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December 2009

Federal filing error places Caribbean American Guyanese-born N.Y. cop jailed

congresswoman among richest U.S. lawmakers for 2007 murder of ex-fianc6e

eral filing error on the part of
Caribbean American
Congresswoman Yvette
Clarke's office mistakenly land-
ed her among the top 25 rich-
est United States congressper-
sons, a CaribWorldNews exclu-
sive investigation revealed.
CaribWorldNews last
month noted that the Center
for Responsive Politics (CRP)
listed Clarke with an average
net worth of some $30 million
obtained in 2008 alone.
According to the group's web-
site, which analyses the top
wealthiest U.S. lawmakers,
Clarke ranked at 24 out of the
top 25 with assets in two invest-
ment funds totaling $10,000,002
to $50,000,000, respectively.
But the congresswoman's
office later clarified that it was
a huge error, based on her
office filling out the federal
paperwork erroneously by
ticking the wrong income
CRP's Communications
Director Dave Levinthal
admitted by e-mail that it was
an error and the group had
subsequently received the
congresswoman's amended fil-


ing, which reflected a substan-
tially lower net worth, closer
to around $100,000, excluding





QUEENS, New York A
Guyanese-born, New York
City cop, who killed the
woman he was once engaged
to marry, will have to spend
the next 25 years to life in
Harry Rupnarine, 39, was
last month given the maximum
sentence for the May 10, 2007
murder. His sentencing came
just two months after a Queens
Supreme Court jury found him
guilty of killing Guiatree
Hardat, 22, on Atlantic
Avenue in Woodhaven,
The shooting was a deadly
end to the couple's tumul-
tuous two-year relationship,

confirmed picks by the admin-
istration of United States
President Barack Obama, for
ambassadorial posts in the
Caribbean, plus a recent nom-
inee, raised more than $1.4
million for the 2008 presiden-
tial campaign committee,
according to a watchdog
group here.
Research from the Center
for Responsive Politics (CPR)
reveals that Nicole Avant, the
new U.S. ambassador to The
Bahamas, raised $800,000 for
Team Obama in his bid for
president. She is at the top of
the list of donors-turned-
Michael Beckel, writing
for CRP's site OpenSecrets,
noted that most of Obama's
top donors are now being
rewarded with cushy ambassa-
dorial posts. Avant, who took
up post as the 13th U.S.
ambassador to The Bahamas
on Oct. 22, has no foreign pol-
icy experience, but worked
largely in the entertainment
She is the daughter of
entertainment industry legend
Clarence Avant and philan-
thropist Jacqueline Avant.
Prior to her appointment, she
was vice president of Interior
Music Publishing and Avant
Garde Music Publishing (1998-
2009) and was the Southern
California finance co-chair-
woman of the Barack Obama
Presidential Campaign.
Beatrice Wilkinson
Welters, Obama's current pick
for ambassador to the oil rich
nation of Trinidad and
Tobago, raised $500,000 for
the campaign, according to
CRP, and ranks fifth among

Hardat's friends and relatives
had said.
Rupnarine, in his defense,
had claimed he had acciden-
tally killed Hardat with his 9
mm service Glock while trying
to shoot two knife-wielding
Rupnarine was a former
Brooklyn Transit Task Force
cop who took the post after
graduating from the Police
Academy in July 2005. He had
met Hardat while patrolling
the Crescent Street subway
station in Brooklyn, shortly
after becoming a cop.
- CaribWorldNews

the top givers to date who
have been tapped by Obama
to serve as U.S. ambassadors
overseas. She, along with her
family, contributed $28,400 to
Obama's campaign, while her
husband contributed the legal
maximum of $4,600 to Obama
during the 2008 presidential
campaign. Her sons, Bryant, a
college student at Notre
Dame, and Andrew, a high
school student here, also
gave the maximum amount,
according to records filed
with the Federal Election

Beatrice WilKinson Welters, the new U.b.
ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago, and
husband Anthony.

Commission, even though
both were classified as "not
Wilkinson Welters, who
now faces a Senate confirma-
tion, also has no foreign serv-
ice experience, but is a former
IBM engineer turned non-
profit chair.
Vinai Thummalapally, the
current U.S. ambassador to
Belize, raised $100,000 for the
campaign and ranks in the
bottom five of fundraisers-
Thummalapally, who was con-
firmed as U.S. ambassador to

Bankrollers are Obama's

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Haiti's new P.M. sets job creation,

investment among main priorities

CMC Jean-Max Bellerive,
who was sworn-in as prime
minister last month, has listed
job creation and developing a
better investment climate
among the priorities for the
government of this Caribbean
community (CARICOM)
"Haiti will continue to
work with all the partners and
all the people who believe in
stability and who believe the
only way we are going to
change Haiti is through pri-
vate investment and through
creating jobs in Haiti," said
Bellerive, 51, the sixth person
to hold the post since 2004.
He also pledged to foster
better relations with legisla-
Bellerive, who previously
served as planning and exter-
nal cooperation minister and
had held several positions
under at least six different
prime ministers in the past
two decades, succeeds
Michele Pierre-Louis, who
was ousted by the Haitian
Senate on Oct. 30.
"We will take care of put-
ting (Members of Parliament)
more in accordance with what
we are doing," the economist
"It's the same program,
basically. We have the same
priorities (as the previous gov-

In addition, he said he will
continue working with the
United Nations special envoy
to Haiti, former United States
President Bill Clinton, "in the

same manner, in the same
commitment that he has with
the former government and
with President (R6n6) Pr6val.
"The only way that we are


going to change Haiti is
through private investment,
through creating jobs in
Haiti," he said.
Earlier this year, the inter-
national community, at a
donor's conference on Haiti in
Washington, pledged $324
million to help improve the
impoverished country's econo-
my. Bellerive's approach has
already been lauded by the
newly-formed Haitian
Economic Development
"Our business community
is pleased to see that Mr.
Bellerive's focus will be to
continue furthering the pro-
business direction encouraged
by President R6n6 Preval,"
said Youri Mevs, the group's

Caribbean nationals held unnecessarily

Caribbean nationals held unnecessarily

in U.S. detention

it's a game
with dire con-
said Alison
Parker, deputy
director in the
U.S. for the
human rights
group, and the
author of the
inspector gen-
eral's investi-
gation found
that the conse-
quences of

Caribbean nationals, including
those who enter the United
States legally, are held unnec-
essarily and transferred need-
lessly within an expensive
immigration detention system
that denies many of them
basic fairness in the U.S.,
according to three new reports
issued here.
In the first report, the
inspector general of the
Homeland Security
Department found that
detainee transfers by the
Immigration and Customs
Enforcement (ICE) were so
haphazard that some of them
arrived at a new detention
center without having been
served a notice of why they
were being held.
The Washington-based
Constitution Project called for
sweeping changes in agency
policies and amendments to
immigration law, including
new access to government-
appointed counsel for many of
those facing deportation to
the Caribbean and elsewhere.

In its report, the human
rights organization, Human
Rights Watch, said that gov-
ernment data showed trans-
fers were JA.LlL rilinii with
many long time residents of
cities like New York,
Philadelphia and Los Angeles,
being sent to remote immigra-
tion jails in Texas and
Louisiana, far from legal
counsel and the evidence that
might help them win release.
"ICE is increasingly sub-
jecting detainees to a chaotic
game of musical chairs, and

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Reports raise questions about U.S. detention strategies.

include a loss of access to
legal counsel and relevant evi-
dence; additional time in
detention; and "errors, delays
and confusion for detainees,
their families, legal represen-
tLi\ and the immigration

In August, the administra-
tion of U.S. President Barack
Obama announced ambitious
plans to overhaul immigration
detention, a disjointed net-
work that relies heavily on
private prisons and county
jails. But taken together, the
three reports underscore the
gap between the plans and the
problems on the ground in a
system that, according to the
inspector general, is estimated
to be detaining more than
442,000 people a year.
The reports cited a
Jamaican, who was trans-
ferred to Texas after three
months in detention in New
York and New Jersey.
Immigration authorities con-

tended that he should be
deported based on two prior
convictions for drug posses-
sion. In New York, his drug
misdemeanors were not con-
sidered an - r,, \ iL d
felony", and based on his 22
years of legal residency and
strong family relationships in
the U.S., he would have been
eligible for "cancellation of
removal", a form of relief
from deportation.
However, in Texas, he was
barred from relief based on
Fifth Circuit rulings, and
deported to his native
The bipartisan group said
the agency makes it too hard
for people to avoid detention
while challenging deportation
and recommended a signifi-
cant easing in the burden of
proof, and a waiver from
mandatory detention for law-
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Jamaican killed during Florida shooting rampage

ORLANDO, Florida A
Jamaican man has been iden-
tified as the lone fatality dur-
ing a shooting rampage at an
office building here last
Police said Otis Beckford,
26, was one of six people shot,
but the only one killed, by a
disgruntled former employee
at an engineering and con-
struction firm.
The authorities have

charged Jason Rodriguez, 40,
with first-degree murder in
connection with the shooting
spree after an extensive
"Obviously we have a
tragic incident here in the city
of Orlando," said Mayor
Buddy Dyer. "...The gunman
has been apprehended."
Rodriguez surrendered to
police at his mother's home
after he was spotted by offi-

A family member said
Beckford, an architect at the
firm, was the father of a
seven-month-old and was due
to get married soon.
"You couldn't ask for a
better nephew or a son," said
Evelyn Cole, Beckford's aunt.
"He was just quiet, and he
never troubled anyone or got
into trouble," she added.

Bankrollers are Obama's Caribbean ambassadors

Belize by the U.S. Senate on
July 24, 2009, also has no
background in the foreign
service, but was president of
MAM-A Inc., formerly Mitsui
Advanced Media, the nation's
leading manufacturer and dis-
tributor of archival recordable
optical discs.

Only 35 of the ambassa-
dors nominated globally so far
by Obama are career mem-
bers of the U.S. Foreign
Service. Forty-six of the presi-
dent's ambassador picks per-
sonally donated to Obama,
CRP found, giving him a com-
bined $306,700, while seven of
the ambassadors who were

politically appointed have
never personally contributed
to federal politicians above
the FEC's $200 reporting

- CaribWorldNews

December 2009


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Haitian gets 13 years in prison

for link to Chicago terror plot

MIAMI The Haitian-born
ringleader of a group accused
of plotting terror attacks on
Chicago's Sears Tower and
Federal Bureau of
Investigations (FBI) offices
has been sentenced to 13
years in prison.
Untied States District
Judge Joan Lenard imposed
the sentence on Narseal
Batiste, 35, who prosecutors
said had hoped to spark an
anti-government insurrection
by seeking support from al-
Queda for his alleged terror-
ism plans.
"You've done great harm
to yourself, your family, the
young men who were your fol-
lowers, and you've violated
the trust of your country,"
Judge Lenard said.
Batiste, who had faced a
maximum of 70 years in
prison, was convicted in May
of conspiracy to provide mate-
rial support to al-Queda, plot-
ting to blow up buildings and
conspiracy to wage war
against the U.S. Four other
Haitian men, described as
Batiste's soldiers in his para-
military group, were also con-
victed and sentenced to
between six and 10 years in

The sentencing last month
marked the culmination of a

case that began with an FBI
raid in June 2006 on the
group's warehouse, known as
the "Embassy", in Miami's
impoverished Liberty City
neighborhood. Top U.S. offi-
cials acknowledged at the time
that the 100-storey skyscraper,
Sears Tower, and FBI plots
never got past the discussion
stage and that the group never
acquired the means to carry
out such audacious attacks.
But prosecutors said the
case was a prime example of
the post Sept. 11, 2001 strate-
gy of stopping terror plots in
the earliest possible stages
before they ignite.
There were two previous
mistrials in the case, and two
men were acquitted before
prosecutors finally won the
case. Batiste testified at all
three trials that he never
aspired to be a terrorist and
only went along in hopes of
scamming the FBI informant
out of $50,000.
At the sentencing hearing
on Nov. 20, he apologized to
his family and the young men
who became his followers,
blaming his .rrogIJk1L and
pride" for leading him down
the wrong road.
"I wanted respect," he
said. "I wanted to be this per-
son that I really wasn't. I've
never been a violent person."

NEW YORK Several mem-
bers of the New York
Congressional delegation last
month continued the call for
comprehensive immigration
At a pre-Thanksgiving
event that recognized New
York's immigrant history, sev-
eral congressional lawmakers
admitted the need for immedi-
ate progress on immigration
reform legislation.
Representative Yvette
Clarke, the daughter of
Jamaican immigrant parents,
told the audience that the cur-
rent set of immigration laws
must change now.
"Our immigration laws
are inconsistent and inefficient
and place an undue burden on

native-born Americans, docu-
mented immigrants and
undocumented immigrants
alike," said Clarke. "This sys-
tem is ineffective and unsus-
tainable. We must never for-
get that this
debate is criti-
cal to improv-
ing the lives of
all American
and the lives
of those who Rangel
seek to be
N, w Yorkers stand
proudly with the majority of
Americans in their support of
comprehensive immigration



reform," said U.S.
Representative Charles B.
Rangel. "Too many families
are being kept apart by the
hypocrisy of a system that
encourages people to come
and work, then tries to crimi-
nalize them when they want to
stay. We have an obligation a
moral obligation to see that
these laws are changed."
The event was co-hosted
by the American Jewish
Committee, the New York
Immigration Coalition and the
New York Interfaith Network
for Immigration Reform at the
New York Historical Society.

- CaribWorldNews

Wyclef Jean receives

Kennedy 'Hope' award

NEW YORK, N.Y. Grammy
Award-winning Haitian
singer, songwriter and produc-
er Wyclef Jean has earned
more recognition for his con-
tribution to human rights.
Jean, along with Bono of
musical group U2, was pre-
sented with Ripple of Hope
Award at Cli 1,,., Pier in New
York City last month by The
Robert E Kennedy Center for
Justice and Human Rights.
The Haitian ambassador
at large was honored for his
work to strengthen and
inspire change in his native
country of Haiti through his
Y1le Haiti organization.
"As champions of justice,
Bono and Wyclef have brought
the national spotlight to human
rights violations, empowered
local activists, and transformed
the lives of millions of people
living in poverty from Port-Au-
Prince to Darfur," said Kerry
Kennedy, founder of the RFK
Center. "Their efforts evoke
the spirit of my father and we
are honored to recognize

File photograph
U2's Bono, left, and Wyclef Jean per-
forming together.
Jean also performed at
the ceremony. The award
came on the heels of several
other human rights awards
presented to the singer this
year, including by ASCAP
and BET in June 2009.
The RFK Center is a non-
profit organization dedicated
to advancing the human rights
movement through innovative
support to human rights
defenders around the world.

- CaribWorldNews

Holi days

December 2009

Key Congressional leaders in New York

call for U.S. action on immigration reform


Few Caribbean students

choose U.S. schools

Caribbean students are study-
ing in the United States,
according to the latest Open
Doors survey, which analyses
foreign students in the U.S.
The survey, which is pub-
lished by the Institute of
International Education with
support from the U.S.
Department of State's Bureau
of Educational and Cultural
Affairs, found that while
Brazil, Mexico and Venezuela
made the top 25 list, not a sin-
gle Caribbean country man-
aged to make the cut.
By contrast, students
from India, China and South
Korea continue to dominate
the top three spots in the
ranking with students from
those nations accounting for a
large percent of the number
of foreign students in the U.S.

Wee Tom crowned 'Miss Florida Caribbean'

L esa-gayle Wee Tom,
wearing the sash "Miss
- onna's Restaurant",
was last month crowned "Miss
Florida Caribbean" 2009.
Wee Tom is no stranger to
pageants. She is a former first
runner up "Miss Hollywood
Teen", second runner up
"Miss Jamaica Florida" and
second runner up "Miss
Miami Tropic" and a contest-
ant in "Miss Jamaica World"
2009. She is a student at
Florida Atlantic University
and hopes to earn a degree in
broadcast journalism.
According to organizers,
the "Miss Florida Caribbean"
pageant offers personal devel-
opment opportunity for young
Caribbean American females
ages 18-25, who live in the
U.S. state of Florida. The pag-

India had 94,563 students
out of 623,805 globally for the
:21 2 11 is period while
Chinese students accounted
for 81,127 of that number.
Meanwhile, while a
record number of U.S. stu-
dents are studying abroad, the
Caribbean region did not
make the cut either for the
top 25 places where the
American students are turn-
ing for education. According
to the Open Doors 2009 sur-
vey, the number of Americans
studying abroad increased by
8.5 percent to 262,416 in the
2007/08 academic year, with
most choosing the U.K., Italy,
Spain and France.

- CaribWorldNews

MIAMI Finance Minister
Audley Shaw is confident
there are many investment
opportunities in Jamaica.
Addressing the 33rd
annual Miami Conference on
the Caribbean and Central
America, recently, Shaw out-
lined the strategies being
undertaken by the Bruce
Golding administration to
attract investors. He spoke of
the development of the agro-

eant also includes
divisions for
"teen" and "jun-
ior" contestants
between ages nine
and 17.
The winner of
"Miss Florida
Caribbean" is eli-
gible to represent
the "Sunshine
M"it at the 2010
Miss Caribbean
United States
pageant in New
York. The winner
of that competi-
tion will move on
to the "Miss
Caraibes Hibiscus
pageant in St.

industry, with its array of sub-
sectors, including food pro-
cessing, organic farming and
green house production.
Regarding tourism, Shaw
said the island had recorded a
five percent increase in visitor
arrivals and a two percent
increase in spending recorded
in the industry, despite the
downturn in the regio, caused
by the global economic reces-
sion. He said with the devel-

opment of the industry, value-
added linkages to support the
sector, such as the construc-
tion of houses for hotel work-
ers, could be explored for
Shaw said there are also
opportunities to develop
attractions, to provide exotic
cuisine, as well as to get
involved in the fashion and
music industries.

Florida prosecution seeks death penalty

for Haitian accused of murdering family

NAPLES, Florida The pros-
ecution is seeking the death
penalty for Haitian Mesac
Damas, 33, who is charged
with murdering his wife and
five children in September.
The State Attorney's
Office said that prosecutors will
seek the death penalty for
Damas, who has confessed to

the killings. The notice of
intent to seek the death penalty
was filed in Collier County
court recently.
Damas remains on suicide
watch in the Collier County
jail and has not been allowed
any visitors other than his
attorney since his September
arrest, the Collier County

Sheriff's Office reported.
Collier County Deputy
Public Defender Mike
Orlando, who represents
Damas, filed a not-guilty plea
in September and said at the
time that he had concerns
about his client's mental state.




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Don't pay for the holidays all year long, shoppers warned

~ E-layaway among new budgeting tips

SUNRISE, Florida Sixty per-
cent of Americans confess to
not having a holiday budget so
it is no surprise the American
Bankers Association estimates
it takes the average consumer
six months to pay off seasonal
"Everyone is caught up
with the usual holiday ques-
tions of what presents to buy,
who to invite to parties and
where to go, yet the big ques-
tion you should ask is 'where
is the money going to come
from to pay for it all?'," says

The effects of holiday shopping can linger.

Barbara J. Stark, director of
community development and
education for American Debt
Counseling, Inc., www.ameri- a
Sunrise, Florida-based non-
profit organization that pro-
vides financial education pro-
grams as well as confidential
and professional credit coun-

( With the holiday season
upon us, many good-
willed individuals express
their generosity by giving to
those less fortunate," says
Lawrence Loesch, former
New York Police Department
Deputy Chief and Vice
President/General Manager
for AlliedBarton Security
Services. "Unfortunately, that
can also create an opportunity
for scam artists to take advan-
tage of the kindness of others.
It is important to make certain
your generosity is received by
those who need it most."
So when giving this holi-
day season remember to use
your head, as well as your
heart. The following tips by
Loesch to Caribbean Today's
readers can help:
Look-alike charities -

selling and debt management
services across the nation.
Stark cautions that the
cost of the holidays can derail
the steps people have already
taken to reduce debt by dis-
couraging them with new debt
that takes them back to
square one or sets them back
even further.
"On average consumers
spend $1,220 on holiday gifts,"
she explains. "If that went on
credit cards with an interest
rate of 18 percent and only a
monthly minimum payment

was made it would take 22
years to pay off, and would
cost $2,600."

Stark offers the following tips
for avoiding bills that come
back to haunt you like the
ghost of Christmas past:
Pay it forward: Layaway is

Watch out for charities with
similar names to well-known
organizations. Some scam
artists try to trick people by
using names that make them
appear to be the same as or
comparable to valid charities.
Always investigate the organi-
zation prior to making a dona-
tion. Look at their websites.
Many non-profit web address-
es end in .org instead of .com.
Phone scams Be cau-
tious of charities that contact
you over the phone. In New
York City, for example, there's
a popular scam from solicitors
who claim to represent the
NYPD and related police
fundraising organizations.
Only the New York Police
Foundation can accept such
donations and they do not

back, enabling consumers to
purchase within a budget and
not incur interest fees. Online
layaway sites are a new way
for people who like to shop
from their computers to gain
the advantages of layaway, but
shoppers should read the

terms to understand if there
are additional fees involved.
Pad your pockets:
Sometimes, all you need to
bridge a budget gap is a few
extra dollars a month. For
example, put your photos to
work for you by submitting

them to stock photo agencies.
Anyone can do it, and if your
photos are accepted you'll
earn money each time your
photo is uploaded.
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Direct deposit improves Social Security service

Hurricane season ended
recently in the United
States. But in some
areas, it's wildfire season.
As you prepare for the
threat of a natural disaster in
your community, put signing
up for direct deposit at the top
of your "to do" list. Doing so
can eliminate the delay or
non-delivery of your monthly
payment if a disaster forces
you from your home. It is still
is the best way to get benefit
payments for people who have
a bank account. Here's why:
Safe Your money is
deposited directly into your
account at your bank or other
financial institution. Because
it's transferred electronically,
there's no risk of your check
being lost or stolen.

Quick You'll get your
payment faster when it's
deposited directly and it is
immediately available to you
once it's deposited.
Convenient No more
standing in line at the bank to
cash your check, or leaving
your house when the weather
is bad.
For those who don't have
a bank account, there's Direct
Express. With Direct
Express, we automatically
deposit benefit payments to a
person's Direct Express card
account. The card can be
used to make purchases, pay
bills or get cash at thousands
of locations, and most services
are free. To learn more or to
sign up for Direct Express,

To learn more about
Direct Deposit of your benefit
payments, and to sign up, visit
our website at www.socialse- You also
can call us at 1-800-772-1213
(TTY 1-800-325-0778).
To learn more informa-
tion about Direct Express,
In the unfortunate event
that you are displaced by a
natural disaster, your benefits
do not have to be. Your pay-
ments will be safe and secure,
and arrive on time to your
account with Direct Deposit
or Direct Express.

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Students get 'Miss Lou'

scholarship from Florida

Over $5,000 was raised
from the fourth annual
tribute and scholarship
fundraiser held last month at
the Holy Family Episcopal
Church in North Miami,
Florida to honor the life and
legacy of the late Jamaican
cultural icon Louise "Miss
Lou" Bennett-Coverley.
Proceeds from this event
will be used to support the
Louise Bennett-Coverley
Scholarship Fund that was
started following Miss Lou's
death of in July 2006. The
scholarship is tenable at the
Edna Manley College of the
Visual and Performing Arts in
Kingston, Jamaica. So far, the
scholarship has benefited four

Don't pay for the holidays all year long, shoppers warned

people knew how to party on
a budget. Consider a pot-luck
party this year where guests
each bring a dish. Or cut your
tab at the grocery store by
signing up to receive online
newsletters from brands you
like, buy store brands that are
often made by name brand
companies, and combine
coupons with buy-one-get-one
and sale offers.
It's in the cards: People
spend up to 30 percent more
when paying with credit cards
rather than cash. Pay with
cash, debit cards or checks

whenever possible. If you use
credit cards, chose a low rate
credit card instead of high
interest rate department store
cards, and avoid department
store credit cards offering a
one-time discount.
Protect your identity:
Crowded stores increase the
risk of pickpockets and purse
snatchers. Don't carry your
Social Security card in your
wallet or purse but do keep
copies (both front and back)
of all of the credit cards and
ID (including your driver's
license) that you carry with
you to enable swift action in
the event of loss or theft.

The art of re-gifting: It's
important to remember giving
a gift that you received but
never used is still a gift, and
there is no reason to spoil the
moment by confessing you
didn't buy it. Be sure the gift
is clean and presentable,
change the wrapping paper
and, most importantly, keep
track of who gave the gift to
you originally.
The tipping point: Many
workers rely on receiving tips
in order to pay for their holi-
day season. As always, tipping
is a personal issue and depen-
dant on the service received.
Several online resources offer a

guide to what is appropriate. If
you can't find the extra money
in your budget this year, show
your appreciation with a home-
made gift or baked good.
Don't take a financial hol-
iday: Open your credit card
bills as soon as they arrive and
verify all the transactions are
correct. You have 60 days to
challenge errors, and be sure
to keep copies of all the corre-
spondence. Most importantly,
if you are faced with over-
whelming debt, seek profes-
sional advice from an accred-
ited credit counselor who can
help get you back on track.

Givers, beware holiday scam artists

solicit via the telephone. Ask
the solicitor for the charity's
mailing address so that you
can send them a check direct-
ly. When in doubt, call the
charity yourself and ask them
if they're aware of the solicita-
tions being done in their
Know your charity Many
more organizations push for
donations during the holidays.
Research your charity before
making the decision to
donate. If they offer you very
little information, they may
not be legitimate. A legitimate
charity will give you informa-
tion describing its mission,
how donations are distributed
and proof that your contribu-
tion is tax deductible.

How is your donation
used? One of the most
important things to consider
when making a charitable
contribution is how much of
your money actually goes to
the charitable cause. Most

charities are required to regis-
ter and file annual reports
showing how donations are
used. You can ask how to find
this information at your state
or local consumer protection
Contribution collectors -
Individuals who go door-to-
door or position lth im,1S in
high traffic areas should be
carrying proper credentials
and identification. These indi-
viduals should be knowledge-
able about the organization
and be able to provide you
with informative materials
about the charity. Ask for
written information and the
solicitor's identification to val-
idate the organization. For
security and tax record pur-
poses, it's important to pay by
check when giving a contribu-
tion and write the charity's
official name on the check.
Mail scams Holiday
greetings may not the only
thing crowding your mailbox.
This time of year, watch for
appeals for donations. If you
do not recognize the name of
a particular charity, you can

check out their legitimacy as
well as their efficiency with
your money at the BBB Wise
Giving Alliance website,
Email scams Be skepti-
cal of emails seeking charita-
ble contributions. Many unso-
licited messages received
through email are fraudulent.
Do not respond to these e-
mails as many of them ask
you to send money to an off-
shore bank account.
Additionally, a fraudulent
charity email may have an
attachment, offering you more
information. Be aware, as
many times these attachments
contain viruses. It is always
important that any charity-
related email include a link to
an authorized website. You
should also be skeptical of any
charity email or website that
requires you to enter you
social security number.
Promised prizes Be cau-
tious of guaranteed sweep-
stakes winnings in exchange
for your contribution. This
may not be the type of holi-
day gift you are looking for.

Fraudulent sweepstake mail-
ers encourage consumers to
return the apparent 'winning'
entry along with a donation to
the charity named in the pro-
motion. The wording in the
mailer makes it seem like the
recipient is already a winner.
Be skeptical if a solicitor
thanks you for a contribution
you don't remember giving.
Other options Instead of
donating money to a charity,
consider volunteering your
time. Contributing your per-
sonal time to help others can
mean much more than simply
writing a check. You can also
donate toys, clothing or non-
perishable food and make it
part of your holiday tradition.
Adamant demands -
Refuse any high-pressure
requests for your contribution.
Legitimate charities usually
don't require people to give at
a moment's notice. An estab-
lished charity will still be will-
ing to accept your donation,
even if you take some time to
research first.

students pursuing studies in
song, dance and drama at the
Two students Sodanne
Brown and Omar Forbes -
both pursuing studies in per-
forming arts at Edna Manley
were selected as recipients of
the 2009-2010 scholarships.
This year, a decision was
made to award an additional
scholarship to a student of
Jamaican descent pursuing
studies in performing arts at
the New World School of the
Arts in Miami. Details are
currently being finalized with
the school's administration,
according to Norma Darby,
founder of the scholarship
In an effort to continue
Miss Lou's legacy, the scholar-
ship was extended to Jamaican
diaspora in the United States
to give those students an
opportunity to engage their
culture and heritage.


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We are the T&T gov't

in Miami CG

Laura Marie West, newly
appointed Trinidad and Tobago
consul general in Miami, is still
settling into South Florida life.
But she has been making the
rounds at events hosted by
nationals of the twin island
republic, reaching out to the
diaspora. Caribbean Today's
freelance writer Dawn A.
Davis caught up with her at a
recent leadership seminar host-
ed by Trinidad and Tobago
Diaspora, Inc.

Question: What is the con-
sulate's mission? How do you
see your role?

Answer: We have defined four
missions: An economic mis-
sion, a security mission, a con-
sular mission and a political
mission. But, I will focus on
the consular mission. The level
of service afforded to nationals
traveling and living abroad, in
addition to seeking to maxi-
mize the exported skills and
investment potential of the
diaspora, that's why I am here.
At the consulate, we have the
responsibility for promotion,
pursuit, protection of the
national interest. We promote
trade and investment. We try
to establish two-way business
relationships with companies
here and in Trinidad and
Tobago. We develop bilateral
relations with the United
States. We provide national
assistance. We notarize and
authenticate documents like
restoration of citizenship, cer-
tificates for pensioners. We are
also effective for students who
want scholarships. If some-
body dies here, you have to
get documents prepared in
order to take that body back
to Trinidad, so you have to
come to the consulate to get it
done. In other words, we are
the government of Trinidad
and Tobago in Miami.

Q: The Trinidad and Tobago
government has developed a
long-range development strat-
egy dubbed Vision 2020. Can
you expand on it?

A: Vision 2020 is based on five
key pillars. It's really about
how you get to where you
want to get to. We are on a
journey to make our vision
real, and so we are involved in

activities and
we have prior-
ities to accom-
plish the
vision. We
want to be
resilient, pro-
ductive, inno-
vative, and
prosperous. West
We want our
citizens to have a high quality
of healthcare, safe communi-
ties, and sound and relevant
education. We would like our
people to progress in ways that
could take the good out of
developed countries and leave
the negatives where they are,
and hope that we can con-
tribute to a global community
that will be more positive. We
are a diverse nation; in
Trinidad we are a rainbow of
colors. The diversity and cre-
ativity of all our citizens is key
to getting our vision on the

Q: How do you market the
twin island republic as a safe
and attractive destination?

A: Because we are a nation,
we are governed by laws. So,
we want to make sure there is
respect for law, for the law
guides the principles of
democracy...We are committed
to good governance; we are a
principled member of the
global community, we are an
effective regional leader. We
want to nurture a caring socie-
ty. You know when we were
children and we did something
wrong, you could get 'licks'
from your aunt, your mother's
friend, your grandmother. We
want to go back to those days
where it takes a village.

Q: The perception is that
Trinidad and Tobago is far
ahead of the rest of the
Caribbean in relation to manu-
facturing and industry. Is this

A: Trinidad and Tobago is a
model for other developing
states. We were one of the first
countries to move from oil
into natural gas. Right now we
are the world's largest produc-
er of methanol and ammoni-
um. We export 70 percent of
the U.S. requirement for natu-

People, who for some rea-
son have reason to cut
the ties that bind, shake
off the shackles of matrimony,
cut loose from the tethers that
tie, and separate from the per-
son whom they once loved.
Yes, I'm talking about that
final split as you leave your
I have been privy to the
insight of the minds of people
and why they call it quits, and
why they decide to take that
plunge into the unknown. But
the option of leaving is often
far better than staying. And
yet, some will still stay and
wallow in the misery, despair
and loss of self, preferring to
tell their tales of woe to who-
ever will listen.
It's \uIeLeId that the
number one reason why peo-
ple part ways is because of
money. Yes, money, the love
of it, or the lack of it, is the
root of all problems, and is
enough to make couples go
their separate ways. So many
couples, married or not, have
suffered and split because of
financial folly.
In some cases they fool-
ishly enter into the union and
have a joint bank account
only. Oops, big mistake, as
money and love don't mix,
and even though they think
that they're in love and what's
mine is thine, usually it ends
up being all mine and not
thine. So I advise you, keep a
little mine for yourself,
stashed away somewhere.

In many cases, one party
in the relationship has a big-
ger eye for spending than the
other, resulting in resentment,
as the imbalance is too much
to bear. Sometimes the wife
likes to keep up with the
Joneses and spends far more
than they earn, or perhaps he
has a deficit problem and
loves to gamble, buy liquor,
spend on wine women and
Or perhaps it's just a mat-
ter of priorities.
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ever reason,
this one pot
to serve two, is a recipe for
disaster, for invariably one will
dip more often than the other.
In other cases, it's the bor-
rowing syndrome, where
either the man or the woman
constantly 'borrows' from the
other without having any
intention of paying back.
Usually it's a one-way street,
with one always borrowing
and never paying back, result-
ing in resentment and seething
anger that can fester for years.
It's usually hardly ever
mentioned, but sex, the love
of it, or the lack of it, is also
included in the reasons why
couples call it quits. Oh sure,
many people will outwardly
say that it does not matter and
will stick it out or take a lover
on the side. But the long-term
effects can be devastating, and
they leave because of the slid-
ing scale of sexual desire. As
one man told me, "It's not
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It wasn't only the physical
act that he missed, but he was
hurt that his woman no longer
wanted him.

Oh yes, women have
expressed the same sentiments
too, but for some reason do
not place as big a premium on
it as do men. But you know
that there are spin-offs and
sub plots to this sex thing that
all lead to the inevitable
breakup, with the main one
being infidelity.
A man will endure almost
anything, but if his woman is
unfaithful to him, then he's
leaving the scene of her crime.
Most men just can't handle it,
to know that their woman lay
with another man.
The info shows that fewer
women will leave a man for
this reason than the other way
around, but she will leave if he
takes her for granted or stops
showing her attention.
So even when women will
leave because they're taken
for granted, men will leave
because they're taken for a
fool. It's said that hell hath no
fury like a women spurned,
but there's also much fury and
rage in a man who's taken for
a fool. Just check out those
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ral gas on the Eastern
seaboard. We are expanding
exports to Chile and Peru, and
other places. In addition, we
are focusing on non-oil manu-
facturing systems. We are
going into downstream indus-
tries from the oil, such as plas-
tics and polyethylene.

Q: One of the keys to becom-
ing a developed nation and
attracting investment is good
infrastructure. How is the gov-
ernment addressing that issue?

A: If you look at the last budg-
et, you will see where the min-
ister of finance mentioned that
as the developed countries, we
are now trying to make sure
that you can cover the island in
two-and-a-half hours. And so,
the government proposes to
build highways around the
island that will facilitate ease
of movement. The minister
pointed out very clearly that it
has taken the concept from
developed countries. That is
the kind of thing we do at the
consulate. We look at scientific
and technological advance-
ment; we bring them to the
attention of the government

and when it is fLihl,, they
will in turn implement our rec-

Q: Where does the govern-
ment, and the diaspora, stand
on the Caribbean as one com-
mon market?

A: We were out front in push-
ing for the CARICOM Single
Market; the economy comes
on stream hopefully by 2014.
The reason we did that is
because CARICOM is our
biLl trading partner. So, if
the CARICOM is prosperous,
we are prosperous. There are
plans afoot now to help coun-
tries like Grenada and St.
Vincent to train people so they
can function in critical
areas...The Summit of the
Americas, attended by
American President Barack
Obama and held in Trinidad
and Tobago, was very success-
ful. The highlight really, was
the fact that we were the first
CARICOM country to host
the Summit of the Americas.
And we did it, not only for us,
but also for the CARICOM.

Q: How strong is the relation-
ship between the Trinidad and

Tobago government and the

A: Our nationals know the
businesses out there; they now
know the services that we offer.
So, the diaspora can contribute
to making us more effective by
their networking efforts and
sharing that benefit with us. Of
course, we do it on our own as
well. We make business con-
tacts. We put companies in
Trinidad and Tobago in touch
with companies in Miami and
vice versa. But, we want our
nationals also (to) be part of
that process so that we might
stay connected with them.

Q: Caribbean culture is well
represented in South Florida.
How do make sure Trinidadian
culture maintains its presence?

A: In addition to attending
many of the events, we make
contact with schools and univer-
sities to encourage them to
teach "pan" (music). We
encourage the transfer of
knowledge to support innova-
tion and creativity.

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* "Are we satisfied as a
region, that our obligation
and responsibility to create
an environment and to pro-
vide an infrastructure which
cater for the rights of all our
people have been met? These
are critical questions in need
of urgent answers" St. Kitts
and Nevis Prime Minister Dr.
Denzil Douglas, who holds
responsibility for health within
the Caribbean community
(CARICOM) quasi Cabinet,
asks an important question in
his message to mark World
AIDS Day 2009, Dec. 1.

* "A dark pall
hangs over our
country; a
shroud over
our women.
Their freedom,
their rights,
their very lives
sees no sun shine in the dark-
ness of organized assault on
their person, their dignity,

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you'll see that in most cases
the man was a simple, quiet,
humble man who just lost it
because his woman took him
for a fool.
I spoke to various men
about this, and there was one
common factor they felt hurt
by being taken for a fool.
"How could she really
expect me to believe that
management meetings would
be held every Friday and
Saturday until 3 a.m.? Better
she tell me a decent lie, like
her sister sick or something,
but don't take big man for
idiot," this guy told me.

The need for power is
also a factor, and in these
modern times, with so many
women having big jobs and
earning far more than their
partners, it often leads to a
shift in the balance of power.
It often happens when the
wife lands a great new high
paying job, then suddenly
she's aware that her net worth
is great, she has money in the
bank, has a platinum credit
card, can buy stuff and doesn't
really need her man for any-
thing financial. She's now
worth more than him and will
let him know it.
One day he wakes up and
he's wearing the skirt and
she's wearing the pants.
Or it may happen sudden-
ly if he loses his job and now
has to depend on her income
to support them both. She

calls the shots, she makes the
plans, she pays the bills. It
also happens if he doesn't own
a place and moves into hers,
marries into her family and
has to live in her daddy's
house. Then there's also the
need for space which some
couples never seem to under-
stand. One party always seems
to think that being intertwined
like vines or snakes is healthy,
and living like conjoined twins
is the way to be. All that does
is smother the relationship.
But if one dares to men-
tion that they want space, it's
instant grounds for breakup.
And don't believe that it's
only women either, for many
men want their women to
account for each hour of the
day. "It's work then home to
me, nowhere else, no gym, no
karate class, no bible study, no
girls night out, just me, yu
The data is there, people
break up for different reasons,
while some remain and
endure the misery.
But all is not lost, as some
couples are happy t< gL Ih1 r
they respect each other,
respect each other's money,
don't take each other for
granted, respect each other's
sexual needs, have no power
struggle and communicate.
They may be few and far
between and may also fall in
the older folks category, but
they do exist.

their humanity" Opposition
Leader Lester Bird last month
calling on the Antigua and
Barbuda government to do
more to safeguard women
from rape.

* "Ralph would like to
entrench himself in power" -
Former St. Vincent and the
Grenadines Prime Minister
Sir James Mitchell last month
accusing the country's current
PM. Ralph Gonsalves of
being power hungry.

* "Wounded my (behind)!
He just applied a plaster to
those wounds, got right back
on his horse and carried on
riding all the way to yet
another two world records" -
British sprinter Dwain
( iinili o% admitting last
month that any weakness
Jamaican star Usain Bolt
appeared to have had before
this summer's World
( liiiiimpt, .iiqi in Athletics
were figments of his competi-
tors' imagination.

Compiled from CMC and
other sources.

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U.S. Census 2010 holds key to welfare of Caribbean Americans

Are Caribbean-born
immigrants moving
out of Dade and
Broward, the two South
Florida counties with tradi-
tionally the highest concentra-
tion of those from the region?
According to the latest
United States Census Bureau
estimates, this seems to be the
A three-year comparison
of social characteristics of
Miami-Dade County shows a
slight decline in residents with
West Indian ancestry.
Specifically, out of an estimat-
ed total population of 2.4 mil-
lion for 2006, 2007, and 2008,
West Indians accounted for
7.3 percent of the total for
2006 and 2007. However, by
2008 that number declined to
7.1 percent.
More significantly, howev-
er, the Caribbean population
in Broward County shows the
higher downward trend. Over
the three years (2006-2008)
the numbers have dropped
steadily. Of the total 1.8 mil-
lion residents in the county,
the Caribbean population was
estimated at 12.8 percent for
2006, 12.6 percent for 2007
and 12 percent for 2008.
These numbers reflect a
notable drop for a population
that had been on the rise for
the past 10 years.
However, this trend does

not only apply to West Indian
residents, but foreign immi-
grants in general. The data
also show some decline in for-
eign residents across the coun-
It appears foreigners are
either returning home or mov-
ing to other parts of the U.S.
And, while there is specula-
tion as to why, there are no
definitive answers. A casual
survey of several
South Florida
revealed that
some have relo-
cated to, or are in
the process of,
moving to areas
such as Atlanta,
New York and
the Carolinas in
search of cheaper The Statue of L
housing, higher dom in the U.S.
paying jobs and learedtoembi
lower cost of living. Others
are returning to the Caribbean
for various reasons, including
economic hardships.

But, no matter where eth-
nic populations reside, the
U.S. federal government is
pulling out all the stops to
ensure more citizens and resi-
dents participate in the 2010
Census. Besides being much
shorter than past surveys,
there is a big marketing push
to reach immigrant popula-

tions and undocumented resi-
dents, groups that historically
have not responded well to
the census.
With hundreds of billions
of dollars at stake, and con-
gressional representation for
states with residents correctly
documented through the cen-
sus, local and national officials
are partnering with the U.S.
Census Bureau to get their

File photograph
liberty is a symbol of the free-
Caribbean immigrants have
The U.S. Census
2010 website
makes it clear.
"Census data _
directly affect how
more than $400
billion per year in -
federal and state
funding is allocat- The 2010 cen
ed to communities stand and be
for neighborhood
improvements, public health,
education, transportation and
much more", the website
explains. "That's more than $4
trillion over a 10-year period.

Spending just a few minutes to
fill out your census form will
help ensure your community
gets its fair share of federal
and state funding".
A voice for immigrant
rights, Cao Anh Quan, chair-
man of the Refugee Advisory
Council in the State of
Florida, in a recent address to
the Census 2010 Refugee &
Immigrant Committee put it
this way:
"Now more than ever, our

File photograph
nsus offers Caribbean immigrants a chance to
counted in the U.S.

country needs us. Now more
than ever, we the people are
its government. Now more
than ever, we have traveled
too far not to overcome. Let's

go count our people. Let's
commit to each other to begin
this journey as a part of the
Brotherhood of all nations".

Florida, with its large eth-
nic population, including
Caribbean nationals and
Latinos, could pick up much
needed federal funding if all
its residents are included in
next year's census. Aware of
this, the Census Bureau has
already started its push.
Bureau personnel met with
ethnic media recently in a bid
to reach those with historically
low response rates. As such,
readers, bloggers, viewers of
media such as El Nuevo
Herald, El Sentinel,
Caribbean Today, Telemundo,
Facebook and Twitter are
expected to reflect informa-
tion about the census.
With only 10 questions,
and thus more ut, r-friendly",
the census appears less intimi-
dating than in the past. And,
immigrant advocacy groups
are pleased that Question 9
allows individuals to specify
nationality. Specifically, race
must be selected, but there is
also room to include nationali-
ty, for example Jamaican,
Trinidadian or Guyanese.
But New York-based
immigration attorney Joan
Pinnock, in her presentation to
delegates at the recent

Ex-commissioner joins Bermuda's ruling party, hopes to break color barrier


HAMILTON, Bermuda, -
Saying it is time for
Bermudians to play their
part in breaking down racial
barriers, former Police
Commissioner Jonathan
Smith has joined the predomi-
nantly black Progressive
Labour Party (PLP) that has
been in power for 11 years.
Smith, who is white and
the brother of former
Education Minister Tim
Smith, said he refuses to be
corralled "into a political
camp because of the legacy
Bermuda has had."
The former education
minister in the United
Bermuda Party (UBP) gov-
ernment, in reacting to his
brother's decision to joining
the ruling party, said "sadly,
we have historically defined
people by which political
party they join. This is as
much the fault of individual
biases as it is legacy of both
the UBP and PLP.
"It will be refreshing
when we can define political
parties around how we expect
them to govern. If he can help

by making the PLP govern-
ment more accountable, trans-
parent and responsive, then
Bermuda should be the better
for it.
"While I might not share
the same political affiliation, I


am hopeful he can have a pos-
itive impact. It will certainly
make for more interesting
political debates around the
family dinner table," he

Smith joined the PLP in
August after previously turn-
ing down requests to join both
the ruling party and the main
opposition United Bermuda

Party (UBP).
"Bermuda is a better
place when the status quo is
challenged," he said. "Race
has been Bermuda's Berlin
Wall. Some choose to sit on
the wall; some cower behind
it; some hold it up. I'm con-
vinced that the majority of

Bermudians have chosen to
knock it down.
"In knocking it down, all
must play a part in building
the foundation for the future.
We simply cannot keep doing
things the way we have always

said that he believes future
generations of black and white
Bermudians dL, r\ L so much
more than the legacy of what
we've been left.
"It's up to all of us to play
our part, to forge that way for-

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Caribbean joins in observing World AIDS Day

The Caribbean joined the
rest of the international
community in observing
World AIDS Day 2009 Dec.
1 with a recognition that
much more needs to be done
to provide the framework and
infrastructure to ensure that
the interventions by health
authorities reach all people
infected in the region.
St. Kitts and Nevis Prime
Minister Dr. Denzil Douglas,
who holds responsibility for
health within the Caribbean
community (CARICOM) quasi
Cabinet, said that while the
interventions in the past have
contributed to the overall stabi-
lization of the epidemic, there
were still areas to be covered in
order to effectively deal with
the pandemic.
He said there have been
important gains and advances
in the Caribbean's response,
and great strides have been
made to meet the needs of the
generalized epidemic. But the
problem is still large.
"The evidence also shows,
among other things, that in a
comparatively small region, in
2007 an estimated 38 persons

died of AIDS each day and
20,000 persons became infect-
ed," Douglas said.
"It shows
further that
stigma and
tion remain a
barrier to
scaling up
and treat-
ment pro- Douglas
grams; and
there continues to be consid-
erable gaps (in some cases) in
policies and legislation with
respect to the inclusion and
protection of the most at risk

Douglas said that the
region must therefore provide
the framework and infrastruc-
ture that are necessary to
ensure that the interventions
reach all populations, and that
the supremacy of the human
rights cannot be over empha-

and women at an equal rate.
According to the
Epidemic Update for 2009,
released last month, the total
number of people living with
HIV globally is now 33.4 mil-
lion. Of these, adults comprise
31.3 million; women 15.7 mil-
lion; and children under 15
years, 2.1 million.
The report noted that
Caribbean men and women
were contracting the deadly
HIV virus in equal numbers
and that there has been a nine
percent increase in the number
of persons living with the virus
in the region. It also stated that
after 28 years, the HIV epidem-
ic is now "evenly distributed
between males andL Lm1LI .IL
"With a total number of
240,000 people living with
HIV in the Caribbean," said
Arkadiusz Majszyk, director
of the UNAIDS Caribbean
Regional Support Team. "This
is an increase of nine percent
between 2001 and 2008."

A new report by UNAIDS CMC
shows that the HIV virus is t
now infecting Caribbean men

Jamaican Diaspora Conference
in Fort Lauderdale, Florida,
explained at least one draw-
"One of the fears of
whether or not you should
complete the census form is
that people that are undocu-
mented are scared," she said.
"...Many of us come from
Jamaica; we come here in visi-
tors visas and we don't go
back...So, my advice would be
if you are undocumented or in
a situation where you have
family members who are
undocumented, do not fill that
information out."
Pinnock added that there
is some talk of a new immigra-
tion bill coming out of
Washington that she hopes
will include amnesty for
undocumented immigrants in
the U.S. and allow them to get
"green cards" or permanent

residence and not be penal-
ized for being out of status.
She urged the Jamaican dias-
pora to lobby representatives
and let their voices be heard.
Jamaica's Ambassador to
the U.S. Anthony Johnson,
who also addressed confer-
ence attendees, urged
Jamaicans to go even further.
"Become American citi-
zens," Johnson said. "We
would not regard it as disloy-
alty to Jamaica because with
our constitution you cannot
lose your Jamaican citizen-
ship...If you become an
American citizen you are enti-
tled to all the rights and enti-
tlements of Americans, which
means you can go stand up
with your placards...We must
stand together."

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

Ex-commissioner joins Bermuda's ruling

party, hopes to break color barrier

ward. When history looks
back we'll take great comfort
if it describes that we paved
the way that we put Bermuda
Traditionally, the over-
whelming majority of whites,
who account for 40 percent of
the island's 65,000 population,
have backed the UBP, which
ran the country for 30 years
until it was ousted from power
by the PLP in 1998. The PLP
has since won two more gen-
eral elections and the UBP is
facing a crisis after five of its
14 parliamentarians quit the
party in the past 12 months.
Three former UBP legis-
lators have since launched
the Bermuda Democratic
Alliance (BDA).
The ruling party's only
white legislator, Zane DeSilva,
was recently sworn in as minis-
ter without portfolio in Premier
Ewart Brown's 11-strong
Cabinet. Prior to her appoint-
ment, the only other white
member of the government was
Tourism Minister David Allen,
who died of cancer in 1999.

Smith, who served as
police commissioner until
2005, said all three political
parties aspire towards the
same goal: a successful econo-
my, improved public safety
and jobs for Bermudians.
"Several things are clear
to me in making this decision:
Bermuda must come first. I'm
committed to a path of
reform, modernization, social
justice and expansion of the

economic opportunities for all
Bermudians laid out by the
Progressive Labour Party," he
said in explaining why he
joined the ruling party.
"Politics must be about
the people. Politics also pres-
ents choices for us as voters
and as citizens of the country
we love. We need to refuse to
be corralled by the politics of
the past, which virtually deter-
mined where the 'X' in the
ballot box would go.
"There is so much more
which binds us together than
keeps us apart. In making this
choice, I'm very optimistic
about the journey we face,"
he said, noting that the jour-
ney is "more than just race.
"We stand at particularly diffi-
cult crossroads in time and to
the extent that any Bermudian
can help all Bermudians
should help and choose the
vehicle they believe best
enables them or empowers
them to contribute to
Bermuda's future.
"We have much work to
do together on the many
strategic issues facing the coun-
try and I'm pleased to lend my
support to that effort."
Smith said he had enjoyed
a good working relationship
with the government while he
served as the island's top cop,
even though then, he had no
political ambitions. He insists
that he is merely a member of
the PLP and has made no for-
mal steps to become anything
more at this stage.


U.S. Census 2010 holds key to

welfare of Caribbean Americans

December 2009


Ex-Fugees Wyclef,

set for reunion on s
NEW YORK It will be a T
reunion of sorts in New release
Zealand early in the New Year second
for former Fugees members over 2
Wyclef Jean and Lauryn Hill. wide,
Jean and Hill are slated to been
perform on Jan. 23 at the allege
Ragamuffin Music Festival, in years.
Rotorua, according to organ- T
izers. It will be the first time in will al
years that the two will share a gae's
stage. ing Ju
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stage in N.Z.
hough the Fugees only
sed two albums, their
d, "The Score", has sold
20 million copies world-
and a follow-up has
;dly in the works for

he Ragamuffin Festival
lso feature some of reg-
top performers, includ-
hlian Marley, Sly and
ie, Sean Kingston and

'Catch A Fire' for Grammy Hall of Famn

ob Marley & The
Wailers' "Catch A
Fire" album is among
several recordings set to be
inducted in the 2010 Grammy
Hall of Fame.
The album was recorded
by Island Records in 1973. It
established the band as inter-
national superstars, leader
Bob Marley in particular. The
socially aware lyrics and mili-
tant tone surprised many lis-
teners, but others were
attracted to songwriters
Marley and Peter Tosh's con-
frontational subjects and opti-
mistic view of a future free
from oppression.
"Catch a Fire" peaked at
#171 and #51 on Billboard's
(North America) Pop Albums
and Black Albums charts,
respectively. It is number #123
on Rolling Stone's list of the
500 greatest albums of all
time, the second highest
placement of the four Bob
Marley albums on the list.
Other selections include
songs from Bo Diddley, Judy
Garland, Harry James & His
Orchestra, the Isley Brothers,
Mahalia Jackson, Janis Joplin,
Gene Kelly, Johnny Mercer,

Jelly Roll Morton and the
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.
"This year's Grammy Hal
of Fame inductees highlight a
diverse array of masterpiece
recordings that have had a pr
found impact on our musical

history," Neil Portnow, presi-
dent/chief executive officer of
The Recording Academy, was
quoted as saying recently.
The Recording
Academy's National Trustees
established the Grammy Hal
Of Fame in 1973 to honor
recordings of lasting qualita-
tive or historical significance
that are at least 25 years old.

- CaribWorldNews

Deported rapper Shyne visits prison

BELMOPAN, Belize Moses
Michael Levivy, better known
as the Shyne, is sharing his
experience in a New York
prison with prisoners in Belize.
The rapper, Belize's most
famous depor-
tee, visited the
Prison on
Nov. 26,
Day in the
U.S., where he
spoke to about
400 inmates. Shyne
His visit
was planned to inspire the
inmates. He told them that he
never thought that a "young

dude" who had a hard life in
Curassow Street would reach
the highest level in America
culture. He said that he made
$30 million, and said he did
records with Usher and Justin
Timberlake among others
while shooting a video while
in jail.
"Anything is possible,"
Levivy said.
The son of Belize Prime
Minister Dean Barrow urged
the prisoners not to sit in
prison and cry, but plan their
lives out as he did.

- Oscar Ramjeet/Special to

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Jamaican drums i

music at South Fl
J amaican, William "Willie"
Stewart has taken his dis-
tinct style of drumming
into South Florida's schools.
For the last eight years he
has been teaching the into
Broward County institutions,
sharing his knowledge and
experience with the students.
Working with young persons,
motivating, uplifting and
empowering them led to the
creation of his company
Solutions in Music.
After 23 years with the
international reggae band
Third World, Stewart has
become a drum instructor and
drum therapist, while pursuing
S his passion of teaching. Today,
he continues to work with
youth, teaching them the his-
tory and art of drumming, as
[1 well as the ability to focus and
communicate using their cre-
ative talents.
o- Recently, Stewart took his
technique center stage, work-
ing with students from two
South Florida schools during
a drumming workshop staged Stewart works with participate
at the Broward Center
Performing Arts (BCPA) in ditional art forms. Fc
downtown Fort Lauderdale. years, the BCPA and
The students were scheduled County Public school
to come from Parkway Middle presented "Arts Insp
School and Winston Park workshop that introd
Elementary. dents to South Floric
cultural community.
FUSION tures well-known tea
Through the educational performing guest arti
interactive program "Art are passionate about
Inspires", the BCPA has fused form and willing to s
education with the arts, giving the students, particul
students the opportunity to those who are intere;
interact and work with world- pursuing the arts.
renowned practitioners in tra- "We are excited

Caribbean artists attempt to come
to terms with a variety of issues,
ranging from self, identity and
community, migration, national pol-
itics, hope and disillusionment
about older models of organization
of art and society, and art and the
making of history, through their
work which will be on display at an

jp solutions in

orida schools

Photographs by dianeschafer photography
ints at a recent interactive workshop.

or three
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this session. This program will
further enhance and continue
to nurture our cultural rela-
tionship with Jamaica," said
Jan Goodheart, BCPA's public
affairs director.
In 2006, the BCPA forged
an alliance with the Consulate
General of Jamaica, resulting
in a range of successful per-
formances including the
National Dance Theatre
Company of Jamaica (NDTC),
Dem Three Jamaican Tenors,

exhibition opening this month in
South Florida.
"Caribbean Canvas: Identity in
an Era of Globalization" officially
opens Dec. 5 and runs through
January at Multitudes art gallery,
Contemporary Art Center
@TeleAmerica in Miami.
Among the artists whose work

will be on display are Edouard
Dubal Carrie, Maritou, Alejandro
Mendoza, Turgo Bastien, Genevieve
Lahens, Philippe Dodard, Franklin
Sinanan, Guy Syllien, Francesca
Lalanne, Kristo Nicholas and Peter
Wayne Lewis.


December 2009




Grammy-winning singer
Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley
and Nas are set to come
together this month for a
National Geographic discus-
sion on the cultural links of
hip hop and reggae.
The National
Geographic's Grosvenor
Auditorium here will be the
location for the Dec. 12 dis-
cussion that will see Marley
and Nas focusing on the
Caribbean and African links
of the musical genres. The dis-
cussion will travel the journey
from Africa through the slave
trade to the American and
Caribbean colonies, spawning
both the dancehall parties of
Jamaica and the park jams of
The Bronx, said a statement
released last month.
Titled "Distant
Relatives", the event will also
include DJ Kool Herc, Rakim,
Daddy U-Roy, King Jammy,

Jeff Chang and Moussa Lo
and DJ Red Alert.
DJ Kool Herc is often
seen as the "Godfather" of

hip hop who brought about
the music elements of the cul-
ture to The Bronx as early as
1973. U-Roy is a rarely-credit-
ed rap pioneer for his 1969 hit
"Wake The Town", recorded

Damian Marley
in Jamaica the same year
Here moved to the United
It will also be streamed
live at
For more information, visit

- CaribWorldNews


Reggae meets rap for National

Geographic discussion

* Christmas variety show
Jamaican singers Carlene Davis
and Paul Blake, plus drama group
Sarge and de People dem Pickney,
will provide the entertainment at the
"Gu Wey! It's Christmas" variety
show, 5 p.m. Dec. 20 at The Royal
Palm Beach Community High School,
10600 Okeechobee Blvd. in Royal
Palm Beach, Florida.
For more information, call 800-

* 'Island' fashion winners
Eric Raisina of Madagascar won
top designer honors at last month's
"Islands of the World Fashion Week"
in The Bahamas. Raisina won the
"Sustainable Eco-Fashion Award",
for effectively using environmentally
friendly products while incorporating
environmental or social issues into
designs, and one of the four "Seals
of Excellence Awards".
Raisina won for his outfit called
"African Lace". The "Culture and
Fashion Award", given for incorpo-
rating a uniquely cultural element in
garment design, was won by Jessie-
Ann Jessamy of Grenada.

Jamaican drums up solutions in music at South Florida schools

Jamaica Farewell and Reggae

The students participating
in the workshop with Stewart
were scheduled to share a
two-hour session in drumming
techniques, coordination and
creativity, the role of percus-
sive music forms in ritual and
culture, and team building.
Stewart calls this technique
"liberating learning through
rhythm." Through his demon-
strations, Stewart intends to
expose students to the history
of Jamaican music, tracing the

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genres from slavery through
modern day popular culture.
Following the practice
sessions, the students will be
allowed to perform with their
drumming instructor to sound-
tracks from international reg-
gae artiste Bob Marley, to an
invited audience of educators,
art enthusiasts, patrons of the
BCPA, media and friends.
Through his passion,
Stewart expresses his love for
his homeland as a reggae
"ambassador" and would also
like to introduce his drumming
techniques as part of the cur-
riculum in Jamaican schools.
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collection of nearly 100 drums
of all sizes and designs. Each
one, he says, signifies a differ-
ent rhythm and sound, creat-
ing a distinctive, gyrating
sound unique to the ear.
Drumming originated in
West Africa and was transport-
ed across the world during the
slave trade. This sound was a
distinct form of communication
to the slaves during rituals.
While he continues his
program with schools,
Stewart's goal is to educate
the young ones about the
drumming history, as a com-
munication tool, leadership
qualities, team building, and
for those who want to pursue
career goals in music specifi-
cally with an interest in per-
"I want to empower and
inspire the young people," he
said."We all have rhythm and
this kind of involvement
teaches history, culture, and
helps us to find an inner self."
Through his Solutions in
Music teaching company, he
has also done workshops with
small groups, corporations,
universities and community

Stewart in action around his drum set.
groups around the globe.
Along with other band
members, Stewart began work-
ing with students in Jamaica
during his time as the drummer
with Third World. He has also
worked in the music industry as
a songwriter, music technologist,
programmer, instructor/facilita-
tor and director.
During that time, Third

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World produced 13 record
albums. The band has shared
stage performances worldwide
with stars like Marley, Michael
Jackson, Stevie Wonder.
Stewart feels blessed with
the ability to communicate
through drumming and is inter-
ested in sharing this experience.
"I am now focusing on
sharing my talent with others -
young persons interested in the
developing leadership qualities
and self empowerment and per-
sonal development," he said.
Stewart also expresses
contentment and a deep sense
of spirit as he has blended his
passion of teaching, service to
the community and his talent
of communicating through
music, specifically drumming.

- Information obtained from
the JIS.

* Documentary spotlight
A Haitian-born Princeton
University janitor is among those
featured in a documentary titled
"The Philosopher Kings".
Josue Lajeunesse works as one
of Princeton University's 220 building
services janitors and is also a taxi
driver, father, philanthropist and
community organizer. The documen-
tary tells the stories of eight janitors
at universities across the country
and the wisdom found among the
custodial staff.

* Caribbean 'Secret'
The Caribbean was again repre-
sented in the popular Victoria's Secret
fashion show when Cayman Islands-
born model Selita Ebanks took the
runway in New York recently.
Ebanks was one of two black
models to grace the catwalk. She
earned favorable reviews in a
sequined and feathered white corset
top and matching panties with by a
purple train.

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'Tis the season for a Christmas/wedding cake.. .Caribbean style

hristmas comes this
month and Caribbean
people are often in the
baking mood during that season.
Here's one version of a
Christmas/wedding cake
obtained from the online site
Caribbean Recipes:

* 12 eggs
* 1 pound of butter
* 2 cups of currants
* 1 teaspoon of salt
* 2 1/4 cups of sugar
* 1 cup of strawberry jam
* 2 teaspoons of cinnamon
* 1/2 teaspoon of allspice
* 2 cups of seeded raisins
* 2 cups of seedless raisins
* 2 1/2 cups of chopped dates
* 4 cups of all-purpose flour
* 1/2 teaspoon of ground cloves
* 1 1/2 teaspoons of baking
* 1 3/4 cups of slivered almonds
* 1/2 cup of brandy or pineap-
ple juice
* 1 (10 ounce) can of crushed
* 1 (12 ounces) bottle maraschi-
no cherries
* 2 cups of citrus peels or
mixed glace fruit
* 2 cups of sugar (additional
sugar listed below)
Day 1
In a large size bowl, meas-

ure the raisins, nuts, currants
along with the citron peel.
Drain the cherries and reserve
the juice.
Chop cherries. They should
measure about one and a quar-
ter cups. Then add to the fruit
mixture. Stir in the brandy and
soak it overnight
Note: You can also do this a
few weeks in advance and let it
sit in the refrigerator and let the
fruit soak right in the brandy for
more flavor if you like.
If you decide to do it the
day before baking, cover it with
the plastic wrap and then leave
on top of the counter at room
In a large size sauce pan or
a heavy dutch oven, simmer the
entire contents of can of
pineapple with two cups of
sugar and cook it uncovered for
at least 30 minutes until it
Frequently stir and make
sure the heat is not too high.
When cooled off, stir juice from
the jar of marachino cherries.
Note: It should not be more
than a half-cup and the straw-
berry jam.
This mixture doesn't have to
be done the day before baking,
but it does have to be cool
before you add it to the cake.
Note: It is recommend that you
do this step on the day of baking.

Now prepare the cake pans
by greasing and lining with wax
double thickness of heavy brown
paper. Brown shopping bags do
well or use aluminum foil with
dull side out. Grease paper or
aluminum foil well. Use any size
pans you wish, but leave an inch
space at the top of pan. The total
weight is 11. 5 pounds.
Preheat the oven to 275
degrees Farenheit.
Sift or stir the flour with the
spices, salt and soda until its
well mixed.
Use a cup of flour mixture
and sprinkle over fruits and
nuts then toss it until they are
well coated with the flour. Set
the remaining three cups of
flour aside.
In a large measuring bowl,
cream two and a quarter cups
of sugar with the butter. Beat in
eggs one at a time. Stir in dry
ingredients, alternating with
pineapple mixture.
You must make about
three dry and two liquid addi-
tions, combining lightly after
each addition.
Pour over flour-coated
fruits and nuts and mix until
well combined. Turn into the
prepared pans, fill them to
about an inch from the top.
Bake in a preheated oven
for about three to three and a
half hours depending on pan

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A beautifully decorated Christmas cake
can add cheer to the holidays.

size. Place in a shallow pan of
water on the lower rack for
added moisture if you'd like.
The cake should be fairly
firm in the center and a skewer
inserted right in the center
should come out clean.
Remove from the oven and
allow to cool in pan for five
minutes. Remove from pan
then peel off paper and then let
it cool on a rack.
When cooled off, wrap it in
tllcccL< .]tll that has been
soaked in the brandy, rum, black
wine along with liquor, or either
fruit juice. Then wrap the cake
in tin foil (leaving the cheese-
cloth on the cake). Freeze if not
being used right away.
Note: you can soak fruits
around the end of October for a
couple of weeks in the refriger-

ator, then in mid-November,
bake the cake and freeze it.
Every couple of weeks, take the
fruit out and re-soak the
liccctl til in the liquor and
wrap it back up and re-freeze.

By the time Christmas
comes back around youwill
have a moist cake. Note: You
can use fruit juice if you do not
want any alcohol.
You can also decorate the
cake with almond paste or your
favorite icing or just serve it
Note: You can substitute
strawberry jam with marmalade
or any flavor jam. You can use
alcohol to flavor it or not.
You can also serve it as a
Christmas fruit cake or use it to
make a wedding cake.
This recipe makes enough
cake to fill a set of three gradu-
ated wedding cake pans (7.5
inches, 5.5 inches, and a four-
inch pan).
The cakes are about two
inches high and the total weight
is about 11.5 pounds.
If you were to cut the cake
up for a wedding, it would
serve at least 100 to 150 people,
depending on how small you
want pieces to be.

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Forecaster closes book on 'very

inactive' hurricane season

COLORADO, United States
- Colorado State University
hurricane forecaster William
Gray has closed the book on
the 2009 Atlantic hurricane
season that officially ended on
Nov. 30.
Because El Nifio has cre-
ated strong wind shear over
the tropics, "the odds of a
storm are very, very small
from this point on," said Gray
late last month.
But the Florida-based
United States National
Hurricane Center (NHC) said
it's possible that the wind
shear could relax over the
coming weeks, with the waters
in the Caribbean still warm
enough to support storm for-
NHC spokesman Dennis
Feltgen warned not to "raid the
hurricane kit yet." Feltgen said
that the hurricane season
looked like it was over in mid-
November, but, then, Ida
formed in the western
Caribbean. He said it wouldn't
be unusual for a storm to devel-
op in the Caribbean this month.
"Tropical cyclones have

been recorded in every month
outside of the standard June-
through-November period,"
Feltgen said.

But Jeff Masters, chief
meteorologist of the Weather
Underground, said that since
1950, in the years that El Nifio
has emerged, only three
named storms have developed
in the Atlantic after Nov. 15.
El Nifio is created by a warm-
ing of the equatorial eastern
Pacific Ocean. It generates
wind shear a change in wind
speed or direction and insta-
bility in the atmosphere,
which acts to disrupt storms
before they can build and
Gray said there have only
been nine named storms so
far this year, including three
hurricanes. He said the aver-
age season has 11 named
storms, including six hurri-
"It was a very inactive
season," Gray said.



Sandra Griffiths, second left, Jamaica's consul general '
in Miami, accepts checks on behalf of the Jamaica .
Cancer Society from Florida-based Dr. Wentworth
Jarrett, right, who spearheaded a series of yoga salu-
tations in October which raised over $5,000 to fight
breast cancer The funds were given to the JCS and
the Vitas Hospice Charitable Fund. Marion Robinson,
left, of Inochi Incorporated, and Sandra Jarrett, the
doctor's wife, also attended the presentation.

U.S gives HIEV/AIDS help commitment to Guyana

CMC The United States says
it will continue to support the
programs that have led to a
reduction in the spread of the
deadly HIV virus in Guyana,
even as it warned that there
are likely to be threaten the success of our
future HIV prevention, treat-
ment and care efforts."
In a statement marking
World AIDS Day 2009, on
Dec. 1, Karen Williams
Washington, charge d'affaires
at the U.S. Embassy here, said
Guyana cannot succeed in the
fight against HIV/AIDS
alone, and the U.S. is commit-
ted to working with its global
partners to support Guyana's
leadership in this effort. She
said that over the next five
years, the U.S. will place
renewed emphasis on partner-
ing with Guyana to build the
country's national HIV/AIDS
"We will continue to work
together with all sectors of
Guyana as they craft strate-
gies and programs to combat
HIV/AIDS and support the
Government of Guyana as it
engages international part-
ners, civil society and non-
governmental organizations,"
Williams Washington said.
She noted that as part
of the U.S. Global Health
Initiative announced by

President Barack Obama, the
PrLidL Iu"\ Emergency Plan
for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)
will support Guyana as it
works to further integrate and
expand access to other health
care services, such as those
that address tuberculosis,
malaria, maternal and child
health and family planning
with HIV/AIDS programs.

PEPFAR is the largest
commitment in history by any
nation to combat a single dis-
ease and the U.S. is unwaver-
ing in its commitment to its
partner nations.
"On World AIDS Day
2009, we recommit ourselves

to furthering our achieve-
ments and look forward to
continuing the battle against
this global epidemic," she
The World Health
Organization (WHO) esti-
mates that more than four
million individuals in low and
middle income countries cur-
rently have access to anti-
retroviral treatment.
"Thanks to our many
partners, the American peo-
ple, through the United States
support more than half of
those men, women and chil-
dren on treatment," Williams
Washington said.
"In Guyana, PEPFAR has
allocated more than US$100
million to the HIV/AIDS epi-
demic over a six-year period.
At the end of September
2009, the national program,
with the support of PEPFAR,
had provided life-saving anti-
retroviral therapy to 2,737
people and HIV care and sup-
port services to 5,399 persons
infected with and affected by

CARICOM releases song

on climate change

The Caribbean community
(CARICOM) Secretariat has
released a song outlining the
region's position on the
impact climate change is hav-
ing on small island develop-
ment states (SIDS).
The song, "1.5 to Stay
Alive", written and performed
by the Barbadian poet Adisa
"AJA" Andwele, combines
the rp1,, tradition, which is
poetry performed to calypso
and other rhythms from the
Caribbean, and also features
the voice of Barbadian singer
The song was commis-
sioned by the United Nations
Development Program
(UNDP) and the CARICOM
Secretariat and was released as
the region finalizes its position
ahead of the United Nations

Framework Convention on
Climate Change Conference
(UNFCCC) to be held in
Denmark this month. The ven-
ture has also received support
from the United Kingdom
Department for International
Development (DFID) and
the Caribbean Community
Climate Change Centre
"The theme of the song
refers to the Centigrade
degree limit to which global
surface temperatures can rise
before...SIDS are severely
compromised in their ability
to adapt to the impacts of cli-
mate change", the CARI-
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Funding approved for Caribbean HIV/AIDS fight

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia,
CMC The Global Fund to
fight HIV and AIDS,
Tuberculosis and Malaria
(GFATM) will provide $34.5
million to the Pan Caribbean
Partnership Against HIV and
AIDS (PANCAP) to support
the HIV response in the
The approval was made
during the board meeting of
the Global Fund last month.
Carl Browne, director of
the PANCAP Coordinating
Unit (PCU), who attended
the nm lini --said he was
thankful to the entire PAN-
CAP fraternity, including the
UNAIDS Caribbean
Regional Support Team, for

its hard work which "has
borne wonderful fruit for the
people of the Caribbean
whom we serve.
"...I have no doubt that the
same spirit of collaboration that
brought us this far will see us
through to the end," he added.

Browne also praised
UNAIDS and the United
States Agency for International
Development (USAID) for
providing much of the funding
to allow PANCAP to submit "a
top notch" proposal to the
meeting. Officials said the pro-
posal received a Category 2
rating, which means that PAN-
CAP can begin making

arrangements to access the
funds almost immediately after
the completion of certain pro-
cedural requirements and the
signing of the grant.
PANCAP, established in
2001, is a regional umbrella
organization which brings
together national HIV pro-
grams partnering with region-
al and international organiza-
tions involved in the
Caribbean's response to the
HIV and AIDS epidemic.
The Global Fund was cre-
ated in 2002 with a mandate to
dramatically increase resources
to fight three of the world's
most devastating diseases -
HIV, TB and malaria, and to
direct resources to areas of

Caribbean launches public climate change campaign

CMC The 15-member
Caribbean community
(CARICOM) grouping has
launched a public campaign
ahead of the United Nations
Framework Convention on
Climate Change (UNFCCC)
meeting in Denmark.
The initiative is designed to
promote the region's unified
position on climate change
ahead of the Dec. 7-18 meeting.
The campaign under the
theme "1.5 C to Stay Alive",
is intended to support and
"dramatize a common region-
al approach for mitigating the
effects of climate change on
the region", which will be
articulated at Copenhagen.

Secretariat said that the plan
includes a dig-
ital display on
the harmful
effects of ris-
ing green
house gases
on the small
island states
(SIDS) and
several video Carrington
on the how climate change is
affecting human, animal and
plant life in the Caribbean.

Secretary-General Edwin
Carrington said the common
regional approach to mitigate

Ex-U.S. president expands malaria

fight in Haiti, Dominican Republic

CMC Former United States
President Jimmy Carter has
announced plans to expand a
$200,000 pilot project in Haiti
and the Dominican Republic
to curb the spread of malaria.
"One of the most impor-
tant developments has been
the new co-
between the
two coun-
tries," said
Carter while
touring a
Haitian hos-
pital that
treats malaria
victims Carter
"And, for the first time in
history, they are targeting the
complete elimination of the
disease, instead of just treating
sick people."
Carter said he was deter-
mined to travel to "the most
distant and small and isolated
and poverty-stricken villages
in the deserts, in the jungles
and in the poorest countries
on earth" to wipe out diseases

that have long been distant
memories in richer countries.
"It's a very different kind
of life than any person could
sort of do while still in the
White House," he said.
U.S. health officials say
about 30,000 Haitians and sev-
eral thousand people across the
border in the Dominican
Republic are infected annually
with the mosquito-borne illness.
They say Hispaniola, the island
that comprises Haiti and the
Dominican Republic, is malar-
ia's last Caribbean outpost.
Carter said his pilot proj-
ect, established by his non-
profit Carter Center, has
helped curb the spread of the
disease in two towns about 10
miles apart on opposite sides
of the border between Haiti
and the Dominican Republic.
The former U.S. president
said his program has funded
nets treated with insecticide
for residents to use, micro-
scopes for lab technicians and
motorbikes for field workers.

the "unmanageable conse-
qtiL ni i of climate change
was based on studies by the
Belize-based Caribbean
Community Climate Change
Centre (CCCCC). He said the
study concluded that global
average temperatures which
exceeded 1.5 degrees centi-
grade would have devastating
effects on the region including
significant destruction of coral
reefs, coastal barriers, and
marine ecosystems, as well as
excessive flooding and more
intense hurricanes.
"It will erode much of the
foundation of our tourism,
our agriculture and our fish-
eries industry; it will wreak
havoc on our plant-life, our
forests and most of all dislo-
cate our people. Immediate
corrective action must there-
fore be taken if we are to
avoid this widespread destruc-
tion," Carrington said.

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V veteran Jamaica inter-
national player Andy
Williams ended a roller
coaster season on a high note
last month by helping his team
Real Salt Lake capture the
Major League Soccer (MLS)
RSL defeated the Los
Angeles Galaxy on penalty
kicks to win the MLS Cup,
symbol of North American
champions, to bring a major
professional sports title for the
state of Utah.
Williams, who completed
the 2009 season under the
cloud of his wife Marcia's ill-
ness she suffered from can-
cer, but is reportedly recover-
ing and attended the game -
played the full 90 minutes of
regulation and additional 30

minutes of extra time which
ended with both teams locked
at 1-1. And despite Williams's
own miss in the penalty
shootout, RSL eventually pre-
vailed 5-4.
Fellow Jamaica interna-
tional Donovan Ricketts, the
starting goalkeeper for the
Galaxy, was forced to leave
the game in the second half


- File photograph

with an injured right hand suf-
fered in a collision.
While most of the atten-
tion in the final appeared to
focus on the Galaxy, with
MLS regular season Most
Valuable Player Landon
Donovan and England inter-
national David Beckham, it
was RSL which appeared the
better team on Nov. 22. The
Galaxy scored first, when
Mike Magee finished off a
good build-up involving
Beckham and Donovan.
RSL equalized in the 64th
through Robbie Findley and
eventually took charge of the
Still, the score remained
tied at the end of 120 minutes
before the Galaxy missed
three penalties to RSL's two.
A clearly exhausted Williams
broke into tears as his team
celebrated the win and
embraced several RSL and
Galaxy team members and

Jamaican leads team

to first MLS title


HARTFORD, Connecticut -
Some of the greatest names in
Caribbean cricket history are
being immortalized in this
northeastern United States city.
Sir Garfield Sobers, Sir
Vivian Richards, Michael
Holding, Clive Lloyd and
George Headley are among
more than a dozen legends
from the region who have
earned induction into the
Cricket Hall of Fame (CHF).
The CHF, which was estab-
lished nearly three decades ago
by the Sportsmen's Athletic
Club (SAC) here, is designed
to pay tribute to the game's
best, especially those who have
represented the region with dis-
"It has dawned on us that
everybody has recorded their
own history except us West
Indians," said CHF's Director
Michael Chambers.
"What convinced us that
we needed a hall of fame was
when we met (Alf) Valentine
and (Lance) Gibbs at the first
induction ceremony, when
they expressed their apprecia-
tion that nothing like this had
happened to them; you know
that you had to do it."
The two great spinners
were inducted in 1981. Since
then some 28 more "interna-
tional" inductees have been
selected. Among them are
cricketers from non-West
Indian countries, like

Australia's Greg Chappell,
England's Tony Greig, Sunil
Gavaskar of India and
Pakistan's Mushtaq
Mohammed. Jamaican cricket
writer Tony Becca and the late

A photograph of West Indies legends Sir
Garfield Sobers, left, and George
Headley is part of the CHF.
Australian businessman Kerry
Packer are also in the interna-
tional wing of the CHE
The "local" inductees are
honored for their contribution
to cricket in the U.S. and
The original idea for the
CHF came from Jamaican-
born Ken Wallace, who had a
plan to set up a cricket muse-
um. Trinidad native Errol
Housain then took that con-
cept a step further to include
the hall of fame, which was
established in 1980, with the
first induction held the follow-
ing year.
Chambers explained that
most of the international
inductees earn their spots for
"accomplishments playing the

game." For the local group,
the CHF looks "more to what
they've done to move the
game forward." In the future,
he said, when there is better
recordkeeping for competi-
tions in the U.S. and Canada,
players from those leagues
could also be inducted.
"As of yet we can't really
base it on a player's ability,"
said the director.
The CHF, located on
Main Street, next door the
SAC, features a variety of
memorabilia, including signed

A sweater with shirt tucked inside, worn
by Alf Valentine during his playing days,
is on display at the CHF.

playing gear, books, printed
articles, photographs, trophies
and statues. Most of the
inductees, including some of
the bi---l names in cricket,
have journeyed here to attend
the ceremony. The most
recent was held early October,

Bolt, Richards win world athlete-of-the-year awards

Swo Caribbean-born ath-
letes were named world
athletes of the year last
month. Sprint megastar Usain
Bolt of Jamaica and Jamaican-
born American quarter-miler ~ ,
Sanya Richards both won the
award for a second time.
The 23-year-old Bolt collected
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tional season of sprinting,
which included world record
times in the 100 and 200
meters at the World
Championships in Athletics in
Berlin last August, as well as a
gold medal for Jamaica in the
4x100 relay.
The 24-year-old Richards,
who was born in Trelawny
before moving to the U.S.
with her parents while a
teenager, captured an elusive

maiden, global gold medal in
her pet event in Berlin, and
earned a second gold as part
of the American team in the
women's 4x400 relay.
Photograph shows Prince
Albert II of Monaco, left, and
IAAF President Lamine
Diack, right, with Richards
and Bolt at the IAAF World
Athletics Gala in Monaco last

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Caribbean American boxer loses unanimous decision, world title hopes


HARTFORD, Connecticut -
A Caribbean American's
dream of returning to the pin-
nacle of boxing took a big hit
here last month.
Jamaican-born Glen
Johnson, a resident of Miami,
Florida, was defeated by Chad
Dawson and in the process
lost the chance to claim the
American's International
Boxing Organization (IBO)
title, plus the interim World
Boxing Council (WBC) belt in
the light heavyweight division.
It was the second time in
18 months that Johnson found
himself on the wrong side
of a unanimous decision to
Dawson. The two fought for
Dawson's WBC title in April
2008 in Tampa, Florida. Last
month's defeat, however,
threatened to spell the end of
the chase for a world title for
the aging former champion
known as the "Road
"You know, he's 40 years
old, still beats most guys," said
Leon Margules of Seminole
Warriors Boxing, which pro-
motes some of Johnson's
fights. "On the other hand, I
don't know if he has the speed
to beat a young, quick guy."
It was Dawson's speed of
hands, feet and mind that
caused Johnson's downfall in
their 12-round contest at the
XL Center on Nov. 7. The
American constantly slipped
out of the Jamaican's reach,
keeping him at bay with sharp

when India's Farokh Engineer
was inducted, alongside
locals Lesly Lowe, Austin
Hutchinson, Lloyd George
Dixon and Joslyn Chance Sr.
The majority of the inter-
national inductees are from
the Caribbean.
"We justify it by saying
that the era those guys played
in, they were considered
champions or number one
performers at the time," said

Johnson, left, and Dawson square off at the weigh-in before last month's fight.

"He was getting away
from me," Johnson said while
in his dressing room immedi-
ately after the bout. "He
fought a good fight. He fought
the way how he can be most
That also included clever-
ly avoiding a brawl, which got
him hurt in the first fight.
"I didn't want to go
through hell again," Dawson
"I used my jab, I used my
speed, outclassed him," he
added. "I made him miss. He
was too slow."
The judges agreed. Two

According to the director,
the CHF offers a fitting salute
to their efforts.
"What we do is give the
players one last hurrah," said
Chambers. "They come to the
end of their playing career and
they can now carry their
induction honor into the hall
of fame to their graves."

Gordon Williams is Caribbean
Today's managing editor.

The West Indies slumped
to an "embarrassing"
innings and 65 runs
defeat to Australia in the first
match in a three Test cricket
series Down Under last
month, despite a brilliant
century from teenaged
Trinidadian Adrian Barath.
Barath, 19 and making
his Test debut, became the
youngest West Indian to score
a hundred after he blasted 104
runs in the second innings at
The Gabba.
Australia batted first and

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scored it 115 to 113 in
Dawson's favor. The third had
the American ahead by a

wider margin,
117 to 111.
which tracked
the punches
thrown in the
fight, also gave
Dawson a signifi-
cant edge. The
American threw
more punches
(756 to 688) and
landed more (246
to 167), including
jabs (104 to 77)
and power shots
(142 to 90).
Johnson, who
before the fight
believed that he
needed to knock
out the undefeat-
ed Dawson (29-
0) to win in the
American's home
state, conceded
graph by Gordon Williams that, unlike the
controversial first
fight, the judges'
decision in the rematch didn't
warrant much complaint.
"When it's that close it's

scored 408 for eight wickets
declared. The visitors replied
with 228 all out, fuelled by
half centuries from Guyana's
Travis Dowlin (62) and vice-
captain Dinesh Ramdin (54).
Forced to follow-on, the West
Indies was bowled out for 187.
The visitors lost 15 wickets for
280 runs in 76.1 overs on the
final day of the match. West
Indies captain Chris Gayle
called the loss "downright
The West Indies will face
Australia in two more Test

not gonna go in our favor," he
said. "So, it is what it is."
Johnson, whose record
dropped to 49 wins, 13 losses
and two draws, said he is still
willing to continue his ring
career and might move up to
cruiserweight, the 200-pound
division. However, his chances
of getting another world title
shot grew decidedly slimmer
following last month's loss.
According to Margules, who
called Johnson a sIILIrjg.iuiiL
warrior," it will be "a long
road back" for the fighter.
"He'd have to do some-
thing dramatic to get a big
fight," the promoter said.
However, based on the
Jamaican's trademark deter-
mination, he also refused to
totally rule out Johnson's
"You never know," said
Margules. "It's up to him."

Gordon Williams is Caribbean
Today's managing editor.

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Time to upgrade product, market

aggressively ~ Jamaica's minister

LONDON, England -
Jamaica's Tourism Minister
Ed Bartlett believes
Caribbean countries should do
whatever they can to upgrade
their product and attract visi-
tors in order to keep their
economies afloat despite the
global downturn.
Speaking at the World
Travel Market (WTM) trade
show here last month, Bartlett
said his coun-
try has been
able to main-
tain its posi-
tion as a lead-
ing destination
through an
drive to
upgrade its Bartlett
product and to
market Jamaica as a place
tourists want to visit.
"Well, we have had to
be.. .we went out there and
refurbished and refreshed our-
selves in terms of our product
offerings," he explained. "We
added 5,000 to 6,000 new
rooms, we added attractions
and we improved our infra-
structure. We had big invest-
ments in our airports and our
highway systems.. .we recog-
nized that if you have more
rooms in a recession, you have
to be aggressive, you have to
go out there and market."

Jamaica has recorded a
six percent increase in stay-
over visitors this year.
"Those countries that
have remained aggressive dur-
ing this recession, the rewards
have been in terms of
increased arrivals in some
cases and in other cases it is
both an increase in arrivals as
well as increased market
share," Bartlett said.

But Bartlett described the
latter as being the "optimal"
way to go.
"It is, in fact, what you
must do because when you're
out of the recession that mar-
ket share now is going to
reflect itself in volumes high-
er numbers which will give
you the arrival explosion that
you will need to drive your
industry," he explained.
Bartlett said Caribbean
countries have been using
more aggressive marketing
approaches to respond to the
challenges posed by the reces-
sion, but that now is not the
time to lax.
"If we don't quickly
respond, we are going to be
the region that is left out," the
minister warned.

St. Lucia ramps up courting of

Asian American market

CASTRIES, St. Lucia St.
Lucia's tourism authorities are
ramping up efforts targeting
the Asian American market,
with special welcome to
Taiwanese Americans.
Louis Lewis, St. Lucia's
director of tourism, said that
on the heels of a recent famil-
iarization visit of Taiwanese
Americans, spearheaded by
Bay Gardens Resorts, the
island is anticipating the
arrival of leading civil society
activist Iris Ho, who is sched-
uled to participate in this
month's Caribbean Media
Exchange on Sustainable
Tourism (CMEx) at Coco

Palm's Conference Centre.
St. Lucia has explored the
potential for "ethnic" tourism
in the
Caribbean and
the tourism
authorities are
assessing the -- -
potential to
market the -
island to
Americans. Ho
CMEx was
scheduled to meet under a
theme which examines multi-
cultural tourism markets, as
well as climate change.
St. Lucia is one of a hand-

ful of nations in the Caribbean
that recognizes the Taiwanese
"It's a long way from
Taiwan, but we have hundreds
of thousands of Taiwanese in
America who remain attached
to their home country," said
Ho. "They are now a prosper-
ous community and include
many professionals and busi-
ness people. Like most middle
class Americans, they like
vacations and we think they
might like to show their appre-
ciation to St. Lucia."

British travel duty to Caribbean

destinations unjust Chastanet

LONDON, England St.
Lucia's Tourism Minister
Allen Chastanet, has blasted
the recently imposed British
Air Passenger Duty (APD) as
"catastrophic" and "unjust,"
and strongly urged the United
Kingdom to scrap it.
"First of all, it's a cata-
strophic tax and it's going to
be immediately catastrophic to
us in the region, particularly to
the Caribbean where we're so
dependent on tourism, it's not
like we have something else to
go to," Chastanet said of the
APD, which was introduced
on Nov. 1 and adds extra

charges for passengers flying
from the U.K.
The Caribbean has been
placed in a higher band than
the United States, although
some U.S. destinations are
further away. As a result, pas-
sengers will pay a higher levy
to fly to the Caribbean than
places like Los Angeles and
The St. Lucian tourism
minister, who was named
"Caribbean Travel Personality
of the Year" at the event, said
the tax has come at a bad time
for the Caribbean's bread and
butter industry, which is

already reeling from the
impact of the global recession.
He further contended that the
APD is illegal, a point the
region has raised at the level
of the International Civil
Aviation Organization
Meanwhile, British law-
maker Sarah Teather has
vowed to keep pressure on
the Gordon Brown adminis-
tration to revoke its "ridicu-
lous" APD on passengers fly-
ing to the Caribbean.

Cambria Suites and Sleep Inn
brands, has been appointed
director of emerging markets
and Caribbean Franchise
Development, and will be aim-
ing to build on the groundwork
made by Racine in the region.
Launched about a year
ago, Ascend Collection
includes more than two-dozen
upscale properties. With
Ascend, Choice Hotels aims to
lend marketing and opera-
tional support to drive busi-
ness directly to smaller, one-of-
a-kind Caribbean properties.
Racine has remained con-
nected to the Caribbean
region, assisting Icaza with his
transition into his new role.
She was recently in Haiti with
Icaza to help establish rela-
tionships with key tourism and
hotel stakeholders. Before
joining Choice 11 years ago,
Racine was lead account exec-
utive for America Online's
interactive partnership mar-
keting initiatives. She has also
served in various sales and
marketing positions in organi-
zations such as The Discovery

Haitian American moves up

at Choice Hotels


Bruce R. Nobles, right, Air Jamaica's president and chief executive officer, is joined by Miss Jamaica World 2009 Kerrie Baylis and
George W. DeMercado, the airline's senior director for global sales, to celebrate the honor of "The Caribbean's Leading Airline" received
at the 2009 World Travel Awards in London, England last month. This is the 12th consecutive yearAir Jamaica has received the award.
The World Travel Awards celebrate the achievements in all sectors of the global travel industry. Voting is cast by travel agents in more
than 190 countries.
Jamaica earnedl6 awards at the event. Among them, "Leading Caribbean Destination", "World's Leading Cruise Destination" and
"Caribbean's Leading Cruise Destination". Jamaica was also honored for its "Once you go, you know" advertising campaign, in a new cate-
gory, "Caribbean's Leading Marketing Campaign". The Jamaica Tourist Board was recognized as the "Caribbean's Leading Tourist Board".

December 2009

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ROSEAU, Dominica, CMC -
Dominicans go to the polls on
Dec. 18, with Prime Minister
Roosevelt Skerrit confident
that his ruling Dominica
Labour Party (DLP) will be
returned to power for a
new five-year term.
"I am tonight ringing
the bell...ladies and gentle-
men, the day we shall
choose between going for-
ward and going back-
ward...that day is Friday
the 18th day of December 4
2009," Skerrit, 37, said 5
while addressing a political
meeting in the western
community of Mahaut last _
month, urging supporters
to give his party an over-
whelming mandate.
The prime minister said
2010 would usher in a new era
in Dominican politics, and
called on supporters to
"approach the new year with
renewed vigor and enthusi-
"We need to clean the
slate and start a fresh we need

to rally around a common
cause to take the beautiful
country of ours to the next
level," he said.
The DLP won 12 seats in
the last general elections, held


IPrime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit

on May 5, 2005, while the
main Opposition United
Workers Party (UWP) won
eight seats. The other seat was
won by an independent candi-

Meanwhile, in an immedi-
ate response to the announce-
ment by the prime minister,

the UWP Leader Ron Green,
on a privately-owned radio
station, appealed to voters to
"build a new way forward" by
removing the Skerrit adminis-
tration from office.
The UWP said it was
preparing to contest all 21
seats at stake.
Apart from the UWP, the
governing party is expected to
face a revitalized DFP, which
controlled the government of
this mountainous Caribbean
island from 1980 until 1995,
but failed to win a single seat
in the last elections. The DLP
and the DFP formed a coali-
tion government after the
2000 general elections.
Hotelier Judith Pestina, a
former career local and inter-
national public servant, is
heading the party that was
once led by the late Dame
Eugenia Charles. She said the
party would soon announce
candidates for the elections.


* Vincentians say no to new
The government of Prime
Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves suf-
fered a major setback after voters
in St. Vincent and the Grenadines
overwhelming rejected a new con-
stitution in an historic referendum
late last month.
Preliminary figures released by
the Elections Office showed the
"No" vote totaled 29,019, com-
pared to 22,493 people casting
ballots in support of changing the
30-year old constitution.

* Ruling party distances itself
from 'Jagdeo Third Term'
The ruling People's Progressive

Party/Civic (PPP/C) has distanced
itself from a campaign to get
President Bharrat Jagdeo elected
for a third consecutive term in
The campaign is being led by a
group calling itself the "Guyanese
Coalition for Jagdeo Third Term"
(GCFJTT) and is urging citizens to
support a referendum that would
allow the president to stand for a
third term when Guyanese go to
the polls in 2011. Under the
Guyana Constitution, presidents are
limited to two-five year terms.

* P.M. predicts 'clean sweep'
in St. Kitts elections
Prime Minister Dr. Denzil

Douglas is predicting a "clean
sweep" of the seats up for grabs
when voters in St. Kitts and Nevis go
to the polls to elect a new govern-
In the last general elections,
held Oct. 24, 2005, the St. Kitts
Labour Party (SKNLP) won seven of
the 15 seats in the Parliament. The
main Opposition People's Action
Movement (PAM) won a single seat.
The prime minister, however, gave
no indication as to when he would
call the general elections due in

- Compiled from CMC

Dominicans vote for a new

government on Dec. 18

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American star Serena Williams, the world's top female tennis player, tries her stroke
with a cricket bat during a visit late last month to Barbados to play in an exhibition
series with the world's fourth ranked Caroline Wozniacki. Williams, a right-handed
tennis player, shows a left-handed batting stance. She received a commemorative
bat from ICC World Twenty20 West Indies 2010 Corporate Communications Manager
Gayle Alleyne at the Sugar Hill Tennis Resort. It features the tournament logo and an
image of a batsman on the blade, plus the tournament tagline "Captivating,
Contagious Cricket" along with her name "Serena" on the back. The ICC WT20 West
Indies 2010 championship takes place in four Caribbean countries Barbados,
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Caribbean students likely to benefit from regional net of universities

CARACAS, Venezuela, CMC
- Caribbean students are like-
ly to benefit from a decision
by the Bolivarian Alliance for
the Peoples of Our America
(ALBA) to establish a region-
al net of universities for mem-
ber countries.
Antigua and Barbuda,
Bolivia, Cuba, Dominica,
Ecuador, Honduras, St. Vincent
and the Grenadines, Nicaragua
and Venezuela are members of
ALBA, which Caracas has
been promoting as the alterna-
tive to the Free Trade Area of
the Americas (FTAA).
A report in the Cuban
news agency Prensa Latina
stated that experts from

Bolivia, Cuba, Nicaragua and
Venezuela have endorsed the
constitution for the proposed
It said that the regional
project was ratified at the first
meeting of the ALBA-
Education Training Groups
and that the meeting here
revised the agreements
reached during the sixth
Extraordinary Summit of
Heads of State in Venezuela
and of the second ALBA
Education Workshop in
Nicaragua. The projection
includes the creation of a com-
mon program for the teaching
of community integral medi-
cine, education and energy.

"The idea is that the
member countries incorporate
to the development of the
programs permitting the aca-
demic mobility and the devel-
opment of common curricula
for the countries, among other
actions", the report stated.
It quoted Edgardo Ramirez,
director of International
Cooperation, as saying that
the meeting considered that
UNIALBA should be a net
for the participation of stu-
dents, educational, investiga-
tors, workers and productive
sectors in the design of inves-
tigation lines.


Ten Kingstonian Tony
Tame began to write
"The Village Curtain"
he had specific ideas as to what
he hoped to achieve.
The first aim was "to
examine a specific segment of
West Indian and in particular
Jamaican society's use of cul-
turally unique survival tech-
niques and the private atmos-
phere which tends to be pro-
duced within small Caribbean
fishing communities".
The second intention was
"that readers will enjoy experi-
encing the sharp contrast
between appearance and reality
in what seems so picturesque
and idyllic a place as the West
Indies where the outcome of
the best charitable, official and
efforts is
always uncer- -iT i I
tain at best". VI I
Curtain" is
described on
the cover as
"A Jamaican
Collection". ,,-
That is, perhaps, .....
somewhat mis-
leading. I expect-
ed a collection of
short stories.
True, the stories
are there, full of
vignettes and characters who
appear and reappear. Yet the
framework is more that of a
novel. The action needs to be
followed chronologically.
There is no obvious human
hero. The story deals with the
sea, survival and the village cul-
ture. Tame has spent a lifetime
in the marine industry. He
admits that he has never earned
a cent that has not come from
his dealings with the sea. The
first chapter and references
throughout point to fishing -
reading the weather, even dyna-
miting the coral reefs testimo-
ny to his intimate knowledge.
He is fascinated by the various
methods used in fishing, sympa-
thetic to the plight of those who
eke out survival in that uncer-
tain environment.

Characters in the book are
treated with understanding.
The human spirit is strong, as
illustrated over and over
whether through Sonia, the vis-
iting American who falls in
love with the Black River area
and wants to develop tourism;
Mikey, who survives a Florida
prison and almost loses his life
at sea; or Leo, who dynamites
the reef and loses an arm yet is
able to continue with an adapt-
ed method.

The hardships bind com-
munities I ,I L llk r watched
over by village elder "Mr.
JJiIms a ganja grower, who
dispenses white rum liberally,
yet sticks to coconut water
himself. The homespun wis-
dom of the man allows him to
deal with people at all levels -
politicians, charity workers,
visitors and police advising
quietly, carrying on his own
activities, ever hospitable yet
never lifting the village curtain
more than a few inches.

Social commentary is scat-
tered throughout. We hear of
the young officer from
Kingston explaining basic sea-
manship to the men of the vil-
lage who had fished the Pedro
Banks since they
were 10 years old,
and the
CURTMN Englishman who
comes to the
I ECI lE*uN Police Force as
deputy commis-
sioner telling the
press that he has
not come to
"solve crime.
Finally, there is
-the "Charity
Man", so called
by "Mr.
jlaIlm ". Here
*is the disillu-
sioned do-
gooder who
sees his projects diverted from
their original intent.
Tame is a master of under-
We are allowed glimpses of
lives in the community. The cur-
tain is never lifted completely.
The final vignette is of the
dog, "a formal sort of dog",
passing to other owners after
the death of Myra, the love of
his life. Nameless, loyal, know-
ing, the dog becomes an alco-
holic after being given rum in
the local bar. The chapter,
which deals with the death and
burial of the animal, is touching.
As the story closes and
"Sonia", about to return to her
homeland, looks at "Mr. JJIIKm
and sees the veil of his eyes, the
moment of truth teaches her "it's
not a veil, it's a curtain. Curtain,
hell. It's a wall".
Tame says: "I hope that I
have been at least partially
successful at bringing the smell
of the salt spray at daybreak
and rage of the hurricane into
the general atmosphere of this
book as well as the tranquil
sound of a quiet, rainy night".
Mission accomplished.

Marie Gregory is a freelance
writer for Caribbean Today.
The book is available through

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December 2009

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