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TAMPA, Florida The lawyer
representing Jamaican dance-
hall artiste Buju Banton is
arguing that the United States
government entrapped his
client in a drug deal.
The singer, whose real
name is Mark Anthony Myrie,
is being detained in a Florida
jail after he was arrested late
last year on charges of con-
spiring to distribute cocaine
and aiding and abetting his co-
defendants in possessing a
firearm during the course of
the cocaine distribution.
The Grammy nominated
entertainer pleaded not guilty
to the charges and is being
held without bail.

In court documents filed
on Jan. 26, attorney David
Markus claimed that the U.S.
government used a paid
informant to convince his
client to buy cocaine and is
pushing to have the infor-
mant's identity revealed.
Markus claimed that the
informant first met Buju

Banton on a flight from
Madrid, Spain to Miami,

Buju Banton

Florida on July 26, 2009 by
IIL L r chance, bad luck or
other reason to which the
defendant is unaware."
According to the lawyer, the
police informant spent the
next several months trying to
convince the Jamaican singer
to purchase cocaine.
The lawyer filed a motion
for an order "compelling the


Court to decide on Antiguan's extradition to

U.S. for links to $7B Stanford scheme

ST. JOHN'S, Antigua, CMC -
Chief Magistrate Ivan Walters
will on Mar. 25 rule whether

or not Leroy
King, the for-
mer head of
the Financial
should be
extradited to
the United

government to disclose the
identity and location of the
confidential informant who
was an eyewitness and partici-
pant in the events, which are
the subject of both counts of
the indictment".

He argued that the
informant "was clearly an
active participant in the entire
chain of \ ni, and that "the
facts and circumstances of the
confidential sources' contacts
with Mr. Myrie display a
deliberate effort by a paid
informant to ensnare a perfect
stranger...into committing a
According to the docu-
ment filed in the court: "The
informant was clearly an
active participant in the entire
chain of \ Li ni .
Banton, whose latest
album "Rasta Got Soul" was
nominated for a Grammy, is
due to return to court next

Buju Banton's lawyer cries entrapment

in entertainer's Florida drug case

King is wanted in the U.S.
on charges related to his alleged
involvement in a $7 billion Ponzi
scheme of disgraced Texan fin-
ancier Sir Allen Stanford.
King is accused of 10
counts of conspiracy to commit
mail fraud, seven counts of con-
spiracy to commit wire fraud,
conspiracy to launder illegal
proceeds and conspiracy to
obstruct the U.S. Securities and
Exchange Commission (SEC).
The SEC's complaint
alleges that King facilitated


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Acclaimed Caribbean
academic Professor
Ralston Milton "Rex"
Nettleford died in a United
States hospital early this
month, on the eve of his 77th
Nettleford, who at the
time of his passing was the
vice-chancellor emeritus of
the University of the West
Indies (UWI), collapsed in the
United States late last month
and had to be admitted to the
intensive care unit of the
George Washington Hospital
in Washington D.C. after suf-
fering what was reported to be
a massive heart attack.
He had previously served
as the vice-chancellor of the
UWI's Mona campus in
Jamaica from 1996 to 2004.
Born on Feb. 3, 1933,

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for immig
NORFOLK, Va., Weds. Feb.
3, 2010: A Jamaican woman
will spend the next 45 months
in jail in Virginia on an immi-
gration fraud conviction.
Clover May Robinson-
Gordon, 44, of Montego Bay
was sentenced early this
month in United States
District Court in Norfolk for
conspiracy and money laun-
dering in connection with
immigration fraud.
Robinson-Gordon was

Nettleford was regarded as one
of the Caribbean's leading intel-
lectuals and was bestowed with
the Order of
the Caribbean
Community in
2008. He was
also the recipi-
ent of
Jamaica's third
highest honor,
the Order of
Merit and was
a cultural advi-
sor to Prime Nettleford
Minister Bruce
The founder of the inter-
nationally acclaimed National
Dance Theatre Company,
Nettleford also authored sev-
eral publications.

iled in Virginia

Ration fraud
found guilty by a federal jury
in October of conspiring with
the Viktar Krus organization
in Virginia Beach to commit
worker visa fraud and laun-
dering the unlawful proceeds.
Viktar Krus and 21 other
foreign nationals and U.S. citi-
zens were indicted in Jan. 2009
as part of the massive immi-
gration-related fraud case.


the Ponzi scheme by ensuring
that the FSRC conducted
sham audits and examinations
of Stanford International
Bank Limited's (SIBUs) books
and records. It also alleges
that in exchange for bribes
paid to him over several years,
King made sure that the FSRC
did not examine SIBUs invest-
ment portfolio. King was also
said to have provided the
investor with access to the
FSRC's confidential regulatory
files on him, including the
SEC's requests for information
from FSRC in its investigation.
The SEC said that King
went so far as to allow
Stanford to essentially dictate
the FSRC's responses to the
SEC on those information
King remains under house
arrest and will continue to
report to the St. John's police
station twice daily, accompa-
nied by one of his two sureties.

Jamaican educator Rex Nettleford

dies in Washington D.C. hospital

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Haitians in U.S. wade through hope, despair of earthquake devastation

Patrick Abouna remem-
bers the computer video
conversation with his
mother Dominique Richez.
It was Jan. 12. Richez, a
French citizen who had for
many years made Haiti her
home, was in the country's
capital of Port-au-Prince, talk-
ing to her son and grandson.
Abouna, a Fort Lauderdale,
Florida resident, was in the
United States.
Suddenly Richez's image
started to shake. Her earpiece
fell. She vanished from the
"I was speaking to my
mom on SKYPE when the
earthquake hit," Abouna, said
last month after the earth-
queak which has claimed
thousands of lives on the
French-speaking Caribbean
island. "...Then everything
went black."
Five days passed before
Abouna learned what had hap-
pened to his mother. She was
confirmed dead, among the vic-
tims of the earthquake which
measured 7.0 in intensity.
Richez was an active
dancer and teacher, president
of the National Dance
Teacher Association of Haiti
and vice president of the
National Dance Council. On
the fateful day, she was at the
Club Bellevue Hotel in the
capital. Her body was found
buried under concrete slabs.
Her car was still in the park-
ing lot.
Now Abouna, like thou-
sands of Haitians living in the

U.S. who lost relatives and
friends in their homeland's
most devastating natural
tragedy, must begin the jour-

week after the tragedy. "She's
gone, but she died in the place
she loved the most. She died
in Haiti."

Carla Rowe shows a photograph of her parents house in earthquake-ravaged Haiti.

ney to recovery. The pieces,
literally and figuratively, must
be picked up.
For most, the process will
be strikingly similar. Abouna
and his family his brothers
who live in France and the
United Kingdom will visit
Haiti to retrieve their moth-
er's remains. They are plan-
ning a celebration of life for
her, with dance, song and
music she loved so much.
"I'm O.K.," said the soft-
spoken Abouna when asked
about his feelings barely a

However, not all the news
was bad for Haitians living in
Florida, a U.S. state with a
huge Haitian American popu-
lation. Some clutched desper-
ately to any silver lining
remaining, no matter how
"It's a blessing from
God," Sunrise-based Carla
Rowe said.
Rowe's father Maurice
Martin was found alive in his
home just outside Port-au-



Prince three days after the
tragedy. Her mother Ghislaine
Martin was on the last flight
out of the capital's airport on
Jan. 12 less than
two hours before
the quake struck.
"When we
first heard the
news, we were ter-
rified because it's a
large house and it's
on the side of a
mountain," said
Rowe. "We were
worried that homes
above could have
* fallen on it."
S, The three-
storey dwelling was
".'i the only one left
*lf standing in the
called Pacquot.
SRowe believes it
withstood the
because of the
materials used to
build it and the

Twelve-year-old Haitian American
Christina Rowe hopes to help rebuild
First World standards utilized
by the architect, a cousin who
was trained in France. To
underscore the point, she
added that her aunt's house
that was just a short distance
away, was flattened.
Fortunately, the aunt was in
the U.S. Rescuers found
another aunt hiding in a clos-
et. The rest of her house dam-
aged but still standing.
"I did not sleep for three
days," Rowe explained about
the stress that accompanied
the quake's aftermath. "We
were frantic because we could
not get through. My father is
80 years old. He has had two
strokes and is in a wheelchair.
He is also a diabetic who
needs insulin everyday."

The Martins owned busi-
nesses in Haiti. Those were
totally destroyed. But, said
Rowe, her parents are fight-
ers. Ironically, Mrs. Martin, a
retired cancer researcher, is a
cancer survivor who was diag-
nosed with breast cancer two
years ago and has been tack-

ling the disease through a
totally organic lifestyle. But
even such a serious health
condition has taken a back-
seat to more pressing matters.
"Right now it's phase
two," her daughter said. "We
have to figure out when we
are going to Haiti to get my
father and what to do with the
The home that has been a
refuge for Rowe's parents has
also been a summer retreat
for her daughter who has
spent her summers with her
grandparents since she was
five years old.
"I have a lot of friends
there," said 12-year-old
Christina Rowe.
"Last summer we hung
out a lot, but I don't know
what happened to them. I
want to go back this summer.
And if I go, I will help.
Usually at summer camp in
Haiti we do charity work like
repair and paint school build-
Yet the Martins have not
given up on Haiti.
"It's their retirement
home, their dream home,"
Rowe said of her parents.
"They put everything they
had into it and have been liv-
ing there about five years. So,
yes, they want to go back
someday. My mother, who is a
vibrant 75, lives a healthier
life in Haiti."

But behind every silver
lining of last month's earth-
quake, loom ominous clouds.
A Fort Lauderdale-based
Haitian American artist, who
requested anonymity, was too
distraught to speak about her
family in Haiti, breaking down
at each attempt.
Through tears, she told a
little of her story, one of mixed
blessings. She fears she may
have lost a sister. Days after
the quake, the artist was not
able to reach her. But news
came on Jan. 16 that her two
brothers were found severely
injured, but alive. Both suf-
fered head injuries; the most
serious may lose a leg.
"I don't know what to
do," the artist wailed. "I don't
know what to do."
The next day she was
stronger, thankful her broth-
ers survived. She is deter-
mined to keep them that way.
She will travel to Haiti with
her parents, who also live in
South Florida, and bring her
brothers back, no matter what
it takes.

Story and photographs by
Dawn A. Davis, a freelance
writer for Caribbean Today.


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Haitian nationals get Temporary Protective

Status in U.S. after quake


"My concern is what will
happen after the 18 months, as
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ria at North Miami Senior tell you might have," said a als living in
High was packed with the young Haitian woman request- State Depa
hopeful seeking details about ing anonymity. Population
the recent designation giving "I am applying for TPS in Migration (
Haitian nationals Temporary order to get into school. I want lished a pr
Protective Status (TPS) in the U.S. Refug
United States. Program (1
Hosted by the Department those desig
of Homeland Security's U.S. Haitian nal
Citizen and Immigration under this
Services (USCIS), the Jan. 26
information session, which was HOPEFUl
conducted in Haitian creole, Althou
specified the filing process and temporary
instructions, eligibility, required the Jan. 26
documentation and fees are hopefu]
involved. eminent wi
Senior Immigration Saint-Fleur: "I am happy about manent opl
Service Officer Bruce Marmar, TPS. It's a kind of trust." Saint-Fleur
along with USCIS inter-
preters Matilde Dalvery
and Tracey Bressard,
announced to the 900-
plus audience that the
U.S. government has
granted Haitian immi-
grants temporary status
for 18 months in wake of
the earthquake that dec-
imated most of Haiti's
capital Port-au-Prince -
on Jan. 12. There will
likely be hundreds of
thousands of applicants. Haitians were eager to get information about the new TPS offer by the U.S.
TPS for Haitian
nationals is effective from Jan. to go to college, but I can't file nity.
21, 2010 through July 22,2011. for FAFSA (Federal Student "Altho
To initiate the process, an 1-821 Aid). So, I want to know if rary status,
form, along with an application there will be an open window will go furt
for Employment Authorization where I can file for federal boost the e
(1-765) must be filed with the financial aid once I get protec- United Sta
USCIS. The immigration offi- tive status. But, I'm not getting able to woi
cials explained that those who a clear answer." cars, they c
are unable to pay the 1-821 filing In and around the school, they can ge
fee ($50) and the $340 for the I- and among the audience, were am happy;
765, can request a fee waiver persons handing out flyers kind of trust
along with documentation prov- advertising legal services to other natio
ing hardship. help individuals complete the give it to H
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Here late last month, long
lines formed as the expectant
crowd sought to have questions
answered. Some asked whether
TPS would be available to
those already in deportation
proceedings, others inquired
about what happens after the
18 months expire, while some
wanted to know about funding
for school, driver licenses and
housing. Some answers were
met with jeers, others elicited
clapping and cheers.
Marmar explained,
through the interpreters, that
at the end of the TPS period,
beneficiaries will return to the
immigration status they held
before the designation, or to
any other status acquired dur-
ing the TPS. The immigration
officer also explained that
queries about driver licenses,
housing and schooling should
be addressed to the appropri-
ate government bodies han-
dling those areas. But some
still had concerns.

necessary forms. 10 stem any
unscrupulous practices, the
USCIS distributed a list of free
legal service providers
throughout Miami-Dade and
Broward counties, which is
also listed on the website:

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to make an

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writer for C

on some of the
ancial viability is an
any Haitian nation-
n the U.S. While the
rtment's Bureau of
, Refugees and
(PRM) has estab-
ogram under the
,ee Admissions
USRAP) to help
,nated as refugees,
tionals do not fall

igh grateful for their
status, Haitians at
information session
l that the U.S. gov-
ll extend more per-
tions. Emmanuel
, a Haitian national
and Broward
minister of reli-
gion who holds
permanent resi-
dence or "Green
Card" status,
remarked: "I
thank the U.S.
for offering TPS
to the Haitian
people. It is a
very important
step to give
relief to the
Haitian commu-

)ugh it is a tempo-
I do believe they
her because it will
economy in the
tes. People will be
rk; they can buy
;an pay insurance,
et driver license. I
about TPS. It's a
st; they give it to
)ns and because they
[aiti, it proves that
quality "
ore information and
n appointment with
, visit:

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Caribbean Today.

months of negotiations, the
International Monetary Fund
(IMF) has announced
approval of a $1.27 billion
Stand-By Arrangement for
Under the deal, a $640
million disbursement will be
made immediately to assist the
country with economic reform
and to help it cope with the
consequences of the global
"The key objectives of the
(27-month) arrangement are
to support the Jamaican

authorities' ample reform pro-
gram to address deep-seated
structural weaknesses in the
country's economy, increase its
growth potential, and make it
less vulnerable to external
shocks," the IMF said in a
It said the new program
focuses on a three-pronged
1) an ambitious plan that
puts public finances on a sus-
tainable path that includes
much-needed public sector
2) a debt strategy to lower

Dual citizenship debate

heats up in Caribbean

Barbados Prime Minister
David Thompson has
added his voice to the
raging debate in the region
over the issue of dual citizen-
ship, saying he believes the
current situation in which per-
sons can be disqualified for

leadership on such grounds is
"This is a matter that I
consider worthy for analysis at
this crucial juncture in our his-
tory," said Thompson, in mak-
ing his position known
on the issue last
Addressing a large
gathering for Errol
Barrow Day celebra-
tions in Barbados that
included the Dominica
Prime Minister
Roosevelt Skerrit, who
is facing such a chal-
lenge at home, !
Thompson said he was
concerned that "on our Thompson

present trajectory, if
something sensible is not done
that soon we may not have a
competent cadre of individuals
from which to choose our
leaders in the Caribbean.
"I find it somewhat flawed
that we educate our children,
send them abroad for educa-
tion to gain valuable insights
and experiences in other lands
and then we tell them that the
legal status they would have
acquired while residing in
those countries prevents them
from serving in and helping to
build their own countries as
legislators," said Thompson.

"It gets even worse. Some
existing constitutions also stip-
ulate that even holding citizen-
ship or having a passport from
a sister Caribbean island dis-
qualifies you from serving in
our own country as a legisla-
tor," he said, adding that the
time had come for a review of
the provisions "as they will

hamper and prevent us from
attracting vitally needed talent
in the management and
administration of these islands
at this critical period in our
Skerrit, whose Dominica
Labour Party (DLP) scored a
resounding victory in the Dec.
18 general elections, faces the
possibility of being disquali-
fied on the grounds that he is
a holder of French citizenship.
The Opposition United

Workers Party (UWP), which
claimed three of the 21 seats
in the Dominica Parliament,
has taken the matter to court.
While not making specific
reference to the Dominica sit-
uation, Thompson chose to
highlight the life work of
Barrow, who he said could
have qualified for citizenship
in quite a few Caribbean
countries and elsewhere.
"Could you imagine the
void that might have existed in
Barbados's history had he
been denied the right to serve
in the Parliament of Barbados
in 1958 because he was a citi-
zens of another Caribbean
country?" he asked.
In the case of Jamaica,
where the matter of dual citi-
zenship has been settled by
the courts, which usually
orders a by-election in cases
where the candidate is dis-

exceptionally high interest
costs and help address the
problem of the debt ,i\ rhaii
and raise the productivity of
public spending;
3) financial sector regula-
tory reform to reduce systemic
The IMF acknowledged
that the Jamaican authorities
were already implementing
many of these actions, which
are expected to improve the
public sector fiscal balance by
over five per cent of GDP in
financial year 2010.
"Among them, a debt

exchange aimed at generating
interest savings of at least
three per cent of GDP and a
65 percent reduction in the
amount of maturing debt over
the next three years have been
successfully carried out, with
an acceptance level of almost
95 per cent of bondholders. A
tax package has already been
enacted and is expected to
produce an increase in rev-
enues of around two per cent
of GDP Loss-making public
entities are being di\ ,Ikd ,
the IMF stated.

Jamaica finally signs $1.27B IMF deal



Is the Caribbean just waiting for the big bang earthquake?

The haunting pictures of
the mangled bodies of
men, women and chil-
dren, some beneath slabs of
concrete and protruding
pieces of iron, serve as a dead-
ly reminder that the
Caribbean could experience
another powerful earthquake
similar to the one that devas-
tated Haiti on Jan. 12.
Unofficial estimates put
the death toll in Haiti as high
as 200,000 and experts agree
that the quake, with a magni-
tude of 7.0, is one of the
largest to hit the region in the
last 200 years.
In 2007, the United States
Geological Survey (USGS)
reported that the French
Caribbean island of Martinique
was rocked by a 7.4 magnitude

quake. One person died of a
heart attack during the quake,
which was felt in other
Caribbean islands, including
Barbados, where some build-
ings were severely damaged.
University of the West
Indies (UWI) engineering
seismologist Dr. Derek Gay
said the difference between
what transpired in Martinique
and Haiti, is that while both
had the "same energy... one
was very shallow and one was
very deep.
"The earthquake in Haiti
was 10 kilometers deep while
the one in Martinique was
over 150 kilometers," he told
the Caribbean Media
Corporation (CMC).
Gay noted that the
Caribbean, particularly
Trinidad and Tobago, has been
experiencing a number of

12-y-o makes converts car fuel

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Then most of his
friends are busy play-
V ing video games or
riding bikes, 12-year-old David
Goodwyn spends his time
changing his father's 1983
Mercedes Benz car fuel system.
Now Goodwyn, who
resides in Florida City, has suc-
cessfully altered his father's fuel
system, allowing the car to
operate on vegetable oil instead
of traditional diesel fuel.
Goodwyn, who has been
diagnosed with Attention
Deficit Disorder (ADD), took
on the project as a class sci-
ence assignment from
Redland Middle School. He

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saw it as a challenge.
"It took me 25 to 30 hours
to put it all together,"
Goodwyn explained. "It was a
bit difficult at first, but I was
determined to finish."

Goodwyn said he com-
pleted the project on his own
and has now become a local
celebrity in school and neigh-
borhood. He said he got his
knowledge of working on cars
from watching his father,
"I try to teach my son all
that I know," said the father.
"I teach my son to pay atten-
tion to one thing at a time,

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"very small but regular earth-
qutI,,, that LIMX-_-Il the earth
is fracturing with "a very fre-
quent release of energy.
"Trinidad has experienced
a lot of that and.. .you have
also a lot of tremors.. .we
almost have daily tremors that
people actually never feel," he
told CMC.
"So in a sense....I feel a
little relieved that we have
been releasing a lot of
stress...for example if you look
at Haiti, their precursor of the
earthquakes have been very
few. They were waiting on the
big bang," he said, adding that
a number of factors, including
the language barrier, had pre-
vented an in-depth study of
the situation in Haiti prior to
Jan. 12.
"It has not been in focus
and if something has been
dormant for more than 200
years you tend to forget it. I
guess that's the only comfort
we can take (is) that the next
one will be in 200 years," he

But such a statement is of
little comfort to Caribbean
nationals, whose governments
have been warned that they

should be adequately prepared
to deal with earthquakes with
a bigger magnitude than what
occurred in Haiti.
When he returned to
Trinidad from attending a
donor's conference on Haiti

He said while he could not say
"how nature will play it and
while you could design for a
certain intensity" such a
quake would cause much
damage "and depending on
where it hit, could also create

The damage in Haiti still haunts.

last month, Prime Minister
Patrick Manning said he had
received a letter from the
UWI Seismic Unit two years
ago, warning that the oil-rich
country should be prepared
for an earthquake with the
intensity of what rocked Haiti.

a tsunami".
Caribbean islands lie on
an active fault system.
Earthquakes, volcanoes and
tsunamis are all facts of life, so
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you know, just focus. I think
it's a way to help him with his
This is not the first time
Goodwyn has astonished his
"At the age of seven I was
taking him to school and the
car would not start," recalled
dad. "He took a look at it and
told me the car needed a new
Some have bought con-
version kits to change a car's
fuel from diesel to vegetable
oil, but Goodwyn did not.
Instead the seventh grader
went to several local business-

es and purchased
parts to assemble
his own kit. He said
that he got veg-
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persons to remove
used oil. These
restaurants were
willing to give him
the oil for free.

explained all the
changes that he
made to the car -
from installing the
filter to changing the
injection lines. At

Goodwyn explains his idea to a visitor at his Florida home.

first, he said that the
car would not move
because the filter
was clogged, but he
replaced it with a
larger filter and the
car began to run.
"My father
takes me to school
in it, it is running
great," said
Goodwyn, who
explained that he
did not win any
award for his sci-
ence project, but his
accomplishment was
publicized during
the morning session
at his school.

"Now everyone is saying
hi, to me," he said smiling.
"They ask me if I was the one
who got the car to run on veg-
etable oil."
Goodwyn said the next
big project he hopes to tackle
is high school, then college.
He does not have a particular
college in mind, but his dream
is to become a doctor.
"Whatever he does, I will
always be proud of him," said
his father.

Story by Judith Hudson, a
freelance writer for
Caribbean Today.

Is the Caribbean just waiting for the big bang earthquake?

a magnitude 7.0 or greater
have occurred in the
Caribbean near Puerto Rico,
the U.S. Virgin Islands and
the island of Hispaniola over
the past 500 years, some of
which have generated
tsunamis. The most recent
case being in 1946 when an
earthquake with a magnitude
8.1 generated a tsunami that
killed a reported 1,600 people.

Head of the Caribbean
Disaster Emergency
Management Agency
(CDEMA) Jeremy Collymore
said the Haitian earthquake
has highlighted some deficien-
cies in the region's earthquake
disaster plan. Collymore told
CMC that a strategic plan will
now have to be drafted based

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also on the response of various
countries to the 7.4 magnitude
quake, which was centeerd just
off Martinique.
"We have recognized the
need for scaling up our earth-
quake readiness and that's
why earlier this year we
launched an earthquake readi-
ness program and this certain-
ly galvanizes the commitment
for participating states, busi-
nesses and individuals to take
action in that direction.
"The readiness plan will
have to deal with how we
would respond to people who
occupy buildings, knowing
how to behave and the whole
idea of accounting for people
in those buildings," he said.
Collymore said communi-
cation was another area of
concern was people need to
have an understanding of
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the event of an earthquake.
The earthquake in Haiti has
resulted in a debate among
scientists, both regional and
international, as to "when"
and not "if" a powerful earth-
quake will hit the region.
They are also pushing for
the establishment of tsunami
early warning systems in the
Caribbean Sea, Gulf of
Mexico and Atlantic Ocean.
"One day it will happen," said
Dr. Joan Latchman, another
UWI seismologist noting that
the region lies on several
plILN giving rise to the
earthquake and volcanic activ-
ity experienced throughout
the Eastern Caribbean. "The
hazard is real. The earth-
quakes that can devastate the
region can occur and one day
it will occur.
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future because of the bound-
aries, because the plates con-
tinue to move."

But Brady Cox, assistant
professor of civil engineering
at University of Arkansas,
said predicting "a big one" is
"Any time there's a large
quake it causes significant
stress redistribution along
earthquake fault lines. It
relieves stress in some areas
and increases it in others,"
said Cox.
Dr. Paul Mann, a geolo-
gist with the Jackson School
of Geosciences at the
University of Texas, says the
"general trend is for them to
become smaller over time."
A study published six
years ago in the Journal of
Geophysical Research from
the American Geophysical
Union warned of a heightened
earthquake risk of the
Septentrional fault zone, and
cautioned that the geological-
ly active offshore Puerto Rico
and Hispaniola trenches were
capable of producing earth-
quakes of magnitude 7.5 and
higher. Earthquakes typically
occur near faults or fracture in
the earth's crust where rock
formations, driven by the
movements of the crustal or
tectonic plates that make up
the earth's surface, grind slow-
ly past each other or collide,
building up stress.
Dr. Gay explained that
the Caribbean plate lies to the
left and the North Atlantic
plate to the right while the
South American plate is at the
bottom. He said the
Caribbean plate goes from
west to east and it is a subduc-
tion zone that runs from
Grenada in the south to
Montserrat in the north. The
fault that was responsible for
the Jan. 12 quake extends
west through Jamaica.
Another runs parallel to it in

the north, along the southern
edge of Cuba and the north-
ern side of Haiti and the
Dominican Republic.
Historical records m"-,',,lI that
both these faults produce
large and destructive earth-
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Obama waited until late Jan.
15, Washington's traditional
time for
releasing con-
news, to
some good
news for
Haiti: The
tion is i
extending CLARENCE
special pro- PAGE
section to
prevent some
Haitians liv-
ing illegally in the U.S. from
being deported.
It's about time. Too bad it
took an earthquake on top of
Haiti's earlier catastrophes to
make it happen.
Earlier in the week, the
president responded quickly
enough to Haiti's latest catas-
trophe with promises of mili-
tary troops and $100 million in
aid. But he oddly overlooked
a bigger, long-term way to
help Haitians help Haiti, one
that doesn't cost U.S. taxpay-
ers a dime. Obama should
have immediately given the
estimated 30,000 undocument-
ed Haitians in this country -
who are in danger of being
deported a chance to stay
here a while and work.
Like other large immigrant
groups here, Haitians send mil-
lions of dollars back to family
and friends in their homeland
every month. For Haiti, whose
$7 billion economy equals
about $2 per person per day,
that cash goes a long way.
According to the World Bank,
remittances provide almost a
fourth of the island nation's
gross domestic product.

Worried about foreign
aid? Remittances provide
almost 10 times the annual

assistance that Haiti receives
from the U. S. Agency for
International Development.
Worried about illegal
immigration? Allowing
Haitians who already are here
to stay and work for a limited
amount of time is not a radical
idea. It's not even a new idea.
Since 1990, Congress has
offered temporary protected
status to otherwise law-abiding
immigrants whose status in this
country is illegal or in limbo,
yet whose home countries are
suffering from armed conflict
or other disasters that would
make their return hazardous.
TPS enables them to stay
and to work here legally in 18-
month increments until the
disaster has passed. It was
granted in 1999, for example,
to Hondurans, Nicaraguans
and Salvadorans a year after
Hurricane Mitch swept across
Central America. Dozens of
other countries, as diverse as
Sudan, Lebanon, Bosnia-
Herzegovina, Somalia and
Liberia, also have received the
And, despite concerns of
some critics, it has not set off
a surge of would-be refugees
to flood our shores, partly
because the temporary status
applies only to people who
already are in the country.
The announced policy change
will allow qualified Haitian
immigrants to apply for work
permits, which requires a $340
annual fee. Under Haiti's cur-
rent circumstances, the presi-
dent should waive that fee.

A day after Haiti's earth-
quake, Department of
Homeland Security Secretary
Janet Napolitano ordered a
temporary halt to all
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t's been said that diamonds
are a girl's best friend, as
anything shiny and expen-
sive-looking will always catch
her eye and win her over.
I note the opinion of oth-
ers who said that the main dif-
ference between paying for
sex with cash and getting it for
free is that it usually costs
more when you get it for free.
Just stop and think and
you'll see the logic of the
statement. Michael Jordan
had perhaps the bi,_--LI
divorce settlement in history,
amounting to a 'gazillion' dol-
lars. Paul McCartney also had
a whopping multi-million dol-
lar divorce settlement, plus
poor singer Phil Collins has
spent over $90 million as
divorce settlements for three
failed marriages. Combine
those three and we could pay
off the national debt of some
Now if those three gentle-
men and others like them had
paid for sex from profession-
als instead of getting married
to those women, they would
not have spent even a fraction
of those millions. O.K., so
those are megastars and
loaded with money. Let's take
it down to the ordinary man's
level. Just add up how much it
would cost to pay for sex for
five years, as opposed to dat-
ing or being married for that
same period. Add up the cost
of wooing, the dinners, the
movies, the weekends, the
gifts and you'll see what I
It's like paying the mort-
gage on a house. Now you're
going to say that the only rea-
son men marry women is for
sex. Well, not entirely, but it
does play a huge part in a
man's decision-making. He is
attracted by her sexuality and
he wants to go to bed with
her, which in turns leads him
to do other things such as
courting and so on. That's why
they use the term 'beautiful
bride' and on the honeymoon
he just can't get enough of her.
One man who did say it
publicly was Chubby Cli kL r
famous for inventing the

these wives about it, they all
say that their action or lack of
it, is justified.
"I just don't feel like
doing it all the time, so he
must understand" "He is too
demanding," "Sex is not
everything, there is more to
life," "I can't if I'm not in the
mood," and the all time
favorite, "He doesn't do the
chores, so no sex for him."
Well, I have heard hus-
bands complain that their
wives hold out on them, lock
shop, refuse to even roll over
and play dead, all because the
man didn't do chores around
the house. How in heaven's
name can a woman equate
making love to her husband,
to him doing domestic chores
and such is beyond me?!
I thought that these men
were making up stories and
telling lies on their wives,
thinking to myself that there
had to be another reason why
these wives were not accom-
modating their men in the sex
department. Well, these find-
ings were corroborated when I
heard this prominent public
official talking publicly about
his domestic loving. The man
said that he didn't have to tell
his wife that he loved her, as
all he had to do was do chores
and she would know.
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dance The
Twist, who
admitted that
all he saw in
his wife, for-
mer Dutch
Miss World,
was the sex.
"When I
first met her, TONY
I didn't think ROBINSON
about what
was in my
head, I saw only her body.
And to be perfectly frank,
what I saw was sex!"

Now over 40 years later,
he's still happily married and
still having frequent wonder-
ful sex with his wife. What a
great story, and I wish that
more wives would realize that
the way to a man's heart is not
only through his stomach, but
also through his loins. Instead,
they promise so much before
the marriage, but deliver so
little after, as they use sex as a
tool for leverage.
The cliche is as old as
time itself, "Not tonight Dear,
I have a headache." Suddenly
wives hold the handle and dic-
tate when, where and how
often they should dole out lit-
tle favors of sex to their hus-
"He gets it only when I
feel like and not before."
The irony is, when I ask

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* "One day it will happen. alleged multi-billion dollar
The hazard is real. The earth- Ponzi scheme by disgraced
quakes that can devastate the financier Sir Allen Stanford.
region can occur and one day
it will occur" University of "What I am advocating is States (AOSIS) during a glob-
the West Indies seismologist that ganja, at the level of al summit in Denmark recent-
Dr. Joan Lutchman predicts spliffs for private use, ly, warning of the dire conse-
that earthquakes worse than (should) be treated similarly quences for the planet and its
the one that devastated Haiti to a traffic ticket" Jamaica people if concrete action to
last month will hit the Government Senator Dennis curb the effects of climate
Caribbean in the future. Meadows reviving debate change is not taken.

* "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" United States
Senator Richard .\/iclt/v warn-
ing the Antigua and Barbuda
government not to disregard
recent attempts by American
legislators to punish the island
until it cooperates with US.
authorities investigating an

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Letting Haitians
order amounted to little
more than a formalization of
a move that the department
quietly made early last year.
That meant, despite urgent
pleas from Haiti's President
Rune Prival and human
rights organizations on
Haiti's behalf, that Haiti con-
tinued to be denied the help
that other distressed nations
have received.
President George W. Bush
ignored TPS for Haiti during
his White House tenure and
Obama has repeatedly side-
stepped the issue, saying only
that it should be part of a
Iihrn ,id r conversation about
immigration," which could
take months or even years.
If Obama found it easier
to call up dollars than moral
courage on this issue, blame
the always-touchy issue of
immigration. Yet, even the
Federation for American
Immigration Reform, a lead-

in U.S. stay awhile
ing opponent of amnesty for
illegals, offered a conditional
nod to TPS for Haitians, as
long as it is truly temporary.
After its latest disaster,
writes FAIR President Dan
Stein on his web site, Haiti
deserves TPS. But he also
insists that the status be ter-
minated for nationals from
other countries like Honduras
and El Salvador where Stein
believes "conditions no longer
merit their continued pres-
ence in this country."
Perhaps that dispute
could be part of the hr .id r
conversation about immigra-
tion"" that Obama wants.
Meanwhile, Haiti needs
help now. Haitians outside of
Haiti already are trying to
send it. This country can help
them to send more.

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Domestic loving twist of man's fate

saw that the dishes were
done, then and there she
knew that I loved her, and
need not ask me," he boasted.

In effect, the more he did
the chores was the more lov-
ing he got from her. Well, the
rapturous ovation that he got
came mostly from the women
in the audience who echoed
the words, "Do the chores,
get more loving."
Why do wives do it, why
do they promise so much
before, then deliver so little?
Before the marriage it's plenty
of spontaneous loving, then
after a while, 'conditions
apply', as they say, "Not so fast
buddy, no chores, no nookie."
How come when they
were courting she would be
the one to came around, clean
his apartment, do all the
chores, then hop into bed for
never ending sex? Now sud-
denly he has to put on the
apron before she takes off
hers. Why is there this sexual
imbalance in so many mar-
riages, with husbands singing
the same song, "I'm just not
getting i n that so many wives suddenly
hold the handle on what is
supposed to be mutual pleas-
ure? How come men don't
play that game and hold out
sexual favors and insist that
the wives do such and such
before they make love?
Can you imagine hus-
bands saying, "Oh no, no sex
for you until you cook my
favorite meal and help the
kids with their homework!"

When did wives get all

this power over men? How
the scales do tilt. So many
husbands have told me that
after a few years, they real-
ized that they came third in
the marriage, as the wife's pri-
orities were, first the children,
then her job, then him.
So what does he do, he
goes somewhere else where he
hasn't got to do the chores.
Enter the other woman, the
mistress, the girlfriend, who
will never hold out on sexual
favors because he won't do the
chores. You do your own infor-
mal poll and see who denies
their men of sex, wives or girl-
friends. And then they say how
men are cheaters, philanderers,
womanizers and cads.
Nowhere in the marriage vows
does it say that, "Woman, thou
art to submit yourself to your
husband, only if he does all the
chores. Do you promise to love
honor and obey, only if he
cleans out the sink first?"
And yet, that's what they do.
Cleaning agents have
turned into the aphrodisiac of
the unwilling wife.
"Oh Honey, you're so
sweet, you bought dishwashing
liquid and bleach, you really
love me, come to bed right
now, I have something special
for you."
These rules seem to be
made by wives who somehow
have managed to shift the bal-
ance of power in their favor
after a few years of marriage.
At first they were happy to
make love whenever the man
wanted to, but now it's "Hey,
not before you do the dishes."
Domestic loving, what a twist
of man's fate.

February 2010

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The public is being invit-
ed to join in the Black
History Month celebra-
tions at Miami-Dade Public
Learn about Fannie Lou
Hamer, voting right activist
and civil rights leader; explore
the history of American music
with Detroit native Ray
Kamalay; view artwork on the
Gullah/Geechee people of
South Carolina low country,
and participate in a traditional
African drumming circle.
The library presents more
than 15,000 free programs annu-
ally, throughout its 48 branches.
A complete listing of events is
available at
Highlights of the month include
the following:

* Feb. 16, 3:30 p.m. Haitian
drumming and craft Jude
Papaloko, Haitian artist and
owner of the Jakmel Art
Gallery, will offer a traditional
Haitian drumming perform-
ance. Also, create your own
"Worry Doll" after the show.
At Edison Branch, 531
N.W. 62nd St. Call 305-757-
0668 for information.

* Feb. 16,17 and 18 at 4 p.m.
each day, acting workshop for
the Skunk and the Possum with
artist Oscar Fuentes This early
literacy/acting workshop takes
children on a historical journey
through the Caribbean, and

Nova offers

discussions thri
Nova Southeastern University
(NSU) in Florida will honor
Black History Month through
a variety of activities, includ-
ing art exhibitions, perform-
ances, film screenings, speak-
ers and compelling education-
al workshops and discussions.
Among the highlights of the
February-long celebration are:
* "Road to Empowerment:
Art of the Florida
Highwaymen", NSU's seventh
annual African Presence Art
Exhibition, which will then be
open throughout the month.
"The Florida Highwaymen:
An Evening with Author Gary
Monroe" is also scheduled for
7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Feb. 16.
A discussion on "Being
Black in Business, Past and
Future", from 1:15 p.m. to
2:15 p.m. Feb. 18, featuring a
panel of South Florida execu-
tives in diverse fields and
* Bilingual "La hora de cuen-
tos" Storytime
from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 18,
featuring singing and dancing
in English and Spanish.

make a landing on the shores of
Haiti. Children will also per-
form a skit of the popular
Caribbean myth the "Skunk
and the Possum". Pre- registra-
tion required.
At Lemon City Branch,
430 N.E. 61st St. Call 305-757-

Feb. 20,10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. -
Celebrating Haiti Family
"Mini" Festival This mini-festi-
val will highlight Haiti's historical
and cultural traditions.
Participate in a traditional
Haitian dance workshop with
R6gine Paul and members of the
Louines Louinis Haitian Dance
Theater. A theatrical presenta-
tion of the Skunk and the
Possum is also on the program.
At Lemon City Branch.
Call 305-757-0662.

The Fanny Lou Hamer
Feb. 17, 6:30 p.m. at Naranja
Branch, 14850 S.W. 280 St.
Call 305-242-2290.
Feb. 24, 6 p.m. at North
Central Branch 9590 NW 27
Avenue. Call 305-693-4541.

African Drumming and
Stories with Baba Lyons.
Take a cultural journey
around the world with story-
teller and actor Baba Lyons.
Includes African tales and the
sounds of the African drums.
Feb. 9, 10:30 a.m. at Main

s, workshops,

oughout February
I "Dessert
and Diversity
The 'N'
Word: What's
In a Name?",
from noon to
2 p.m. Feb.
19, will offer
discussion of
the "N" South African
word, how it Archbishop Desmond
is used and Tutu, a human rights
portrayed in activist, will partici-
pate in Nova's cele-
society. bration.
Free liter-
ary events, including an
"African American Literature
Read-In" on Feb. 21 and
Author Iva C. Marc sharing
African American poetry on
Feb. 28; and
A special evening with Nobel
Peace laureate and human
rights activist Archbishop
Desmond Tutu on Feb. 26.
For more information,
including other programs
scheduled for the month, visit black-

Library, 101 W. Flagler St.
Call 305-375-2665.
Feb. 13, 1:30 p.m. at
Virrick Park Branch, 3255
Plaza St. Call 305-442-7872.
Feb. 20, 1:30 p.m. at
Palmetto Bay Branch,
17641 Old Cutler Rd. Call
Feb. 25, 6:30 p.m. at Naranja
Branch. Call 305- 242-2290.

* Ife-Ile Afro-Cuban Dance &
Music Company presents "The
'Guije' That Wanted to Go to
Afro Cuban choreogra-
pher and dancer Neri Torres
leads this work, based on a tra-
ditional Afro Cuban character.
Performance combines story-
telling, dance and drumming.
Feb. 20,11 a.m. at
Culmer/Overtown Branch, 350
N.W. 13 St. Call 305-579-5322.

Feb. 20,2 p.m. at
Allapattah Branch, 1799 N.W.
35 St. Call 305-638-6086.
Feb. 27,2 p.m. at Kendale
Lakes Branch, 15205 S.W. 88
St. Call 305-388-0326.
Feb. 27, 11 a.m. at Main
Library, 101 W. Flagler St.
Call 305-375-2665.

* Art Exhibition, through
Mar. 31: "Gullah Geechee and
the 7 DrL ,un curated by
Gary L. Moore at Main
Library auditorium, 101 W.
Flagler St. Call 305-375-2665.

Musician Willie
Stewart, best known
for his
role as drummer
for the Jamaican
band Third
World, will give
a free perform-
ance of
"Rhythms of
Africa, Music
Around the
World" in South
Florida to mark
Black History
Month (BHM).
The show,
which is expect- Drummer Willie
ed to feature
guest musicians and dozens of
local children ages eight to 13,
will be held on Feb. 27 at the
Miramar Cultural Center, 2400
Civic Center Place in
It is expected to match
African rhythms to the
Caribbean diaspora and else-
where, tracing the voyage of
sounds from Nigeria and the
Ivory Coast to Trinidad, Brazil,
Cuba, Jamaica and New
Orleans. The journey of
African rhythms around the
world is heard in contemporary
musical influences, such as
Michael Jackson, Stevie
Wonder, Bob Marley and
Santana, whose music is cele-
brated at the show's conclusion.
For more information, visit

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org or call 954-602-4500.
Also in celebration of

e Stewart.
BHM, the African art exhibit
titled 1', >\\ l r Revealed" is
currently on view at Miramar
Cultural Center/ArtsPark's
Ansin Family Art Gallery.
The exhibit features 25 arti-
facts from the collection of the
Museum of Art I Fort
Lauderdale, Nova
Southeastern University,
depicting concepts of power
from Africa's rich cultural her-
itage. Works include hand-
carved masks, figures, and cer-
emonial objects.
The exhibition runs
through March. Gallery hours
are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m
Monday, Wednesday and
Friday; and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday.


~ A Caribbean Today special feature

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u.s. census 20 1 0

~ A Caribbean Today special feature

A chance to earn money, serve the community

The United States
Census Bureau is look-
ing for temporary, part-
time to full-time workers for
Broward County 2010 Census.
Jobs offer, weekly pay,
flexible hours, paid training
and reimbursement for
authorized work-related
expenses, such as car mileage
traveled while conducting cen-
sus work. Census employees
get to work in their own
neighborhoods with pay
ranges from $11.25 to $16.50
per hour.
Available positions
Census takers (start at
$15 per hour)
Crew leaders
Crew leader assistants
Recruiting assistants
Census clerks

"This is a great opportunity for
well paid part-time employ-
ment in these challenging
times," Broward County
Commissioner Ilene
Lieberman, chair of the
Broward County Complete
Count Committee, stated in a
press release. "This is also an
excellent chance for people in
the hard-to-count areas to
make sure their community is
counted during what might be

the most important census in
our lifetime."
The areas most in need of
workers are in the county's
waterfront communities,
including Hillsboro Beach,

Bilingual people are espe-
cially needed in Broward
County. Those who have the
appropriate language skills
and cultural knowledge are
encouraged to apply.

Census takers have a 'great opportunity' to earn extra money.

Lighthouse Point, Pompano
Beach, Sea Ranch Lakes,
Lauderdale by the Sea, Fort
Lauderdale, Dania Beach
Hollywood and Hallandale
Beach. Applicants from these
areas will be fast-tracked to
start working almost immedi-

For more information,
sus2010 or call the toll-free
jobs hotline at 866-861-2010
and 800-877-8339 TTY.
The local Broward Census
office can be reached at 954-

The official census is
described in Article I,
Section 2 of the
Constitution of the United
States. It calls for an actual
enumeration of the people
every 10 years, to be used for
apportionment of seats in the
House of Representatives
among the states.
The first official census
was conducted in 1790 under
Thomas Jefferson, who was
the secretary of state. That
census, taken by U.S. mar-
shals on horseback, counted
3.9 million inhabitants. Since
that time, the decennial cen-
sus has been conducted every
10 years, generally on April 1
in years ending in a zero.
Besides providing the basis

Taking the decennial cen-
sus is a big project. For
Census 2000, many peo-
ple were hired to assist in
counting the population; tem-
porary employment peaked at
about 475,000 one week.
New homes are constantly
being built, and older homes
are torn down. Some people
don't like to provide the gov-
ernment with information
about themselves. Sometimes

The 2010 Census is
around the corner, and
it is more important
than ever for United States
residents to understand why it
is important to be counted.
Broward County Census
2010 has established a
"Speakers Bureau", featuring
local census experts who can
speak to groups, business or
organizations on a variety of
topics, including:
Why it is important to
get a complete count
Cultural and ethnic
Why the census is good
for business
Education and
Hard-to-count commu-
Promotions available for
groups or organizations
Census jobs available
and how to apply
How you can be a cen-
sus partner
Is my information really
"For Broward County res-
idents to reap the benefits that
can only come from a com-
plete census count, it is essen-
tial that they understand what
the census is, and in many
cases, what it is not," Broward


It is time to take another
census, as Americans do
every 10 years, which
means it is time again to
argue about the census.
If the census is designed
to take a snapshot of our
nation, the initial reaction
looks like a family feud.
In the upper heartland we
have United States Rep.
Michele Bachmann, who has
called for a boycott of the
census unless it includes a
question about resident sta-
tus. The Minnesota
Republican has backed off
that a tad, perhaps because
the census determines how
many members the House of
Representatives will have. A
low census response could
cost Minnesota a congression-
al seat like hers.
Besides too many illegal
immigrants already avoid the
census precisely because they
suspect that it is looking for
the illegals that Bachmann
wishes it really was looking
for. If illegal immigrants were
willing to respond truthfully
to a straight-up question such
as the one she ,I--"-lI we
could have a census every
year and put an end to illegal

immigration. Dream on.
More recently Bachmann
has backed up a bit. She urges
her supporters to respond to
the census but disclose no
more information than the
number of people living in
their household. By her read-
ing, that's all the Constitution
requires. "Enough is i n ugli
to "government intrusion,"
she said, on Glenn Beck's Fox
News show, where she also
observed that the census was
an early step in the process
that led to internment camps
for Japanese Americans dur-
ing World War II. Maybe so,
if you also think of shipbuild-
ing as an early step to the
slave trade.

As you might be able to
tell from her anxieties,
Bachmann is the sort of con-
servative who asks you to
trust her in our government
because she doesn't trust gov-
But the tea-party right is
hardly alone when it comes to
beating up on the census.
There are black activists and
intellectuals, for example,
who are upset that the form
includes "Negro" among the
choices for one's race, along
with "black" and "African

American". I am confident
that none of those complaints
is coming from the National
Council of Negro Women or
the United Negro College
Fund and I seriously doubt
many objections are being
voiced by the National
Association for the
Advancement of Colored
People, either.
Besides, if they think
"Negro" sounds odd, consider
this: a century ago, the classi-
fications still included "mulat-
to", quadroonn" and
octoroonn". Times and labels
can change faster than the
census can keep up.
In fact, race labels have
changed in every census for
the past century, making it all
the more difficult for social
scientists and demographers
to compare one decade to the
next. The form's categories
are determined by the federal
Office of Management and
Budget, which makes sense it
is intimately concerned with
allocating government
resources to people and
places where it will do the
most good. People in need of
government help, you might
think, would care more about
how they're being served than

for congressional redistricting,
census data are used in many
other ways. Since 1975, the U.S.
Census Bureau has had respon-
sibility to produce small-area
population data needed to
redraw state legislative and con-
gressional districts. Other
important uses of census data
include the distribution of funds
for government programs such
as Medicaid; planning the right
locations for schools, roads, and
other public facilities; helping
real estate agents and potential
residents learn about a neigh-
borhood; and identifying trends
over time that can help predict
future needs.

- U.S. Census Bureau

the census forms are lost, or
people forget to fill them out.
However, each census in
modern times has improved in
its accuracy. The 2000 census
turned out to be the most
accurate in history, with the
lowest undercount of minori-
ties of any previous census.

- U.S. Census Bureau

County Commissioner Ilene
Lieberman, chair of the
Complete Count Committee,
stated in a recent press release.
"Our experts can speak to
all of the issues and concerns
residents might have."

Governments use census
data to allocate billions of dol-
lars in funding for education,
public safety, housing, roads
and bridges, human services
and community services.
Community organizations
use census data to develop
social service programs for
seniors and children, and busi-
nesses use it to identify where
to locate factories, shopping
centers, movie theaters, banks
and offices, all of which can
lead to new jobs.
Census data is also used to
determine representation in the
federal and state legislatures.
Under-counting results could
mean under-representation.
"This might be the most
important census of our life-
time," said Lieberman.
To schedule a speaker,
call Scott Medvin at 954-357-
8550 or email

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~A Caribbean Today special feature

Census 2010: The power

When Sean was diag-
nosed as legally
blind from the
effects of Age-Related
Macular Degeneration he felt
hopeless. He came to the
Lighthouse of Broward
depressed and fearful about
what his life was going to be
like without sight.
At the Lighthouse of
Broward, he was offered free
services and was taught skills,
which helped him learn to live
more independently. Sean's
life turned around.
"Life for me without the
Lighthouse of Broward would
have become reclusive," he
said. "I was afraid to eat in
public, afraid to take trans-
portation. Without the
Lighthouse, I would have
become cut off from the
world, and that would have
been dreadful for me."
Dr. Elly du Pr6, executive
director of Lighthouse of

Broward, knows how impor-
tant census data is to the orga-
nization's effort to get funding
for the programs that help
those who are blind or visually
impaired lead independent
"Without Census data, we
would not have the informa-
tion we need to make a case
when we apply for tens of
thousand of dollars in grants
that are critical for the chil-
dren and adults who use our
facility," Dr. du Pr6 said
"Census data has been
essential for us to develop our
programs and be responsive
to the needs of blind and visu-
ally impaired Broward resi-

Since the last census in
2000, Lighthouse of Broward,
the primary resource for serv-
ices and information for the
blind or visually impaired in

of participation
Broward County, has received
more than $1 million in fund-
ing, much of which was
awarded based on the number
of people Dr. du Pr6 was able
to show live in the county who
needed help. That informa-
tion came from census data.
The importance of census
data cannot be overstated,
said Dr. du Pr6. The
Lighthouse is the only source
in Broward County for com-
prehensive rehabilitation
training and adaptive comput-
er training for adults with
visual impairment. It also is
the only local facility offering
specialized skill building for
blind babies and children.
According to Dr. du Prd,
the 2010 Census data will be
essential in meeting the needs
of an estimated 52,000 severe-
ly visually impaired people
who live in Broward County,
which has one of the highest
incidences of visual impair-
ment in the nation, primarily
because the community is an
attractive retirement destina-
tion for people 60 and older.
Dr. du Pr6 said census
data also sheds light on popu-
lation shifts that might affect
Lighthouse programs.

touches Broward County

"For example, if we see
an increase in a demographic
that is more prone to vision
problems, then we must be

du Pr6

ready to address that popula-
tion's needs," she said.

She said the most impor-
tant use of the data is to
access funding that allows the
Lighthouse to serve the com-
"Without that money, we
won't be able to teach people
who are blind or visually

impaired the skills they need
to live more independently,"
Dr. du Pr6 said. "Further, we
won't be able to help those
who relied on vision for a
whole lifetime come to the
Lighthouse and learn how to
manage at home, cross the
street and do a whole host of
other every day activities,
without normal sight."
The stakes for Broward
County are high as Census
Day, April 1 inches closer. Dr.
du Pr6 wants Broward resi-
dents to consider how impor-
tant it is to fill out and mail
back their Census form, which
arrive in mid-March.
"The census is important,
easy and safe," she said. "The
future is in your hands; partic-
ipate and help make Broward
The 2010 census question-
naire will be able to be read in
a Braille display, Braille-aware
note taker or Braille embosser.
For more information on
the 2010 Census and how the
public's participation can
make Broward County a bet-
ter place to live, visit

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U.S. census reflects country's confusion

what they're being labeled.
But they still care a lot.
In the 2000 census, for
example, about 19 million
people checked "Some other
race" on the census form
because they were not satis-
fied with the five categories
offered. The vast majority
were people of Hispanic ori-
gin, census officials say, who
preferred to write-in more
nationalistic labels such as
"Mexican" or "Puerto Rican".

Census officials re-categorized
as many of those race write-
ins as possible into one of the
five categories. In government
nose counting, it appears,
those who try to deny race will
have one or more thrust
upon them.
Such confusion and con-
tradictions at the edge of our
racial frontiers has led some to
call for doing away with racial
categories on the census.
Many of these folks are con-
servatives looking for a back-

door way to undermine affir-
mative action-type programs.
Their complaint is legitimate,
but as long as we really care
about racial progress in this
country we need yardsticks to
measure it. Even if we
stopped counting by race, it
would not mean that race
doesn't count.

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Celebrities raise $57M for Haiti relief during telethon

Barbadian pop star Rihanna, right, performs with Bono of the band U2
during the telethon.

LOS ANGELES, California -
Some of the world's most
renowned musical artistes and
Hollywood stars teamed up
for a massive telethon for
Haiti earthquake relief, raising
at least $57 million last month.
The star-studded, two-
hour event on Jan. 22, dubbed
"Hope for Haiti Now", was

telecast simultaneously over
25 networks in the United
States and on several televi-
sion stations around the
"The public has set a new
standard of giving for a relief
telethon with 'Hope for Haiti
Now', and the donations con-
tinue to come in," said Lisa

Paulsen, president and chief
executive Office of the Los
Angeles-based Entertainment
Industry Foundation.
"People can still con-
tribute 24/7 via phone, web
and text," she added.
Paulsen said the "Hope
for Haiti Now" fund will con-
tinue to accept donations for
the next six months.
Friday night's telethon fea-
tured leading artists, such as
Alicia Keys, Steve Wonder,
Bruce Springsteen, Shakira,
Beyonc6, Mary J. Blige,
Coldplay, Christina Aguilera,
Taylor Swift, John Legend,
Justin Timberlake, Kid Rock,
Sheryl Crow, Keith Urban,
Jennifer Hudson, Madonna,
Dave Matthews, Neil Young,
Bono, The Edge, Jay-Z and
Barbadian hip-hop star
Haitian singer Emeline
Michel performed Jamaican
Jimmy Cliff's "Many Rivers to

Renowned Haitian artiste
Wyclef Jean, who hosted the
event from New York,

brought the house down with
up-tempo renditions from an
otherwise solemn evening.
"Enough of the moping,
let's rebuild Haiti," exclaimed
Jean with the Haitian flag tied
around his neck.
"From the ashes, we shall
rise, so please give what you
can," he appealed, disclosing
that he was in Haiti after the
earthquake struck to "clear


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The Jamaica Consulate
General in New York, in asso-
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Group and the Caribbean
community (CARICOM)
Consular Corps, last hosted a
radiothon called "Haiti Needs
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NEW YORK Bajan award-
winning singer Rihanna is
lending her voice to help the
people of Haiti by trying a
Bob Marley classic.
The singer last month
used her performance on The
Oprah Winfrey Show to per-
form Marley's "Redemption
Song", in order to raise
money for Haiti that was
struck by an earthquake on
Jan. 12and again on Jan. 20.
"This song for me, grow-
ing up, anytime there was a
difficult situation, I always lis-
tened to this song because it
was so liberating," Rihanna
told Winfrey. "Even now I lis-

ten to it when my back is up
against the wall. I feel like the
people of Haiti need to hear
something inspiring."
The track is now available
for download on iTunes and
all profits will go to the vic-
tims in Haiti.
The "Umbrella" star was
also slated to perform at last
month's "Hope for Haiti"
charity telethon hosted by
George Clooney in Los
Angeles, Wyclef Jean in New
York City and CNN reporter
Anderson Cooper in Haiti.

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highly experiential, research validated approach that begins with an understanding of emotions in ourselves
and others for the development of emotional literacy. The curriculum is non-sectarian and open to participants
of all faiths.
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Big names set for 'Jazz in the Gardens' Mar. 20 & 21

MIAMI Some of North
America's bi---,l names in
music are scheduled to per-
form at this year's "Jazz in the

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The event two-day event
will be held on Mar. 20 and 21
at Dolphin Stadium in Miami
Gardens, Florida..
Among the scheduled per-
formers at the festival are Mary
J. Blige, Boyz II Men, Melanie
Fiona, Bryan-Michael Fox.
All recently received
accolades or celebrated signif-
icant milestones in their
Melanie Fiona secured her
first Grammy nomination for

Best Female R&B
Performance. Blige, received
decade end honors from
Billboard Magazine alongside
Grammy Award winning song-
writer/producer Cox. "Be
Without You", a ballad co-writ-
ten by Cox and Blige and pro-
duced by Cox, was named the
number one R&B Song of the
Decade by Billboard Magazine.

announced plans to celebrate
the group's 20th anniversary
that will include returning to
the studio to work on a new
"We have always wanted
to play the 'Jazz in the
Gardens' event, we love com-
ing to Miami Gardens. Add
in music, great performers and
a few drinks.. .we can't wait!"

Boyz II Men

Cox was also recently inducted
into the Georgia Music Hall of
Fame, along with being named
Billboard's number eight pro-
ducer of the decade.
Boyz II Men last month

a member of the group said in
a recent press release.
For more information,

Grenadian-born doctor charged

in Michael Jackson's death

LOS ANGELES, California -
The Los Angeles County
District Attorney's office has
charged Grenadian-born Dr.
Conrad Murray with involun-
tary manslaughter in the death
of the American pop star,
Michael Jackson last year.
He faces four years in jail
if found guilty.
The authorities allege that
Dr. Murray, who grew up in
Trinidad and Tobago, provid-
ed the singer with a powerful
anesthetic that was a "major
factor" in his sudden death in

June last year. Prosecutors
said the charges cap an inves-
tigation that revealed
Jackson's heavy reliance on
narcotics, including propofol,
an anesthetic normally used in
surgery but administered to
Jackson, 50, as a sleep aid.
According to police affi-
davits, Dr. Murray, a cardiolo-
gist with offices in Houston,
Texas and Las Vegas, Nevada,
had acknowledged giving
Jackson the drug shortly
before the singer was found
unconscious on June 25 in a

rented mansion here. The
coroner determined that
Jackson had died from "acute
propofol intoxication," com-
bined with other sedatives.
Dr. Murray's lawyer, Ed
Chernoff, said his client would
plead not guilty.
Jackson had hired Dr.
Murray to be his personal
physician as he prepared for a
strenuous series of comeback
performances in London.


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Photograph by Dawn A. Davis
Dr. Joan Muir, a Broward County, Florida-based psychologist, examines a Vaughn Tucker
painting up for auction at the third annual "TATI Dream Fete" last month at Casa Reta in
Davie, Florida. Guests danced to the music of Jamaican singer Freddie McGregor and
the Millennium Band. TATI, Inc., a non-profit organization, was founded in honor of
Tatiana McIntosh, who died in a car crash in Mar. 2007. The organization grants scholar-
ships to Caribbean American students.


Caribbean variety in Miramar
"Love is a Funny Little Thing",
Caribbean variety show featuring
music and comedy, will be held on
Valentine's Day, Feb. 14, at the
Miramar Cultural Center in Miramar,
Among the scheduled perform-
ers are comedians Chris Daley and
Elva Ruddock, storyteller and poet
Joan Andrea Hutchinson, singers
Dobby Dobson and Gem Myers, and
jazz guitarist Eugene Grey.
For more information, visit

* Fort Lauderdale to host
dancehall awards show
Single Mothers of America/
Dominion International Group will pres-
ent the second annual South Florida
Caribbean Dance Hall Awards at 7 p.m.
Mar. 14 in Margate.
The show will recognize the
accomplishments of the South
Florida Caribbean community and
feature reggae artist/dancer/model
Bruck Up, as well as performances
by international and local artistes,
plus the presentation of the So Flo

* T&T launches carnival with smaller

Trinidad and Tobago recently
launched its annual carnival celebra-
tions, with the government reducing
the allocation to the National Carnival
Commission (NCC).
Culture Minister Marlene
McDonald said that the NCC would
receive $20.3 million, as compared
with $20.5 million last year. The cel-
ebrations, which end on Feb. 16, will
feature the theme "Trinidad and
Tobago: Home of Carnival".

* Dominica ponders carnival date
Chairman of the Dominica
Carnival Development Committee
(CDC) Alwyn Bully wants authorities
to change the date for the island's
annual carnival celebrations.
Bully, who is also the national
cultural advisor, said:
"(Carnival) keeps coming up all
the time when we find ourselves
caught in lateness and caught with
other activities and coming out from
Dominica's carnival will be cele-
brated Feb.15 and 16, the same dates
as Trinidad and Tobago's carnival.

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The radiothon aired on and Chief Executive Officer
w York's Irie Jam Radio, Bruce R. Nobles, U.S.
".5 FM. Ambassador to Jamaica
"The people of Haiti are Brenda LaGrange-Johnson,
dire need of urgent humani- and Haiti's Consul General to
ian assistance," said the New York Felix Augustin were
maica Consulate in a state- among a "host of participants
nt. Deputy Prime joining forces for the cause."
Jamaica s Deputy Prime U
inistpr Kennelh Ranugh U S s





Senator for New York Kirsten



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Miami Dade College to host Community Health Fair

Miami Dade College (MDC)
will once again offer free med-
ical, dental and vision screen-
ings to the community at its
annual Community Health
Fair this month.

coma, glucose and cholesterol
tests, plus some mammograms
and information on nutrition,
heart disease and cancer pre-
vention. A blood drive will
also be held.

Past MDC fairs have provided free health services to adults and children alik.

Sponsored by Aetna, the
fair will take place at MDC's
Medical Center Campus locat-
ed in Miami's medical district
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 20.
The fair is free and open
to all ages. It will include glau-

This year's new event will
be a "Stress Relief Zone" that
will include free chair mas-
sages. In addition, on-site
pharmacists from the Florida
Pharmacy Association will
provide medical information,

as well as bone density screen-
ings. Various other health pro-
fessionals will be on hand to
follow-up with individuals
who have questions relative to
their health screening results.
The fair, now in its
fifth year, strives to pro-
vide health information
and services to those who
might not otherwise have
access to regular medical
"This year's annual
event will showcase a
range of health screening
services and educational
activities that lead to a
healthier lifestyle and
overall well-being," said
Medical Center Campus
President Dr. Anita
Kaplan in a recent press
The fair will also fea-
ture a children's corner
with face painting, bal-
e. loons, bounce house and
arts and crafts.
Free shuttle transporta-
tion to the fair will be avail-
able at the Culmer Metrorail
Station, 701 N.W. 11 St.,
Miami, beginning at 8 a.m.
To schedule free trans-
portation to the fair, call

By the way, doctor: Could aspirin cause hearing loss?

QUESTION. I am 85 and
have taken an 81-mg aspirin
each day for decades for heart
attack prevention.
Recently, I noticed these
words on the label: "Stop
using if you get ringing in
your ears or loss of hear-
ing". Should I be worried?

ANSWER: In a word, no.
In the body, aspirin gets
converted into a chemical
called salicylic acid, so the
side effect that the label is
referring to is sometimes
called salicylism, or more
simply, aspirin poisoning.
Very high levels of
aspirin in the blood can have
toxic effects. Tinnitus a ring-
ing or whistling noise in the
ear and hearing loss are
among them. But there's no
risk of that happening at an
81-mg dose.
People have been taking
aspirin for more than a centu-
ry, and I think it's still the
most widely used medicine.
Like you, many people take
small doses daily for cardio-
vascular health. But large
doses used to be prescribed
much more often, partly
because we didn't have nearly
as many other medications to
choose from.
Doctors have also learned
that many drugs, including
aspirin, work just as well at
lower doses as at higher ones,

and no surprise lower doses
are often associated with
fewer side effects.

about salicylism. The evidence
for cardiovascular protection
from small, regular doses of
aspirin is solid. So congratula-
tions on reaching 85, and I
think there's a good chance
that your aspirin habit might
have helped you get there.

- Dr. Anthony L. Komaroff,
editor in chief, Harvard
Health Letter. Tribune Media
Services Inc.

For more information
about the fair, call Madeline

Pumariega at 305-237-4212.

Olive Chung-James, M.D.

"- Board Certified Family
children adults *gynecology
.mp. & weight management
A Dr. Chung-James, practicing in Miami since 1983,
well-known in the Caribbean community.
Conventenly Located Across From Jackson South E.R. at:
9275 SW 152 Street, Suite 204. Miami, Florida 33157
Phone: 305-251-3975 Fax: 305-251-9839

- k -k -ri m

6300 W. Atlantic Blvd. Margate. FL 33063

= (954) 956-9500 g

Donovan D. Taylor, M.D.

W1 Board Certified Family
children adults* gynecology
weighti management
Donoven Taylor, M.D.
',I-' call for an appointment
(305) 655-0702
Graduate of iUW1. Previously practiced *in .t.rrI i II-
d, ,.. I..yat JMH.
250 NW 183rd Streel, Miami. FlR-da 33169

Aspirin for rheumatoid
arthritis, an inflammatory
condition that damages joints,
is an example of what I am
talking about. Today, if some-
one with rheumatoid arthritis
is treated with medication,
there are several choices
among the disease-modifying
antirheumatic drugs, or
DMARDs. But when I was in
medical school, aspirin doses
of 1,500 milligrams (mg) a day
or more were often prescribed
for rheumatoid arthritis.
Taking that much aspirin on a
daily basis can have toxic
effects, including tinnitus, and
I saw cases of salicylism early
in my medical career.
Your 81-mg dose is about
one-twentieth of 1,500 mg.
You really don't have to worry

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* Preventive Dentistry
* Restorative & Cosmetic
* Crowns, Bridges, Dentures
* Oral Surgery & Root Canals
* Bleaching of Teeth

February 2010



The Jamaica Ex-Police
Association of South Florida,
Inc. is accepting applications
for its annual United States
and Jamaican scholarships.
Applications for the U.S.
scholarship should be submit-
ted to the scholarship commit-
tee by Mar. 3L Applications
for the Jamaican scholarship
will be handled by the
Community Affairs Division
of the Jamaica Constabulary
The South Florida
Scholarship will be awarded at
the association's annual ball
on April 17 at the Faith
Tabernacle Banquet Hall,
7100 W. Oakland Park Blvd.
in Sunrise. The Jamaican
scholarship will be awarded
on June 1 at the Alligator
Pond police station in
Manchester, Jamaica.
Both scholarships are
awarded annually by the
Jamaica Ex-Police Association

of South Florida, Inc. in its
effort to assist students in the
South Florida community and
in Jamaica. The scholarships
are one-time cash awards.
Applicants for the U.S.
scholarship should be a legal
resident in Broward, Miami-
Dade or Palm Beach county
in Florida and currently regis-
tered as a student in a two or
four year college, or has been
accepted as such.
Applicants are required to
submit, via e-mail and regular
mail, a two-page essay typed
in 12 inch fonts and double
spaced on letter-sized paper.
In the essay, the entrant
should articulate why he/she
should be awarded the schol-
Applications should be
submitted to the Jamaica Ex-
Police Association, P.O. Box
8605, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
33310 by Mar 31.
Application packets must
include the entrant's full
name, address, telephone
number and an e-mail address

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Miat-L-Dade Coungmt mnunissiuncr

Mom and Pop Small Business Grant Program
For Miami-Dade County, District 9

Grant funds available to
qualifying business owners
Up to $5,000
Applications uu ikable for pick up
February 8 February 22, 2010
at the ufl k.nting locutionss:
* lWInI Nib If t-: 10710 SW 211 Street Suite .V', NinmFL BIW9
* District South Office: 1634 \V 6 Avenue, Florda CR F"L 33034
* Apphici enst wl jl A, bt' mvailble hkor& d;o al.J -: ai' LaFdiiJt.eLdJitrikIlO
Business owner must attend one oa the following
Informational Workshop Dates (Attendance mandatory)
Tuleday,February 23, 2010 Tuesdy, Fetuary 2 3 2010
I0:00 .i.1.. tn'A tF ra,
hicdt Wilim s Center Souti Dade Gov mramett Center
9i 1 SW4 Street 10710 SW 211 Stiet, Room 203
HmnesadJ, FL Cutler l -, FL
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305-2344938 01
N idk.rn Ai Nridhk. A., Liii, (NANAM
ks. Lidica Fimin al.: 305-756-0605 Ir1in 10 at. 4 p.m.

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if available.
Students of Jamaican
parentage are strongly encour-
aged to apply. The financial
need and scholastic aptitude
of the applicants will be con-
sidered in the selection
To fulfill online require-
ment, applications must be
submitted to the following e-
mail addresses simultaneously:, eulet-, and
For Jamaican scholarship
applicants must be a high
school student or must have
been accepted to attend a
Jamaican high school.
The scholarship is a one-
time award.
For more information con-
tact Malachi Smith at 305-302-
5365 or


The remaining "Shape
Up" workshop, to help partici-
pants on a variety of subjects,
will be offered by the Miami-
Dade Public Library System
next month
The workshops will be
held from noon to 1 p.m. at
the Main Library, 101 W.
Flagler St. on the following
Thursday, Mar. 11 -
"Shape up for the New Year:
Eat Healthy on a BudgL i'
Get information on good
nutrition on an affordable
For additional informa-
tion, call 305-375-2665 or visit


Representatives from
more than 150 colleges and
universities are slated to
attend the 2010 National
College Fair from noon to 4
p.m., Feb. 21 at the
Doubletree Miami Mart
Airport Hotel, 777 N.W. 72nd
Ave., Miami.
The free fair will allow
students, parents and other
members of the public to meet
with college representatives.
Additionally, information ses-
sions on financial aid, college
planning and admission and
testing requirements will be
Select sessions will be pre-
sented in Spanish and Haitian
creole. Counseling and com-
puter centers will allow stu-
dents to access career interest
surveys and information about
college preparation, admis-
sions and scholarships.
The National Association
for College Admission
Counseling (NACAC) and
Miami-Dade County Public

Schools are sponsoring the
For more information,
contact the college fair hotline
at 305-995-1739 or visit
www.nacacnet. org.


Small business owners
operating in Miami-Dade
County's Districts 4 and 9 may
apply for "Mom & Pop Small
Business" grants this month.
Businesses in
Commissioner Sally A.
Heyman's District 4 and
Commission Chairman Dennis
C. Moss's District 9 will have
the opportunity to apply for
grants up to $5,000.
Eligible business owners
receiving grant awards may
use the funds to assist their
businesses by purchasing
equipment, supplies, advertis-
ing/marketing, inventory,
building liability insurance,
security systems and/or to
make minor renovations.
For more information on
District 9, call 305-234-4938 or
305-756-0605. Information on
District 4 can be obtained by
calling 305-787-5999.


The Miami-Dade
Cooperative Extension
Division will this month host a
workshop that teaches you
how to love your landscape by
helping it recover from cold
damage brought on by recent
dips in tem-
perature and
keep it green
The event
will be held
from 9 a.m. to
noon Feb. 13 ..
at Pinecrest
11000 Red
Road (S.W.
57th Ave.). --
presenters will
explain how
much water is
to be used on
lawns during
the winter,
what plants
should be
pruned and
what plants
are spectacular
bloomers. They will also
demonstrate proper tech-
niques to maintain and pro-
mote good plant health,
including fertilizer application,
in ways that are eco-friendly.
Attendees will be allowed to
participate in a series of
hands-on activities.
The workshop registration
fee is $10. To make a reserva-
tion, call Patty Viera at 305-

248-3311, ext. 225. For more
information, call Laura
Vasquez at 305-248-3311, ext.


The Miami-Dade Public
Library System is seeking vol-
unteer adult-literacy tutors for
Project L.E.A.D. (Literacy for
Every Adult in Dade), a free,
confidential one-on-one tutor-
ing program to assist adult
learners in basic reading and
For more information, e-
or call 305-375-5323.


South Florida students in
grade K-12 can get free help
with their homework at
Miami-Dade Public Libraries
through the S.M.A.R.T.
(Science, Math and Reading
Tutoring) program.
The program will run
from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. every
Saturday through May 15 at
all library branches except at
Model City, which offers the
program on Wednesdays from
4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
The Miami Lakes, West
Dade and West Kendall
libraries also offer additional
hours on Saturdays from 2
p.m. to 5 p.m.
Tutoring will be done in
small groups by educators.

Children are asked to bring
textbooks, written assignments
or any other materials they
have questions about.
To learn more about the
S.M.A.R.T. program, call 305-
375-3563 or log on to

February 2010



P.M. promises focus on St. Kitts's

debt reduction after naming Cabinet

CMC A new nine-member
Cabinet has been sworn-in
here, with Prime Minister Dr.
Denzil Douglas indicating that
financial prudence with the
aim of reducing the national
debt will be one of the hall-
marks of the Labour Party's
fourth term in office.
Dr. Douglas said the fresh
mandate given to the Labour
Party, which won six of the 11
seats at stake in last month's
general elections, should be
taken as a "call to greater
L r\ ItL after 14 consecutive
years as the government of
this twin-island federation.
The prime minister will be
directly responsible for finance,
sustainable development and
human resource development.
Sam Condor continues as
deputy prime minister and has
been assigned the portfolios of
foreign affairs, national securi-
ty, labor, immigration and
social security. Timothy Harris
is senior minister and minister

of international trade, indus-
try, commerce, agriculture,
marine resources, consumer
affairs and constituency
Dr. Earl Asim Martin is
public works, utilities, housing
and energy minister.
Patrice Nisbett, the lone suc-
cessful candidate under the ban-
ner of the Nevis Reformation
Party (NRP), is the new attorney
general and minister of justice
and legal affairs.
Marcella Liburd is minister
of health, social services, com-
munity development, culture
and gender affairs. Glenn Phillip
is responsible for the Ministry of
Youth Empowerment, Sports,
Information Technology,
Telecommunications and Post.
Nigel Carty has been
assigned minister of education
and information. The other
government senator is
Tourism and International
Transport Minister Richard
"Ricky" Skerritt.

Warders, inmates injured during riot at

Jamaica's maximum security prison

KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC -
Nearly 50 people, including
inmates and correctional offi-
cers, were injured in a riot at a
maximum security prison that
had to be quelled by the
police and army this month.
The disturbance erupted
when nearly 200 inmates,
angered at the lack of water at
the Horizon Adult Remand
Centre and new security
measures to prevent trading of
contraband, went on a ram-
page setting fire to their cells.
Initial reports from the
Department of Correctional
Services said that six people
were wounded, but it was
later revealed that at least 36
inmates were injured and

Anguillans to
THE VALLEY, Anguilla,
CMC Voters in this British
Overseas Territory will go to
the polls on Feb. 15 to elect a
new govern-
Chief Minister
announced the
date for the
general elec-
tions during a
public meeting
of the ruling Anguilla United
Front (AUF) party in the vil-
lage of Blowing Point, south
of here last month.
During the final sitting of

Persad-Bissessar becomes first woman

to win leadership of major T&T party

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad,
CMC Former Attorney
General Kamla Persad-
Bissessar scored a landslide
victory, as her slate of candi-
dates swept the polls, for the
leadership of Trinidad and
Tobago's main Opposition
party United National
Congress (UNC) last month.
Her victory may have sig-
naled the end of the political
career of Opposition Leader
Basdeo Panday, who formed
the UNC 20 years ago after
falling out with members of
the ruling National Alliance
for Reconstruction (NAR).
Panday, 77, had not con-
ceded defeat
up to press
time. But sup-
porters of
Persad- *
Bissessar said
that moves 6
were afoot to
Panday from
his current Panday
position as
Opposition leader. Former
junior culture minister
Winston "Gypsy" Peters,
speaking on local radio here,

said that parliamentarians
would be writing President
George Maxwell Richards
indicating that they no
longer supported Panday as
Opposition leader.
Another challenger,
Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj,
who was also soundly
trounced in the election, said
he was looking forward to
working with the new leader.
"I look forward to the
strong leadership of Kamla, my
sister Kamla, and I expect her
to effect the healing process,"
Maharaj said. "I am all com-
mitted to healing processes. I
have always worked in the
interest of the party."

Persad-Bissessar appeared
on stage late Jan. 24 to the
Bob Marley tune of "No
Woman No Cry" and immedi-
ately said she hoped everyone
would accept the results.
"In the heart of a cam-
paign, people say things that
may offend. But as a mother, a
wife, a sister and a daughter, I
know how to forgive. I hold
no animosity against you,"
said Persad-Bissessar, who
became the first woman to
lead a major political party
"We came out with a cam-
paign of hope and peace. I
stand for everyone...I am of
the view that the Lord put
things in place for all those
who are willing to serve for
the nation. We are all mem-
bers of the house of the rising
sun and we have to come
together and work for the
party and the nation."
Jack Warner, vice-presi-
dent of soccer's world govern-
ing body FIFA, who had been
waging a long battle for inter-
nal elections in the UNC, was
elected as the party's chairman.

taken to hospital some with
broken bones. Nine correc-
tional officers were also hurt.
In an attempt to bring the
situation under control, riot
police along with soldiers
were dispatched to the facility
after the prisoners started
breaking locks to their cells in
an attempt to escape. The
irate inmates, who set fires in
their cells, also damaged secu-
rity cameras, bunk beds and
the food store.
There was also a protest
at the gate mounted by a
group of women who claimed
that the inmates were being
victimized and their constitu-
tional rights violated.

vote on Feb. 15
the Anguilla House of Assembly
on Jan. 4, the leader of govern-
ment business said that he had
discussions with Governor
Alistair Harrison about the dis-
solution of Parliament the fol-
lowing day, paving the way for
general elections.
Speculation had been rife
about a possible date for the
elections that was constitu-
tionally due in March, but
could have been held as late
as April or May 2010.
In the 2005 general elec-
tions, the AUF won five of
the seven parliamentary seats.

February 2010


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Earthquake fallout forces Haitian

boxer out of world title defense

MIAMI, Florida Distraught
Haitian world boxing champi-
on Andre Berto pulled out of
his scheduled title defense
against American Shane
Mosley following the cata-
strophic earthquake in his
Caribbean country.
Florida-based Berto,
holder of the World Boxing



Council (WBC) welterweight
title, announced in a press
release last month that he was
"physically and emotionally
unable to prepare" for his
clash with Mosley and with-
drew from the Jan. 30 main
bout in Las Vegas.
The entire card, which
should have also featured
Jamaican light heavyweight
Glen Johnson against American
Yusaf Mack, was cancelled.
Johnson fought and beat Mack
in the rescheduled International
Boxing Federation (IBF) title
eliminator bout in Florida earli-

er this month.

The undefeated Berto
announced that he was focus-
ing on his family and the
Haitian people, who are fac-
ing an "inconceivable battle
for survival" following the
Jan. 12 earthquake and had
no choice but to withdraw
from the bout.
"I lost several family mem-
bers to the earthquake and
after two days without word,
was relieved to learn that my
sister, Naomi and her daughter,
Jessica survived, but were left
homeless," Berto said.
"I have seen the pain in
my parents' eyes as they
attempt to understand what
has happened to our homeland
and recognize a place they
once called home," added
Berto, who became world
champion in June 2006 when
he defeated Mexican Miguel
Angel Rodriquez to lift the
vacant WBC 147-pound crown.
Berto boasts an impres-
sive record of 25-0 with 19
Mosley expressed disap-
pointment over the cancella-
tion but accepted the Haitian's
"I'm sorry for the losses
that Andre and all of the
Haitian people are suffering. I
have everyone in my prayers,"
Mosley added.

Jamaican Errol Kerr is hoping to make history after qualifying for this month's Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada. Kerr, who
was born to a Jamaican father and American mother, will compete in skicross, a new Olympic event and will be trying to win the
Caribbean's first medal at the Winter Olympics. His participation in the Olympics has brought comparisons to Jamaica's famous bob-
sled team, which made its mark at the 1988 games in Calgary and in the movie "Cool Runnings".
"When people hear of a Jamaican skier, they expect dreads hanging out the back of my helmet and a smoke stream following
me down the mountain," Kerr told the Associated Press recently.
Kerr, a dual citizen of both the United States and Jamaica, was raised between the island's parish of Westmoreland and Lake
Tahoe in the U.S. His mother Catherine Kerr was once a ski racer.

Cuban wins world boxing title with K., in N.Y.

York Cuban Yuriorkis
Gamboa easily retained his
World Boxing Association
(WBA) featherweight title
with a second-round knockout
of Tanzania's Rogers Mtagwa
at Madison Square Garden
last month.
The African was no match
for the undefeated Gamboa,
whose first title defense ended
at two minutes, 35 seconds of
round two at the famous venue.
With the victory, Gamboa
improved his ring record to
17-0 with 15 knockouts.
Mtagwa fell to 26 wins (18
knockouts) against 14 losses
and two draws.
Florida-based Gamboa,
who defected from Cuba three
years ago, outclassed Mtagwa,
flooring him once in the first
and twice in the second before

* Caribbean girls fail to advance to soccer
World Cup
Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica
both failed to claim a berth in this
year's under-20 soccer world champi-
onships after losing in the first round
of their CONCACAF final round of
qualifiers last month.
The two Caribbean countries did
not advance beyond the group stage
of the tournament staged in
Guatemala. In Group B, both lost to

the bout was waved off by ref-
eree Steve Smoger.

The confident Gamboa
declared after the bout that he
is willing to tackle the best in
the division en route to cap-
turing the unified world feath-
erweight crown.


the United States and Mexico, the
two countries which moved on to the
semi-final round.
In the final match, T&T beat
Jamaica 1-0. T&T finished the tourna-
ment with three points and Jamaica
zero. Jamaica also failed to score in
any of its three games.

* Jamaican's goals KO's Arsenal in F.A.
Jamaican forward Ricardo Fuller

"I'd love for whoever the
public or maybe the press con-
siders the number one feath-
erweight (in the world), to
have him in the ring for my
next fight. That way I can
show who is the best,"
Gamboa said.
The 28-year-old former
Olympic champion had beat-
en Panama's Whyber Garcia
to capture the WBA 126-
pound title in October last
year, also at Madison Square
Gamboa defected from
the Cuba national team with
other Olympic champions Yan
Barthelemy and Odlanier
Solis in Dec. 2006 while in
Venezuela on training camp
for the 2007 Pan American
Games in Brazil.

stung Arsenal with two goals last
month and lifted Stoke City to its first
ever English F.A. Cup victory over the
famous London club.
Fuller netted headed goals in the sec-
ond and 78th minutes to oust Arsenal
in the fourth-round fixture at Stoke's
Britannia Stadium.

Compiled from CMC and other sources.


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Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Pierre Garcon, whose mother and relatives are from
Haiti, pays tribute to the earthquake-ravaged Caribbean country by raising its flag
after his team won the American Football Conference championships in the National
Football League (NFL) last month. Garcon, who was an outstanding performer in the
game with 11 catches for 151 yards, and the rest of the Colts team lost to the New
Orleans Saints in the NFL's Super Bowl in Miami earlier this month.

February 2010



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- Tobago, sister island to
Trinidad will be taking the
carnival party beneath the sea
this year with its first dive fes-
Themed "Underwater
Carnival", the event is
designed to showcase Tobago's
diverse eco-system and marine
life. Hosted by the Tobago
House of Assembly Tourism
Division (THA) and the
Association of Tobago Dive
Operators, with the support of
the Tourism Development
Company (TDC), the week-
long event is scheduled to take
place June 11-18.
"This is the first event of
its kind on the island and we
hope that dive enthusiasts and
lovers of the sea will travel to

to stage first 'U
Tobago to enjoy all the events
we have scheduled," said
Warren Solomon, director of
tourism for the THA, in a
recent press release.
"Trinidad is known for its
annual celebration of life, car-
nival, and our goal is to put the
spotlight on Tobago's amazing
undersea world and one-of-a-
kind aquatic offerings."
The festival hopes to pro-
vide both experienced and
amateur divers opportunities
to fine-tune their skills while
exploring Tobago's waters.
Key events include an ama-
teur underwater photography
competition with cameras sup-
plied by Sealife; dive and pho-
tography seminars hosted in
part by Dive Training, Scuba
Diving and Sport Diver maga-

underwater Carnival' dive festival in June

zines; dive and snorkel gear
demonstrations for adults and
children with equipment sup-
plied by Scubapro; Discover
Scuba for kids; and the Rogest
Kids Gallery, a two-day aquat-
ic art workshop for children
between ages six and 11 host-
ed by Canadian artist Ron
During the festival,
Sealife will provide marine
photographers with free prod-
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well as tips on taking photos
and techniques to review and
edit images. In addition,
Scubapro will provide festival
participants with the opportu-
nity to try out snorkel and
dive equipment.

coast is a haven
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and even the
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America and
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southern and
eastern shores
of Tobago.
Divers and
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opportunity to
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fish and marine creatures in
the island's waters. In addi-
tion, the destination is home
to the world's largest recorded
brain coral, spanning over 20
feet wide, off the coast of
Registration for the
Tobago "Underwater
Carnival" is $75. That includes
access to event seminars, dis-

ance to explore Tobago's waters.
counts on select land-based
tours and restaurants, free
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For more information on
hotel partners and schedule of
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Caribbean community (CARI-
COM) countries are to partici-
pate in an Inter-American
Development Bank (IDB) ini-
tiative geared towards improv-
ing the tourism sector in these
The IDB said it would
hold a business plan competi-
tion for tourism projects
involving low-income commu-
nities in The Bahamas,
Barbados, Guyana, Haiti,
Jamaica, Suriname and
Trinidad and Tobago.
The contest is organized
by the IDB's Opportunities for
the Majority Initiative and the
eligible business plans must
include low-income communi-
ties as suppliers or distributors

of goods or services, "so that
both companies and local resi-
dents benefit from the devel-
opment of tourism ventures.
"Proposals will be judged
on criteria such as innovations,
economic, social and environ-
mental impact on communities
where projects would take
place, growth potential, credit-
worthiness, implementation
capacity and whether they
could be replicated else-
where", the IDB stated.
It noted that participants
would be required to submit a
three-page summary of their
project and a one-page outline
of their company before April 9.


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The Jamaica Tourist Board's Mid-Atlantic Business Development Manager Victoria Harper, right, assists a Washington,
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motion of the country's "Winter Rescue" offerings, including specially priced travel packages last month. This month D.C.
residents will be able to enjoy a "Winter Rescue" in Jamaica when AirTran Airways launches nonstop service between
Baltimore and Montego Bay on Feb. 11.

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NEW YORK Jamaican chef
Nigel Spence, a Food
Network's "Throwdown with
Bobby Flay" two-time cham-
pion, recently hosted a cook-
ing demonstration and tasting
at Whole Foods Market
Bowery Culinary Center in
New York City.
The "King of Jerk", as
declared by chef Bobby Flay,
shared juicy secrets of prepar-
ing savory Jamaican cuisine to
a packed room of cooking
enthusiasts. The session, titled
"Jerk and Rum: A Taste of
Jamaica", offered an adven-
turous and interactive class
revealing techniques on creat-
ing cultural dishes.
Spence guided partici-
pants on a palatable adven-
ture enriched with exotic
spices and flavorful meals.
Guests sampled "96 Degrees
in the Ihid, a tantalizing
menu designed by the chef
that consisted of Jamaican
jerk red snapper fish with
Chadon-Beni sauce, Jamaican
rice and peas, codfish fritters,
and island rum pudding.

Guests were also able to
learn about Jamaica as a get-
away and received stuffed
goodie bags, recipes and infor-
mation on how to plan their
next trip or prepare a meal
inspired by it.
Liimiih.i cuisine is a
melting pot of the world's fla-
vors and just one mouthful can
reflect the island's textured
heritage," said Jamaica's
Director of Tourism John
Lynch in a recent press release.
"As a vibrant destination,
we always take pleasure in
sharing the various aspects of
our culture that make Jamaica
a desirable haven for travelers."
Spence's culinary passion
and remarkable journey -
from managing a little "jerk
shack" in the Bronx, New
York to becoming executive
chef and owner of the New
York Ripe Kitchen & Bar in
Mount Vernon, New York -
has propelled him to become
one of Jamaica's foremost
ambassadors of cuisine.


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People often embark on
an exercise program
with the goal of losing
weight but fail. Research
shows that those who fail fre-
quently have one rather sur-
prising factor in common: a
lack of time.
To lose weight, a portion
of the time you commit to fit-
ness needs to be dedicated to
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"To keep healthy food
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fast food that will make your
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Make a colorful grocery
bag your goal. Each hue offers
different nutrients, Braun
explains, and it's important to

Get over any fears of
frozen. Frozen vegetables are
healthy and easy to keep
around, and they come pre-
washed, trimmed, and cut up -
perfect for quick preparation in
stir-fries and soups, and with
pasta and grains, or solo, notes
Braun also recommends
frozen low-calorie, low-sodium
meals, such as those by
Healthy Choice, Weight
Watchers, and Smart Ones.
One or two a week will better
fuel those bike rides than bing-
ing on microwave popcorn.
Canned vegetables are
higher in sodium and contain
less fiber, nutrients and phyto-
chemicals than fresh vegeta-
bles, Braun says, "but they're
still better than a candy bar."
Fruits canned in their
own juice (not syrup) and
drained are another option.
Shop the perimeter of
the store that's where you
will find the least processed
foods. Avoid the aisles, says
Braun; they primarily contain
empty calories.

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Delivering a punch to your thirst, Caribbean style

Summer is not too far off.
But even so, a Caribbean-
style punch drink is
always refreshing. This month,
Caribbean Today offers a few
cold drink recipes to knock out
your thirst.

1) Caribbean punch-a-
This is one of the traditional
Caribbean drinks. It's similar
to. in< e-- but much better.
Drink it cold.

* 1 can evaporated milk
* 2 cans sweetened condensed
* 1 egg
* 2-3 laurel (bay) leaves
* Nutmeg (grated)
* White rum

Simmer the evaporated
milk with the bay leaves for 30
min. Remove bay leaves and
mix evaporated milk, con-
densed milk and egg in blender.
Add grated nutmeg and a little
rum (to taste). Bottle. Allow to
cool and refrigerate.
Serve over crushed ice.
(Note: shake bottle before
serving as the grated nutmeg
tends to settle to the bottom.)

should make about two liters.

2) Barbadian rum punch

* grated nutmeg
* 9 ounces of rum
* 12 ounces of water
* 3 ounces of lime juice
* 6 ounces of simple syrup
* A few dashes of Angostura

In a jug, blend
together all
ingredients j
with the
exception of
the nutmeg.
Serve the rum
punch in a
glass with lots -.3
of ice.
Sprinkle the Rum Punch
nutmeg on the

3) Sea ('Irish') moss drink

* Milk
* 1 lime
* Sugar to taste
* Angostura bitters
* 1 pound of sea moss

First soak the sea moss
with the lime juice and let it sit
overnight in the refrigerator.
Thoroughly wash off the
sea moss and put into a pres-
sure cooker for about 20 to 30
minutes, or until it resembles
a mass of jelly.
Cool off and add the milk
along with the sugar to taste
and blend in a blender. Flavor
with bitters and serve with
crushed ice.

4) Soursop punch

* 2 cups of water
* 1 soursop peeled
* Angostura bitters
* 1 teaspoon of sugar
* 6 to 8 tablespoons con-
densed milk
* Salt

In a bowl, crush the sour-
sop with half of the water and
pound it well. Pass through a
sieve to extract the juice.
Mix well with remaining
ingredients, except bitters. Stir
until dissolved. Strain, chill
and serve with bitters.

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Multiple benefits to a home cooked meal.
include an array of colors in
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apples, oranges, potatoes,
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