you thought you knew
what PMS was, well now you
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'The Harder They Come' a delightful, nostalgic Caribbean experience


If South Floridians didn't
know about "nine night"
(aka setup), they certainly
learned about the Jamaican
tradition late last month at
Miami's Adrienne Arsht
Center for the Performing
A rousing nd-off" of
the deceased on the ninth
night after death, the ritual is
truly a last hurrah party in
honor of the departed. This
lavish ritual was the opening
scene of the much anticipated
musical "The Harder They
On its North American
tour, the United Kingdom
production opened at the
Arsht Center to enthusiastic
audiences hungry for the
much loved music from the
1972 movie produced and
directed by Perry Henzell and
co-written with Trevor Rhone.
Like the film, the musical
production tells the story of
Ivanhoe Martin, an aspiring
reggae singer who comes to

town (Kingston, Jamaica)
to make his mark, but is
cheated by crooked music
industry bigwigs. Hurt and
bent on revenge, Ivan gets
caught up in a world of vio-
lence and criminality that
leads to his ultimate end.
The audience walks in on
the in-progress "nine night"
with mourning, singing,
domino playing, rum drink-
ing, dancing, and wailing.
The packed theater vibrates
with energy as the superb
cast of London-based
actors brings Ivan's story -
incidentally based on true
events to life.
Ivan, played by Rolan
Bell, a British citizen born
of Jamaican parents, brings
authenticity to the role,
deftly portraying the inno-
cence of a country boy who
comes to town with ,i, r '
in his eyes. Ivan transforms
into a hardened Kingstonian
as he navigates the harsh-
ness of life on the road to

The one constant in his
miserable life, Elsa, played
by Jamaican-born Joanna
Francis, tempers his exis-
tence. The 'churchified'
Elsa is drawn out of her
religious stupor by the
charismatic, handsome Ivan
to the chagrin of the lecher-
ous preacher, played by
Victor Romero Evans. The "\
main characters' rough ride
is supplemented by first-
class performances by Chris
Tummings who plays the cor-
rupt police detective Ray
Pierre; Marcus Powell, the
thieving music industry execu-
tive Mr. Hilton; the warm-
hearted Pedro played by Lain
Gray; and Susan Lawson-
Reynolds in the role of the
sexy city girl Pinky.
But it is the music that
makes this stage production
unforgettable. Indeed, Jimmy
Cliff's recordings are what

Ian" lives again in 'The Harder They Come'.

transformed the film into a
cult classic. The world-
renowned songwriter, who
also played Ivan in the film,
penned the haunting words to
"Many Rivers to Cross" and
of course the instantly recog-
nizable title song "The Harder
They Come". With a clearly
visible on-stage band, the pro-
duction is more like getting a
two-for-one deal a live music
concert and a stage play at the
same time.
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formance, the overwhelming
comment is: "It is nostalgic".
Indeed, with classic hits from
the movie soundtrack such as
"You Can Get It If You
Really Want", "The Bigger
They Come The Harder They
Fall", "Johnny Too Bad" and
"By the Rivers of Babylon",
the musical production brings
back memories of Jamaica's
turbulent, but nationalistic

Francis, besides being a
talented actress, wows the
audience with her incredibly
melodious and controlled
voice. It's a pity we didn't get
to hear more of her. Gray, too,
should also consider a singing
career based on his soulful
delivery. And, although Bell is
a good fit for the leading role,
he does not have the strongest
An opening night after-
party that allowed guests to
mingle with the actors and
dignitaries allowed fans to
continue reminiscing about a
time in Jamaica that helped
shape them. With footage
from the movie and other

noteworthy clips featuring
Bob Marley, Barrington Levy,
Inner Circle, Black Uhuru,
and wicked music by DJ Tom
La Roc, the musical produc-
tion never stopped.
A surprise appearance by
Jamaica's Minister of
Information and Culture
Olivia "Babsy" Grange was a
fitting cap to a night of
Jamaican musical culture.
Bursting with pride, the minis-
ter lauded the actors for their
stellar contribution to a strong
tradition that has helped put
Jamaica on the world stage.
Also on hand were some of
the Henzell clan representing
their father who died in 2006.
"The Harder They Come"
produced by Jan Ryan,
Robert Fox, and Michael
White and directed by Dawn
Reid and Kerry Michael, will
be at the Adrienne Arsht
Center for the Performing Arts
through Sept. 13. It's the play's
only North American run.

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Three Miami students
emerged winners in this
year's annual Jamaica
Independence Essay
Competition in Florida,
United States.
They were 15-year-old
Trevon Chambers, nine year-
old Druscilla Daley, and eight-
year-old Deianeira Hoffenden,
all residents of Miami.
The winners were selected
from a group of some 23
entries, each entrant detailing
his or her experiences from a
wide range of topics relating
to the history and culture of
Jamaica and its diaspora.

The competition, organized
by the Jamaica Information
Service in Miami, is part of the
annual festivities celebrating
Jamaica's Independence in
Florida. It is open to Jamaican
children, first and second
generation, who reside in the
U.S. state.
Hoffenden, a fourth grade
student, wrote a story about
her two favorite places in
Jamaica, which earned her
first place in the five to eight
age group category.

In her essay, Daley dis-
cussed the "Significance of
Jamaica's Six National sym-
bols", which won in the age
category nine to 13.
In the 13-18 category,
Chambers won for his essay
about an outstanding
Jamaican in the diaspora and
paid tribute to Jennifer Grant,
director of the Sierra
Norwood Church Children's
Hoffenden, a second gen-
eration Jamaican, said she was
inspired by her love for travel,
especially places she visited
during her trips to Jamaica.
Daley was born in
Jamaica and migrated to
South Florida in April. She
was motivated by Jamaica's
rich culture and heritage.
Chambers is also second
generation with an interest in
his Jamaican heritage. He is
active in his church's Music
Department at the Sierra
Norwood Calvary Baptist
Church, where Grant is the
music director.

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Teens learn about finances

during Miami workshops
MIAMI With teenagers the United States and made it
accounting for approximately harder for teens to find part-
$125 billion in spending each time jobs, causing some to
year, the Miami-Dade County rethink their shopping habits
4-H Youth Program has been and scrimp on purchases like
working with local teens to concerts, movies and restau-
help them budget their rants.
finances and teach them what The workshops, titled
it takes to make it in life. "On My Own: Challenge for
Living", simulated real-life
experiences in day-to-day and
long-term financial planning
that teens can expect to face
as adults. Participants were

The 4-H program recently
wrapped up two summer
finance workshops with 48
students at the Northwest
Boys and Girls Club and
African Square Park in
Miami. The workshops were
held in the wake of an eco-
nomic pinch that has taken
hold of household budgets in

assigned careers, salaries and
family situations. They were
tasked to stay within their
budget as they shopped for
household supplies, and paid
for transportation, housing,
food, utilities, insurance, child-
care and entertainment.
Teens also learned the dif-
ference in gross and net pay,
how to write a check while
avoiding check fraud and the
importance of keeping a bal-
anced checkbook to prevent
overdraft fees.
For more information on the
4-H program, visit http://miami-
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Getting answers about Social Security benefits

help readers under-
stand more about Social
Security in the United
States, Caribbean Today, with
the help of the Social Security
Administration (SSA), is offer-
ing the following questions and

Question: Can a widow
receive Social Security bene-
fits on her husband's record?

Answer: Yes. When a person
who has worked and paid
Social Security taxes dies, cer-
tain members of the family
may be eligible for survivors
benefits. Social Security sur-
vivors' benefits can be paid to:
A widow or widower full
benefits at full retirement age,
or reduced benefits as early as
age 60;
A disabled widow or widower
- as early as age 50;
A widow or widower at
any age if he or she takes care

The Adrienne Arsht Center for
the Performing Arts of Miami-
Dade County in Florida will
open its doors to the public for a
free volunteer festival from noon
to 6 p.m. Sept. 11.
The center's first-ever "United
We Serve Volunteer Miami Day"
will feature seminars covering top-
ics in energy conservation, arts
education programs, personal and
career advancement and communi-
ty involvement. Live musical per-
formances and a preview of the
Arsht Center's 2 r, i. 1111 season
will also highlight the program.

of the deceased's child who is
under age 16 or disabled, and
the child gets Social Security
Unmarried children under
18 (or up to age 19, if they are
attending high school full time);
Children at any age who
were disabled before age 22
and remain disabled; and
Dependent parents age 62
or older.
Even if you are divorced,
you may still qualify for sur-
vivors' benefits.


Question: How do I qualify for
benefits as a divorced spouse?

Answer: You can receive ben-
efits as a divorced spouse on a
former spouse's Social
Security record if you:
Were married to the for-
mer spouse for at least 10 years;
Are age 62 or older;

The Adrienne Arsht Center
is located at 1300 Biscayne Blvd.
in Miami.

The 25th annual Miami Carnival
is scheduled for Oct.11 at
Bicentennial Park in downtown
Miami, Florida.
The year's event is being
sponsored by the Broward and
Miami carnival committees.

South Florida will host the
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In addition, the former
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receive his or her own retire-
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the former spouse is eligible
for a benefit, but has not yet
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A Los Angeles judge has sen-
tenced singer Chris Brown to
five years probation and
ordered him to do 180 days of
community labor for assaulting
his former girlfriend, the
Barbadian pop star Rihanna.
Los Angeles County
Superior Court
Judge Patricia
SeliIL' *last
month also
ordered Brown
to stay clear of w
Rihanna, whose
real name is
Robyn Rihanna Rihanna
Fenty, for the
next five years or face a stay in
California state prison. She also
ordered Brown to attend a year
of domestic violence counseling.
The sentencing was part of
the plea deal that spared Brown
any jail time in the Feb. 8 brutal
beating that left the singer with
bruises and a black eye. The
judge said she was aware of
reports that Brown, 20, and
Rihanna, 21, were close to cross-
ing paths and demanded it stop.
"Even though you have pro-
bation, this is a felony, and it does
come with the potential of prison
if you violate it," she ruled.
StliL,' ordered Brown to
stay 100 yards away from
Rihanna except at industry
events where the distance is 10

yards. She also forbade tele-
phone and written contact.
Rihanna's lawyer Donald
Etra said the judge wasn't
interested in hearing an
expected request to ease the
protection order.
"Rihanna knows what her
legal options are if she wishes
to seek a modification of the
order," he said.
The probation pre-sentenc-
ing report included a rundown
of prior fights Brown had with
Rihanna. It
noted "he has
already apolo-
gized to the
victim on a few
different occa-
sions" and that
"he is uncer-
tain of the sta-
tus of their Brown
Nlta 1l the
incident occurred, he has been
very 'depressed,'" the report
Rihanna, did not attend
the sentencing. Brown was
accompanied by his mother.
He admitted guilt to
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issued a public apology for the



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Gay, lesbian groups force

cancellation of Banton's U.S. tour

KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC -
Jamaican reggae star Buju
Banton has had to cancel his
performances in the United
States following protests by
gay and lesbian groups.
Banton, whose real name
is Mark Myrie, was due to
perform in Chicago, Las
Vegas, Dallas and Houston,
beginning early this month.
But promoter "Live Nation"
said the performances had
been cancelled and that ticket
holders would be refunded.
Gay rights activists have
been campaigning against
Banton since his 1990 hit
"Boom Bye Bye", which they
said incite violence against gay

Labor Day Carnival: Where Caribbean

culture takes center stage in New York

NEW YORK Caribbean resi-
dents in New York are gearing
up for one of the bi,..LI events
on the American cultural calen-
dar the West Indian American
Day Labor Carnival to be
held on Sept. 7.
At a reception last month
at Gracie Mansion the official
residence of New York City's
Mayor Michael Bloomberg -
Caribbean Americans joined
the mayor and his staff to cele-
brate the 42nd anniversary of
the parade, which attracts mil-
lions of revelers and onlookers
each year to Brooklyn's Eastern
"Labor Day in New York is
where Caribbean culture takes
center stage and Caribbean
nationals from Guyana to
Grenada display solidarity

and diversity as well as the cre-
ativity of one of the most
remarkable regions of the
world," said Lorine St. Jules of
the St. Lucia Tourist Board in
New York.
"The West Indian
American Day Carnival and
Parade (is) the city's big end-of-
summer party, and it brings mil-
lions of people to Brooklyn
from all over the United States,
Canada, and certainly from the
West Indies," said Mayor
Bloomberg as he addressed
Caribbean Americans at Gracie
Mansion. "The parade is a

wonderful celebration of the
diversity that makes New York
the greatest city in the world."

Carnival association
President Yolanda Lezama-Clark
said that while the association
fulfills its mission of LIkbrIinig
Caribbean heritage and culture
on the world stage, spotlighting
social and economic issues was
also extremely important.
"This year we have chosen
cancer awareness and Census
2010," she said, announcing
"Jump for the Cure, Jump Up
and Be Counted!" as the
theme of this year's carnival.
The association is partner-
ing with the American Cancer
Society in a social awareness
campaign to get people tested,
while the alliance with the U.S.
Census Bureau will spread the
message of the importance of
being counted in the upcoming
2010 Census.
"This is a particularly
important issue for Caribbean
people who have traditionally
been undercounted. But more
so, being counted is about our
economic power. (It is) impor-
tant in order to ensure increas-
ing community resources in the
areas of housing, Healthcaree),
and education," she said.
Six Caribbean personali-
ties were honored at the
mayor's reception, including
five Trinidadians: mas designer
Clyde Bascombe, community
leader Gemma Bidjou, steel-
band founder Cyrus Busby,
costume maker and educator
Monica Carrington, and one of
the earliest supporters of the
carnival Horace Morancie.
NYPD Detective Nivrose
Duncan, from Haiti, was also
recognized for playing a key
role in making sure the parade
runs smoothly and safely.

people. More than 600 people
complained to Live Nation,
who owns the "House of
BlIt, 'venues where the
Jamaican would have per-
formed during his U.S. tour.
In Oct. 2006, Banton was
forced to cancel two of his
concerts as a result of pressure
from the gay activist group.
Two years ago, Banton was
reported to have signed up with
the Reggae Compassionate
Act, promising not to perform
songs that advocate homopho-
bia, in a deal brokered by
British-based gay activist group
Stop Murder Music. The
singer later denied making any
such commitment.


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It is bordered by Mexico
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the south and west, and the
Caribbean Sea to the east.
With 8,867 square miles of ter-
ritory and 320,000 people, the
population density is the low-
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region and one of the lowest
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country's population growth
rate, 2.21 percent is the high-
est in the region and one of
the highest in the western
The origin of the name
Belize is unclear, but one idea
is that the name is from the
Maya word belix, meaning
"muddy N ,L r applied to the
Belize River.
Before the arrival of
Europeans, the Maya civiliza-
tion spread itself over Belize
beginning around 1500 B.C.
and flourished until about
A.D. 800. In the late classic
period of Maya civilization
(before A.D. 1000), as many
as 400,000 people may have
lived in the area that is now
Belize. Some lowland Maya
still occupied the area when
Europeans arrived in the


Peter A. Webley,

1500s. By then the primary
inhabitants were the Mopan
branch of the Yucatec Maya.
Spanish colonists tried to
settle the inland areas of
Belize, but Maya rebellions
and attacks forced them to
abandon these efforts.
English and Scottish buc-
caneers known as the Baymen
first settled on the coast of
Belize in 1638, seeking a shel-
tered region from which they
could attack Spanish ships.
The settlers turned to cutting
logwood during the 1700s.
The wood yielded a fixing
agent for clothing dyes that
was vital to the European
woolen industry. The Spanish
granted the British settlers the
right to occupy the area and
cut logwood in exchange for
an end to piracy. Historical
accounts from the early 1700s
note that Africans were
brought to the 1 1ill inI II
from Jamaica to work as
slaves and cut timber.
The British first appoint-
ed a superintendent over the
Belize area in 1786. The
Spanish, who claimed sover-
eignty over the whole of

Central America, repeatedly
tried to gain control by force
over Belize, but were unsuc-
cessful. In the early 1800s, the
British sought greater control
over the settlers. A series of
institutions were put in place
to ensure the continued pres-
ence of a viable labor force.
In 1836, after the emanci-
pation of Central America
from Spanish rule, the British
claimed the right to adminis-
ter the region. In 1862, Great
Britain formally declared it a
British Crown Colony, subor-
dinate to Jamaica, and named
it British Honduras.
Demonstrations and riots
in 1934 marked the beginning
of an Independence move-
ment. Economic conditions
improved during World War
II (1939-1945) when many
Belizean men entered the
armed forces or otherwise
contributed labor to the war
effort. Following the war, the
colony's economy again stag-
nated. Britain's decision to
devalue the British Honduras
dollar in 1949 worsened eco-


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~ A Caribbean Today special feature

'Belize We are Free', 'Jump 4

Belize' win song competitions

September Celebrations
2009" got off to an early
start in Belize with the
announcement of the winners
of the patriotic and carnival
song competitions last month.
"Belize We are Free",
done by Bea Armstrong,
Alexander Evans and Herchel
Armstrong of Belize City, won
the patriotic song competition.
The winners earned a prize
package that included $3,000
and a trophy. "Take Me Back
to Belize", a song by Nello
Player (Kernel Parks), also of

Belize City, was second.
Barrington Castillo of La Isla
Bonita, San Pedro, captured
third place for his song "Shout
Belize". The runners-up each
received a cash prize and a
Mervin Budram of
Belmopan won first place in the
carnival song competition with
"Jump 4 Belize". He received
$3,000 and a certificate. Salus
Magana, of Corozal Town, was
second with "Belizean United".
"Fayaah in the SIrLL i, earned
Capt. Roby, of Orange Walk

District, third place. Magana
and Capt. Roby each received a
cash prize and certificate.
Some 17 entries were
received for the patriotic song
contest, while 11 entries were
submitted for the carnival
competition. All entries had
to be original and the compe-
titions were open to nationals
of Belize, home and abroad.
The winning songs were
announced at the House of

Youngsters get tourism program scholarships

As a part of the Belize
Tourist Board's com-
mitment to the growth
and development of young
Belizeans, the BTB has
announced this year's scholar-
ship recipients for tourism
degree programs at various
educational institutions
throughout the country.
Galen University extend-
ed to the Ministry of Tourism
and Culture one full tuition
scholarship per year for the

bachelor's degree program in
hospitality and tourism. The
recipient of this year's scholar-
ship is 22-year-old Lorenzo
Gonzalez, a graduate of
Sacred Heart Junior College.
The Jean Shaw Scholarship
is awarded yearly to a young
Belizean woman who wants to
pursue a career in tourism. This
year's recipient is 20-year-old
Andrea Usher, who has been
accepted into the bachelor of
science in hospitality and
tourism management program

at Galen University.
Jovita Requena, a recent
graduate of Toledo Community
College, was awarded an asso-
ciate's degree in tourism schol-
arship to San Pedro Junior
College, while Judith Vidal and
Ida Castillo were awarded
scholarships to SJC School of
Professional Studies to pursue
an associate's degree in hospi-
tality and tourism management.
Roberto Guerra, a recent

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* Black Orchid
The national flower of
Belize is the black orchid
(Prosthechea cochleata), also
known as Encyclia cochleata).

* Mahogany Tree
The national tree of
Belize is the mahogany tree
(Swietenia macrophylla).
British settlers exploited the
Belizean forest for mahogany,
beginning around the middle
of the 17th century. It was
originally exported to the
United Kingdom in the form
of squared logs, but shipments
now consist mainly of sawn
lumber. The motto "Sub
Umbra Florero" means:
Under the shade (of the
mahogany tree) I flourish.

open areas of the country
with large trees.

* Baird's Tapir
Belize's national animal is
the Baird's Tapir (Tapirus
bairdii), the largest land mam-
mal of the American tropics.
It is also known as the moun-
tain cow, although it is actual-
ly related to the horse and the
rhinoceros. It is protected
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~ A Caribbean Today special feature

What to see

in Belize
Belize District
* Altun Ha
* The Great Blue Hole
* La Isla Bonita Ambergris Caye
* Hol Chan Marine Reserve
* Museum of Belize
* Fort Street Tourism Village
* The Bliss Centre for the
Performing Arts
* Old Belize Museum and Cucumber
* The Belize Zoo (called "The best
little zoo in the world").
* Caye Caulker
* Belikin Beer Brewery
* San Pedro Town
* Numerous Cayes (islands)

Stann Creek District
* Cockscomb Basin Wildlife
Sanctuary and Jaguar Reserve
" Placencia
" Hopkins
* Victoria Peak
* Tobacco Caye
* Numerous Cayes

Orange Walk District
* Lamanai
* San Estevan (Maya site)
* Rio Bravo Conservation and
Management Area

Cayo District
* Caracol
* Xunantunich
* Cahal Pech
* El Pilar
* Blue Hole (park)
* Guanacaste National Park
* Chiquibul National Park
* Mountain Pine Ridge Forest
* Barton Creek Cave and Actun
Tunichil Muknal (cave)
* 1,000 feet Falls
* Chaa Creek
* Big Rock Falls
* Belize Botanic Gardens
* Victoria Peak, Belize's second
highest point at 1,120 meters
(3,675 ft)* Doyle's Delight,
Belize's highest point at 1,124
meters (3,688 ft)

eptember celebration in
Belize is one of the most
exciting times for the
country, which obtained its
Independence during the
Below are some of the
highlights scheduled for this


graduate of Stann Creek
Ecumenical College, was grant-
ed a scholarship to pursue an
associate's degree in tourism
management at Ecumenical
Junior College, while Rasheda
Rhys has received a partial
scholarship to pursue a bache-
lor's segree in tourism at the

year's celebrations throughout
Sept. 5 2 p.m., Opening
ceremonies/band fest at
People's Stadium, Orange Walk
Town; 7 p.m., "Queen of the
Bay P.,.ini Sports Complex,
Punta Gorda and Belize Civic
Center, Belize City;
7 p.m. "Miss
TAllOI Glamour Queen",
Iull GrMethodist School
Grounds, Dangriga;
8 p.m. "Miss San
Pedro P.,g,.ni ,
Old Football Field,
San Pedro; 11 p.m.
Kriol Dance
Concert, Malibu
Beach Club,
Sept. 6 10
a.m. Sports Day,
Andres Campos
Civic Center,
Corozal District;
6 p.m. "Culture
Sunday", Drums of
Our Father
Sept. 7-7
p.m. "Evening of
Patriotic Songs and
Pt, .mN", Wesley
Church, Belize
Sept. 8 6
p.m. "Youth
E \1pIn Why
Not Island,
Sept. 9 9
ry's a.m. "Kriol
eptember Cultural Promotion
Day", Central

University of Belize.
"Tourism is a crucial sec-
tor in our country," said
Belize's Tourism Minister
Manuel Heredia, Jr. in a recent
BTB press release. "Training
continues to be an important
ingredient for cultivating
young tourism professionals.
The Ministry of Tourism and
the Belize Tourism Board

extends heartfelt congratula-
tions to all scholarship recipi-
ents and wish them success in
their studies."

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nomic conditions and led to
the creation of the People's
Committee, which demanded
Independence. The People's
Committee's successor, the
People's United Party (PUP),
sought constitutional reforms
that would expand voting
rights to all adults.
Constitutional reforms
were initiated in 1954 and
resulted in a new constitution
10 years later. Britain granted
British Honduras self-govern-
ment in 1964, and the head of
the PUP Independence
leader George Price became
the colony's prime minister.
British Honduras was official-

ly renamed Belize in 1973.
Progress toward
Independence, however, was
hampered by a Guatemalan
claim to sovereignty over the ter-
ritory of Belize. When Belize
finally attained full
Independence on Sept. 21,1981,
Guatemala refused to recognize
the new nation. Guatemala's
president formally recognized
Belize's Independence in 1992.
The following year the United
Kingdom announced that it
would end its military involve-
ment in Belize.

- Edited from Wikipedia

September is always a time to remember in Belize

Colorful carnival parades, marking the count
Independence, are part of Belize's exciting S

Youngsters get tourism program scholarships

September 2009

Park, Punta Gorda; 6 p.m. "Fire
Engine and Bicycle Parade",
Corozal Town; 7 p.m. "ACC
Pageant and Dance", Royal
Orchid Hotel, Belize City; 8
p.m. "Free Jump Up", Miami
Beach, Corozal District; 8 p.m.
motorcade parade, Benque
Viejo;9 p.m. Ii.iiik of the
Bands", Arthur Street, Orange
Walk Town; fireworks displays,
11 p.m. Marshalleck Plaza,
Benque Viejo and 11:59 p.m.
Miami Beach, Corozal District.
Sept. 10 6 a.m.
"Sounding of the Sirens",
Corozal District and Punta
Gorda; "September 10th
Ceremony", 9 a.m., BTL Royal
Princess Park, Dangriga,
10 a.m. Central Park, Punta
Gorda and Corozal District;
11 a.m. multi-cultural fair,
Belize City; 11 a.m. "Miss San
Pedro" coronation, Old
Football Field, San Pedro;
"Jump Up", 5 p.m.
Independence Park, Belmopan
and 7 p.m. Benque Viejo.
Sept. 11 -7 p.m. "Pan
Yard Steel Pan Concert",
House of Culture, Belize City.
Sept. 12-13 9 a.m. to 5
p.m. "Expo Belize", SJC
Gymnasium, Belize City.
Sept. 13 "National Day
of Prayer".
Sept. 14 7 p.m. "Tribute
to Belizean P.ii r iis ', Sports
Complex, Punta Gorda.
Sept. 15 6 p.m.
"Children's Night", Corozal
District; 6 p.m. "Kriol Cultural
Storytelling", BTL Princess
Royal Park.
Sept. 16 6 p.m. "Festival

of Arts", Central Park, Punta
Sept. 17 7 p.m.
"Education Forum", Town
Hall, Dangriga; 7 p.m. "Tribute
to Belizean P.i r i,Is Bliss
Center for the Performing Arts,
Belize City.
Sept. 18 Children's ral-
lies in Orange Walk Town,
Punta Gorda, Belize City,
Belmopan, Dangriga and
Corozal District; 6 p.m.
"Schools Talent Night", Orange
Walk Town; 8 p.m. "Hollywood
Drug Free Teen Dance".
Sept. 19 4 a.m.
"Carnival l.u '1.rl ', Belize City
streets; 1 p.m. "Carnival Road
March", Belize City; 7 p.m. rock
concert, Orange Walk Town;
7:30 p.m. Kii HI! of the Bands",
Corozal District.
Sept. 20 1 p.m.
"Carnival Parade", Santa Rita
Hill, Corozal District; 8 p.m.
"International Marching Band
Display", Benque Viejo; 9 p.m.
flag raising countdown; 10 p.m.
Independence eve ceremony,
San Pedro; flag raising cere-
monies and fireworks displays
in Orange Walk Town, San
Ignacio/Santa Elena, Corozal
District, Punta Gorda and
Sept. 21 9 a.m. Belize
City Independence Day cere-
mony; 9 a.m. Independence
Day Thanksgiving Mass,
Benque Viejo; 9 a.m. Official
Independence Day Ceremony,
Independence Plaza, Belmopan;
Independence Day ceremonies
in Punta Gorda, Corozal
District, Orange Walk Town,
Dangriga and Benque Viejo;
8 p.m. "Free Jump Up" in
Benque Viejo.

Information obtained from
"September Celebrations


Deceased champion boxer gets highest honor at T&T's 47th Independence

... ........ .

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad,
CMC Trinidad and Tobago
observed its 47th year of polit-
ical Independence from
Britain on Aug. 31 with the
traditional military parade and
bestowing its highest national
award on a female world
champion boxer killed in a
motor vehicular accident earli-
er this year.
Jizelle Salandy, who died
on Jan. 4, was the lone recipi-
ent of Order of Trinidad and
Tobago for distinguished and
outstanding national service in
the field of boxing.
The 21-year-old, who held
eight world titles, including
the World Boxing Council
(WBC), the World Boxing
Association (WBA) and the
Women's International Boxing
Association (WIBA) belts,
was killed when the car she
was driving crashed into a pil-
lar on the Beetham Highway
on the outskirts of the capital.
In 2007, she was given the
country's second highest
award the Chaconia Medal
(Gold) and after her death
Sports Minister Gary Hunt
described her as an icon, a
great contributor and a moti-
Veteran journalist Keith
Smith was among 20 persons
honored this year. He received
the Hummingbird Medal
(Silver) for his contribution to
journalism, while 41-year-old
housewife Dianne Avolone
Baptiste, who disarmed a ban-
dit, struck him with a flower
pot and kept him in an arm
lock until the police arrived,
received Hummingbird Medal
(Gold) for gallantry.

Pannist Len HBioo, L"
Sharpe also received the
Humming Bird (Gold) for cul-
ture while ethnomusicologist
Dr. Geraldine Conner received
the second highest national
award, the Chaconia Medal
Diplomat Dr. Cuthbert
Joseph, who was a member of
a committee examining a
political and economic award
between Trinidad and Tobago
and the Organization of
Eastern Caribbean States
(OECS), received the
Chaconia Medal (Silver).

As expected, the message
from the two main political
figures here differed with
Prime Minister Patrick
Manning urging discipline and
production to help the country
emerge from the global eco-
nomic crisis, while Opposition
Leader Basdeo Panday said
the sovereignty that the coun-
try's Independence was under
Manning said the country
has made great strides in its
last 47 years and urged citi-
zens to rededicate themselves
to the national watchwords of
discipline, tolerance and pro-
duction, which he said were
"enduring concepts that con-
tributed to producing the best
of human civilization.
"Productivity is more crit-
ical than ever as we face the
serious challenges from an
economic slowdown. We must
all work harder and become
more efficient, creative and
resourceful. Trinidad and
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satisfactory momentum in this
extremely competitive, global-
ized environment," he said.
Manning called on citizens
to ensure that the country
emerges from
the economic
slowdown occa-
sioned by the
global econom-
ic situation,
adding "that is
our inescapable
as citizens of Manning
this country."
The prime minister also said it
was every citizen's responsibili-
ty "to continue practicing the
tolerance that has been an
important part of our society
since Independence... particu-
larly our leaders at all levels,
have a special responsibility in
strengthening the fabric of our
"Let us always remember
the powerful words of the
psalmist reminding us of how
good and pleasant it is for

brethren to dwell together in
unity," Manning said.
But Panday called on citi-
zens to revive their patriotic
spirit and stand up against the
efforts of the ruling People's
National Movement (PNM)
administration to undermine
democracy in the country.
"The sovereignty that our
Independence pioneers fought
for and achieved in 1962 is
now under threat as Prime
Minister Patrick Manning in a
megalomaniac haze, charges
ahead with plans for the coun-
try's political union with
Eastern Caribbean countries,
completely disregarding the
citizens' opinions," said
The Opposition leader
said the prime minister has
been consistently battering the
checks and balances in the
current constitution while the
draft constitution "seeks to
eliminate the distinction
between the legislature and
the executive, putting under

political control and direction,
the very institutions which are
required to be independent."
Panday said the Judiciary,
Integrity Commission, the
of Public
Prosecutions, -
Police Service
and the service
have all come
under attack
by the present
government. Panday
"Even as
we celebrate
our nation's Independence
today, the very foundation of
our freedom is under attack.
Not from foreign invaders or
colonial masters but from
those charged with the gover-
nance and care of Trinidad
and Tobago, as they continue
the onslaught to destroy the
safeguards imprinted in the
Constitution of Trinidad and
Tobago," Panday said.

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BERLIN, Germany Athletes
born in the Caribbean, who
competed for countries out-
side the region, shared at least
four gold medals between
them at last month's 12th
IAAF World Championships
in Athletics (WCA).
Sanya Richards and
Kerron Clement, natives of
Jamaica and Trinidad and
Tobago, respectively, won two
gold each for the United
States at the meet, which ran
from Aug. 15-
23 here.
born Richards
took the
women's 400
meters in a
world leading
time of 49 sec-
onds, ahead of
Williams, 49.32.
She credited
her Jamaican
bloodline for
the final victory
push, which
gave her a gold
medal in a Richards
major meet -the
Olympic Games or WCA for
the first time after several pre-
vious disappointments.
"I've never tried to deny
my Jamaican roots and I'm
very, very proud of Jamaicans,"
an elated Richards told
Caribbean Today after the
Aug. 18 final. "Even today I
think I pulled on some of my
Jamaican strength and speed to
be able to finish that race."

Also running for the U.S.
was Jamaican-born Debbie
Dunn, who finished sixth in
the race. Novlene Williams-
Mills, another Jamaican, was
fourth in 49.77.

Richards admitted that
she took inspiration from the
performances of Jamaica'sl00
and 200 meters world record
holder Usain Bolt, who won
the double at the WCA.
"In the
last 100 EAi

(meters) I
wanted to chan-
nel Usain and
run as fast as I
could," she
"I really
admire Usain,"
she added. "He's an amazing
athlete; very humble. I think
he's so great for our sport. So
I'm happy to be in the same
time with him."
Also embracing the
WCA was Port of Spain-born
Clement, who clocked a world
leading time of 47.91 to win
the 400 meters hurdles ahead
of Javier Culson of Puerto
Rico. It was Clk m i\', second


Jamaica holds Ecuador to soccer draw

consecutive win in the event
at the WCA. Jehue Gordon
of T&T was fourth with
Jamaican Danny McFarlane
sixth in 48.65 and Dominica's
Felix Sanchez eighth in 50.11.
Clement, like Richards,
said he chose to run for the
U.S. partly because the coun-
try represented a better
chance to succeed in his sport
and most of his family resided
in the U.S. However, he said
he still has a soft spot for the
land of his
birth and was
T&T backed
him as well.
"I repre-
sent a lot of
Clement told
Today here.
"I'm from
Trinidad, of
course. A lot
of people in
Trinidad also
support me. I guess I go both
ways as far as Trinidad and
the U.S.A."
Richards and Dunn would
later run as part of the U.S.
victorious 4x400 meters relay
team. Clement, who said he
once contacted T&T with the
hope of representing that
country but "it didn't go
through," was also a member
of America's men 4x400 which
won gold.

Gordon Williams is Caribbean
Today's managing editor.

Caribbean American athletes strike gold


Jersey Caribbean soccer
champion Jamaica, in a bid to
revitalize its senior national
team, suffered from the same
flaws which haunted it in the
past despite a creditable 0-0
draw with Ecuador last month
at Giants Stadium here.
The Reggae Boyz, without
their quota of English-based
professionals, held the World
Cup 2010 hopeful from South
America in their first interna-
tional since disappointingly
bowing out of the CONCA-
CAF Gold Cup in July. In that
tournament Jamaica scored
one goal in three games and
failed to advance to the second
round. Against Ecuador, the
Boyz couldn't find their scoring
touch either.
"If we keep going over the
chances, from the Gold Cup, that's
been haunting us," Jamaica's coach
Theodore Whitmore told
Caribbean Today. "I think that's the
most important part of our game
where we need to get organized."
Despite the lack of efficien-
cy in front of goal, Jamaica
matched a quality Ecuador team
step for step. Jamaica, the top
team in the region, is ranked
69th in the world by soccer's
governing body FIFA. Ecuador
is ranked 36th.

Yet the gap in ratings did
not show on the field. Both
teams played fast, open soccer.
That created scoring opportuni-
ties, but Jamaica and Ecuador
could not find the back of the
Jamaica squandered the
best early chances. Dane
Richards, who plays for New
York Red Bulls in U.S. Major

Bolt, Caribbean shine bright at World Championships in Athletics

championships and every time
I see a Jamaican out there I
feel good. You get nuff respect
Yet Caribbean gold was
not restricted to Jamaica.
Barbados's Ryan Brathwaite
won his country's only medal
at the WCA in the 110 meters
hurdles for men. Brathwaite
timed 13.14 seconds to nip
Americans Terrence Trammell
and David Payne, who both
clocked 13.15, at the line.
"This is just great!" said
Brathwaite. "It did happen. I
am very happy."

Cuba, meanwhile, secured
a gold among its six medals
for the meet from triple
jumper Yargeris Savigne, who
leapt 14.95 meters to finish
ahead of countrywoman
Mabel Gay (14.61). Cuba also
earned four silver and a
bronze to finish second best

BarDados's Bratnwaite celeDrates victory.
Caribbean country on the
medal table.
T&T managed three
medals, a silver and two
bronze, while The Bahamas

won two, a silver and bronze.
Puerto Rico earned a silver.
The gold medalists aside,
the Caribbean also placed sev-
eral athletes in finals, especially
on the track. Including Fraser
and Stewart, Jamaica account-
ed for four of the eight women
in the 100 final. Overall, the
Caribbean featured six of the
finalists for that event, among
them Bahamians Chandra
Sturrup and Debbie Ferguson-
McKenzie. In the men's 100,
five of the eight were from the
Jamaica's Veronica
Campbell-Brown, who finished
fourth in the short sprint,
returned to capture silver
behind American Allyson Felix
in the 200, with Ferguson-
McKenzie third. Two more
Jamaicans, Anneisha
McLaughlin (fifth) and Facey
(sixth) also made the 200 final.
Shericka Williams finished sec-
ond to Jamaican-born Sanya
Richards of the U.S. in the

Fraser took gold in the 100 meters.
women's 400 meters.
Jamaica's Delloreen
Ennis-London earned a
bronze in the 100 meters hur-
dles, while Josanne Lucas did
the same for T&T in the 400
In the women's 4x400

relay, Jamaica's team of
Rosemarie White, Novlene
Williams-Mills, Shereefa
Lloyd and Shericka Williams
finished second to the U.S. A
silver was also earned by
Cuba's Yarelis Barrios in the
women's discus, while T&T's
Renny Quow won bronze in
the 400 meters. His country's
team of Darrel Brown, Marc
Burns, Emmanuel Callander
and Richard Thompson, cap-
tured silver in the 4x100.
Puerto Rico's Javier
Culson won his country's only
medal of the WCA by placing
second in the men's 400 hur-
"I know I am going to be
a hero at home," Culson said
after the final.
The same could have been
said for many of the Caribbean
athletes who competed here.

Gordon Williams is Caribbean
Today's managing editor.

League Soccer, slipped a
defense-splitting pass to Devon
Hodges, but the striker stumbled
before hitting his shot straight to
Ecuador's goalkeeper Jos6
Francisco Cevallos. Minutes
was sent
clear by
but he
failed to
score from
a tight
angle. I a
then the
tone was
set. Richards
and Jamaica's goalkeeper
Dwayne Miller were both
forced to make several saves
during the game. Ecuador hit
the crossbar twice, but was also
guilty of poor marksmanship.
Ecuador, which is compet-
ing in the CONMEBOL region
for a place in next year's World
Cup alongside powerhouse
teams such as Brazil and
Argentina, complimented the
Boyz' performance.
"Jamaica is a good team,"
said coach Sixto Vizuete. "They
really got into the game."
Whitmore, meanwhile, said
he was pleased with Jamaica's
showing, especially because the
Boyz have initiated a rebuilding
plan for the team and included
mostly players based in the
Caribbean island.
"It was an excellent per-
formance from the players,"
the coach said. "You saw effort,
commitment and the whole

Gordon Williams is Caribbean
Today's managing editor.

September 2009


A Caribbean Today special feature

~ A Caribbean Today special feature


Miami International opens multi-purpose airport business center Jamaican diaspora urged to invest

Jamaica's Minister of Finance
and the Public Service Audley
Shaw has urged members of
the diaspora to look for
investment opportunities in
overseas markets to meet
unfilled demands for Jamaican
food products.
Shaw was the guest speak-
er at the annual Independence
worship service held recently
at the Kendall Community
Church of God in Miami,
The minister said that
nationals overseas have a cru-
cial role to play in the island's
efforts to recover from the
effects of the global recession.

n"We have a
unique oppor-
tunity to grasp
victory and
success out of
crisis," Shaw
Jamaicans, he
Shaw explained, are
a resilient peo-
ple, noting accomplishments
in sports, entertainment, aca-
demia, corporate leadership
and public service.

Information obtained from
the JIS

Ask high in salary negotiation

A passenger uses one of the five computers in the new ICE Business Center in MIA's South Terminal.

MIAMI, Florida Passengers
traveling through Miami
International Airport now
have a one-stop location
where they can fax or photo-
copy documents, rent a
mobile phone for use in the
United States or abroad, or
hold a business meeting in
between flights all without
leaving MIA.
Located past security
between concourses H and J,
in the South Terminal, the
International Currency
Exchange (ICE) Business
Center features five comput-
ers with Internet access and
printing capability; a fax
machine with domestic and
international service; a photo-
copy machine; a conference
room that can accommodate
up to 10 people; currency
exchange service; pre-paid
domestic and international
calling cards; cellular phone

rentals; and pre-paid SIM

cards for passengers to use
with their existing cell phones.
Also available for pur-
chase are travel insurance
plans to cover medical expens-
es and other costs associated
with a flight accident, car
rental accident, lost or
delayed baggage or a can-
celled or interrupted trip.
Plans are available at per-trip
or annual rates.

The business center is the
latest addition to the two-
year-old South Terminal facili-
ty, which serves passengers
from 20 domestic and interna-
tional carriers. Clothing retail-
ers Hugo Boss and Cubavera
opened a joint location in May
in the 1,000-foot long conces-
sion hall past security that fea-
tures several stories, including
10-Minute Manicure; Bijoux

Terner; Brookstone; Duty
Free Americas; Island Styles
clothing boutique; L'Occitane;
Havana To Go gift shop;
Navarro pharmacy and gift
shop; Rosetta Stone; Sunglass
Hut; Sunglass Icon; Sweet
Factory; and a Taxco Sterling
jewelry store.
Opening in May as well in
the 8,900-square-foot South
Terminal food pavilion that
overlooks the MIA airfield
were Gilbert's Bakery and
McDonald's, which joined six
other food pavilion options:
Bongos Cuban Caf6; Famous
Famiglia Pizzeria; Haagen
Daz; Island Chicken Grill;
Italian coffee shop Illy; and
La Pausa Restaurant.
The South Terminal fea-
tures more than 30 retail, din-
ing and duty-free concession
locations pre- and post-securi-
ty for travelers and visitors.


DEAR JOYCE: Only looking
for two months and am a final-
ist for a job I want. I have
research showing that my salary
should be way bigger than what
I think they'll offer. But I'm
worried that if I tell them my
real desired salary, they'll pick
someone else. What's your
advice? C.H.

ANSWER: Guest columnist
Jack Chapman, author of the
best-selling strategy guide
Ni', I n.ill; Your Salary, How
to Make $1,000 a Minute" (Mt.
Vernon Press), says go for it -
with two caveats. Chapman rec-
ommends you'll do better nego-
tiating down from a high num-
ber than up from a low one.
Because you are correct in fear-
ing that a big number might
prompt employers to skip over
you for a lower-priced candi-
date, here's what to do:
Establish value Name
your ideal (big) compensation
number only after you've laid the
groundwork by explaining how
you can make or save money for
them. Explain how your skills
will nurture the organization and
how your past accomplishments
will translate to your future
accomplishments. Make them
anxious to hire you. Any time
before that point is too soon.
If money comes up earlier
in the interview, say with con-
fidence that you anticipate no
difficulties working out a salary
if you're the candidate they
want to hire.
Your best advantage is
gained by not disclosing any
numbers at all. Not past earn-
ings, nor future expectations.
Just remain open on the sub-
ject. But many employers and
almost all recruiters will insist
on knowing your salary param-
eters. Your answer then: Give
info that is in a range that won't
screen you out.
Verify firm offer Once they

extend an offer or say that they'll
be putting one 1t' ;, ih1 r it's almost
time to share your research.
Before you do, when you're still
worried that they'll abandon you
for a lower-priced candidate, do a
"lockdown" move, which is my
term for getting an agreement that
they'll hang in with your negotia-
tions until you get an agreement
from upstairs on you and your
price tag.
This lockdown move gives
away a little negotiating lever-
age, but that's the price of safe-
ty. It doesn't guarantee they
won't talk to an interloper, but
it has the strength of a "hand-
shake deal" if they agree.
Make your move Now it's
time to shoot for the moon. Let
them know your ideal compen-
sation number or range; "ideal"
means the absolutely b1xi.l
package you can possibly imag-
ine getting. Tell them the num-
ber or the range. Share as many
indicators as possible that vali-
date your ideal amount: salary
surveys, other offers you're
entertaining or applying for,
projected earnings or savings
you'll create on the job, past
earnings, recruiters' estimates -
and anything else you can think
of to corroborate your number.
Talk specifics Imagine
their offer of $80,000 when you
want $95,000. Instead of trying
to split the difference, lock
down the $80K, then share an
ideal compensation plan that
would pay you $125,000 made
up of salary, bonus and commis-
sions. Justify your reasoning and
then say, "So while the $125,000
is not unreasonable, it's more
than you planned on. Can we
discuss how we can start to
approach that number?"
This tactic is much more
likely to reach the $95,000-or-
higher level than starting with
the $95,000 figure.

- Edited from Tribune Media

September 2009


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24 candidates for Montserrat's Sept. 8 elections

BRADES, Montserrat, CMC
- Twenty-four candidates have
registered to contest the nine
Legislative Council seats up
for grabs at the Sept. 8 general
elections, the supervisor of
elections here has confirmed.
The Movement for
Change and Prosperity
(MCAP) is the only party
fielding a full slate, while the
Montserrat Labour Party
(MLP) and the Montserrat
Reformation Party (MRP)
each have three representa-
tives on the ballot. Nine inde-
pendent candidates are also
contesting the poll.
"Things have gone
smoothly and there were no
objections," Supervisor of
Elections Claudette Weekes
told the Caribbean Media
Corporation (CMC) at the
end of the Nomination Day
exercise last month.
Chief Minister Lowell
Lewis, one of the independ-
ents contesting the poll, was
the first to confirm his partici-
pation with electoral officials.
He earlier expressed his confi-
dence that he would win a seat
at the election despite failing
to present a team from his
Montserrat Democratic Party.
"It is important for me to
make myself available to the
people of Montserrat. I am a
trained legislator, I have had
the experience of working as
Chief Minister, I know how
government work, I know

how to get things done," Dr.
Lewis said in an interview on
local radio the day before
Nomination Day.

Meantime, MCAP leader
Reuben Meade said he was
optimistic about his party's
chances, especially since it is
the only one to present a com-
plete ticket to
the electorate.
extremely con-
fident that we
will be the
We are the
only organized
grouping on Lewis
the ground,
we're the only one that has a
full slate of nine," he told
However, Meade said his
party was guarding against
complacency in the weeks
"In politics everything
could be a surprise. So what we
are saying to our candidates is
'go out there and continue
doing the hard work'...uand we
will work as hard as possible
until September 8th. We will
not let up on the amount of
work that we have been
doing," the MCAP leader said.
Former legislator
Chedmond Browne said the
goal of the MLP, on whose
ticket he is running, is to

ensure that Montserratians
have proper representation in
the Legislative Council.
"Even if we can't carry a
majority we can definitely rep-
resent the people to make
sure that they know what is
going on... and that we can
speak on their behalf,"
Browne said.
Newspaper editor
Bennette Roach was among
the last candidates to register
for the election. He told CMC
that based on his interaction
with the public it is unlikely
that any party would secure
an outright majority and
therefore independent candi-
dates stand a good chance of
being elected.
"This election is hardly
about parties. I'm talking
about the mode of the people
and what they are talking
about," Roach said.
Just over 3,500 voters are
eligible to vote in the general
elections, the third to be con-
tested under the new at large
system introduced following
widespread devastation
caused by eruptions at the
Soufriere Hills Volcano.
Since the volcano began
erupting in 1995, most of the
seven former constituencies
have been evacuated and
there has been mass migration
of overseas.

Guyana's president not interested in third term

September 2009

Legislation for new St. Vincent

constitution reaches Parliament

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent,
CMC Legislation aimed at
providing a new constitution
for St. Vincent and the
Grenadines was scheduled to
be presented to Parliament this
month, less than three months
before citizens vote whether to
accept or reject the new docu-
ment in a referendum.
In recent weeks there
have been meetings involving
legislators and members of
the Constitution Review
Committee on possible
amendments to the bill.
Citizens will be asked to
vote on the new constitution
in November to replace the
one that that came into effect
when the island gained politi-
cal Independence from
Britain 30 years ago.
Both the government of
Prime Minister Dr. Ralph
Gonsalves and the main
Opposition New Democratic
Party (NDP) have announced
differing positions on the
issue. Gonsalves has promised
"a spirited campaign" as the
government seeks to secure
the necessary two-thirds
majority required for the new
"You are going to see a
spirited campaign for a 'Yes'
vote as you would see for any
election," he told reporters
last month.

But NDP Leader Arnhim
Eustace has pledged to

embark on a campaign to get
citizens to vote against the
proposed constitution.
"We will campaign against
it fully like if we are running
an election campaign,"
Eustace said.
The NDP has withdrawn
its support for the proposed
constitution, saying that it
does not advance the 1979
The legislation for pro-
posed new constitution will be
tabled after six years of con-
sultations with Vincentians at
home and in the diaspora.
Meanwhile, the People's
Movement for Change
(PMC), a local pressure
group, is calling for a post-
ponement of the referendum
until after the next general
elections. The PMC said that
\ ur, of effort and scarce
financial resources expended
so far can be saved if the ref-
erendum is depoliticized" by
delaying the referendum until
"a time when both major par-
ties will have the opportunity
to think in the national inter-
est rather than from a partisan
vantage point".
General elections are not
due here until the end of next
year, but the grouping said
rescheduling the referendum
"would effectively minimize
the current partisan approach
to the proposed constitution
Bill 2009".

CMC President Bharrat
Jagdeo has brushed aside sug-
gestions that he would seek a
third term as head of state
despite a recent opinion poll
that indicated more than half
of the population would sup-
port such a move.
"Let me tonight clear this
up. I have no intention, no
desire, nothing to run for
another term so all of this
speculation out there; it's just
that, speculation," Jagdeo told
a function here on Aug. 28.
President Jagdeo's consti-
tutional two term ends in 2011
and there has been specula-
tion that the country could
vote in a referendum allowing
the Russian trained economist
to contest as the People's
Progressive Party (PPP) presi-
dential candidate in the 2011
But Jagdeo, insisting that
he is not interested in another
term, also dismissed as "spec-
ulation" that he might find a
way to maneuver himself into
a third term.
Jagdeo, however, gave no
indication whether he would
support an amendment to the

Jagdeo: "It's just that, speculation."
legislation after he steps down
from office.
Jagdeo was appointed
head of state in Aug. 1999
after then President Janet
Jagan stepped down due to
health reasons. He contested
and won the 2001 and 2006
general elections as the PPP
presidential candidate.
A mid July 2009 poll con-

ducted by the North
American Teachers
Association (NACTA)
revealed that Jagdeo is the
most popular politician in
Guyana and if he contests for
the presidency in the next
elections he would win out-

PM. ponders civil action against

former St. Lucia administration

CASTRIES, St. Lucia, CMC -
Members of the former St.
Lucia Labour Party (SLP)
administration could face civil
action as a result of the find-
ings of a recent commission
of inquiry, Prime Minister
Stephenson King has
Up to late last month the
final report of the commission
headed by Guyanese jurist Sir
Fenton Ramsahoye was still in
the hands of the government
and Cabinet ministers had
been receiving briefings from
their legal counsel on the doc-
Although the commission
set up to investigate question-
able activities of the SLP
administration under the watch
of former Prime Minister
Kenny Anthony cited no
instances of criminal liability,
King said it did establish a
strong case for mismanage-
ment that cost taxpayers mil-
lions of dollars.
"The outcome of the com-

mission of inquiry may very
well result in amendments to
certain bits and pieces of legis-
lation that will bring even
more stringent measures in as
far as the conduct of ministers
of finance and ministers of
government generally," he
King served notice last
month that he planned to table
the report of the commission
of inquiry in Parliament as
soon as the next sitting. He
confirmed that the report is
being studied by Cabinet min-
isters with "a view to determin-
ing an appropriate course of
action to address any incidents
of wrong doing identified by
the commission."
The Opposition has
accused the government of
wasting taxpayers' money on a
probe, which did not come up
with the indictable informa-
tion that the ruling party was
hoping for.


Caribbean's major attraction in decline

~ Collapse of reefs blamed on climate change

A diver explores the Caribbean's coral reefs.
LONDON, England A
study has found massive col-
lapse of coral reefs through-
out the Caribbean, a big
tourist attraction in the
region, and is blaming climate
change for the situation.
The study by researchers
from Simon Fraser University
in Canada and the University
of East Anglia in England
was recently published in the

Royal Society's journal,
"Biology LL IIL r .
Referring to what it
termed "reef flattening", the
study found that not only
were the reefs dying faster
and on a wider scale than pre-
viously thought but that they
were quickly crumbling after
"Probably, the most stark
finding of our result is that

this isn't just a flattening in
one patch, one area the size of
Vancouver, or even an area
the size of British Columbia,
the whole Caribbean has been
flattened in the past decade,
mainly as a result of climate
change," said Dr. Nicholas
Dulvy, one of the researchers
at Simon Fraser's department
of biological sciences.

Sandals buys Bahamas Four Seasons

KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC -
Sandals Resorts International
(SRI) says it has bought the
Four Seasons Resort Great
Exuma in The Bahamas.
It said that the 500-acre prop-
erty, which features a champi-
onship Greg Norman golf
course and world-class mari-
na, is to be renamed Sandals
Emerald Bay, Great Exuma,
SRI gave no details of the
purchase price, but said that
the resort will open on Jan.
22, next year.
"This is a remarkable
moment in the history of
Sandals Resorts. We are
acquiring one of the most
spectacular pieces of real
estate in the Caribbean, which
was operated by one of the
world's most highly regarded
hotel companies," said
Gordon 'Butch' Stewart,
Sandals Resorts founder and

"This is a reflection of all
that Sandals Resorts has
accomplished and a tremen-
dous opportu-
nity to further
our commit-
ment to pro-
viding the very
best vacation
in the
We look for- Stewart
ward to bring-
ing our Luxury Included expe-
rience to this special property,
which has been kept to impec-
cable standards."
Stewart said the all-suite
resort will offer a selection of
190 luxury accommodations
and SRI said that the "fully-
protected, deepwater marina
offers 133 slips and is equipped
to accommodate and service
yachts up to 300 feet in

Travelers beware Wi-Fi hackers

AWi-Fi hotspot is a con-
venient tool for travel-
ers who want to keep
in touch with friends, family
or the office while away from
home. It is a wireless
Internet network that can be
found just about anywhere,

such as airports, hotels, coffee
shops, parks and school cam-
However, Wi-Fi hotspots
are vulnerable to hackers who
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twin" networks, or phony Wi-
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pages Hackers set up fake
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ing their login information
and passwords. Glance at the
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are at the authentic webpage.
Check for typos on a login
site They are usually a give-
away that the site is not
Check for security symbols
- While you're on the login
page, if your browser doesn't
display the lock symbol in the
bottom right corner indicating
that the connection is encrypt-
ed, disconnect immediately.

Avoid logging into finan-
cial accounts of
any kind Never
enter sensitive

data such as Social Security
numbers, bank account or
credit card information.
Don't e-mail or instant
message unless your work-
place or other institution has
given you access to a virtual
private network, or VPN.
Keep the security on your
electronic Wi-Fi devices up-to-
date Make sure you have
firewall, antivirus and antispy-
ware software installed.
Don't use the same pass-
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accounts so that if it is stolen,
hackers won't be able to use it
on more than one webpage.
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Caribbean's major attraction in decline
"There are no detectable complex reefs
(left)," he added.

Dulvy said the team of international
researchers looked at nearly 40 years of data com-
piled in 500 surveys of 200 reefs. He said that for
the first time researchers were able to piece
together the big picture of what has been happen-
ing throughout the Caribbean, famous for its thou-
sands of beautiful reefs, including one second in
size only to Australia's Great Barrier Reef.
Dulvy said wherever they looked, they found
signs of rapid and devastating decline, adding that
reefs were dying and then collapsing on them-
selves, filling in the nooks and crannies that pro-
vide shelter for a myriad of species.
"We've lost 80 percent of the living coral cover
in the Caribbean over the last four decades,"
Dulvy said.
He said it was known that many individual
reefs were dying from disease outbreaks, the
impact of hurricanes and climate change, which
heats shallow waters so much that reefs become
bleached by sunlight.

But he said he had thought the process was
slow enough that reefs had a chance to regenerate
before the tall branches of "stag horns" that pro-
trude up to two meters from the reef bed collapsed.
"What this study is showing is that reefs are
collapsing pretty much as the coral is dying," he
In addition to losing biological diversity, Dulvy
said the process is robbing the Caribbean of thou-
sands of natural sea breaks, which could have dev-
astating results when rising sea levels and increas-
ingly violent hurricanes combine. Dulvy said "reef
flattening" is so widespread in the Caribbean that
it is probably a phenomenon happening globally.
Lorenzo Alvarez of the University of East
Anglia said the importance of this is going to
increase, warning that many scientists think there
will be more hurricanes in the future.
"In future, we'll need to change our behavior
and reduce the stress on the reefs," he said.


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