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Caribbean-born, Florida-based
politician Fitzroy Salesman is
again in trouble with the law.
This time the FBI arrested and
charged him with crimes com-
mitted while he was a city
commissioner, including
corruption, page 3

gay rights
stepped up
their efforts
to block
Jamaican reggae star Buju
Banton from performing in the
United States, including a
show this month in Miami.
Promoters of Reggae Bash,
however, believe the protest is
unfair, page 11.

With the

time of year,
it may be time for Caribbean
Americans to consider a
change of diet as well. A cou-
ple of vegetarian recipes one
for chili and the other for enchi-
lada are worth considering,
page 13.

~ While the debate over
healthcare reform heats up in
the United States capital,
Caribbean Americans across
the country are boldly joining
in on the discussion which
has brought the nation to a
near-boiling point, page 2.

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Caribbean community learning 'hard way' about U.S. healthcare

~ Mixed moods debate hottest topic on America's political agenda

Like many Americans,
Caribbean immigrants
in the United States are
feeling the effects of rising
healthcare costs.
The ongoing debate over
U.S. President Barack
Obama's healthcare reform
has shed more light on the
plight so many are facing
today little or no access to
healthcare because of sky-
rocketing health insurance
According to the latest
U.S. Census Bureau report
46.3 million people in the U.S.
did not have health insurance
in 2008, up from 45.7 million
uninsured in 2007. U.S. pover-
ty rate rose to 13.2 percent in
2008, almost a percentage
point above the 12.5 percent
rate in 2007. Those numbers
have put even more pressure
on the U.S. government to
offer an affordable healthcare
"We in the healthcare
field realize that the crisis has
been on its way since the mid
'90s," explained Trinidadian-
born, Fort Lauderdale-based
obstetrician and gynecologist
Dr. Winston Alexis.
"The Caribbean commu-

Rising health care cost directly impacts patient care.

nity is learning the hard way
about the abuse of the insur-
ance companies, pharmaceuti-
cal companies, the abuse of
providers. They only experi-
ence it when something
adverse happens to them. The
Caribbean community needs
to educate themselves on the
subject, and I am not happy at
all that they are. It's not an
easy subject. Even physicians
don't understand exactly
what's going on."
Dr. Alexis emphasized
that the lack of competition in
the insurance industry and
among providers, including
doctors and hospitals, means

that quality falls and prices
"We can't leave the insur-
ance industry to create com-
petition on their own, they've
proven to us that they don't
want to do it," he said.
South Florida-based
orthopedic surgeon Dr. Ira
Posner put it this way: "The
current health care system is
at the mercy of the insurance
companies. Instead of society
controlling the health care sys-
tem, the insurance carriers
control healthcare. The result
is a poor, complex, expensive
potpourri of care that is not
efficient and often very

unfair...People need to be able
to be insured regardless of
medical history. The insur-
ance needs to be affordable
and prices regulated by the
government and not insurance

Chiropractor Dr. Lisa
Owen, a Jamaican living and
practicing in Plantation,
Florida, believes the problems
in the U.S. healthcare system
go even deeper.
"There is inherent corrup-
tion in the system," said Dr.
Owen. "We need to look at
the world's bi,_,L_,I drug com-
panies such as Johnson &
Johnson and AstraZeneca,
who are all making pesticides,
fertilizer, and genetically mod-
ified foods, all things that are
very dangerous to public
health. This should never be
allowed. There is a war on our
food, it's an outrage.
"So, the only way we can
have healthcare reform is to
get drug companies out of the
food business. Where do we
draw the line? It certainly
should not be where
Monsanto decides it," she
Complicating the issue are
residents living under the

immigration radar screen,
which reveals a truer picture
of America's healthcare prob-
lem. The situation is dire for
illegal immigrants who will be
shut out of the health system
entirely. This is a major con-
tentious issue on both sides of
the debate. Republicans and
Democrats in the U.S. are
worried that an all-inclusive
government healthcare plan
could potentially cover this
class of immigrants.
Therefore, U.S. Senate dele-
gates are making sure to come
up with language to include in
the Healthcare Reform Bill
that would block any such
Weighing in on the issue,
Lauderdale Lakes Mayor
Barrington Russell noted: I
am not advocating illegal
entry into the country, but, I
think that if people are here,
you either send them back or
keep them here and get them
regularized to become legal
citizens. The point is, if there
were no illegal immigrants the
economy would be in worse
shape than it is right now.
There is a direct benefit to
addressing the issue of illegal
immigrants. If you don't do



October 2009


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FBI arrests, charges Jamaican-born politician with corruption in Florida

FLORIDA, United States -
Jamaican-born politician
Fitzroy Salesman has again
found himself in trouble with
the law in the United States.
Salesman, 52, a former
commissioner in the city of
Miramar, a community with a
significant Caribbean popula-
tion located just north of
Miami, was arrested late last
month by the U.S. Federal
Bureau of Investigations (FBI)
and charged with corruption.
He is accused of accepting
money from undercover FBI
agents who pretended to be

MIAMI, Florida South
Florida police have charged a
Haitian man with six counts
of murder in the killings of his
wife and five children.
Mesac Damas, 33, who
had fled to his native Haiti
last month after the murder
of his family members in
North Naples, on Florida's
west coast, was extradited to
the United States.
"The interview and book-
ing process with charges of six
counts of premeditated first-
degree murder is under way
and being conducted by Collier
County Sheriff's Office investi-
gai 1r, ', said the Sheriff's
Department in Collier County,
Florida in a statement.
"A warrant was served
charging Damas with six counts
of premeditated first-degree
murder in the killing of his
wife, Guerline Damas, 32, and
their five children: Michzach, 9;
Marven, 6; Maven, 5; Megan, 3;
and Morgan, 11 months", the
statement added.
Collier County Sheriff
Kevin Rambosk described the
multiple homicides as "the
most horrific and violent
event this community has ever
Mario Andresol, the head
of the Haitian police, said
Damas was arrested on Sept.

seeking government contracts
or laundering money during a
federal investigation. Broward
County Commissioner
Josephus F---Lll, li iin and
School Board member Beverly
Gallagher were also arrested
on similar charges during a
federal investigation around
the same time. Salesman
reportedly introduced FBI
agents to F,---Ll LliS iin
The federal complaint
charges Salesman with mail
fraud, extortion and bribery.
Among the charges is that he
allegedly accepted thousands of

21 in Tabarre, a community
near the Port-au-Prince airport.
The five young children
and their mother were found
dead in an apartment in Naples
on Sept. 18. They were sched-
uled to be buried on Oct. 3.
Rambosk said Damas left
a restaurant where he worked
as a cook on the night of Sept.
17 and boarded a flight the
next morning
to Haiti from
Airport. He
said Damas's
car was found
at the airport
and has been
secured for Damas
Damas's father, Jean
Damas Sr., said his son and
his wife had domestic prob-
lems, and that his son had
called his brother from Haiti.
Collier County sheriff's
office chief investigator Jim
Williams confirmed that "the
couple has a history of violence
that has been in the court sys-
tem." Rambosk said police had
gone twice in the past year to
the Damas' residence to respond
to d 'inlIIt violence" com-
plaints, most recently in January.

Caribbean national to oversee 'Gitmo'

Caribbean national is expect-
ed to take over as deputy
commander of the United
States joint military task force
that runs the Guantanamo
Bay U.S. prison.
Army Brigadier General
Timothy L. Lake was last
month named to the post. Lake
was born in the British-depend-
ent territory of Anguilla and is
a graduate of the North
Carolina A&T State University.
He served as battalion
motor officer during
Operation Desert Storm.

Lake is currently based in the
U.S. Virgin Islands as com-
mander of the National
Guard. He is set to serve in
the post for one year in
Guantanamo Bay, Cuba,
which President Barack
Obama said he intends to
close in January.
Some 225 inmates are cur-
rently at the prison there,
which has been severely criti-
cized by rights groups.

- CaribWorldNews

dollars in cash from FBI agents
posing as construction contrac-
tors trying to secure business
with Miramar, while Salesman
was still a commissioner.
All three accused appeared
before federal Judge Lurana
Snow on Sept. 23, when they
were granted personal surety


bonds and released.

Last month's arrest was
the latest in a series of legal
problems encountered by
Salesman, who in 2001 became
the first Jamaican American
to be elected to the Miramar
City Commission. A few years
later he became one of three
Jamaicans, along with George
Pedlar and Winston Barnes, who
shared a historic majority on the
Miramar City Commission.
But the business consult-
ant and former schoolteacher
was suspended from office
twice while serving as commis-
sioner and has had several
brushes with the law.
Salesman was charged with
disorderly intoxication in 1998
during an incident in Miami-

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Haitian charged with murder

of wife, five kids in Florida

Dade County. He agreed to
undergo anger-management
training and the case was
Salesman was arrested in
2005 for driving under the
influence and eluding police.
A jury later acquitted
Salesman, but not after he had
served a 21-month suspension
from the city commission.
Earlier this year he was
convicted of improperly dis-
playing a firearm following an
incident in 2007 when he was
arrested for waving a gun in a
Miramar store. He was also
suspended from the commis-
sion for that incident.
Salesman lost his bid for
re-election to a seat on the
city commission in March.



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St. Kitts woman faces death by lethal injection in U.S.

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana -
A St. Kitts-born woman has
been told to prepare herself to
die by lethal injection after
her appeal to a United States
federal court was denied.
The Fifth Circuit Court
here conceded last month that
Linda Carty, 50, received inad-
equate defense at her trial, but
refused to reverse the jury's
decision to execute her.
The court had also
refused to hear new evidence
which Carty's lawyers believe
cast serious doubt on her con-
"I'm afraid our worst
fears have now been realized
for Linda," said Clive Stafford
Smith, director of Reprieve, a
British charity which has pro-
vided her with legal represen-
"Although she has
recourse to the Supreme
Court, experience ,uI',L "I"
that she will soon be in the
Texas execution chamber.
Linda Carty has been tragical-

ly and disastrously failed by
her defense lawyer at trial,
and by the U.S. legal system,"
Stafford added.

Her lawyers said she was
failed by a "catastrophically
flawed trial" in Houston,
Texas and Carty insists she
was framed.
She was convicted and
sentenced to die by lethal
injection for the murder of her
neighbor, Joana Rodriguez.
The crime took place on
May 16,2001, when three men
broke into the apartment of
Rodriguez and her partner
Raymundo Cabrera, demanding
drugs and cash. They abducted
Rodriguez and her four-day-old
son, Ray, who was later found
unharmed in a car, while
Rodriguez had suffocated.
Last month, Carty appealed
to the British people to help
save her life. In a recorded mes-
sage broadcast in London's
Trafalgar Square, she begged

for further investigation of her
I'P.l don't let me die
here," she
doesn't care
about clearing
my name. It is
going to have
to come down
to either the
British govern- Carly
ment, a
Member of
Parliament or a U.S. niii r
said Carty in the recording
made at the Mountain View
Unit in Texas, where she is


MIAMI Haitian community
leaders have stepped up
efforts to force the Obama
administration to activate a
designation that would allow
nearly 30,000 Haitians living
illegally in the United States
to seek employment.
"Our people need a work
permit to continue contributing
to this country and to provide
for their families," said the
Reverend Jonas Georges, a pas-
tor at All Nations Presbyterian
Church in North Miami Beach.
"It is a status that the
president can say, with the
stroke of a pen, 'there it is'."
Georges's plea in Little
Haiti in Miami last month
marked the first of several
events from South Florida
to Washington D.C. that
sought to press U.S. officials

awaiting execution.
"If Texas goes ahead with
her execution, Linda will die
because she had a bad lawyer,
and because the British
Government was not given
the chance to help her at a
time when it could have made
a dillL rL n.L," said Sally
Rowen, another defense
"Linda has been tragically
unlucky in her experience of
the U.S. justice system, and
her conviction must not stand.
The British government and
people must do everything in
their power to prevent Linda's
death," she added.

Carty was born on Oct. 5,
1958 in St. Kitts to Anguillan
parents. She worked as a pri-
mary school teacher in St.
Kitts until she was 23 years
old. During the 1980s, Carty
worked as a confidential
informant for the U.S. Drug
Enforcement Agency (DEA),
befriending suspected traffick-
ers in order to get information
and sometimes to make test
purchases of drugs.
Carty, who is one of 10
women on death row in Texas,
believes she was framed in the
case against her because of
her work with the DEA.

step up pressure for

immigration status
to grant Temporary Protected "McKlezie" Wallace, head of
Status, or TPS, to illegal the Miami-based, Haitian
Haitians allowing them to musical group Grind Mode.
apply for work permits and, While the Obama admin-
advocates argue, wire sorely istration has said it is review-
needed remittances back to ing the possibility of issuing
their homeland. TPS to Haitians, the president
Last month several bus- said recently that an immigra-
loads of Haiti advocates from tion overhaul would not hap-
Miami and other Florida cities pen until next year. But
were scheduled to rally in Georges said Obama has been
front of the White House. drJ,'1ini' his feet, so to
speak, on the issue of granting
SUPPORT TPS to Haitians."
Community leaders Former President Bill
also planned to meet with Clinton, the United Nations'
Department of Homeland special envoy to Haiti, pub-
Security officials as part of licly brought up the TPS issue
activities last month, which in August, at a Haitian dias-
included local hip hop stars pora conference in Miami,
gathering in Miami to lend urging Haitian advocates to
their support to the TPS cause. keep the pressure on, but to
"Miami will fall," without do so respectfully.
TPS for Haitians, said Andre 0

U.S. names Caribbean among

major drug transit points

States President Barack
Obama has named three
Caribbean community
(CARICOM) countries
among what he has described
as the world's major drug-
transit and illicit drug-produc-
ing nations.
Obama identified The
Bahamas, Haiti and Jamaica
among 20 countries with those
designations in 2009.
The others include the
Dominican Republic,
Afghanistan, Bolivia, Brazil,
Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala,
Mexico and Venezuela.
"Under the Foreign
Relations Authorization Act
(FAA), the President is
required to notify Congress of
those countries he determines
to be major illicit drug-pro-

during countries or major
drug-transit i. uiii r i, ,, noted
a U.S. State Department
statement issued here.
"A country's presence on
the list does
not necessar-
ily reflect its
cotics efforts
nor does it
reflect its
cooperation I
with the
SIIL ', it
added, noting
that the des- Obama
ignation can
reflect a combination of geo-
graphic, commercial, and eco-
nomic factors "that allow
drugs to be produced and/or
trafficked through a country

despite its own best efforts.
"When a country does not
live up to its obligations under
international counter-narcotics
agreements and conventions,
the president determines that
the country has 'failed
demonstrably'", the State
Department noted, pointing
out that such a designation
can lead to sanctions.
At the same time, it said
the president may "execute a
N%.,\ i r should he determine
that continuing U.S. assistance
is in the national interest of
the U.S. But the State
Department warned that,
even without such a waiver,
humanitarian assistance
and counter-narcotics assis-
tance may continue.

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Mixed fortunes for Caribbean nationals in New York elections

NEW YORK Caribbean
nationals seeking political
office in the United States had
mixed fortunes in New York's
Democratic Primary elections
last month with the major
upset being the defeat of
Vincentian Dr. Kendall
Stewart in the predominantly
Caribbean 45th Council
District in Brooklyn.
Stewart was defeated by
Grenadian American new-
comer Jumaane Williams, 33,
who polled 3,330 votes as
compared to Stewart's tally of
2,223 votes in the contest that
also included four other
Caribbean candidates.
Former Barbadian broad-
caster Sam Taitt, who had
over the years challenged
Stewart, placed third, receiv-
ing 1,501 votes, while

stewart loses re-election DIu.

Jamaican medical doctor
Dexter McKenzie got 1,042
votes. Haitian Ernest
Emmanuel received 518 votes
while Guyanese Erlene King
polled 377 votes.
"This is still surreal,"
Williams told the Caribbean
Media Corporation (CMC) at
a victory party.

"...This is an amazing
fL li Ii- said the community
activist, who praised a large
number of labor unions and
local politicians for aiding
"tremendously" in his victory.
His mother, Patricia
Williams, who emigrated from
St. Andrews, Grenada in 1968,
said she was happy the bitter-
ly-contested race was over.
"I'm relieved and proud,"
she said. "I look forward to
him continuing to do the
things he's done before and
not to change."

In the other electoral races
involving Caribbean candidates,
New York City Controller
William Thompson, the grand-
son of Kittitian immigrants,
beat City Councilman Tony

Eugene wins easily.
Avella in the bid to become the
Democratic Party's candidate in
the race for mayor.
Thompson will challenge
Republican Mayor Michael
Bloomberg in the November
general elections.
In the predominantly
Caribbean 40th Council
District in Brooklyn, incum-

Judge grants Stanford's request U.S. extends economic embargo

to switch jails before fraud trial SptON| nit

HOUSTON, Texas A United
States federal judge has grant-
ed a request by Sir Allen
Stanford to move to another
jail in Texas so he can review
his documents with his lawyer.
U.S. District Judge David
Hittner late last month author-
ized Sir Allen's move from
Conroe jail, 40 miles north of
here, to a U.S. federal deten-
tion center in Houston. He
said Sir Allen, 59, will remain
there until his trial, which
prosecutors said could take up
to a year to get underway.
"The court recognizes the
extraordinary nature and com-
plexity of this case, the extent
and gravity of the charges
levied against Stanford, the
hundreds of records involved,
and the enormous amount of
time no doubt necessary to
review those documents and
adequately prepare a
d IL n1, Hittner wrote.
The decision came just
days after the disgraced finan-
cier, who had built up a corpo-
rate empire in Antigua and
Barbuda, was injured in a fight
with another inmate. Sir Allen

sustained a concussion and a
broken nose during the alter-
cation. But his lawyer, Kent
Schaffer said the transfer was
not related to the brawl that
caused his client to be hospital-
ized. He said the transfer was
filed before the incident, stat-
ing that the case inIl' es over
four million
The Texas-
born financier lo
is accused of
bilking tens of
thousands of
investors of $7
billion in a
Ponzi scheme
involving high-yield certifi-
cates of deposit issued by his
Antigua-based Stanford
International Bank (SIB). The
21-count indictment against
him and four of his top associ-
ates includes securities fraud,
money laundering, and
obstruction of justice.
Sir Allen has repeatedly
denied any wrongdoing in the
alleged fraud.

Obama has extended the U.S.

trade and economic embargo
against Cuba for another year.
"I hereby determine that
the continuation for one year
of the exercise of those author-
ities with respect to Cuba is in
the national interest of the
United St,.at Obama said in
a memorandum addressed to
Secretary of State Hillary
Rodham Clinton and Treasury
Secretary Timothy Geithner.
"Therefore, consistent
with the authority vested in
me by section 101(b) of Public
Law 95-223, I continue for 1
year, until September 14, 2010,
the exercise of those authori-
ties with respect to Cuba as
implemented by the Cuban
Assets Control Regulations,
31 C.F.R. Part 515".
Caribbean leaders have
been among global leaders
pushing for an end to the
almost half century embargo
against the Spanish-speaking
country. But political analysts
in Washington say the one-
year extension was expected
and has been the practice of

all U.S. presidents dating to
the 1970s under a section of
the so-called "Trading With
the Enemy Act".

The extension came even
as President Obama has been
reaching out to Havana by eas-
ing travel and financial restric-
tion on Americans with rela-
tives in Cuba. Last month, U.S.
federal rules regulating what
gifts and how much cash can
be sent to Cuba finally became
official five months after
Obama announced a loosening
of restrictions. The changes
also focus on remittances by
Cuban Americans to their rela-

bent Haitian Councilman
Mathieu Eugene easily defeat-
ed two other Caribbean candi-
dates. Eugene received 3,879
votes to Jamaican Ricky
Tullock's 1,586, and Trinidadian
Rock Hackshaw's 1,122 votes.
In the 27th Council
District in Queens, incumbent
Councilman Leroy Comrie,
the son of Jamaican immi-
grants, polled 5,393 votes to
handsomely beat Clyde Vanal,
the son of Haitian immigrants,
who received 3,242.
In the 31st Council
District in Queens, two
Caribbean nationals failed in
their bid to unseat African
American James Sanders, who
received 3,071 votes, or 40
percent of the votes cast.

} against Cuba
tives and telecommunications.
The Treasury Department
said that the goal is to "pro-
mote greater contact between
separated family members in
the United States and Cuba"
and to Ilt rLd L the flow of
remittances and information
to the Cuban people".
In April, President
Obama lifted caps on Cuban
American travel to the island
and on the money that can be
sent to relatives as part of a
broader campaign to warm
long-chilled relations between
the two nations.
But the Radl Castro
administration in Cuba has
described as t111 iIt the
U.S. position.
"This is a cosmetic coat of
paint slapped over brutal U.S.
sanctions", said the Cuban
government in a statement.
In signing the extension of
the embargo, analysts say
Obama was taking a "symbol-
ic ,ILQ because the existing
law, the Helms-Burton Act,
requires the U.S. Congress to
take action specifically ending
the embargo.

U.S. returns 160 Haitian migrants

MIAMI, Florida The United
States Coast Guard says 160
Haitian migrants were repatri-
ated after being intercepted
aboard an overloaded, 40-foot
freighter about 30 miles west
of Great Inagua, a southern-
most island in The Bahamas
"Coast Guard crew distrib-
uted personal flotation devices
to the migrants and transferred
them to the (Coast Guard) cut-
ter", it noted in a statement
issued here last month.

"Once aboard, migrants
received food, water, shelter
and necessary medical atten-
tion", it added.
The Coast Guard said the
migrants were repatriated to
Cap-Haitien, Haiti's second
largest city, on Sept. 8. It said
each year hundreds of Haitian
migrants board overcrowded
vessels in an effort to reach
The Bahamas or South
Florida for a better way of
life, with many of them dying.

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form of exercise, and
using a pedometer is
a good way to get yourself to
do it.
Almost everyone needs to
get more exercise, and walk-
ing more maybe the easiest
way to do it. You don't need
lessons. Equipment? A good
pair of shoes is about all that's
Arthritic knees and hips
certainly make it harder, but
not impossible if you start
gradually and wear shoes with
plenty of cushioning. Official
exercise guidelines say adults
should get two-and-a-half
hours of moderate-intensity
exercise a week, and walking
at a pace of three miles per
hour a good clip but man-
ageable by most counts as
moderate-intensity exercise.

But knowing all this does-
n't necessarily make us walk
more. Some exercise
researchers say we're naturally
sedentary creatures, evolved to
be couch potatoes long before
there were couches (or pota-
toes). Inactivity is often rein-
forced by living circumstances.
There's been a lot of research
lately into the health effects of
"built environments", and
studies have shown that people
who live in suburbs and
depend on cars to get around
get less exercise than those
who live in places with side-
walks and nearby shops.

Try a pedometer
If you're in a non-walking
inactivity rut, wearing a
pedometer might be one of
the least expensive and most
effective ways to climb out of

it. Compared with today's
smart phones and iPods,
pedometers are humble little
devices that count the number
of steps you take. More elabo-
rate models tell the time, cal-
culate how many calories
you've burned (based on your
weight), and keep daily step
tallies over an entire week.
Research has shown that
a pedometer is a good motiva-
tional tool, although maybe
not by itself. Several random-
ized trials show that it's the
combination of wearing a
pedometer and having a goal
that's most effective. A com-
mon one is 10,000 steps a day,
which is equivalent to about
five miles, depending on the
length of your stride.
The enthusiasm for
pedometers has hit a couple of

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to take more medicine? Right
now, my sugar is 298 mg/dL. I
already take 500ml
Glucophage twice a day.

ANSWER: People with type 2
diabetes can often control their
blood sugar without using
more medication. They need
to reduce their calories, eat
healthier foods and get plenty
of exercise. Diet and exercise
can lower blood sugar by
decreasing insulin resistance.
People with type 2 dia-
betes have a condition that
does not allow their cells to
react very quickly when the
natural insulin levels in their
bloodstream begins to rise.
Even though there is more

than enough insulin available,
blood sugar levels stay high.
This is called "insulin resist-
ance". People with type 2 dia-
betes usually make enough
insulin. The problem is that
the insulin doesn't work so
well if they eat too much and
are not physically active.
The United States
Surgeon General's office rec-
ommends at least 30 minutes
of moderate physical activity
on most days of the week. For
a person with type 2 diabetes,
this amount of exercise typical-
ly lowers blood-sugar levels by
about 10 percent to 20 percent.
Reducing calories can lead
to weight loss, and this
improves insulin resistance.
With less insulin resistance, sug-
ars can stay in better control.
Some research ,umL.,I,
that sweetened foods (sugared

foods, juices and sodas) have an
effect on blood sugar that goes
beyond their calorie content. A
large d6 ,, of the most com-
mon sweeteners (such as table
sugar, brown sugar, honey, and
high-fructose corn syrup) may
affect your metabolism directly,
increasing insulin resistance.
More research is being done on
this topic.
People with diabetes
should avoid regularly drinking
sweetened drinks, and proba-
bly would benefit from eating
fewer highly sweetened foods.

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~ A Caribbean Today special feature

New program to fight Caribbean's 'so-called neglected diseases'

American Development Bank
(IDB) says it is planning a
major effort to fight so-called
neglected diseases, which
affect the poorest populations
of Latin America and the
The IDB said it is collabo-
rating with the Pan American
Health Organization (PAHO)
and the Global Network for
Neglected Tropical Diseases
(GNNTD) to undertake the
It said more than 47 mil-
lion people in Latin America
and the Caribbean are at risk
or are being affected by infec-

For some conditions and body
parts, the drugstore has little
to offer. Not so for the feet.

Arch bandage Might make the
arch feel better and more sup-
ported, but it isn't going to
change the structure or fix seri-
ous problems. As the package
says, people with diabetes or
poor circulation should avoid
them because they could reduce
blood flow through the foot.

Callus and corn cushions -
Simple and effective. The
donut shape keeps pressure
off calluses (which usually
form on the bottom of the
feet) and corns (which form
on the top, often on
toes). Change them
often; otherwise the
skin underneath will
start to break down.
New shoes that fit
better will often
reduce the skin irri-
tation that causes
calluses and corns in
the first place.

Callus and corn
removers Stay
away from them. The active
ingredient, salicylic acid, can
harm the healthy skin around
the corn or callus.

tious diseases ranging from
dengue fever to schistosomia-
The IDB said a co-financ-
ing agreement had been
signed with the Sabin Vaccine
Institute, in which the bi---L ,I
multilateral lender for Latin
America and the Caribbean
will design and create a new
lending facility to fight para-
sitic and infectious diseases in
the region. The new grant
facility will support health
actions by state and national
level entities, both govern-
mental and nongovernmental,
in a bid to scale-up efforts
toward controlling and elimi-

feet: A guided
Detoxifying foot pads They
claim to absorb impurities from
the body and aid "natural
k ,nLIIIg In a word -bunk!
The Federal Trade Commission
filed a complaint against the
makers of Kinoki foot pads in
2009. I don't know about detox-
ifying the body, but there is a
way to naturally cleanse your
feet: wash them with a little
soap and water.

Foot files Okay, but use with
care. People scrape and scrape
and start to bleed. Old-fash-
ioned pumice stone is a less
aggressive way of removing
dead skin from the heels and
balls of the foot.
Foot powders Better
than many sprays in
my experience. Foot
powders can help with
sweaty and smelly feet.
Some brands contain
menthol, which creates
a pleasant sensation
and smell (if you like
menthol). Others have
antifungal medication.

Moleskin Cotton
flannel with an adhesive back-
ing, not actual moleskin.
Good for reducing friction
points in shoes caused by
bunions, calluses, or corns. If


nating neglected infectious
diseases, known as NID.

Under the accord,
GNNTD at the Sabin Vaccine
Institute will provide $2.5 mil-
lion to the IDB
over the next
two years to
develop and
launch the
facility. The

funds are part
of a larger
grant the

received earlier this year from

shopping tour
you're using a lot of moleskin,
though, it's time to consider
switching to more flexible,
better-fitting shoes.

Orthotics Almost too many to
choose from. But nonprescrip-
tion orthotics are worth a try
before considering the pre-
scription ones, which cost a lot
($300 to $500) and usually
aren't covered by insurance.
The flat, foam, and gel

the Bill & Melinda Gates
Foundation. The new facility
will provide grants to support
mass drug administration, pre-
ventive chemotherapy and
conduct other proven cost-
effective interventions to fight
tropical diseases.
Ni, ,r ,\ 1 r, it will provide
technical assistance to strength-
en national and local health
information systems and foster
cooperation among different
sectors of the society and exist-
ing health and social programs
to control such ailments", the
IDB said.
The new grant facility will
support measures to eliminate

down the foot
orthotics cushion the foot nice-
ly not a bad thing. But if you
overpronate or have arch prob-
lems, buy a pair with arch sup-
port. There's some limited evi-
dence that orthotics can also
help with bad knees and backs,
but don't buy them expecting
those problems to go away.

Toe exercisers Billed as yoga
for the toes. If they make you
feel better sure, why not.

onchocerciasis, also known as
river blindness, and lymphatic
filiariasis, commonly known as
elephantiasis. It will seek to
prevent and control trachoma,
the world's leading cause of
infectious blindness, and three
parasitic diseases: schistosomi-
asis, soil-transmitted helminthi-
asis and Chagas disease.

The project will also
include interventions to control
or drastically reduce preva-
lence of other ailments that
could be part of an integrated

But don't expect the minor
miracles (restoration of foot
health, increased circulation,
relief of stress and tension in
feet and legs) promised on the
package and in late-night tele-
vision ads. Putting the money
toward new shoes might be a
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according to Dr. Alexis, is to
allow easier access to work
permits and establishing a spe-
cial employer-created fund
that would address the health-
care needs of these workers.
But Fort Lauderdale-based
attorney Levi Williams, a regis-
tered Republican, has strong
views about illegal immigrants.
"If you are in this country
legally or are born in this
country and you support that
it covers illegal immigrants,
you can bet that what will
happen is more individuals
coming to this country for
immediate care, urgent care,
trauma care, and sucking up
services that would otherwise
benefit you," he said.
Barbara Savage, a
Caribbean legal resident and a
secretary in the Florida univer-
sity system, looks at the issue
from an economic point of
view. She explained that if ille-
gal immigrants are allowed to
benefit under the reformed
healthcare system the coun-
try's debt burden will be fur-
ther stretched, and added that
the U.S. is already heavily
indebted and forced to borrow
from countries such as China.
An unemployed marketing
executive (name withheld by
request) looked at the immigra-
tion issue from a more holistic
view. The problem, she said,
goes well beyond healthcare.
"No reasonable discussion
on benefits for illegal immi-
grants can be developed out-
side of the issue of the current
state of the large and growing
number of illegal aliens in the
country, the inefficient immi-
gration system and all the
other myriad of issues arising
from it," she said.
"Any part solution is inad-
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The future is depending on a better
healthcare system.
abiding residents and citizens."
Palm Beach, Florida-
based attorney Tricia
Thompkins, also a Jamaican
by birth, agreed. She said that
the complex issue of health-
care must be addressed in tan-
dem with immigration reform.
The challenge, Thompkins
said, is that illegal immigrants
are currently covered under
the current healthcare system,
whether or not Republicans
or Democrats like it.
"It is a fact that an illegal
immigrant can get emergency
care at almost any hospital
today," she said. "It is a fact
that an illegal immigrant can
obtain health coverage through
a family member that is a legal
resident/citizen because insur-
ers don't require proof of legal
residency for dependents. It is
a fact that an illegal immigrant
can receive government servic-
es vis-a-vis Medicaid for
urgent/emergency care.
"So, today, illegal immi-
grants not only enjoy access to
medical care (albeit limited),
access to private insurance, but
also access to public programs."

The issue of illegal immi-
grants is a 'touchy' subject, but
it just a small part of a larger
problem that both sides of the
U.S. Congress must tackle.
According to the marketing
executive, "Getting beyond the
distortions from both conserva-
tive Democrats and
Republicans may just pave the
way for an honest discussion
about an issue which is critical
to the continued development
of the nation. Try to check the
agenda at the door and speak
to the real issues and kinks that
need to be worked on, so that

hard working residents and citi-
zens of this nation can benefit."
Williams noted that the
Republican platform sets out
some simple tenets that U.S.
citizens should consider
before accepting the Obama
administration's plan.
"What I fear is that the
Caribbean community, the
Hispanic community, the
African American community,
the communities of color are
going to roll with Obama," he
said. "At some point we have
to break away from the history
of his presidency and look at
the practicality of his policies.
We have already approved his
stimulus package. Within his
first hundred days he spent
more in new dollars than (for-
mer President George W.)
Bush racked up in eight years.
We've got some real issues we
need to resolve in our commu-
nities before we jump hook,
line, and sinker on this policy
that he is setting forth."
Joy Belnavis, a paralegal
with ties to the Caribbean,
"Look, I think that every-
one should have access to
healthcare and I believe that is
what President Obama is try-
ing to achieve," said Belnavis.
"I mean, if you don't have a
job that offers healthcare,
there should be an option to
choose one. If you cannot
afford healthcare based on
your circumstances, then it is
incumbent on the government
to see to it that its citizens stay
healthy. So offering all citizens,
at least, preventive checkups
should be paramount."
Can America's healthcare
system be fixed? Some say no.
But many are hopeful. Dr.
Alexis said there is no ideal
"Everybody must realize
that you cannot solve health-
care issues," he said.
"It is going to be a work in
progress for years to come.
What the government will do
is modify it so it becomes
acceptable. There is no perfect

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


A n L 1 6 n t T 11 i caribleantodayxl1

~ A Caribbean Today special feature

Dominica promises universal health care by 2011

ROSEAU, Dominica, CMC -
The Dominica government
says it will provide universal
health care for citizens by
Prime Minister Roosevelt
Skerrit said that several peo-
ple have died because of inad-
equate healthcare for simple
illnesses and that before 2005,
"we did not have an intensive
care unit at the hospital.
"You can appreciate how
many Dominicans have died
because we did not have life

plan, for example dengue,
leishmaniasis, rabies transmit-
ted by dogs, plague and other
neglected tropical diseases.
"The IDB is taking a very
important step to help the
region put an end to these pre-
ventable and controllable dis-
eases of p \ l rli i said IDB
President Luis Alberto Moreno.
"These afflictions have a
debilitating effect on social and
economic development. They
disproportionately affect the
poor and cause chronic illness-
es that prevent millions of peo-
ple from working and earning
a decent level of income."
Under the technical coop-
eration agreement, the IDB
and its partners will develop
the architecture, governance


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support to
give to them,"
he told a
public consul-
tation at
north of here,
last month.
Skerrit Skerrit
said the ruling
Dominica Labour Party
(DLP) government, which
would soon seek a fresh man-
date from the population,
would ensure that within a

and operational arrangements
for the new facility, which will
be funded by donations from
governments, foundations, pri-
vate sector entities and multi
and bilateral aid agencies.

two year period all nationals
would be entitled to universal
health care as part of this
administration's strategy to
improve the health sector.
"We have set ourselves a
goal in the government that by
2011 we will have what we call
universal access to health care

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The Dominican leader
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~ A Caribbean Today special feature

Take a hike! A pedometer helps make walking an effective exercise

speed bumps lately. Some
studies have shown that less
expensive models tend to
undercount steps at a slow
walking pace and when
they're worn by heavier peo-
ple, probably because a
bulging waistline tilts them at
an angle that affects the step-
counting mechanism inside.
Heavy people would be
among the prime beneficiaries
of a walking program, so this
is a setback for pedometers
and some well-intentioned
walking programs that depend
on the low-cost models.

* Have a step-count goal
* 10,000 steps a day is a good
* Walk at a fairly brisk pace of
three mph to get health ben-
efits from walking.
* You can buy a good
pedometer for as little as
* The piezoelectric models
that "work at any angle"
cost more, but may be more
accurate and easier to use.

summarized the results in a
paper published in The
Journal of the American
Medical Association. Their
synopsis showed that, at least
in studies, pedometer users
walk more than 2,000 addi-
tional steps each day than
nonusers, and their overall
physical activity levels
increase by 27 percent.
Other research has shown
that exercise advice given to
patients by doctors might be
more effective if a pedometer
were part of the prescription
and that pedometers can be
part of a successful program
to encourage low-income
mothers to exercise.
Not every study has been
quite so positive. A British
review of interventions to pro-
mote walking, published the
same year as the Stanford
review, noted that the effect
of the pedometer on walking
may wane as time goes on -
a problem seen with many
exercise programs.

Can-do exercise
F(7. rof th(c, cfti(\ c

explored in any depth why
'COMPANION' pedometers are good motiva-
In 2007, Stanford tors. One hunch: a pedometer
University researchers took puts a number to our physical
the bird's-eye view, gathered activity efforts, and most of us
up 26 different studies and respond to the concreteness of

numbers, especially when it
comes to exercise. Runners
count miles, and swimmers,
laps and now walkers, with
the help of pedometers, their
Some experts invoke the
self-efficacy theory as an
explanation. In simplified
terms, self-efficacy means hav-
ing confidence that you can
perform a task that's set before
you. What we're asked to do
when we wear a pedometer is
to take more steps not a
daunting prospect for the aver-
age person. Walking 10,000
steps a day may seem like a lot
but it is within reach given that
many of us already take
between 6,000 and 7,000 steps
Put another way, those
additional 3,000 to 4,000 steps
add up to about a mile and a
half, a distance most of us can
cover in about 30 minutes. In
busy lives, that's not an incon-
siderable amount of time, but
we can find it, especially when
you consider the exercise
guidelines that say we can
divide up that 30 minutes into
10-minute chunks and still get
health benefits.


QUESTION: Recently, my
dog bit me on the hand. When
I showed up at my doctor's
office several days later, he
told me I had waited too long.
Should I have gone to the
doctor sooner?

ANSWER: A pet would bite
the hand that feeds it? It hap-
pens every day, and, unfortu-
nately, even beloved cats and
dogs carry bacteria in their
mouths. When an animal's
teeth penetrate the skin, the
teeth can carry those bacteria
beneath the surface, and a
more serious infection may
occur if the bite is near a ten-
don, bone, or joint.
You should generally con-
tact your doctor promptly -
within six to eight hours if
you've been bitten on the face
or hand, even if the bite seems
minor. This is especially true if
you've been bitten by a cat.
Cats have narrow, sharp teeth
so their bites can puncture the
skin without leaving much of a

You can end up with a bad
scar on your face if a bite there
isn't taken care of properly. A
bite on the hand is a problem
because the anatomy allows
infection to spread rapidly.
Any wound from an ani-
mal bite should be thoroughly
washed out with sterile salt
water. If there's any dead tis-
sue, it should be removed.
Doctors will usually order a
course of antibiotics when a
bite is deep, causes a moder-
ate amount of visible injury to
any part of the body, involves
the hand, or is near a bone or
joint. People with weakened
immune systems may be put
on antibiotics regardless.
Sometimes tetanus shots
may be necessary. Rabies
shots may need to be consid-
ered if you've been bitten by a
wild animal or by a pet that
has become unaccountably
aggressive and could have
been exposed to rabies.
In sum, you should take an
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Florida's gay rights activists turn up heat on reggae stars

~ Group demands cancellation of show featuring Buju Banton, Beenie Man


Beenie Man

Florida's gay
rights activists
have stepped up
their efforts to
block Jamaican
reggae star Buju
Banton from per-
forming in the
United States,
including a show
at the James L.
Knight Center
here on Oct. 31.
promoters of
"Reggae Bash"
want the show to
go on, claiming
the activists are
being unfair to "
the artiste by
holding him
responsible for
lyrics he per- Buju Banton
formed many
years ago while still a young-

According to
a recent story in
the Miami
Herald newspa-
per, the gay
rights group
Equality Florida
wants this
month's show
Banton's song
"Boom Bye
Bye" calls for
the shooting and
burning of gays.
"The message
is that gay peo-
ple's lives are
cheap, and that
harming gay
people is O.K.,"
Nadine Smith,
executive direc-
tor of Equality
Florida, was
quoted last
month by the

hatred against any group is put
out there, it has to be chal-
In the lyrics of "Boom
Bye Bye" Banton threatens
violence against gays. In one
part he says: "Rude bwoy no
promote the nasty man; Dem
haffi dead."
In another, he adds:
"Then his skin must peel;
Burn him up bad like an old
tire wheel."

However, a representative of
Global Vybz Entertainment, a
South Florida-based company
which is putting on the show,
claimed in the newspaper story
that the artiste, now 36, no longer
performs "Boom By Bye".

"He did that song they're
referring to when he was 15
years old," Andrew Minott
was quoted as saying. "The
song was forgotten about.
Because they (gay rights
activists) are making it a big
issue, it's come to the fore-
front. Let sleeping dogs lie."
But the Miami Herald
pointed to a video on
YouTube, which shows Banton
performing the controversial
song during a downtown
Miami concert in May 2006.
The promoter is also
claiming that the lyrics of the
song should never have been
taken literally.
"It's a dance hall phrase,
'Let's murder him. Murder the
boy over there'," Minott was

quoted as saying. "It's not lit-
eral. It's figurative."
The Oct. 31 show also lists
Beenie Man, another Jamaican
dancehall artiste, as a scheduled
performer. Beenie Man, too,
has performed songs that offend
the gay community, including
"Batty Man Fi Dead".

Meanwhile, South Florida
is not the only place where gay
rights activists have expressed
their objection towards
Banton. The artiste, currently
promoting his latest album
"Rasta Got Soul", has learned
that promoters Live Nation
and AEG canceled tour stops

Miami Herald as saying. "Any
time a message of violence and

Prominent Jamaican

playwright dies

KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC -
Prominent Jamaican play-
wright Trevor Rhone, who
wrote the script to the hugely
popular Jamaican movie "The
Harder They Come", died
here last month. He was 69.
Rhone died at a Kingston
hospital following a heart
He began his theater
career as a teacher following a
three year stint at an English
drama school. In 1972, he wrote
the script for "The Harder
They Come", which helped
popularize the Jamaican music
reggae in the United States. It

was Jamaica's first feature film
and starred reggae singer
Jimmy Cliff.
The film won an award at
the 1973 Venice Film Festival.
The stage production of "The
Harder They Come" had a
brief run in Florida recently.
Rhone also wrote the
script for the 2003 romance
"One Love" and other popular
plays including "Smile Orange"
and "Old Story Time".
In July 2007 Rhone
placed third in the top 100 all
time black screen icons in the
past 100 years.

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South Florida resident gets Jamaica

national honor for service

Norma E. Darby, direc-
tor of the Jamaica Folk
Revue, a Miami,
Florida-based cultural group,
has been awarded the badge of
honor for meritorious service
by the Jamaican government.
She is scheduled to
receive the honor from
Jamaica's Governor General
Sir Patrick Allen Oct. 16 at
the Jamaica's National Awards
Ceremony at Kings House.
Darby has been honored
for loyal and meritorious serv-
ice to Jamaica and its diaspora
in the field of cultural arts as a
She is a co-founder of the
Florida-based Jamaica Folk
Revue (JFR), which started 30
years ago with an aim to pre-

serve the Jamaican culture
abroad through education and
entertainment. Through its
group of artists the JFR has
provided an environment for
cultural growth in the diaspo-
ra through presentations of
oral history, music, dance,
mime and song.
Sandra Grant Griffiths,
Jamaica's consul general for
the southern United States,
commended Darby for her
work in the creative arts, espe-
cially with the Jamaica Folk
Revue and the Tallawah
Mento Band of South Florida,
which she was also instrumen-
tal in founding.
"This exemplifies tangibly
in Florida the vibrancy of
authentic Jamaican culture,"

Griffiths said.
Darby took an interest in
creative arts at an early age
while attending high school at
Wolmer's Girls in Jamaica.
She migrated to the U.S. and
became involved in the social
scene directing her talent
towards folk culture. She has
been the recipient of several
awards and accolades, includ-
ing that of the Jamaica
Consulate Community
Service, Broward and Dade
counties, and local organiza-
tions, for the promotion of
Jamaican culture, especially

- Information obtained from

* Bermuda jazz fest
Bright young stars and veter-
ans make up the list of performers
scheduled for the annual Bermuda
Jazz Festival slated for Oct. 29-31
at the Royal Naval Dockyard.
The three-day event is expect-
ed to feature recent Grammy nomi-
nee Ne-Yo, plus legends like Quincy
Jones, who will conduct an orches-
tra of multi-national talent.

* Musician 'Steely' dies in N.Y.
Jamaican Wycliffe "Steely"
Johnson, a member of the dance-
hall reggae production team of
"Steely and Clevie" that worked


with local and international artistes
for more than 30 years, died at a
New York hospital early last month.
Doctors said Johnson had been
suffering from pneumonia after hav-
ing recovered from kidney complica-
tions in December last year. Johnson
was often referred to as a trailblazer
in the dancehall genre. He started
his career as the original keyboard
player with the Roots Radix Band,
which backed several international
artistes, including Gregory Isaacs,
Bunny Wailer, Maxi Priest, Billy
Ocean, Jimmy Cliff and Bennie Man.

* Jazz in Miami Gardens Mar.

The City of Miami Gardens has
announced that the fifth annual
"Jazz in the Gardens" music festi-
val will be held Mar. 20-21, 2010 at
the Landshark Stadium, home of
the Miami Dolphins.
The festival offers a diverse
mix of music, featuring artistes
from the Caribbean and the rest of
the world. Organizers said the line-
up of performers for 2010 will be
announced next month and tickets
will go on sale in January.

Compiled from various sources.

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Revelers representing St. Lucia joined their friends from the Caribbean to mark the
42nd West Indian Labor Day Carnival Parade in Brooklyn, New York last month. The
annual event celebrates the Caribbean's spirit and culture.

Florida's gay rights activists turn

up heat on
in several places in the United
States following a Facebook
campaign against Banton by
the Los Angeles Gay and
Lesbian Center. Shows have
also reportedly been canceled
in Florida cities such as Tampa,
Orlando and Tallahassee.
"Thousands of people
have responded with e-mails
and calls," the Herald quoted
Smith as saying. "It has shot
around the Internet."
The business sector has
responded as well. The Herald
reported that a South Florida
car dealership has decided not
to send salespersons to the
Oct. 31 event.
But support here has
come in for Banton as well.
The James L. Knight Center is
a Miami-owned facility and
there is the legal question of
whether or not Banton is
allowed to perform there
based on his First Amendment
right. In 1999 Cuban dance

reggae stars
band Los Van Van performed
at the Miami Arena, despite
protests outside the venue.
Minott is also claiming it is a
First Amendment issue as
Meanwhile, published
reports indicate that a written
petition, launched by some
Jamaicans here, has been sent
to Miami city officials. The
petition seeks permission for
Banton and Beenie Man to
perform at "Reggae Bash".
Furthermore, the Reggae
Compassionate Act, a docu-
ment which declares artistes'
intent to stop doing songs
which call for harm to gays,
was allegedly signed by Banton
in 2007. The artiste denied
signing the document, but the
Herald printed a copy last
month, which ran alongside
the newspaper article written
by Steve Rothaus, that showed
the signature of "Mark \m ) r ,
Banton's legal name.



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With the temperatures
turning cooler in
most of the United
States this time of year, it may
be time for Caribbean
Americans to consider a
change of diet as well.
This month, Caribbean
Today, with help from Publix
Apron's Simple Meals, is
offering a couple of vegetarian
recipes one for chili and the
other for enchilada with a
Spanish flavor. Try them and

Vegetarian enchilada bake
with black bean saute

Cooking sequence

* Prepare enchiladas -
and begin to bake: 20
* After 10 minutes of
baking time, prepare
beans; then uncover
enchiladas and finish
baking: 15 minutes.

Vegetarian Enchilada
Bake Ingredients

* One 10-ounce box
frozen veggie patties
* One package taco sea- I
soning mix (reserve Vegetari
one teaspoon)

* 1/4 cup frozen onions
* 1 tablespoon frozen diced
green peppers
* vegetable cooking spray
* 8 flour tortillas
* One 10-ounce can enchilada
* One 8-ounce package veggie
shreds (reserve 1/4 cup for
black beans)
* aluminum foil

Preheat oven to 3750F.
Crumble veggie patties into
mixing bowl; add taco season-
ing mix (reserving one tea-
spoon for topping), onion and
pepper, mixing until blended.
If mixture is still frozen, thaw
on defrost setting in

an enchilada bake with black bean saute

microwave for five minutes.
Spray baking dish with
vegetable cooking spray. Lay
tortilla shell flat on work sur-
face; place approximately
quarter cup of veggie patties
mix and two tablespoons veg-
gie shreds on one side of the
shell. Starting with side of
shell topped with veggie mix-
ture, roll tortilla shell tightly
over mixture and place seam-
side down into baking dish.
Repeat with remaining shells.
Pour enchilada sauce over
top, covering entire dish. If
some of the tortillas do not get
covered, spread with a spoon.
Sprinkle remainder of veggie
shreds (reserving quarter cup
for black beans) and reserved
taco seasoning over top.
Cover with aluminum foil
and bake for 15 minutes cov-
ered. Remove foil and bake
for additional five minutes.

Black bean saute Ingredients

* Vegetable cooking spray
* One 14 1/2-ounce can sea-
soned black beans
* 1/4 cup picante sauce
* 1/4 cup veggie shreds
(reserved from enchiladas)

Preheat saut6 pan on medium-

low for one to two
minutes. Spray pan
with vegetable cooking
spray. Drain beans;
add beans to saut6
Using potato mash-
er, mash beans until a
slightly lumpy paste has
formed. Add picante
sauce and stir to mix.
Cook for two to three
minutes. Top with veg-
gie shreds; cover. Allow
cheese to melt for one
to two minutes.

Vegetarian chili

Cooking sequence
* Prepare chili and cook to
simmer stage: 40 minutes.
* Toss salad with favorite
dressing and serve: five min-

* One 14 1/2-ounce can
* One 15-ounce can tomato
* One 15 1/2-ounce can can-
nellini beans
* One 16-ounce can light red
kidney beans
* One 16-ounce can dark red
kidney beans
* One 4-ounce package chili

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Vegetarian chili

* One 4 1/2-ounce can chilies
* 2 tablespoons onion flakes
* 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
* 1 tablespoon sugar
* One 15-ounce can water

Place all ingredients in soup
pot and stir to mix. Place on
medium heat, stirring every
three minutes until chili starts
to slowly boil. Turn heat to
Cook chili for 30 to 45
minutes, stirring occasionally.

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'Lightning' Bolt lands in New York
Usain Bolt, the world's fastest .
man, came to town to meet .- UF
with the Caribbean diaspora
in New York last month in

what was expected to be a
packed event except it was
The Walt Whitman College
Theater at Brooklyn, College,
was only half full for the event,
with some Caribbean groups
blaming last minute preparation
and announcements for the fail-
ure to pack the theater.
Bolt was, however, warm-
ly greeted by those gathered,
who were especially impressed
at the ease with which the top
athlete met the 'people'. Some
attendees complained that the
stage set-up did not allow for
Bolt to face the people but
instead was facing side-ways
while Christopher Farley, cul-
ture editor at the Wall Street
Journal who moderated the
"Conversations With Usain
Lightning Bolt", program, was
the one facing the audience.
The triple Olympian and
world record holder was pre-
sented with a proclamation by
Deputy Brooklyn Borough
President Yvonne Graham and

A huge billboard in New York's Times Square features Bolt.

was also warmly greeted by the
Jamaica Consul General to
New York Genieve Brown
However, those gathered
were happy to greet the cham-
pion and rushed to the front
soon after the event for his
Meanwhile, on Sept. 25
Gatorade unveiled an advertis-
ing billboard featuring the

Jamaican-born runner, and
other famous athletes, in New
York's Time Square. Bolt was
also scheduled to make several
television and radio appear-
ances during his stay in the city.

- Edited from

Five to receive 'Spirit of the Caribbean' awards

Florida Five persons who
have helped enhance the lives
of Caribbean people living in
South Florida will be honored
this month with "Spirit of the
Caribbean" awards.
The Minority
Development &
Empowerment, Inc. (MDEI)
will celebrate 13 years of exis-
tence by recognizing leaders
in politics, business and edu-
cation during a luncheon set
for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 29 at
the Signature Grand here.
This year's theme
"Empowering Families"
embodies the impact the

has had on the
lives of thou-
sands of South
Floridians from
Haiti, Trinidad
and Tobago,
Jamaica, The


Bahamas and
other Caribbean countries.
The honorees and cate-
gories of leadership awards
include: Congresswoman
Debbie Wasserman-Schultz,
government; Nova
Southeastern University, edu-
cation; Pauline Grant, North

Broward Medical Center, busi-
ness; Sandra Bernard Bastien,
Children's Services Council of
Broward County, inspirational;
and Barrington Irving Jr.,
Experience Aviation, Inc., new
"Florida is one of the
most diverse states in the
nation, and we feel these indi-
viduals and organizations go
above and beyond to cele-
brate and appreciate the
pluralism in our community,"
said MDEI President and
Chief Executive Officer
Francois Leconte in a press

Caribbean Americans launch

national media association


journalists and other media
practitioners came togeth-
er last month to launch
the Caribbean-American
Journalists and Media
Association (CAJMA) at the
Miami office of Caribbean
During the Sept. 25 meet-
ing, the CAJMA's steering com-
mittee, represented by Maxine
Tulloch of the Tulloch Media
Group, Derwent Donaldson,
publisher of Jamaque magazine
and Caribbean Today's
Publisher Peter Webley, out-
lined CAJMA's mission.
Tulloch said the association was
created to bring a national
voice and unified vision for all
Caribbean journalists.
The CAJMA will be gov-
erned by a nine member board
of directors yet to be elected -
which will represent geograph-
ic areas of the Caribbean.
Tulloch said the association
will welcome journalism stu-
dents, educators and other
media-related professionals.
According to Tulloch, the
CAJMA will provide profes-
sional guidance, business and
political advocacy, professional
and career development, and
promote fair treatment of
Caribbean Americans by the
media. Also planned are region-
al workshops and seminars, a
national convention and career

expo, an online job bank, jour-
nalism awards, internship and
fellowship opportunities, stu-
dent journalism workshops and
Among the guests were
Suzanne McDowell, of
Miami's Circle of One
Marketing, who shared the
strategies and
insider per-
spectives nec-
essary for
doing business
with corporate
and marketing
companies. Persaud
Persaud, founder of Hard
Beat Communications, Inc., a
New York-based news service,
public relations and events
company, emphasized the
need for one Caribbean voice.
She also stressed the
importance of the 2010 United
States census as a tool to
establish legitimate ethnic
demographics, which will give
the Caribbean media more
leverage when they approach
potential advertisers.
For more information
about the CAJMA, e-mail

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


A Jamaican-
born Rhodes
Scholar has been
appointed dean of
the Stern School
of Business at
New York
University, one of
the premier insti- Henry
tutions in the Henry
United States.
Peter Blair Henry, a former eco-
nomics professor at Sanford
University, will begin his stint in
While at the Stanford Business
School, Henry served as an associ-
ate director at the Center for Global
Business and the Economy and
was a senior fellow at the Stanford
Institute for Economic Policy
Research and the Stanford Center
for International Development. He's
also a research associate at the
National Bureau of Economic
Research, a nonresident senior fel-
low of the Brookings Institution,
and a member of the Council on
Foreign Relations.

The Jamaica United Relief

Association will hold "An Old Time
Jamaican High Tea Party" from
5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 18 at the
Quality Inn Sawgrass Conference
Center in Plantation Florida.
The event will feature music,
a hat parade, old time Jamaican
poetry, food games and prizes.
For more information, call
954-435-4717, 954-292-6848,
954-687-6468, 954-987-3489,
754-581-4233, 954-856-4933 or

A partnership between Miami
Dade College (MDC) students and
healthcare workers at Coconut
Grove's Sister Emmanuel Hospital
has been established to provide
adequate shoes for disadvantaged
residents living in Haiti and Jamaica.
The donation drive, "These
Boots Are Made For Walking", will
accept used and new shoes at sev-
eral MDC campuses until Oct. 7.
For more information about the
shoes drive, call Jaime Anzalotta at

October 2009





Jamaican diaspora movement

still taking root in U.S. ~ Hill

rPiTle Jamaican diaspora,
Jamaicans who left the
island's shores, are scat-
tered around the globe. Most
reside in the United States,
Canada and the United
Kingdom. The Jamaican
Diaspora Advisory Board was
created to harness knowledge
and resources to help rebuild
the largest English-speaking
Caribbea, island. Diaspora
chapters from around the US.
were scheduled to meet early
this month in
Florida. Miami- .-
based attorney
Marlon Hill,
who has led the
southern U.S.
board since
2006, recently Hill
spoke to
Today's freelance writer Dawn
A. Davis about the board's

Question: What exactly does
the Jamaican Diaspora
Advisory Board do? What is
the organization's purpose?
Answer: The Jamaican diaspo-
ra is not an organization per
se. The Jamaican diaspora is
the extension of the Jamaican
population, those born in
Jamaica and of Jamaican her-
itage, who reside overseas in
countries and regions like the
United Kingdom, United
States of America, Canada,
Caribbean and Latin America,
Africa and Asia. There is an
estimated three million plus
persons who embody the
extent of the Jamaican diaspo-
ra. These overseas communi-
ties of Jamaicans are com-
prised of hundreds of faith-
based/church organizations,
alumni associations, charitable
organizations (in the areas of
health, education, culture, cri-
sis support, etc.), social, sports,
and recreational, education,
law and business/trade organi-
Currently, there are several
stakeholder groups interested
in deepening the linkages
between these Jamaicans resid-
ing abroad and those at home.
Among these groups are the
government, the remittance
companies, various Jamaica
private sector bodies and a
number of community-based
organizations in the diaspora.
In the absence of a central enti-
ty providing oversight, these
stakeholder groups have often
pulled separately, although
they have typically shared simi-
lar objectives.

The principal goals of the
Jamaican Diaspora United
States will be to: 1) Strengthen
the links and support systems
between Jamaicans residing
abroad and those at home; 2)
Deepen the collaboration and
cooperation between the stake-
holder groups that serve them;
3) Facilitate and increase the
scope and impact of the contri-
bution of the diaspora to the
development of Jamaicans at
home and abroad.

Q: As the representative for
the southern United States,
what is your role?
A: As one of the seven
Advisory Board members, I
am responsible for fostering a
plan to enhance communica-
tion and collaboration among
Jamaicans and Jamaican
organizations in the region.
Through this engagement, and
in collaboration with the other
board members, we advise the
government of Jamaica on
issues of critical importance
and interests of Jamaicans
overseas. The Advisory Board
meets four times within a two-
year period between each
biennial conference. At these
respective meetings, the
Advisory Board reports on ini-
tiatives in their regions, pres-
ent issues of interest and con-
cern, and set policy for contin-
ued diaspora development.

Q: What are some of the mile-
stones the organization has
achieved since its inception?
A: The most important mile-
stone is the concerted effort
to galvanize the voice of
Jamaican diaspora in a formal
manner. This is a transforma-
tion of the mindset and per-
spective as to how Jamaica, its
government and its people
interconnect with extension of
the population scattered across
the world.
Lil,\\ is, another mile-
stone is the deepened relations
and communication among
Jamaicans and individual organ-
izations throughout the primary
regions and countries. Third,
the Diaspora Advisory Board
and the government of Jamaica
are moving forward in the
establishment of institutional
tools to manage the develop-
ment of the Jamaican diaspora
worldwide. In this regard,
progress is being made in the
formulation of the Jamaican
Diaspora Foundation (resource
development and fundraising
arm) and Jamaican Diaspora
Institute (policy execution and


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Carnal education, an affair for young and old

Carnal education and
having affairs. That's
one area of education
that people don't have to go
to school to learn, that of car-
nal business, which seems to
come so naturally to most
people nowadays.
Ah, now the puritans and
holier than thou will raise
their eyebrows, scoff at me,
sniff their noses of righteous
indignation because I dare to
write of such matters. Those
are the same persons who will
allow their children to watch
movies with people being shot
and blown to bits, stabbed and
sliced and diced, yet the
moment a love scene comes
on, they freak out, run up and
down, try to cover the eyes of
their innocent children and
put all kinds of channel block
on the cable box.
I could never understand
it, and to make it worse, those
parents refuse to discuss any-
thing pertaining to sex with
their kids. So they grow up as
ignorant as virgins in a con-
vent, or worse, learn from the
We are obsessed with sex,
even though the puritans still
refuse to talk about it. We are
so obsessed that people are
calling for the age of consent
to be lowered, even as they
watch the news and berate
those guys who marry multi-
ple 12-year-old brides. Deep
down, they would not mind
doing that very same thing,
for they secretly would love to
cohabit with girls of that age

Somehow that has filtered
down to the youngsters and
sex is no longer a taboo sub-
ject to many of them. They
could teach me a thing or two,
and with a little extra thrown

in for good
Up to when I
was 14 or 15,
sex was still a
mystery to
me. Not so
now, as these
kids are pro-
fessors and
lecturers in
the subject of


carnal educa-
tion. Now we have schoolgirls
from as young as ninth grade,
deeply involved with not only
boys, but big men old enough
to be their fathers or even
grandfathers. And they see
nothing wrong with it either, as
they don't even hide and do it.
Ladies, just check out
your daughters and compare
them to yourself when you
were their age. In my days a
12-year-old girl was a little
girl, now she's a little woman,
not afraid to take on any big
They blame it on the
growth hormones in the food,
especially chicken, for the
rapid development and matu-
rity of our young girls. I have
been subjected to the come

hither look and cat calls of
these girls, some still in their
school uniforms, and I can see
why many weak men succumb
to the temptations of these
seductresses, these sirens of
We see girls fighting over
men, at times with deadly
results. We read and hear of
lesbian cliques in high schools,
with girls even forcing them-
selves on others as they try to
indoctrinate them into their
web of carnal education. And
of course, there are numerous
stories of wives going to
schools to fight off 14-year-
olds who are involved with
their husbands.

Carnal crosses is so rife,
that even the advice columns
are bordering on the sala-
cious, and it's almost like
reading pornography. Gone
are the days of advice to the
lovelorn, where matters of
emotion held sway. Now it's
kinky stuff. In days gone by,
young men would take
Playboy, Penthouse or Hustler


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Did Trevor Rhone die from a heart attack or a broken heart?

When I was in 6th form
in the early 1970s,
the play The Harder
They Come was written by
Trevor Rhone. Our literature
teacher invited the playwright
Trevor Rhone to give a lecture
at Immaculate Conception
High School. He obliged and
we were thrilled to hear about
the twists and turns of his

training in England and how
he had used his training to
document the Jamaican reality
as a playwright.
But when I watched the
DVD of The Harder They
Come, and as I listened to the
commentary which included
the financiers and cast of The
Harder They Come, I left with
two ni,,,in i- questions:

1. The
movie's star
and songwriter
Jimmy Cliff
was not even
How come?
2. Trevor
Rhone, the Rhone
playwright, got
no more than 60 seconds of

interview time. How come?
Miami's media advertise-
ments in August 2009 list
Perry Henzell as the author of
The Harder They Come. The
Miami Arsht Center's website
states that the play was writ-
ten by Perry Henzell; and that
the film was produced and
directed by Perry Henzell and
co-written by Trevor Rhone.

Can anybody guess why
Trevor Rhone died of a heart
attack (by my calculations a
broken heart) on Tuesday 15
Sep 2009?

Dr Marcia Magnus
Miami, Florida

Jamaican diaspora movement still taking root in U.S. ~ Hill

management arm). Similarly,
the government of Jamaica will
soon convene a Joint Select
Committee in Parliament on
Diaspora Affairs (similar to a
Congressional Hearing) to pres-
ent an opportunity for the vet-
ting of issues and policies of
concern to the Jamaican diaspo-

Q: What has been the most
gratifying and the least gratify-
ing highlight since your
involvement in the diaspora
A: The most gratifying highlight
of my involvement in the dias-
pora board has been in learning
about the varied Jamaican com-
munity experiences across the
world. The least gratifying high-
light of my diaspora involve-
ment is confronting the extraor-
dinary level of skepticism and
lack of faith that Jamaicans
have in each other for their
power to do better for their
own communities and for
Jamaica. For a country that
excels on so many levels, this is
both ironic and sad.

Q: How engaged are
Jamaicans in diaspora move-
A: The engagement of
Jamaicans in the diaspora
movement has not fully taken
root.. .Though there may be
some general awareness, the
Jamaican community overseas

magazines to the bathroom
and live out their fantasies.
Now all they have to do is
read the advice columns for a
big turn on.
Now we even have a Sex
Workers Association, where
spokespersons regularly
express lh mL' hLS in the
media, and there's even talk of
taxing their services. Some
even give lengthy interviews
in the newspapers, as they
describe their challenges.
Strip joints, now that's the
place to go-go if you want car-
nal education. Those girls do
acrobatics that even a trained
Olympic gymnast would find
difficult, and with such ease
too. You just try swinging
upside down from a pole,

has yet to embrace a shared
vision for the growth and pros-
perity of the community in the
long run. We have miles of
work to do in this regard.

Q: How engaged are the youth,
Jamaican-born and second gen-
eration Jamaican Americans
whose link to the diaspora is
through their parents?
A: Among youth, there is an
extraordinary yearning for a
connection with Jamaican cul-
ture and heritage. In an effort
to ensure the development of
future leaders' agenda and a
succession plan for leaderships,
the Diaspora Advisory Board
has added representatives
under the age of 30 from each
primary country/region. This is
a very hopeful opportunity to
pursue further for the future.

Q: How can we contribute as
Jamaicans to the growth and
effectiveness of the diaspora
A: First, each Jamaican and
Jamaican organization must
first acknowledge the impor-
tant role that they have played
in helping the community
develop in recent decades.
Upon accepting the shared
vision of leveraging our com-
munication and collaboration,
Jamaicans will be able to bene-
fit from improving our best
practices, sharing community
intelligence, supporting our
mutual organizational develop-

ment, and identifying issues of
mutual concern.

Q: Some Jamaicans living on
the island complain that
although Jamaicans in the dias-
pora want to help rebuild the
country they come with a supe-
rior attitude. How do you
change that perception to help
smooth the path to progress?
A: One of the primary ways to
change this perception is to
embark on a national market-
ing campaign that instills a
greater understanding of what
it means to be Jamaican in a
global context. In this regard,
we will have to communicate
that the borders of Jamaica
transcends 4,411 square miles
and a population of 2.8 million.
The conversation at the table
must be broadened at all levels
of society.

Q: How closely do you work
with the other representatives
across the country, and for that
matter, across the world, i.e.,
the U.K.?
A: The working relationship is
deepening as years pass.
Communication has improved
tremendously. With the advent
of technology, the lines of com-
munication are almost seam-

Q: How important is culture as
a recruiting tool?
A: Culture is critical as a
recruiting tool. In fact, there

are plans to incorporate our
music and culture in the antici-
pated marketing campaign.
Culture our food, music, and
cultural traditions transcend
all socio-economic barriers of

Q: Has the economic recession
affected active participation in
the diaspora movement?
A: Undoubtedly, the economic
recession affects the effort at
all levels, both in Jamaica and
overseas...With this crisis,
there lies a great opportunity
to galvanize our talents and
resources for the good of our
local communities and the best
interests of Jamaica.

Q: Now that a different political
party is in power in Jamaica,
does the perception that the
diaspora board as a govern-
ment/party tool still persist?
A: It is important to note that
the development of the
Jamaican diaspora is a partner-
ship with the Jamaican people,
its government, and the private
sector.. .Here, we possess an
opportunity to challenge both of
the governing parties in the
country to pursue an agenda
that is directed and shaped by us
with their support and guidance.

Q: Is the present Jamaica gov-
ernment committed to supply-
ing the financial infrastructure
necessary for a successful dias-
pora movement?

A: The government of Jamaica
(both parties) and the private
sector have yet to fully deliber-
ate on a strategic financial plan
for developing the relationship
with the Jamaican diaspora... It
is our hope, however, that the
advent of the Jamaican
Diaspora Foundation and the
discourse of the Joint Select
Committee in Parliament on
Diaspora Affairs will open the
conversation of identifying
sources of public and private
funding to invest in this global
community organizing effort.

Q: In your interaction with dias-
pora leaders in other regions
such as New York, Canada, the
U.K., where does this region
fall, or how do you rate the
progress of the diaspora in the
southern United States?
A: The United States of
America is a challenge to devel-
op an efficient community
organizing. The geographic
span encompasses diverse com-
munities and parallel needs. The
U.S. comprises three regions -
northeast, midwest/west, and
southern United States. The
majority of Jamaicans in the
southern U.S. reside in Texas,
Georgia and Florida.
Our primary goal in the
last couple years was to
improve communication. We
are progressing.

Carnal education, an affair for young and old

using no hands, even as you
gyrate, shimmy, slip and slide
to the rhythm of the music,
and still manage to collect tips
too. It's an art, I tell you. And
you must see the people who
visit these joints too, men,
ladies, couples, all seeking car-
nal education.
Carnal education has even
reached old people, er make
that senior citizens, based on
this report from Sweden which
states that: "Men and women in
their early seventies are having
sex more often and enjoying it
more than their counterparts
three and four decades .,g
Grandpa and grandma are
having carnal experience too,
much to the distress of their
"Is time dem put down

dat now and pick up bible,"
said one daughter.
I can think of prettier pic-
tures, but hey, leave them
alone. Another report from
Finland stated that, "Older
men who have more sex will
experience less erection prob-
k in You gotta love those
Europeans and their research.
But I have a question, if a man
gets involved with a very young
girl he's said to be robbing the
cradle, but if he has sex with an
85-year-old woman, is he rob-
bing the grave? Yeah, poor
taste you say, but it's a reality in
this world of increased carnal

One way to unlearn car-
nal education is to get mar-

ried. I'm only the messenger
here, but so many people
could not be all lying to me at
the same time. Based on what
husbands tell me, marriage is
the surest method of sexual
obstruction known to man, as
wives will find every excuse
possible not to have sex with
their husbands.
"Oh I'm tired, I have a
headache, the children are
awake, you don't work enough
around the house, I have to get
up early I the morning, I'm hav-
ing cramps, I thought you
weren't feeling well, I'm too
stressed out, I'm not in the
mood, you're too selfish and
always want it your way, you
never think of my needs, I'm
still angry with you from last
month, you didn't take out the

garbage earlier, I saw you look-
ing at that girl on the street, you
forgot our anniversary, my
mother is in the next room, I've
gained weight and feel
depressed, your beard scratches
me too much, I just did my hair,
you'll spoil my mani-pedi..."
I couldn't make this up
Ah, it seems as if every-
one is indulging in carnal edu-
cation, from parson to pick-
ney, from comedian to choir
mistress, from police to politi-
cian, from T.V. star to teacher,
from schoolgirl to senior citi-
zen, all except wives and hus-
bands. So they tell me.


October 2009


Jamaica secures financing

for new cruise ship

terminal on north coast

KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC -
The Jamaica government says
it has secured financing to con-
struct a new cruise ship termi-
nal on the island's north coast.
Finance Minister Audley
Shaw said when the new facili-
ty is completed it will be able
to accommodate the largest
cruise ships presently sailing
across the globe.
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"Currently, there is no
existing port facility in that
region that has the capacity to
accommodate a vessel of this
class," Shaw said last month,
adding that both large and
small ships will be able to
berth at the same time.
He said as many as 500
jobs will be created during the
construction of the complex in
Falmouth, Trelawny, with per-
manent employment for a fur-
ther 900 persons upon com-
pletion of the project.
Parliament granted its
approval last month, paving the
way for the Port Authority of
Jamaica to begin the project.
Financing will be provid-
ed by the HSBC bank in
London and Danish firm
Eksport Kredit Fonden

(EKF), whose sister company,
E Pihl and Sons, is to be con-
tracted to undertake the con-
struction of the terminal on
behalf of Royal Caribbean
Cruise Lines (RCCL).
The Port Authority of
Jamaica will be in charge of
the marine works, including
development of the berths,
and the terminal areas and
RCCL, which has also
invested $102 million in the
project, will be responsible for
the land development, which
entails the construction of
shops, restaurants, landscaping,
and beautification of the facility.

Shaw said the government
expects to repay the 10-year
loan through passenger fees,
forecasting a minimum of
800,000 visitors a year.
"It is on the basis of the
per passenger fees that will be
collected at that port, that the
loan will be serviced out of
those fees," he said.
Patrick Harris, member of
Parliament for North
Trelawny, said this project will
"redefine Jamaica's tourism
product," while Opposition
Spokesman on Transport
Robert Pickersgill, in voicing
his support, said that it is a
"tribute to visionary planning."
Jamaica has been strug-
gling with a 15 percent fall off
in cruise ship visitors, with
551,000 passengers arriving in
the island during the first six
months of this year, compared
to 646,000 during the same
period last year.

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last month at the Sunset Lakes Community Center in South Florida. The expo, put on by the Jamaica/USA Chamber of
Commerce, offered participants an opportunity to showcase their goods and services to the Caribbean American community and
discuss doing business in Jamaica. Laparkan featured a display booth, which was visited by Jamaican-born Florida State
Representative Hazel Rogers, center. She is flanked by company representatives John Green, left, and Rafael Mejias.

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QUEENS, New York -
Guyanese national Franklin
"Bobby" Vieira, is celebrating
his 10th year as partner of
Caribbean Cargo & Package
Vieira told CWNN last
month that the road has been
long and arduous for him and
his business partner Harold
Smith, but they are thankful
they have been able to reach
the significant milestone of
one decade.
But Vieira said the cur-
rent global economy is testing
the company's strength of the
entity, which opened at JFK
Airport 10 years ago.
Still, Vieira said both him

and Smith are riding the rough
tides and now offering great
"anniversary" deals on ship-
ping to Caribbean nationals in
the New York area. Those
include the CCP Express
Document or Package to
Guyana, Barbados or
"This service allows for
the shipment of any package,
letter or envelope, under 16
ounces, to any of these desti-
nations within 24 to 48
hours," said Vieira. "Pickup
services are also available."

- Edited from
CaribWorldNews (CWNN)

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Express service pioneer DHL reaches 40 Port Everglades to celebrate

PLANTATION, Florida strategic integration of leading ible and ecologically-sound. It i f
Citing the company's pioneer- forwarder Danzas Air & also established the Global naming of two cruise ships

ing spirit, strong customer
focus and critical role in facili-
tating global trade, Frank
Appel, chief executive officer
of Deutsche Post DHL,
recounted the secret of
DHL's success as a world
leading express and logistics
provider as it marked its 40th
anniversary on Sept. 25.
"In 1969, three men set
out to do the impossible and
conquered the moon," said
Appel. "A few months later,
Adrian Dalsey, Larry
Hillblom and Robert Lynn
founded DHL and made the
world a little smaller.
"DHL pioneered the inter-
national express industry, mak-
ing it possible for documents to
reach recipients overnight
instead of a few days."
The express company
grew to encompass global for-
warding and supply chain
management, through the

Ocean in 2002 and supply
chain/logistics firm Exel in
2005. DHL was therefore able
to offer a comprehensive suite
of services through its global
network that spans over 220
countries and territories.
By initially offering inter-
national door-to-door delivery
of time-sensitive documenta-
tion, DHL enabled companies
and organizations around the
world to build their business
and widen their impact.
DHL introduced the use
of Radio Frequency ID for
inventory management and a
technically-advanced tracking
system that monitors and, if
needed, redirects shipments in
real time anywhere around the
world. The company also inau-
gurated an Innovation Center
in 2007 to develop marketable,
logistics solutions that are flex-

Customer Solutions, which
provides customized solutions
to key customers to meet their
logistics needs globally.
"Our employees and cus-
tomers have brought DHL to
where it is today," Appel said.
"Through them, we are deter-
mined to sustain our pioneer-
ing spirit, which for so many
years has enabled us to offer
solutions that help our cus-
tomers reach their goals.
"By pro-actively and con-
tinuously encouraging innova-
tive practical thinking, we are
confident that we will over-
come the current economic
situation and are well-posi-
tioned to sustain our global
market leadership for now
and for many more decades to
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play a neW and Vibrant role in how the
World views this region, from jerk pork to
curry chicken, fried plantains, fried yuca,

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Oasis of the Seas

This cruise season, Port
Everglades in Florida
will host naming cere-
monies for the world's largest
and most revolutionary cruise
ship, Royal Caribbean
International's 5,400-guest
"Oasis of the SLJ , and one
of the world's most luxurious
cruise ships, Silversea Cruises'
new flagship, the 540-guest
'll r Spirit".
"It is always an honor for
a cruise port to host the nam-
ing of a new cruise ship, and
this year we are doubly hon-
ored to host new ships that
are already making head-
lines," Port Everglades
Director Phil Allen stated in a
recent press release.
"Oasis of the S,, will
be named at the port next

month and 'l1\ Lr Spirit" in
January. In addition, three
new cruise ships will debut in
the United States at Port
Everglades this winter cruise
season, including MSC
Cruises' "MSC tP. L, ,d
Seabourn Cruise Line's
"Seabourn Odyssey" and
Celebrity CruI,'L "Celebrity
Port Everglades will also
welcome another of Seabourn
Cruise Line's luxury ships,
"Seabourn Spirit", for the first
time on Nov. 27. Meanwhile,
Royal Caribbean International's
"Grandeur of the SL,, will
replace "Enchantment of the
SL, for year-round sailings
from the port on April 19, 2010.


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down 15 years @ 8% apr. For listings 1-800-
366-9783 Ext 5197

A Bank Repo! 6 Br $26,900! Only $238/Mo! 3
Br $10,500! Only $199/Mo! 5% down
15 years @ 8% apr.
For listings 800-366-9783 ext 5493

Bank Foreclosure for Sale! 7 Br 4 Ba $21,000
$238/Mo! 5% down 15 years 8%. 4 Br
$10,000! $199/Mo!
For listings 800-366-9783 ext 5461.

TAINS! 2.5acre parcel. Gated development.
view. High altitude. Bryson City $39,500. Owner
financing. Owner 1-800-810-1590

HUD HOMES! 3bd 2ba only $199/mo! 4bdr 3ba
$215/mo! Stop Renting! 5% dw, 15 yrs @ 8%
apr For Listings 800-366-9783 ext 5638 (Place
Under Apartments For Rent)

NC MOUNTAINS Brand new! $50,000 Mountain
Top tract Reduced to $19,500! Private, near
Boone area, bank financing, owner must sell,

NEW RETIREMENT Cottage ready for your finish-
ing touches! Fabulous golf community setting in
the Carolina mountains. Short drive from
Asheville. Just $199,900.
Call 1-866-334-3253 x2328

E-Z to finish log cabin shell, w/ loft & basement,
includes acreage $99,900. Mountain & water-
front homesites $39,000-$99,000. E-Z Bank
Financing! 828-247-9966 (Code41)

Owner Must Sell 4+ acres $57,300 Nice oak
trees, private access to lake. All utilities in.
Ready to build when you are! Financing avail-
able. Call now 866-352-2249.

S.E. Tenn Mtns LAND DISCOUNTED 5+ acre
Tracts from $24,900 w/ utilities. Must Sell!
Ocoee/Hiwassee River Area. Large MTN Tracts
from $2250/acre.
1-800-531-1665 or 1-931-260-9435.
Tennessee, Crawford: Mountainview Properties
5ac tracts only $59,000 16ac w/Cabin & River
$139,000 180ac w/Creek $299,000 255ac
River, Creek & Natural Gas Well $2,700/ac 888-

TENNESSEE LAND ... 5 acre tracts for $24,995
Great Schools. Owner financing as little as $250
down and $99/month. JDL Realty, 800-330-
3390 or 931-946-2484, ask for Tami or Darin

Unbelievable Land Bargain! 13.5 AC only
$49,900 Free Boat Slips (Was $129,900) Once
in a lifetime opportunity to own big acreage lake
property w/ free boat slips on private recre-
ational lake in Tenn. Completed roads, utilities,
more. Excellent financing. Call now 1-888-792-
5253, x3228

3Br 2Ba Only $199/Mo! Buy, $10,500!!
4Br $26,900! 5% down 30years 8%.
HUD Homes Available!
For listings 800-366-9783 ext 5781

$199/Mo! 3Br 2Ba HUD Home! (5% down 30
years @ 8% apr) More Homes Available from
$199/Mo! For listings
call 800-366-9783 ext 5444


NEW Feather Weight Motorized & Rehab Chairs
at no cost to you, if eligible. Medicare & Private
Insurance accepted. ENK Mobile Medical

ONLINE PHARMACY Buy Soma Ultram Fioricet
Prozac Buspar, $71.99 for 90 Qty and $107 for
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match any competitor's price! 1-866-601-6463

SOMA, ULTRAM, Viagra, Fioricet & more
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Acura Integra 98 $500! Nissan Altima 99
$500! Honda Civic 00 $800! Police Impounds!
For listings Call 800-366-9813 ext N580

Donate Vehicle Receive $1000 Grocery Coupon
Noah's Arc Support No Kill Shelters, Research to
Advance Veterinary Treatments Free Towing,
Tax Deductible, Non-Runners Accepted

Donate your Car Truck or Boat to HERITAGE FOR
THE BLIND Free 3 Day Vacation, Tax Deductible,
Free Towing, All Paperwork Taken Care Of.

Honda Civic 2001 $750! Police Impounds for
Sale! Many Makes and Models Priced to Sell!
For listings call 800-366-9813 ext 9480

Police Impounds for Sale! Honda Accord 01
$750! Toyota Corolla 02 $1000! Hondas Chevys
Jeeps and More from $500!
For Listings Call 800-366-9813 ext N581

$500! Police Impounds for Sale!
Cars/Trucks/SUVs from $500! Many Makes and
Models, Must See! For
listings call 800-366-9813 ext 9482

In Memoriam

LOur heart, AsUII ache with sadness
Our e.ccrcLtarA still flow
JusI what iL meant to lose you
No one will ever know
SThe joys and happinc vc shared
S Arc Lreasurd in our hearts

Sadly missed by: Children: Rupert Jr.. Mike. Donna & Peter
Brother Sam. Eddie M istcrm Myrtle. Evelyn. Overil: sisters
in-law. Brother-in-law: Nicc Nephews, other relatives S friends

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