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THE M LTI WARDWINNNG N WS M GAZI NE


Some of the sizzle may be off
this summer's Caribbean enter-
tainment scene in the United
States as several of the
region's biggest names, such
as Beenie Man, left, and
Bounty Killer may not be
allowed to enter the country,
page 13.

Caribbean
people are
used to the
delicious
taste of
berries. The
health halo
that crowns
the original "superfruit" hasn't
slipped a bit over the years.
But berries are really good for
you too, page 15.

The National
Football
League in
the United
States was
looking for a
few good
men in its
draft last
month.
Baltimore Ravens found a big
one too, 6' 7", 360-pound
Barbadian Ramon Harewood.
The club selected the offensive
tackle from Morehouse College
with its final pick, page 19.


THE GREAT DEBATE
Homophobia has long been a contentious
issue in the Caribbean community. Tensions
still exist between the heterosexual majority
and LGBT (lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and trans-
gender) people. The subject, especially the way
dancehall music has been used to address it,
was the focus of a recent discussion in South
Florida led by Maurice Tomlinson, left, and Dr.
Camille Nelson, page 7.


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Viewpoint .............................................. 9 Food ......................................................15 Hurricane Preparedness ..................22
B usiness .............................................. 1 Local .................................................... 18 C lassifieds ..........................................23
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U.S. State Department'hopeful' to reach agreement

with Jamaica gov't in 'Dudus' Coke extradition case


WASHINGTON, D.C. The
U.S. State Department says it
remains "hopeful" it will be
able to reach an agreement
with the Jamaican government
over an extradition order for
one of its nationals.
"We are hopeful that we will
be able to reach a resolution with
the government of Jamaica with
respect to the extradition request,
in keeping with our solid record
of law enforcement cooperation,"
State Department spokesman
Charles Luoma-Overstreet was
quoted as telling the Washington
Post newspaper in mid-April.
Luoma-Overstreet's com-
ments came as the U.S. gov-
ernment continues to push its
case to bring Christopher
"Dudus" Coke to New York
for trial against claims by the
Jamaican government that a
court must decide if evidence
gathered against Coke violated


the laws of Jamaica on illegal
wire tapping.

NO BUDGE
So far, the U.S. State
Department is not budging
from its request and many
Jamaicans overseas believe
that a spate of recent visa can-
cellations, especially of five
top Jamaican dancehall
artistes who
had performed
only days earli-
er at Coke's
birthday bash,
are in direct
retaliation to
the Jamaican
government's
stall tactics. Coke
Coke, 41,
has been
dubbed as one of the world's
most dangerous narcotics traf-
fickers by the U.S. Drug


Enforcement Administration.
He is suspected of playing a
major role in supplying mari-
juana, cocaine and weapons to
the East Coast of the United
States, according to U.S. offi-
cials and court documents.
U.S. federal prosecutors
say Coke operates from a west
Kingston community called
Tivoli Gardens, which is a
stronghold of the ruling
Jamaica Labor Party and is
represented by Prime Minister
Bruce Golding, who claims
laws were possibly broken
by the U.S. investigators.
"In one important
respect...it was found to be
in violation of the law,"
Golding said.

- Edited from CaribWorldNews
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Ex-Antigua financial commission boss ordered extradited


ST. JOHN'S, Antigua, CMC -
Chief Magistrate Ivan Walters
late last month ordered the
extradition of Leroy King, the
former head of the Financial
Services Regulatory Commission
(FSCR), to the United States on
charges that he helped disgraced
Texan financier Allen Stanford
conceal a $7 billion dollar fraud
scheme.
King has been under
house arrest since June when
he was indicted by a U.S. fed-
eral grand jury for allegedly
accepting bribes from
Stanford to mislead U.S. secu-


rities regulators. He is accused
of 10 counts of conspiracy to
commit mail fraud, seven
counts of conspiracy to com-
mit 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
the Ponzi scheme by ensuring
that the FSRC conducted
sham audits and examinations
of Stanford International
Bank Limited's (SIBL) books
and records; that in exchange


for bribes paid to him over
several years, King made sure
that the FSRC did not exam-
ine SIBL's investment portfo-
lio; provided the investor with
access to the FSRC's confi-
dential regulatory files on
him; and allowed Stanford to
essentially dictate the FSRC's
responses to the SEC on those
information requests.
Stanford, who is being
held without bail in the U.S.
pending a Jan. 2011 trial, has
denied all allegations of
wrongdoing.
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Jamaicans lead way as


remittances rebound


WASHINGTON, D.C. A
growth in remittances to
Jamaica could indicate an
upward trend of important
revenue streams to the region
as the impact of the global
economic crisis eases, a
United Nations agency
reported last month.
According to the
International Fund for
Agricultural
Development
(IFAD),
migrant workers .
from a majority
of Caribbean
and Central
American coun-
tries were able
to send home
more money to
their families in the first
months of 2010 than at the
same time last year. The spe-
cialized agency dedicated to
eradicating poverty and
hunger in rural areas of devel-
oping countries viewed the sit-
uation a positive development
for Jamaica in particular.
"There's now been four
consecutive months of growth
in remittances to Jamaica,"
said Josefina Stubbs, IFAD's
director of Latin America and
the Caribbean Division.
"We believe it indicates
that Jamaica will likely be the
first country in the region to
begin a recovery from the
decline in remittances over
the past year."

HIKE
Remittances are vital to


the Jamaican economy, repre-
senting approximately 15 per-
cent of GDP last year the
equivalent of $660 per person
living in Jamaica, the U.N.
noted.
"This makes it particular-
ly significant that Jamaicans
living abroad sent home 7.4
percent more money to their
families this February than at
the same time
last year. In par-
ticular, remit-
tances from the
United States,
which account
for 62 percent of
remittances to
the country, rose
strongly", it
added.
The U.N. also reported
strong increases in remit-
tances to El Salvador,
Guatemala, Honduras and
Nicaragua.
Remittances are essential
to many economies in the
region. Caribbean and Central
American countries received
almost $16 billion in remit-
tances during 2009, represent-
ing between 11 percent and 16
percent of GDP (gross domes-
tic product) for many nations.
"After a year of extreme
hardship because of the ongo-
ing economic challenges
resulting from the financial
crisis, migrant workers are
beginning to send more
money home," said Associate
IFAD Vice-President Kevin
Cleaver.
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Tax Collector's Office wants to help you understand the consequences of not
paying your property taxes.
SIf you ;are a real property owner, rt is your responsibll y to e nsi re that your
property taxes are paid.
Propeny axCes became delinquernt on April Ist.
If your taxes remain unpaid on June 1st, your taxes will be sald at auction
as a Tax Certificate.
A Tax Certificate represents a Iten that I sold to the Irvestor that will accept
the lowest rate of Interest for your taxes. The Interest wll b~e Irncuded in the
amourit that you owe.
If your tax- rernmain unpaid for two years after a Tax Cetifiate haa. beern
issued your property could be sold at a future date.
To avoid additional charges and Interest, and the risk of losing your property, your payment
must be in our office by Mily 31, 010. M ailed pyrments must t>b In the form rIf a c-shlr''
check or money order, Postmarks will not be honored for delinquent taxes
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Trinidadian woman gets five years

probation for starving son to death
BALTIMORE, Maryland A "Amen" before a meal.
judge here has imposed a five- Prosecutors said Javon wasted
year probation sentence on a away over the course of a
Trinidadian woman who week before his heart stopped
starved her one year-old son beating.
to death allegedly at the urg- They said at the time of
ing of a religious cult leader. Javon's death, Ramkissoon
Baltimore Circuit Judge was living here with a small
Timothy J. Doory imposed the religious cult, led by a woman
sentence on Ria Ramkissoon, who calls herself "Queen
23, who last year pleaded Antoinette".
guilty to abuse resulting in the Ramkissoon was raised a
death of Javon Thompson. Hindu, but converted to
Ramkissoon, who has Christianity when she was a
been in jail since her Aug. teenager, prosecutors said,
2008 arrest, will not serve adding that "Queen
any further jail time. Antoinette" allegedly told
The judge last month sus- Ramkissoon that Javon had a
pended the balance of her 20- "spirit of rebellion" inside him
year sentence, ordering her to and that denying him food
report to a residential treat- would cure him.
ment facility for young "Queen Antoinette", her
women. daughter Trevia Williams and
another follower, Marcus A.
FOOD DENIED Cobbs, have been convicted of
She admitted in court to second-degree murder and
denying food and water to the child abuse resulting in death.
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Carlbon-t


Haitian-born Patrick
Corvington was
sworn in as chief
executive officer of the
Corporation for National
and Community Service in
February. Unanimously con-
firmed by the United States
Senate, Corvington will lead
this federal agency mandat-
ed to support voluntary
service through programs
such as AmeriCorps, Learn
and Serve America, and
Senior Corps. The agency is
also the largest source of
grants which support com-
munity service and other
volunteer efforts.
Corvington has an
extensive background in the
non-profit sector and an
understanding of the chal-
lenges many communities
face, particularly immigrant
communities. Last month he
spoke to Caribbean Today's
freelance writer Dawn A.
Davis about his new role.

Question: As chief executive
officer of the Corporation for
National and Community
Service what is your priority
focus?


CARIBBEAN TODAY MAY 2010- 3





'We have to expand opportunities to serve'

~ Patrick Corvington


Answer: I came to this job
with four main pillars or ideas
as CEO. First is this notion
that service is a solution and
that we have to demonstrate
how the role of service and
volunteering can play in solv-
ing some of the toughest
problems in our community.
It's not just about feeling
good, but it's about doing
good and making a difference
and demonstrating the impact
that service can have.
The second is, we have to
expand opportunities to
serve...Many folks from the
community I came from, and
probably the community that
you represent, have not been
attached to service; not to say
they haven't been engaged.
My mother has been taking
care of folks in her communi-
ty regularly. I have, my sisters
have, but they haven't been
part of the national service
structure. So, connecting folks
to that I think would be
important.
The third one is we have
to build the capacity of indi-
viduals, organizations, and
communities to take on their
toughest challenges. The
notion that we help people


U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, left, swears in Patrick Corvington.


build the skills to make a dif-
ference in their communities,
I think that's pretty critical.
Finally, we have to
embrace innovation. We have
to find new solutions to new
problems, new solutions to old
problems, and sometimes old
solutions to new problems.


People are solving problems
every day in their communi-
ties and we need to make sure
that we find what works,
invest in what works, and then
scale and replicate what
works.
The second pillar...is very
personal to me because I


came here as an immigrant in
1982, became a citizen in
1993, and the fact that I am in
this job now, given my back-
ground...that is the American
story...So, service for me
has been a pathway to the
American story and I want to
create opportunities for a lot
of kids like me to have that
pathway and to find them-
selves in the American
tapestry.

Q: How much has Caribbean
immigrants to the U.S. been
involved in volunteerism in
this country, especially after
the recent disaster in Haiti?
A: In Caribbean communities
throughout this country, and
the Haitian/Dominican com-
munity is what I am most
familiar with, people are
engaged in service every day.
People are taking care of fam-
ily members, taking care of
cousins, raising nieces and
nephews, helping the old lady
up the street.
They are engaged all the
time in service. I think that
service isn't always recognized
as national service. I think the
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Several Haitian Americans join contest to fill Meek's vacated

seat in U.S. Congress; community's excitement heats up
decision by Several will be vying for report published in the Miami Haitian, which will give the
)resentative Kendrick Democrat Meek's vacated seat Herald newspaper, the candidates a huge advantage.
ek to vacate his seat while he engages in a battle with "Haitian Americans, all big According the Herald, the
a spot in the United main challengers Marco Rubio, names with deep roots in the candidates, all who have paid
ate has left the door a Republican, and Republican- community, are candidates in a the $10,440 qualifying fee,
Iaitian Americans to turned-Independent Charlie crowded field". The newspaper include Dr. Rudolph Moise,
m in Florida's 17th Crist, the governor of Florida. noted that the population of 55, a family physician, lawyer
)nal district. According to a recent the district is about one-third and Haitian movie star;


Rep
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States Sen
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the first member of the U.S.
Congress born in Haiti, the
newspaper noted.

This month Caribbean Today
keeps an "Eye On Haiti".
The French-speaking
Caribbean name will cele-
brate "Flag Day" on May 18,
even as it struggles to recover
from a massive earthquake
which hit the capital Port-
Au-Prince on Jan. 12. See
page 12.


T&T elects new government


on May 24; Opposition


parties unite against PNM


PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad,
CMC The people of Trinidad
and Tobago go to the polls on
May 24 to elect a new govern-
ment, less than three years
after they gave the incumbent
People's National Movement
(PNM) a 26-15 victory in the
2007 general elections.
A brief statement from
the Office of Prime Minister
Patrick Manning on April 16
noted that he had advised
President George Maxwell
Richards "to issue a writ of
election" for May 24.
The ruling party, which is
expected to contest all 41 seats
in the elections, will face a
unified Opposition for control
of the Parliament. The main
Opposition United National
Congress (UNC) and the
Congress of the People (COP)
party ensured that there is no
repeat of the 2007 general
elections when the PNM won
some of the constituencies as
a result of the split in the
Opposition votes.
The UNC also reached an
agreement with Tobago
Organization of the People
(TOP) for contesting the two
seats in Tobago where both
incumbents have decided
against seeking re-election.

FRESH MANDATE
Last month, information


Manning
Minister Neil Parsanlal dis-
missed suggestions that the
early poll is an acknowledg-
ment by the government that
it has failed, telling reporters
that the Manning administra-
tion was seeking a fresh man-
date.
"What we are doing here
by calling the election is sim-
ply exercising good gover-
nance," he said at a weekly
Cabinet news conference.
Manning defended his deci-
sion to dissolve Parliament,
mere hours before debate on
an Opposition inspired motion
of no confidence against him
was due to begin.


Marleine Bastien, 50, execu-
tive director of the Haitian
Women of Miami and a long-
time community activist; state
Rep. Yolly Roberson, 54, a
lawyer and nurse and her ex-
husband Phillip Brutus, 52, a
lawyer and former state legis-
lator.
"There are great reasons
to be excited," Sabrina
Salomon a Miami attorney
and district voter, told the
Herald. "Just about every-
where you go, people are talk-
ing about this race. Part of
that conversation is also about
how it would be ideal to have
one person to strengthen our
chances."
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Fewer Caribbean immigrants become naturalized American citizens in 2009


WASHINGTON, D.C.
- Fewer Caribbean nationals
became naturalized citizens
of the United States last year
compared to 2008, a
CaribWorldNews analysis of
latest U.S. Department of
Homeland statistics reveal.
Overall, some 84,917
nationals from the Caribbean
took the oath of citizenship of
the U.S. in 2009 compared to
131, 935 in 2008.
The trend reflected part
of the overall downward spiral
in naturalizations, with the
number of persons naturaliz-
ing declining to 743,715 in
2009 from 1,046,539 in 2008.
The only group showing an
increase from 2008 to 2009
was immigrants from African
countries.\
However, in the past three
years, the Caribbean region
has registered a whopping
285,429 new voters in the U.S.
based on the number of new
naturalizations.


From the Caribbean
region last year, Cubans
topped the list of naturaliza-
tion from the region with
24,891 in 2009, down from
39,871 in 2008. They were fol-
lowed by the Dominican
Republic with 20,778 and
Jamaica with 15,098.
In 2009, 13,290 Haitians
became new U.S. citizens com-
pared to 21,229 in 2008.
Guyana followed far behind
with 6,840 while from Trinidad
and Tobago there were 5,726
opting to become U.S. citizens.

SMALLER
Other Caribbean nations
claimed smaller portions of new
U.S. citizens. Anguilla recorded
29 last year, while there were 37
from Aruba and 456 from
Antigua and Barbuda.
Some 569 natives of The
Bahamas became U.S. citizens
last year while 878 from
Barbados took the oath.
Belize migrants becoming
U.S. citizens last year totaled


Fewer Caribbean immigrants took the
oath of citizenship.
854, while there were 80 from
Bermuda and 43 from fellow
British dependent territory,
the BVI.
Another 22 nationals of
the Cayman Islands became
new U.S. citizens last year
while some 672 from
Dominica took the oath.
Some 583 Grenadians
became naturalized U.S. citi-
zens in 2009 while just 34 from
Guadeloupe, 22 from
Martinique and eight from


French Guiana took the oath.
From Montserrat, there
were 59 while 40 from the
Netherland Antilles became
citizens of the United States.
British dependent territory,
Turks and Caicos registered
21 while there were 198 from
Suriname. Another 583 St.
Lucians became citizens of the
U.S. in 2009 while there were
513 from St. Vincent and the
Grenadines and 389 from St.
Kitts and Nevis.

MORE APPLICANTS
However, the number of
applications for naturalization,
which declined from 2007 to
2008, edged upward to 570,000
in 2009 while the number of
naturalization applications
pending a decision decreased
to 230,000 by the end of 2009.
Meanwhile, in 2009,
women accounted for 53 per-
cent of all persons naturalizing
while more than one-half (54
percent) of new citizens were
ages 25 to 44 years. The medi-


an age of all persons naturaliz-
ing was 40 years. Persons 65
years and over accounted for
nearly 8 percent of naturaliza-
tions in 2009 while two-thirds
(67 percent) of persons natu-
ralizing in 2009 were married
and 20 percent were single.
California was home to
the largest percentage of per-
sons naturalizing with 24 per-
cent, followed by New York
with 12 percent and Florida
with 11 percent. Fifty-four per-
cent of all new citizens in 2009
lived in 10 metropolitan areas.
The leading metropolitan
areas of residence were New
York-Northern New Jersey-
Long Island, N.Y.-N.J.-PA
with 15 percent, Los Angeles-
Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA
with 11 percent), and Miami-
Fort Lauderdale-Pompano
Beach, Florida with 7.3 per-
cent.

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Former T&T resident, hero of 'shoe

bomber' incident, turns U.S. citizen


Former Trinidad and
Tobago resident, who
helped restrain a
would-be Jamaican-born
"shoe bomber" on an airline
almost a decade ago, has been
sworn in as a citizen of the
United States.
Kwame James, now 32,
became a naturalized U.S. citi-
zen last month following a cer-
emony in Atlanta, Georgia.
James had assisted other pas-
sengers subdue Richard Reid
as he attempted to set off a
bomb during a flight from
Paris, France to Miami,
Florida in Dec. 2001.
According to reports from
the incident, James was sleep-
ing several rows in front of
Reid when the terrorist
attempted to set off explosives
hidden in his shoes. The for-
mer U.S. high school and col-
lege basketball player was
alerted by a flight attendant
and went to assist other pas-
sengers and flight crew who
were struggling to subdue
Reid. James helped to tie up
Reid and also assisted with
holding him until the plane
landed in Boston,
Massachusetts.
"I didn't understand the
magnitude of what happened
at first," he reportedly told the
Associated Press.

DREAM
James, who is now mar-
ried with two children and
lives in Atlanta, was reported-
ly on the flight from France,
where he was playing profes-
sional basketball, to the U.S.


to meet his then-girlfriend.
The couple was scheduled to
go to his family's home in
Trinidad for the holidays.
James, who had entered
the U.S. as a tourist, agreed to
testify against Reid. But the
terrorist plead-
ed guilty
before his trial
in Oct. 2002
and James
almost lost the
opportunity to
become a U.S.
citizen. He
later married
his girlfriend James
Jill and J s
received per-
manent resident status. He
then applied for citizenship.
Now he is happy his wish has
been realized.
"I became a citizen of one
of the best countries in the
world and I am very happy,"
he told the Associated Press.
"All the things that people
come here for, that's what I'm
here for, the opportunity. You
can come from nothing and
become something here, just
through hard work."
A year ago James moved
to Atlanta to work at his
friend's IT staffing firm. Now
he is eager to participate in his
country's future.
"I can't wait to vote in the
next election," James told the
Associated Press.

Information obtained from
an Associated Press report.



Jamaica's PM. points accusing finger at U.S.


KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC -
Prime Minister Bruce Golding
has said the importation of
illegal guns from the United
States is contributing signifi-
cantly to the country's worsen-
ing crime situation.
"The security forces
recover, on average, 600 guns
each year. We suspect that a
greater number enter the
island each year, creating an
ever increasing arsenal of ille-
gal weapons snuffing out lives
with callous brutality,"
Golding told Parliament as he
made his contribution to the
debate on the 2010 national
budget last month.
He told legislators that
the majority of the illegal
weapons were made in the
U.S. Last year, more than
1,600 persons were murdered


Golding
in Jamaica.
"A resolution before the
United Nations for an interna-
tional convention to restrict
the illegal trafficking in small
arms is still the subject of
negotiations. In the mean-
while, we intend to renew our
efforts to strengthen bilateral


cooperation with the U.S. with
a view to addressing the flow
of illegal guns from the U.S.
to Jamaica with the same
vigor that we seek to apply to
the flow of illegal drugs from
Jamaica to the U.S.," Golding
said.
The prime minister said
that his administration would
be bringing to Parliament
anti-gang legislation to enable
law enforcement agencies to
move more effectively against
criminal gangs.
"Today's criminal net-
works did not exist when the
existing law enforcement pow-
ers were created," Golding
said. "The spanner we have
was never made to fit the nut
we have to crack."


U.S. pledges $45M to help Caribbean fight crime in 2010


BRIDGETOWN, Barbados,
CMC The Barack Obama
administration last month said
it is willing to put its money
where its mouth is by provid-
ing $45 million this year to
help its Caribbean neighbors
fight crime.
The funds are to be
provided as part of the
Caribbean Basin Security
Initiative (CBSI) announced
by President Obama at the
Summit of the Americas in
Trinidad last year.
United States Secretary of
Defense Robert Gates stressed
Washington's commitment to
the trans-national anti-crime
plan during a meeting with the


prime ministers of Barbados,
Dominica and Grenada and
other Eastern Caribbean
national securi-
ty officials held
here.
"The
United States





illicit traffick-
ing and violent crime in the
Eastern Caribbean chal-
lenges that touch our shores
as well," Gates told journalists
at the end of the one-day
meeting in mid-April.


"The CBSI represents a
comprehensive approach, pro-
viding not just improved secu-
rity capabilities to cope with
the threats but also develop-
ment assistance in hopes of
addressing the root causes of
regional problems," the senior
U.S. official said, adding that
how the funds are allocated
will be disbursed with "exten-
sive input" from the initia-
tive's Caribbean beneficiaries.
He said the Barbados-
based Regional Security
System (RSS) is central to the
CBSI's success, given its reach
across the Eastern Caribbean.






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THE GREAT DEBATE: Homosexuality still a contentious topic for Caribbean people


DAWN A. DAVIS
Homophobia has long
been a contentious
subject in the
Caribbean. Tensions still exist
between the heterosexual
majority and the LGBT (les-
bian, gay, bi-sexual and trans-
gender) community.
Some feel homosexuals
are breaking the law, because
in many Caribbean countries
buggery laws created in
England in 1533 are still on
the books.
But dialogue has brought
the issues out into the open,
forcing many to face the
LGBT population, especially
in Jamaica where opinions are
strong.
"I'm interested in the way
in which dancehall has been
used to construct a notion of
Caribbean, particularly
Jamaican sexuality, that is
exclusively hetero-normative,
preferring heterosexuality and
hyper-masculinity, similar to
the way in which hip-hop and
rap concretize the notion of
black man as hyper-sexual and
heterosexual," said Dr.
Camille Nelson.
Nelson, a visiting profes-


sor of law at Hofstra
Unversity in the United
States, was part of a panel at
last month's symposium based
on the theme "Homophobia
in the Caribbean", which was
hosted by the Inter-American


Tomlinson


Center for Human Rights at
Nova Southeastern University
in Florida.
Nelson asked what it
means to be a black man, in
particular a black man from
Jamaica, noting that she is
concerned with the way in
which the music is excluding
"others" from the definition
of nationality. She added that
dancehall then becomes the
cultural regulator of identity


along the lines of religion, as
some artistes use biblical vers-
es in their lyrics to justify their
stance against homosexuality.
"The ways in which we
construct our identity, through
law, through music, through
religion, depends on binaries
that are rigid: man woman,
gay straight, black white," said
Nelson.
"There is no middle
ground; if you are Jamaican
you are straight. That means
very little room for a hyphen-
ated gay Jamaican existence,
or a bisexual Jamaican exis-
tence."
Citing lyrics by dancehall
artiste Beenie Man ("I am
dreaming of a new Jamaica,
come to execute all the gays"),
Nelson explained: "When
Beenie Man sings this, he flat-
ly exposes a heterosexual con-
struction of a post-colonial,
independent Jamaican nation.
What do I want Jamaica to
look like, what do I want
Jamaica to be? He says, I want
it to be heterosexual, and not
just heterosexual, but to elimi-
nate homosexuality and homo-
sexuals."
Nelson cited some of the
work being done by Dr.


Carolyn Cooper, head of the
Department of Literary and
Cultural Studies and former
chair of the Reggae Studies
Department at the University
of the West Indies, Mona.
However, she voiced disagree-


Nelson


ment with Cooper's statement
that she sees as espousing
homophobia as part of a
national project: "It is the
music of young, working class
black people and I think it
makes it an easy target.
Homophobia is one part of
dancehall, but we shouldn't
reduce it to its homophobic
lyrics. It's a heterosexual
music, it celebrates heterosex-
uality by denouncing homo-


sexuality..."

J-FLAG
Maurice Tomlinson, legal
counsel for Jamaica Forum for
Lesbians All-Sexuals and
Gays (J-FLAG), noted that
"persons who are most able to
withstand these risks have not
been the ones that have been
targeted. In general it's the
black, working class, poor
individuals who have been
attacked."
Tomlinson added that
four gay men are in the
process of leaving Jamaica for
fear of their lives because of
their participation in the
recent "Walk for Tolerance"
march through the streets of
Kingston that heightened the
awareness of gay and lesbian
rights.
"We are interested in a
liberated Jamaica," he said.
"We still are struggling with
persecution...As the legal
counsel for J-FLAG, I am
focusing on advocacy strate-
gies. We want to continue the
dialogue on a different level.
We want to ensure that the
persons who can make change
are aware of the real issues."
(CONTINUED ON PAGE 8)


Arizona plan forces

lawmakers into action on

U.S. immigration reform


WASHINGTON, D.C. -
After a controversial Arizona
immigration plan became law
in that U.S. state last month,
Senate Democrats put the
spotlight squarely back on the
hot button issue by unveiling
what they called the "frame-
work" of a comprehensive
immigration reform bill.
United States Senate
Majority Leader Harry Reid
and some 43 other Democrats
on April 29 unveiled a plan
that they say will allow some
12 million undocumented
immigrants in the U.S. to be
able to obtain a work permit
and travel documents and
eventually, a path to citizen-
ship in the U.S.
The 26-page draft plan
of the Real Enforcement
with Practical Answers for
Immigration Reform
(REPAIR) proposal also calls
for tough controls on the hir-
ing of unauthorized immi-
grants that will make use of a
new biometric Social Security
card as part of an electronic
verification system.
Under this proposal the
millions of undocumented
persons living in this country
will be required to come for-
ward, register their status and
be screened and fingerprinted.


They can then apply for an
interim legal status, which will
grant them the ability to work
in the U.S. and travel abroad.
Eight years after the law
is enacted, when backlogs are
cleared in employment and
family visa categories, they
will be eligible to apply to
adjust status to lawful perma-
nent resident. They will be
required to pay fines, taxes
and civil penalties, learn
English, and fulfill other
requirements. And it recom-
mends "concrete bench-
marks" to secure the border
before granting illegal immi-
grants the opportunity to gain
legal status.
Those benchmarks include
increasing the number of bor-
der patrol officers and U.S.
Immigration and Customs
Enforcement officials, increas-
ing the number of personnel
available to inspect for drugs
and contraband and improving
technology used to assist ICE
agents.

ACTION CALL
As furor and threats of
boycotts of Arizona compa-
nies grow in wake of the
state's law to crackdown on
illegal immigration by essen-
(CONTINUED ON PAGE 8)


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THE GREAT DEBATE: Homosexuality still a

contentious topic for Caribbean people


(CONTINUED FROM PAGE 7)
Tomlinson explained that
although Jamaica's gay and
lesbian communities have
built a "better" relationship
with the police, they are not
adequately protected from
unprovoked violence.
"We have also lobbied
Parliament, not very success-
fully to date, but we are not
giving up," he said.

CHARTER OF RIGHTS
Tomlinson explained that
the LGBT community is work-
ing to ensure the passage of
the Charter of Rights and
Freedom, which is up for
review in Jamaica's


Parliament. The legal position
is to include language on sexu-
al orientation, sex and HIV
status as grounds for non-dis-
crimination.
Tomlinson, who is also a
consultant for AIDS Free
World, an international advo-
cacy program that underscores
the urgent need for response
to HIV/AIDS, is concerned
about HIV/AIDS in the
LGBT community. He noted
that the prevalence rate in
Jamaica among MSM (men
who have sex with men) is 32
percent, in sex workers it is
nine percent, and 1.3 percent
among the general population.
"It is clear, the law is driv-


ing people underground and
away from prevention, treat-
ment, and care," Tomlinson
said.
"We have so much that
is right about Jamaica...It's a
country of hope...But, there
is one thing that is so very
wrong. We feel it is an aberra-
tion (homophobia) that must
be removed for the true
Jamaica to be liberated and to
come forward."

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


www.caribbeantoday.com


Arizona plan forces lawmakers into

action on U.S. immigration reform


(CONTINUED FROM PAGE 7)
tially turning police officers
into immigration agents,
Democrats said the issue must
be addressed now.
Senator Reid, who is fac-
ing a tough election in Nevada,
said the "framework" of the
plan is based on months of
negotiations that involved New
York Senator Charles Schumer
and New Jersey Senator Bob
Menendez.
However, Republican
Senator Lindsey Graham, who
was also in those talks with
Schumer, is not among those
signing off on the plan, saying
instead the proposal needs
more work before it can
become a bill.
The American Immigration


'We have to expand opportunities to serve'

~ Patrick Corvington


(CONTINUED FROM PAGE 3)
folks who are doing it,
because it's so cultural for us,
don't think of it as volunteer-
ing. My mother for example,
could spend her whole week
taking care of other people's
kids because they are working
hard, or one is in the hospital,
making food for a neighbor,
just helping out her communi-
ty in a whole bunch of ways. If
you asked her do you volun-
teer, she would say no, I don't
have time to volunteer.
So, in Caribbean commu-
nities throughout this country
people are heavily engaged in
making a difference in their
communities. They don't see it
that way and others don't see
it that way, so I think it's part
of the things we have to fix.
The reason it's important is
for the young people in our
community to get engaged in
things like AmeriCorps,
Learn and Serve, and NCCC
(National Civilian Community
Corps); it's an opportunity, it's
a path...With AmeriCorps,
there is the education award.
A kid growing up in a com-
munity somewhere who gets
engaged in service in a formal
way, can get a year of college
paid. This is why it's important
to connect folks to the nation-
al service infrastructure. So, I
think that people are volun-
teering and are engaged in
their communities very heavi-
ly, but it somehow doesn't
make into the national service
picture.

Q: Were you personally
affected by the disaster in
Haiti and do you still have
family there?
A: Much of my family is still
in Haiti...One of my cousins, a
Corvington, was killed in the


earthquake. Some of my other
cousins some houses were
destroyed, some damaged.
They are doing what they can
to survive now and doing the
best they can.

Q: Are you able to reach out
to or work with non-profits in
Haiti, and if so, in what way?
A: I am not personally able
to do that right now. The
Corporation for National and
Community Service is focused
domestically. What's important
to remember is after the earth-
quake people were really gear-
ing up to help in Haiti. Many
of our volunteers through our
National Civilian Community
Corps were involved in organ-
izing volunteers to load planes,
to gather the materials and all
the things that were being sent
over. It is to me the quintes-
sential American spirit around
wanting to fix the problem and
wanting to be engaged. And
we saw that after the earth-
quake, with people trying to
find a way to become
involved.
We helped facilitate some
of that, and we hope that we
can keep helping communi-
ties...in New York, Miami,
Boston, Providence, places
like that where kids are com-
ing from Haiti or where peo-
ple are trying to find ways to
help out.

Q: Any plans to extend the
Corporation's efforts to the
wider Caribbean?
A: By statute we are domesti-
cally focused. But what I think
we can do is... to get into a
whole bunch of communities
here. The Caribbean is here in
many ways, so if we can be in
those communities and pro-
vide opportunities, that would


be a great success.

Q: In today's climate of eco-
nomic uncertainty, how do
you inspire citizens to volun-
teer?
A: We haven't had to. People
have been getting engaged
in one way or another.
Volunteering numbers are up.
People are finding ways to get
engaged for a variety of rea-
sons. I think the first reason is
people look around them, they
feel pain, they see people
around them feel pain and
they want to help. Others who
are unemployed are trying to
find ways to find meaning, and
so they are getting engaged
and volunteering. Others see
volunteering as a way to
develop a new set of skills.
Whatever the reasons might
be...what we have found is, we
haven't had to push too hard.

Q: How can you stimulate
entrepreneurship through vol-
unteerism in communities
with high unemployment
rates?
A: I think the folks who are
closest to problems and chal-
lenges are sometimes the best
suited to address them. When
people are facing a challenge,
they create a solution, and
that's a certain kind of entre-
preneurship; people are
inventing solutions to the
challenges they face. Whether
it is creating a particular proj-
ect or process getting their
communities organized to
take something on. At
serve.gov, which is a website
for volunteering, people have
the opportunity to enter their
zip codes to find opportuni-
ties. Or, they can post a proj-
ect. Serve.gov is one of the
ways we try to get people con-


nected... If we could get peo-
ple from the Caribbean com-
munity to post their projects
on serve.gov, I think that
would be huge. If people have
a project overseas, like in the
Caribbean, it can be posted on
serve.gov. So, it can actually
go beyond the borders of our
country.

Q: In October last year the
Edward M. Kennedy Serve
America Act went into effect.
Can you explain the motiva-
tion behind it?
A: The goal of the Serve
America Act was to do a cou-
ple of things. One, it expands
service. AmeriCorps for
example has 75,000 members
and by 2017 will have 250,000
members, which is huge. The
other is the focus on solutions,
the focus on outcomes. It also
focused on creating areas such
as education, opportunity, vet-
erans, healthy outcomes, ener-
gy, and environment. After 15
years since the Corporation
was created, the Serve
America Act is going to take
it to the next level...it will
drive our work in the future.

Q: For volunteerism to be
sustained, we must reach the
youth. How active is the
corporation in schools?
A: Very active. We are big
believers in service learning...
we put in probably roughly
80-100 million dollars into
service learning. The way we
engage people into a lifetime
of service is to create the
value and the habit of service
early, and the way to do that is
to engage youth early.
4


Lawyers Association (AILA)
late last month said it is encour-
aged by the proposal.
"We hope this proposal
which contains ideas from
both political parties also
inspires bipartisan partnership
in Congress to continue to
work towards a comprehen-
sive immigration bill. This pro-
posal requires undocumented
immigrants to register with the
government and get right with
the law. It includes tough
enforcement at the border and
in our workplaces and creates
a visa system that protects
labor rights and meets the eco-
nomic needs of our future,"
said Bernie Wolfsdorf, presi-
dent of AILA.
"It's time for both
Republicans and Democrats to
join together and show they
have the will to fix our broken
immigration system once and
for all. It's time to put smart pol-
icy ahead of partisan politics."

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U.S. immigration reform now


In recent weeks, since the
passage of the controver-
sial health care reform law
in the United States, I have
listened to many arguments
for and against immigration
reform.
Most critics or pessimists
of immigration reform now
insist that U.S. President
Barack Obama and the
Democrats can ill afford
another showdown with the
Republicans over another hot
button issue. Should the
Democrats use the momen-
tum and majority they have
and push through immigration
reform, then, critics say, the
party could pay for it dearly in
the November poll.
Really?
My argument has been
and remains that should the
Democrats and President
Obama do nothing for immi-
gration reform this year, then
they will pay dearly at the
polls in November anyway.
The party and Obama hood-
winked immigrant voters in
2007 by promising urgent
attention to immigration
reform that would not just
focus on border security but
help put millions living in the
U.S., undocumented yet pay-
ing taxes, on the path to
earned legalization. Not citi-
zenship or amnesty like the
mainstream media, especially
Fox News is quick to erro-
neously report, but earned
legalization.

PERMISSION
What does that mean?
Simply that these migrants
would be given a work permit
and a means to travel in and
out of the country once they
prove they've been living in
the U.S., have not committed
crimes, have paid their taxes
and can pay a fine for entering
the country without a visa or


overstaying their visas.
Yet President Obama and
his party have yet to make this
a serious priority. We all know
the economy is in terrible
shape, but Democrats have
found the time
to bail out the
crooks of Wall
Street and pass
a much-need-
ed, though
somewhat
flawed health
care bill since
taking back the FELICIA
White House, PERSAUD
the Congress
and the Senate.
They've even found time to
talk about off-shore drilling as
immigration reform continues
to be pushed further and fur-
ther on the back burner.
Sure there have been
many placating comments and
promises, but we still await a
Senate bill on this issue more
than three months after the
Dec. 2009 House bill from
Congressman Luis Gutierrez.

FACTS
Immigrant voters must
push the Obama administra-
tion and lawmakers to deliver
on their promise not with
emotion, but with facts. The
fact is that the coffers of the
U.S. stands to benefit from
millions in fines, back taxes
and immigration fees should
the millions of undocumented
immigrants be granted a
chance to legalize their status.
This is the short-term eco-
nomic boon to the U.S. that
few talk about. In these tough
economic times, this is the
message immigrant advocates
must sell.
Of course, the long-term
gain is easily documented in
many studies, including in
New York State alone, where
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woman will overlook
all the faults of a man
if he had a big bank
account some claim.
Well, that holds true even
to this day, and there is an
advertisement that appeared
in a newspaper that really
piqued my interest, both from
a man/woman perspective,
and from a fiscal point of
view. A lady advertised herself
as being available, but with
conditions applying of course,
using her beauty as a bargain-
ing chip to snare a wealthy
man. It's titled "What am I
doing Wrong?" and declares
the following: "I'm tired of
beating around the bush. I'm
a spectacularly beautiful twen-
ty five-year-old girl, articulate
and classy, and I'm looking to
get married to a guy who
makes at least half a million
U.S. a year, which is really
middle class in New York.
Where do you single rich guys
hang out, what are you look-
ing for in a mate, and why are
some women not as pretty as I
am, living lavish lifestyles on
the Upper East Side? Jobs I
should look for? Lawyer,
investment banker, doctor,
and I am looking for marriage
only".
Well, she made her case
and presented her portfolio,
suffering perhaps from delu-
sions of grandeur. But it's the
response that was a gem. It
went: "Dear seeker, I read
your posting with great inter-
est, and I qualify as a guy who
fits your bill, that is, I make
more than five hundred thou-
sand a year, but here's how I
see it. Your offer, from the
perspective of a guy like me is
plain and simple a crappy
business deal. What you sug-
gest is a simple trade, you
bring your looks and I bring
my money. But here's the rub,
your looks will fade, and my
money will likely continue
into perpetuity...In fact, it is
very likely that my income
will increase, but it is an
absolute certainty that you
won't be getting any more
beautiful. So in economic
terms, you are a depreciating


asset and I
am an 5VWMWfl
earning
asset. Let
me
explain, iL
you're 25
now and
will likely
stay pretty
hot for the
next five
years, but
less so
each year.
Then the
fade begins
in earnest.
So in Wall
Street
terms, we
would call
you a trad- .-
ing posi-
tion, not a
buy and
hold. It does-
n't make
good busi-
ness sense to
'buy you'
which is what
you're ask-
ing, so I'd
rather lease. TONY
I'm not ROBINSON
being cruel,
but it's just
not good
business sense. If my money
were to go away, so would
you, so when you're beauty
fades, I need an out. So a deal
that makes sense, is dating,
not marriage. I was taught
early in my career about effi-
cient markets, so I wonder
why a girl as 'articulate, classy
and spectacularly beautiful as
you say you are, has been
unable to find your sugar
daddy. I find it hard to believe
that if you are as gorgeous as
you say you are, that the five
hundred thousand man hasn't
found you, if only for a tryout.
I hope this is helpful, and if
you want to enter some sort of
lease agreement, let me
know".

VEXING
Now this is where the
financial experts should come


in, and educate young people
on the efficacy and economic
viability of entering into a
business deal such as this. But
this issue is a vexing one, how
women try to use their looks
and snare men, and also how
men use their money to catch
women.
At times, I wonder, who is
the predator and who is the
prey? But as the man said, her
looks will fade and his money
will appreciate. Every mother
should let her daughter know
that beauty alone is not the
only thing that they should
bring to the party, and every
father should tell his son that
to get a woman, using only
money, is a terrible economic
decision.
Of course I'm not talking
about those situations where
true love exists, but who can
seriously tell me that a woman
of 25 truly loves a man of 65,
unless he's loaded?
Nothing is wrong with
leasing, but this marriage
thing can spell financial disas-
ter, property sharing, family
discord and much rancor all
in all, an emotional/financial
meltdown that no bailout can
help. Men of wealth always
assess the cost benefit analy-
sis, the returns on their invest-
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called for is a war
which really
speaks to our
being able to deal
with situations
that are currently
threatening to
undermine the peace and tran-
quility of the state and in fact if
one looks at the whole context in
which the statement was made, I
was referring more biblical prem-
ise here where we will be waging
a holy war against those who are
attempting to create serious
destabilization in the country" -
Antigua and Barbuda's Prime
Minister Baldwin Spencer last


month declaring a "holy war"
against the Opposition forces in
his country as the fallout contin-
ues from the Mar. 12 High Court
ruling that his election and those
of two of his Cabinet ministers
were invalid due to polling irregu-
larities.

* "We are still in the midst of the
storm" Central Bank Governor
Dr. Delisle Worrell last month
claiming the Barbados economy
continues to experience tough
times, although he has seen
encouraging signs in the United
States that point to recovery by
the end of this year.

* "When Antigua is ready to
make things right and release the
assets that were purchased with
Stanford victims' investments,
the SVC will stop its efforts to
expose Antigua for its corrupt


actions...When the crime stops,
so will we" Angela Shaw, execu-
tive director of Stanford Victims
Coalition (SVC), an advocacy
group representing 28,000
investors, primarily from the
United States, who claim they suf-
fered "collateral damage" as a
result of the alleged fraud perpe-
trated by indicted Texas billion-
aire Allen Stanford.

* "Our position is: clearly they
don't have any basis for what
they're saying and the fact of the
matter is if they claim that they
are victims, Antigua and
Barbuda is also a victim in this
matter because clearly we have
suffered immensely as a result of
what has happened" Antigua
and Barbuda's Prime Minister
Baldwin Spencer last month
defending his government's public
silence on the campaign launched


against the country by the so-
called Stanford Victims Coalition
(SVC).
* "That's absolutely not true" -
Prime Minister Bruce Golding
denies reports that the United
States is holding up the accredita-
tion of a new Jamaican ambassa-
dor to Washington because of the
decision not to extradite a
Jamaican wanted in the U.S. on
drug related charges.
Businesswoman Audrey Marks
has since been named ambassa-
dor.

* "Without us, the human race
cannot continue; without us, the
world will fall apart. Women,
after all, hold up half the sky" -
Kamla Persad Bissessar, Trinidad
and Tobago's Opposition leader,
laments the fact that many people
do not fully understand the role
of women and their contribution


to society while
commemorating
International
Women's Day
last month.

* "We know we
had to take a
tough, hard decision. Believe me
it is a nerve wracking and emo-
tionally draining exercise, even
politically it is difficult, but there
are times as it is said when 'a
man's got to do what a man has
to do"' Jamaica's Tourism
Minister Ed Bartlett describing
his government's painstaking
decision to wind down the costly
operations of Air Jamaica, the
national airline.

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ment, the growth potential,
against the portfolio of the
other person entering the
trade agreement. Maybe that's
why many beautiful women
end up marrying wealthy men,
but eventually get dumped
anyway. As one told me, "He
simply traded me in for a
newer model.'
It's a harsh cruel world,
both the romantic and the
financial. Banks that stood 100
years suddenly are falling.
Men can't tell if women really
love them for who they are or
only for their wealth, and
everyone is asking, 'what's in
it for me?' She with her spec-
tacular beauty, as the girl in
the letter wrote, only wants a
man who earns a great wad of
cash per year, and he with his
money, wants something to
show for it, a great house, fab-
ulous cars, lavish clothes and a
beautiful woman on his arm.

HONESTY
At least I admire her hon-
esty, for there are many pretty
women out there who aren't as
forthright as her. They come
with talk of love, with money
never entering the picture, and


(CONTINUED FROM PAGE 9)
According to the Fiscal Policy
Institute, immigrants account
Sfor 20 percent of economic
output and 20 percent of the
population in the state. This
means that contrary to popu-
Slar opinion, immigrants are
Carrying more than their
I weight and are not a burden
I on the U.S. by any means -
Swhether documented or not.


POSITIVE
Adding a new legal popula-
tion to this mix, will only show
an economic positive, especially


the wealthy man gets duped
into believing that her passion
is for him and not his pension.
The truth is, she has all to
gain and he has all to lose, if
he's not smart. With her great
looks she can only marry one
rich man, but with all his
wealth, he can acquire many
beautiful women. Money
matures, and that's good for
an investor, but as a woman
matures, that's bad for her.
That lady who wrote that
letter is not alone, as there are
so many women who attempt
to get through life on their
looks alone. So many have
said that they'd rather be pret-
ty than smart, and many have
also told me what economic
bracket of men they want to
marry. "He has to be financial-
ly stable, and can keep me in
the manner to which I want to
become accustomed."
So the only difference
between them and that lady
who wrote, is the figure that
she expressed half million
U.S. per year or more.
I applaud those women,
pretty or not, who bring other
assets to the table. These
women have ambition, pride,
high self-esteem and can offer
as much as they want in


when the many young skilled
immigrants, who will qualify to
go to college under a legaliza-
tion of the Dream Act, are
added to this mix.
As for those naysayers
who argue that the borders
are porous, I say who's stop-
ping the U.S. from closing its
borders immigrants? Please.
Take a visit to most border
states and note the actual state
of what is called protection of
our borders.
No one is stopping the
U.S. from patrolling its bor-
ders but its own government -


return. It's so wonderful to
hear the term, 'she has not
only beauty but brains.' When
a man marries a beautiful
woman and he's asked, "So
what does she do?" will his
answer be, "Oh, she's so beau-
tiful...that's all she needs."
So the lady who wrote
that letter, and others like her
had better wise up. Beautiful
women are a dime a dozen, as
ugly people aren't being made
anymore. So if you want to be
an appreciating asset and not
just a depreciating piece of
ass, you'd better bring more
than just your good looks.
They could do a T.V. pro-
gram on the topic. The work-
ing title could be "The finan-
cial viability of a using your
wealth to marry a beautiful
woman: what are the risks?"
The guests could be former
beauty queens, investment
bankers, past and present min-
isters of finance, chief executive
officers of leading financial
institutions and executive direc-
tors of our leading model agen-
cies. As far as I see it though,
it's simply bad business policy.

seidol@hotmail.com


the same one who poured bil-
lions into Iraq but somehow
cannot find resources to con-
trol its borders. Immigrants
cannot continue to be scape-
goated. The Obama adminis-
tration must deliver on immi-
gration reform now or surely
face the consequences in the
November elections.

Felicia Persaud is founder of
CaribWorldNews. com,
CaribPRWire and Hard Beat
Communications.
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Robust recovery for Caribbean economy Air Jamaica announces transition to Caribbean Airlines


WASHINGTON, D.C. The
International Monetary Fund
(IMF) says the Caribbean and
Latin America have "weath-
ered the global downturn
comparatively well" and are
now recovering at a "robust
pace".
In a semi-annual report
on the world economy
released last month, the
Washington-based financial
institution said the region is
expected to grow by an aver-
age of four percent this year
as well as next year, with a few
exceptions such as Venezuela,
whose economy is expected to
contract in 2010.
The "World Economic
Outlook," distributed at the
IMF's spring meeting here,
reported that the region's
recovery is due, among other
factors, to "accommodative


policies" that are "helping
underpin domestic demand.
"Having weathered the
global downturn comparative-
ly well, the Latin America and
Caribbean region is posting a
strong recovery", the report
noted.
Overall, the report said
risks to economic growth are
on the upside, including the
possibility of higher-than-fore-
cast capital flows to the
region.
On the downside, howev-
er, the IMF said "weak exter-
nal demand for tourism from
North America and Europe is
impeding growth in a number
of economies in the region",
adding that lower remittances
are affecting many economies
across the Caribbean.


ommencing May 1, a
transition plan will be
implemented under
which Air Jamaica will contin-
ue its current operations
under a contractual arrange-
ment with
Caribbean
Airlines.
This was
announced
during a
media brief-
ing held late
last month
at Air
Jamaica's
Kingston
office. Air
Jamaica's
Chairman
Dennis Lalor, who made the
announcement, also explained
that the transaction had been
effected in a manner that was
designed to help ensure a
seamless transition for cus-
tomers or shippers.
Meanwhile, the Jamaica
government will own 16 per-
cent of the Trinidad-based
Caribbean Airlines as part of
the merger.
Among other things, the
transition means that there
will be no disruption of serv-
ice, as all tickets previously


issued to the passengers will
be honored.

TERMS
On April 27, Jamaica's
Cabinet announced it had


approved the terms of an
agreement for the divestment
of the operations of Air
Jamaica to Caribbean
Airlines, effective April 30.
During the briefing, the
Air Jamaica divestment team
provided details of the transac-
tion, including the following:
*Effective May 1, 2010,
Caribbean Airlines will
assume full financial respon-
sibility for Air Jamaica.
* The government of Jamaica
will transfer Air Jamaica's


routes to Caribbean Airlines
for a 16 percent ownership
in Caribbean Airlines.
However, the Jamaica will
remain the owner of all of
Air Jamaica's other assets,
including its real estate
assets and its industrial
assets.
* After a period of six to 12
months, Caribbean Airlines
will fully implement its plan
to provide sustainable airlift
to/from Jamaica.
* Those plans call for the ini-
tial operations to continue
serving routes from New
York (JFK) to Montego
Bay; JFK to Kingston;
Baltimore to Montego Bay;
Philadelphia to Montego
Bay; Toronto to Kingston;
Fort Lauderdale to Montego
Bay; and Fort Lauderdale to
Kingston.
Any changes to that
schedule will be announced by
Caribbean Airlines.
All Air Jamaica employee
positions were made redundant
on April 30. Approximately
1,000 workers were expected to
be re-hired by Caribbean
Airlines during the transition
period.




















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NEW YORK, N.Y New
York City's billionaire Mayor
Mike Bloomberg got testy last
month when confronted by
reporters over the Bloomberg
Family Foundation invest-
ments.
Reporters clashed with
Bloomberg at his post-United
States President Barack
Obama question and answer
session in Times Square over
a report in the New York
Observer of the offshore tax
shelters where his managers
have invested hundreds of
millions of dollars.
Chief among them are the
British dependent territories
of the Cayman Islands and
Bermuda. Bloomberg's invest-
ment team at Quadrangle
Group in 2008 reportedly
pumped $210 million into a
Cayman Islands fund.
The mayor stuck to his claim


that he had no idea where the
Bloomberg Family
Foundation investments are,
but when questioned further
by the Associated Press's Sara
Kugler, who pointed out that
he personally signed the 105-
page tax return in 2008 that
showed a listing of the invest-
ments, he snapped: "I don't
have anything to say about
my investments, miss.
"I did not sign those tax
forms," he added.
But Kugler insisted: "It
has your signature on it."
To which Bloomberg
responded: "If there are tax
forms that I signed, I signed.
But I don't have any control
over where my investments
go..."

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New Swiss law makes it easier

to return Haiti's stolen money


GENEVA, Switzerland, CMC
- Haiti is expected to benefit
from new legislation making it
difficult for dictators to stash
cash in Swiss Bank accounts.
Legislators were expected
to vote on the new measures
that would allow Switzerland
to give aid groups in Haiti at
least $4.6 million claimed
from Swiss bank accounts by
former dictator Jean-Claude
"Baby Doc" Duvalier, the
Swiss government said late
last month.
Foreign Minister Micheline
Calmey-Rey said it is hoped
that with the new legislation
"cases such as...Duvalier will
not happen again."


In January, Switzerland's
top court decided that $4.6
million must be returned to
the Duvalier's family because
the statute of limitations on
any crimes committed by
them would have expired in
2001. The Swiss government
rushed through an emergency
decree saying the funds were
of criminal origin and should
go to aid agencies working in
the Haiti that was devastated
by a powerful earthquake on
Jan. 12, killing an estimated
300,000 people and leaving
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Parliament approves new commission to oversee reconstruction


PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti,
CMC The Haitian Senate
has approved measures allow-
ing for the creation of a com-
mission to
oversee bil-
lions of dollars
in the recon-
struction of
the earth-
quake-bat-
tered
Caribbean lin
community nton
(CARICOM)
country.
The Ministry of
Communications said last
month that the commission
will be co-chaired by former
United States President Bill
Clinton.
The commission will also
include Haitian legislators,
other officials and union and
business representatives,
along with foreign delegates
from the U.S., Canada, Brazil,


France, Venezuela, the
European Union, the Inter-
American Development
Bank, the World Bank, the
United Nations and CARI-
COM.
Its establishment is in
keeping with the measures
widely sought by international
donors seeking to control
an estimated $5.3 billion in
pledges for 2010-11 made
during the Mar. 31 United
Nations conference on Haiti.
Communications Minister
Marie-Laurence Jocelyn
Lassegue said 13 senators
voted in support of the legisla-
tive package. One senator
voted against the package and
two abstained. Eleven legisla-
tors were absent.

POWER
The package, which has
already been approved by the
Lower House, went to
President Ren6 Preval for his


signature.
The vote, which also
extends the state of emergency
for 18 months, allows for
Clinton and Prime Minister
Jean-Max Bellerive to oversee
the billions of dollars in aid
through the Interim Haiti
Reconstruction Commission.
Preval will have veto power
over the commission's deci-
sions.
Meanwhile a survey of
more than 1,700 Haitians,
released last month by the
international aid group
Oxfam, said less than seven
percent wanted the govern-
ment to manage reconstruc-
tion on its own, though nearly
25 percent thought it could
work together with local
authorities and community
organizations. Nearly 40 per-
cent wanted control to fall to
a foreign government.


Top U.N. official warns of severe challenges for Haiti


NEW YORK, New York A
senior United Nations official
has warned that Haiti faces a
challenging year as it seeks to
recover and rebuild from
January's tragic earthquake
that devastated the country
and killed an estimated
300,000 people.
But Edmond Mulet, the
secretary general's special rep-
resentative and head of the
U.N. peacekeeping mission in
Haiti (MINUSTAH), told a
U.N. Security Council meeting
that with the right internation-
al support the country can
embark on a new era of stabil-
ity and growth.
"I believe the next 12 to
18 months are a period of
great challenge and risk in
Haiti, but one which we can
help the Government to
weather," he said, adding that
"what Haiti needs now is a
supporting arm of a compan-


ion on which it can lean as it
gets back on its feet. That is
the role which we, the interna-
tional community, can play."
A number of countries
and organizations are assisting
the French-speaking
Caribbean community
(CARICOM) country in the
wake of the quake. Mulet said


"I believe the next 12 to 18
months are a period of great
challenge and risk in Haiti


Haiti's path to stability follow-
ing the tragedy depends,
above all, on adherence to the
political and electoral
timetable to enable a constitu-
tional hand-over of power in
Feb. 2011. He said that falling
behind in this regard would
"seriously undermine the sta-
bility we have been working


towards in Haiti for many
years."
Mulet said that over the
next few months, Haiti will
also face new security pres-
sures, including that from
criminals who escaped follow-
ing the earthquake, as well as
economic risks with millions
living in vulnerable conditions
and the risk of new natural
disasters.
"However, I believe there
is good reason to think that
Haiti and its international
partners can manage and miti-
gate those risks," said Mulet.
"If we do so, I hope that with-
in two years, we could again
be in the position we had
reached in 2009 a Haiti that
is relatively stable and grow-
ing economically."
*


Toronto fundraiser helps earthquake survivors


TORONTO, Canada -
Entertainers from the
Caribbean recently teamed up
with Canadian companies and
others to help survivors of the
recent earthquake in Haiti.
More than CAD$350,000
was secured from a fundrais-
ing campaign, held in concert
with the Caribbean Media
Exchange (CMEx), and
anchored by an evening of
entertainment at the Lula
Lounge here last month.
"(It) was a heartwarming
reminder of how generous
Torontonians of vastly differ-
ing backgrounds can be," said
Maria Noa Habchi, organizer
of the fundraising drive.


Among the contributors
were three Canadian corpora-
tions. Habchi issued a special
note of thanks to Canadian
philanthropist Walter Arbib
who orchestrated more than
$350,000 worth of pharmaceu-
ticals and medical supplies for
Haiti, including a shipment of
medicines for Haiti from
SkyLink Aviation, Shalom
Life Canadian Jewish On Line
News, the United Jewish
Appeal on behalf of Israel,
and the airport security com-
pany AviSecure.
Nancy Rivard, president
of Airline Ambassadors
International, and major
recipient of the fundraising


campaign, said she was "hum-
bled by the generosity of
Torontonians," adding the
support, "comes at an impor-
tant time as the rains start
bringing with it an increased
danger of infection and dis-
ease."
Airline Ambassadors,
made up of volunteers drawn
from the staff of 12 airlines,
has reportedly flown some
hundreds of doctors and nurs-
es, as well as close to three
million pounds worth of med-
ical and other assistance to the
clinics and orphanages it sup-
ports, into Haiti.
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Haitians celebrate Flag Day on May 18


ne of the primary sym-
bols of Haitian freedom
is the Haitian flag creat-
ed in Arcahaie, a town located
outside of Port-Au-Prince, on
May 18, 1803.
Since then, May 18 has
been observed as the Haitian
Flag Day as it has become a
symbol of pride, unity, and
individual liberty.
In Haiti, Flag Day is a
major national holiday celebrat-
ed with great fanfare in all cities
in the country; also in other
countries with a large number
of Haitians. In the United
States, Haitians give homage to
the blue and red flag by carry-
ing it around with them.
The Haitian flag is tightly
linked to a history of struggle
and freedom. On Aug. 21, 1791
the Haitian Revolution began
its struggle against French
occupation. From 1791 to
about 1793, the revolt became
more widespread and gave rise
to a number of large groups
still fighting independently.
Each main leader would use
any piece of cloth as a flag.
Slowly the slave movement
found some synergy and came
to follow the leadership one
main person: Toussaint
Louverture. He had led the
war with the French tricolor:
blue, white and red flag.
After Toussaint's capture,
Jean-Jacques Dessalines took
up the torch in 1802 with the
same color flag, but with a


slight difference: the general
had simply removed the French
rooster and the initials RF
R6publique de France, which
at that time were found on the
white band of the flag of the
French Republic.
At that time, an original
Haitian flag was not yet created.
The fact that the rebel army was
carrying a French flag was pre-
sented by the press of the time
under the title of "Proclamation".
The headquarters of the French
army in Saint Domingue pretend-
ed that this tricolor flag, carried as


National flag of Haiti.


a rallying sign by the indigenous
army, was proof that the insur-
gents were not fighting for the
Independence of Saint
Domingue, but only to keep their
liberty, just like the French of the
homeland, a liberty they believed
First Consul Napoleon Bonaparte
wanted to take from them.

- Editedfrom Haitian
Treasures


Fewer Haitians get U.S. asylum in 2009


WASHIGNTON, D.C. The
number of Haitian asylum
beneficiaries in the United
States continues to dwindle
with each passing year, a
CaribWorldNews analysis of
the latest Department of
Homeland Security informa-
tion indicates.
Last year, 592 Haitians
were given the affirmed status
of asylees in the U.S., an
almost 50 percent drop from
2007 when 1,055 Haitians
were approved for immigra-
tion relief.
Those granted asylum sta-
tus by an immigration judge
or the Board of Immigration
Appeals also decreased, from
510 in 2008 to 406 last year.
By contrast, more Cubans
were granted refugee status in
the U.S. in 2009 than in the
two years prior. Some 4,800
Cubans were allowed to
become residents of the U.S.
last year, a slight increase
from 4,177 in 2008. But the
2009 numbers reflected an
almost doubling of the
approved refugees from Cuba
when compared to 2007.
No Haitians have been
granted refugee status in the


past three years.
However, the Haitian
trend reflected an overall
downward spiral on asylum
applications approved by the
U.S. Citizenship and
Immigration Services. The
total number of persons grant-
ed asylum in the U.S.
decreased slightly from 22,838
in 2008 to 22,119 in 2009. The
leading countries of nationali-
ty for persons granted asylum
in 2009 were China with 28
percent, Ethiopia with five
percent and Haiti with 4.5
percent. Of the 11,933 persons
granted asylum affirmatively
in 2009, more than 80 percent
were between the ages of 18
and 54.
A total of 74,602 persons
were admitted to the U.S. as
refugees during 2009. The
leading countries of nationali-
ty for refugees were Iraq,
Burma, and Bhutan. Fifty per-
cent of refugees admitted to
the U.S. last year were under
age 25, with 34 percent under
18.

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Visa troubles take dancehall stars away from U.S. summer entertainment


DAWN A. DAVIS

Some of the sizzle may be off
this summer's Caribbean
entertainment scene in the
United States as several of the
region's biggest names may
not be allowed to enter the


Beenie Man


U.S. visas and are unlikely to
take the stage.
In addition, Jamaican
Buju Banton is still behind
bars in Florida facing drug
charges.
Many popular summer
events across the U.S. will
now be forced to make do
without the stars, some of
whom had already been
booked. Shows like "Best of
the Best", the annual
Memorial weekend music fes-


marks the start of the concert
season and which had origi-
nally booked Beenie Man,
Bounty Killer and Mavado,
will be without the dancehall
stars on May 30 at
Bicentennial Park in Miami.
It is still unclear why the per-
formers' visas were withdrawn
as the U.S. Embassy has not
given specific reasons for its


actions.
The turn of events, includ-
ing the notable absences of
the region's top names, has
added to the challenges being
faced by entertainment pro-
moters, management agents
and the artistes.
"When anyone's visa is
cancelled, it is an unfortunate
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country.
Top musical acts such as
Beenie Man, Bounty Killer
and Mavado from Jamaica
have been stripped of their


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tival featuring reggae, dance-
hall and soca which usually


Caribana: Biggest festival draw in Toronto


TORONTO, Canada The
economic impact of Caribana,
the annual Caribbean carnival
here, has been put at just over
$400 million, according to a
new report.
The first comprehensive
study of its kind on the festival,
done by Ryerson University,
reported that Caribana also
exceeds the economic impact
of other Toronto festivals,
including Pride Week.
Scotiabank Caribana com-
missioned the 2009 Economic
Impact Study, which was con-
ducted by Fearon and Carlyle
Farrell, a professor at Ryerson
University's Ted Rogers
School of Management. The
study found that the annual
celebration, now in its 42nd
year, creates the equivalent of


6,800 jobs, 83 percent in
the Toronto area, while
Torontonians spent an aver-
age of $327 at the festival and
visitors from outside Canada
spent an average of $901.
The study also found that
Caribana generated $198 mil-
lion in tax revenues in 2009.
The more than $400 million
in spending is spread among
restaurants and bars, noted the
report. The study's authors said
Caribana revelers spent more
than $109 million at restaurants
and bars, $101 million on
accommodation, $64 million on
recreation and entertainment,
$62 million on clothing and $33
million on transportation.


- CaribWorldNews
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CARNIVAL CRICKET


Jamaican entertainer Mr. Vegas, left, was all smiles and ready to go on the eve of
the ICC World Twenty/20 cricket tournament. Mr. Vegas and several other artistes,
including Shaggy, were at the forefront of "Bringing It" entertainment-style to the
tournament, which got underway at the Guyana National Stadium on April 30. Also
pictured is ICC WT20 WI 2010 Tournament Director Robert Bryan.


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ENTERTAINMENT BRIEFS


* Buju Banton's trial set for
June
The United States trial of Jamaican
entertainer Buju Banton has been
pushed back to June 21.
Banton, whose real name is
Mark Myrie, was originally sched-
uled to be in court last month to
face a drug charge. He has been in
a Florida jail since Dec. 2009.

* Rihanna's summer tour
kicks off July
The North American summer tour
for Barbados-born Grammy-win-
ning star Rihanna is set to kick off
July 2.
The 25-stop tour, titled "Last
Girl On Earth", will begin at
Seattle's White River Amphitheatre
in the United States and will take in
cities in the U.S. and Canada.

* Celebrity soccer festival
Several well known Caribbean
entertainers, including Kimani
Marley, Anthony B and Baby Cham
and Wayne Wonder, have been list-
ed among the participants in a
South Florida soccer festival to
support non-profit organizations,
Yele Haiti and the National AIDS
Committee of Jamaica.


The festival, presented by One
Caribbean International, is sched-
uled for May 31 at the Broward
Central Regional Park, State Road
441 and Sunrise Boulevard.

* Macka Diamond's Florida
book launch
Jamaican dancehall artiste Macka
Diamond is scheduled to introduce
her new book "The Real Gangster's
Wife" on June 5 at the Broward
College in Florida. The launch is
expected to include readings from
the book and dramatizations.

* Antigua's Calypso king on
bail
Antigua and Barbuda's reigning
king of calypso Leston "Young
Destroyer" Jacobs has been
released on bail after spending five
months behind bars on gun-related
charges.
Jacobs, 27, was released on
EC$30,000 ($11,472) bail and, as
part of the conditions for his
release, will have no travel privi-
leges and must report to the police
three times a week.
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Jamaica's 'Calabash' literary fest set for May 28-30


C Calabash", Jamaica's
annual international liter-
ary festival, will be held
May 28-30 at Jake's, Treasure
Beach on the island's south
coast.
This year's event, which is
free and open to the public, is
scheduled to bring together a
mix of new and established
writers from around the
world. In honor of its 10th
anniversary, festival organizers
have collaborated to produce
"So Much Things to Say", an
anthology of the works of
poets who have performed at
the festival.
"For visitors looking to be
romanced by powerful prose,
the Calabash literary festival
is the event that will appease
their literary craving," said
John Lynch, Jamaica's director
of tourism. "Hosting some of
the world's greatest literary
talent exposes the depth of
Jamaica's culture, which tran-
scends the cuisine and music.
At the core of our culture are
the people who stimulate
thought-provoking discussions
and encourage the love of self


Channel


and country, and the Calabash
Literary Festival provides an
avenue for expression."
The selection of authors
and performers for Calabash
2010 includes Nigerian Nobel
Laureate Wole Soyinka,
United States poet Billy
Collins, Russell Banks, Sharon
Olds, Geoff Dyer, Nami Mun
and Colson Whitehead. The
opening night will feature a
screening of the late Jamaican
director Trevor Rhone's 1976
comedy classic Smile Orange,


the story of a roguish
waiter at a beachside
hotel.
Reggae singers
Freddie McGregor and
Etana are scheduled to
perform. The festival cul-
minates with an acoustic
exploration of the lyrics
of Bob Marley's final stu-
dio album "Uprising",
which celebrates its 30th
anniversary this year.
"So Much Things to
Say" is a collection of
works by 100 poets who
have appeared at the fes-
tival since its inception.
The anthology was edited
by Jamaican novelist Colin
Channer, one of the creators
of "Calabash", and poet and
playwright Dr. Kwame Dawes,
another founder. It is pub-
lished by Akashic Books in
New York.
For more information
about "Calabash", visit
www. calabashfestival.org.
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situation for both them and
their families, financially and
otherwise," said Florida-based
promoter Charles Higgins of
Global Vybz Entertainment,
the company behind last
October's "Reggae Bash" that
featured Buju Banton and
Beenie Man at Miami's James


L. Knight Center, downtown
Miami.
"The industry already suf-
fers from some negativity.
Right now I don't want any-
thing else to affect it. We need
the artistes to be available so
that they can come out and
support the business overall. I
hope it is something that can


be resolved easily," Higgins
added.
Higgins said the high pro-
file artistes for "Best of the
Best" were booked because of
the demand for them and,
regardless of circumstances,
fans should still come out to
support the concert because it
is good for the industry.

ONE VOICE
Carlette DeLeon, publi-
cist for Jamaica-based
Headline Entertainment,
a full service entertainment
consultancy and booking
agents for some of the
Caribbean entertainment's top
names, stressed that the indus-
try must speak with one voice
to address the difficulties.
"Anything that affects
one affects us
all...Collectively as an indus-


try, what we need to do is be
aware of any resistance to our
artistes performing in certain
territories and collectively
address those issues," DeLeon
told Caribbean Today.
She remained confident,
though, that the music indus-
try can use the challenges as
tools to help boost the image
of Jamaican music and cul-
ture.
"As much as it may seem
dire, we can try and use it in a
positive light," DeLeon said.
"In addition to joining as an
industry and addressing the
issue, there are other options;
tourism is one. Where our
artistes can't export to other
countries, we then need to
import audiences to our
shores for them to experience
reggae music in the home of
reggae music. They can partic-
ipate in our festivals here, and
we have many fantastic festi-
vals in Jamaica and the wider
region as well. We can intro-
duce a whole new set of peo-
ple to our culture, which is
more than just our music."

BREACH
From a legal standpoint,
entertainment lawyer Lloyd
Stanbury explained that there
are a number of reasons why
visas can be cancelled, includ-
ing the state having reason to
believe the person in question
may be in breach of laws of
that country or associating
with persons who are in
breach of the laws.


"We don't know what the
reasons are in these cases,"
Stanbury told Caribbean
Today, adding, "in terms of
recourse, the only thing some-
one can do if you have an
application that has been
denied or revoked, is reapply
and hope for the best."
Stanbury, who practices
entertainment law in Jamaica
and consults in arts and enter-
tainment management world-
wide, also disclosed that per-
sons reapplying for a visa have
the right to ask for the reason
for revocation at the time of
the interview.
Asked about other cours-
es of action, he explained:
"You can't take action against
a country because they deny
you a visa. It's a privilege you
get when you are given a visa
to enter someone's country. If
they have guidelines that they
go by to determine whether
someone should be issued one
or not, and they conclude that
you don't fall within the guide-
lines, then they can say they
are not issuing one, or revoke
if you already have a visa."
But, in spite of the diffi-
culties some artistes are fac-
ing, Stanbury noted that U.S.
shows such as "Best of the
Best" are going on as normal
as promoters find alternative
acts to take the place of the
big names.

Dawn A. Davis is a freelance
writer for Caribbean Today.
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Berry nice: Tasty 'superfruit' good for your health too


SHARON PALMER
The health halo that
crowns berries the
original "superfruit"-
hasn't slipped a bit over the
years.
Ever since it was discov-
ered that berries have very
high total antioxidant capacity,
the public has had a veritable
love test with berries, making
them its favorite fruit.
Of all fruits, consumer
research finds strawberries the
favorite among adults and
kids. Over the past decade,
multiple research findings
have supported the health
benefits of berries, showing
that they have a profound
impact on chronic diseases,
such as cancer, cardiovascular
disease, diabetes and age-
related mental decline.
In botanical terms, a berry
is a fleshy fruit in which the
entire plant ovary wall ripens
into a soft fruit surrounding
seeds. Thus the definition of
berries extends to include
fruits like tomatoes, grapes


and avocados. But in common
terms, "berries" refers to the
small fruits with multiple seeds
we're familiar with
today.
While exotic berries such
as acai have gleaned a lot of
public attention, the largest
body of berry research focuses
on the traditional berries avail-
able in North America -
blackberries, black raspberries,
blueberries, cranberries, red
raspberries and strawberries.

IMPORTANT ROLE
Berries intrigue scientists
because they have an impor-
tant role in ecology. Navindra
Seeram, Ph.D., assistant pro-
fessor, Bioactive Botanical
Research Laboratory at the
University of Rhode Island,
explains that berries are
unique because they have an
interesting history with ani-
mals and humans.
As in humans, bird vision
is trichromatic (three primary
colors are distinguished),
which allows birds to spot col-
orful berries on a green bush.


A sumptuous Dowl or Derries.


Some birds trade their bug
diets for berries right before
the enormous physical
demands of migration, and
bears tend to load up on
berries prior to hibernation.
Native American customs are
rife with an appreciation for
berries. They were used in
important dishes such as pem-
mican (buffalo, fat and wild
berries) and some tribes called
berries "moqui", which meant


Making scrambled eggs a rich, luscious dish


"spirits of the ancestors".
Berries have been an
important part of culinary tra-
ditions from preserving
berries to pressing them for
juice that stretch across many
cultures and date back cen-
turies. Could it be that berries
offer particular benefits for
humans that extend beyond
just a delicious food?


Berries are low in calories,
sodium and fat, and high in
fiber, potassium and Vitamin
C. This profile makes them a
perfect food for supporting
heart health, normal blood
pressure and weight loss. But
that's not all, according to
Seeram.
"It goes beyond their
fiber, vitamin and mineral con-
tent," Seeram notes. "Berries
are really packed with antioxi-
dants. Plants put their best
compounds on their outer lay-
ers and in seeds. A plant can't
get up and put sunscreen on to
protect itself from environ-
mental damage. You eat it all
with berries; they're loaded
with skins and seeds and you
don't even realize it."

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NUTRITION. PREMIUM
HEALTH NEWS SERVICE.
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When it comes to housing,
little things shouldn't make a difference.


WOLFGANG PUCK

Home cooks consider most
egg dishes relatively quick and
easy to make. That's especially
true of scrambled eggs.
The recipe here offers a
combination perfect for a
springtime brunch.

Scrambled eggs with tomatoes
and fines herbes

Ingredients
* 3 firm, ripe Roma (plum)
tomatoes
* 12 large cage-free eggs
* 1 tablespoon finely chopped
fresh fines herbes (a mixture
of equal parts flat-leaf pars-
ley, chervil, chives, and tar-
ragon)
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground
black pepper
* 3 tablespoons heavy cream
* 2 to 3 tablespoons Dijon
mustard
* 2 tablespoons unsalted but-
ter
* 1 teaspoon chopped fresh
chives

Method
Bring a small saucepan of
water to a boil. Meanwhile, fill
a medium-sized mixing bowl
with ice cubes and water. Cut
out the cores of the tomatoes
and, at their opposite ends,
score a shallow X in the skin
of each tomato.
Carefully immerse the
tomatoes into the boiling
water. Boil just until their
skins begin to wrinkle, about


30 seconds. Lift out the toma-
toes and immediately immerse
them in the ice water.
Peel off tomato skins,
starting at the X. Cut the
tomatoes in halves and scoop
out and discard their seed
sacs. Cut the tomatoes into
small neat pieces, dice and set
aside.
Break the eggs into a
large mixing bowl, setting
aside two of the yolks in a sep-
arate bowl. Add the fines


herbs, salt and pepper to the
large bowl of eggs. Whisk
until the eggs are well beaten
and slightly frothy.
Add the cream and mus-
tard to the small bowl with the
two egg yolks. With a fork,
beat until smoothly combined.
In a heavy nonstick skillet
over medium-low heat, melt
the butter. As soon as it has
melted completely, add the
egg-and-herb mixture.
Cooking, stirring and scraping
constantly with a wooden
spoon, until the eggs are


slightly thickened and creamy.
Add the yolk-cream mix-
ture and the tomatoes to the
skillet. Remove the skillet
from the heat and continue to
stir and scrape constantly. The
heat of the pan will continue
to cook the eggs, which will be
perfectly scrambled. Sprinkle
with the chopped chives and
serve immediately on warmed
serving plates.
Serves four.

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16 CARIBBEAN TODAY MAY 2010


CARIBBEAN FORUM
Elevating the visibility of
Caribbean arts and culture in
Orange County, Florida will
be the focus of a forum sched-
uled for May 13 at Marks
Street Center, 99 E. Marks St.,
Orlando, Florida.
Refreshments will be
available at 6:30 p.m. The
forum, which is being hosted
by the Orange County Arts
and Cultural Affairs in collab-
oration with the Caribbean
American Cultural
Association, Inc. N.A.,
is scheduled to run from
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
To make a reservation,
which is required by May 6,
call 407-671-7495.


MIAMI JOB FAIRS
Miami-Dade Community
Action Agency will host
two "Job and Community
Resource Fairs" in May to cel-
ebrate National Community
Action Agency month.
The fairs, scheduled
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 6 and
May 13 will assist persons who
are seeking employment and
provide them with community
resource information.
The first fair will be held
in the lobby of the Stephen P.
Clarke Government Center,
111 N.W. First St. The
second fair is scheduled for
Homestead Job Corps, 12350
S.W. 285 St.
More than 40 employers
and resource providers are
scheduled to participate,
including Miami-Dade County
Human Resources, Miami-
Dade County Police
Department, Loews Hotel,
Jungle Island, AARP,
ResCare Home Care, Miami
Behavioral Abilities of
Florida, Inter Active
Response, and the United
States Armed Forces.
For more information,
visit www.miamidade.gov/caa


or call 786-469-4600. Meyers, 305-350-0613 or
RMEYERS@miamidade.gov.


COURT HELP
The Miami-Dade Consumer
Services Department will hold
a free clinic that teaches how
to take a case to Small Claims
Court at 6:30 p.m. May 11 at
the C. Lawton McCall
Community Center, 9617 Park
Dr. in Miami Shores, Florida.
The Small Claims Court
process is used by individuals
to address disputes involving
$5,000 or less, without the
costly assistance of an attor-
ney. Reservations are not
required.
For more information,
call 305-795-2207.


PROCUREMENT
CONFAB
A conference of ethics and
accountability in public pro-
curement will be held from
8 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 14 at
Florida Atlantic University
(FAU), Davie campus.
The conference, spon-
sored by the Miami Dade
County Commission and
FAU's Public Procurement
Research Center, will focus
on topics such as procurement
best practices,
'green' procurement, how
to effectively deal with ethical
issues, alternative procure-
ment processes and the value
of local preferences.
The event will be held in the
Liberal Arts Building, main
lobby, 2912 College Ave.,
Davie, Florida.
For registration informa-
tion, call the John Scott Daily
Florida Institute of
Government at FAU at
561-297-3749 or e-mail
sdean@fau.edu.
For non-registration
questions, contact
Dr. Clifford P McCue
954-762-5185 or
cmccue@fau.edu; or Robert


SUMMER CAMPS
Registration is now open for
the City of Miami Parks' 2010
summer camp.
Some 27 parks in Miami,
Florida will be holding camps
this year. Space is limited at
each park.
All camps handle registra-
tion on a first come, first
served basis. Applications
are available at all camp
locations or online at
www.miamigov. com/parks.
Summer camp, to be held
from June 14 through August
13th.includes swimming
instructions, field trips, sum-
mer sports, talent shows and
end-of-summer picnic.
For more information,
call 305-416-1300.


LUNCH 'N' LEARN
The Miami-Dade Consumer
Services Department and the
Dade County Bar Association
County (DCBA) Court
Committee will present a
free public seminar on land-
lord/tenant law from 11:30
a.m. to 1:30 p.m. May 28 at
the North Dade Justice
Center, 15555 Biscayne Blvd.
in Aventura Sabadell United
Bank, formerly known as
Mellon United National Bank.
The seminar is designed
to educate landlords and ten-
ants, procedures involved in
an eviction process, and their
rights under the law. Handout
materials will be provided.
Presenters include
Carolina Lombardi, senior
attorney for Legal Services of
Greater Miami, Inc.; attorney
Michael Birnholz; and con-
sumer advocate Leonard
Elias.
For reservation informa-
tion, call 305-375-3677.
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Getting a 'green card' via a U.S. job


Many people become
"green card" holders
or permanent resi-
dents of the United States
through a job or offer of
employment.
The main ways to immi-
grate based on a job offer or
employment are listed below:
Green card through
investment Green cards may
be available to
investors/entrepre-
neurs who are
making
an
invest-
ment in an
enterprise
that creates
new U.S. jobs. -'
Green card
through self peti- -
tion Some immi-
grant categories
allow you to file for
yourself ("self-peti-
tion"). This option is
available for either
"Aliens of Extraordinary
Ability" or certain individ-
uals granted a National
Interest Waiver.
Green card through spe-
cial categories of jobs There
are a number of specialized
jobs that may allow you to get
a green card based on a past
or current job. All of these
require a Form 1-360, Petition
for Amerasian, Widow(er),
or Special Immigrant, and
are described in Section
101(a)(27) of the Immigration
and Nationality Act (INA):


* Afghan/Iraqi translator
* Broadcaster
* International organization
employee
* Iraqi who assisted the U.S.
government
* NATO-6 nonimmigrant
* Panama Canal employee
* Physician national interest
waiver
Religious worker
S In some cases, you may
be able to file the immi-
grant petition (either a
Form 1-140 or 1-360,
depending on your
category) at the
S same time that you
S file Form 1-485,
; known as "con-
Scurrent filing".
If you are not
eligible to
adjust your
status
inside the
U.S. to a per-
manent resident, the
immigrant petition will be
sent to the U.S. consulate
abroad to complete the visa
process. In order to apply for a
green card, there must be a visa
immediately available to you.
For details on coming to
the U.S. for temporary or per-
manent employment, visit
www.uscis.gov.

Information obtained from
the United States Citizenship
and Immigration Services.
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Jamaican diaspora celebrates in May


The following is a listing
of upcoming activities
highlighted by the
Jamaican Diaspora Southern
United States and scheduled
for locations in South Florida:

* May 8, 9 p.m. The 16th
Annual Awards Banquet and
Dinner Dance presented by
The Jamaican Association of
Miami-Dade Educators,
Signature Gardens, 12725 S.W.
122 Ave., Miami. For more
information, call 305-989-3564.

* May 21,10 a.m. to 2 p.m. -
Jamaica USA Chamber of
Commerce's "Trade
Jamaica/Invest Jamaica"
Forum and annual recognition
and installation luncheon, fea-
turing the Jamaican Milestone
Awards, Sheraton Hotel,
Griffin Road/I-95 in Dania.
For more information, call
877-528-7222 or 305-576-7888.

* May 22, 6 p.m. The Sixth
Annual Peacock Ball
presented by The American
Friends of Jamaica Inc.,
Biltmore Hotel, 1200
Anastasia Avenue, Coral Gables.
Black-tie gala honoring


Jamaica National Building
Society with the International
Achievement Award for
exemplary contributions to
Jamaica in education, eco-
nomic development and phi-
lanthropy. Visit
http://www. theafj. org.

* May 23 16th Annual
Unifest presented by The
Greater Caribbean American
Cultural Coalition, Vincent
Torres Park, 4331 N.W. 36th
St., Lauderdale Lakes. For
more information, call 954-
730-8885.

* May 29, 7:30 p.m. to 2:30
a.m. Montego Bay High
School Alumnae of South
Florida celebrates its 75th
year of academic excellence,
St. Mary Armenian Banquet
Hall, 4050 N.W. 100 Ave,
Hollywood. A "Family Fun
Day" will be held the follow-
ing day at the John U. Lloyd
Beach State Park, 6503 N.
Ocean Dr., Pelican Pavilion,
Dania. For more information,
call 754-423-3169, 954-330-
4500 or 305-299-3561.
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OAS to send team to monitor Suriname elections


WASHINGTON, D.C. The national authorities," he
Organization of American added.
States (OAS) has signed an Amb. Kross said that
agreement with the Suriname Suriname has a tradition of
government allowing for "free and fair elections" and
observers to monitor the gen- praised the hemispheric body
eral elections to be held in that for its support.
Caribbean community (CARI-
COM) country on May 25. VISIT
OAS Secretary General As a result of the agree-
Jos6 Miguel Insulza, who ment, Irene Klinger, director
signed the agreement with of the Department of
the Suriname's Permanent International Affairs of the
Representative to the OAS, will make a preliminary
Organization Ambassador visit to Suriname on April 29
Jacques R.C. Kross, said the where she will sign the
parties have been working Agreement on Electoral
together for a long time in the Access with the Minister of
area of electoral missions Internal Relations and the
"and we feel very proud to Independent Electoral
have been invited to observe Committee of Suriname.
this democratic process. Electoral officials have
"We are sure that, once confirmed that some 20 politi-
again, we will count on all of cal parties have registered,
the support and help of the during the week-long registra-

Jamaica officially appoints Ellington


KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC -
The Police Service
Commission has appointed
Owen Ellington commissioner
of police, effective April 5.
Ellington, 47, has been acting
police chief
since Nov.
2009, following
the resignation
of Rear
Admiral
Hardley
Lewin.
He enlist-
ed in the Ellington
Jamaica
Constabulary Force on Aug.
1, 1980 and was appointed
assistant commissioner on
April 5, 2006. He was also


appointed to act as deputy
commissioner on Aug. 11 and
later as acting commissioner.
Ellington is the holder of
the bachelor of science degree
in human resource manage-
ment from the University of
Technology and a master of
science degree in national
security and strategic studies
from the University of the
West Indies.
He also earned professional
certificates from universities
abroad, including the Certificate
in National Security and Strategy
from the University of Beijing
and the Postgraduate Certificate
in Transnational Security,
Stability and Democracy from
the National Defense University


tion exercise, to contest the
51 seats in the National
Assembly.
Five organizations will
contest the polls independent-
ly, while the remaining parties
formed several pre-electoral
coalitions including the
incumbent New Front
Combination (NFC) of
President Ronald Venetiaan.
His main political rival and
former military strongman
Desi Bouterse established the
Mega Combination existing of
his National Democratic Party
(NDP), New Suriname, Palu
and KTPI.
Bouterse is currently
being prosecuted by a military
court for the December 1982
extra-judicial killings of 15 of
his political opponents.



police commish

Centre for Hemispheric Defense
Studies in Washington D.C.
Ellington, who is married
to Shirley, has five children
and enjoys reading and travel-
ling.
g


Caribbean drug treatment

courts show positive results

OAS study


WASHINGTON, D.C. Drug
treatment courts contribute
significantly to the rehabilita-
tion of drug-addicted offend-
ers in the Caribbean, as well
as a reduction in the costs of
incarceration, according to
recent study done on behalf of
the Organization of American
States (OAS).
The study by the Inter-
American Drug Abuse Control
Commission (CICAD) of the
OAS and a research team from
American University here was
conducted in 12 countries
including Bermuda, Jamaica
and Suriname.
The OAS said that the
report is a first-ever publica-
tion of the experiences and
results of this type of court,
and has as an objective to pro-
mote cooperation, exchange
of information and best prac-
tices among the member
states of the OAS and other
countries.


The CICAD study
titled, "Establishing Drug
Treatment Courts: Strategies,
Experiences and Preliminary
Outcomes", is based on a sur-
vey of drug treatment courts
in the 12 countries, including
Belgium, Brazil, Canada,
Chile, United Kingdom,
Ireland, Mexico, Norway
and the United States.
"The objective of drug
treatment courts is to offer
offenders who are addicted to
drugs a structured program of
treatment and rehabilitation
as an alternative to incarcera-
tion", the OAS reported,
adding that among the study's
most relevant results are that
drug treatment courts have
helped reduce local crime and
that there has been a "signifi-
cant reduction in recidivism
among drug dependent
offenders involved in drug
treatment court programs".
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U.S. pledges to help Caribbean

cut dependency on foreign oil


WASHINGTON, D.C. The
United States says it will assist
the Caribbean lessen its
dependency on foreign oil and
that it is "shameful" the region,
despite its proximity to coun-
tries with vast crude oil
reserves, has some of the high-
est electricity rates in the world.
Secretary of State Hillary
Clinton, addressing an Energy
and Climate Partnership of
the Americas (ECPA)
Ministerial Meeting here last
month, unveiled six new ini-
tiatives to help the region.
"First, we will work to
advance sustainable energy in
the Caribbean," said Clinton.
She said Washington
would provide a grant to the
Organization of American
States (OAS) to "lend techni-
cal and legal expertise to any
Caribbean country seeking to
help get clean energy projects
off the ground."


Last month, the OAS,
Caribbean community
(CARICOM) energy minis-
ters, the World Bank, the
Inter-
American
Development
Bank (IDB),
and officials
from Puerto
Rico and the
U.S. Virgin
Islands
launched "a linton
dialogue" to
explore the possibility of
installing undersea electric
cables in the region "to give
the Caribbean access to new
power supplies". Clinton said
another "exciting possibility"
would link Puerto Rico with
the U.S. Virgin Islands, and
that a third would "link the
islands of St. Kitts and Nevis.
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FELICIA PERSAUD

In about three months, the
deadline will close for those
undocumented Haitians in the
United States applying for
Temporary Protected Status
(TPS).
This means that by July
20, 2010, if qualified Haitian
nationals living across the U.S.
do not apply to take advan-
tage of the immigration pro-
gram that was one of the
bright spots of the Jan. 12
earthquake, they will lose this
benefit for good.
So how can Haitians take
advantage of this and who
qualifies? Under the current
rule announced by the U.S.
Department of Homeland
Security, Haitian nationals
who have continuously
resided in the U.S. since Jan.
12, 2010, and have no green
card or work permit, may
apply for TPS within the 180-
day registration period to
secure employment authoriza-
tion documents and travel
documents that will grant
them permission to depart
from and return to the U.S.

STATUS
The status will be avail-


able to qualified registrants
until July 22, 2011 and is sub-
ject to an extension by the
U.S. government. The forms
to register for TPS are Form
1-821, Application for
Temporary Protected Status
and Form 1-765, or the
Application for Employment
Authorization and Form 1-131
for permission to travel. You
must file all the forms togeth-
er, even if you do not want a
work authorization or intend
to travel.
There is a $50 application
fee and if you are between age
14 and 65 you must also pay
the $340 Form 1-765 applica-
tion fee, the $305 1-131 fee
and an $80 biometric fee.
However, the fee is
waived for those younger than
14 or older than 65. If you
cannot afford the required
fees, you may file a fee waiver
request for one or more of the
fees, including the biometrics
fee.
For more information on
TPS, visit www.uscis.gov.

Felicia Persaud is founder of
CaribWorldNews. com,
CaribPRWire and Hard Beat
Communications.


New 'twist' in U.S. law may help mom


PAUL D. BARNES

SMother's Day", May 9,
may be the perfect time
to give back and look out
for your mother.
If she's having a hard time
paying for her prescription
drugs, tell her about the
Medicare Prescription Drug
Plan and the extra help avail-
able through Social Security.
If she is covered by
Medicare and has limited
income and resources, she
may be eligible for extra help
to pay her monthly premiums,
annual deductibles and pre-
scription co-payments. The
extra help is worth an average
of $3,900 per year.
In 2010, the law has
changed. A new "twist" in
the law makes it easier than
ever to qualify for the extra
help. To qualify, mom must be
receiving Medicare and:
Have income limited to
$16,245 for an individual or
$21, 855 for a married couple
living together. Even if her
annual income is higher, she
still may be able to get some
help with monthly premiums,
annual deductibles, and pre-
scription co-payments. Some
examples in which income
may be higher include if she
or her husband:
* Support other family mem-
bers who live with them;
* Have earnings from work;
or
* Live in Alaska or Hawaii;


and
* Have resources limited to
$12,510 for an individual or
$25,010 for a married couple
living together. Resources
include, bank accounts, stocks
and bonds. House or car are
not counted as resources.
Thanks to this "twist" in
the law, we no longer count
any life insurance policy she
has as a resource, and we no
longer count as income any
financial assistance she
receives regularly from some-
one else to pay her household
expenses like food, mortgage
or rent, utilities or property
taxes. Check www.socialse-
curity.gov/prescriptionhelp.
While you're there, you
can fill out an online applica-
tion for your mom. To apply
by phone or have an applica-
tion mailed to you, call Social
Security at 1-800-772-1213
(TTY 1-800-325-0778) and ask
for the "Application for Help
with Medicare Prescription
Drug Plan Costs" (SSA-1020).
Or visit the nearest Social
Security office.
To learn more about the
Medicare prescription drug
plans and special enrollment
periods, visit
www.medicare.gov or call 1-
800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-
4227; TTY 1-877-486-2048).

Paul D. Barnes is the Social
Security regional commis-
sioner in Atlanta, Georgia.
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Baltimore Ravens draft Barbadian to play in NFL


CARIBBEAN TODAY MAY 2010* 19





Jamaican set to 'test NBA waters'


6' 7", 360 pounds
Barbadian national
was the final pick of
the Baltimore Ravens in the
2010 National Football
League (NFL) draft last
month.
Morehouse College offen-
sive tackle Ramon Harewood,
was chosen in the sixth round,
thel94th selection overall.
The Ravens believe his
raw skills and massive size can
be harnessed to make him an
effective NFL player.
"He's a giant. He's mas-
sive, he can knock down his
side of the line of scrimmage.
He's raw, he needs a lot of
developmental work, tech-
nique," explained Joe Hortiz,
director of college scouting.
Harewood never played


* West Indies makes winning
start in 20/20 W.C.
Under-rated Darren Sammy
produced an explosive perform-
ance as West Indies launched its
World Twenty20 Championship
cricket campaign in style on April
30 by crushing hapless Ireland by
70 runs at the Guyana National
Stadium.
The 26-year-old top-scored
with 30 from 17 balls to prop up
the West Indies innings and propel
the Caribbean team to 138 for nine
from the allotted 20 overs, after the
home side won the toss and opted
to bat.
Sammy then claimed three
wickets for eight runs from 3.4
overs and also snared four excel-


Harewood
football before coming to the
United States and stepping
onto the practice field four
years ago at Morehouse,
which is located in the state of


Bolt to run in New York grand prix


NEW YORK Jamaica's
sprint sensation Usain Bolt
will compete in the 100 meters
at the Adidas Grand Prix at


Icahn Stadium on Randall's
Island here in June.
Organizers said the
Adidas Grand Prix, formerly
known as the Reebok Grand
Prix, will be the fifth stop on
the inaugural IAAF Diamond
League circuit.
The Adidas Grand Prix
said Bolt, the reigning


Olympic champion and world
record holder in the 100 and
200 meters, was "one of the
most popular and sought after
sports personalities in the
world."
Bolt has been named
Athlete of the Year by the
IAAF, athletics' world
governing body, and has also
claimed the Laureus World
Sportsman-of-the-Year for
the last two years running.
Organizers said newly
crowned world indoor cham-
pions Bernard Lagat of the
United States and Jessica
Ennis of Great Britain, as well
as American record-holder
Hyleas Fountain will "ride the
wave of their recent success-
es" when they compete at the
Adidas Grand Prix.
The Adidas Grand Prix,
in its sixth year, is considered
the U.S.' premier outdoor
track and field invitational
meet.


lent catches as Ireland slumped to
68 all out from 16.4 overs and
handing the hosts an emphatic vic-
tory before a sell-out crowd.

* Trini loses boxing title
Ria Ramnarine last month
failed in her bid to become the lat-
est female world boxing champion
from Trinidad and Tobago. The pint-
sized Ramnarine suffered a set-
back when she lost her World
Boxing Association minimum-
weight title fight to Etsuko Tada of
Japan.

Compiled from CMC and other
sources.
0


Georgia. In his home parish
of St. Michael, he played vol-
leyball, cricket, rugby and
soccer, but knew nothing of
American football. He attend-
ed Queens College high
school in Barbados.
A future Morehouse assis-
tant coach saw Harewood at a
college fair and finally con-
vinced him to play at
Morehouse after his first
semester at the University of
West Indies, where he was
studying engineering. He
received an academic scholar-
ship, and has lived up to it,
garnering a 3.0-plus grade
point average in applied
physics and engineering.
Harewood earned second-
team All-SIAC honors as a
sophomore and was a first-
team pick last fall.

- Edited from
CaribWorldNews
*


A Jamaican national is
among the players
who have entered
the National Basketball
Association (NBA) draft this
year.
Samardo Samuels, a soph-
omore and forward at the
University of Louisville, will
enter the draft "to test the
waters," his college coach
Rick Pitino was quoted as say-
ing.
"He will not hire an agent
and I will orchestrate his NBA
visits from my office. I have
reviewed the status where
Samardo stands at this time
and all aspects of the process
with his family. I respect his
family's wishes to test the
waters and support them 100
percent," added Pitino.
The 6-foot-9 Samuels
helped the Louisville
Cardinals to an NCAA tour-
nament bid and was one of
two players to start in all 33 of
the team's games. He led the


Cardinals in scoring, averag-
ing 15.3 points, as well as
seven rebounds a game.
Samuels is a former
MacDonald's All-American


Samuels


number high school player
and a Nike top five with the
likes of Brandon Jennings,
Tyreke Evans, Joe Holiday
and Greg Munroe.

- CaribWorldNews
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Members of the Jamaica College team celebrate with the Ziadie Masters Cup following their 3-0 victory over St. George's College
last month at Silver Shores Park in Miramar, Florida. The St. George's College and Jamaica College over-40 teams played to a 2-2
draw in the Ziadie Cup Senior Match. The Ziadie Cup games were part of a "True Blue" weekend of festivities involving alumni
associations of four Jamaican high schools Jamaica College, St. George's College, St. Andrew's and the Convent of Mercy or
"Alpha". The soccer skills of the Jamaican alumni ladies were also on display in the Grace Kennedy Remittance Services/
Western Union All Girls Schools Alumni Penalty Kick-off. The Camperdown High School Past Students' Association Florida Chapter
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occur in people over age 65.


Fewer than 20 percent of
all strokes are fatal. However,
most stroke survivors suffer
some lingering health effects
that affect long-term quality
of life.
May is "American Stroke


Month".
Here are some facts about
stroke and seniors:
*Strokes are the sudden dam-
age or loss of a section of
brain cells caused by


restricted flow of oxygen to
the brain, usually due to
hardened arteries or blood
clots.
* Stroke is the leading cause
of disability and third lead-
ing cause of death across the


U.S., according to Alliance
for Aging Research.
* Almost 800,000 Americans
suffer a stroke every year,
and more than 185,000 of
these are recurrent attacks,


according to the U.S.
Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention.
Chances of having a
stroke doubles each decade
after turning 55 (Alliance
(CONTINUED ON PAGE 21)


U.S. provides $100M to help Caribbean fight HIV/AIDS


BRIDGETOWN, Barbados,
CMC The United States is
providing nearly $100 million
over a five year period to help
Barbados and the Eastern
Caribbean to combat the
spread of the deadly
HIV/AIDS virus.
Health ministers from
Barbados and the
Organization of Eastern
Caribbean States (OECS) last
month signed a partnership
framework agreement with
Washington to chart a path for

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sustained support in the fight
against the disease. The new
collaboration, worth up to
$100 million over five years, is
being made possible by the
U.S. President's Emergency
Plan for AIDS
Relief (PEP-
FAR). The
funds will
become avail-
able from next
month.
"As the
region with the
second highest
rate of
HIV/AIDS
prevalence in
the world, sec-
ond only to
Sub-Saharan
Africa, the United States rec-
ognizes that a regionally tar-
geted program for the
Caribbean could directly meet
critical public health needs
and support the outstanding
work already ongoing in the
region to combat this dis-
ease," the U.S. Embassy here
noted in a statement.

IMPACT
It claimed the AIDS epi-
demic continues to be a lead-
ing cause of death among
Caribbean adults age 25 to 44
years of age and has left near-
ly a quarter of a million
Caribbean children orphaned.


Dr. Brent Hardt, the
charge d'affaires of the U.S.
Embassy to Barbados and the
Eastern Caribbean, signed the
document on behalf of his
country together with minis-


ters of health of Antigua
and Barbuda, Barbados,
Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts
and Nevis, St. Lucia, St.
Vincent and the Grenadines
and the OECS HIV/AIDS
Program Unit (HAPU).
Similar events were
scheduled to take place in the
other participating partner
nations, including The
Bahamas, Belize, Jamaica,
Suriname and Trinidad and
Tobago, to include the
CARICOM Pan Caribbean
Partnership against
HIV/AIDS (PANCAP),
the statement noted.
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Increasing malaria risk in


Haiti U.S. health officials


ATLANTA, Georgia United
States health officials have
warned that as many as half a
million people made homeless
by the Jan. 12 earthquake in
Haiti now face the risk of
malaria infection.
Officials said early last
month that relief workers who
may not have built up immu-
nity to the sometimes-deadly
strain found in Haiti are also
at risk.
The U.S.
Centers for d
Disease "Displaced per
Control and doors or in tem
Prevention and thousands
(CDC) here responders in H
said that 11 stantial risk"
cases of the
Pfalciparum
malaria infection, acquired in
Haiti, have been confirmed
among emergency personnel
and Haitian residents who
traveled to the U.S.
"Displaced persons living
outdoors or in temporary shel-
ters and thousands of emer-
gency responders in Haiti are
at substantial risk for malar-
ia", it noted in a statement.
It stated that the cases
include seven emergency
responders, including six mili-
tary personnel; three Haitian
residents who traveled to the
U.S., including one Haitian
adoptee; and one U.S. travel-
er.

CASES
The CDC noted that
among the cases, four were
uncomplicated and the
patients treated in Haiti, while
two were "moderately to seri-
ously ill" and transferred to
the U.S. for intensive care. It
added that all are expected to
make a full recovery.
Carried by mosquitoes,
the Pfalciparum strain of
malaria is the predominant
species in Haiti, the CDC


son
por
of
lait


noted.
Nyka Alexander, a World
Health Organization (WHO)
spokeswoman in Haiti, said
the post-earthquake tent cities
could create more malaria
cases.
"There's a higher risk of
malaria under current condi-
tions. When people live in
such close quarters, an infect-
ed mosquito can come into
contact with larger-than-nor-
mal numbers of
people," she
s living out- people," she
ary shelters The CDC
emergency said malaria
i are at sub- symptoms
include high
fevers, shaking
chills and flu-
like illness. It said each year
Haiti has 30,000 confirmed
cases of malaria, though offi-
cials believe the actual num-
ber is closer to 200,000. The
CDC said a few dozen die
annually.
Kristen Knutson, a


Mosquitoes carry malaria strain.

spokeswoman for the United
Nations' Office for the
Coordination of Humanitarian
Affairs, said while "malaria is
endemic to Haiti," the disease
can be prevented in many
instances through the use of
mosquito nets or simply wear-
ing pants or long-sleeved
shirts.

- CMC
*


Seniors beware: Stroke is more

dangerous for people over 65


(CONTINUED FROM PAGE 20)
for Aging Research).
* 75 percent of all strokes
occur in seniors over the age
of 65, according to the
\American Stroke
Association.
90 percent of all stroke victims
suffer lingering, long-term
effects (University of Medicine
and Dentistry in New Jersey).

PREVENTION
* Exercise regularly to reduce
high blood pressure.
* Avoid high fat and choles-
terol foods on a regular basis
* For seniors with or at risk of
diabetes, keep blood sugar


levels under control.
* Reduce sodium in daily diet.
* Quit smoking immediately.

WARNING SIGNS
* Sudden numbness or weak-
ness of the face, arms or legs,
especially on one side of the
body.
* Sudden confusion or trouble
speaking and understanding.
* Sudden trouble seeing out of
one eye.
* Sudden trouble walking or
loss of balance.
* Sudden, severe headaches
without cause.
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Lectures focus on infant mortality among Afro Americans


oncern over the rising
infant mortality rate
among African
American communities in the
United States will be the focus
of a lecture series this month
in Miami, Florida.
In an effort to raise
awareness of infant mortality
and educate mothers and fam-
ilies on how to protect them-
selves and their infants, the
Sweet Home Health Ministry
will partner the Growth
Institute to present "Healthy
Moms = Healthy Babies" at
7:30 p.m. on three consecutive
Mondays, May 10, 17 and 24.
"We believe it's very
important to focus our series
on mothers and babies," Mikki
Thompson, chair of Sweet


Home's Health Ministry, said
in a recent press release.
"We've experienced this
tragic loss of life within this
congregation and want to do
all that we can to educate
women of child bearing age
on what can be done to
improve outcomes."
Among the scheduled
presenters are Tamara Taitt,
Shiela Simms Watson and
Jamarah Abdullah Amani.
Taitt is a trained midwife
and marriage and family ther-
apist with a varied back-
ground in women's health
activism and midwifery. She
has a bachelor of science
degree in psychology from
Princeton University and a
masters degree in marriage


and family therapy from Nova
Southeastern University. She
has been working in maternal,
infant and child health servic-
es for the last six years.
Watson has been practic-
ing midwifery for 18 years.
She currently runs "Spirit of
Life Midwifery" in Miami, an
independent practice which
offers personalized care for
homebirth.
Amani is a student at the
International School of
Midwifery in Miami.
The lectures will be held
at Sweet Home Missionary
Baptist Church, 10701 S.W
184 St. For more information,
call 305-251-5753.
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Special to Caribbean Today
Florida Career College
April 14, 2010

Career-Focused Education for Successful Careers
Perhaps more than ever with today's economy people are reevaluating their career choices or seeking ways to
reinvent themselves in the job market. Florida Career College (FCC) is perfectly positioned to offer diploma and
degree programs to those looking for new, industry-current career opportunities.

Whether for a specific class or for a full degree program, FCC offers beginning and advanced training in high-
demand fields including computer repair, medical coding and billing, medical assistant, patient care technician,
health information management, health insurance billing and coding, medical assistant technician, medical
office administrator, cosmetology, clinical skin care and massage therapy. FCC also encourages students to
explore different careers and opportunities available in the industry while they study.

FCC identifies the skills needed for today's job market by working closely with industry experts, professional
associations and employers to continually develop and update programs and courses according to industry
needs. Classrooms, computer and medical labs and clinics are designed with real-world equipment and soft-
ware programs to give students the advantage of "hands-on" training. FCC's goal is to ensure that students
graduate with the qualifications necessary to succeed in their chosen careers.

"At FCC, we encourage students to build on their strengths and to study what specifically interests them in an
environment designed to foster individual goals and learning styles," said Ryan Cottonaro, executive director,
Lauderale Lakes campus. "Our goal is for our students not only to succeed in school but in their careers."

FCC has South Florida campuses in Miami, Hialeah, Pembroke Pines, Lauderdale Lakes, Boynton Beach and
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Forecas
DENVER, Colorado -
Caribbean countries can
expect an above-average 2010
Atlantic hurricane with a 58
percent chance of a major
hurricane affecting the region,
respected United States fore-
casters have said.
The team from Colorado
State University is predicting
as many as eight hurricanes,
four of which will become
major weather systems with
winds in excess of 111 miles
per hour, to form over the
Atlantic Ocean during the
June 1 to Nov. 30 hurricane
season. In all, it said that there
would be up to 15 named
storms.
Dr. Phil Klotzbach, the
lead forecaster on the univer-
sity's hurricane forecast team,
said the prediction was based
on the premise that El Nino
conditions continue until the
summer.
"We expect current mod-
erate El Nino conditions to
transition to neutral condi-
tions by this year's hurricane
season," Dr Klotzbach said in
a statement.


ters predict above-average Caribbean hurricane season
58 years of historical data. canes and 2.3 maj
"While natterns mav canes npr ear th


change before the start of hur-
ricane season, we believe cur-
rent conditions warrant con-
cern for an above-average sea-
son," Dr. Gray said.
Long-term averages are
9.6 named storms, 5.9 hurri-


Forecasters at Colorado State University predict up to eight hurricanes in the Atlantic


this year.
"The dissipating El Nino,
along with the expected
anomalously warm Atlantic
ocean sea surface tempera-
tures, will lead to favorable
dynamic and thermodynamic
conditions for hurricane for-
mation and intensification,"
he added.

PREDICTION
The team predicts tropical


cyclone activity in 2010 will be
160 percent of the average
season. By comparison, 2009
witnessed tropical cyclone
activity that was about 70 per-
cent of the average season.
The 2010 forecast marks
27 years of hurricane forecast-
ing at Colorado State, led by
Dr. William Gray. The hurri-
cane forecast team said it
makes its predictions based on


Families should make a plan to deal with disaster.


The most important pre-
caution you can take to
reduce damage to your
home and property is to pro-
tect the areas where wind can
enter.
According to recent wind
technology research, it's
important to strengthen the
exterior of your house so wind
and debris do not tear large
openings in it. You can do this
by protecting and reinforcing
these five critical areas: Roof,
straps, shutters, doors and
garage doors.
A great time to start


securing or retrofitting your
house is when you are making
other improvements or adding
an addition.
Remember: building
codes reflect the lessons
experts have learned from
past catastrophes. Contact the
local building code official to
find out what requirements
are necessary for your home
improvement projects.

FLOOD INSURANCE
The National Flood
Insurance Program (NFIP) in
the United States, is a pre-dis-


aster flood mitigation and
insurance protection program
designed to reduce the esca-
lating cost of disasters.
The NFIP makes federally
backed flood insurance avail-
able to residents and business
owners.
Flood damage is not usu-
ally covered by homeowners
insurance. Do not make
assumptions. Check your pol-
icy.
To contact the NFIP, call
1-888-CALL-FLOOD ext.
445, TDD# 1-800-427-5593.
*


Supply and demand: Disaster kit essential for survival


It is important to prepare a
kit of essential items before a
hurricane strikes. Below is a
listing of useful items which
can be used in the package:

Water at least one gallon
daily per person for three to
seven days.
Food at least enough for
three to seven days
* non-perishable packaged or
canned food / juices
* foods for infants or the eld-
erly
* snack foods
* non-electric can opener
* cooking tools/ fuel
* paper plates/plastic utensils
Blankets/pillows, etc.
Clothing seasonal/rain
gear/sturdy shoes
First aid kit / medicines /
prescription drugs
Special items for babies


Having the proper supplies ready is
essential.
and the elderly
Toiletries/hygiene
items/moisture wipes
Flashlight/batteries
Radio Battery operated
and NOAA weather radio
Telephones Fully
charged cell phone with extra
battery and a traditional (not
cordless) telephone set


Cash (with some small
bills) and credit cards Banks
and ATMs may not be avail-
able for extended periods
Keys
Toys, books and games
Important documents in a
waterproof container or
watertight resealable plastic
bag. Insurance, medical
records, bank account num-
bers, Social Security card, etc.
Tools keep a set with
you during the storm
Vehicle fuel tanks filled
Pet care items
* proper identification/immu-
nization records/medications
* ample supply of food and
water
* a carrier or cage
* muzzle and leash
0


* Discuss the type of hazards
that could affect your family.
Know your home's vulnerabil-
ity to storm surge, flooding
and wind.

* Locate a safe room or the
safest areas in your home for
each hurricane hazard. In cer-
tain circumstances the safest
areas may not be your home
but within your community.

* Determine escape routes
from your home and places to
meet. These should be meas-
ured in tens of miles rather
than hundreds of miles.

* Have an out-of-state friend
as a family contact, so all your
family members have a single
point of contact.

* Make a plan now for what
to do with your pets if you
need to evacuate.


A hurricane is a type of tropical
cyclone, which is a generic
term for a low-pressure system
that generally forms in the tropics.
The cyclone is accompanied by
thunderstorms and, in the northern
hemisphere, a counterclockwise
circulation of winds near the
earth's surface. Tropical cyclones
are classified as follows:
* Tropical depression An organ-
ized system of clouds and thunder-
storms with a defined surface cir-
culation and maximum sustained
winds of 38 mph or less.
* Tropical storm An organized
system of strong thunderstorms
with a defined surface circulation


* Post emergency telephone
numbers by your phones and
make sure your children
know how and when to call
911.

* Check your insurance cov-
erage flood damage is not
usually covered by homeown-
ers insurance.

* Stock non-perishable emer-
gency supplies and a disaster
supply kit.

* Use a NOAA weather
radio. Remember to replace
its battery every six months,
as you do with your smoke
detectors.

* Take first aid, CPR and dis-
aster preparedness classes.


and maximum sustained winds of
39 mph to 73 mph.
* Hurricane An intense tropical
weather system of strong thunder-
storms with a well-defined surface
circulation and maximum sustained
winds of 74 mph or higher
Hurricanes are categorized accord-
ing to the strength of their winds
using the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane
Scale.
A Category 1 storm has the
lowest wind speeds, while a
Category 5 hurricane has the
strongest.
*


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The Colorado State
University team said it will
issue forecast updates on June
2 and Aug. 4.


Developing a family disaster plan


Retrofitting your home to prevent major damage


What is a hurricane?






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