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A High Court
judge in
Jamaica has
declared
vacant, the
seat in
Parliament
held by
Shahine Robinson of the ruling
Jamaica Labour Party. The rea-
son? Robinson was not quali-
fied to be elected since she
was allegedly a citizen of the
United States, page 3.

United States
President
Barack
Obama has
issued a pres-
idential state-
ment pro-
claiming June
as Caribbean American
Heritage Month, underlining
the massive contributions of
Caribbean Americans in
strengthening the fabric of U.S.
culture, page 11.






The trials of two top Jamaican
entertainers, Buju Banton, left,
and Bounty Killer have been
pushed back. Banton, currently
in a Florida jail, will now face
the court on drug trafficking
charges in September. Bounty
Killer, who is on marijuana-
related charges, will face the
resident magistrate in Jamaica
on July 7, page 17.


A LESSON IN

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~ The January earthquake that hit Haiti's capital
of Port-au-Prince not only caused severe damage
to infrastructure and killed thousands, it has
forced some of that Caribbean nation's children
to move to the United States to continue their edu-
cation, page 6.


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Jamaica's RM. survives Opposition's 'no confidence' motion

~ Fallout from 'Dudus' Coke extradition affair continues to haunt Golding


KATHY BARRETT

KINGSTON, Jamaica The
ruling Jamaica Labour Party
(JLP) used its majority in the
Parliament to defeat a motion
of no confidence against its
leader and Prime Minister
Bruce Golding over his han-
dling of the extradition affair
of a man wanted in the United
States on drug trafficking and
gun running charges.
Legislators with the main
Opposition People's National
Party (PNP) had filed the motion
on June 1, but the government
defeated it by a 30-28 margin.
The motion had been
prompted by a statement
Golding made to Parliament
last month in which he said he
had sanctioned the JLP to
engage a United States-based
law firm Manatt, Phelps and
Phillips to lobby Washington
on the extradition issue.
Earlier this year, Golding
had told Parliament that the
government was unaware of
any moves to lobby the U.S.
authorities on the matter.

'CONTEMPT'
Opposition Leader Portia


Simpson Miller categorized as
"barefaced contempt," the
prime minister's statements to
Parliament on the issue.
"We have a devalued
prime minister in a devalued
nation," she said. "There is
only one remedy. It must be
met by the sanction of
removal by a vote."
The PNP said that
Golding had still not spoken
the truth about the engage-
ment of
Manatt, Phelps
& Phillips and
that he should
be condemned
"for his sup-
pression of the
truth, which
amounted to
deception Simpson Miller
being prac-
ticed on the Parliament and
the people of Jamaica, and
which has resulted in continu-
ing damage of Jamaica's name
in the international arena."
Simpson Miller said
Golding corrupted both the
justice and governance system
of the country and that his
actions had destroyed
Jamaica's reputation and had
brought the Office of the


Prime Minister into disrepute.
"It is an unforgivable vio-
lation, which is punishable by
resignation...we may not win
this motion but we know that
history will absolve the
People's National Party," she
said.

"We have a devalued prime
minister in a devalued
nation" -Simpson Miller

"The fate of the resolution
is in the members of this
House. My fate is in the
hands of God"- Golding


DAMAGE
Anthony Hylton, the
Opposition spokesman on for-
eign affairs and foreign trade,
said the prime minister's
actions have compromised his
ability to lead the Caribbean
community (CARICOM) at a
time when Jamaica is due to
accept the chairmanship of the
15-member regional grouping
in July.
Former National Security
Minister Dr. Peter Phillips said
every "contortion" was now
being used to prevent the


Court dismisses T&T man's deportation appeal


BOSTON, Massachusetts A
Trinidad and Tobago nation-
al's bid to get relief from a
conviction in order to save
himself from deportation
has been dismissed by a
Massachusetts Court.
District Judge Rya W.
Zobel late last month ruled
that detainee Kevon D.
Walker, who is being deported
following a conviction in a
Connecticut state court for
sexual assault and endanger-
ment of a minor, must first


exhaust all available state
remedies before appealing to
Massachusetts District Court
for relief.
Further, ruled Zobel, the
district court has no power to
overturn a deportation order
under the REAL ID Act of
2005.
Up to press time Walker
was confined at the Suffolk
County House of Correction.
He served jail time for the
sexual assault and endanger-
ment to a minor conviction,


but now complains that, after
his arrest, no one informed
him of his right to contact the
consulate of T&T. He claims
that this failure violated his
right to consular assistance
and rendered his guilty plea
invalid. Walker also maintains
that his plea was invalid
because his counsel failed to
inform him that his guilty plea
could lead to removal.


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4


prime minister from paying
the political price over his
handling of the extradition
matter.
Prime
Minister
Golding said
that he had
accepted
responsibility
for his actions
and described
as "careless,"
Golding arguments that
he had caused
the deaths of nearly 100 peo-
ple late last month when he
said that the arrest warrant for
Christopher "Dudus" Coke
had been signed.
"The fate of the resolution
is in the members of this House.
My fate is in the hands of God,"
Golding said.
The security forces have


Kamla Persad Bissessar,
leader of the United National
Congress (UNC), was sworn
in as Trinidad and Tobago's
new prime
minister late
last month fol-
lowing victory
by the UNC-
led "People's
Partnership"
coalition.
A state-
ment from the Persad Bissessar
UNC noted
that the Elections and
Boundaries Commission
(EBC) had confirmed the
results of the general elec-


been engaged in an operation
with gunmen loyal to Coke,
41, the reputed leader of the
notorious bl1,, i r Posse"
gang who faces life imprison-
ment in convicted of the
charges in the U.S.
The authorities have said
that 73 people have been
killed during the operations in
West Kingston by the security
forces. Up to press time Coke
had not been detained.

The extradition issue involv-
ing Christopher "Dudus"
Coke plunged Jamaica under
a state of siege last month.
Caribbean Today looks at the
fallout on pages 7 and 8.

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tions, "which now constitu-
tionally clears the way for the
swearing in of the prime min-
ister and the attorney federal".
On May 24, the coalition
copped 29 of the 41 seats at
stake to seal its win and to
oust the incumbent People's
National Movement (PNM),
led by Patrick Manning, from
government.
Trinidadians in the
United States welcome new
prime minister, page 4.
Former PM. steps down as
party leader, new PM. names
Cabinet, page 22.


U.S. secretary of state

to visit Barbados


WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S.
Secretary of State Hilary
Clinton is to pay a one-day
visit to Barbados on June 9.
U.S. Department of State
Assistant Secretary Philip J.
Crowley said Clinton will
"meet with leaders of
Caribbean nations" in
Bridgetown. He said the visit
is the last leg of a tour to
Latin America and the
Caribbean, from June 6-10,
which will also take Clinton to
Peru, Ecuador and Colombia.
The announcement came
late last month, shortly after
the United States and the
Caribbean launched a ii, w
chapter of engagement" here.
During the historic U.S.-
Caribbean Community
(CARICOM) dialogue, U.S.


Attorney General Eric Holder
said the outbreak of violence
in Jamaica underscored the
importance of maintaining
strong security in the region.
"This new initiative is an
important step forward in
addressing our shared con-
cerns, advancing our common
interests, and strengthening
our collective commitment to
protect our citizens from
crime, violence, trafficking,
and terror," said Holder, the
son of a Barbadian father, at
the inaugural one-day event.
"The situation in Jamaica
reminds us all just how impor-
tant this work is."


Persad Bissessar

sworn in as T&T's RM.







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U.S.
KINGSTON, Jamai
A High Court judge
declared vacant, the
East St. Ann
seat held by
the ruling
Jamaica
Labour Party
(JLP) parlia-
mentarian
Shahine
Robinson.
Justice Roy Robi
Jones made
his ruling on
May 31.


citizenship costs J
ica, CMC People's National Party (PNP)
has candidate in the 2007 general
North elections. He had argued that
Robinson was not qualified to
be elected since she was also a
citizen of the United States.
According to the ruling,
Robinson was not qualified to
be elected as a member of the
House of Representatives
under the Jamaican constitu-
tion and as a result the elec-
nson tion of Sept. 3, 2007 in North
East St. Ann is "null and void
and of no effect and the seat is


The motion to have
Robinson removed from her
seat was brought by Manley
Bowen, the Opposition


declared vacant".
Bowen had asked the
court to declare the PNP's
candidate Oswet Senior Smith
as the duly elected M.P of the


WASHINGTON, D.C. Five
months following the deadly
earthquake that devastated
Haiti, the United States mili-
tary relief mission to the
French-speaking Caribbean
country officially ended on


"coordination cell" in Port-au-
Prince, the Haitian capital,
which will continue to coordi-
nate U.S. Department of
Defence efforts with the U.S.
Agency for International
Development (USAID)


U.S. troops have helped Haiti following January earthquake.


CARIBBEAN TODAY JUNE 2010- 3




imaica's ruling party seat in Parliament


constituency.
Lawyers representing
Bowen had gone to the courts
to strike out Robinson's
defense after she missed the
May 7 deadline by Chief
Justice Zalia McCalla for full
disclosure.
The ruling also states that
Robinson did not appear at a
pretrial review and did not


comply with an order for
directions made on April 14.
The pretrial hearing was set
for May 31, but neither
Robinson nor her lawyers
were present.
Robinson, who is likely to
appeal the ruling, has expressed
shock at the ruling. She told
reporters she was unaware of
the May 31 court date.


"The date for trial was set
for June 7. I stand on the side
of the law and I have all inten-
tion of turning up for the trial
on the 7th of June," she
added.
Prior to the ruling, the
JLP controlled 32 of the 60
seats in Parliament.


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June 1.
U.S. military officials said
that the Joint Task Force
(JTF)-Haiti mission, known as
Operation Unified Response,
has ceased operations.
"Although JTF-Haiti will
officially stand down on June
1, the hard work and effort
put forth by our service mem-
bers to set conditions for
Haiti's future success does not
end with us," said the mis-
sion's commander Major
General Simeon Trombitas.
He said the Miami-based
U.S. Southern Command
(SouthCom) will maintain a


Office of the Response
Coordinator and the United
Nations mission to Haiti.
Trombitas's predecessor,
Army Lieutenant General
Ken Keen, said the effort was
a collaboration between the
U.S. and international agen-
cies.
"We could not have done
our mission, however, without
the collaborative support and
interaction with the
Government of Haiti,
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U.S. ends military mission

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presence' continues





4 CARIBBEAN TODAY JUNE 2010





U.S. Coast Guard interdicts,

repatriates 28 Haitian migrants


MIAMI, Florida The United
States Coast Guard said crew
members from its cutter
Theti recently repatriated 28
Haitian migrants to the
northern Haitian city of Cap
Haitien.
In a statement issued late
last month, the Coast Guard
said that "watchstanders" at
its District 7 Command
Center in Miami received a
report of a 30-foot vessel tak-


ing in water 35 miles east of
North Miami Beach, Florida.
"An HU-25 Falcon air-
craft crew was launched
from Coast Guard Air
Station Miami, and the cutter
Chandeleur was diverted to
respond to the distressed
vessel", it stated.
"The crew of Chandeluer
arrived on scene and safely
embarked 28 Haitian
migrants", it added. "The


vessel subsequently sank.
"Once aboard Coast
Guard cutters, all migrants
receive food, water, shelter
and necessary medical atten-
tion", the statement contin-
ued.
The U.S. Coast Guard
said it has interdicted 583
Haitian migrants, fleeing their
homeland, since Oct. 1 last
year.


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Haiti), other agencies of our
government, especially
Department of State and
USAID, and numerous
NGO's (non-governmental
organizations) all of whom
were dedicated to helping the
people of Haiti recover from
this disaster," he said.

'PRESENCE'
The U.S. military, howev-
er, said it will continue provid-
ing a "humanitarian pr -L n
in Haiti.
It said, for the next
three months, 500 National


Guardsmen will begin con-
struction projects in Haiti, as
part of Nv w Horizons," an
ongoing U.S. humanitarian
exercise to South America
and the Caribbean, which will
help to build schools, clinics
and community centers.
SouthCom said the naval
amphibious ship, USS Iwo
Jima, will also make a stop in
July in Haiti to provide med-
ical care as part of a previous-
ly scheduled visit to the
Caribbean.
SouthCom also said it will
fund $13 million in disaster
preparedness and humanitari-
an assistance projects to help.


Meanwhile, former U.S.
President Bill Clinton left
Haiti on June 1, following a
visit to further boost the
impoverished country's recov-
ery from the Jan.12 massive
earthquake. It was Clinton's
first visit to Haiti since named
co-chair of the Interim Haiti
Reconstruction Committee
that oversees billions in aid to
the country.
Aid experts say Haiti
needs about $11.5 billion for
its decade-long rebuilding ini-
tiative.


www.cari bbeanto day.com


Trinidadians in U.S.

welcome new P.M.


NEW YORK Trinidadian
Americans have reacted with
glee to the historic election in
their homeland of the coun-
try's first female Prime
Minister Kamla Persad
Bissessar.
Brooklyn, New York-
based journalist and media
consultant, Glenda Cadogan
told CaribWorldNews that she
woke up on May 25 proud to
be Trinidadian. Cadogan wel-
comed the election of the first
female prime minister in the
oil rich Republic of Trinidad
and Tobago, seeing it as a
pr< ,griL I L step in the his-
tory of her country.
"I wish her the best and
want her to succeed," said
Cadogan. "She needs to suc-
ceed for a whole lot of reasons
- not just for Trinidad and
Tobago but for the region."
Fellow Trinidadian
American Hazra Ali also
lauded the win by Persad-
Bissessar and the People's
Partnership.
"We are so very happy
with the result," said Ali. "I
think her being the first
woman is good for the coun-
try and the Caribbean. The
country needs pragmatism
and a softer hand right now."


end of the day, she is first
and foremost Trinidadian.
That observation was shared
by another Trinidadian
American, Horace Morancie,
who said he believes that new
leader will "not fall into the
race trap.
"I think she will do
alright," said Morancie, insist-
ing that he too is thrilled at
the historic win.
"I feel great. I had said
way back once she put togeth-
er that partnership that she
would win and that's what
happened and I hope the
promises she made will be
kept and it will be better for
the country," he added.
The Trinidadian commu-
nity leader has a challenge for
Persad Bissessar: "I would
love to get her up here for a
town hall meeting to meet
nationals of Trinidad and
Tobago here and friends of
T&T."
Persad Bissessar and the
coalition of the People's
Partnership swept to power in
Trinidad and Tobago on May
24, winning 29 of the 41 seats.
Incumbent Patrick Manning
and the People's National
Movement suffered a massive
loss, retaining only 13 of their
initial 26 seats.


RACE ISSUE
Ali like Cadogan insisted CaribWorldNews
that the race of the newly
elected prime minister should
not be an issue, since at the

U.S. approves billions

in aid to Haiti


WASHINGTON, D.C. The
United States Senate Foreign
Affairs Committee has
approved $2 billion to help
Haiti reconstruction program
following the Jan. 12 devastat-
ing earthquake.
The legislation directs the
U.S. Agency for International
Development (USAID) to
devise a "comprehensive
rebuilding and development
dlrdlLg\ for Haiti. It also
calls for the appointment of a
senior coordinator to oversee
U.S. policy towards the
impoverished, French-speak-
ing Caribbean community
(CARICOM) country.
The bill, which initially
sought $3.5 billion for recon-
struction efforts in Haiti over
five years, has been scaled
back to $2 billion over two
years. It now goes to the full
Senate and the House of
Representatives for approval.
"While the original legis-
lation was written to demon-
strate our long-term commit-
ment to Haiti by authorizing
funding for five years, the


amendment introduced by
Senator (Richard) Lugar
addresses valid concerns,"
said Democratic Committee
Chairman John Kerry.
The proposed legislation
comes as a number of aid
experts last
month called
on U.S. law-
makers to
expedite efforts
to Haiti where
the earthquake
killed 300,000
people and left
more than a Kerry
million others
homeless.
"There has been progress
in many arenas just not
enough and not fast enough,"
Mark Schneider, a Haiti
expert and former U.S. official
who coordinated the response
to Hurricane Mitch in 1998.
In March, U.S. President
Barack Obama had asked for
$2.8 billion for emergency
relief and reconstruction
efforts for Haiti.


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Jamaican reci
Marlon Hill, Jamaican
Diaspora Advisory Board rep-
resentative to the Southern
USA, has received the inaugu-
ral Ruth Shack Community
Leadership Award for his
impact on community building
in the areas of philanthropy
and charitable support in
South Florida.
Hill was the first recipient
awarded under "Leave A
Legacy", a
community
program of
partnership for
philanthropic
planning of
Miami-Dade.
The award will
be given annu- L A M
ally to a resi- Hill
dent of Miami
Dade County, under age 40,
who embodies the qualities
for which Ruth Shack was
best known leadership,
ethics, dedication and service
to Miami Dade.
Shack is the recently
retired president of Dade
Community Foundation, one
of Florida's largest philan-
thropic organizations and a
program established in 1967 to

Door-to-do

2010 visi
About 635,000 census
takers across the
United States have
started to go door to door to
follow up with households
that either didn't mail back
their 2010 Census form or did-
n't receive one.
An estimated 48 million
addresses will be visited
through July 10.
"America's had a very
successful first half of the 2010
Census, where more than 72
percent of the nation's house-
holds mailed back their census
forms," U.S. Census Bureau
Director Robert M. Groves
said. "But achieving a com-
plete and accurate census
requires us to now go door to
door to count all the remain-
ing households we've not
heard back from."
If a 2010 Census worker
knocks on your door, here are
some ways to verify that per-
son is a legitimate census
taker:
The census taker
must present an identification
badge that contains a
Department of Commerce
watermark and expiration
date. The census taker may
also be carrying a black can-
vass bag with a Census
Bureau logo.
The census taker will
provide you with supervisor
contact information and/or the
local census office phone


eives prestigious community
implement and enhance, pro- Foundation's Miami Fellows
mote and educate charitable Initiative, a leadership pro-
planned giving and philan- gram; a member of the
thropy to the general public. Florida Bar Entertainment,
Upon her retirement, Arts, Sports and Law Section,
"Leave A Legacy", in con- and a past president of the
junction with the Dade Caribbean Bar Association in
Community Foundation, Florida. He also serves as a
established the Ruth Shack member of the board of direc-
Community Leadership tors for Florida Association
Award to ensure that her lega-
cy continues to define excel-
lence in leadership and civic
duties in South Florida. ROUTE ALL YOUR
EMERGING LEADER THAN CONTAINER I
Described as one of the
emerging leaders of the South CARGO TO TROPIC
Florida business and profes-
sional community, Hill, a part- T
ner with Miami law firm
Delancyhill, was honored for S U
his role in the community.
"It is a special honor to
receive this recognition in the FLO R ID I
name of Ruth Shack. It epito-
mizes her essence and core
values of leadership, ethics,
dedication and service," Hill
said after accepting the award. R l
Hill has become actively
involved in civic leadership in EC E IV I
South Florida. He is one
of the inaugural fellows in
the Dade Community

or Census

ts begin
number for verification, if
asked.
The census taker will
only ask you the questions
that appear on the 2010
Census form.
The 2010 Census taker r&
will not ask for Social Security I
number, bank account number Si U
or credit card number and will J


ueiisus I
fiction.


ers must show proper identi-


never solicit for donations or
contact you by e-mail.
VISITS
In most cases, census
workers will make up to six
attempts at each housing unit
address to count possible resi-
dents. This includes leaving
notifications of the attempted
visit at the house or apartment
door, in addition to trying to
reach the household by phone
to conduct the interview or

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leadership award in Florida
for Volunteer Action in the Association (FCSA), an organ-
Caribbean and the Americas ization for which he was a
(FAVACA), Miami Parking founding member in 1990
Authority and the Miami while a student at Florida State
Light Project. University (FSU).
Hill has been an advisory Hill was born in Kingston,
board member to the Jamaican Jamaica and is a graduate of
Diaspora Southern USA since St. George's College there.
June 2006. He serves the
Florida Caribbean Students'






6 CARIBBEAN TODAY JUNE 2010


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Starting over: Student victims of Haiti's earthquake resume education in U.S.


JUDITH HUDSON

The island of Haiti is the
poorest in the hemisphere.
The people, majority of whom
are poverty-stricken, have
seen many disasters over the
years, whether it is the rise in
unemployment or political
infighting.
However, for 17-year-old
Talia Pilorge, life in Haiti was
close to perfect. A child of
pri\ ikgL Pilorge's days began
with ballet classes and ended
with shopping. Therefore, on
Jan. 12 when a catastrophic
earthquake hit south of the
capital of Port-au Prince,
Pilorge's world was shaken
and she awoke to the poverty
and degradation of her
beloved Haiti.
"The earthquake gave me
a wake up call," Pilorge said.
"I thought every one in Haiti
lived the way that I did. I
was shocked."
Pilorge is one of 50
Haitian students who relocat-
ed to Miami, Florida following
Haiti's worst earthquake in
two centuries. She, along with
the other students, now reside
with family and friends and
attend the Felix Varela Senior
High School.
After the earthquake,
many of the schools in Haiti
were destroyed or closed.
Some of the students who
could afford to leave did so,


opting to finish their educa-
tion in the United States. For
many it meant leaving their
parents behind and living in a
foreign country.

NEW
Pricilla Chalmers, 16, who
is now living with her sister
while she finishes her educa-
tion, said that life in the U.S.
was new to her.
"There are more students
here," she said. "The classes
are bigger and some kids have
their own group of friends."
Chalmers said that
although things were differ-
ent, it did not take her long to
adjust. The other Haitian stu-
dents who attended the school
helped and she was able to
make a quick transition.
Connie Navarro, principal
at Felix Varela Senior High,
said that the students were
accepted at the school for
humanitarian reasons and
because they have families liv-
ing in the West Kendall area
of Miami.
"I came here as a refugee
many years ago," Navarro
said. "We will accept the stu-
dents if they have someone to
stay with."
Navarro said that the
school helps the Haitian stu-
dents cope and feel at home
by providing the same French
classes and curriculum that
they would be getting at their


I _7 ,, a3JI


Haitian students, victims of January's earthquake, have found reasons to smile in the U.S. From left, Oksana Constant, Ad-ham
lzmery, Christian Landrin, Natalia Kolbjornsen, Laeticia Hollant, Karim Constant and Samantha Schutt.


school in Haiti. The teachers
also help the students apply
for scholarships to American
universities.

GOING BACK
Yet despite the favorable
treatment, not all the students
want to remain in the U.S.
Hans Bijou, 15, said that when
he finishes high school, his
desire is to return home.
"I am happy to be here,"
he said. "I am grateful for
everything and to everyone
who is helping us, but I want
to attend university in Haiti."
Patricia Schutt, 16, said


that she intends to transfer to
Felix Varela Senior High from
her high school in Haiti next
year. However, the earth-
quakes sped up the process.
She also finds American edu-
cation different, but not diffi-
cult. And, like Bijou, she is
not sure whether or not she
will attend university in
America.
"It's a decision I will have
to make with my parents,"
Schutt said.
All of the students
express their gratitude to the
people who reached out to
help them.


"We are eternally grateful
to the government, Ms.
Navarro and the West Kendall
community," Bijou said. "They
(all) went out of their way to
make us feel at home."
Regardless of whether the
Haitian students complete
their education in the U.S. or
elsewhere, they all agree that
their primary aim is to eventu-
ally return to Haiti and
rebuild.

Judith Hudson is a freelance
writer for Caribbean Today.



Door-to-door Census 2010 visits begin


(CONTINUED FROM PAGE 5)
schedule an in-person inter-
view.
"If a census taker knocks
on your door, please help by
providing the basic informa-
tion required for the census,"
Groves said. "Your answers
are strictly confidential. There
are just 10 questions on the
form and it should only take
about 10 minutes to com-
plete."
Census takers will go to
great lengths to ensure that no
one is missed in the census.
After exhausting their efforts
to do an in-person interview
with a resident of an occupied
housing unit, they will seek
out proxy sources a neigh-


bor, a rental agent, a building
manager or some other
knowledgeable person famil-
iar with the housing unit to
obtain as much basic informa-
tion about the occupants as
they can.
Some households will
receive a visit even though
they may have mailed back
their form. If the form arrived
too late to be processed
before non-response follow-up
packets were sent to one of
the 494 local census offices,
the household occupants must
still be interviewed when the
census taker arrives.
Households that didn't
receive a form by mail, includ-
ing those that pick up their
mail from post office boxes,


will be visited by census work-
ers as part of the follow-up
plan. The Census Bureau
doesn't mail forms to post
office boxes because respons-
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specific residence location, not
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The 2010 Census is a
count of everyone living in
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~ Jamaica under siege in 'Dudus' Coke affair


Security forces will continue operations
KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC Golding told legislators "The security operation
Prime Minister Bruce Golding that the government deeply has left the law-abiding citi-
says 47 guns and more than regrets the significant loss of zens of West Kingston trau-
10,000 rounds of ammunition lives and that "proper investi- matized, some of them bitter
have been seized by the secu- nations will be carried out to and angry. I ask them to
rity forces during their opera- determine the circumstances
tions to arrest Christopher in which so many persons
"Dudus" Coke, wanted in the were killed and, in respect of
United States on drug traffick- each instance, whether it was
ing and gun running charges. justified in law." He said that
In a statement to the public defender has estab-
Parliament on June 1, lished an office in Tivoli *
Golding, who has come under Gardens to receive complaints
increasing pressure to resign and reports, record statements
as a result of his handling of and conduct appropriate
the extradition issue, said that investigations.
73 people had been killed "The public defender is
when the security forces came also in the process of engaging
under fire from gunmen loyal independent forensic patholo-
to Coke when they sought to gists to observe the conduct of Golding
execute the warrant for his autonsies as part of his investi-


arrest.
Up to press time the secu-
rity forces had not been able
to apprehend Coke, 41, the
reputed leader of the notori-
ous "Shower Posse" gang,
despite the operations in the
volatile West Kingston area
that also includes Tivoli
Gardens.


nations. The government has
assured him that the required
resources will be provided to
cover the cost of these and
such other initiatives he
decides to undertake."
Golding said the govern-
ment is also considering
whether or not there is a need
for a commission of enquiry.


Jamaica violence shows need

for strong U.S.-Caribbean

security ties Holder


understand that the efforts
that must be made to root out
criminal elements that have
embedded themselves in these
and many other communities
will, at times, be traumatic,"
he said.
"Gunmen who no longer
flee when the security forces
approach but confront them
with vicious firepower must,
themselves, be confronted
with the full force of the law.


in West Kingston Golding
The time for equivocation is Tivoli Gardens and will pro-
over. vide a hub for building a new,
"The security forces were positive relationship between
and remain instructed to take the residents and the security
all possible precautions to forces."
avoid loss of life or injury, The prime minister said
especially to innocent citizens. that a team of investigators
The investigations being car- from the Ministry of Labour
ried out will help to determine and Social Security is conduct-
the extent to which that objec- ing surveys to assess the dam-
tive was achieved in this par- age or loss suffered by house-
ticular operation," the prime holders as a result of the oper-
minister said. ation and efforts will be made
to provide assistance to them.
THANKS He said clinical psychologists
Golding thanked the and social workers will also be
residents of West Kingston deployed to provide counsel-
for their support given to the ing to those who are still trau-
security forces during the matized, especially children
operation, noting "the opera- and the elderly.
tion is still continuing and the "Painful as this operation
security forces have been able has been, it marks a turning
to stabilize the area such that point and the prospect of a
residents are once again able new era of re-socialization and
to go about their business sub- re-integration of the commu-
ject, of necessity, to random nities of West Kingston," said
security checks. Golding. "It will require con-
"The police and military siderable effort and goodwill.
are maintaining a strong pres- It will require the support of
ence in the area and will, at state agencies, private sector,
the appropriate time, transi- church community and non-
tion to normal community governmental organizations. It
policing mode. A police post
is being established within (CONTINUED ON PAGE 8)


NELSON KING

WASHINGTON, D.C. -
United States Attorney
General Eric Holder says the
recent outbreak of violence in
Jamaica underscores the need
for strong security ties
between the U.S. and its
Caribbean partners.
Addressing the launch of
the Caribbean-United States
Security Initiative here on
May 27, Holder said "this new
initiative is an important step
forward in addressing our
shared concerns, advancing
our common interests, and
strengthening our collective
commitment to protect our
citizens from crime, violence,
trafficking, and terror."
Holder, the son of a
Barbadian father, also wel-
comed the meeting as an
opportunity to launch a new
chapter in U.S./Caribbean
engagement.
"The situation in Jamaica
reminds us all just how impor-
tant this work is," he said.
"Today, we offer our condo-
lences to the Jamaican people.
And we mourn the loss of the
citizens and law enforcement
officials who have been killed
in connection with recent
attempts to apprehend
Christopher Coke for extradi-
tion.


"As the Jamaican govern-
ment seeks to uphold the rule
of law, the United States
stands in support of its efforts
to ensure public safety and to
combat drug trafficking and
other criminal activity and we
honor our brave law enforce-
ment partners for their serv-
ice, sacrifice, and commitment

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tor events in Jamaica, let me
assure each of you that this
effort is a top priority, not
only for the Department of
Justice, but also for the
Departments of State,
Homeland Security and
Defense. And we are all
proud to call you our part-
ners," he added.



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~ Jamaica under siege in 'Dudus' Coke affair


Town hall meeting draws mixed reaction from Jamaicans in Florida


MIAMI GARDENS, Florida -
Attorney Wayne Golding, a
Jamaican who lives in Orlando,
Florida, said Jamaicans in the
diaspora would like to be part
of the solution in helping their
homeland recover from the
present unrest.
Golding was among
dozens of concerned
Jamaicans who participated in
a community forum held on
May 26 at the Holy Family
Episcopal Church here.
The meeting was a collab-
orative effort by the Jamaican
Consulate General in Miami
and the Jamaican Diaspora
Southern USA to update


nationals on the current situa-
tion in West Kingston,
Jamaica since Prime Minister
Bruce Golding authorized the
signing of extradition docu-
ments for Christopher
"Dudus" Coke to be sent to
the United States to face crim-
inal charges.
The forum also provided
an opportunity for persons to
voice their concerns. Among
the more than 200 partici-
pants, Dr. Joan Muir, a Fort
Lauderdale psychologist,
expressed her commitment to
sharing in the solution of the
nation's economic develop-
ment, even beyond the pres-


ent circumstances in West
Kingston.

HOPEFUL
Minister of State in the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
and Foreign Trade, Senator
Marlene Malahoo Forte, who
participated in the discussions,
said she was hopeful that
Jamaica would recover from
this period.
"Jamaica is not unique to
the problems it was currently
facing," she said, "but we are
committed to doing the best
we can to restore order to the
society."
Sen. Malahoo Forte called


for support from all Jamaicans
and urged nationals in the
diaspora to avoid being part
of the chorus seeking to dis-
credit Jamaica. She discussed
efforts to restore law and
order to the affected areas,
regulations governing the
period of public emergency,
the establishment of the
media center to provide infor-
mation on joint police and
military operations and anti-
crime legislation to come in
effect.
The senator said she
recognized the fears that
Jamaicans in the diaspora had
for the safety of their families


Jamaicans in N.Y sad, embarrassed over

violent homeland troubles


NEW YORK Jamaicans
overseas have expressed sad-
ness and shame at the turn
of events in their homeland
after thugs shot at cops and
attacked police stations in
Kingston, Jamaica last month,
forcing the ruling Jamaica
Labor Party government to
declare a state of emergency.
"We are embarrassed first
and foremost as Jamaicans and
mad that the situation has been
allowed to reach this stage,"
Patrick Beckford, the New
Jersey-based Northeast Jamaica
Diaspora advisory board chair
told CaribWorldNews. "Its all
on gi I\ L rnlIL IIli shoulders now
for dithering for nine months
on the extradition order (for
Christopher "Dudus" Coke)."
Beckford also questioned
why Prime Minister Bruce
Golding publicly announced
the signing of the order
instead of letting the courts
handle the process. And he
speculated whether the public
announcement of the extradi-
tion order was a signal to the
garrison of Tivoli Gardens and


Coke


West Kingston.
"Everyone is upset that it
has reached to this stage,"
added Beckford. "People are
mad."
Jamaican national and
New Jersey resident Monica
Lalloo also questioned why
the judicial process was not
allowed to run its course on
the extradition issue and why
the PM. intervened. She also
wondered "if this state of
emergency was to give gar-
risons time to prepare against
legitimate forces?
"He (Golding), sacrificed


country for party politics
which is not acceptable for
people of Jamaica. Calling for
his resignation is the right
thing to do as he has sacrificed
a whole nation for one person
who now have us held at ran-
som," added Lalloo.

'CRYING SHAME'
Jamaican New Yorker
Andrea Bullens founder of
CLM TV, called the turn of
events a "crying shame.
"Jamaica is in a sad state," she
said. "What are we saying to
the rest of the world?"
Bullens, like Lalloo, also
decried both major political
parties for engaging with dons
in garrison politics over the
years, a situation that both
nationals agreed has brought
the country to this current
stage in its history.
The Jamaican government
declared a state of emergency
at 6 p.m. May 23, hours after
thugs, believed to be loyalists
to alleged "Shower Posse"
leader Coke, shot up and fire-
bombed police stations.


"The threats that have
emerged to the safety and
security of our people will be
repelled with strong and deci-
sive action," Golding said
afterwards.
Coke, 40, also known as
Michael Christopher Coke,
Paul Christopher Scott, Presi,
General, President, Dudus and
Shortman, was charged in the
U.S. last August with conspir-
acy to distribute marijuana
and cocaine and conspiracy to
illegally traffic in firearms. If
convicted on the narcotics
charge, he faces a maximum
sentence of life in prison and a
mandatory minimum sentence
of 10 years in prison, as well as
a fine of up to $4 million or
twice the pecuniary gain from
the offense. He also faces a
maximum sentence of five
years in prison on the firearms
trafficking charge, and a fine
of up to $250,000 or twice the
financial gain.

- Edited from
CaribWorldNews
4


Security forces will continue operations in West Kingston ~ Golding


(CONTINUED FROM PAGE 7)
represents the hope, not just
of West Kingston, but of
many other communities
across the island and, indeed,
the hope of Jamaica."
The prime minister insist-
ed that the operation carried
out in West Kingston involved
more than an effort to exe-
cute a warrant of arrest on
Coke.
"That may have been the
catalyst but it is more than
that. It is the beginning of a
concerted effort to dismantle
the aggressive criminal net-


works that have embedded
themselves in communities in
many urban areas and even in
some rural communities,"
Golding said.
"It is a campaign that will
be sustained and intensified.
It is a campaign that will tar-
get criminal gangs wherever
they exist, irrespective of their
political alliances or whether
they have any such alliances.
"There are credible indi-
cations that the crime bosses
and their followers, in West
Kingston and elsewhere, per-
haps for the first time, are


shaken. They must not be
allowed to return to compla-
cency. This effort must be sus-
tained. It may be a long haul
but there must be no letting
up."
He said that his adminis-
tration will seek approval for
the six anti-crime Bills includ-
ing anti-gang measures which
are intended to be part of a
new Organized Crime Act.
"Rooting out the criminal
networks and changing the
culture of garrison politics
cannot be achieved purely by
law enforcement efforts,"


Golding explained. "That is a
necessary part of the process
but it has to be accompanied
by a program of transforma-
tion to fill the space now
occupied by dons and crime
practitioners, to provide for
the people in these vulnerable
communities a new pathway
of hope and opportunity.
"The state must reassert
both its authority and respon-
sibility in these communities.
But it must be a helpful not
hostile state," he added.


and friends at home. Despite
the anger and disappointment
expressed by many at the
mnL l i n the minister of state
also challenged the audience,
claiming that the process of
nation building was the
responsibility of all Jamaicans.
Attorney Dahlia Walker-
Huntington assured the minis-
ter that the nationals in dias-
pora were Jamaica's greatest
ambassadors.
"We have put our hearts
and souls for support of our
country," she said.
However, Elonia Jarrett,
a retired Jamaican national
residing in Hollywood,
Florida, said she felt encour-
aged at the outcome of the
meeting.
"I was happy to receive
accurate information and
updates from official sources,"
she said. "That cleared away
some of the concerns that we
had for our people at home."

- Edited from JIS report.


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Public wants American


immigration reform...now


Despite the foot drag-
ging by the Obama
administration, as
well as Republican and
Democratic lawmakers in the
Senate, it is still obvious that
the American public wants
fair comprehensive immigra-
tion reform.
And don't just take my
word for it. A new poll from
the Associated Press and Gfk
Roper Public Affairs and
Media, confirms this fact.
According to the poll,
close to 50 percent of
Americans believe it is a bad
thing that the Obama adminis-
tration had not yet passed a
comprehensive immigration
bill as promised during his
campaign speeches. The sup-
port comes despite the racist
Arizona immigration law,
which will allow police to
interrogate anyone they sus-
pect to be an illegal immigrant
and detain them if they can't
produce legal papers.
Just nine percent of
Americans polled thought the
fact that the federal govern-
ment had yet to step in and
solve the immigration prob-
lem was a good thing.
The poll clearly proves
that the public particularly
wants to see a path to citizen-
ship made available to the 10-


plus million undocumented
migrants living in the U.S.
Fifty-nine percent in the same
poll favored "providing a legal
way for illegal immigrants
already in the United States to
become U.S. I/L1 n, com-
pared to 39 percent who were
opposed.

URGENT
The
numbers
prove what
advocates
and immi-
grants have
been saying
for a long FELICIA
time that PERSAUD
we urgently
and desper-
ately must fix the immigration
woes of this country in order
to bring the millions out of the
shadows and create a sense of
security and order.
Lawmakers cannot con-
tinue to drag their feet while
the Obama administration
continues to push the issue
back on to the back burner.
The time for immigration
reform has to be 2010 not
next year, not in the presi-
dent's second term, not after
the November election, but
now!
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omen otten make
strange selections in
their partners, and
what it does to them can
prove fatal, as domestic vio-
lence rears its ugly head.
But what about those
women who already have a
man but still want another,
knowing fully well that the
consequences can be dire,
even dying? Is dying to com-
mit adultery worth dying for?
There was this big uproar
a few months ago when the
world news carried the story
of this South Korean televi-
sion and movie star who
admitted to committing adul-
tery and was almost flung in
jail for years. After much
wrangling and public outcry,
they gave her a suspended
sentence. That episode has
rekindled the debate about
whether adultery should be
punishable by law and so
harshly too.
Well, let's stick a pin and
leave no stone unturned, or
even cast any, for that punish-
ment pales in comparison to
what occurs in some cultures.
For adultery, women are
stoned to death, or at times
executed by sword. In other
cases they are imprisoned for
life, tarred and fL.ihL rLd have
their heads shaved, publicly
flogged, made to wear a scar-
let letter and other means of
punishment. All this has been
going on from bible days, but
still, adultery continues.
But why should there be
punishment for adultery? That
movie star lady in Korea
explained that she was in a
loveless marriage and met
someone else. Should that
reason justify her actions?

VOWS
Still, there are vows that
were taken when people got
married, so should they now
discard and ignore those vows,
just because they fell out of
love for whatever reason? The
vows should not be a shackle,
some may say. And what
about the cases where adul-
tery is committed just for the
sake of fun?


Look how
many married
couples, still
in love, dab-
ble in a little
dalliance now
and then, but
still go home
to their lov-
ing spouses! TONY
Let's face it, ROBINSON
having severe


As for us, people who
love to love other people's
spouses, there wouldn't be
enough prisons and there cer-
tainly wouldn't be any debate
about capital punishment for
adultery. Just substitute the
word thief for adulterer and
my point is made.
Adultery is sweet, or peo-
ple would not do it, even
when faced with harsh and
dire consequences, including
dying.

WHY DO IT?
But why do women do it,
knowing that they can be put
to death, if not by a court of
law, by their husbands when
they find out? Yes, for some
strange reason, men do not
like it when their wives com-
mit adultery, even though they
themselves are active, ardent
adulterers. Losing your life for
this sin may come not only


from a court of law, but from
an enraged spouse. And still,
they take the chance.
Statistics show that almost
70 percent or more of married
couples commit adultery,
while others lie about it, or
think about doing it.
Just check out the main
reason for divorce, infidelity,
then check out the many short
term hotels and weekend
trysts and you'll see what I'm
talking about. Adultery is
alive and doing quite well.
But should people, bound
by law or by the church, be
made to suffer in celibacy in a
marriage that has lost its lus-
ter and its love? Should a
woman who knows that her
husband has a mistress for
many years, and has ignored
her for as long, not also take
unto herself a lover? Should a
husband who suffers from
'lock shop' from his wife, not
getting any sex for years, not
be allowed to get it else-
where?
Divorce, you may say, but
it's not so easy, plus some
churches do not allow or rec-
ognize it, so the spouses are
forced to remain bound and
live separate .lib'l L lives as
they waste their years away.
And also, what about people
who have been apart for
countless years, but still not
divorced, should they not be
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Meek: Counting on key Caribbean support in U.S. Senate race


endrick Meek is the
Democratic Party's
frontrunnerin a three-
man race for the United States
Senate seat vacated by Mel
Martinez in Florida. His oppo-
nents are Florida Governor-
turned-independent Charlie
Crist and Republican Marco
Rubio. Meek has represented
Fi, ', l,t v 17th Congressional
District (which includes a large
Caribbean constituency) as
congressman since 2002, after
succeeding his mother Carrie
Meek who retired. He took
time out of his campaign
schedule to speak with Dawn
Davis, a freelance writer for
Caribbean Today.

Question: You have given up
your congressional seat in
Florida's 17th district to run
for US Senate, why is that a
good move?

Answer: I will be able to help
Floridians in not only South
Florida, but the entire state of
Florida. The fact that I have
represented a diverse popula-
tion in the past will help me
represent all of Florida. I am
very excited about it because I
feel this is a great opportunity
for the Caribbean community
to come out and show their
support for a candidate that
understands the issues that are
facing the CARICOM coun-


tries; that have worked with
a number of members of the
Caribbean community
through tough issues such as
hurricanes, issues that are fac-
ing Haiti and the Grand
Bahamas.

Q: A large number of the
population in your former
congressional district are
Caribbean Americans. How
important are they in this
race? How do you plan to
reach them?

A: The Caribbean community
is very important to our cam-
paign. We reach out by talking
to publications like yours,
using the contacts that we
have built over the years with
the Caribbean community.
And, the fact that I represent
the 17th Congressional
District, which is Dade and
Broward counties, we have
been interfacing with the lead-
ership of the Caribbean com-
munity. I know that my track
and my mother's track record
will help us persevere through
this process.

Q: You are in a three-way
race with the now independ-
ent Charlie Crist and
Republican Marco Rubio,
who has been endorsed by
(former Florida Governor)
Jeb Bush. Realistically, what


are your chances of winning
the seat? Should we trust the
polls?

A: We shouldn't look at the
polls right now because today
is not Election Day. We are
going to be able to have a
stronger showing in the polls
as we continue to climb up the
ladder, and making sure that
we not only reach out to all
Floridians, but that our grass-
roots campaign takes charge. I
am really enthusiastic about
what we have done. We quali-
fied by petition through get-
ting over 140,000 signatures to
place my name on the ballot,
which help build relationships
with organizations that histori-
cally we did not have relation-
ships with.

Q: Several Haitian Americans
are now vying for the 17th
Congressional District seat.
What do you think are their
chances?

A: There are quite a few peo-
ple running in that race and
it's too early to tell. But the
majority of candidates are
good choices.

Q: Have you received any
endorsements from any of
Caribbean groups such cham-
bers of commerce, bar associ-
ations?


A: We are working hard to
make sure that we are able to
get the endorsements in the
future and endorsements of
individuals who are respected
in the business community,
and throughout the general
community.

Q: Caribbean nationals are
among the many undocument-
ed immigrants in this country
who would like to change
their status, but are afraid of
the unforgiving laws. What is
your stance on immigration
reform?

A: I am a strong proponent of
comprehensive immigration
reform. We want to make sure
that we fight hard on behalf of
people that are paying taxes in
this country and making sure
that everyone play by the
same rules. It's important for
our economy that we pass the
comprehensive immigration
reform and for the security of
the nation.

Q: You (are) against the con-
troversial Arizona immigra-
tion law that many think is
discriminatory. Why did you
(go) against it and what is the
alternative?

A: I am against it. The alter-
native is comprehensive immi-


gration reform, that is what is
needed.

Q: Do you have any concerns
about the strength of the Tea
Party movement and their
wish to defeat Democratic
incumbents.

A: I am not concerned about
the Tea Party movement. I am
just concerned about repre-
senting Floridians and getting
voters out to vote for me to
become the next United
States senator.

Q: You traveled to Haiti in
the aftermath of the devastat-
ing earthquake. What can you
do as senator to help bring
humanitarian and economic
relief to this Caribbean (coun-
try).

A: We have to make sure the
international community con-
tinues to invest in the recovery
of Haiti. At the International
Donors' Conference a number
of people stepped up to assist.
It's an ongoing effort that is
going to take place for a num-
ber of years, and Florida will
play a major role in that recov-
ery because we know that if
Haiti fails, as it relates to the
recovery effort, then Florida
will feel the first effects of that
failure.
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The harsh wages of sweet sin


(CONTINUED FROM PAGE 9)
Immigrants should not
allow their votes to be taken
for granted any longer. If
recent results are any indica-
tion, then many incumbents
could be at risk in November
as the public is showing it is
fed up with Washington as is.
For too long immigrants have


been scapegoated and now
they face the risk of being
criminalized and profiled in
many states ready to follow
Arizona's lead as a fix to the
problem that the federal gov-
ernment refuses to address.
The time to keep up the
push and raise your voice for
the voiceless is now. Let's all
join the campaign to urge


President Obama and the U.S.
Congress to act now for immi-
grants and fix this problem
once and for all.

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CaribWorldNews. com,
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Speak to any adulterous cou-
ple, and many will profess
undying love for each other as
they explain and justify their
actions.

IRONY
And then, what if your
wife has a lesbian lover, is that
also adultery? Do men who
buy prostitutes or have sex
with farm animals commit
adultery? The fact is, adultery
is here to stay, and no punish-
ment, even pain of death, is
going to stop it. In fact, the
irony is, adultery itself is often
punishment enough, as the
emotional turmoil and guilt


that goes with it often leads to
major stress.
The wages of sin is death,
it's said, but I beg to lower the
wages of adultery and be a lit-
tle more lenient and under-
standing.
Each case should be
judged on its own merit. In
fact, it shouldn't even reach
courthouse as there shouldn't
be laws against it.
People are dying for this
'sin' and in some countries,
the law takes it literally. The
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CARIBBEAN TODAY JUNE 2010 11

III HERITAGE MONTH


~ A Caribbean Today special feature

Obama praises immigrants as U.S. marks Caribbean American Heritage Month


WASHINGTON, D.C. -
United States President
Barack Obama has issued a
presidential statement pro-
claiming June as Caribbean
American Heritage Month.
"Our nation is linked to
the Caribbean by our geogra-
phy, as well as our shared past
and common aspirations," he
said.
"During National
Caribbean American Heritage
Month, we pay tribute to the
diverse cultures and immeas-
urable contributions of all
Americans who trace their
heritage to the Caribbean."
Obama said that through-
out U.S. history, immigrants
from Caribbean countries
have come here seeking better
lives and opportunities.
"Others were brought
against their will in the bonds
of slavery. All have strived to
ensure their children could
achieve something greater and
have preserved the promise of
America for future genera-
tions," he added.

HONOR


The president said that his
administration would also
honor the "bonds of friend-
ship between the United
States and Caribbean coun-
tries" during the month.
In paying particular trib-
ute to Haiti, Obama noted
that this year's devastating
earthquake "has brought
untold grief" to the Haitian
American community, many
of whom "continue to mourn
the loss of loved ones as they
help rebuild their homeland.
"(Caribbean Americans)
strengthen the fabric of our
culture, and we are proud
they are part of the
American family" U.S.
President Barack Obama

"These families and indi-
viduals remain in our thoughts
and prayers," said Obama,
stating that the U.S. has
"proudly played a leading role
in the international response
to this crisis, which included
vital contributions from coun-
tries throughout the
Caribbean.


Jamaica to take center stage

at 'Caribbean Week' in N.Y.


Obama addresses the Caribbean community during his visit to Trinidad last year.


"As Haiti recovers, we
will remain a steady and reli-
able partner," he said.

TRIUMPH
The president said that in
June, the U.S. celebrates the
"triumph of Caribbean


Americans, a diverse commu-
nity that encompasses many
nationalities and languages.
"They have become lead-
ers in every sector of
American life while maintain-
ing the varied traditions of
their countries of origin," he


said.
In addition,
Obama said
Caribbean
Americans enrich
America's national
character "and
strengthen the fabric
of our culture, and
we are proud they
are part of the
American family.
"Now, therefore, I,
Barack Obama,
president of the
United States of
America, by virtue
of the authority
vested in me by the
Constitution and the
laws of the United
States, do hereby
proclaim June 2010
as National
File photograph Caribbean-
American Heritage
Month," he said.
"I call upon all
Americans to celebrate the
history and culture of
Caribbean Americans with
appropriate ceremonies and
activities," he added.


Jamaica is expected to
spice up the "Big Apple"
during the upcoming
Caribbean Week in New
York, June 6-12.
The weeklong event falls
during Caribbean Heritage
Month, and Jamaica kicks off
its celebrations with the arrival
of the Jamaica Lightning Bolt
clipper yacht in New York on
June 3, followed by participa-
tion in a series of events sup-
porting Caribbean Week.
Jamaica's Minister of
Tourism Edmund Bartlett and
Director of Tourism John
Lynch are scheduled partici-
pate in many of the special
activities.
"Jamaica is proud to cele-
brate Caribbean Heritage with
our diaspora throughout the
New York area," said Lynch
recently. "We are excited to
begin the celebration with the
arrival of Jamaica Lightning
Bolt which has for the last
year been a competitive force
in the Clipper Round the
World Yacht Race. We also
look forward to participating
in the annual Caribbean Week
events to share Jamaica's
unique culture, impressive
tourism offerings and abun-
dance of airline seats available
to New Yorkers this summer."
Jamaica is expected to be
featured on the CBS Early
Show on June 7. The New
Kingston Band will perform


on the television show.
The Allied Awards
Luncheon is scheduled for
June 11 where the Jamaica
Tourist Board (JTB), in associ-
ation with the Caribbean
Tourism Organization, will
present two distinguished
tourist industry individuals
with awards of excellence for
their efforts to market the
Caribbean as a top region for
travel. The presentations will
be made during the Caribbean
Tourism Organization/
Caribbean Hotel Association
Allied Luncheon and Awards
Presentation to be held at The
Helmsley Hotel. The JTB will
present both the "Marcia
Vickery-W\all.. and
"Marcella Martinez" awards to
honor significant achievements
in sharing the Caribbean expe-
rience with the world.
The Caribbean Travel and
Cultural Fair is slated for 1
p.m. to 8 p.m. June 12.
Jamaica will be one of the fea-
tured Caribbean destinations
during this celebration at the
North Plaza at Lincoln Center.
Patrons at this free event will
be able to view destination
exhibits, Caribbean perform-
ers, artisans and chef demon-
strations and tasting. Visitors
can also attend a wedding at
the fair, during which Jamaica
will present the lucky bride

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BBA HEITG MONT


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~ A Caribbean Today special feature


Caribbean American fashion hits South Florida on June 20


M ore than 50 models Show in South Florida.
are expected to take The show, hosted by the
the runway and dis- McKenzie Model Agency, will
play the styles of designers be held June 20 at Renaissance
from several Caribbean Hotel, 1230 S. Pine Island
islands during this month's Road in Plantation. Showtime
Caribbean American Fashion is at 8 p.m.

Spirit of 'Rum &

Rhythm' in N.Y.


NEW YORK Caribbean cui-
sine and rums, the spirited
beat of island music and a live
performance by two-time
Grammy award-winning
singer Caron Wheeler, who
composed and sang lead on
Soul II Soul hits "Back to
Life" and "Keep On Movin",
are among the scheduled high-
lights for Caribbean Week in
New York's Rum & Rhythm
event, from 6:30 p.m. to
9 p.m. June 10 at the
Roseland Ballroom, 239 W.
52nd St. in Manhattan.
"We're excited to feature
not only Caribbean flavors
and incredible rums at this
year's Rum & Rhythm, but
also to have Grammy winning
songstress Caron Wheeler is a
true honor," Sylma Brown,
acting director, North
America, for the Caribbean
Tourism Organization, said
in a recent press release
announcing the event.


This year's program will
feature the swimwear fashion
edition, along with a collec-
tion dresses, pants, jackets,
boots, bags and other acces-
sories. Models will also dis-
play body art using body
paint.


"This year's event will
bring a new meaning to sexy,
one can expect to be mesmer-
ized, awe struck and com-
pletely entertained," said
Maurice Tucker, president
and chief executive officer of
SynJen Magazine, Vibezz TV


and Hype Radio.
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"We're looking forward to
bringing a taste of the
Caribbean to New York, and
we hope it encourages our
people to plan a trip to the
Caribbean to receive the full
experience."
Guests are being invited
to sample the sweet-flavored
rums served up by the region's
top mixologistss', savor the
enticing Caribbean cuisine
with Dutch, English, French
and Spanish influences, and
dance to live musical perform-
ances by Wheeler, dancers
from the St. Lucia Folkloric
Association and the Danza
Fiesta Group from Puerto
Rico, and Steel Pan music by
Andre Phillips Musical
Productions.
Guests must be age 21
and older to attend. For
ticket information, visit
www. caribbeanweekny. com
or call 212-635-9530.
4


Fewer Caribbean

nationals visit U.S.


WASHINGTON, D.C. -
Fewer Caribbean nationals on
non-immigrant visas travelled
to the United States last year,
the latest Department of
Homeland Security data ana-
lyzed by CaribWorldNews
show.
The data, released
last month by the U.S.
Department of Homeland
Security (DHS), show that
some 1.2 million Caribbean
nationals arrived in the U.S.
in 2009, compared to some
1.4 million in 2008.


Antigua and Barbuda had
18,743 last year, a decline
from the previous year when
there were 22,649 visitors to
the U.S. The Bahamas also
registered a decline, dropping
to 282,172 in 2009 compared
to 332,571 in 2008.
The same was true for
Barbados, which sent 65,434
visiting non-immigrants in
2008 compared to 57,993 last
year. The Dominican
Republic also had a big drop,
down from 276,511 in 2008 to
(CONTINUED ON PAGE 14)


Jamaica to take center stage at

'Caribbean Week' in N.Y.


(CONTINUED FROM PAGE 11)
and groom with a wedding gift
commemorating their special
day.
In 2006, June was official-
ly declared "Caribbean
American Heritage Month"
by United States President
George W. Bush to celebrate
and honor Caribbean culture
as well as pay tribute to the


significant contributions
Caribbean Americans have
made to the U.S. Since then
the month has been renamed
Caribbean Heritage Month by
the Institute of Caribbean
Studies, which prepared the
bill sponsored by U.S.
Congresswoman Barbara Lee.


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14 CARIBBEAN TODAY JUNE 2010


SA Caribbean Today special feature

A Caribbean Today special feature


www.caribbeantoday.com


Rising up: U.N. archive focuses on heroes, victims of Haiti earthquake


NEW YORK Amelia Shaw
lost colleagues and friends in
an instant on Jan.12 when
an earthquake toppled the
headquarters of the United
Nations peacekeeping mission
in Haiti.
Now she and other U.N.
staffers are completing an
ambitious project that they
hope will go some way to
memorializing the event.
Thousands of photo-
graphs, film clips, audio files
and other documents taken in
the aftermath of the disaster
have been compiled and
indexed by the U.N. on a digi-
tal archive that is now avail-


able to the public through a
website. The Haiti Oral
History and Visual Archive
as it is officially known is the
result of a decision by the
Department of Peacekeeping
Operations (DPKO) to record
for posterity what Shaw notes
sadly was a "historic event for
the Organization definitely
by far its largest loss of life."
It includes interviews with
rescue workers, images from
the disaster zone and raw
footage of U.N. staff trying to
help Haiti get back on its feet.

IMPACT
Registering 7.0 on the


Richter scale, the quake killed
an estimated 300,000 people,
including 101 U.N. staff, most
of them working for the U.N.
peacekeeping mission known
as MINUSTAH. Shaw, a tele-
vision producer, was four-and-
a-half months pregnant and
standing in her office in an
annex to MINUSTAH's head-
quarters building in the capi-
tal, Port-au-Prince, when she
felt the building suddenly
shake just before 5 p.m. on
Jan. 12. She and a nearby
cameraman were soon thrown
to the ground by the force of
the quake.
"We spent the next 10 to


12 hours at the site.
Everybody was trying to pull
the rocks away and help out.
It was just the longest night,"
she recalled.
With the help of four
other staff members and three
volunteers, as well as technical
assistance, Shaw has spent
the months since the quake
painstakingly arranging the
archive so that users can easily
find the materials they are
searching for. The archive went
online May 28, two days before
the International Day of U.N.
Peacekeepers is marked. In the
months ahead, more items -
the tally is already up to


around 7,000 will be labeled
and indexed and made avail-
able.
"This has been a very
meaningful project for me as
it has everything to do with
the fact that I was there,"
Shaw said, adding "many of
the people that I lost were
friends.
"This has given me a won-
derful opportunity to feel like
I was doing something con-
crete and getting something
positive out of the tragedy,"
she added.

- CMC
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Fewer Caribbean nationals visit U.S.


(CONTINUED FROM PAGE 13)
250,368 in 2009.

DECLINE
Haiti, Trinidad and
Tobago, and Jamaica also
showed a decline in the num-
ber of its nationals who visited
the U.S. Haiti's visitors were
down from 115,591 in 2008
to 103,601 in 2009 while
Jamaica's decline was down to
252,663 last year compared to
2N1 3 for the previous year.
T&T also registered a drop


from 177,916 in 2008 to
173,660 in 2009.
The decline for St.
Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, St.
Vincent and the Grenadines
and Grenada was small, but a
drop anyway. Grenada had a
drop-off from 11,773 in 2008
to 11,069 last year, while St.
Kitts and Nevis saw its visitors
to the U.S. decline from
15,761 to 13,243 last year.
The number of St. Lucian
nationals who visited the U.S.
plummeted from 19,458 in 2008


to 17,573 last year, while St.
Vincent and the Grenadines
registered a slight drop from
14,545 in 2008 to 14,076 in 2009.

UPSWING
However, the
Commonwealth of Dominica,
Suriname and Guyana regis-
tered a slight upswing.
Dominica sent 5,855 visitors to
the U.S. last year compared to
5,821 in 2008, while Suriname
saw its visitors to the U.S. grow
to 7,851 last year, up from


6,926 in 2008.
Guyana also saw an
increase in arrivals from the
South American nation to the
U.S. with 25,985 in 2009 com-
pared to 24,862 in 2008.
During 2009, there were
an overall 163 million non-
immigrant admissions to the
U.S., according to DHS work-
load estimates. The leading
countries of citizenship for res-
ident non-immigrant admis-
sions to the U.S. in 2009 were
Mexico, India and Japan.


Non-immigrants are foreign
nationals granted temporary
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Caribbean suffering from mayhem in Jamaica ~ Chastanet


BASSETERRE, St. Kitts,
CMC The deadly unrest in
Jamaica is creating a major
public relations crisis for the
Caribbean, according to St.
Lucia's Tourism Minister
Allan Chastanet.
Chastanet, a former
chairman of the Caribbean
Tourism Organization (CTO),
told the Caribbean Media
Corporation (CMC) that the
region's tourism product is
suffering from the television
pictures of burning buildings,
soldiers engaging gunmen in
street battles and coffins con-
taining bodies being splashed


across the globe. He said
when visitors speak of coming
to the Caribbean for a vaca-
tion, Jamaica is among the
first set of countries that come
to mind.
Chastanet said tourists
view the Caribbean as a group
of countries that are connect-
ed and "there are some peo-
ple that are not able to differ-
entiate one island from anoth-
er."
The security forces in
Jamaica have been engaging
gunmen loyal to Christopher
"Dudus" Coke, who is wanted
in the United States on drug


Chastenet


trafficking and gun running


charges. The authorities said
that 73 people have been killed
during the operations, but
Coke, 41, the reputed leader of
the notorious h l\\% r Posse"
gang, remained at large up to
press time.

REVENUE LOSS
Jamaican tourism officials
reported that since the vio-
lence began late last month,
the island has lost an estimat-
ed J$350 million ($4 million)
in revenue.
Chastanet said the
Jamaica situation underscores
the need for a regional


tourism marketing develop-
ment fund.
"It's sad to say that we
have not been able to reach a
consensus on how to raise the
fund. We may have to go back
to the situation where we will
create a brand and countries
may voluntarily agree to par-
ticipate," he explained.
"The reality is that a lot
of budgets have been cut, and
at a time when we should
have been trying to find
resources so that we could
move forward, we are cut-
ting."
(CONTINUED ON PAGE 15)


St. Lucia rides wave of Caribbean's fluctuating tourism fortunes


Last month, St. Lucia hosted
its 19th annual jazz festival,
which Minister of Tourism
Allen Chastanet said was creat-
ed to fill the visitor gap during
the "off %,,i%,i '. Dawn
Davis, a freelance writer for
Caribbean Today, caught up
with the minister to discuss St.
Lucia and other issues related
to Caribbean tourism. The fol-
lowing is an edited version of
that interview.

Question: What are hotel
occupancy rates like during at
this time and is it a predictor
for tourism arrivals in the
medium and long term?

Answer: All the hotels are
completely full. Only two
countries have had double-
digit growth for the first quar-
ter of the year, and that's St.
Lucia and U.S. Virgin Islands.
Four islands have had single-
digit growth and the rest of the
Caribbean has had negative
growth. I know a lot of people
think all this is happening by
accident, but the strategies we
have adopted have really been
paying off and I think St.
Lucia is really poised for a
take-off. But it requires the
support of everyone.

Q: You worked with Air
Jamaica as vice president of
marketing for a number of
years. How do you feel about
the sale of Air Jamaica to the
Republic of Trinidad and
Tobago?

A: It's a real shame because I
think Air Jamaica presented a
huge opportunity for Jamaica.
I know the government of
Jamaica has lost a lot of
money and the people of
Jamaica have put a lot of
money into it. When Air
Jamaica was taken over by
(Gordon) "Butch" Stewart
there were very little flights
coming into Jamaica. When
Air Jamaica started growing,
it got a lot of U..S carriers to
go in, and that can't be lost.


Today, Jamaica has a very sus-
tainable product. The last
time I was in Jamaica I was so
impressed with the infrastruc-
ture, the new airports are phe-
nomenal, the new highway
systems, really makes Jamaica
much more accessible and I
think a lot more people have
been coming to Jamaica as a
result.

Q: Will the sale of Air
Jamaica have any effect on
St. Lucia's tourism numbers?

A: It will not affect our
tourism. Air Jamaica left St.
Lucia almost two years ago
and it was a huge loss. We lost
almost 130,000 seats and we
worked very hard to replace
those seats. Caribbean Airlines
is a great airline, but they have
really been focusing on the
diaspora and the local market;
they have not really been very
much in the tourism market.
It's something I would like to
see hopefully change in time.

Q: There has been talk of
Caribbean Airlines merging
with LIAT, the small regional
Antigua-based carrier, per-
haps as a first step in creating
one single major Caribbean
airline. What are your
thoughts on that?

A: Unfortunately, I think that
is something that is going to
happen. The difficulty here is
that the Patrick Manning-led
(former Trinidad and Tobago)
government... indicated that if
there are going to be mergers
they will have to go through
the same painful process that
BWIA and now Air Jamaica
is going through, which is a
complete restructuring. I want
to say that I really appreciate
the work that the staff are
doing at LIAT, so any of my
comments really have nothing
to do with their work eti-
quette and the passion they
have for the airlines. But, it's
really looking at the bigger
picture in terms of the growth


The majestic Pitons of St. Lucia
of the region. LIAT needs to
be restructured. It's very diffi-
cult when you see decisions
like wrong booking systems,
bad scheduling...It will be a
very painful process.
If LIAT does not agree to
the restructuring we would
like to see Caribbean Airlines
coming to the region as its
own entity. The government
of St. Lucia, from early days,
has indicated that it would
very much welcome
Caribbean Airlines into St.
Lucia. And, it's an airline that
we would very much like to
work with, particularly on the
Barbados-Trinidad route, and
even up north.

Q: What can we expect for
next year's St. Lucia jazz?

A: We are looking at some
new logistics here on Pigeon
Island. Clearly, we will have to
enter into some discussions
with the National Trust in


terms of some of the other
ideas we have. Once we get
past that, we are going to have
discussions with the prime
minister and the minister of
finance in determining how
big we are going to make the
20th anniversary...

Q: Pigeon Island is a National
Heritage site, how do you
ensure the safety and integrity
of the site?

A: We have a 19-year track
record with the National
Trust. The fact that this rela-
tionship has lasted so long
says a lot about the working
relationship between the two
organizations. I am very
happy with the work the trust
has done here. If one looks
back at how much money we
have spent in having to setup
the venue every year, which is
somewhere between $500,000
to $800,000 per year...I think
that's where the collaboration


can be taken to another level.
It's fair to say the jazz festival
is here to stay and now maybe
we should look at how we can
make more permanent invest-
ments here...The trust, its par-
ticipation into the economic
development of this country, is
enshrined in the institutions of
St. Lucia.

Q: Any plans for other kinds
of music festivals?

A: We have a new tag line for
the Tourist Board, "Live the
Legend". So, we've been play-
ing with the idea of creating a
legends concert series, which
would specialize in the differ-
ent genres and we would bring
some of the music legends.
These are the discussions we
will be having with the
National Trust to make sure
they share the same vision.



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ends.
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Top names for St. Kitts Music Festival Justice delayed for top Jamaican entertainers


Combination of top
entertainers from the
Caribbean and North
America, representing a vari-
ety of musical styles from reg-
gae and soca to R&B and hip
hop, will be among the attrac-
tions at this year's three-day
St. Kitts Music Festival.
The 14th annual staging
of the festival will be held
from June 24-26 in Basseterre.
Infamus, will lead the local-
born talent on show. He will
be joined by other Caribbean
acts like the veteran Third
World Band, Ky-Mani Marley,
Bunji Garlin and Fay Ann
Lyons-Alvarez.


The international contin-
gent will feature 10-time
Grammy winning singer, pro-
ducer and songwriter Kenneth
"Babyface" Edmonds of the
United States.
"I am truly excited about
being a part of a very excep-
tional Music Festival!," said
Edmonds in a recent press
release. "This will be my first
visit to St. Kitts and I am
looking forward to exploring
as much of the island as time
will allow, experiencing the
unique Kittitian hospitality
and performing for everyone
at the festival."


T&T-born actress earns

'Peer of England' honor


LONDON, Britain -
Trinidad-born actress, Floella
Benjamin, has been made a
Peer of England, according to
the List of Dissolution Honors
and Working Peer released
here late last month.
Although known initially
for her work on television in
both acting and production,
she has been honored for her
charity and academic achieve-
ments. She was nominated for
the peerage by the Liberal
Democrats.
Benjamin was born at
Pointe-a-Pierre in Trinidad on


Sept. 23, 1949 and moved to
England 10 years later. She
made her name initially in
stage shows, such as "Hair"
and "Jesus Christ Superstar",
and appeared in various tele-
vision plays. But she is known
best as a presenter of chil-
dren's television programs
such as "Play School" and
"Play Away".
Her autobiography,
"Coming to England", her
20th publication, was pub-
lished in 1997.
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The criminal trials of two
top Jamaican entertain-
ers have been pushed
back,
Buju Banton, who has
been in a
Florida,
United States
jail since last
December
awaiting trial
on drug traf-
ficking
charges, has /
been moved
from this
month to
September.
Meanwhile,
the case of
Bounty-.
Killer, who is
facing mari-
juana-related
charges, is
scheduled for
the court
next month
in Jamaica.
According Bounty Killer
to law enforce-
ment, Banton, whose real
name is Mark Myrie, was
involved in a conspiracy to
traffic more than five kilo-
grams of cocaine. He was
originally scheduled to stand


trial in Tampa, Florida on
April 19. That date was later
changed to June 21. Now the
case is scheduled to begin
sometime in September.


smoking last October. He has
been charged with smoking
and possession of marijuana.
The deejay has denied the
charges.
However, Bounty Killer is
also due in court on June 29
on a charge of assault. He
allegedly attacked his girl-


Buju Banton


Bounty Killer, real name
Rodney Price, will face a
Resident Magistrate's Court
on July 7. He was allegedly
found in possession of mari-
juana after police noticed him


friend in March. He is also
facing a charge in the Gun
Court for unlawful wounding
and illegal possession of a
firearm following a Sept. 2007
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Some of Jamaica's most gifted fashion designers brought island heat to Atlanta,
Georgia during last month's "Exotica" A Caribbean Fashion and Cabaret Event hosted
by A Fashion Affair, Inc at the Holiday Inn Select. Tamara Christie, second from right,
Jamaica Tourist Board's business development manager for Georgia, North and
South Carolina, Tennessee and Arkansas, was on hand to help over 500 fashion
savvy consumers in attendance plan an exciting Jamaican getaway and provide
information on the upcoming summer events in Jamaica. Christie was joined by,
from left, Miss Jamaica World 2005, Terri-Karelle Griffith; Assistant to the Manager
of Ocho Rios Atlanta, Inc. Susan The; Director of A Fashion Affair, Inc. Norma Martin;
and Miss Jamaica World 2009 Kerrie Baylis. Proceeds from the event went towards
repairing youth centers, neighborhood outreach programs, and providing scholar-
ships and training for youth in the Atlanta community.


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interested in becoming United
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attend include the Miami
Gardens Jaycees (Junior
Chamber of Commerce),
Neighborhood Housing
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Authority. The Ad Valorem
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organizing the event.
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in both Spanish and Haitian
creole.

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your family safe at home and
away during a "Keep Your
Family Safe:
Emergency
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Safety Fair" this
month in down-
town Miami,
6 Florida.
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Dade Public
Library System, in
partnership with
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Miami's Miller
School of
Medicine's Calder
Medical Library,
will present the fair
from 10 a.m. to 4
p.m. June 17 at the
Main Library, 101
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National Safety
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resources on home safety, sen-
ior safety, child safety, food
safety and household and
chemical safety will be avail-
able.
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System, the Calder Library,
the National Safety Council,
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County's Extension Office
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will be on hand to answer
safety-related questions.
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CONFERENCE
POSTPONED
The Jamaican Diaspora
Convention 2010, which was
scheduled for June 14-17 at
the Sunset Jamaica Grande
Hotel in Ocho Rios, Jamaica,
has been postponed.
The decision for the post-
ponement was taken after
consultations with key stake-
holders locally and abroad.
Further consultations will be
undertaken to determine the
new date.


In mid-May Audrey Marks arrived in Washington D.C. to take up her post as Jamaica's ambas-
sador to the United States and permanent representative to the Organization of American
States (OAS). She will assume responsibility for Jamaica's relations with the U.S. and will hold
the distinction as Jamaica's first female envoy to the U.S. and the OAS. During a visit to the
OAS, Marks stopped to view a statue of Jamaica's National Hero Marcus Garvey. A career
entrepreneur, Marks has founded and operated numerous businesses, including Paymaster
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Experts predict busy Atlantic Hurricane season


MIAMI, Florida The United
States National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration
(NOAA) says it is predicting
an j. I \ L to extremely
active" hurricane season this
year for the Atlantic Basin,
which includes the North
Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean
Sea and Gulf of Mexico.
According NOAA's
Seasonal Outlook,
produced in collab-
oration with scien-
tists from the U.S.
National Hurricane
Center (NHC) and
the U.S. Hurricane
Research Division
(HRD), there is a
70 percent proba-
bility of 14 to 23
"named storms",
with top winds of 39
mph or higher. This
includes eight to 14
hurricanes, with top
winds of 74 mph or
higher, "of which
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with winds of at least 111
mph)", Seasonal Outlook
reported.
"If this outlook holds
true, this season could be one
of the more active on record,"
said Dr. Jane Lubchenco, U.S.
under secretary of commerce
for oceans and atmosphere
and NOAA administrator.
"The greater likelihood of
storms brings an increased


risk of a landfall. In short, we
urge everyone to be pre-
pared," she added, noting that
the outlook ranges exceed the
seasonal average of 11 named
storms, six hurricanes and two
major hurricanes.

STORMY OUTLOOK
NOAA said expected fac-
tors supporting this outlook


are upper atmospheric winds
conducive for storms and
warm Atlantic Ocean water. It
said sea surface temperatures
are expected to remain above
average, where storms often
develop and move across the
Atlantic. Record warm tem-
peratures up to four degrees
Fahrenheit above average -
are now present in this region.
NOAA said since 1995,
the tropical "multi-decadal
signal has brought favourable


ocean and atmospheric condi-
tions in sync, leading to more
active hurricane seasons."
Eight of the last 15 seasons
rank in the top 10 for the most
named storms, with 2005 in
first place with 28 named
storms, it said.
"The main uncertainty in
this outlook is how much
above normal the season will
be. Whether or
not we approach
the high end of
the predicted
ranges depends
:p, partly on
* ." whether or not
La Nifia devel-
ops this sum-
mer," said Dr.
Gerry Bell, lead
seasonal hurri-
J cane forecaster
at NOAA's
S Climate
Prediction
Center.
"At present,
we are in a neutral state, but
conditions are becoming
increasingly favorable for La
Nifia to develop," he added.
NOAA scientists said
they will continue to monitor
evolving conditions in the
tropics and will issue an
updated hurricane outlook in
early August, just prior to
what is historically the peak
period for hurricane activity.


NEW YORK The United
Nations says the humanitarian
crisis triggered by January's
earthquake in Haiti could
worsen with the onset of this
year's hurricane season, which
experts have warned could be
severe.
As a result, the U.N.,
along with its partners, is
preparing for a worst case sce-
nario.
"This is a country acutely
exposed to hurricanes at the
best of times," said Sarah
Muscroft, head of the U.N.
Office for the Coordination of
Humanitarian Affairs in Haiti
(OCHA).
"With so many people still
so vulnerable after the recent
earthquake, a serious hurri-
cane this year could be devas-
tating. We are therefore plan-
ning for a worst-case sce-
nario," she added.
Contingency plans being
designed include the dedica-
tion of 24-hour humanitarian
rapid response teams in case
of rain or hurricane-related
incidents in sites where those
who lost their homes as a
result of the earthquake on
Jan. 12 have settled in the cap-
ital Port-au-Prince, according
to OCHA.
The rest of the country,
where poverty is extreme and


infrastructure poor, also
remains acutely vulnerable,
especially areas still recover-
ing from Hurricanes Fay,
Gustav and Hanna, which
between them killed over 800
people in the space of a
month in 2008.
The hurricanes also dev-
astated large areas of the
country.

PREPAREDNESS
Other preparedness meas-
ures by humanitarian agencies
currently under way include
the pre-positioning of two mil-
lion emergency food rations in
31 locations across Haiti by
the U.N. World Food Program
(WFP), the U.N. said.
The International
Federation of the Red Cross
and Red Crescent Societies
has a permanent emergency
task force on standby and is
pre-positioning emergency
items in 10 towns and cities,
and shelter agencies are work-
ing to ensure sufficient emer-
gency shelter materials are
available.
Hurricane mitigation
work in camps following tech-
nical assessments is also ongo-
ing to reduce vulnerability to
flooding and rains.
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CARICOM seeks international support

for binding pact on climate change


GEORGETOWN, Guyana,
CMC The Caribbean com-
munity (CARICOM) is urg-
ing Finland to support the
region's position for a legally
binding agreement on climate
change during the 16th
Session of the Conference of
Parties to the United Nations
Framework on Climate
Change (COP-16) scheduled
for Mexico later this year.
CARICOM Deputy
Secretary-General Lolita
Applewhaite said that as the
global community prepares to
participate in the Mexico
nimLlinii CARICOM was
keen on "strengthening its
voice and its partnerships with
like-minded states to advocate
its position on issues critical,
not merely to its continued
development, but to the very
survival of its people.
"In this regard, we view
the pursuit of a legally binding
agreement to address climate
change as the most fundamen-
tal responsibility of our genera-
tion," Applewhaite said, as she
accepted the credentials of
Mikko Pyhala, Finland's
Plenipotentiary Representative


to the Caribbean community,
recently.
"For us in CARICOM, it
is more than unacceptable
that the global
community
should walk
away from the
negotiating
table in
Mexico, with-
out a legally
binding agree-
ment. More Applewhaite
specifically for
us, it is a threat to our very
survival.
"Climate change and the
related phenomena of
bleached coral and ruined
marine life, coastal erosion,
rising sea levels and flooding,
are not collateral damage that
we can accept..."

BACKING
The deputy secretary gen-
eral said that the region was
also looking to Finland for
other support "including our
efforts to implement resolu-
tions adopted by the United
Nations General Assembly to
protect the Caribbean Sea as a


special marine environment."
She said also the global
economic crisis had severely
affected the Caribbean where
some of the countries "have
been additionally disadvan-
taged by their inability to
access concessionary financing
due to the process of gradua-
tion consequent on their clas-
sification as middle-income
countries, a process which
ignores their vulnerability."


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Credit credentials: Security lessons in managing your money


STEVE ROSEN

Make peace with your
money.
What to make of that
phrase: a Nintendo Wii game,
a smartphone application?
Perhaps lyrics from an old
Pink Floyd song?
Try a new online tool that
could make it easier for young
credit card holders and bor-
rowers to manage their
money. It's found at
Zendough.com, a fee-based
resource that was officially
unveiled recently by a unit of
TransUnion, the giant credit-
reporting company.
Zendough is being billed
as the first product to combine
a consumer's credit reports
and score, debt-management
tools and identity theft protec-
tion in one place. Hence, the
zen-like phrase: Make peace
with your money.
"Our goal is to provide
consumers with information


and safeguards needed to con-
trol their credit use and
spending," said Heather
Schneider, Zendough's educa-
tion director.
The service costs $14.95
per month ($179.40 a year)
after a free seven-day trial.

WORTH
Is it worth it?
I recently had the opportunity
to test-drive Zendough and
was impressed with the identi-
ty-theft safeguards and the
one-stop-shop approach.
Along with detailed informa-
tion on your finances, includ-
ing a debt-to-income ratio,
there are graphics that show
you if you're on track finan-
cially or veering into trouble.
Users open an account by
inputting personal information
and quickly getting snapshots
of their finances.
The Web program has
three main sections:
"My Credit" -


Zendough provides you with a
credit score and lets you easily
identify and correct inaccura-
cies on your credit report.
Zendough offers what it calls
your VantageScore, which is
between 501 and 990. It's not to
be confused with your FICO
score, which is what credit
agencies use in evaluating your
creditworthiness. But the
VantageScore gives you a sense
of how you're managing debt.
"My Identity" This sec-
tion details your risk of identi-
ty fraud. If your Social Security
number is turning up too often
in databases, Schneider said,
you'll be given advice on what
to do to prevent theft.
Zendough also alerts you when
your identity may have been
compromised and connects
you to a case manager.
"My Accounts" Here
you'll find a detailed listing of
your credit accounts. Most
telling is seeing your credit card
usage in graph format and


People can get overwhelmed managing their money.


debts categorized in a pie chart.
The bottom line: Before
committing money, carefully
check out the Web site and
other similar services (some of
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think your teenager or young
adult is already showing signs


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2011, the annual event
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liers network with businesses
from around the world, will be
held at the new Montego Bay
Convention Centre from Jan.
16-18.
The event, which follows
the "All Tourism, All
Caribbean, All Business"
theme, will be presented by
the Caribbean Hotel and
Tourism Association (CHTA),
Jamaica Hotel and Tourist
Association (JHTA), Jamaica
Tourist Board, MasterCard
and Virgin Holidays.
"We believe that
Caribbean Marketplace 2011


will be even stronger as
tourism officials, hoteliers and
tour operators gather to plan
the recovery of tourism to
our region," CHTA President
Enrique De Marchena
Kaluche said at a recent press
conference announcing next
year's event.
"Unlike many events,
where participation decreases
during tough times, we need
Caribbean Marketplace now
more than ever before. The
less than optimal state of our
industry should actually have
a positive effect on attendance
for Caribbean Marketplace.
"For our hoteliers, we
rely on the support of our tour


operators in order to capture
the largest possible share of
the market. At the same time,
the tour operators need to
engage our hotels with lucra-
tive contracts that will help us
all profit during these tough
times.
"At the end of the day,
the business we receive during
this difficult period will be
determined by our willingness
to work with each other to
maximize our marketing of
the region. Caribbean
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we can market the Caribbean,
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By the way, doctor: Is there a solution for watery eyes?


DR. MARK HATTON

Question: I am 63 and have
tears running down my face at
odd times. Most of the infor-
mation I've found on the
Internet is about infants with
blocked tear ducts. Can you
provide some information
about tearing in adults?

Answer: Watery eyes are a
common problem for adults,
and there's often an effective
way of treating them.
First, a little background.
Your lacrimal glands, which
are located above the eye at
the edge of the eye socket, are
continually making small
amounts of tears at a steady
rate. Blinking helps spread the
moisture over the front of
your eyes, creating a clear,
protective film that keeps the
eye from getting irritated by
dust and dirt and helps fend
off infections.
But once the fluid has
served its purpose, or if there's
too much of it, an ingenious
drainage system gets rid of the
excess. Tiny tear ducts con-
nect the inside corners of the
eyes to the inside of the nose.


Blinking helps pump the fluid
away from the eyes, down the
duct, and into the nose.
Watery, or teary, eyes
develop when more fluid is
produced than can be drained
away; essentially, it's a plumb-
ing problem.

FOUR ISSUES
People who seek medical
attention for watery eyes usu-
ally have one of four prob-
lems. Sometimes the openings
to the tear ducts close up even
if the ducts themselves are
open. Ophthalmologists call
this punctal stenosis. This usu-
ally can be fixed in a matter of
minutes with a procedure that
requires only local anesthetic.
Often, though, the prob-
lem is a blockage farther
down the tear duct. Tear duct
blockages can be a side effect
of some of the drugs used to
treat cancer, such as docetax-
el, a commonly used treat-
ment for breast cancer. A
facial injury can also cause the
tear duct to become blocked.
However, most blockages
of the tear duct don't have an
identifiable reason it just
happens. Usually this occurs
in women after menopause.


The basic notion is to repair
the drainage system by creat-
ing a little passageway around
the blockage.
A third reason for watery
eyes is, ironically, dry eyes. If
the tear gland doesn't provide
enough moisture on a con-
stant basis, the eyes dry out,
become irritated, and cause
the gland to overcompensate,
producing a gush of tears that
floods the eye. Many condi-
tions cause dry eyes, and
sometimes the underlying con-
dition itself can be treated.


But often it's a matter of treat-
ing the dry eyes lhL mIL' hL S.
The over-the-counter "artifi-
cial tir, 'products often
work quite well. But if they
don't, one alternative is an eye
drop version of cyclosporine,
the immunosuppressive drug
that transplant recipients take
to reduce the chances that the
new organ will be rejected. In
the eye, cyclosporine has a
powerful anti-inflammatory
effect that can help cases of
dry eye that aren't amenable
to other treatments.


Finally, peo-
ple can develop a
watery eye if the
lower eyelid is
lax and droops
away from the
eye. When this
happens, the
tears are not
pumped into the
tear duct, but
instead accumu-
late on the sur-
face of the eye.
This condition is
easily fixed by
tightening the
eyelids surgically.
Most causes
of watery eyes
can be fixed. Talk with your
ophthalmologist. He or she
will likely refer you to an ocu-
loplastic specialist an oph-
thalmologist who has done
additional training in eyelid
and tear duct surgery.

Dr. Mark Hatton,
Ophthalmic Consultants
of Boston.
Tribune Media Services.


U.S. provides $100M more


for Caribbean HIV treatment


GEORGETOWN, Guyana,
CMC The United States is
providing an additional $100
million to Caribbean commu-
nity (CARICOM) countries
to combat the deadly HIV
virus over the next five years.
Karen Williams, charge
d'affaires at the U.S. Embassy
here, and CARICOM Deputy
Secretary General
Ambassador
Lolita "The AIDS
Applewhaite last
month signed the ues to be a
agreement to death amo
extend the U.S. adults age
PrL idLi I' age" u.s. e
Emergency Plan
for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).
A statement issued by the
embassy noted that the funds
will be available this month
and will focus on programmat-
ic cooperation in prevention,
laboratory strengthening,
strategic information, capacity
building, and sustainability.
"As the region with the
second highest rate of
HIV/AIDS prevalence in the
world, second only to Sub-
Saharan Africa, the United
States recognizes that a
regionally targeted program
for the Caribbean could
directly meet critical public
health needs and support the
outstanding work already


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ongoing in the region to com-
bat this di ,1.L the embassy
stated.

LEADING CAUSE
"The AIDS epidemic con-
tinues to be a leading cause of
death among Caribbean adults
age 25-44 years of age and has
left nearly a quarter of a mil-
lion Caribbean children
orphaned".
lemic contin- A similar
ding cause of signing took
place in
;aribbean Suriname,
44 years of Barbados and
ssy the
Organization
of Eastern Caribbean States
(OECS), with Trinidad and
Tobago, Belize, Bahamas and
Jamaica joining soon.
PEPFAR was launched in
2003 to reduce the incidence
and limit the spread of
HIV/AIDS while assisting
persons living with the dis-
ease. Washington reported
that the program has so far
treated more than two million
infected persons as well as
providing care for over 10 mil-
lion. It has also prevented an
estimated seven million new
infections.
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DEFEATED: Manning steps down

as PNM leader after election
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad,
CMC Former Trinidad and
Tobago Prime Minister
Patrick Manning has resigned
as leader of the People's
National Movement (PNM),
three days after he led it to
defeat in the May 24 general
elections.
PNM Chairman Conrad
Enill said that the party will
hold a special convention on
June 27 to elect a new leader
and that in the interim Diego
Martin West representative
Dr. Keith Rowley, one of the
longest serving PNM legisla-
tors, will act as Opposition
leader in the new Parliament.
Enill told reporters that -
the General Council, which
met on May 27 to discuss the
29-12 defeat in the general
elections, had accepted
Manning's letter of resignation.
In his letter, Manning said Manning
he would "give support to the
new leader" and Enill said deadline, but the PNM lost 14 the process also provided
that the council thanked him of the 26 seats it held in the T&T with its first female head
for his 23 years as leader of last Parliament. The People's of government in Kamla
the 54-year-old political party Partnership, an amalgam of Persad Bissessar, the leader of
Manning called the general five Opposition parties and the main Opposition United
elections more than two years trade unions, swept the PNM National Congress (UNC).
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New T&T Cabinet sworn into office


PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad,
CMC Four days after lead-
ing the People's Partnership
coalition to victory in the May
24 general elections, Prime
Minister Kamla Persad
Bissessar revealed her 26-
member Cabinet team.
In making the announce-
ment, the newly installed
prime minister said the team
possesses diverse skills and
expertise. She also sought to
warn ministers that they
should neither become
,l h [I nor accept mediocrity.
"This is not about us, it is
about the people, they have the
power to dismiss us," she said,
warning also that "there is no
room for orr, g.InL and no
"time for personal agendas."
Among those taking the
oath before President George
Maxwell Richards was the
Vice President of the
Federation of International
Football Associations (FIFA)
Austin "Jack" Warner, who is
also chairman of the United
National Congress. He was
sworn in as minister of works
and transport, while former
head of the T&T Defence
Force, Brigadier John Sandy,
was named national security
minister.
Errol Mcleod, the former
president of the powerful
Oilfield Workers Trade Union
(OWTU), was named minister
of labor, small and macro
enterprise development.
Winston Dookeran, former
Central Bank governor and
leader of the Congress of the
People (COP) party, was
sworn in as minister of
finance, while former inde-
pendent Senator Mary King
was given the portfolio of
planning, economic and social
restructuring and gender
affairs.
Controversial former
High Court Judge Hubert
Volney was sworn in as minis-
ter of justice, while attorney
Prakash Ramadhar was
named minister of legal
affairs.
Dr. Rupert Griffith, for-
mer speaker of the T&T
Parliament, was named minis-
ter of tourism, while the new
minister of sports and youth
affairs is the former national
swimmer and talk show host
Anil Roberts.
The newly created
Ministry of Tobago
Development has been hand-
ed to Vernalla Alleyne
Toppin, the successful Tobago
Organisation of the People
(TOP) candidate, while Nizam
Baksh, a long serving legisla-
tor, has been named minister
of community development.
Stephen Cadiz is the new
minister of trade and industry,
while the minister of energy
and energy affairs is Carolyn
Seepersad Bachan.


Former Mayor of
Chaguanas Surujrattan
Rambachan is the minister of
foreign affairs, while Dr.
Roodial Moonilal is the minis-
ter of housing and the environ-
ment.
Vasant Bharath, who was
not considered among the
candidates to contest the elec-
tions, has been sworn in as the
minister of food production,
lands and marine affairs, while
Chandresh Sharma is the min-
ister of local government.
Former calypso monarch
Winston "Gypsy" Peters, is the
minister of arts and culture,
while the minister of public
utilities is Emmanuel George.



NEW SLATE
Following is the full list of members of
the new Trinidad and Tobago Cabinet:

Prime Minister and Minister of
Information and Communication -
Kamla Persad Bissessar
Attorney General Anand
Ramlogan
Minister of Finance Winston
Dookeran
Minister of Works and Transport -
Austin "Jack" Warner
Minister of Education Dr. Tim
Goopeesingh
Minister of Justice Hubert Volney
Minister of Legal Affairs Prakash
Ramadhar
Minister of Labor, Small and
Macro Enterprise Development -
Errol Mcleod
Minister of Housing and
Environment Dr. Roodial Moonilal
Minister of Trade and Industry -
Stephen Cadiz
Minister of Arts and Culture -
Winston Peters
Minister of National Security -
Brigadier John Sandy
Minister of Energy and Energy
Affairs Carolyn Seepersad Bachan
Minister of Foreign Affairs -
Surujrattan Rambachan
Minister of Public Administration
Nan Ramgoolam
Minister of Science, Technology
and Tertiary Education Fazal
Karim
Minister of Public Utilities -
Emmanuel George
Minister of Health Teres Baptiste
Cornelius
Minister of Food Production,
Lands and Marine Affairs Vasant
Bharath
Minister of Planning, Economic
Social Restructuring and Gender
Affairs Mary King
Minister of Local Government -
Chandresh Sharma
Minister of Tourism Dr. Rupert
Griffith
Minister of Peoples and Social
Development Dr. Glen
Ramdharsingh
Minister of Community
Development Nizam Baksh
Minister of Sports and Youth
Affairs Anil Roberts
Minister of Tobago Development -
Vernalla Alleyne Toppin
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HAMILTON, Bermuda, CMC
- Guyanese all-rounders Steve
Massiah and Lennox Cush
starred with bat and ball as
defending champions United
States put a major dent in
Bermuda's World Cricket
League Americas Region
Division One tournament title
hopes with a comfortable six-
wicket victory early this
month.
Unbeaten Canada
remained on course to lift the
trophy as it notched up its
fourth straight victory, crush-
ing by 10 wickets inside nine
overs thanks to the exploits of
teenager Hiral Patel, while the
Cayman Islands lost a close
match by 13 runs to


Argentina.
Off-break bowlers
Massiah and Cush shared six
wickets as Bermuda struggled
to 188 for nine after being
sent in at the National Sports
Centre and then Massiah
blasted 67 and Cush made 22
not out to help steer the U.S.
home with 20 balls to spare.

RECOVERY
Bermuda recovered from
losing Fiqre Crockwell with
only one run on the board
as fellow opener Jekon
Edness (26) and Stephen
Outerbridge, who struck six
fours in his 48, produced a
second-wicket stand of 76, but
Massiah, who finished with


two for 39 from 10 overs,
struck two vital blows by
removing Outerbridge and
skipper David Hemp for
eight.
Cush then tightened the
screw by bowling danger man
Janeiro Tucker for 17 and
having former skipper Irving
Romaine caught for 34 on the
way to finishing with figures
of four for 30 from 10 overs.
The U.S. lost Jamaican
Carl Wright for 11 with the
total on 28. But a second-
wicket stand of 113 between
Sushi Nadkarni and number
three Massiah took the game
away from Bermuda.
4


Jamaicans in star-studded field

for July 3 Prefontaine Classic


Guyanese pair star for U.S. in


cricket win over Bermuda


the feat at the World
Championships in Berlin last
year.
Fraser scored a win at the
Ostrava Golden Spike late last
month, beating Bahamian
Chandra Sturrup into second.
Jamaican Kerron Stewart,
the world championship silver
medalist, will also be present
along with compatriot
Sherone Simpson, silver
medalist in Beijing and two-
time reigning Olympic 200
meters gold medalist Veronica
Campbell-Brown.
4


Bolt withdraws from N.Y. grand prix meet


NEW YORK Injury has
forced sprint sensation Usain
Bolt out of this month's
Adidas Grand Prix, the fifth
meet of the multi-million dol-
lar IAAF Diamond League.
The double Olympic and
world sprint champion is suf-
fering with inflammation of
his tendon and has had to opt
out, organizers of the June 12
meet announced after the 23-
year-old had communicated
his decision on May 31.
"I developed a stiffness in
my Achilles tendon last week
and sought medical attention,"
Bolt said in a statement.
"After careful consulta-
tion with Dr. Hans Mtiller-
Wohlfahrt at his clinic in
Munich, I have been advised
to take a two to three week
break as a precautionary
measure to avoid risking fur-
ther damage.
"Regrettably I will have
to miss the IAAF Diamond
League meeting in New York
on Saturday, June 12. I am
well aware of the disappoint-
ment for the fans in New York
and around the world, but I
hope to return to New York as
soon as possible."

BLOW
Bolt's withdrawal is a
massive blow to organizers as
the long-striding Jamaican is
currently the hottest commod-
ity in professional sport. The
world record holder in both
the 100 and 200 meters, Bolt
has already set tongues wag-
ging this season with impres-
sive showings on the IAAF
circuit.
He opened his interna-
tional season with a world-
leading time 9.86 seconds in
the 100 meters at the Colorful
Daegu Pre-Championships
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Bolt displays the Jamaican flag after winning in New York a couple years ago.


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The event, scheduled for
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World and Olympic sprint
champion Shelly Ann Fraser
has been confirmed for July's
Prefontaine Classic, the sixth
meet of the lucrative IAAF
Diamond League series.
The 23-year-old Jamaican
will headline the women's 100
at the July 3 championship
which will make its debut as a
member of the glitzy
Diamond League.
Fraser has emerged as
one of the outstanding sprint-
ers in recent times, snatching
gold at the Beijing Olympics
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