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appearance status. One elected official
Americn an believes the move will drive
financier Sir undocumented immigrants from
Allen the Caribbean and elsewhere
who is further underground in the U.S.,
accused by page 2.
States authorities of bilking
tens of thousands of investors
in an alleged $7 billion Ponzi
scheme involving his Antigua-
based bank, has declined a
speedy trial, page 6.

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November 2009

New driver's license requirements may send

undocumented immigrants underground' ~ state rep


FLORIDA The scrutiny on
those wishing to acquire a dri-
ver's license in the United
States will become more
intense beginning next year,
and will likely to compound
the pressure on undocument-
ed immigrants, including peo-
ple from the Caribbean,
according to at least one elect-
ed official.
Jamaican-born Florida
State Representative Hazelle
Rogers (D-Fort Lauderdale)
believes that the new federal

requirement, known as the
Real ID Act of 2005, which
comes into effect on Jan. 1,
2010, may push undocument-
ed residents in the U.S. even
further out of the legal system.
"You'll have people going
underground and you'll have
more folks driving without
license," Rogers told
Caribbean Today last month.
"You'll have more people
driving without insurance."
The federal mandate will
demand additional documen-
tation for persons seeking new
licenses or renewing expired

ones from Department of
Vehicles (DMV) offices across
the U.S. Applicants will be
required to
produce docu-
ments such as
passport, birth
marriage or
divorce papers
to prove
change of
name, perma- Rogers
nent resident
card, Social
Security Card and proof of
legal residence. Applicants

will no longer be able to
renew their license online, but
will have to visit the DMV
personally with the required
All U.S. states will be
required to comply with the
federal mandate within seven
The initiative is seen as
part of the U.S. Department
of Homeland Security's
(DHS) efforts to boost nation-
al security and also create a
path ensuring all residents in


Judge declares mistrial in Travolta extortion case

NASSAU, Bahamas, CMC -
A Supreme Court judge ruled
a mistrial in the case of a for-
mer Bahamian lawmaker and
an ambulance driver accused
of trying to extort $25 million
from American movie star
John Travolta.
Justice Anita Allen made
her decision last month after it
was announced at a political
convention that one of the
accused had been acquitted.
The disclosure at the political
gathering came as jurors were

behind closed doors pondering
the verdict to be handed down.
The judge declared a mis-
trial because it was suspected
an unauthorized "communica-
tion" came from deliberating
"...There was an
announcement at a particular
political party," she told
jurors. "It leaves the impres-
sion that there may have been
a communication in the jury
room. I am going to discharge
you from returning your ver-

Former Senator Pleasant
Bridgewater and ambulance
driver Tarino Lightbourne,
who were accused of hatching
an extortion scheme after the
January death of Travolta's 16-
year-old son Jett, will be
retried, Allen said without
identifying a new trial date.
Jett Travolta suffered a
seizure on Jan. 2 at the fami-
ly's vacation home on Grand
Bahamas, where the family
was spending a New Year's

Jett Travolta

Lightbourne and
Bridgewater allegedly tried to
get John Travolta to pay them
$25 million to not make public
a medical document, declining
to have Jett transported to a
nearby hospital. Travolta
refused the demand for money.
Lightbourne and
Bridgewater had pleaded not


The office of State Representative
Hazelle Rogers last month issued
a press release outlining what you
will need to bring to the DMV to
establish identity, proof of legal
residence and date of birth.

For U.S. citizens:
* Valid, unexpired U.S. passport
* Original or certified copy of a
birth certificate
* Consular report of birth abroad
* Certificate of naturalization
issued by the DHS
* Certificate of citizenship


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Haiti's Senate 'fires' prime minister,

president swiftly names replacement

CMC President Ren6 Pr6val
has named his Planning and
Cooperation Minister Jean
Max Bellervie to replace out-
going Prime Minister Michele
Pierre-Louis as the Caribbean
community (CARICOM)
country sought to put in place
a new government.
The Haitian Senate dur-
ing the early hours of Oct. 30
morning voted to remove
Pierre-Louis, 61, on the
grounds that she had failed to
improve the lives of citizens
since she was appointed to
office a year ago. Most of the
legislators opposing her came
from President Pr6val's
Lespwa Movement party.
Pierre-Louis did not attend
the Senate hearing.
"Eighteen senators voted
against the prime minister,
which means the president has
to replace her," said Senate
Leader Kely Bastien.
That same day Sen. Nenel
Cassy told reporters that
Bastien had received the letter
in which President Pr6val des-
ignated Bellerive to become
the new prime minister.

"Now it is official,"he
Bellerive must now be
approved by both chambers of
Parliament the Senate and
Chamber of Deputies after
his credentials for the job are

The swift nomination by
Pr6val followed an appeal by
the United Nations peace-
keeping mission in Haiti that a
successor to Pierre-Louis be
named quickly to avoid politi-
cal and economic instability in
The Senate ousted Pierre-
Louis by a simple majority of
18 of its 29 members.
Opponents of the move called
it unconstitutional and said
lawmakers had no power to
remove the head of govern-
ment without explicit instruc-
tions from Pr6val.
The outgoing prime min-
ister had rejected accusations
that she failed to use effective-
ly millions of dollars made
available through an oil dis-
count agreement with
Venezuela to repair buildings

and roads damaged in storms
last year.

Director of the CARI-
COM Representation Office
in Haiti, Ambassador Earl
Huntley, said it was "unfortu-
nate" that Pierre-Louis had
been ousted, warning that it
could also affect the country's
participation in the CARI-
COM Single Market and
Economy (CSME).
"This is rather unfortu-
nate because it throws back
our whole work program. The
government of Haiti and the
Prime Minister had committed
Haiti to starting free trade in
goods under the CSME on
January 1, 2010," Huntley told
the Caribbean Media
Corporation (CMC) in a tele-
phone interview.
He said CARICOM was
working with Haiti to put the
necessary legislation in place
that would have allowed the
country to adopt the Common
External Tariff (CET) in place
of the national tariff.
"The change of govern-

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Caribbean backs U.N. resolution

to lift U.S. embargo against Cuba
UNITED NATIONS The er to the principles of multilat-
Caribbean community eralism, international law, sov-
(CARICOM) has voted in ereignty and free trade that
favor of a United Nations the body traditionally champi-
General Assembly resolution oned," he added.
calling on the United States to The embargo has been in
lift the economic and trade place for almost half a centu-
embargo against Cuba. ry. It was instituted in 1962.
"The unilateral imposition The General Assembly
of extraterritorial laws on passed the non-binding resolu-
third states is contrary to both tion with 187 votes in favor,
the letter and spirit of the three against and two
United Nations Charter," abstained. Only the U.S.,
said St. Kitts and Nevis's Israel and Palau voted against
Ambassador to the U.N. the measure. Micronesia and
Delano Bart, speaking on the Marshall Islands
behalf of the regional group- abstained.
ing late last month.
"The embargo runs count-


* Court or marriage/divorce docu-
ments that provide proof of a
change in name that differs from
your primary identity document

For non-citizens:
* Valid, unexpired Permanent
Resident Card -1-551 for
Lawful Permanent Residents
* Valid passport for non-immi-
grants except for asylum appli-
cants and refugees
* Other government issued docu-
ment showing full name
* DHS document showing proof of
lawful presence
* If your name has changed by
marriage/divorce, evidence that
a name change has been
applied for with the DHS.

Both citizens and non-citizens
will need:
* Social Security Card, other doc-

ument with Social Security
Number on it, or evidence that
you are not eligible for one
* Two documents that show your
principal residence

After the 2014 and 2017 dates,
federal agencies will not longer
accept a driver's license or identi-
fication card unless it is Real ID
compliant. Therefore, persons will
not be allowed to board commer-
cial flights or enter federal facili-
ties without a Real ID compliant
For more information on the
Real ID Act and rules, visit:
grams/ge_ 1200062053842.shtm

New driver's

the U.S. are properly docu-
mented. But Rogers believes
the stepped-up requirements
will compound the problems
already facing those struggling
with undocumented status.
"They are having chal-
lenges right now," the state
representative said.
So too are legal U.S. resi-
dents, added Rogers, who
declared she is "not in agree-
ment with" the federal man-
date, especially as it applies to
her home state of Florida.
"It is unfortunate when
you have a population of sen-
iors that might not be able to
find a birth certificate," she
explained. "So now the hard-
ship of now spending dollars
and doing research to find
such a document. And you
have people that have never
travelled outside the United
States so would not have a
valid passport. So those folks
will be impacted also."
Rogers predicted delays
at the DMV.

"I know the lines will be
longer," she said. "...Before
everything was done online.
Now you have to physically go
into the Department of Motor
Vehicles and present a docu-
ment and someone looking at
that document to make sure it
is authentic and all of that."
Regardless of the draw-
backs, the state representative is
urging everyone to comply with
the new requirements by prepar-
ing needed documents early
before their license expires.
"If it's the law, they you
have to abide by the law," she
"We just know that we
have a population that will be
impacted by it. But this is a
country that is dealing with
immigration reform and people
are asking for immigration
reform so that there is a path-
way for people to become docu-
mented and be within the law."

Gordon Williams is Caribbean
Today's managing editor.

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Miami-Dade College students pull 'all-nighter' to help Haiti

A student makes his mark on the campus walkway in support of MDC's "All-Nighter for Haiti" last month.
GORDON WILLIAMS try's citizens to help them- M

MIAMI, Florida Students at
Miami Dade College (MDC)
stayed up late for a cause
greater than grades last
Hundreds turned out for
an "All-Nighter For Haiti" at
the school's Kendall campus
to raise funds to help fight
poverty in that Caribbean
The MDC event, a brain-
child of some of the school's
honor students in partnership
with Food For The Poor
(FFTP), featured music, food,
performances and video pre-
sentations, which focused on
Haiti's plight.
According to the organiz-
ers, they will try to fund proj-
ects that will alleviate suffer-
ing in Haiti by assisting to cre-
ate opportunities for the coun-

"We are going to sit down
with them (FFTP) and they're
going to tell us where there is
the need," said Stuart Williams,
Jamaican-born member of
MDC's faculty who is helping
to coordinate the efforts of
Students Against Infectious
Diseases (SAID), the "social
movement" responsible for the

Prior to the all-nighter,
which started early evening on
Oct. 16 and ran through to the
next morning, SAID had
raised $10,000, according to
Williams. The aim is to double
that number to fill immediate
needs in Haiti.
"They need, for example,
a tilapia (fish) farm," he said.
"It cost about $8,500 for a

Three men charged in alleged

Ponzi scheme targeting Haitians

MIAMI, Florida The
United States Securities and
Exchange Commission (SEC)
has charged three men with
running a Ponzi scheme in
which hundreds of Haitian
investors in South Florida and
New Jersey were scammed.
In a complaint filed here
last month, the SEC, the
country's financial regulator,
accused Eugene Bass Jr.,
Abner Alabre and Brian
Taglieri of ripping off
investors of more than $14
million, promising to double
the clients' money every 90
days through their HomePals
Investment Club.
"The extraordinary prom-
ises made by these three men
spread by word of mouth
throughout a close-knit com-
munity," said Glenn Gordon,
associate director of the SEC's

Miami regional office.
"Bass presented himself
as a master trader of stock
options and commodities,
when in reality he was a mas-
ter of deceit," he added.
Gordon said Bass, 35, of
Miami, invested no more than
$1.2 million of the $14.3 mil-
lion collected from investors.
The grand jury indictment
said the men also face crimi-
nal charges of securities fraud,
wire fraud, conspiracy to com-
mit securities fraud and con-
spiracy to commit money
laundering. They face up to 20
years in prison if convicted.
The indictments charged
that the men "pitched" their
investments to prospective
clients from April 2008 to
Dec. 2008.

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tilapia farm. We have enough
money to build a tilapia farm
in a community that can help
feed people, save lives, save
the lives of children and, at
the same time, be an income-
generating apparatus for the
Williams credited a group
of five female MDC students
for kick-starting the project.
During a trip to Austria earli-
er this year, the honor stu-
dents gave a presentation on
Haiti. They then decided to
channel their interest in the
country's plight to finding
ways to help.
"The students decided
that they didn't want to leave
it with their project," Williams
explained. "So they said that
they would come back to
Miami, start networking with

people, and they wanted to
raise money to intervene in
the situation in Haiti.
"...What started out as a
project, has started into a
social movement. We had five
passionate young ladies and
basically they met with some
people at Food For The Poor
and Food For The Poor gave
them an idea about the all-
nighter and they decided to
run with it."
The student thrust behind
SAID has grown to more than
200 since its launch. Many are
from Caribbean countries
including Jamaica, Trinidad,
Haiti and Cuba.
According to Williams,
the group will, in coming
months, focus on helping


Jamaican judge re-elected president

of International Criminal Tribunal

KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC -
Jamaican Patrick Robinson
has been re-elected president
of the International Criminal
Tribunal for the former
Yugoslavia (ICTY).
Robinson is the most sen-
ior official of the United
Nations war crimes tribunal
set up in The Hague,
Netherlands to try people
accused of committing the
worst offences during the
Balkan conflicts of the 1990s.
Also elected by the per-
manent judges of the ICTY
last month was Vice President
O-Gon Kwon of the Republic
of Korea. Both judges were
elected for another two years,
having been previously elect-
ed to their posts with the tri-
bunal last year.
Robinson was recently
conferred with the national
award, Order of Jamaica for
his contribution to interna-
tional law and international

Since its establishment in
1993, the ICTY has indicted 161
people suspected of war crimes.
While proceedings are ongoing
against 41 of the accused,


including the former Bosnian
Serb leader Radovan Karadlic,
proceedings have been conclud-
ed against 120, with two sus-
pects Bosnian Serb military
chief Ratko Mladic and the eth-
nic Serb politician Goran
Hadlic still at large.

HOUSTON, Texas Despite
being ill for his court appear-
ance last month, Texan finan-
cier Sir Allen Stanford has
declined a speedy trial in the
$7 billion Ponzi scheme case.
Sir Allen, accused by
United States authorities of
bilking tens of thousands of
investors in the alleged "mas-
,i\* scheme involving his
Antigua-based Stanford
International Bank (SIB), is
being held in solitary confine-
ment after he was badly beat-
en in a brawl by another
The 59-year-old investor,
who was briefly hospitalized
in September and underwent
surgery for a non-life-threat-
ening aneurysm in his leg,
began spitting up blood during
a status hearing here. Judge
David Hittner interrupted the
proceedings to ask Sir Allen's
lawyer Kent Schaffer if his
client was okay.

"It's some sort of illness,
we're not sure what," Schaffer
Schaffer V
said his client
speaks to no
one but prison
guards and his
lawyers, and it
has been tak-
ing an emo- W
tional and Stanford
physical toll
on him.

Sir Allen has been in soli-
tary confinement since his
September transfer from a pri-
vately-run jail in Conroe,
Texas, to the Federal
Detention Center in down-
town Houston. Schaffer told
the judge that he needed at
least two years to mount a
strong defense.
Sir Allen and co-defen-
dants former Stanford com-

pany executives Laura Holt,
Gilbert Lopez and Mark
Kuhrt are accused of cheat-
ing investors who bought cer-
tificates of deposit issued by
SIB and sold through Stanford
Financial Group companies.
Leroy King, a former
bank regulator in Antigua, is
under house arrest there, and
the U.S. government hopes he
will be extradited in time to
participate in the trial.
Lawyers on both sides
estimated the trial could take
four months. Defense lawyers
said they haven't had time to
dig into the government's five
million pages of documents
and need weeks before they
even know when they can be
prepared for trial.
Sir Allen faces up to 375
years in jail if convicted on 21
charges of fraud, money-laun-
dering and obstruction of jus-

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Miami-Dade College students pull 'all-nighter' to help Haiti

other countries as well. In
addition to funding projects to
alleviate poverty, SAID will
retain its original focus of
combating diseases as well.
"They (MDC students)
wanted to help fight against
infectious diseases," said
Williams. "Mostly, infectious
diseases are linked to poverty.

People die in Haiti because of
tuberculosis, something that we
get shots for easily (in the
United States."
Students who turned out
to support "All-Nighter For
Haiti" purchased items such as
food and art. A walkway
allowed participants to write
messages of support. Non-cash
donations, including canned
food and prescription eye-

glasses, were also accepted.
MDC was among more
than 35 campuses across the
U.S., which staged all-nighters
with Food For The Poor to
commemorate World Food
Day on Oct. 16.

Gordon Williams is Caribbean
Today's managing editor.

Haiti's Senate 'fires' prime minister, president swiftly names replacement

ment means that the program
will be set back. I can't see
Haiti starting to trade in
goods by January 2010 and so
from the point of view of try-

ing to get Haiti more involved
and implementing the CSME
that is certainly a setback..."
The CSME, which makes
provision for the movement
of goods, services and people,
is due for completion by 2015

based on the most recent
timetable approved by heads
of government of the 15
nation CARICOM grouping.

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South Florida diaspora conference showcases Jamaica's spirit, strength

M ore than 150 delegates
early last month ral-
lied to strengthen the
voice of Jamaicans overseas at
the inaugural Jamaican
Diaspora USA Conference in
Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
With a mission to come up
with concrete policies, governing
bodies and strategies, the sum-
mit's host Marlon Hill, Southern
United States Diaspora
Advisory Board member, chal-
lenged the audience.
"One of the challenges we
face as a community is to iden-
tify and implement those princi-
ples that will unite us with the
common goal of nation building
without borders," the Florida-
based attorney said.
"We all pursue a shared
vision for Jamaica and its dias-
pora...We call on your collective
experience and energy to lever-
age your individual talents and
organizational acumen for the
greater good in organizing our
community in the United States
for the future."

With a series of workshops
and break-out sessions that
focused on building and uplift-
ing Jamaica's healthcare infra-
structure, education, gover-
nance, marketing, and trade
and investment, participants
forged links.
Among the important first
steps already taken is the opera-
tion of a database, housed at
Jamaica's consulate office in New
York, which lists the names of
some 8,000 Jamaicans from
across the U.S. Minister of State
in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Dr. Ronald Robinson explained
that the Diaspora Foundation
has received grant funding for
the establishment of a diaspora
database. He added that the cre-
ation of such a database would
be an invaluable resource
Jamaica's government can use to
tap into the pool of talent that
resides in the Jamaican diaspora
across the world.
"It would suit us better as
a country if we had Jamaicans
working on behalf of Jamaica,"
Robinson said. "Because they
would really have a vested
interest in putting forward the
best policies and advice and
not just earning money as con-
sultants do."
He lauded the diaspora for
its advocacy and reiterated the
Jamaican g, ,\ L rnlnL ni\ sup-
"The diaspora movement, in
my mind, has been supported and
is blessed to have had bi-partisan
support," Robinson said. "That is
why we have gotten to the point
we have...Coming out of the 2008
conference, there are some things
we have decided on. One of the
things was the creation of the
Jamaica Diaspora Foundation.

For it to have global recognition,
and also the status that we want-
ed, we thought that the founda-
tion was the way to go. That foun-
dation would be served by a
board of directors...So, the cre-
ation of the Jamaica Diaspora
Foundation and the Jamaica
Diaspora Institute, which would
be the operational arm of that
foundation, was one of the com-
mitments. Yes, this initiative is, in
fact, complete."

Robinson also discussed
the establishment of the
Jamaica g, ,\ L rnimL ni\ Joint
Select Committee that is
reviewing the issue of dual citi-
zenship, a problem that could
adversely affect the Jamaican
"I find it very difficult that

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Ronald Robinson, Jamaica's minister of
state in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,
addresses the diaspora conference.
an individual could be born in
Jamaica, spend their entire lives
in Jamaica and because of...their
mother or father they gain citi-
zenship from another country,

and that individual is barred
from serving in the Parliament
of the land," he said.
"But yet still, an individual
who is born in say New
Zealand or Australia, spend all
their lives there, the constitu-
tion allows them to come to
Jamaica, live for 12 months
and then they can become the
prime minister of the country. I
think there is something funda-
mentally wrong with that."
Robinson added that the
government will work to bring
balance to this constitutional
issue and make the voices of
the diaspora heard.
Jamaican voices for
change and rebuilding were
raised at the inaugural confer-
ence. Hill summed it up best:
"Notwithstanding any real-
ities or challenges, we always

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find our way to achieving the
inevitable. This we know is the
spirit of Jamaica."
Also in attendance were
Professor Neville Ymg, head of
the Jamaica Diaspora Institute;
Professor Rex Nettleford, chair-
man, Jamaica Diaspora
Foundation; Andrew Holness,
Jamaica's minister of education;
Geneive Brown Metzger,
Jamaica's consul general in New
York; Sandra Grant-Griffiths, con-
sul general in Miami; Patrick
Beckford, a member of the
Diaspora Advisory Board
Northeast; and Wayland Richards,
Diaspora Advisory Board mem-
ber for the West/Midwest.

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


F nT U R 6

Fitting 'marriage' of Florida carnivals scores big in downtown Miami


Putting rivalry aside after
six years of staging two
separate events, Miami
Carnival and Broward
Caribbean Carnival finally
came together for a fitting
An estimated 50,000
patrons flocked to Miami's
Bicentennial Park for "Miami-
Broward One Carnival" last
"I still have to work with
some in the community
because there are those who
are adamant that Broward
needs to have its own carni-
val," said Andy Ansola, presi-
dent of Broward Caribbean
Carnival, Inc. (BCCI).
"But when you look at it
from a regional standpoint, I
think we have the opportunity
to do one carnival on the
same day. In fact, next year we
propose to go to our final
home at the Landshark
Stadium (formerly Dolphin
Stadium), which brings it clos-
er to the Broward county line.
We are optimistic about the
future of One Carnival."
Ruthven Williams, chair-
man of Miami Carnival, Inc.
(MCI) and executive director of
One Carnival Host Committee,
also worked to bring the two
carnivals together.

All the colors and pageantry of two carnivals blended as one in South Florida.

"We always wanted one
carnival like we have in
Trinidad," Williams said.
"However, in 2003 the people
of Broward decided to have
their own carnival based on
the fact that the Caribbean
population had sort of shifted.
But eventually, the process of
One Carnival began in 2007
with a memorandum of under-
standing signed by Andy
Ansola and the then head of
MCI Selman Lewis. The con-
cept at that time was to have
carnival over two days. But,
bandleaders rejected the plan
and it failed. This year we

-Dawn A. Day

were able to finally bring the
ideas together in one carni-
val...It makes sense."

The two separate entities,
Miami Carnival, which cele-
brated its 25th anniversary, and
Broward Caribbean Carnival
still exist and will continue to
work with community and
non-profit groups. Ansola con-
firmed that Broward Carnival
will continue to work with the
the county's school board to
implement "the art of carni-
val" in schools.
"We are going to maintain

our reputation with
the relationships
which we have
.:- established," he
said. "We will con-
L 3tinue to move for-
a ward to make sure
the culture is where
it is supposed to
Ansola and Williams
explained that
Miami and Broward
carnivals have tradi-
tionally used the
Trinidad model.
However, according
to the BCCI head,
vis photographs many carnival sup-
porters perceived
Miami Carnival as a
Trinidadian carnival
and felt excluded, while BCCI
was a carnival for all the
Caribbean islands. To empha-
size the point, he said his board
members hail from Belize,
Guyana, Barbados, Trinidad,
Jamaica and Antigua.
Williams added that MCI
wanted to ensure the quality
of carnival.
"We only have one day to
demonstrate the pageantry of
what we call carnival, the stan-
dard which we want to be rec-
ognized as contributing," he
said. "...There is nothing
wrong with the t-shirts and

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mud mas. It's all part of carni-
val. But having five to six
hours on the road, we want to
put our best foot forward."

Both organizers agreed
that the magnificent pageantry
of carnival was more than
evident in this year's One
Carnival. But Ansola also sees
it on another level. He is certi-
fied in cultural studies and
diversity and holds a PhD in
marriage and family therapy,
so he looks at carnival as a
"Carnival is a family for
me," he said. "All the compo-
nents make up a family; the
bandleaders, the vendors, the
sponsors, the decision-makers
who could affect it positively or
negatively. So, you have to
study how do you keep this
unit together and move it for-
ward. That's the concept I use."
"We have a cohesive
group," Williams added, "peo-
ple who have the love and
spirit of carnival, who want to
see it succeed. Coming togeth-
er as one carnival is definitely
something we all celebrate."

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


Bar-hopping apartheid

Just as I begin to think that
our society has outgrown
ridiculous racial preju-
dices, some throwback comes
along to try to prove me
For example, you may
recently have heard about
Keith Bardwell, a justice of
the peace in Tangipahoa
Parish, Louisiana, United
States, who refused to marry a
mixed-race couple. Why? He
says he was worried about the
children that
such a mar-
riage might
produce. On
what planet, I
has this man
been vaca-
tioning for,
say, the past
40 years? CLARENCE
As Bill PAGE
deputy press
secretary to this nation's bira-
cial president and himself the
product of a racially mixed
marriage, said to reporters
aboard Air Force One, "I've
found that actually the chil-
dren of biracial couples can do
pretty g< t, id' Yes, they can.
But we don't need to
wade into the rural South to
find racial throwbacks to the
nation's bad old days. Look
for example, at how students
from Washington University
in St. Louis recently set
Chicago's barhopping commu-
nity abuzz by filing a civil
rights complaint against a
popular North Side nightclub.
Six black students were
denied entry to the Original
Mother's bar in the Division
Street nightclub district. This
prevented them from joining a
pre-arranged party of more
than 100 of their fellow stu-
dents inside.
Why? The bar has a "no
baggy pants" policy, they were
told. That wouldn't sound so
unreasonable if the bar actual-
ly had a "no baggy pants" pol-
icy. But a white student who
put on one of the black stu-
dents' jeans was admitted, no
problem, according to the
news accounts.

A spokesman for the
Original Mother's later point-
ed out that some other blacks

were admitted that night,
according to the Chicago
Tribune newspaper, but that
didn't clear up the mystery.
The bar cited security con-
cerns based on Chicago police
reports and baseball caps
worn backwards by two of the
black youths. Yet Regis
Murayi, 21, treasurer of the
university's Senior Class
Council, said his pleas and
proper identification did no
good. He was kept out of a
party that he helped to
arrange, apparently because
of racial stereotypes.
Sounds familiar. During
my own young-and-single days
in Chicago in the 1970s,
reports of saloon segregation
in inllgkl bars" made occa-
sional headlines and were
investigated by a variety of
state and local authorities,
including Republican
U.S. Attorney James R.
Thompson, before he was
elected Illinois governor.
One whistleblower at the
time, Gregory D. Squires,
wrote a confessional story in
the Chicago Sun-Times news-
paper about how he was
instructed as a white bouncer
and waiter in a north side
watering hole to politely shoo
black clientele away. The bar
was not on Division Street,
but its owners had learned the
art of singles-bar management
in that ,Ir,, i\ popular night-
club district before opening a
little club of their own. The
tricks included theme parties,
T-shirts, softball teams, a ski
club, a clean women's room,
free champagne for women on
special nights and keeping
black men out.

The Mother's discrimina-
tion complaint sounded familiar
to Squires, now a George
Washington University sociolo-
gy professor and author of six
books on civil rights issues. One
often-used ploy to turn some-
body away, he wrote, was to
pick out an item of clothing -
like jeans and tell the would-
be patron that it wasn't allowed.
I knew Squires because
the bar he wrote about hap-
pened to be one that I fre-
quented at the time. Although
he changed the names of the


I E W p o In


SWhere are the good
men?" That is the ques-
tion women are always
asking, as they lament the
dearth of good men.
It's a subject that has been
explored many times, but I
guess a lot of women still don't
get it, or refuse to face the
harsh reality.
This lady told me, "Let me
make it quite clear, we are not
frustrated, over 50-year-old
women waiting for Mr. Right to
appear. We are happy and
healthy and getting on with our
lives. We would appreciate a
companion in and around our
age group with whom we can
share our lives, someone who
has no fears of commitment,
nor is challenged with being
It just ain't gonna happen,
so might as well those women
over 50 just give it up and just
plan to have other types of fun
like tea parties, brunches, girls
night out and such until the
twilight years approach. Either
that, or as a last ditch effort,
subscribe to E-Harmony, or
any of those dating services on
television, and let the comput-
ers match them up.
What a tall order, just go
back up and read the hopeful
demands again and be remind-
ed as the words resonate, com-
panion, share, commitment,
faithful. One glaring absence,
not one mention of passion,
lust, unbridled sex, the hall-
marks of any good relationship.
First of all, what is a good
man, and why would this good
man want a woman of 50 and
over anyway? If the man is so
good, with all the requisite
qualities that women look for,
he would certainly be choosing
someone with a little less wear
and tear and mileage on their
structure. Sure, go ahead, call
me cruel, but it's merely the
facts folks, merely the cruel
facts of this harsh game that
men and women play.

And secondly, this good


man thing is
a myth any-
way, for men
will only
show their
goodness to
win the
women, then
after the bed-
ding, it's back TONY
to normal. ROBINSON
And if he's
really good
and noble and all that, women
won't really want him, as he'll
be deemed boring and pre-
It's the thug life gangsta
guys who have the appeal and
get the hot chicks, even
though many women won't
admit to it.
Also, men are different
things to different women,
and may just be a good man
to one, but a brute to others.

Like it or not, life is but a
buy and sell market, as we
examine, scrutinize, gaze at,
scan, peer into and then
choose who we want to be
with. In the same way slaves
of all races in days gone by, or
even cars nowadays, are
bought and sold, it's the same
with choosing a partner, with
the only difference being the
subtlety of the game.
So let the sales begin. Up
first is the young lass of 17 to
18 years old. She is fresh, taut,
clean, sensuous, sexy, waif-
like, smooth, with not too
much wear and tear all the
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Say what you will about
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a woman like that. Just check
out all those beauty pageants
and contests and my point is
proven. All those Miss World,
Miss Universe, Miss Fantasy,
plus model searches and such,
all ask for girls in this age
group On the salesroom, these
women are premium, in
demand and sought
after... especially by 'good
men'. And for every 'good
man' who chides his friend for
going with an 18-year-old,
secretly he wishes it was him.
Next in line are the ladies
in their 20s, still fresh, still
young, but with a little more
experience. Men still seek these
out, and as they gaze upon
them, their hearts palpitate
with desire and the lust in their
loins leaps, libido unleashed.
The seller would have no prob-
lem unloading those lasses, as
the men of all ages would
eagerly lap them up.
Then, polishing up for
sale are the women in their
30s, still great, but now carry-
ing a wee bit of baggage, as
they have been through a few
of life's experiences, usually
with men who were not such
'good men'. The seller would
have to display all of his skills,
as the beautiful package may
hide some crosses underneath.
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* "I make no apol-
ogy in saying deci-
sively and emphat-
ically that the gov- r
ernment of
Jamaica remains
irrevocably 1
opposed to the
recognition, legitimization or
acceptance of same-sex mar-
riages or same-sex unions" -
Jamaica's Prime Minister Bruce

bar and everyone involved, I
can now report that I was the
black guy in Greg's account.
The bar's owners had given
me an unofficial pass, Greg
wrote, because he had not
seen me hitting on the white
women. He must not have
been paying much attention.
"He insisted later that he
was not a racist," Squires
recalled. "But, he said, 'Can
you imagine what this place
would look like if he let in
every shine who wanted to
come in?'" Right. That's a
funny thing about racism since
the 1960s. Hardly anyone
wants to admit to it, even as
they express it.

Golding making it clear last
month his view of same-sex
marriages white he is running
Jamaica's affairs.

* "This award is
evidence of the
hope that his lead-
ership has awak-
ened in the entire
planet and is con-
sonant with the
trust that millions
of men and women have placed
in a new beginning for interna-
tional relations" Ex-Cuba
President Fidel Castro weighs in
on United States President

Yet, Squires was reluctant
to make too much of the per-
sistence of bias in bars. He
would like for us to look
beyond individual discrimina-
tion cases to understand his-
torical roots and structural
inequality that has built up
huge racial disparities in
wealth, education and income.
That's true. Unfortunately
group inequalities too often
bounce back as negative
stereotypes against individuals
- even in the age of our
nation's first black or, if you
prefer, biracial president.
2009 Clarence Page.
Distributed by Tribune Media
Services, Inc.

Barack Obama's selection for
the Nobel Peace Prize last

* "I did not have
any such discus-
sions" -Antigua's
Prime Minister
Baldwin Spencer
last month strong-
ly denying sug-
gestions by a
United States congressman that
he interfered with the recently
concluded case involving six
American tourists who were
charged after being involved in
a brawl with police on the

later down the line.

So now we jump to the 40-
year-olds. Most are damaged
goods, married, divorced,
jaded, cynical, battered and
bruised by life, but still, some
can still cut a dash. A few may
get lucky and be snapped up
by some desperate men, but
the odds are against them.
Now, to unload the most
difficult stock of all, the 50-
odd-year-old women. They
want to be courted, they want
to have great conversations,
they want the time and occa-
sions to learn about each
other. Oh my, so much hope,

Caribbean island.

* "We are not fearful. We are
not scared in going to the IMF"
- Antigua and Barbuda's Prime
Minister Baldwin Spencer claim-
ing last month he is not afraid of
approaching the International
Monetary Fund (IMF) for an
assistance package as his govern-
ment faces a huge debt that has
affected its ability to access

* "He'd given it as a promise,
and we know he likes to keep
his promises" Wentworth
Christopher, spokesman for

Buyer beware
so many demands, might as
well you rub the lamp and
hope for the genie to appear
and grant you three wishes.
Only half a century of
wear and tear, five failed rela-
tionships, two bad marriages,
two spoiled pickney, including
one worthless boy who still
lives at home even though he's
almost 30 years old, tons of
emotional baggage, mistrustful
of men, tormented by the past,
holds lofty demands and ideals
of what men should be like.
Financially stable though,
and willing to spend on you.
A good buy if you can take
the chance and be prepared to
compete with her past. Now
remember, by then all the
'good men' have selected their

Bermuda's ruling Progressive
Labour Party, is sure Premier
Ewart Brown will not go back
on his word to demit office in
Oct. 2010.

* "Cuba will never surrender. It
fights and will fight" Foreign
Minister Felipe Perez Roque
declares to the United Nations
General Assembly last month
that Cuba will continue to resist
the embargo imposed on the
Caribbean island.
Compiled from CMC and
other sources.

stock and gone their merry
way, leaving that last group
for the most part untouched
and wondering why they are
not chosen. Women choose
men too, but are usually so
picky that they often end up
alone, and later cry, "Where
are the good men?"
But for all I say, caveat
emptor, buyer beware, for
what looks great on the shop
floor, may not be such a bar-
gain after all.
Still, we usually end up
with the partner we deserve,
one lady told me. Caveat
emptor, buyer beware.

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~ A Caribbean Today special feature

November is time to BAJAN HI

celebrate in Barbados

After the first
English settlement at
Holetown in 1627,
Barbados remained a British
colony until achieving
Independence from Britain
on Nov. 30, 1966.
That first Independence
ceremony was accompanied
by the raising of the Barbados
national flag and playing of
the national anthem for the
first time.
Nov. 30 is celebrated as
Independence Day and is a
national holiday in Barbados.
The day begins with a parade
and ceremony at the Garrison
Savannah. However, celebra-
tions run throughout November
and include sports competi-
tions, fairs, community events
and religious services.
One of the highlights of
the Independence celebrations

is the decorative lighting of
Parliament buildings and busi-
nesses throughout the capital
Bridgetown, using blue and
gold colored bulbs (the nation-
al colors). Roundabouts on the
highways are also lighted.
Another highlight is the
National Independence
Festival of Creative Arts
(NIFCA), which showcases
the artistic talents of
Barbadians. It encourages
Barbadians of all ages to
match their talents in music,
singing, dance, drama, writing,
fine art, photography and arts
and crafts. The festival runs
throughout November and
culminates with a gala presen-
tation in which the finalists
are featured.
- Edited from

Opposition leadership

challenge fizzles

CMC A highly-anticipated
showdown for the leadership of
the Opposition Barbados
Labour Party (BLP) failed to
materialize late last month.
Former Prime Minister
Owen Arthur was a no-show
for the mL liii, which took
place at the BLP's city head-
quarters amid widespread
reports of a tussle between him
and his recent successor Mia
Mottley for the leadership of
the over 70-year-old political
party. Mottley emerged from
the meeting telling reporters
that her leadership had been
affirmed by the parliamentary
group, which, in keeping with
the BLP's constitution, can
determine a leader by vote.
However, in Arthur's
absence, the leadership race
was actually a no contest and
the expected challenge did not

get off the ground.
Mottley had called for the
vote, while warning that no one
was bigger than the party.
During the BLP's convention
on Oct. 25, a tough-talking
Mottley also warned that she
would not tolerate any dis-
sention within the party if she
is re-elected as its leader.
"This issue must be
resolved and we must go for-
ward as a united force," she said.
In the wake of the party's
electoral defeat in the Jan. 2008
poll Arthur, who led the party
to three consecutive general
election triumphs, stepped
down, handing the leadership
mantle over to Mottley.
However, in recent months
Arthur has been making a
strong come back, saying he is
dissatisfied with what has been
happening in the country.

Ban dancehall shows ~ lawyer

CMC An attorney is
expressing concern about the
prevalence of drug use and
the social impact of the "slack
lyrics" in performances of
Jamaican dancehall artistes
and has called for a ban of
such shows in Barbados.
Alan Carter, a Jamaica
national, put forward his posi-
tion while representing an 18-
year-old who was caught with
marijuana at a Vybz Kartel
concert last month. When
asked by the magistrate hear-

ing the case if such shows
should be stopped, Carter said
they should be.
"It would be going against
some of our constitutional
rights to attend and listen to
what a person chooses, but we
can see where some of these
things are heading in society,"
Carter said.
He added that due to a
shortage of positive male role
models, the court system was
being forced to deal with the

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Cricket Board (WICB) during the ICC World Twenty20 West Indies 2010 ticket launch held at Kensington Oval in Barbados late last
month. At center is Paul Campbell, president of the Jamaica Cricket Association. Tickets for the competition's games, which will
be played April 30 to May 16 in several Caribbean countries including Barbados, go on sale this month.

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Caribbean American singer
Maxwell is among the top per-
formers nominated for 2009
Soul Train Awards.
Maxwell, born of a
Haitian mother and a Puerto
Rican father in Brooklyn,
New York, leads the pack of
nominees with four nomina-
tions. His current project,
"BLACKsummers'night", is
the first installment in a trilo-
gy of albums to be released
over three years. The first was
released in early July. The sec-
ond installment,
"blackSUMMERS'night", is
scheduled for release next
year and the third, "blacksum-
mers'NIGHT", for 2011.
Tracks from the album
include "Pretty Wings", "Bad
Habits", "Never Do W/Out
You", "Help Somebody" and
Maxwell is up for awards
in the categories Best Male
Soul, Record of the Year,
Album of the Year and Song
of the Year.

In the reggae category,
Sean Paul, Ziggy Marley,
Movado, Serani and Taurus
Riley have been nominated.
The awards show will pre-
mier on Nov. 29 on both
Centric and BET from the
Georgia World Congress

Center in Atlanta, Georgia. It
will be hosted by Academy
Award-nominated actors
Terrence Howard and Taraji P.
Henson and feature perform-
ances by artistes such as Toni
Braxton, Erykah Badu, Trey
Songz, Robin Thicke and
The show will also recog-
nize the work of selected
artistes in 10 music categories
and will honor the star power
and showmanship of the late
Michael Jackson with the spe-
cial Entertainer of the Year
Also set to be honored for
their longstanding careers and
musical influences are leg-
endary artistes Chaka Khan,
Charlie Wilson, L.A. Reid and
Kenneth "Babyface"
Edmonds. The special will
also showcase a Motown
Records 50th anniversary
musical celebration.

- CaribWorldNews

NEW YORK, New York -
Belize Prime Minister Dean
Barrow's son has been deport-
ed from the United States
after spending more than
eight years in jail for his role
in a 1999 New York club
Moses "l iiL n Leviy,
who changed his name from
Jamal Barrow, was sent to
Belize late last month after
U.S. immigration authorities
rejected his plea to remain in
the country following his
release from jail on Oct. 9.
The hip-
hop artiste
was convicted
of first degree
assault and
in 2001 in rela-
tion to the Shne
shooting that Shyne
involved his
then mentor Sean "PDiddy"
Combs and actress Jennifer
Lopez. After Shyne's imprison-
ment ended, he was held by
U.S. Immigration and Customs
Enforcement (ICE) as authori-
ties pondered his fate.

Prime Minister Barrow

had formally appealed to New
York Governor David
Paterson to pardon Shyne.
The entertainer's family has
also reportedly enlisted the
services of Harvard Law
Ogletree to
try and secure
a pardon from
Paterson so
the Shyne can
re-enter the
U.S. His
deportation Barrow
ended two
decades of residence in the
"He wants to say how
happy he is to be home and to
be a free man," Belizean
Minister Michael Finnegan,
Leviy's uncle, told reporters
shortly after Shyne's arrival in
"He would love to have a
conversation with the media
but, because he was legally
advised by Prof. Ogletree, he
must not speak to the media
because he doesn't want to
prejudice his situation any at
all with the U.S. government
or Belize government," he

Caribbean American singer Maxwell

in line for multiple Soul Train awards

U.S. deports rapper

Shyne to Belize


Youngsters from the Champa Chameli Dance Group show off their colorful dress dur-
ing the Hindu Divali Festival of Lights held at the Coral Springs Sportsplex, Coral
Springs, Florida last month. From left are Natasha Narine, Jessica Ganpat and
Danielle Singh. With more than 3,000 celebrants, the festival featured dance and
music from India and Trinidad and Tobago, Indian food, art and culture. Divali is one
of the most celebrated and auspicious festivals celebrated by Hindus throughout the
world, including Caribbean countries like T&T and Guyana, which have large popula-
tions of East Indians.


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Mixing, blending make Caribbean cuisine unique

aribbean cuisine is a
fusion of African,
Amerindian, British,
Spanish, French, Dutch,
Indian and Chinese cuisine.
These traditions were
brought from the many home-
lands of this region's popula-
tion. In addition, the popula-
tion has created styles that are
unique to the region.
A typical dish and one
increasingly common outside of
the area is "jerk" seasoned
meats, commonly chicken. It is
a unique, spicy flavor, reminis-
cent of Louisiana creole cuisine,
but still quite distinct from it.
Curry goat and chicken
are eaten throughout the
Anglophone Caribbean islands,
penetrating much further into
the Caribbean than have the
Indians who introduced them
to the region over 150 years
ago, most notably in Trinidad
and Tobago and Guyana.
Haitian, Guadeloupean and
other French Caribbean cuisine
is very similar.
Rice is a prime food eaten
with various sauces and beans,
which West Indians call peas.
A local version of
Caribbean goat stew has been
chosen as the official national
dish of Montserrat and is also
one of the signature dishes of
St. Kitts and Nevis. It is a toma-

"Jerk" seasoned meat on the grill is among the Caribbean's favorites.

to-based stew, made with goat
meat, breadfruit, green pawpaw
(papaya), and dumplings (also
known as dr, ,ppL r, ').

Another popular dish in
the Anglophone Caribbean is
called "cook-up" or pelau, a
dish which combines variations
of meats like chicken, beef,
saltfish and or pigeon peas or
vegetables with rice. Callaloo
is a dish containing leafy veg-
etables and sometimes okra
amongst others, widely distrib-
uted in the Caribbean, with a
distinctively mixed African
and indigenous character.

Meanwhile, the Spanish-
speaking islands of the
Caribbean tend to prefer more
savory spices to these sharper
flavors. Lime and garlic, for
example, are more common in
Puerto Rico and Cuba than
pimento (or "allspice"). Other
common flavors throughout
the region include cinnamon,
ginger, and nutmeg.

Seafood is one of the most
common cuisine types in the
islands, and often each island
will have its own specialty.

'Floribbean' cuisine: A

fusion of regions

SFloribbean" cuisine is
found in varying forms in
Florida restaurants and
in the homes of many
Floridians throughout the
American state.
The essence of what makes
a particular dish "Floribbean"
is similar to many other aspects
of Floridian culture: that it is
heavily influenced by visitors
and immigrants from all over
the world, but especially from
the Caribbean (with notable
influence from The Bahamas,
Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad
and Tobago, and Haiti),
Australia, and the American
Deep South.
In the case of the southern
Florida region in particular, a
subdivision called Latino-
Floribbean or Hispano-
Floribbean cuisine also takes
Latino cuisine traits from such
countries as Mexico, Cuba,
Colombia, Argentina, Brazil,
and the Dominican Republic,
adding further influences into
the mix.
To distinguish the Latino
Caribbean style from the non-
Latino Caribbean style, some
employ the terms Afro-
Floribbean cuisine and Indo-
Floribbean cuisine, as the

majority of the Caribbean
islands are of either African
or Indian heritage, which in
turn were colonized by
British, French and Dutch set-
The migration of Asian
workers, to replace the freed
African slaves, have also
played an important role in

Fresh fruit is an important feature of
'Floribbean' cuisine.

Floribbean cuisine. Asian and
Mediterranean inspired foods
and cooking habits have made
Floribbean cuisine more
healthy in the foods used and
the cooking of those foods. It
has led to the production of
an even more exotic spice
pantry. Red curry, lemongrass,
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Regional Park, 3700 N.W. 11th
Place in Lauderhill, Florida.
Live singers and steel band
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Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Alvarez, right, the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners and Publix Super Markets recent-
ly introduced a new produce brand, Redland Raised, to promote the consumption of fresh local produce in more than 1,000 Publix
The local branding initiative, Redland Raised, has been created by Miami-Dade County, in conjunction with the Florida
Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, to promote a "buy local" program throughout the county and the state of Florida.
The brand will be in line with the Fresh from Florida brand, of which the majority of local growers and packers are members.
"Pairing Publix with our locally-grown produce makes great sense," said Alvarez said in a press release from his office. "We
can educate and encourage our residents to invest in local produce and in turn, stimulate the economy in our County."
At left is County Commissioner Katy Sorenson, District 8, Miami-Dade.

'Floribbean' cuisine: A fusion of regions

become as commonly used
today in Floribbean cookery
as grits and grunts are in other
parts of Florida.

Typical features of
Floribbean cuisine include:
* An emphasis on extremely
fresh ingredients;
* complex medleys of spices,
especially powerful flavors
that are softened by milder
* an emphasis on seafood and
* generous use of fresh fruit

and juices, especially citrus
and sweet tropical fruits; and
* special care in presentation,
especially when seeking a
more natural effect rather
than an ostentatious one
Floribbean cooking often
uses less heat than the
Caribbean dishes that inspire
it, but there is extensive use of
several peppers. This spici-
ness, however, is almost
always moderated by more
gentle flavorings, such as
mango, papaya, rum, almond,
coconut, key lime, or honey.
It is common in homes to
see traditional Deep Southern

foods found in other states
such as Texas, Georgia,
Tennessee, and Louisiana
(such as gumbo, coleslaw,
black-eyed peas, or crab
cakes) served in the same
meal as a more nuanced
Floribbean dish. In most
Floribbean restaurants, how-
ever, entire meals are carefully
planned around a succession
of delicate, complex flavors
and so most dishes have been
altered from their traditional

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Mixing, blending make Caribbean cuisine unique

Some prepare lobster or
conch, while others prefer cer-
tain types of fish or sharks.
The island of Barbados is
known for its "flying fish",
while Trinidad and Tobago is
known for its cascadura fish
and crab, also fried shark
served as a sandwich called
"bake and shark".
Another Caribbean main-
stay is rice, in various forms
on different islands. Some sea-
son their rice, or add peas and
other touches such as coconut.

Sometimes the rice is yellow,
other times it may be more
brown, but overall it tends to
just act as part of a dish.
Conch is a popular food
in The Bahamas and Belize as
well, where fritters are made
by creating a batter of the
chopped meat, seasonings and
dough, and then deep frying.

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Caribbean people are
lumped into one region,
but there is much variety
in food and cooking choices
among the islands.
This month Caribbean
Today offers a glimpse at the
tastes of several countries,
courtesy of Wikipedia.

Cuisine of Jamaica
includes a mixture of cooking
techniques, flavors, spices and
influences from the indigenous
people on the island, and the
Spanish, British, African,
Indians, and Cl(IIm, who have
inhabited the island.
The cuisine includes vari-
ous dishes from the respective
cultures brought to the island

Ackee and saltfish

with the arrival of people from
elsewhere. Other dishes are
novel or a fusion of techniques
and traditions.
In addition to ingredients
that are native to Jamaica,
many foods have been intro-
duced and are now grown
locally. A wide variety of
seafood, tropical fruits and
meats are available.
Some Jamaican cuisine dish-
es are variations on the cuisines
and cooking styles brought to the
island from elsewhere. These are
often modified to incorporate
local produce. Others are novel
and have developed locally.
Popular Jamaican dishes include
curry goat, fried dumplings,
ackee and salt fish (cod) (the
national dish of Jamaica), fried
plantain, "jerk", steamed cab-
bage and "rice and p,,s (pigeon
peas or kidney beans).
Jamaican cuisine has been
adapted by African, British,
French, C(hIIL and Indian
influences. Jamaican patties
and various pastries and breads
are also popular as well as fruit
beverages and Jamaican rum.
Jamaican cuisine has spread

with emigrations, especially
during the 20th Century, from
the island to other nations.

A nationally well-known
main dish of Trinidad and
Tobago is curry chicken and roti.
This dish was adopted from
indentured laborers from India
in the 19th Century, where other
favorite local dishes include
curry crab, curry shrimp, curry
duck, curry aloo (potato).
These meals are often
served with various rotis such
as dalpuri, bus-up-shut, and of
course sada. In addition,
Trinidadians often add various
pepper sauces to their meals,
for example "mother-in-law",
as well as curry mango,
chataigne (breadnut), channa,
pumpkin, or mango kuchela.
Another popular and
nationally well-known dish with
distinctly African roots is
callaloo, a creamy and spicy side
dish made of dasheen leaves,
ochro or okra, crab, thyme,
coconut milk and shado beni
(from "chardon b6nit", French
thistle or fitweed) or bhand-
hanya (Hindi bandh dhanya,
. 1 ,,~d cilantro") or cilantro.
Callaloo is often prepared with
cornmeal coo coo, plantain, cas-
sava, sweet potatoes, and some-
times made with crab. Pelau
(Hindi pilau), a rice-based dish,
is a popular dish in Trinidad and
Tobago, as well as stewed chick-
en, breadfruit oil down, maca-
roni pie, pepperpot, ox-tails,
among many others.
Trinbagonian dishes are
often stewed, barbecued, or

by a wide selection of seafood
dishes, most notably, curried
crab and dumplings, and Tobago
is also known for its sumptuous-
ly prepared provisions, soups
and stews, also known as blue
food across the country.
A popular Trini dish is
macaroni pie, a macaroni pasta
bake, with eggs and cheese,
and a variety of other potential
ingredients according to which
particular one of the many
recipes you are following.
Another local dish includes
the rare delicacy cascadu (cas-
cadura), which is a small fresh
water fish. There is a local leg-
end in Trinidad that s/he who
eats cascadu will return to
Trinidad to end their days.[1]

With its rich soil, St. Kitts
and Nevis grows a wide variety
of fresh produce. Abundant
seafood and meats, such as
goat, add to the diet.
The style of cooking is fairly
simple, flavored much like other
West Indian cuisine. Goat water
stew, perhaps the country's most
well-known dish, mixes goat,
breadfruit, green pawpaw
(papaya), and dumplings (also
known as dJr fpp, r, ') in a

tomato-based stew.
Another favorite dish is
cook-up, or pelau, which com-
bines chicken, pig tail, saltfish
and vegetables with rice and
pigeon peas. Conkies bear a
large similarity to tamales,
though instead of having filling
rolled inside the dough, the
cornmeal is mixed together with
grated sweet potato, pumpkin,
coconut, and a few other ingre-
dients; after wrapping the dough
in banana leaves, they're boiled
rather than steamed. Sweets
tend to be simply made, some-
times with nothing more than
fruit, like tamarind or guava,
and sugar.
Rum is as popular in St.
Kitts and Nevis as it is through-
out the Caribbean. But the
national drink is actually Cane
Spirits Rothschild (often abbre-
viated to CSR), distilled from
fresh sugar cane.
Many villages on Nevis
hold cookouts on Friday and
Saturday nights, where people
come together to eat, drink,
play games like dominoes and
have a good time.

Creole food is prevalent on
restaurant menus, including

callaloo soup, made from ten-
der leaves found at the center
dasheen plant. Roadside stands
and small-town restaurants typ-
ically serve fried chicken, fish-

Mountain chicken' legs

and-chips and "tasty 11ikL,
along with cold drinks. The
island produces numerous fresh
fruits, including bananas,
coconuts, papayas, guavas,
pineapples, and mangoes which
can be eaten as dessert and be
pureed or liquefied.
Dominica's national dish is
the mountain chicken, which
are snares of the legs of a frog
called the Capaud, which is
endemic to Dominica and

Curry chicken and roti

curried with coconut milk.
An array of fish can be
bought at local merchants
throughout Trinidad and
Tobago, such as flying fish, king
fish, carite, sapatay, red fish,
bonito, lobster, conch and crab.
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P.M. Spencer wants 'all hands on deck' approach Nation honors dozens

ST. JOHN'S, Antigua, CMC -
Prime Minister Baldwin
Spencer has told Antiguans
and Barbudans to i ni,\\ r the
call to action" as he sought an
"all hands on deck" approach
to tacking the economic and
crime woes facing the twin-
island nation.
In an address to mark the
nation's 28th anniversary of
political Independence from
Britain, Spencer said every res-
ident has a role to play in help-
ing light of the unprecedented
challenges posed by the worst
economic crisis since the Great
Depression of the 1930s.
"Steering the ship of state
through these turbulent
waters is not for the faint of
heart; all hands are required
on deck; there is no room for
spectators," he said in his
annual Independence address
broadcast on local radio and
television on Nov. 1.
"...Each and every
Antiguan and Barbudan and
all those who have chosen to
call this land their home -
whether on a permanent or
temporary basis must join
forces to address the chal-
lenges that come in the form
of this global economic crisis
that has thrust itself upon our
pristine shores and is threat-
ening to reek untold damage
on our economy if we do not
act and act now," the prime
minister said.

Spencer, who has been in
charge of the nation's affairs
since 2004, said his adminis-
tration was prepared to make
the tough decisions in the best
interest of the people of the
twin-island state, including an
approach to the International
Monetary Fund (IMF) to help
address a large public debt
and to help the government
ride out the economic difficul-

ties it faces.
"As a responsible and
independent government, hav-
ing fully assessed the chal-
lenges presented by the global
economic crisis and the debt
burden and having engaged in
widespread consultations, we
have decided to present a fis-
cal consolidation program to
the IMF in an effort to secure


technical and financial assis-
tance in implementing the
policies and measures identi-
fied in our National Economic
and Social Transformation
Plan," he explained.
The prime minister stressed
that the program being
embarked upon with the assis-
tance of the IMF is not one being
dictated by the Washington-
based financial body.
"It is our program. It is a
program conceptualized by an
independent and responsible
Antigua and Barbuda," he
An IMF team is due to
return to St John's to fine-tune
the arrangement after meeting
with key members of the
Spencer administration last
Spencer called on the
Antiguan and Barbudan public
to rni\\ a r the call to action"
as he promised that his govern-
ment would present further
details of the country's Fiscal

Consolidation Program in the
Budget Speech on Nov. 30.
"Our nation has survived
serious crises and we have
overcome momentous chal-
lenges," he said. "Whatever
the challenges ahead, we shall
overcome. Your government
is fully prepared to face the
challenges. We face them with
a positive outlook and with
the determination to over-
come them. If we work as a
family it can be achieved."
Turning his attention to
crime, the prime minister
promised a more vigorous
approach to arresting the
growing problem.
"Of recent times, Antigua
and Barbuda has been gripped
by a spate of unsolved crimes,"
he said. "With these develop-
ments and with security being
uppermost in our minds, your
government will redouble its
efforts to strengthen law
enforcement and enhance
security in our state.
"The law officials in part-
nership with the Antigua and
Barbuda Defence Force will
step up the frequency and inten-
sity of street patrols, stop and
search and the removal of ille-
gal tint from motor vehicles."
Spencer also defended his
government's foreign policy,
which he said "has always
been and will continue to be
about meeting long-term chal-
lenges and dealing with the
The Opposition Antigua
Labour Party has questioned
the government's relationship
with Venezuela and its partici-
pation in the Caracas-led
Bolivarian Alternative for the
Peoples of Our Americas or
ALBA. The prime minister
said such relationships "have
proven to be beneficial to the
development of our nation."

ST. JOHN'S, Antigua, CMC -
Antigua and Barbuda cele-
brated its 28th anniversary of
political Independence from
Britain on Nov. 2 by recogniz-
ing the contribution of nation-
als to nation building.
Some 41 outstanding
nationals, including educators,
business people, army person-
nel and sports men and
women were recognized dur-
ing a ceremony at the Antigua
Recreation Grounds for the
National Honor and Awards.
Nurse Hyacinth
Richardson and the late
Mitchell A. Michael received
the two highest honors -
Dame Commander of the
Most Distinguished order of
the Nation for services to the
nurses and legal profession;
and Knight Commander of

MONTREAL, Canada The
Antigua and Barbuda interna-
tional Peter Byers helped
Montreal Impact capture the
United Soccer Leagues (USL)
First Division title last month
by beating Vancouver
Whitecaps 3-1 in the second-
leg final.
Byers assisted on the
Impact's third goal as the club
ran out handsome 6-3 aggre-
gate winner over the defend-
ing champion Vancouver for a
third USL crown.
Coming home to Saputo
Stadium in front of a sold
out crowd of over 13,000 -
with a 3-2 lead from the first
leg in Vancouver the previous
weekend, Montreal tightened
its grip on the game with three
first-half goals that crippled
Vancouver's hopes. Tony
Donatelli scored from the
penalty spot in the 30th
minute and Joey Gjertsen sent

Airport safe ~ chiefs
ST. JOHN'S, Antigua, CMC -
Antigua's Fire Chief Whitfield
Joshua, Police Commissioner
Thomas Bennett and Ken
Hurst, chief executive officer
of the VC Bird International
Airport, have held urgent
talks after reports surfaced
here that the security of the
country's main gateway was
under threat.
Following the talks late
last month, the officials have
sought to assure the nation
and the international commu-
nity that operations at the air-
port were safe and were no
way in jeopardy.
They said the reports
were being spread by disgrun-
tled fire officers who were
upset about sweeping changes
being made by Joshua.

the Most Precious Order of
the Nation for services in
entrepreneurship and commu-
nity service respectively.
Other awardees include
public servant and former par-
liamentarian Victor McKay;
World War II veteran Oscar
Peters; former Director of
Sport Patrick Whyte and for-
mer educator Lesroy
The awardees each
received one of three awards,
the Most Distinguished Order
of the Nation; the Most
Illustrious Order of Merit; or
the Most Precious Order of
Princely Heritage.
Antigua and Barbuda
became independent on
November 1, 1981.

Montreal 2-0 up in the 40th
Byers assisted on the third
goal two minutes later.

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CARICOM countries to get H1 N1 vaccine this month

CMC Caribbean community
(CARICOM) countries
should begin receiving the
first shipment of the vaccine
to combat the influenza A
(H1N1) virus, commonly
referred to as "Swine Flu",
this month, the Guyana-based
CARICOM Secretariat has
It said that the vaccine will
provide immunization for the
community's most vulnerable
groups children, pregnant
mothers, persons suffering from

Ask doctor: Is

QUESTION: My doctor has
suggested that I consider
weight loss surgery. I'm
scared. How dangerous is it?

ANSWER: Weight-loss sur-
gery (bariatric surgery) done
by experts is getting safer,
according to a study reported
in the July 30 issue of the New
England Journal of Medicine.
Bariatric surgery is very
effective. Not only do people
shed many pounds of fat, but
they also decrease their risk of
diabetes and heart disease.
Their risk of death over time
is about one-third lower than
for very obese people who
don't have surgery.
Your reluctance to have
surgery is shared by many
other patients. The three main
reasons have been the risk of
severe complications during
and after surgery, long term
health problems and cost.

Haiti launches

combat intes
use funds provided by Spain
and the Inter American
Development Bank (IDB) to
finance a campaign to combat
intestinal worm infections by
integrating infrastructure
improvements with education
on hygiene and disease pre-
The IDB said that partic-
ular emphasis will be placed
on curative and preventive
treatment of children between
the ages of one and 15 years
and women of childbearing
Intestinal worms such as
ascaris, trichuris and hook-
worm are a major source of
disease in Haiti, causing ane-
mia, stunted growth, malnutri-
tion and impaired physical
and cognitive development.
These debilitating diseases are
best controlled via an integrat-
ed approach that combines

CARICOM expects to have vaccines to
combat H1N1 this month.
Chronic Non-Communicable
Diseases and young people -
against an anticipated second
attack of the H1N1 virus.
"The bad news is this

weight loss
The new study offers some
reassurance about safety.
Deaths and serious problems
occurred during and shortly
after surgery at rates similar to
those of other major operations.
In addition, the study highlights
which patients are most likely to
get into serious trouble during
and right after surgery. The
patients at highest risk:
Are extremely obese, with a
body mass index of 55 or
Have a history of blood clots
in the legs and/or lungs;
Function poorly in everyday
life. This group may be
unable to walk even short
distances or do daily activi-
ties without help.
Sleep apnea also increases
the short-term risk of surgery. But
obesity can cause sleep apnea. So
this is a reason for obese people
to consider the surgery.

In the past, some people

campaign to

tinal worms
preventive and curative med-
ical treatment of populations
at risk with investments in
water and sanitation infra-

The campaign in Haiti
will seek to improve maternal
and child health status and
survival through sustainable
improvements in hygiene
behaviors such as hand wash-
ing with soap and clean water,
safe feces disposal, and safe
storage and treatment of
drinking water.
These activities will be
financed with $900,000 from
the $39 million in combined
grants approved by the
Spanish government and the
IDB for expanding and
upgrading water and sanita-
tion services in Haiti.

virus is expected to intensify
its attack during the colder
months of December to
January; the good news is that
the Caribbean is more pre-
pared to deal this virus the
second time around as most
member states are seeking to
acquire the vaccine," said Dr.
Rudolph Cummings, CARI-
COM S,. rLi iri,,' program
manager, health sector devel-
The secretariat said that
the United States has con-
tributed significantly to a

surgery safe?
had problems getting enough
nutrition after the surgery.
Some developed osteoporosis,
or thin bones. These longer-
term problems can now be
Cost is a complex issue.
Surgery certainly is more cost-
ly than other weight loss tech-
niques in the short run. But in
the longer term, this may actu-
ally lead to major cost savings.
For carefully selected people,
bariatric surgery can be con-
sidered if you have a body
mass index (BMI) of 40 or
greater or have certain med-
ical conditions (such as high
blood pressure, diabetes, heart
disease or sleep apnea) and a
BMI of 35 or greater.
They also must have
made serious attempts at
weight loss with non-surgical

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Experts. For additional con-
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please visit

Global Fund, which was used
to develop the vaccine, and it
would be delivered at no cost

to some member states.

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Jamaican widow, who under
United States immigration law
faced deportation because her
husband died before their sec-
ond wedding anniversary, is
among thousands who could
soon benefit from a change in
the law.
The U.S. Congress moved
last month to finally approve
legislation that would abolish
a provision known as the
"widow's penalty". With a 79-
19 Senate vote, Congress
voted to end the policy.
Under current immigra-
tion regulations, widows or
widowers, and their children,
may apply for a "green card"
or resident alien status only if
they were married to their

Jamaican widow Osserritta Robinson
deceased spouse for at least
two years prior to his/her
death. This rule has left many
individuals who were married
to a deceased U.S. citizen for
less than two years facing

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Jamaican Osserritta
Robinson faces this problem
because her husband Louis
Robinson died before their
second anniversary.
Robinson's husband was
among 11 people killed in the
Staten Island Ferry accident in
Oct. 2003. Now she and her
attorney hope they can benefit
from the legislative change.
The end of the \\ id< \\
penalty" is part of a bigger
Homeland Security bill that
President Barack Obama is
expected to sign. The congres-
sional action came as the
requirement was under legal
attack all over the country,
including a class action lawsuit
filed in Los Angeles, California
and individual litigation in
Georgia, New Jersey, New
York, Massachusetts, Maryland,
Missouri, Ohio and Texas.
The Department of
Homeland Security released a
statement praising Congress
"for supporting the widows
and widowers of U.S. citizens
who otherwise would have
been denied the right to
remain in the United SijL,
The new law was champi-
oned by Representative Jim
McGovern and Senator Bill

- Story, photograph obtained
from CaribWorldNews.

The Institute of Caribbean
Studies (ICS) will hold the
16th Annual Caribbean
American Heritage Awards
(CARAH) Gala on Nov. 13 at
The Renaissance Marriott,
Ninth and K streets N.W. in
Washington, D.C.
The 2009 CARAH Gala,
chaired by Congresswoman
Donna Christiansen and held
under the patronage of the
Caribbean diplomatic corps,

(305) 885-0558
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NEW YORK, N.Y. A bill
pushing for comprehensive
immigration reform in the
United States may be intro-
duced by next February or
March, CaribWorldNews

News that New
York Senator
Schumer last
month prom-
ised a group of
over 100 clergy Clarke
in Washington,
D.C, that the
bill will be introduced by the
first quarter of 2010.
Schumer also reportedly
expressed confidence that the
bill, which has as many critics
as it has supporters, can be
passed. He promised the late
Senator Ted Kennedy he
would see the bill passed.
The pastors under the
group Churches United to
Save and Heal (CUSH) were
in the U.S. capital as guests of
Congresswoman Yvette
Clarke, and called for action
on comprehensive immigration
reform that could put millions
of undocumented migrants on
a path to legalization.

The pastors discussed how

honors and celebrates individ-
uals of Caribbean heritage or
friends of the Caribbean who
have been standard bearers
of excellence, and who have
made positive contributions to
the American and internation-
al landscape.
Nominees for the 2009
CARAH Awards include:
Shirley Nathan Pulliam, mem-
ber, Maryland House of
Delegates; Dr. Anthony Kalloo,
pioneer in the field of gastroen-
terology and hepatology;
George Willie, managing part-
ner, Bert Smith & Co.; Lynton
Scotland, vice president for
operational energy at NRG
Energy Incorporated; and mem-
ber of the Executive Leadership
Council Willard Wigan and soca
artiste Allison Hinds.

The Miami-Dade Public
Library System is seeking bud-
ding young artists for its annual
"Make-a- Bookmark C nIil .i
Children, ages six tol2,
are invited to submit a draw-
ing, of a favorite character or
scene from a book, to reflect
the theme "Readiscover Your
Neighborhood@ the Library".
Each contest entry must

a broken immigration system
has negatively affected their
parishioners. CUSH represen-
tatives said Congressman
Peter King of New York
declined to meet with them on
the issue but, Joshua DuBois,
director of the White House
Faith-Based office, was among
those who met with them on
Capitol Hill.
Findlayter, and
Herbert Shumer
and Dr. Philius Nicholas were
among the participants.
"We are asking the
Obama Administration to
focus on Comprehensive
Immigration Reform (CIR)
like a laser beam," said
Congresswoman Clarke.
"Who better to fully
understand the importance of
this issue then the son of a
Kenyan immigrant? This is
the next challenge for our
nation and no more will we let
this issue fall to the wayside."

- CaribWorldNews

be original work, and will be
judged on creativity and neat-
ness. One winner will be cho-
sen from each library branch
and the winning design will be
used on the library's official
bookmark for 2010.
All finalists will be hon-
ored during a Dec. 12 party at
the Main Library, 101 W
Flagler St.
Contest entry forms are
available at all branches and
online at Final
date for submission is Nov. 2L

The Broward County Chamber
of Commerce will host an
international trade show and
business card exchange on Nov.
5 at Quality Inn Sawgrass
Hotel & Conference Center,
1711 N. University Dr.,
Plantation, Florida.
Doors will open to the pub-
lic from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Log on
to to
RSVP or to exhibit at the event.
For more information,
call the Broward County
Chamber of Commerce at
954-565-5750, or visit
www.SouthFloridaExpo. com.

Congress moves to abolish 'widow's penalty'

U.S. Immigration

Reform Bill by 2010?

November 2009


BOOK n AI R w. s "-e.y

~ A Caribbean Today special focus on the Miami Book Fair

Caribbean authors on tap for

Miami Book Fair International '09

Several authors from
Caribbean backgrounds
will be among those attend-
ing this year's Miami Book Fair
International (MBFI) scheduled
for Nov. 8-15.
The fair is again expected
to treat book lovers to more
than a week of cultural and
educational activities, includ-
ing author readings, book
signing, the I \ ii n Ing With"
series, "Children's Alley", the
"IberoAmerican Authors"
program, and the "Street
Fair", Nov. 13-15 on the
closed streets of downtown
Miami surrounding the Miami
Dade College campus.
"We're again pleased and
honored to host such an impor-
tant event, especially during
these difficult times, when peo-
ple truly want the type of suste-
nance that books can provide -
whether they are stories that
affirm our rLliL ik L or help us
escape our troubles for a
while," Dr. Eduardo J. Padr6n,
president of MDC and MBFI
co-founder, stated in a recent
press release.
"The book fair is a cor-
nerstone of what we do at
Miami Dade College. Literacy
helps make a community
strong and stable."
Among the Caribbean
authors confirmed to attend

the fair
* Elizabeth
Melanie, Bird
with a Broken
Wing: A
Mother's Self
Story, In Philp
Sunshine and
* Jeff Henry: Under the Mas':
Resistance and Rebellion in
the Trinidad Masquerade;
* Kendel Hippolyte:
Birthright, Night Vision;
* Jane King: Fellow Traveller;
* Philip Nanton: Island Voices
from Christopher & the
Barracudas (Spoken word
* Elizabeth Nunez: Anna In
* Geoffrey Philp: Who's Your
Other top authors already
confirmed for this year's fair
include Sherman Alexie,
Margaret Atwood, Roy Blount
Jr., Robert Olen Butler, Meg
Cabot, Alan ChIIL th, Susie
Essman, Mary Karr, Mike
Farrell, Nobel Laureate and
former Vice President Al
Gore, Dr. Sanjay Gupta,
Barbara Kingsolver, Jonathan
Lethem, Jacquelyn Mitchard,
Ralph Nader, Richard Powers,
Nobel Laureate Orhan Pamuk,

Francine Prose, Ruth Reichl,
Senator Bob Graham, Wally
Lamb, musician and performer
Iggy Pop, Melvin Van Peebles
and Jeannette Walls.
Confirmed Spanish-lan-
guage authors include Roberto
Ampuero, Jos6 Maria Aznar,
Carmen Posadas, Alvaro
Vargas-Llosa, Boris Izaguirre,
Angela Becerra, Juanita
Castro, Edmundo Paz-Soldin,
Jorge Ramos, Fabiola
Santiago and Jaime Bayly.
"We have a spectacular
line-up again this year," said
Alina Interian, executive
director of the Florida Center
for the Literary Arts at Miami
Dade College, in a press
"Authors from across the
globe representing every
genre and a truly wide array
of subjects will be at the fair.
What we do here every year is
truly special. There are very
few places in the world where
people have access to this
kind of programming. You
won't want to miss it."
For the complete list of
authors and more informa-
tion, visit www.miamibook-; call 305-237-3528 or


Cartoonist and author Jeff Kinney designed this year's official poster.

The official poster for
the 26th edition of the
largest literary gather-
ing in the United States, the
Miami Book Fair
International, presented

by the Florida Center for the
Literary Arts at Miami Dade
College (MDC), was unveiled
at a reception last month. The
poster was created by Jeff
Kinney, cartoonist and author

of the "Wimpy Kid" series.
The fair will be held Nov. 8-15
at MDC's Wolfson Campus,
300 N.E. Second Ave., down-
town Miami.

Comic relief comes to the fair

A look at graphic novels
and the world of comic
books will be among
the attractions at this month's
Miami Book Fair International.
Comix Galaxy, in partner-
ship with Diamond Book
Distributors, will introduce com-
prehensive programs on graphic
novels and comics that will cele-
brate its legacy and recent rise
in popularity and integration
into the mainstream via book-
stores, libraries and educational
curricula all over the country
Comix Galaxy activities
will begin at 10 a.m. Nov. 13
and continue through Nov. 15 at
Miami Dade College's (MDC)
Wolfson Campus in downtown
Miami, Florida. Some of this
year's Comix Galaxy activities
include"Kids' Comic Con", an
instructional exercise for chil-
dren and teens taught by artists;
an artist alley where comics cre-
ators from all over the United
States will draw and sell art-
work; two shows of original
comics and graphic novel art; a
panel discussion on the life and
art of Harvey Kurtzman, leg-
endary cartoonist and MAD
Magazine creator; comics art

exhibits; and more than 35
comics and graphic novel
artists, writers, and other indus-
try professionals.
In addition, education
experts will participate in "The
School of CG >iu i. a day-long
program that includes six ses-
sions for teachers, librarians,

parents and others who want to
learn more about the format.
There will also be a special
training session for creators.
For a complete listing of all
Miami Book Fair Internationals
events, including Comix Galaxy,
visit http://www.miamibook-

several past components of
the Miami Book Fair
International (MBFI)
have been scaled back or post-
poned due to the challenging
economic times and state budg-
et cuts the college is facing,
according to organizers.
The 2009 fair, scheduled
for Nov. 8-15, will be more con-
tained. For example, organizers
noted that this year there will
be no inauguration ceremony
and festivities; no International
Pavilions Village; and no Street
Fair Parade.
In addition, the fair is cut-
ting back the number of author
presentations, although still plan-
ning to present some 300 authors

and writers I LprL, Iling; the best
in contemporary literature.
The members of the MBFI's
Board of Directors and fair
administrators are raising the
admission to the weekend Street
Fair, from $5 to $8 per person.
However, persons 62 years and
over will continue paying $5.
The fair is also preserving the
free access to fairgoers 18 and
under, volunteers and others.
Access to the Street Fair on
Nov. 13 will be free. Plans also
call for the 1 \nLIIIIg With" pro-
gram, which has been free for
the last 25 years, to have a $10
admission fee, but free parking
will be available in Building 7.

Caribbean honors literary icons

CMC Caribbean community
(CARICOM) governments
have paid tribute to three
internationally renowned liter-
ary figures who died recently.
In a statement, the
Guyana-based CARICOM
Secretariat said that the region
had lost Jamaica's Trevor
Rhone, Suriname's Henk Tjon
and Trinidad and Tobago's
Wayne Brown during a one-
week period. It described
Rhone and Tion as multi-talent-
ed, internationally acclaimed
theater artists, while Brown was
an acclaimed poet, creative

writing teacher, short story
writer, critic and journalist.
CARICOM said that
through his exceptional talents
as playwright, director and
actor, Rhodes contributed
extensively to the cultural
development of the Caribbean;
that Tjon actively participated
in every Caribbean Festival of
Arts (CARIFESTA) since its
inception in 1972; and that
Brown was responsible for the
development of a new genera-
tion of writers in Jamaica and
the Caribbean.

Challenging economic times

force changes to book fair


November 2009



Hundreds of Authors, Thousands of Books



November 8-15, 2009
Street Fair: November 13-15, 2009

Jeff Henry Under
the Mas': Resistance
and Rebellion in the
Trinidad Masquerade

Elizabeth Alexander
Sherniari Alexie
Margaret Atwood
Jose Maria Aznar
Liz Balmaseda
Ann Louise Bardach
Lidia Bastianich
Jaime Bayly
Edna Buchanan
Meg Cabot
Gonzalo Celorio
Alian Cheuse
Maria Antonieta Cllndh
Lydia Davis
John Dufresne
Sarah Dunant

Philip Nanton Island
Voices from Christopher
& the Barracudas
(Spoken word CD)

Susie Essman
Harold Evans
lldefonso Falcones
Mike Farrell
Brian Fies
Max Frankel
Michael Goldfarb
Mary Gordon
Al Gore
James Grippando
Dr. Sanjay Gupta
Joy Harjo
Tom Hayden
John Hodgman
Ira(y Kidder
Barbara Kingsolver

Elizabeth Nunez -
Anna in Between

Denis Kitchen
Denis Lehane
Gerald Martin
Campbell ,LGrarh
Ana Menendez
Ralph Nader
Achy CObjas
Orhan Pamuk
Edmundo Paz Soldan
Leonard Pitts Jr.
Norman Podhoretz
Iggy Pop
Carmen Posadas
Gerald Posner
Rk:i. hard
Francine Prose

Geoffrey Philp -
Who's Your Daddy

Joroe Ramos
Ruth Reichl
James Reston Jr.
Cristina Rivera Garza
Fdbiola Santiago
David Small
Paco Ignacio Taibo II
Sam Tanenhaus
Trish Thonma
Michael Thomas
Melvin Van Peebles
Alvaro Vargas Llosa
Kate Walbert
leannert Walls
Larry Wilmore
... and many more.


November 2009


Caribbean recovering from global crisis ~ IMF

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International Monetary Fund
(IMF) said most countries in
the Caribbean and Latin
America were overcoming the
"substantial impact" of the
global economic crisis.
The Washington-based
financial institution in a new
report said "the worst is over
for most countries, and many
economies have begun to
The report, released last
month and titled "Crisis
Averted What's Next?",

examined how the Caribbean
and Latin America countries
were recovering from the glob-
al recession, which drove up
the cost of external financing,
reduced exports, remittances
and tourism revenues. It noted
that output for the region as a
whole, after contracting by
about 2.5 percent this year, is
expected to recover and pre-
dicting growth to be in the
vicinity of three percent next
"The question, now that
the worst of the storm is

behind us, is how to adjust
policies to the new reality of a
more sluggish global economy
and still provide conditions for
growth and poverty allevia-
tion," said Nicolas Eyzaguirre,
director of the IMF's Western
Hemisphere Department.
Eyzaguirre said while the
region has done "considerably
better" this year than in past
global crises and recessions,
"there are marked dillI rL I% .L
among countries."

Jamaican-owned companies win MEDWeek awards

T hree Jamaica-owned
companies were recog-
nized by the United
States Department of
Commerce Minority Business
Enterprise Center at the annu-
al MEDWeek Minority
Enterprise Development -
Business Conference last
month in Miami, Florida.

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establish $451V
CMC A United States-based
non-profit foundation and a
major conglomerate in Haiti
have announced plans to
establish a multi-million dollar
park here. .
The proj-
ect announce-
ment came a 4.
few days after
former U.S.
President Bill
Clinton par-
ticipated in an Clinton
conference in the country last
The WIN Group and the
New York-headquartered
Soros Economic Development
Fund (SEDF) said the $45
million project will provide a
significant number of jobs.

The three companies,
Patty King, Incorporated,
McBayne's Construction &
Renovation, Incorporated and
LEASA Industries Company,
Incorporated were among
Florida's top 10 performing
minority businesses and inno-
Patty King was awarded
the "Minority Exporter of the

fit to help Haiti

1 industrial park
"We are committed to
supporting Haiti's economic
growth," said SEDF President
Stewart J. Paperin, adding
"this project will create thou-
sands of jobs and attract the
types of businesses crucial to
helping Haiti expand its eco-
nomic capabilities."
Youri Mevs, managing
partner of WIN Group, said
the industrial park, called the
West Indies Free Zone, will
target local and international
manufacturers, as well as
warehousing businesses and
offer tax, customs and pro-
cessing advantages to tenants.
The project is located
near Cit6 Soleil and is expect-
ed to create 25,000 jobs, as
well as improve the standard
of living for the 300,000 resi-
dents, Mevs said.

Year 2009". The company was
started in 1998 as a small
restaurant and bakery in North
Miami. It became one of the
largest USDA-approved pro-
cessing facilities in Florida and
the largest manufacturer of
Jamaican patties in the south-
eastern U.S.
McBayne Construction and
Renovation, Incorporated
received the "Strategic Growth
Initiative Award 2009" as the
National Minority Construction
firm. Owner Trevor McBayne
said the company provides a
range of new construction, ren-
ovation and underground utility
services to residential, commer-
cial, industrial and institutional
projects. It has a staff of 50.
LEASA Industries
Company was awarded the
"2009 Minority Manufacturer
of the Year" award. A family-
run enterprise, the company
was established in 1977 and
has since grown to become one
of the leading food manufac-
tures in the southern U.S. and
the Caribbean.


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MIAMI, Florida Caribbean
American boxer Glen
Johnson finally gets a chance
to avenge his controversial
defeat to American Chad
Dawson, when the two clash
for a world title on Nov. 7 in
Hartford, Connecticut.
Johnson, who was born in
Clarendon, Jamaica but
migrated here as a
teenager, lost a unani-
mous decision to
Dawson in their first
match for the World
Boxing Council light I
heavyweight belt in
April 2008. Now the 40-
year-old former world
champion known as the
"Road Warrior" and
"Gentleman Glen" is
hoping to erase that
memory at the XL
Center and return to
the top of the 175-
pound division.
The Dawson Johnsoi
rematch, he said, is the
most important of his long
career and he will be ready.
"I'm definitely looking
forward to this fight," Johnson
told Caribbean Today follow-
ing a recent workout at the
Thump Fight Club gym here.
"I'm prepared to the best
of my ability so I can go out
there and represent myself."
He will be representing an
entire Caribbean region as well,
and especially fans who wit-

nessed the first Dawson bout in
Tampa, Florida and thought he
was robbed. Johnson believed
he won that fight convincingly,
claiming he had "cut up,
bruised up" Dawson. Most of
the crowd at the St. Pete's
Times Forum agreed, booing
the final decision.
This time, Johnson, who
has a ring record of 49 wins,

-uoIuuoII illiaIIms p
n, left, and Cuellar at Miami's Thump Fight Club.

12 losses and two draws, said
he will be aiming to eliminate
the judges' input in the final
outcome by ending the fight
inside the distance.
"A knockout is definitely
the ideal situation," said the
man who has stopped 33 pro-
fessional opponents.
Dawson, however, still
believes he won the first fight
and this month's rematch
offers a chance to put all
doubts to rest.


Former Bermuda soccer player

arrested in U.S. on drugs charge

World title at stake in Johnson,

Dawson boxing rematch

much as $11 million, nearly
four times its value in the U.S.
It is alleged that Zuill's
participation in the alleged
conspiracy goes back to 2006,
with persons known and
unknown to the New York
court system.
Zuill was arraigned in
New York on Oct. 8 and
charged with conspiracy to
distribute marijuana and two
counts of conspiracy to dis-
tribute five kilograms of

"I want to put that last
fight out of his mind once and
for all," the undefeated
American, who holds a record
of 28 wins with 17 knockouts,
told Boxing Press recently.
Dawson vacated his
International Boxing
Federation title in May for a
chance to fight Johnson again.
The Jamaican said he has
made several adjust-
ments to prepare for
Dawson. Among them
was hiring American
Daniel Judah, who has
fought Johnson twice, as
a sparring partner.
Judah, whose physique
and boxing style are
similar to Dawson's, said
he believes Johnson will
"If Glen keeps doing
what he's doing now he
will win the fight,"
Judah told Caribbean
Today recently.
photograph Johnson's longtime
trainer Orlando Cuellar
is also confident
Dawson, who at 27 is more than
a decade younger than the
Jamaica, will be beaten.
"There's a way to beat
Chad Dawson more convincing-
ly," said Cuellar. "And of course
we're looking for a knockout."

Gordon Williams is Caribbean
Today's managing editor.

* Jamaica jockey wins 3,000 races
Jamaican-born jockey Winston
Thompson recently reached the
impressive milestone of riding 3,000
On Sept. 21 at Suffolk Downs in
Massachusetts, Thompson rode the 9-
1 shot African Angel to victory over
seven furlongs. He migrated to the U.S.
in 1987.

CMC West Indies cricket
appeared headed for a return
to normalcy after the two
feuding parties last month
announced an end to hostili-
ties over several contentious
contractual issues.
In a vague joint state-
ment, the West Indies Cricket
Board and West Indies
Players Association said they
had settled most of the issues
that led to a strike by the
region's elite players and the
selection of makeshift squads
for the Bangladesh home
series and the recent ICC
Champions Trophy in South
The agreement followed a
three-day meeting between
WICB President Julian Hunte
and WIPA head Dinanath
Ramnarine, and came a

* Bajan rides 2,000th winner
Canada's premier racetrack
Woodbine witnessed a fine milestone
for Patrick Husbands last month when
the Barbadian jockey achieved 2,000
wins in North American horse racing.
Husbands, 36, guided the 7-to-2
second favorite Grazettes Landing to
victory in the CAN$71,520 10th race
over six furlongs to reach the milestone.

* Bolt gets national honor
Jamaica's brilliant track athlete
Usain Bolt was last month awarded the
national honor of Order of Jamaica
during a Heroes Day ceremony in the
Caribbean island.
Bolt won three gold medals in both
the 2008 Olympic Games and this sum-
mer's IAAF World Championships in
Athletics. He has also broken the world
record in each event at both meets.

Compiled from CMC and other

month ahead of the tour to
However, two issues
remained in the balance and
have been referred to arbitra-
tion, the joint statement said.
"WIPA and WICB have
announced that all outstand-
ing matters in dispute between
the two bodies have been set-
tled amicably", the release
"Only two outstanding
matters the issue regarding
the India 2009 Tour and the
issue of 'Team Rights' will
be referred to a special arbi-
tration process as set out in
the recommendations of the
CARICOM Prime Ministerial
Sub Committee on Cricket
given on the 11th September
2009 and agreed to by the

HAMILTON, Bermuda,
CMC Former national soc-
cer player Dennis Zuill has
been charged in New York
with conspiracy to distribute
more than $3 million worth of
Zuill, 31, who also played
for the Bermuda Hogges, the
island's professional football
outfit, was initially arrested in
the Atlanta, Georgia area in
late September.
More than a ton of
marijuana was allegedly
involved in the plot. If sold
in Bermuda, it could fetch as


Windies players, board broker

new deal to end ongoing feud


Members of the University of the West Indies team, with players primarily from the school's Mona campus in Jamaica, express
their joy after winning last month's annual "Florida Netball Classic" in Davie, United States. UWI defeated Sparkles All Stars, a U.S.-
based team which featured several Caribbean-born players, 23-17 at Nova High School.

November 2009



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NSU. A World of Difference.

Whether studying business, education, medicine, computer science or other fields, the students at
Nova Southeastern University match the ethnic diversity and cultural mix that make South Florida stand
apart. More African-American and Hispanic students earned their doctoral degrees here than any other
university in the nation. That same diversity is also reflected in NSU's faculty, staff and alumni. And NSU
continues to receive high rankings as one of the best environments for minority students, including best
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