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year-old Guyanese woman was
last month indicted by a Texas
grand jury for her role in
smuggling four Indian nation-
als into the United States.
Annita Devi Gerald, also
known as Annita Rampersad,
was charged in a nine-count
indictment by a federal grand
jury in the Southern District
of Texas. Gerald was arrested
by ICE special agents in
Houston on Nov. 17, 2009, and
has been held without bond
since that time.
According to the indict-
ment, from approximately
April 2009 to Nov. 17, 2009,
Gerald and others conspired to
smuggle four Indian nationals
into the U.S. Allegedly, Gerald
and her co-conspirators fraud-
ulently obtained Belizean visas
for the Indian nationals and
escorted them from India to
Belize, moving through various
countries in Central and South
America. Gerald allegedly pro-
vided lodging for all four
Indian nationals in Belize
while further smuggling
arrangements were made.
In Aug. 2009, Gerald
allegedly arranged transporta-
tion for one of the Indian

January 2010


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Bolt loses TIME race to U.S. Fed Reserve boss

he world's
fastest man
finally lost a
race in 2009.
Jamaica's multiple
Olympic and World
champion Usain Bolt
was last month among
the nominees for TIME
magazine's IL rs n Of
The Year", but the
honor eventually went
to Ben Bemanke, Bolt
chairman of the United
States Federal Reserve.

U.S. congrats
United States has paid tribute
to a number of persons who
"stood up for their rights to
live as free people" as Haiti
celebrated its 206th year of
Independence on Jan. 1.
"This is an occasion to
honor the history and heritage
of Haiti and to remember the
heroes who founded the first
independent black republic,"
said U.S. Secretary of State
Hillary Clinton in a statement.
She identified those i nii '
as Toussaint Louverture, Jean-
Jacques Dessalines and

Prior to TIME's announce-
ment, Bolt had won every

Haiti on 206th
Petion, plus
"the countless
men and
women who
stood up for
their right to
live as free peo-
ple and gave a
legacy of free- Clinton
dom for future
"Their accomplishment
changed the face of our world,
and their story continues to be
an inspiration today," she said.
Clinton also saluted what

award he has been nominated
for in 2009. He finished fifth
among the nominees, which
included U.S. President Barack
Bolt was recently honored
by the IAAF as the male
Athlete of the Year. Bolt set
three world records at the 2008
Beijing Olympics and then
went on to break his records in
the 100 and 200 meters at the
World Championships in
Athletics in Berlin in 2009.

she described as "the many
contributions" made by
Haitian Americans to the
"culture and prosperity of the
United States." She said the
two countries were united "by
strong bonds of friendship and
family" as well as "our shared
history and our common
hopes for the future."
The secretary of state
noted that the U.S. stood with
Haiti after the Irgi. hurri-
canes of 2008," adding that it
remains "committed to being
a partner and a friend."

U.S. lawmakers warn Antigua

to cooperate in Stanford probe

ST. JOHN'S, Antigua, CMC -
The Antigua and Barbuda gov-
ernment has been warned not
to disregard recent attempts by
United States legislators to
punish the island until it coop-
erates with U.S. authorities
investigating an alleged multi-
billion dollar Ponzi scheme by
disgraced financier Allen
Last month, U.S. Senator
Richard Shelby and seven other
lawmakers introduced a resolu-
tion urging Treasury Secretary
Tim Geithner to direct the U.S.
executive directors to the
International Monetary Fund
(IMF) to oppose any new loans
to Antigua and Barbuda, which
is alleged to have accepted an
$85 million loan from Stanford.
"It is absurd that the gov-
ernment of Antigua and
Barbuda is standing in the
way of helping victims, while
also holding out its hand for
funding," said Shelby. "This
resolution makes clear that
the United States will not
accept such behavior."
Sen. Colin Derrick said
the Baldwin Spencer govern-
ment should cooperate with
the U.S. authorities and also
help persons recover their

hard earned cash that had
been invested with Stanford.
"We have a situation here
where if it is that a few persons
conspired with or stood by and
allowed particular actions by
Mr. Stanford which have
debacle, we
should not put
the nation at
ransom for
those few
greedy per-
sons," Derrick
"We Shelby
should do
what we can
to assist the United States
government in dealing with
those individuals."
Derrick, a government leg-
islator, said that the Spencer
administration had a responsi-
bility to expose anyone who
may have been involved in
Stanford's alleged Ponzi
Stanford, who is now in a
U.S. jail awaiting trial, has
consistently denied the allega-
tions made against him and
his group of companies that
also included a bank which
operated in Antigua.

nationals to cross the border
from Belize into Mexico
where he met with Gerald's
co-conspirator, who escorted
him through Mexico. In
Monterrey, Mexico, Gerald's
co-conspirator paid a Mexico-
based smuggler to illegally
transport the individual across
the Mexico-U.S. border to
Houston, Texas.
After making these
arrangements, Gerald's co-
conspirator allegedly flew to
Houston where the co-conspir-
ator received the Indian
national at a motel approxi-
mately 10 days later. The
smugglers who delivered the
Indian national to Gerald's co-
conspirator in Houston
allegedly demanded and
received a smuggling payment
prior to releasing him.
If convicted, Gerald faces
a maximum sentence of five
years in prison for conspiracy
and 10 years for each of the
four counts of encouraging
and inducing aliens to come to
the U.S. for profit.
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AA flight from Miami crashes in Jamaica

KINGSTON, Jamaica,
CMC An American
Airlines flight with more
than 150 passengers and
crew aboard overshot the
runway at the Norman
Manley International
Airport while landing
during a heavy rainstorm
last month.
Officials said there
were no deaths, but 40
people were injured.
"There are no
reports of fatalities,"
Jamaica's Information
Minister Daryl Vaz said.
Eyewitnesses said that
flight 331 skidded across a
road at the airport on a
rainy night and stopped at
the edge of the Caribbean
Sea. The plane's fuselage
was cracked, its right A Jam
engine broke off from the
impact and the left main land-
ing gear collapsed.
In a statement, American
Airlines said it was in direct
contact with officials from the
National Transportation
Safety Board and the Federal
Aviation Administration and
was co-operating fully with
the appropriate authorities.
The Boeing 737-800, which
originated at Reagan National
Airport in Washington, D.C.,
had taken off from Miami
International Airport at 8:52
p.m. on Dec. 22 and arrived in
Kingston at 10:22 p.m. It was
carrying 148 passengers and a
crew of six, the airline said.
Vaz, who along with
Transport and Works Minister

naican soldier stands guard at the site of the wreckage.
Mike Henry and National
Security Minister Dwight
Nelson were at the airport
shortly after the incident, told
reporters that most of the pas-
sengers were nationals return-
ing home for the Christmas

"The plane crashed and
broke almost in front of me,"
said a shaken Naomi Palmer
who was in seat number D8.
"The pilot couldn't stop
the plane," another passenger
told reporters.
A third, Verona Hall,
said: "The plane landed and
people started clapping. We
saw the lights of Kingston.

Then all of a sudden we didn't
see the lights anymore.
"I looked through the
window and I saw white lines,
so I felt I was on the tarmac,
but it was actually a rough
touchdown. The plane broke
and we began to smell fuel,"
she said.
Many people who were at
the airport to meet their loved
ones coming in on the flight
said they saw passengers
emerging from the Customs
hall bloodied and shaken. Some
of the injured passengers were
placed under a permanent tent
outside the arrival hall and
were seen nursing their wounds
with towels and shirts.

KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC -
Passengers on the American
Airlines flight that crashed on
landing at the Norman Manley
International Airport here last
month are recounting their sto-
ries to local and international
investigators probing the cir-
cumstances that caused the
plane to overshoot the runway
injuring nearly 100 people.
Colonel Oscar Darby,
director general of the
Jamaica Civil Aviation
Authority (JCCA), said the
investigators are hoping that
the interviews with the pas-
sengers would shed more light
on what caused the incident
involving Flight 331 from
Miami with more than 150
passengers and crew on board.
JCAA Director of Flight
Safety Nari Williams-Singh, is
leading the investigations, and
American Airlines said it is
working with United States
authorities, including the
National Transportation Safety
Board (NTSB), to determine
the cause of the accident.
"Well mainly what will be
done.. .is a lot of interviews of
passengers and eye witnesses
in order to gather that data,"
Williams-Singh said.
Darby said that the inves-

January 2010

tigators were not ruling out
the possibility that the mal-
functioning approach lights at
the airport may have been a
"We are not saying that it
could or could not have been
the cause of the crash, we are

Rear or fne plane, snowing a aetacnea

saying that it could be a possi-
ble contributory factor and we
are not ruling it out as such,"
he said. "The extent to which
it contributed we will be able
to make that determination
once we get into the analysis."
He said the JCAA had
informed international airlines
about the malfunctioning
approach lights, a problem
noted since November.

Crash could intensify

debate about pilot fatigue


DALLAS, Texas A leading
aviation expert has said that
the overshooting of runway at
Jamaica's Norman Manley
International Airport by
American Airlines flight 331
could intensify calls for new
policies on pilot fatigue.
"You really have to look
at how long these guys are
on duty," Sam Mayer, a
spokesman for the Allied
Pilots Association, which rep-
resents 9,000 American pilots,
told the Dallas Morning News
late last month.
Mayer said Flight 331's
pilot and co-pilot had been on
duty nearly 12 hours,
approaching the maximum
allowed. He speculated that
fatigue may have played a role
in a botched landing of an
American Airlines jet on Dec.
13, in Charlotte, North
Carolina, where pilots clipped
one of the MD-80's wing tips
on the ground and the wheels
briefly left the runway. No one
was injured in the incident,
which is under investigation.
Mayer said American

Airlines doesn't pay pilots
whose trips get interrupted
and who can't complete the
flying they signed up for.
He explained that the
pilots of Flight 331 were on
their first day of a multi-day
sequence of trips that, had
they diverted the plane to
another city, would probably
have jeopardized their ability
to fly out the rest of the
sequence. Not completing
trips can cost pilots thousands
of dollars in lost income,
Mayer said.
The United States Federal
Aviation Administration is
expected shortly to issue for-
mal guidelines that change
pilot rest rules, probably cut-
ting the maximum time they
can be on duty in a day or
over several days.
The U.S. National
Transportation Safety Board
(NTSB) dispatched a team of
investigators to assist the gov-
ernment of Jamaica in its
investigation of the accident.

Investigators question

flight passengers




United States Department of
Justice says two former
Haitian government officials
have been charged for their
alleged roles in a foreign
bribery, wire fraud and money
laundering scheme.
The department also said
two Florida executives of a
Miami-Dade County-based
telecommunications company
and the president of Florida-
based Telecom Consulting
Services Corporation have
been charged in the alleged
The authorities said that
the defendants participated in
the scheme to commit foreign
bribery and money laundering

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More Caribbean nationals become

U.S. permanent residents in 2009

Caribbean nationals became
United States "green card"
holders or permanent residents
in 2009 compared to the previ-
ous year, a CaribWorldNews
analysis has revealed.
Latest U.S. State
Department data analyzed
show more Caribbean nation-
als were able to adjust their
status to legal residents last
year, compared to 2008. They
include all immigrants spon-
sored by family and employers.
For 2009, the total was
44,417, according to State
Department statistics, com-
pared to over just 32,000 in
2008. The most permanent
visas went to immigrants from

the Dominican Republic, who
collected more than of the
total at 24,496.
Haiti was second with
7,199 while Jamaicans secured
5,493 visas. Guyana ranked
fourth, with over 3,000 nation-
als adjusting their status or
becoming permanent resi-
dents this year. Of that num-
ber, the majority of Caribbean
nationals who became green
card holders did so through
family sponsorship spouse or
parent while a smaller per-
centage did so through
employer sponsorship.
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Home intruders kill Jamaican man in Georgia

ATLANTA, Georgia A
Jamaican-born businessman
was killed by an intruder or
intruders at his home late last
On Dec. 29 Derrick
"Ricky" Balin, 53, a longtime
resident of the Lithonia area
here, reportedly went to inves-

tigate noises in his house
around 2:30 a.m. while his
wife Pamela called 911. He
was attacked and later died.
Balin, 53, who owned a
landscaping business, was
found in a downstairs bed-
room by the police. He was
taken to Grady Hospital suf-

fering from severe head
Up to press time the
police had made no arrests or
had determined a motive for
the killing.

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Legislators pay tribute to Percy Sutton,

Caribbean media pioneer

NEW YORK The American
Foundation for the University
of the West Indies (AFUWI)
will honor four Caribbean
prime ministers and Jamaica's
track star Usain Bolt at its
annual fundraising gala here
this month.
AFUWI said Barbados's
Prime Minister David
Thompson, Belize's Prime
Minister Dean Barrow,
Grenada's Prime Minister
Tillman Thomas and Trinidad
and Tobago's Prime Minister
Patrick Manning will be hon-
ored at the event on Jan. 28.
"The annual gala is the
AFUWI's premier fundraising
event in the United States at
which the prestigious Legacy
Awards are conferred on
notable individuals who repre-
sent high levels of achieve-
ment within their respective

fields of industry and enter-
pri%, AFUWI stated in a

year, the four
prime minis-
ters will be
presented with
the Legacy
Awards", it
said Bolt, the Jamaican-born
triple champion at the 2008
Olympics and 2009 World
Championships in Athletics,
will be presented with a spe-
cial award "in honor of his
record-breaking performance
in the 2008 Olympics and 2009
World Championships."

NEW YORK Caribbean
American legislators last month
paid tribute to Percy Sutton,
the pioneer of Caribbean radio
programming here, describing
him as a trailblazer and busi-
ness titan.
Sutton, whose popular
radio station WLIB, 1190 AM
focused primarily on
Caribbean music and news
from the late 1970s to 1990s,
died on Dec. 26. He was 89.
The cause of death was not
released to the public.
New York State Governor
David Paterson, the grandson of
Caribbean immigrants, and
Brooklyn Congresswoman
Yvette D. Clarke, the daughter
of Jamaicans, said the death has
left a void in the Caribbean and
African American communities.
"We say farewell to one of
New York's and this nation's
most influential African

American leaders a man
whom I am proud to have
called a friend and mentor
throughout my entire career,"
said Paterson.
"Percy Sutton was a trail-
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blazer," added the governor,
recalling that he had started
his career as a lawyer for the
late black activist Malcolm X.
Paterson said it was

Sutton, one of the founders of
the New York-based Inner
City Broadcasting
Corporation (ICBC), which
owns WLIB and WBLS radio
stations, who talked him into
running for office and "who
had continued to serve as one
of my most valued advisors
ever since."
Clarke told the Caribbean
Media Corporation (CMC)
that Sutton's passing marks
"an end to an era of political
influence," and that his contri-
butions to America were "end-
less." She noted that Sutton
served as an officer with the
Tuskegee Airman during
World War II and that he was
also a civil rights activist, New
York State assemblyman,
Manhattan borough president
and entrepreneur.

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Teleco, had been charged with
one count of conspiracy to
commit money laundering.
Jean Rene Duperval, for-
mer director of international
relations for telecommunications
at Haiti Teleco, 43, has been
slapped with one count of con-
spiracy to commit money laun-
dering and 12 counts of money
laundering. Duperval currently
lives in southern Florida.
Others charged in the
alleged scheme are: Joel
Esquenazi, 50, of Miami, the
former president of the
telecommunications company;
Carlos Rodriguez, 53, of Davie,
Florida, the former executive
vice president of the telecom-
munications company; and
Marguerite Grandison, 40, of

Miramar, the former president
of Telecom Consulting Services
Corp., and Duperval's sister.
"The telecommunications
company executed a series of
contracts with Haiti Teleco that
allowed the company's cus-
tomers to place telephone calls
to Haiti", the indictment noted,
stating that the alleged "corrupt
payments were authorized by
the telecommunications compa-
ny's president and vice presi-
dent and were allegedly paid to
successive Haitian government
officials at Haiti Teleco".

"The purpose of these
bribes was to obtain various
business advantages from the
Haitian officials for the
telecommunications company,
including issuing preferred

telecommunications rates,
reducing the number of min-
utes for which payment was
owed, and giving a variety of
credits toward sums owed, as
well as to defraud the
Republic of Haiti of revenue",
the indictment added.
"To conceal the bribe pay-
ments, the defendants allegedly
used various shell companies to
receive and forward on the
payments", the Justice
Department noted.
In addition, it charged
that the defendants "created
false records claiming that the
payments were for consulting
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Brave heart: Jamaican American carries fight to leukemia in U.S.


Imagine being diagnosed
with leukemia cancer of
the bone marrow blood
characterized by an out-of-
control accumulation of blood
cells. Like most cancers, these
leukemic cells are so strong
they quickly and easily out-
strip normal cells, severely
compromising one's health.
Can't imagine? Well,
Barbara Gordon knows this
malignant disease inside out,
she has been living with it for
nearly 20 years. Diagnosed in
1990, Jamaican-born Gordon,
now 70, is a retired nurse, a
survivor, an advocate for
awareness and change.
"I am an Anglican and
several years ago attended a
Episcopal Church Women's
convention. At the end of it, I
said to my dear friend Carmen
Chang, I have lived seventeen
years with leukemia, and I am
now in my twentieth year. I
think I would like to do some-
thing that will heighten the
awareness of the importance
of bone marrow for people
who have leukemia," Gordon
told Caribbean Today.
"I had the thought and

she took up the gauntlet and
That conversation was
the catalyst that started the
Leukemia Bone Marrow
Awareness, Inc. in 2006, a non-
profit organization to educate
and nudge the healthy to donate
bone marrow for those in need.


The organization started with
walks to raise funds and aware-
ness, the most recent on Dec. 5,
2009. The seed that Gordon
planted in her friend's heart has
grown into a serious movement.
So, how exactly did
Gordon discover she had
"I was in Jamaica on
vacation," she recalled. "One
Sunday night about midnight I

felt like someone used a hot
poker and went through the
bone of my right thigh. I also
had shortness of breath. I ran
to my friends who were in the
other bedroom and said I
think I am gonna die tonight.
I lived on aspirin until I
returned to the U.S., but by
then the pain has subsided.
"I went back to work at
Lennox Hill Hospital in New
York, where I worked as a
nurse. About two weeks after
I got back, this particular
Sunday I went to church. I did
feel a little feverish, but went
anyway. When I got home, I
went to sleep and elevated the
leg. I woke up with the same
stabbing pain."
Gordon went into Lennox
Hill Hospital that evening.
After a series of tests and
blood work, it was ascertained
that her white blood cell count
was 105,000. The normal count
ranges between 4,500 and
11,000. The diagnosis was offi-
cially confirmed leukemia.
Her doctor, head of
oncology/haematology Dr.
Shirley Brown, conducted a
bone marrow test and discov-
ered that Gordon has the type
of leukemia that can be treated

if no bone marrow match is
Her five siblings were
tested for matching bone mar-
row, but none matched her
own. She has since been on
medication to control her
white cell count, although it is
not a cure.
Successful bone marrow
transplant cures the disease,
which is either acute, a more
serious form, or chronic.
Gordon has the chronic form,
which is slow growing and

more easily treated.
"I know it was hopeless,
because if your siblings don't
match, it's difficult for us
black folks to get," she
explained, hLutL we don't
give, so we can't get."
Gordon, through the
Leukemia Bone Marrow
Awareness, Inc., is active in
the South Florida community
including churches, social
clubs such as Kiwanis,


incorporated in 2006, the
Miami-based Leukemia
Bone Marrow Awareness,
Inc. is a non-profit organiza-
tion created to educate and
offer heightened awareness
about the critical need for
bone marrow donations.
Board members include
Barbara Gordon (founder),
Carmen Chang, Lorna
Feanny, Michael Herrod,
Ruby Henry and Yvonne
The organization's web-
site will be available soon.

However, Gordon can con-
tacted via email at
Information about treat-
ment, clinical trials, research,
and statistics are also available
through the National Cancer
Institute at http://www.can-
kemia, the Leukemia &
Lymphoma Society at
lls, and the Mayo Clinic at
http://www.mayoclinic, com/h

January is Cervical Health

Awareness Month

BELLEVILLE, Illinois -
January is "Cervical Health
Awareness Month" and a prime
time to highlight the impor-
tance of routine Pap tests.
Raising awareness among
women with disabilities is
especially important because,
as a group, they are less likely
to get the life-saving test,
according to Allsup, a United
States provider of Social
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indicates the virus also causes
some cases of cancers of the
mouth, anus, head and neck in
men and women, according to
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Director Sarina Araujo.
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found early, it is highly treat-
able and associated with long
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life. Unfortunately, six out of
10 cervical cancers occur in
women who have never
received a Pap test or have
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five years. This problem is
especially pronounced among
women with disabilities.
Research shows that women
with disabilities are less likely
to get Pap tests than women
without disabilities.
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reasons for this disparity," said
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MPH. "The disability may
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injuries or disorders, or special
equipment may be needed.
Another barrier could be as
simple as not having adequate
transportation to the doctor."
In addition, healthcare
facilities may be inaccessible
and ill-equipped to serve peo-
ple with disabilities, so pre-
ventive services like Pap
smears are overlooked.

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Hopes of health spring from Caribbean roots at Florida wellness center


MIAMI Combining alternative
and traditional therapies is not a
novel idea. However, embracing
such a practice is not the norm
by most western/traditional-
trained physicians.
Jamaican-born, Florida-
based Dr. Wentworth Jarrett is
not the norm.
The University of the
West Indies and University of
Miami-trained family physician
has developed a practice based
on his Caribbean background,
experiences and traditional
medical training. Dr. Jarrett's
Wellness Center, located here,
is a welcoming destination for
mind, body and soul.
"Growing up as a
Caribbean person, and more
importantly, seeing all the nat-
ural remedies at work and
interacting with diverse people
C('lIIiL Jamaicans, Indian
Jamaicans, Jamaicans of
African descent, that's where it
all starts," says Dr. Jarrett, who
is from Kingston.
"We decided to focus on
evidence-based recommenda-
tions and try to incorporate it
into a wellness perspective,
where our office becomes not
just a sickness destination, but a
wellness destination. So the con-
cept of wellness is the core."
The experience begins as
soon as clients enter the space.
Doors are oversized, as are the
rooms, with high ceilings.
Calming colors, non-glare light-

ing, engaging artwork, and a
colorful fish tank in the waiting
area add to the center's tran-

This inviting space and Dr.
Jarrett's holistic philosophy
attract a variety of patients. The
doctor sees patients/clients from
all over the world, including
Vietnam, India, Pakistan,


Britain, South America, Jamaica
and Cuba. And, according to
Dr. Jarrett, many are already
using alternative therapies such
as acupuncture, herbal medi-
cines like sour sop leaf, noni.
"Holistic doesn't just mean
drinking bush tea and taking
noni," he says. "Holistic means
addressing the total mind and
body, and realizing that they
are not separate entities. In my

practice, I don't treat your
heart and ignore your toes. I
don't treat your psychological
issues or your marital issues
and ignore the fact that your
belly pain might be related."
For Dr.
Jarrett, taking
care of the mind
and body also
involves the
practice of yoga
and pilates. The
spa's certified
yoga and pilates
instructors guide
clients through
the art and
"heart" of medi-
tation, flexibility
and strength
through classes
held several
times per week.
A massage ther-
apist, acupunc-
turist and aes-
thetician are
also integral to
the practice.
"We offer
vitamins that
are evidence-
based, meaning
there is some Pilates room
evidence that
taking these things make a dif-
ference," Dr. Jarrett says. "In
fact, Vitamin C in appropriate
doses, various lipid-lowering
agents and niacin products are
being recommended now in
mainstream medicine. So, this

is just the beginning of what
we are trying to do."

Practicing medicine in
South Florida for more than 20

years, Dr. Jarrett treats issues
such as diabetes, hypertension
and heart disease. He also per-
forms pap smears, digital rectal
exams and colorectal screen-
ings, and also orders mammog-
raphy and gives vaccinations.


According to the
United States
National Institutes of
Health's National Cancer
Institute, the estimated num-
ber of new cases of leukemia
each year is more than 40,800
adults and 3,500 children.
The institute also estimates
that the number of deaths in
2009 was 21,870.
Some symptoms of
leukemia could include bone
pain or tenderness, shortness
of breath, swollen lymph

nodes, loss of appetite, fre-
quent infections, weakness or
A routine blood test can
detect chronic leukemia.
Further testing, which may
include bone marrow sam-
pling, is more definitive.
Depending on the type
of leukemia, treatment
involves therapies such as
chemotherapy or radiation to
stop the growth or kill
leukemia cells. Anti-cancer
drugs are also an option, as is

biological therapy to boost
the immune system.
Bone marrow transplant,
if a match is found, is a good
option because the procedure
replaces the cancer-produc-
ing marrow. The goal is to
reach complete remission.
Many with leukemia today
are living relatively healthy
lives with aggressive and
novel drug therapies.
Although there is no spe-
cific data on the incidence of
leukemia in Caribbean

nationals living in the U.S.,
the Leukemia & Lymphoma
Society reports that a certain
kind of blood cancer that
originates in the lymphatic
system, T-cell lymphoma, is
associated with Caribbean,
South American, African and
southern Japanese popula-
tions. The society reports
that about 74,490 people in
the U.S. were stricken with
lymphoma in 2009.

Brave heart: Jamaican American carries fight to leukemia in U.S.

Caribbean events and univer-
sities, advocating for survivors
and underscoring the impor-
tance of bone marrow dona-
tions. She and her colleagues
educate the fearful on the
ease and painless procedure
of bone marrow testing and
"Testing for a match is
just a cheek swab where a
tongue depressor is used to
slightly scrape for a sample,"
she said.
"So, it's painless. Then

you go through a deeper tis-
sue test and blood work. You
can then qualify to be added
to the registry. So, when there
is a patient that requires bone
marrow, if you are a match
your marrow is used."
Gordon said the response
has been positive. She noted
that the partnership with
Miami-Dade College of West
Kendall has resulted in many
students signing up to volun-
teer for donor testing. The
non-profit's annual walks are
held on the college grounds.

With plans to award
grants to leukemia patients
who lack insurance and other
financial support, Gordon is
optimistic about the continued
growth and future of the
Leukemia Bone Marrow
Awareness, Inc. And, although
diagnosed with breast cancer
about a year ago, which has
been brought under control
with lumpectomy and radia-
tion, Gordon remains strong,
positive, and optimistic about
life and the organization.
"The organization is in the

embryonic stage in compari-
son to others," she said. "But
we see the importance and we
see the responses... Tomorrow
is not promised to anyone, so
you get up in the mornings
and you say 'thank God, I can
put one foot in front of the
other'. Don't give up, although
when He is ready you have to
go, but, don't give up."

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

His wellness center has been in
operation for more than a year
and the number of patients
seeking traditional and alterna-
tive approaches is rapidly
growing. Dr. Jarrett believes
that's a healthy trend.
"I would certainly not sug-
gest to anyone that they aban-
don traditional medical treat-
ment," he explains. "However,
I view western-style medicine
and alternative therapy as
"For example, a patient of
mine with lung cancer has incor-
porated acupuncture in addition
to traditional medicine for pain,
and is doing very well. For nau-
sea I recommended the use a
crystalline ginger herb and it
worked very beautifully. The
patient is doing quite well. That's
an example of how non-tradi-
tional perspectives can help."

Part of the wellness center
offering is nutritional counseling.
"A vegan diet is absolutely
wonderful, if you can do it,"
says Dr. Jarrett.
"We know that the average
Seventh-Day Adventist, who is a
vegan, lives an average of seven
years longer than the regular
population. The best nutritional
diet in terms of longevity and
cardiovascular health known in
the world is the Mediterranean
diet, which is high in vegetables
and low in animal fats and chem-
ical preservatives.
"There is no real mystery
as to why we have so many
health issues among our
Caribbean people and those in
the Western world; it's because
we eat so much synthetic foods
and animal fats. Overall, it is
about reduced stress, activity
and nutrition."
The family physician
explains that people in the
United States with cardiovas-
cular or heart disease frequent-
ly get catheterizations, stents
and so on. However, what they
really need, he stresses, is prop-
er diet and lifestyle, and med-
ical management focusing on
weight reduction, decreasing
animal fats, exercise, possibly
daily aspirin and/or nitrates.
"They do not need to have
the chest split to have angio-
plasty," says Dr. Jarrett. "In
reality they have been inflect-
ed $100 to $200,000 worth of
expenses, pain and misery."
Treating the whole, there-
fore, is key to health and balance.
"People realize we are
paying attention to more than
just what insurance they have
or the disease process," says
Dr. Jarrett. "Rather, we look at
the entire person and body. I
think people appreciate that."

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

January 2010


The United States
Census Bureau is kick-
ing off a $340 million
media campaign to persuade
people to fill out their census
forms, but how much of that
money will the Caribbean
American media see?
That's the question
CaribID, the movement formed
in 2008 to get Caribbean nation-
als accurately counted by the
U.S. Census through their own
origin category, want answered.
CaribID founder Felicia
Persaud said while Steve Jost,
associate director of the U.S.
Census Bureau, is claiming
that "little more than half the
money will go towards local
advertising in order to reach
harder-to-count communi-
ties," several Caribbean media
houses are yet to be
approached on advertising.
"It is an outrage and a
shame," said Persaud. "How
are Caribbean media houses
supposed to push the message
without a dime in advertising
or support?"
In New York City alone,
where as Mayor Mike
Bloomberg pointed out at the
Jan. 4 Time Square mega
launch of Census 2010, there
are more people of Caribbean
ancestry outside the region
than anywhere else on earth,
no Caribbean American media
houses have received a single
insertion order. Worst, of the
hundreds of millions being
spent, not a single Caribbean
American company has
received a slice of the sub-con-
tracting dollars.

Instead, the Caribbean ad
buy may be a mere sliver of the
overall bl,, k buy that has
been handed off to an African
American agency completely
unfamiliar with the Caribbean
American media landscape and
one that has been marred in
controversy. This despite the
fact that officials like Mayor
Bloomberg and
Congresswoman Yvette Clarke

agree that the Caribbean
American demographic is defi-
nitely a hard to count segment
of the American population.
"Caribbean nationals
across the country should be
outraged and insulted by the
continued dismissal by the
U.S. government," said
Persaud, who advocated for
the introduction of the
Caribbean Count bill by
Congresswoman Clarke and
senators Chuck Schumer and
Kristin Gillibrand in the U.S.
Congress and Senate in April
and May of 2009.
"The fact that every other
group, especially Asians and
Latinos, are being addressed
while the Caribbean segment
remains ignored shows the
exact level of respect that is
being given to this community.
We too have our own identity
and not all Caribbean nation-
als are black. Its not about
division but facts."
Persaud is urging the
Caribbean media to use their
voice to speak out on this dis-
regard and to send a clear
message to the White House,
the census and congressional
officials through letters, e-
mails and op eds, that the con-
tinued dismissal will not be
"That's the power that's
really in our hands," added
Persaud, while reiterating the
importance of the movement
to the future empowerment of
Caribbean nationals across the

The above article was submit-
ted by CaribPR Wire on Jan.
5. CaribPR Wire is part of
Hard Beat Communications,
Inc., a Caribbean-focused
advertising, public relations
and news agency based in the
U.S. Felicia Persaud is also
founder/executive editor of
CaribWorldNews, a service
offered by Hard Beat


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Human beings have a
difficult task as they
traverse the social
landscape. We have to learn as
we go along, follow examples
set by others, or if we're lucky,
get taught by a parent or older
But even as we learn, they
keep changing the rules. Girls
are supposed to live a certain
way, and should be treated in
the right manner. They say it's
a man's world, but women
seem to have so much going
for them. When they marry
and divorce, they get the lion's
share of the assets, plus the
man has to keep on paying
and paying and paying.
Alimony or Allthemoney?
The children are usually
left in their care. Men take
them out, wine and dine them
and always pay the bill. A
woman can leave her house
with no money and still have a
wonderful evening on the
town. For the man though, it's
a different story, and he better
follow the rules or he'll be a
very lonely hombre.
This can pose severe
problems for young men, for
people just expect them to
know what to do all the time.
Sadly, they don't, and make
silly mistakes. It can be trau-
matic, as boys make this tran-
sition from boys to men. The
world can be unforgiving, and
so can some women.
But luckily many young
boys get a little help along the
way. Others who don't can be
scarred emotionally for life,
and sadly take it out on socie-
ty or on some hapless women.
When they examine the histo-
ry of many sex offenders, they
will have found some emo-
tional scarring as the young
lads entered into the realm of
puberty, when they turned
from boys to men.

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at stake.

From a boy enters this
world he is put under pres-
sure. The first thing that his
mother does is count his fin-
gers and toes, while the first
thing that his father does is
check out the size of the
infant's penis. Yes folks, the
size of that prized organ will
shape and determine the emo-
tional state of that boy/man
until the day he dies.
Most men are obsessed by
the size of their organ, with
the majority thinking that
theirs is too small. Every man
wants to know if his woman's
previous lover was bigger or
smaller than him. But the
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fathers who abandon their
sons usually have the sons
doing the same thing to their
It's a cruel cycle that fol-
lows boys as they turn to men,
and so many people are not
aware of the serious problems
and pitfalls that young men
encounter as they make this
important transition.
So it's not really a man's
world after all, at least not
entirely. Even during the sex
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U.S. racial hope fades with painful realities, despite Obama's appeal

In my favorite "Star Trek"
episode, Captain James T.
Kirk and the crew of the
starship Enterprise encoun-
tered humanoids from a plan-
et embroiled in war over an
issue as clear as black and
white. Literally. The planet
Cheron is locked in a race
war. This astonishes earth-
lings. To us, all Cheronians
look alike. Their skin is evenly
divided, half-black and half-
white, down the middle of
their faces and bodies.
A perplexed Captain Kirk
asks, what is the difference
that Cheronians are fighting
about? "Isn't it obvious?" says

a Cheronian who is white on
his left side, "All of his people
are white on the RIGHT side."
The episode, like all good
fiction, helps us come to grips
with painful realities. It first
aired in 1969, a time when our
country's racial d ill r IL 1 1,
were erupting in riots and
assassinations. The black-white
planet was doomed by its
inhabitants' inability to deal
even with the slightest diversity.
Could we earthlings do better?

Flash forward 40 years. A
year after two-thirds of
Americans polled expressed

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high hopes
for a post-
racial future,
Gallup says,
"there is
scarcely more
hope" for a
solution on
race than
there was
If so, I


am not sur-
prised. In
fact, I am somewhat relieved
that we Americans are show-
ing ourselves to be optimistic
but also realistic. We know
one election is not going to
solve our racial challenges. We
still have hope. We have only
raised our standards for how
we define our long-sought
Since 1963, Gallup has
been asking Americans
whether we think relations
between blacks and whites
"will always be a problem for
the United States, or that a
solution will eventually be
worked out". The optimistic
view that a solution will be
worked out surged to an all-

time high of 67 percent the
day after Obama's election,
but a year later only 56 per-
cent express that belief. That's
statistically the same as the 55
percent who felt that way back
in Dec. 1963, when Gallup first
asked the question.
"In short, despite all that
has happened in the interven-
ing d,.d,, ', says Gallup,
"there is scarcely more hope
now than there was those
many years ago that the
nation's race-relations situa-
tion will be o kd .

But Gallup should not
sound so gloomy. The
Americans in their survey are
being realistic. Americans
might want to be post-racial,
but I think we also know in
our heart of hearts that we're
not ready yet.
After all, it was not that
long ago that Gallup found
our racial optimism at an all-
time low of 29 percent. That
was in Oct. 1995, shortly after
O.J. Simpson's acquittal of
double murder dramatically
revealed the nation's racial
divide on national television.
Seldom has our state of race
looked so bleak. Yet, Tiger
Woods was becoming a new
cultural hero across racial
lines, Oprah Winfrey already
was, and Colin Powell was
seriously being urged by high-
powered fans in both parties
to run for president. Change
was in the air. Hope was being

Growing pains of boys
cy and low self esteem, as their
net worth is determined by the
gross weight, length and girth
of their organ. They sing the
blues. This perceived problem
haunts young boys and grown
men for as long as they live.
As the boy grows older,
he's now faced with the daunt-
ing prospect of approaching
females he may fancy. Sounds
simple, right? But if you're a
gangly, pimply, gawky teenag-
er it can be as difficult as fac-
ing a hungry lion.
Rejection can be like a
dagger through the heart of a
male teenager and can shatter
his self esteem for years.

Then he approaches man-
hood, the period when he's no
longer a boy, but not yet quite
a man. Now confidence is
paramount, so he has to have
the latest "bling" stuff, the
phone, car, good job, the
works. If he's fortunate
enough to be educated and
has all the trappings of the
young up-and-coming-man,
then it's not so bad, not so
much anxiety, although he

kept alive.
It is a sign of our progress
that racism has been driven
underground, if not eliminated.
But racial suspicions rise to fill
the gap. For example, it is hard
for me to read about church
pastors like the Reverend
Wiley Drake of Buena Park,
California, or Pastor Steven
Anderson of Tempe, Arizona -
who have proudly prayed for
Obama to die soon and not
wonder how much race might
be a motivating factor in their
But race is such a touchy
topic these days that you can
be accused of being a racist
just for bringing it up.
Obama's thoughts on racial
profiling led Fox News star
Glenn Beck to call the presi-
dent "a racist" who liiL,,
white culture." When Katie
Couric later asked him, "What
is 'white culture'?" Beck
looked surprised. He accused
Couric of trying to "trap" him
and refused to answer. That's
too bad. I, too, would like to
know what he means by
"white culture." By under-
standing my dullhi rL n1L with
people who come from other
cultures, I hope to gain a bet-
ter understanding of what I
have in common with them -
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to men linger a long time
can't be sure if the ladies want
him for himself, or for his posi-
tion in life. After all, women
are drawn to wealth, so take
that away and where does that
leave him? More anxiety, as
he's now in a dilemma, a
quandary, a pool of despair as
he sings the blues.
Then he grows older,
takes himself a bride and pro-
ceeds to live happily ever
after. No one told him that
happily ever after only occurs
in the fairy tales. He laments
the loss of his freedom, and
even though he loves his wife
and children, he feels like a
caged animal, pacing in his
enclosure, longing to have a
whiff of the freedom that he
once had. But it's gone forever
and the laments are recited.
So as you can see, the path
of boy to manhood is accom-
panied by a symphony of
blues, and the blues are usually
songs of melancholy. So ladies,
don't believe that you have a
carte blanche on problems, for
boys to men do have their
share of problems too.

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Beyonc6's T&T concert sparks uproar among promoters, entertainers

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad,
CMC A group of promoters
and entertainers say they plan
to write the state-owned
Telecommunications Services of
Trinidad and Tobago (TSTT)
asking it to withdraw its spon-
sorship of the Feb. 18 concert
featuring the American singer
Gregory Fernandes, former
chief executive officer of the
Caribbean Prestige Foundation,
who is among those involved in
the effort to get TSTT to
rescind its decision, planned to

FLORIDA A United States
magistrate has ordered
Jamaican reggae star Buju
Banton be held without bail
on drug charges.
Magistrate Anthony
Porcelli made the ruling earli-
er this month after the dance-
hall artiste's new defense
attorney David Oscar Markus
said he would not oppose the
government's request that the
singer be detained.
Banton, whose real name
is Mark Myrie, pleaded not
guilty to U.S. federal charges
that he conspired to buy
cocaine from an undercover
law enforcement officer in
Sarasota, Florida, last month.
The U.S. Drug
Enforcement Administration
(DEA) charged that Banton
had contacted a "confidential
informant" about a possible
cocaine purchase. The DEA
said in an affidavit that Banton
and "other men met with the
informant at Sarasota's La
Tropicana de Havana restau-
rant, where the DEA and local
police had set up surveillance."
"Eventually, the group
went to a warehouse to make
the cocaine deal", the affidavit
Markus said there was no

ST. GEORGE'S, Grenada,
CMC Calypsonian Elywn
"Wizzard" McQuilkin is
among five Grenadians
named on Queen Elizabeth
II's 2010 honors list.
He has been awarded the
Order of the British Empire
(OBE) in recognition of his
contribution to culture.
McQuilkin, who marked
40 years of calypso singing in
2009, is well known for his hit
song "IMF".

submit the letter to the compa-
ny's Chief Executive Officer
Roberto Peon early this month.
Fernandes, speaking on
local radio here recently, said
that TSTT has already indicated
that it would be reducing its
funding to activities for the car-
nival celebrations this year.
"Bringing Beyonc6 at this
time puts more pressure on the
industry," he said, adding "car-
nival activity is a very high risk
and a lot of bands suffer high
Fernandes said that the

Buju Banton
sense in seeking bail when
immigration authorities have
placed a detainer on Banton,
36, who is in the U.S. on an
entertainer visa. Markus said
his client will fight the charges
and will not enter into any
plea deal with prosecutors.
"We will be going to trial.
He did not commit the crimes
he's charged with. He was not
in any conspiracy," Markus
told reporters, adding that
with regards to the immigra-
tion detainer, there should be
a "presumption of innocence.
In~kId there is a pre-
sumption of guilt in immigra-
tion," he said, disclosing that the
criminal case against Banton is
scheduled for a status confer-
ence in next month and tenta-
tively set for trial in March.

Other Grenadians being
honored by the queen are
Carriacou businessman
Franklyn Theodore St. Bernard
Bullen, for service to the busi-
ness community; Faith Jessamy,
for public service training and
farming; Susanna Antoine for
her contribution to education;
and footballer Jason Roberts
for his service to the sports

group of promoters and enter-
tainers "want to discuss with
TSTT the position they have
taken to present Beyonc6 in
concert so soon after carnival
and their decision to cut back
and even pull sponsorship of
carnival events."
Fernandes also said accord-
ing to media reports, the pro-
duction cost for the Beyonc6
concert is in the vicinity of
TT$10 million ($1.4 million).
The Recording Industry
Association of Trinidad and
Tobago (RIATT) said it was
also raising objection to the
"The state making a $10
million investment to stage an
artiste like Beyonc6 in Trinidad

and Tobago is a very large
investment", noted RIATT

General Secretary Fabien
Alphonso in a press statement.
"Not using this occasion to
initiate discussions on collabora-
tions between Beyonc6 and any
of our local flagship artistes
would be considered a wasted
opportunity as the Trinidad and
Tobago Entertainment Company
Ltd (TYENT) was established
for this exact purpose.
"Furthermore, it's unfortu-
nate that TIENT is not engaged
in the planning process of an
event of this magnitude. This
would have ensured an opportu-
nity to position local music inter-
nationally via the current largest
female performer in the world",
he added.
But Lisa Agard, executive






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Buju Banton denied bail in U.S.;

reggae star to fight drug charge

Calypsonian among five Grenadians

honored by Britain's Queen Elizabeth

January 2010


Powerful voices, online band quest among Jamaica's jazz fest attractions

The powerful voices of
some of America's top
soul singers, among them
Erykah Badu, Babyface and
legend Gladys Knight, are
among the main attractions at
this month's Jamaica Jazz and
Blues Festival.
The event, set for Jan. 24-
30, will also feature American
act Hall and Oates and British
vocalist Joss Stone, fused with a
local blend such as jazz Monty
Alexander and reggae artistes


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Marion Hall and the Third
World band.
The 2010 festival will also
feature small concerts, with
select artistes performing at var-
ious hotels in Jamaica, including
Sunset Jamaica Grande,
Iberostar, RIU, Sunset Resort
Montego Bay, and the Jamaica
Pegasus in Kingston from Jan.
24 to 27.
The main stage event will
be hosted on the final three days
from Jan. 28 to 30 at the

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For Miami-Dade County, District 1
Grant funds available to
qualifying business owners

Up to $5,000
Applications available for pick up
January 26, 2010 February 17,2010
at the following locations:
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and requirements held on Wednesday, February 17, 2010, 6:00 p m at the Nort
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be considered for fundfg. please be on lime!
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Greenfield Stadium in Trelawny.
The newest addition to the
program is "JJ&B Band Quest"
- an online audition of undis-
covered talent vying for a
chance to perform at the festi-
val. Contestants must join the
JJ&B Fan Zone and the JJ&B
Band Quest Group at to cre-
ate a profile and upload a pic-
ture and video of their band or
group. The number of votes and
points from the online audience
will determine who is chosen to
audition live in Jamaica and



Calypso king spends
Christmas in jail
Antigua and Barbuda's reign-
ing king of calypso Leston "Young
Destroyer" Jacobs, who is facing
gun-related charges, reportedly
spent Christmas behind bars after
a high court judge denied his
application for bail.
Jacobs, 27, was arrested in
November after two firearms and
more than 100 rounds of ammuni-
tion were allegedly found at his
home. He was jointly charged with
Ceylon Howe, 19, whose bail
application was also denied.

Jamaica addressing violent
The Jamaica government is taking
a multi- pronged approach to
solving the problem of explicitly
sexual and violent songs and their
wide accessibility in the public
Information Minister Daryl Vaz
recently said this approach would
continue until successful out-
comes were achieved and sus-

Compiled from CMC and other

favorite act via text message.
The winners of the 2010
Jamaica Jazz and Blues Band
Quest will be awarded prizes and

U.S. cities such as New York,
Fort Lauderdale and Atlanta.
A team of judges will select
the final three. The winners will
be added to the line-up of the
festival and their auditions, as
well as interviews, will be
uploaded to the Jamaica Jazz
and Blues Festival website,
along with interviews from the
Patrons at the festival will
be asked to choose their


secure a booking to perform on
the festival's main stage in 2011.
For more information on the
festival, including ticket informa-
tion, visit www.jamaicajazzand-

Beyonce's T&T concert sparks uproar among promoters, entertainers

head of Mobile and Legal
Services at TSTT, said the com-
pany would be in breach of its
contract with Beyonc6 if it dis-
closes the cost for the concert.
"I can't give you exact num-
bers, particularly with regard to
what she is costing," Agard
reportedly told a local newspa-
per. "Not because we have any
reluctance to disclose it, but
there are confidentiality provi-
sions in her contract with us."

But she insisted that her
company's involvement in other
activities for the carnival would
not suffer as a result of the
"I can tell you that when you

look at all of the things we are
involved in whether in culture,
sports or in the community gen-
erally in Trinidad and Tobago
our expenditure on those far
exceeds the expenditure we are
going to incur as a result of this
"We have spent, we will
spend and will continue to
spend millions of dollars spon-
soring many carnival events.
That commitment remains," she
Meanwhile, TSTT has con-
firmed that a company owned
by West Indies cricket icon
Brian Lara and star footballer
Dwight Yorke was one of the
main contractors for the con-
cert. TSTT spokesman Grame
Suite said that LAY
Management has been retained

by TSTT to help in the coordi-
nation and logistics associated
with the event, and Agard said
the company would assume
responsibility for the venue
minus stage, sound and lights
when the country's largest
telecommunications provider
signs the contract.
Public Utilities Minister
Mustapha Abdul-Hamid was
quoted in a publication of the
NEWSDAY newspaper as
ordering TSTT to produce a
report over its expenditure for
"On the matter of the
expenditure, I have asked for the
facts and for a report on what
the facts are," Abdul-Hamid
reportedly told the newspaper.


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Jamaican American Tyson Beckford, right, host of Bravo television's "Make Me a Super
Model", recently joined Trinidadian ambassadors at Antilia Carnival to rev up New Yorkers'
interest in Trinidad and Tobago's 2010 carnival. Former Miss Universe, Trinidad and
Tobago's Wendy Fitzwilliam, left, assisted Beckford in educating enthusiastic attendees
about carnival culture. Soca artiste Machel Montano performed for New Yorkers who had
gathered in Tribeca. The event was produced by Caribbean-owned entertainment brand
Antilia Inc. and featured stilt walkers, live steel pan music and premium Caribbean hors
d'oeuvres. T&T's carnival is set to culminate in the streets of Port of Spain Feb. 15 and 16.


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Caribbean tourist arrivals from U.K.

up in 2010, airline official predicts

LONDON, England, CMC -
Caribbean countries are likely
to record an increase in visitor
arrivals from the United
Kingdom this year, a senior
British Airways official has
"Compared to the same
period of last year, we are
really pleased with the early
bookings that are taking
place," said the airline's cor-
porate sales manager, Simon
"We are talking double
digit growth as far as early
bookings. We are reasonably
optimistic in a very tough
environment about the situa-
tion in the Caribbean (in
Brooks, speaking after
the Caribbean Tourism
Organization (CTO)'s
European Marketing Forum
here recently, declined to give
details, but said there was rea-
son to be positive. Brooks rep-

resented B.A.'s chief executive
officer, Willie Walsh, at the pre-
World Travel Market (WTM)
But in a recorded presen-
tation, Walsh expressed a
desire to strengthen the carri-
er's relationship with the
Caribbean, adding that the
holiday travel from the U.K.
to the region remained strong.
"The leisure market, par-
ticularly the market between
the Caribbean and the U.K. is a
very strong market," Walsh told
delegates, including tourism
ministers, directors of tourism
and other stakeholders.
"Leisure business from
the U.K. has grown relatively
strong and it's one of the rea-
sons we've seen British
Airways grow its presence in
this market and we see further
opportunities for expansion in
the years ahead."

Exploring Jamaica made

easier via GPS

Exploring Jamaica just
got easier with the cre-
ation of the Caribbean's
first GPS navigation map data
known as JAMNAV.
The Mona
Geolnformatics Institute of
the University of the West
Indies in Jamaica has devel-
oped and released JAMNAV,
which it claims offers turn by
turn, voice assisted navigation
across Jamaica.
The technology includes
over 9,300 miles of roads and
15,000 points of interest,
including petrol stations,
hotels, restaurants, shopping
places and attractions.
"JAMNAV has been cre-
ated by Jamaicans that have
an intimate knowledge of its
terrain, and is the first of its
kind in the Caribbean," said

Jamaica's Director of Tourism
John Lynch in a recent press
According to the release,
JAMNAV is based on the Garmin
platform, a worldwide leader for
personal navigation devices. The
Mona Geolnformatics Institute
worked as the local developer
ensuring local ol ipk XiII \\ %L rL
taken into consideration, such as
one-way streets and parochial
JAMNAV is currently
available from Avis Car
Rental at both of Jamaica's
international airports in
Kingston and Montego Bay,
and is available with or with-
out a rental car. The technolo-
gy has been available since
summer 2009.

Cuba attracts record two million tourists

Tourism Minister Manuel
Marrero believes visitor
arrivals to Cuba should reach
2,425,000 for 2009, a new
record for the country.
In a report presented to
Parliament late last month,
Marrero said that if the island
achieves this figure it would
represent a 3.3 percent
increase in arrivals compared
to the previous year.
Cuba's tourism minister
said Canada was Cuba's
largest market followed by
Great Britain and Spain.

He explained that the
increase in tourist arrivals has
been bolstered by the comple-
tion and use of new accommo-
dations that include another
2,000 rooms at the main
tourist resorts.
Before outlining his
development strategy for the
2010-2015 period, which
includes investments with
Cuban capital, Marrero said
that 60 percent of what the
island markets comes from
local production.

Delta resumes service between Atlanta and Tobago

Delta airlines last month
resumed service from
Atlanta, United States
to the Caribbean island of
The Tobago House of
Assembly (THA) announces
the reactivation of nonstop
service between Atlanta's
Hartsfield-Jackson International
Airport and Tobago's Crown
Point International Airport.
The Atlanta-Tobago non-
stop service will be seasonal

and will operate once a week,
departing Atlanta on
Saturday at 4:05 p.m. and
returning from Tobago on
Sunday mornings at 9:05 a.m.
until April 24, 2010.
The flight will be operated
on a Boeing 737-800, with 144
seats in economy class and 16
in first class. The service, that
will complement Delta's exist-
ing service between Port of
Spain and Atlanta, and Port of
Spain and New York-JFK,

allows travelers from the U.S.
to by-pass the previously
required stop-over and possi-
ble overnight in Trinidad.
"Our guests will be able
to plan their vacation to the
island with greater ease,"
said Assemblyman Oswald
Williams, Secretary for Tourism
and Transportation at the
Tobago House of Assembly,
in a recent press release.

Jamaica officially kicked off its Winter 2009/2010 Travel Season on Dec. 15 by welcoming a couple visitors to the island from the
Washington, D.C. area of the United States who that traveled to Montego Bay onboard an Air Jamaica flight. Edward Neufville and Bahia
Akerele were greeted by several representatives of the island's tourism industry at Sangster International Airport. Photograph shows, front
row from left, Godfrey Dyer, chairman of the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF); Carrole Guntley, director general in the Ministry of Tourism;
Akerele; Neufville, Owen Campbell, regional airport manager, Air Jamaica; and back row, from left, John Lynch, Jamaica's director of
tourism; Danville Walker, commissioner of customs; Rosie Johnson, regional manager, Jamaica Tourist Board; and lan Neita, executive
director of the TEF.

Canadian airline pulls out of four

Caribbean destinations


ST. GEORGE'S, Grenada,
CMC Less than a month
after its inaugural flight to
Grenada, the Canadian based
airline Sunwing is ending its
relationship with the island
and three other Caribbean
destinations, industry officials
confirmed last month.
They said that from Jan. 6
the airline would no longer
operate flights to Grenada,
Trinidad, Jamaica and
The Travel Industry
Council of Ontario (TICO), in
an exclusive interview with
the Caribbean Media
Corporation (CMC), said that
Sunrise, the travel agency
which contracted the airline,

had violated the Travel
Industry Act 2002 resulting in
the voluntarily termination of
its registration.
"They didn't have suffi-
cient financing to continue
operating the charters they
were committed for. They are
committed to a risk program
and they did not have suffi-
cient funds," said TICO's
Chief Executive Officer
Michael Pepper.
"They have commitments
to pay Sunwing on a rotation
basis to Kingston, Port of
Spain and Grenada and also
they have another program
with sky services to Guyana.
So they were committed to
paying those carriers in
advance for each of the flights
and they did not have suffi-

cient funds," said Pepper, who
is also the registrar for the
Travel Industry Act.
TICO employees were at
the Toronto airport late last
month informing Sunwing's
Caribbean bound passengers
about the problem and giving
them the option of withdraw-
ing from the flight.
Sunrise's decision to vol-
untarily terminate its registra-
tion follows a meeting last
month between its Chief
Executive Officer Ramnarine
Tiwari and TICO officials.
The departure of Sunwing
will be seen as a major blow to
Grenada following an increase
in visitor arrivals from Canada
in recent months.

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Black womanhood's link to spirituality,
icism, AUTHOR: Donna Aza any literary scholars
nd Weir-Soley have analyzed the the
Black REVIEWED BY: Dawn JY Lworks of black
tings A. Davis women writers. However,
oftentimes the <';It are
the same, offering no novel
interpretation or new way to
look at these works. Dr.
0g Donna Aza Weir-Soley, on the
other hand, has stepped out-
side the box, offering fresh
:e Consultation perspectives on four literary
voices of the 20th and 21st
Citizenship Work Visas centuries.
SCitizenship Work Visas The author, through her
Representation Permanent book "Eroticism, Spirituality,
in Court Residency and Resistance in Black
Women's Writings", looks at
Defse Adinst Work Permits the interrelationships between
Deportations Fmi Petitions spirituality and eroticism, and
Asylu B Heaing the empowerment of women
through these portals in works
A a by Zora Neale Hurston, Toni
Divorce Morrison, Opal Palmer Adisa
and Edwidge Danticat.
The characters searching
for identity and dealing with
JaEthe suppression or awakening
of their sexual spirit in
Hurston's "Their Eyes Were
Watching God", Morrison's
"Beloved", Palmer Adisa's "It
Begins with T., ar, and
) awa- Danticat's "The Farming of
BI WIL leap off the page in
Weir-Soley's study. Her analy-
ses is warm and sensitive, yet
pushes the boundaries of con-

sexuality and
ventional academic writing.
But, be warned, her introduc-
tion could be intimidating for
the casual or non-academic
Not to worry, the meat of
the book is an easy read. It is
not necessary to read from
cover to cover.
Weir-Soley deftly reveals
how the four writers weave
traditional West African spiri-
tuality into their stories of
modern-day women. For
example, Hurston, through
her female characters, forces
the reader to look at christian-
ity and the powerful role it
plays in black consciousness,
the remnants of slavery and
racial stereotypes thrust upon
black women of the era.
Morrison's "Beloved" has
both puzzled and intrigued
readers. But Weir-Soley brings
the story into perspective with
her explanation of the role of
female goddesses, the signifi-
cance of African deities, spir-
its, loas and Haitian Voudoun
goddesses. The sexual, spiritu-
al, and emotional violence
experienced by the characters
in "Beloved" culminates in
healing spiritual energy; the
author helps lead the reader

Jamaica to host Jewish Diaspora of the Caribbean confab

Miami-Dade County
Commissioner Katy Sorenson
District 8
Mom and Pop
Small Business Grant Program

I Grant Funds available to
Qualifying business owners

Up to $4,000 for Commercial business or
Up to $2,000 for Home-based business
Applications available for pick up
From Monday, January 25 to Monday, February 8, 2010
Commissioner Sorenson's District Office
South Dade Government Center
10710 SW211 Street, Suite 204, Miami. FL 33189
Online at il,: ,,i.-t,,i- I ,.' 1 ,i")
For all applicants. there will be a Mandatory InformatlonlWorklhop Meeting
explaining the application and requirements on Tuesday, February 9, 2010,
10:00 a.m. (Please be on time) at the South Dade Government Center
10710 SW 211 Street. Conference Room 203
Applicants not in attendance will not be considered for funding.
After attending the Mandalory InformietonlWorkshop Meeting, submit 1 original and
1 copy of the completed application in person to Commisioner Sorenson's Disrlct
Ofic Suite 204. from Februry 9,2010 to February 12, 2010 (lasl day by 5-00 pm)
(We suggest you keep a copy for your records)
For more information. you may contact:
Commstsoner Sorenson's District Office at 305-378A-677
Neighbors And Neighbors Association (NANA)
Me. Lawanza Finney at 305-756-0605 from 10 a.m. 4 p.m.

KINGSTON, Jamaica -
Jamaica will be the host desti-
nation for the inaugural
Jewish Diaspora of the
Caribbean International
Conference this month.
The event, which will be
held from Jan. 12-14 at the
Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, will
feature experts from the
United States, Jamaica, France
and Israel addressing a range
of topics, from cultural history
including architecture, music
and religion, to Caribbean
Jewish identity and heritage.
"Jamaica has a respected
and vibrant Jewish movement
that has aided in the develop-

ment of the country," said
John Lynch, Jamaica's tourism
Ainsley Henriques,
director of the United
Congregation of Israelites,
Kingston and co-chair of the
conference, said: "This confer-
ence is long overdue. We are
pleased with the tremendous
support that we have received
from our partners, and those
participating in the confer-
ence. This conference will be
an avenue to educate, enlight-
en and enrich the lives of the
Caribbean and International
Jewry and introduce other
individuals to the rich culture

and history of our people."
Following the event, from
Jan. 15-16, participants can
engage in a post-conference
program including tours of
prominent sites in Kingston
that are of significant and his-
toric value to the Kingston
Jewish community. Those
include a trip to the University
of the West Indies, Mona cam-
pus where Jewish refugees
from the Holocaust were
housed during World War II to
kiddush and dinner with
Kingston's Jewish community.

the past
to this understanding.
The author also nudges
the reader, perhaps uncon-
sciously, to look at his/her own
position in society.
Weir-Soley's view of
Jamaican writer Palmer
Adisa's "It Begins with T. r,
is highly erotic, yet laced with
African and Caribbean tradi-
tional spiritual thought.
The writer-poet identifies
the common thread connect-
ing these four important liter-
ary works: Personal Irun--klL,
African spiritual practices,
sexual energies that spark vio-
lence and healing, denial,
identity and community trans-
tered practices are at the heart
of the stories.
Resolution is not always
the conclusion, nor should it
be. But certainly readers are
forced to think about black
womanhood and the intense
link between spirituality, sexu-
ality and the power of the past.
Publisher: University Press
of Florida.
Dawn A. Davis is a freelance
writer for Caribbean Today.

(305) 885-0558
Fax: (305) 887-6684
7790 NW 46th Street Unit 18 Miami, Florida 33166 email:

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American Development Bank
(IDB) is providing a $10 mil-
lion loan to Barbados to sup-
port productive development
policies and business climate
reforms aimed at improving
the competitiveness of the pri-
vate sector.
The IDB said the loan
would support the expansion of
private sector participation in
the economy and increase gov-
ernment effectiveness by
reducing transaction costs,
modernizing trade logistics and
trade facilitation services and
providing a sound environment
for private sector development.
"It will lead, for example,

to a more expeditious and
equitable processing of invest-
ment applications; and a sub-
stantial reduction in the time
businesses spend on complying
with import/export regula-
tions", the IDB noted, adding
that the loan would also sup-
port the restructuring of insti-
tutions that provide financial
and non-financial business
development services.
The project will finance
new tools for tax policy analysis,
enabling the government to
improve the efficiency and
transparency of its business
taxes, an essential pre-requisite
to an improved business climate.


Suzette Rochester, standing far left, manager of Victoria Mutual Building Society's (VMBS)
Florida representative office, reads to students during a recent visit to the Parkway Baptist
Church Wee Care. The VMBS office made a donation of books and school supplies as part
of its community outreach project in Florida. VMBS has opened an office in Miami Gardens
and operates with a mandate to promote its varied products and services to Jamaicans and
friends of Jamaicans in the United States diaspora. VMBS offers financial services geared to
towards savings and investments for retirement, vacation, education and mortgage loans for
residential and commercial purposes.



Marley Boulevard in Brooklyn
e- businesses are suffering due to events planner and public rela-
the economic downturn and tions/marketing consultant said
high unemployment, but we she will be working with the
is, must be creative and innova- various business owners and
tive to find avenues that will the community to plan events
grow businesses and retain that will aid in the revitaliza-
and create employment for tion of the shopping strip.

Caribbean group seeks to revitalize Bob
EW YORK A Caribbean Council (WIAPAC) plans to City Council members repi
merican group in New York unveil several Caribbean flags senting the districts, which
hoping to inject economic along the strip from East 98th include the new City
Street to Flatbush Avenue Councilman Jumani Willia
while hosting a series of com- to move on the project and
munity events and projects in complete his portion of the
collaboration with the mer- renaming of Bob Marley
chants and residents to include Boulevard, which was not
the "Caribbean Week" cele- ported by the former City
bration in June 2010. Councilman Kendall Stewa
"We must bring back the "We know that many
economic vitalization of
Church Avenue Bob Marley
Boulevard to help our mer-
chants. We cannot afford to
see businesses closed as these
businesses create jobs and fuel
the stability of our communi-
rley ty," said Michael Russell, pres-
ident and founder of WIA-
ality into the Bob Marley Russell, who was one of
)ulevard corridor in the creators of the proposal to
ooklyn, N.Y. rename Church Avenue Bob
The West Indian Marley Boulevard, said he will
merican Progressive Action also be meeting with various

IDB offers $10M loan to support

B'dos business, climate reforms

our community," said Esther
Haynes-Tross, public relations
director of WIAPAC.
Tross, a professional

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Building Better Communities
A Snapshot of Our Progress
The Building Better Communities bond program has reached the five-year mark
with a long roster of work completed or in various phases of planning, design or
construction. Here are some of the projects leaving an imprint on our community.

Community & Human Services
Allapattah YMCA
ASPIRA of Florida
Caleb Center Upgrades
Daily Bread Food Bank
Habitat for Humanity
Hialeah Affordable Housing
Homeless Trust Housing Complex
New Victims' Assistance Center Building
Pierre Community Center
Sunrise Community Training Center
United Way Center for Early Education
Wynwood/Allapattah Service Center
Cuban Museum
Hispanic Ballet Theater
Historic Hampton House
Jewish Museum
Lyric Theater
South Dade Arts Center
Vizcaya Museum & Gardens Restoration
Public Works
Bridge Repairs & IigtMing repairs
Beach Renounshment various locales
Drainage Improvemenis 87196 LF (17 miles)
New 8 Repaired Sidewalks nearly 90 miles
Road Re-surfacing more than 50 miles
Major Infrastructure
Port of Miami Tunnel Design
Marlins Ballpark Construction
Miami Beach Convention Center- Pre- Design
Museum Park Design
Countywide Water/Sewer Improvements
Endangered Lands
Acquisition of more than 2,600 acres as part of
Environmentally Endangered Lands Program






County Parks
A.D. Barnes Aqualic Faclily
Amelia Earhart New Facilities
Black Point & Haulover Marina Upgrades
Crandon Tennis Courts Re-surfaced
Redland Fruit & Spice Landscaping
Greynolds Fac.Iily Repairs
Matheson Hammock New Access Road
Miami Metrozoo Amazon & Beyond Exhibit
Tamiami Improved Sports Fields
Tropical Equestrian Center Phase 1
Neighborhood Parks
Coral Reef in Palmetto Bay
Dominoes in Sweetwater
Doral Park and Sportsfields
Grapeland Waterpark
Little Haiti Soccer
Lummus Park
Miami Springs Recreation
Milander Sports Fields
Perrine Park
Royal Oaks Acti.ty Center
South Pointe Park
Sunny isles Active Park
West Miami Recreation
Healthcare Facilities
Jackson Memorial Hospital Emergency,
Pediatric 8 Radiology Units
Jackson SouIh Communiys Hospital
University of Miami Ear Institute
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Canada appoints T&T-born Hart

senior national men's soccer coach

TORONTO, Canada, CMC -
The Canadian Soccer
Association has appointed
Trinidad and Tobago-born
Stephen Hart as head coach of
the country's senior national
men's team, lifting the interim
tag he previously held.
Hart will be in charge of
Canada's qualification efforts
as the country works toward
the 2014 FIFA World Cup
Finals in Brazil.
"He delivers an exciting
brand of football that has
proven to be successful against
our CONCACAF opponents,"
Canada's Soccer Association
President Dr. Dominic
Maestracci announced.
Hart, 49, embraced his
appointment and pledged to
build a successful national
"I am honored to be cho-
sen for this prestigious and
very important position," said
Hart, who will be charge of
the team when Canada plays
Jamaica in a friendly interna-
tional in Kingston on Jan. 31.

"I am fully aware of the

expectation and look forward
to the challenge of building a
team for the 2014 FIFA World
Cup qualifiers and beyond,"


added Hart, who made the
T&T national squad as a play-
er in 1980 before migrating to
Hart most recently served
as Canada's interim head coach
for the 2009 season, including a
quarter-final finish at the
had also been interim head
coach between 2006 and 2007
after Frank Yallop resigned.

Caribbean cricketers in U.S. squad for World 20/20
MIAMI, Florida Several team has been Akhtar Masood Syed (physio-
Caribbean American crick- selected to therapist).
meters have been called up for compete in the The team will travel from
the United States of America ICC World New York to Dubai on Feb. 1
Cricket Association's senior Twenty20 and return from Nepal on
men's team, selected to com- Qualifier and Mar. 1. In Dubai, the round-

pete in the ICC World
Twenty20 Qualifier beginning
next month.
The team will be cap-
tained by Steve Massiah and
will include fellow Caribbean
Americans Timroy Allen,
Orlando Baker, Lennox Cush,
Kevin Darlington, Sudesh
Dhaniram, Glen Hall,
Rashard Marshall, Clain
Williams and Carl Wright. It
will be coached by ex-Guyana
and West Indies batsman
Clayton Lambert.
The senior men's U.S.

* Caribbean sprinters get Olympic
medal upgrade
Bahamian Pauline Davis-Thompson and
other Caribbean sprinters are the bene-
ficiaries after the International Olympic
Committee (IOC) formally re-allocated
Sydney 2000 medals from drug dis-
graced Marion Jones last month.
Davis-Thompson is the new holder
of the women's 200 meters gold medal.
Sri Lanka's Susanthika Jayasinghe
moves up from bronze to silver and
Jamaica's Beverly McDonald from fourth
to the bronze medal third spot.
Jamaican Tanya Lawrence,
Sydney's 100 meters third place finisher
in the, moves up to second and
becomes the duplicate silver medalist
with Greece's Ekaterina Thanou, who
was denied the gold by the IOC for
"moral" reasons. Jamaican Merlene
Ottey is promoted from fourth to third,
securing a sixth career Olympic bronze
medal to go with two silver.

* Jamaican gets lifeline to world box-
ing crown
Veteran light heavyweight boxer Glen

World Cricket
Division 5 Lambert
in Dubai, UAE and Nepal,
The full squad is Allen,
Baker, Cush, Darlington,
Dhaniram, Hall, Marshall,
Massiah, Williams, Wright,
Sushil Nadkarni, Imran Awan,
Usman Shuja, Aditya
Thyagarajan and Saurabh
Officials are Lambert,
Imran Khan (manager) and

Johnson is scheduled to fight a title
eliminator bout against American Yusaf
Mack late this month.
In November Johnson suffered a
damaging defeat against American Chad
Dawson in a world title fight. But the
Jamaican-born fighter's career appears
to have been given a lifeline as the
International Boxing Federation (IBF)
booked him for the eliminator on Jan. 30
in Las Vegas.

Former Windies pacer Grayson
Shillingford dies
Dominica's former West Indies fast
bowler Grayson Shillingford died late
last month at age 65.
Shillingford had been ailing for
some time with cancer and succumbed
to the disease in Salisbury, located on
the island's west coast.
He had recently returned to
Dominica from his adopted homeland of
Canada where he had been receiving
treatment. The fast bowler played seven
Test matches for the West Indies
between 1969 and 1972. He took 15
wickets at an average of 35.80, with his

robin of matches in the World
Twenty20 Qualifier runs from
Feb. 9-11, with the semi finals
and finals set for Feb. 12 and
The U.S. squad will leave
Dubai for Nepal on Feb. 14 to
participate in round-robin
matches between Feb. 20 and
27. The squad returns to New
York on Mar. 1.

- CaribWorldNews

best returns being three for 63 off 26.5
overs against New Zealand at Sabina
Park in Kingston in Feb. 1972.

* Ex-Jamaican soccer star Syd
Bartlett dies
Jamaican soccer legend Syd Bartlett
died in the United States last month. He
was 70.
Bartlett, known for his outstanding
dribbling skills, was a member of
Jamaica's first World Cup qualifying squad.

* Windies lose cricket to Aussies, but
earns respect
The West Indies cricket team showed
marked improvement in the final two
Test matches against host Australia last
month, but still lost the series 2-0.
After a devastating innings defeat
inside three days in the first Test in late
November, the Caribbean cricketers
turned in two creditable performances in
the remaining games.

Compiled from CMC and other sources.

International cricket bowls off in Lauderhill Jan. 23

at meets ball again in
the exciting 20/20 for-
mat when the Ninth
Annual Lauderhill MAQ T20
International Night Cricket
Tournament bowls off this
month at the Lauderhill Sports
Park in Lauderhill, Florida.
The opening ceremony
for the tournament is sched-
uled for 4 p.m. Jan. 23, fol-
lowed by a double header -
Barbados versus Windwards
an hour later and Pakistan
against Leewards at 8 p.m.
The tournament has
become part of Lauderhill's
Family Sports Night at the
Lauderhill Sports Park -
which includes netball and
soccer tournaments. The
cricket tournament will run
through June, with games
played on Saturday evenings.

The schedule excludes holiday
Team Jamaica has been
dominant in the tournament,
winning in 2009, as well as seven
of the previous eight years.
"The tournament, growing
in popularity, has been expand-
ed to twelve teams, with the
inclusion of Team USA and
World XI," Lauderhill Mayor
Richard J. Kaplan said recently
in a press release.
The City of Lauderhill
and the Cricket Council USA
Inc. have reportedly signed a
five-year agreement to contin-
ue the promotion, growth and
development of the game of
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Economic crisis, crime force Caribbean to endure 'annus horribilis'

In 1992, Britain's Queen
Elizabeth used the term
"annus horribilis" to
describe the year in which the
marriages of her two sons -
Charles and Andrew broke
down and Windsor Castle
caught fire.
Seventeen years later,
Caribbean countries experienc-
ing their own "annus horribilis",
joined the rest of the world in
seeking to come to terms with a
global economic crisis that has
led to signifi-
cant job losses,
visits to the
Monetary Fund
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sion" to
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negative per-
formance of their economies.
Jamaica led the way to the
Washington-based financial
institution and by year-end was
still negotiating a $1.3 billion
Standby Agreement, which the
Bruce Golding administration
said was necessary to offset the
shortfall in foreign exchange
earnings being experienced by
the country. Dominica, St. Kitts
and Nevis, St. Lucia and St.
Vincent and the Grenadines
also entered into agreements
with the IMF by utilizing either
the Rapid Response Facility
(RRF) or the Exogenous
Shocks Facility (ESF).
But on the surface these
appeared less onerous than the
IMF agreement reached with
Antigua and Barbuda, which
called for significant cutbacks to
government spending includ-
ing the public sector wage bill, a
more efficient tax collection
regime and outsourcing of some
government services.

As the year drew to a close,
the region's chief public servant
Edwin Carrington, secretary
general of the Guyana-based
Caribbean community (CARI-
COM), said regional countries
were yet to benefit from a
promise made by the world's
industrialized countries to
restore credit, jobs and growth
in the world economy.
The G-20 countries had
pledged $1.1 trillion, including
an allocation of $750 billion for
an emergency resources
account at the IMF, which is
used to help nations in financial
crisis, and $250 billion for new
Special Drawing Rights. By
year-end, the Caribbean was
among developing countries
calling for the establishment of
a fund to assist small-island
developing states (SIDS) com-
bat the effects of climate
change. In their Port of Spain
consensus, the 53
Commonwealth leaders wel-
comed Britain's offer of a pro-
posed Copenhagen Launch
Fund starting this year "to a
level of resources of US$10 bil-
lion annually by 2012".

The demise of the
Trinidad-based regional con-
glomerate CL Financial shook
the entire region and, despite a
multi-billion dollar rescue pack-
age announced by the Patrick
Manning government, the com-
pany, along with its flagship
enterprise Colonial Life
Insurance Company (CLICO) -
rode into a strong wave of dis-
content from policyholders and
Caribbean stakeholders, includ-
ing governments.
In Barbados, the David
Thompson administration easily
defeated a motion of no confi-
dence after the Opposition
Leader Mia Mottley sought to

condemn the prime minister in
his capacity as minister of
finance, charging that he had
misled the public and had failed
to take "urgent and immediate
., i., n to protect the almost
40,000 local policyholders in
Ironically, towards the end
of the year, Mottley was herself
fending off attempts to under-
mine her position as leader of
the Barbados Labour Party
(BLP). But while Mottley was
able to survive, others were not
so lucky in 2009.

In a year when the mighty
Texan billionaire Allen
Stanford fell from grace,
Grenada's Attorney General
Jimmy Bristol was also forced
to resign after admitting that he
made an error in judgment
when he wrote United States
prosecutors on government sta-
tionery seeking clemency for his
relative. In Stanford's case it
was an alleged multi billion dol-
lar Ponzi scheme that secured
his demise and at year-end he
remained cooped up in a U.S.
federal prison.
Haiti's Prime Minister
Michele Pierre-Louise was oust-
ed and replaced by economist
Jean Max Bellervie. In the Turks
and Caicos Islands, businessman
Galmore Williams, who was
sworn in as the second premier
of the British Overseas Territory,
also found himself out of a job
after London announced a par-
tial suspension of the constitu-
tion of the island. In the Cayman
Islands, general elections were
won by the United Democratic
Party (UDP). In Montserrat,
Reuben Meade led his
Movement for Change and
Prosperity (MCAP) into office.
Politically, it was a good
year for Prime Minister
Baldwin Spencer of Antigua

and Barbuda and his
Dominican counterpart
Roosevelt Skerrit.
Skerrit was returned to
office in convincing style on
Dec. 18, but Spencer was just
able to hang on to the govern-
ment in the
l~ Mar. 12 gener-
al elections.
Vincent and
Minister Dr.
Gli Gonsalves suf-
Golding fered a major
setback in
November after voters over-
whelming rejected a new consti-
tution in an historic referendum.

Migration also emerged as
a major talking point in the
Caribbean during 2009, with the
Barbados government reiterat-
ing its commitment to the
regional integration process
while announcing a six-month
amnesty for CARICOM nation-
als who have been living in the
country illegally. The move was
bitterly opposed by some
regional governments. In the
end, regional leaders reaffirmed
their commitment to the free
movement of nationals across
the region, consistent with the
provisions contained in the
Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas
that governs the 15-member
grouping. However, they also
recognized the right of member
governments to pursue domes-
tic immigration policies.
The migration issue high-
lighted the arguments in 2009
over the need for closer politi-
cal and economic integration in
the region, particularly after
T&T warmed to the idea of a
political and economic union

with the Organization of
Eastern Caribbean States
(OECS) by 2013.
In December, the nine-
member OECS grouping signed
on to a new treaty establishing
an economic union among

A novel influenza named
after an animal quickly reached
a pandemic, resulting in the
death of many citizens across the
region. Swine flu, which is also
known as HIN1, first emerged
in Mexico and spread quickly.
Murders continued unabat-
ed in several Caribbean coun-
tries such as Jamaica, Belize, The
Bahamas and T&T, whose situa-
tions proved most worrisome. In
Jamaica, the Bruce Golding gov-
ernment parted ways with
Commissioner of Police Rear
Admiral Hardley Lewin.
In T&T, while law enforce-
ment officials were pleased with
a reduction in the record 545
murders recorded last year, the
number of people killed still
surpassed 500 in 2009.
The region bade farewell to
a number of its nationals in
2009, including Janet Jagan, the
former Guyanese president, the
prominent Barbados business-
man and Independent Senator
Sir John Stanley Goddard,
Bermuda's Health Minister
Nelson Bascome, the distin-
guished Caribbean linguist Dr.
Richard Allsopp, the women's
world boxing champion Jizelle
Salandy, the veteran Trinidadian
calypsonian Mighty Duke
(Kelvin Pope), the Antiguan
cultural icon Reginald Knight,
and the prominent Jamaican
playwright Trevor Rhone.

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St. Kitts and Nevis elections on Jan. 25

CMC Voters on this small
Caribbean twin-island federa-
tion of just over 40,000 people
will go to the polls on Jan. 25
to elect a new government.
After keeping the nation
guessing for many weeks,
Prime Minister Dr. Denzil
Douglas, leader of the ruling
St. Kitts and Nevis Labour
Party (SKNLP), finally rang
the election bell earlier this
I IhI\\ citizens, the
Labour train is now moving
forward and it will not be
stopped by anything," said
"In accordance with the
writ issued by His Excellency
the governor general,
Nomination Day shall be on
Friday,15th January 2010...and

general elections in the feder-
ation of St. Kitts and Nevis on
Monday, January 25th, 2010."
During his speech,
Douglas, who is going for a
fourth straight term in office,
also announced that regional
and international observers
from the Commonwealth, the
Organization of American
States (OAS) and the
Caribbean community (CARI-
COM) will be monitoring the
In the 2004 elections, the
ruling SKNLP claimed seven
of the eight seats on St. Kitts,
with PAM picking up the
other one, while on Nevis, the
Concerned Citizens
Movement claimed two seats
and the Nevis Reformation
Party one.

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Track and field glory, cricket chaos dominate mixed year

Astonishing achieve-
ments in athletics
once again shot the
Caribbean to international
prominence, but a bitter, divi-
sive cricket dispute between
the region's major stakehold-
ers marred the year and pro-
pelled the sport to the brink
of collapse.
Not even the intervention
of respected former diplomat
Sir Shridath Ramphal could
broker a solution to the bruis-
ing impasse which saw the
region's leading stars refusing
to play and forcing the West
Indies Cricket Board (WICB)
to pick a second string team for
two international assignments.
It took phenomenal
Jamaican sprinter
Usain Bolt to lighten
the depressing mood
in the region and
restore some pride to
the sporting fraterni-
ty. For the second
successive year Bolt
stunned the world,
recording mind-bog-
gling times at the
IAAF World
Championships in
Athletics in Berlin
last August. Bolt
ignited the champi-
onships with perform- Brathwaite
ances that bettered
his already stunning times at
the Olympics in 2008. He low-
ered the 100 meters world
record to 9.58 seconds, and
the 200 meters mark by clock-
ing 19.19 seconds. He also
helped Jamaica win the men's
sprint relay title, repeating the
triple gold he had secured a
year earlier in Beijing while
inspiring a 13 medal haul -
seven gold for the
Only the U.S. won more
medals than Jamaica in Berlin.
Shelly-Ann Fraser and
Melaine Walker also repro-
duced the fine victories they
had in Beijing in the 100
meters and 400 meters hurdles,
respectively, and Jamaica's
other gold medals in Berlin
came from Brigitte Foster-
Hylton (100 meters hurdles)
and the women's sprint relay.
An eighth gold medal for
the region in Berlin was cele-
brated by Ryan Brathwaite,
who clocked a new CARI-
COM record 13.14 seconds in
the 110 meters hurdles to win
historic gold for Barbados, the
first for the country at a glob-
al senior track meet.
In June the 23-year-old
from Trelawny in northern
Jamaica was named as the
Laureus World Sportsman
of the Year. Bolt was also
accorded Jamaica's fourth
highest national honor, the
Order of Jamaica, and retired
Bahamian Pauline Davis-
Thompson had her Sydney
Olympics 200 meters medal

officially upgraded to gold
arising out of the disqualifica-
tion of drug-disgraced
American Marion Jones.
Among the juniors, the
IAAF labeled Grenadian
Kirani James "the next Usain
Bolt" after the 16-year-old
delivered majestic sprint dou-
ble success at the IAAF
World Youth Championship
in Italy in July. James ran a
brilliant championship record
45.24 seconds to win the 400

There was no such cause
for jubilation in West Indies
cricket, in a topsy-turvy year
which saw the full-strength

regional team recapture the
Wisden Trophy in March after
a nine-year drought only to
surrender it two months later
following a whitewash in a
return series in England.
The contracts dispute
erupted virtually without warn-
ing in July as West Indies pre-
pared to take on Bangladesh in
two Tests and three one-day
internationals in the Caribbean,
following a 2-1 loss to India in
a four-match one-day home
series. Players affiliated with
the West Indies Players
Association (WIPA), believing
their contractual demands were
being overlooked by the
WICB, took the unequivocal
decision to withdraw their serv-
ices, sparking a rancorous
three-month period where
West Indies cricket experienced
perhaps its most shameful hour.
However, the West Indians'
female counterparts continued
to make huge strides.

There were hardly any
bright spots for regional foot-
ball as Trinidad and Tobago
failed in its bid to reach their
second successive FIFA World
Cup, scheduled for South
Africa this year. The CON-
CACAF Gold Cup also
proved barren for the English-
speaking Caribbean as both
Jamaica and Grenada failed
to advance beyond the first
round in the United States.
However, in horse racing,
Caribbean jockeys sustained a

prominent profile in North
American, mainly through
Barbadian Patrick Husbands
and Jamaican Rajiv Maragh,
both finishing among the top
12 jockeys in all of the U.S.
and Canada in mounts'
Jamaica men's basketball
side thrust itself into the spot-
light in July when they beat
the British Virgin Islands in
the final of the Caribbean
Basketball Championships. In
August, their netball counter-
parts, the Sunshine Girls, cap-
tured bronze at the World
Youth Netball Championship
in the Cook Islands.
Motorsport, too, brought
Jamaica headlines in November as
David Summerbell
clinched the regional
title for the fourth time.
Barbados drove away
with team honors.
Trinidad and
Tobago, meanwhile,
reigned at the
Table Tennis
Championship in
French Guiana, and
also covered them-
selves in squash glory
as they dominated
the Caribbean Area
Squash Association
(CASA) Senior
Championship staged in
Cayman Islands in August.
Trinidadian golfer
Stephen Ames also experi-
enced success internationally
when he captured the $4.7
million Children's Miracle
Network Classic in November,
to claim his second Disney
title in three years and the
fourth PGA Tour win of his
career. The victory catapulted
him 22 places up the rankings
to 49th and pushed him to
37th on the official money list
but most importantly, it pro-
vided a fairy-tale finish to an
otherwise extremely disap-

pointing year.

written by Kevin Pile.

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