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Politics....................................... Food ................... ................... .........19 Health .............................2
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vol. 21 No. 9

Jamaican singers, from left,
Freddie McGregor, Marcia
Griffiths and Hopeton Lindo, did
their part for "I Am Jamaica", a
campaign to inspire unity
among the Caribbean island's
people at home and abroad -
through music, page 17.

As the
the 75th
birthday of
the calypso
king of the
world, the Mighty Sparrow, a
Brooklyn congresswoman
made sure he is listed in the
U.S. Congressional Record a
tremendous honor for the man
and his music, page 21.



L. of high pro-
born, former Miramar City
Commissioner Fitzroy Salesman
will not damage their image,
especially those seeking public
office with local elections
looming, page 25.

Two Caribbean nationals,
Russell Defreitas, left, and
Abdul Kadir, have been found
guilty of plotting to blow up
jet fuel tanks at New York's
Aiprpg 1John F. Kennedy International

AUGUST 2010 _

Jamaican-born former U.S. city commish

getS prison sentence for bribery, extortion

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Cuban doctor defects to Miami

PCOMRCTOHFe hA ienridad,
Therese Baptiste-Cornelis late
last month confirmed that a
Cuban doctor, who was work-
ing under an agreement with
the Trinidad and Tobago gov-
ernment, had defected to the
United States "a few weeks
Speaking with reporters
after a ceremony for Local
Government councilors in San
Fernando, south of here on
July 27, the minister said that
the authorities are now
reviewing the procedure for
recruiting both Cuban and
local doctors. She said that
while she was not aware
that two Cuban doctors had
resigned, she was nonetheless
not surprised at that develop-
ment b c\. use a few weeks
ago we had a defection of a
doctor to Miami from
"That is why right now we
are working on compensation
packages to try to bring the
local doctors into the system
and find an alternative
method because obviously this
methodology of using the
Cuban doctors is not working
as properly as it should," she

that atisreweer mas peole
who did not want to work for
the government and that new
policies and procedures "for
recruitment and retention of
local doctors" were being

"Every year about 100
doctors graduate from the
medical school, they do their
internship and they go abroad,
what can I do to attract them
to stay in Trinidad; those are
the things we are looking at,"
she said.
The Cuban doctors were
brought to T&T in 2003 by
the Patrick Manning govern-
ment in an effort to address
the critical shortage of med-
ical personnel at hospitals.
More than 260 Cuban doctors
and nurses have worked in
T&T since the government-to-
government agreement took
effect in 2003. Last December,
the then Manning government
said that Cuban doctors and
nurses working in T&T could
have their two-year contracts
extended by an additional

FLORIDA A United States
federal judge has sentenced a
Jamaican-born former city
commissioner to more than
four years in prison on bribery
and extortion charges.
U.S. District Judge James
Cohn imposed the sentence
on Fitzroy Salesman, 53, who
begged for compassion.
Salesman was convicted in
April by a 12-member jury
after his Sept. 2009 arrest for
steering city construction con-
tracts to bribe-paying contrac-
tors who were actually under-
cover FBI agents.
"The shame that has been
brought on me and my family,
if I could give my life to
reverse it, your honor, I
would," Salesman told the
judge before sentencing last
He, however, denied tak-

ing bribes or extorting the FBI
agents and informants posing
as construction contractors
and money managers during

tenced to three years of super-
vised release after his release
from jail.

During Salesman's trial,
prosecutors presented damn-
ing audio and video record-
ings of the former Miramar
city commissioner pocketing
payoffs and orchestrating con-
tributions from the FBI agents
to the campaigns and pet
charities of Broward County,
Southern Florida politicians in
order to win government con-
struction contracts.
Salesman said he was
working as a legitimate politi-
cal consultant while he was
suspended from public office.
He told the judge that if mak-
ing contributions to charities


the two-and-a-half-year inves-
"Your honor, I did not
go down that road," said
Salesman, who also was sen-

NEW YORK Police here
have offered a reward for
information about the killing
of a Barbadian businessman
who was shot dead in his
home in Brooklyn last month,
Police late last month said
they were offering $12,000 for
information on the murder of
Stevenson Blackett, 60, who
was killed on July 29, just
before 2 a.m., in his home
while his family slept upstairs.
Blackett, who owned
Stevenson Maintenance Inc., a
Bronx plumbing company for
the past 32 years, was asleep
in the basement of his home
in the Canarsie section of
Brooklyn when the two killers
showed up. They broke
through the screen on a side
door and took advantage of

the victim's habit of leaving
his keys in the lock of the sec-
ond door to gain entry to the
The killers spared other
sleeping family members -
wife, Brenda, 59, three grand-
children and Blackett's father-
in-law and headed straight to
the basement.

Police said the gunmen
tried to tie up Blackett before
killing him. They said it was
not clear if the men stole any-
thing or fled empty-handed.
"I think it might have
been someone we know,"
Desiree, one of Blackett's
daughters, told reporters.
lkc\.use how did they know
about the key in the door?

How did they know he was in
the Asse~ me nI '
Police said Blackett was
shot twice in the head during
a possible robbery, but rela-
tives said it doesn't appear
his attackers took anything.
"He still had his wallet,"
Desiree Blackett said.
"Everybody keeps some
money at home, but he was
always putting what he was
paid into the bank," said
Antonio Gianfrancesco, his
The Blackett family said
they can't understand why
anybody would kill Stevenson
Blackett and leave the other
members of the family alone.

NEW YORK Haiti is now
back on the global postal grid,
with a new United Nations-
backed processing center hav-
ing been unveiled capable of
processing mail from all over
the world.
The devastating Jan. 12
earthquake had destroyed the
country's main post office and
the building housing the
Express Mail Service (EMS)
in the capital Port-au-Prince.
Many post offices in other
areas also sustained heavy
Member countries of the
U.N. Universal Postal Union
(UPU) donated over $500,000
to help get Haiti Post back to
"The Post, because of its
omnipresence and the services
it provides to people and busi-
nesses, must be a priority in
the devastated country's

reconstruction efforts," UPU
Director General Edouard
Dayan said at the facility's
unveiling in Port-au-Prince
last month,
Stressing the key role that
postal services serve in stimu-
lating Haiti's economy, he
underlined that the country
still requires emergency assis-
"...We must look to the
future and develop the essen-
tial infrastructures the country
needs, including postal servic-
es," said Dayan.
Mail exchanges between
Haiti and the United States
and France resumed in May,
while international postal
services officially re-started
eight days later. On average,
Haiti receives 100 bags of mail
every day from abroad.

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United States House of
Representatives' investigative
panel says it has found "sub-
stantial reason to believe" that
an ardent legislative advocate
for the Caribbean has violated
a range of ethics rules.
The congressional panel
said last month that popular
Harlem Democratic
Congressman Charles B.
Rangel, 80, must now face a
public trial before the House
of Representatives' Ethics
He will be the first mem-
ber of Congress to be forced
to do so since 2002, when
Congressman James A.
Traficant Jr. was expelled after
a corruption conviction.
Political observers say the
finding has dealt a serious
blow to Rangel, the former
chairman of the powerful
House of Representatives'
Ways and Means Committee,
in the twilight of his political
career. Rangel was first elect-
ed to the U.S. Congress in

While the panel did not
disclose details about the
nature of the violations late
last month, Congressional
Democrats with knowledge of

the investigation told
reporters that the committee
found evidence to support
allegations that Rangel wrong-
ly accepted four rent-stabi-
lized apartments in
In addi-
tion, the com-
mittee found
evidence to
support the
allegation that
Rangel failed
to report or
pay taxes on Rne
rental income
from his
beachfront villa in the
Dominican Republic.
In March, the House
Committee on Standards of
Official Conduct admonished
Rangel for trips he and other
members of the Congressional
Black Caucus took to the
Caribbean in 2007 and 2008
that were indirectly paid for
by corporate sponsors.
The findings by a four-
member bipartisan investiga-
tive subcommittee of the full
House Committee on
Standards of Official Conduct
will be aired at a public trial
before an adjudicatory sub-

tions between the two coun-
tries were "as good as they
have ever been."

Earlier, Isiah Parnell,
charge d'affaires at the U.S.
Embassy here, told reporters
that the two countries have an
extradition treaty that has
been in effect for more than
20 years.
"It worked successfully
for that time; we extradite, 12
to 15, 20 persons per year;
that continued even when we
had the problem with the one
high-profile extradition,"
Parnell said.
"Now that (Coke's) high-
profile extradition is over, we
will continue to work together
with the law enforcement
community and as extradi-
tions arise on either side, from
either country, we will process
them," he added, even as he
refrained from indication how
many more persons were like-
ly to be extradited.
Parnell said it was not the
practice of the embassy to
comment on any specific
requests, and that there was
no outstanding backlog of
requests to be processed.

Te United States says it
is looking forward to
TJamaica'sL response to a
series of extradition requests
for nationals suspected of
committing crimes in that
U.S. Assistant Secretary
of State Arturo Valenzuela
told reporters late last month
that Washington is pushing
for greater effectiveness of
the Proceeds of Crime Act to
defeat organized crime in
"There is a series of
extraditions that the United
States has requested, and we
look forward to those being
processed," he said, amidst
media reports that law
enforcement officials in
Washington had prepared
two unsealed indictments
relating to the case against
Christopher "Dudus" Coke,
who was extradited to the
U.S. recently to face gun
and drug trafficking charges.
Waschington had
expressed its displeasure at
the Bruce Golding govern-
ment's initial position regard-
ing the extradition of Coke,
but Valenzuela, who visited
three Caribbean countries
recently, said diplomatic rela-


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U.S. pushes to extradite more J'cans

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NASCSAU Th B ham sl9-
year-old American social net-
work cult hero, dubbed the
"Barefoot Bandit" here, end-
ing a three-year crime spree in
the United States and Canada.
Colton Harris-Moore was
arrested last month after being

"It was like something you
might see in the movies

named as the main suspect in
a number of burglaries includ-
ing the theft of cars, boats and
planes. He gained the nick-
name "Barefoot Bandit"
because he allegedly carried
out his criminal activities with-
out shoes.
The U.S. Federal Bureau
of Investigations (FBI) said it
switched tche hunt to The
Bahamas after a light aircraft
stolen from an American


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United States Securities and
Exchange Commission (SEC)
has filed a civil complaint
against two Texas billionaire
brothers for allegedly engag-
ing in securities fraud in the
Cayman Islands.
The SEC said in its com-
plaint said that Samuel and
Charles Wyly created "an
elaborate sham sp le in of
trusts and companies, on the
Islelo Man in the Irish Sea
that produced $550 million in
undisclosed gains on stock
The SEC said that the

Wylys violated securities laws
that require corporate direc-
tors and executives to report
stock trades.
The regulatory agency
accused the brothers of reap-
ing the profits "while sitting
on corporate boards by trad-
ing stock in those public com-
panies through hidden entities
located in foreign jurisdictions
to conceal their ownership
and trading of those securi-
tie"he SEC also charged
their U.S.-based attorney
Michael French and their
stockbroker, Louis Schaufele,
for their roles in the

alleged scheme.

"The cloak of secrecy has
been lifted from the complex
web of foreign structures used
by the Wylys to evade the
securities laws," said Lorin
Reisner, deputy SEC enforce-
ment chief.
"They used these struc-

tures to conceal hundreds of
millions of dollars of gains in
violation of the disclosure
requirements for corporate
insiders," she added.
The SEC said the offshore
trusts and management com-
panies were set up by the
Wylys beginning in 1992.
The charges came as
another Texas billionaire,

Allen Stanford, faces criminal
and civil charges in an alleged
$7 billion Ponzi scheme
involving his Stanford
International Bank in Antigua
and Barbuda.
Stanford, who is currently
in a Houston, Texas, jail, goes
on trial in January.


Norman Manley International Airport and
then overshot the runway on a rainy night and
smashed a perimeter fence before crossing a
road and ending up on a beach.
The aircraft broke in to several pieces. No
one died at the scene, but more than 90 pas-
sengers were reportedly injured.
According to the Observer, investigations
into the cause of the crash are still in process.

American Airlines plane which crash
landed in Kingston, Jamaica on Dec. 22
have begun to file legal claims against the air-
According to a report in the Jamaica
Observer newspaper last month, a senior pub-
lic relations manager at AA has confirmed
that several claims have been filed.
More than 150 passengers and crew were
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said they found Harris-Moore
hiding near a powerboat.
Harris-Moore who
reportedly taught himself to
fly from video games is a folk
hero on Facebook, with more
than 70,000 followers and fans.

Police in the U.S. and
Canada said Harris-Moore
was the "most infamous teen
fugitive in North America."
Ellison E. Greenslade,
commissioner of the police in
The Bahamas, told reporters
that the authorities seized a
firearm and several other
items from the teenager. He
said shots were fired during
the capture, but declined to
disclose who fired them.
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NEW YORK The New York
Police Department (NYPD)
said it is focusing attention on
the mother of a 14-year-old
Jamaican as law enforcement
officials investigate an appar-
ent murder and suicide in
Staten Island
"We believe that the
badly charred note and diary
found in the wreckage of the
fire were written by the same
person the mother," NYPD
spokesman Paul Browne said
late last month in a statement,
confirming that it was the
mother, Leisha John, 30, and

not her teenaged Jamaican
son, C.J. Jones, who wrote the
He, however, warned that
detectives were yet to make
"a final determination" about
who was responsible for the
Police had initially
thought that the 14-year-old
boy had been responsible for
the deaths of two relatives,
whose throats were slashed.
They also said the boy may
have started the fire that
resulted in the death of
his mother and her

two-year-old son.
But on July 25, the boy's
Jamaican father Earlston
Raymond told reporters that
pressure on the teen to help
raise his siblings created fric-
tion between him and his

mother before the trag~edy. He
said his son had expressed a
desire to return to Jamaica.
"I know C.J. wasn't the
one to kill himself and kill his
brother and sisters," he added.
While the cause of the fire
is still under investigation, New
York fire marshals said they

found a metal butane lighter
near the bodies of the mother
and three of the children.
Detectives said they were also
examining the burned rem-
nants of the family computer
to determine if anyone wrote
any plans in an e-mail.

United States President Bill
Clinton says he will dedicate
the next three years of his life
in helping to rebuild Haiti
after the devastating Jan. 12
The United Nations spe-
cial envoy to the impoverished
Caribbean community (CARI-
COM) country and co-chair of
Haiti's reconstruction commis-
sion, said he wake~c up every
day sick at heart that we aren't
doing more" to help Haiti.
"I don't want to be naive.
It's going to be a stretch,"
Clinton told reporters here
last month, referring to his
three-year commitment to the
"It'll be hard, but I'm
excited about it," he added.
"Enough so that after a
couple of heart incidents and
being sixty-three years old, I
am prepared to spend three
years on it," he continued.
"They want the right things
for their country."

The 42nd U.S. president
said more needs to be done
on all fronts in Haiti.
"In the camps, we need
more sanitation and protec-
tion from blow down. In the

streets, we need more jobs.
We need to begin reconstruc-
tion. Then do something on
the education front," he said.
"Then the health-care
system needs to be built. I
used to say rebuilt, but then I
realized there
really wasn't
one before, 1..
he added.
have to rebuild
the infrastruc-
ture," Clinton
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rebuild the
Last month, Clinton said
he planned to put pressure on
governments that have been
slow to deliver on promises to
aid Haiti's reconstruction
efforts. He said six months
after the earthquake, that
killed an estimated 300,000
people and left an estimated
1.3 million homeless, most
governments that promised to
help Haiti have not delivered
any funds.
For details on donations to
Haiti, tucm to page 30.


judge has jailed a Guyanese-
born United States immigra-
tion officer after he pleaded
guilty to coercing oral sex
from a 22-year-old Colombian
Justice James P. Griffin, of
New York State Supreme
Court, sentenced Isaac R.
Baichu, 49, to almost four
years in prison in the negotiat-
ed sentence. He had faced up
to seven years in prison. But
his sentence was reduced in
the plea agreement.
Baichu's demands for sex
from the woman were caught

on tape by her in Dec. 2007,
prosecutors said.
Baichus, a former adjudi-
cator for the U.S. Citizenship
and Immigration Services,
however, still hoped to avoid
the plea deal when he
appeared in the Queens, New
York courtroom in a wheel-
chair. His lawyer asked Justice
Griffin to delay his sentencing
so he could continue medical
treatment. He was hit by a city
bus in April 2009.
But the judge was not
moved by the request.

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experience with. They vote by
ethnicity and gender.
Generally, Italian voters
go for Italian names. Irish
voters select candidates who
have Irish names. Women
vote for women, and men vote
for men. This pattern of vot-
ing has a major impact on
election results because some
people are more likely to vote
than others.
The people who are most
likely to show up to vote in
every primary election the
supervoters are older adults,
more educated adults, whites,
and those who earn more than
$50,000 a year. Middle-age
and young adults, less educat-
ed taxpayers, people who earn
less than $50,000 a year and
non-whites are less likely to
show up and vote in primary
and general elections.
Although we all pay
taxes, voter turnout for pri-
mary elections averages 10
percent of registered voters,
and 40 percent 50 percent for
general elections, although
voter turnout in the 2008
Barack Obama presidential
election was higher than
usual. Non-white candidates
therefore have a harder time
being elected because the
non-white voter turnout is

2. FALSE Although primary
elections are less popular than
general elections, the election
results are permanent. The
2001 Caribbean American
Politically Active Citizens sur-
vey of 528 Caribbean
Americans in Miami-Dade,

T is year's Aug. 24 pri-
mary elections are more
Important than you
think. Immigrants are not only
considered "hard-to-count" in
the census, they are also less
likely than native Americans
to vote during primary and
general elections.
However, we all pay the
salaries of elected officials
when we pay our taxes. On
primary election day, all
Americans regardless of
income, race and ethnicity are
the same in one respect each
person has one vote.
How much do you know
about these primary elections?
Choose "True" or I alae for
each of the following state-
ments to see if you know
what's at stake for the elec-

When faced with a ballot
of two unknown candidates,
most people vote for the can-
didate that they have the most
experience with.
Elections for state judges
are not as important as elec-
tions for federal races like
Congressional representative,
vice president and president.
It's too much of a hassle
to go to the precinct to vote.
It's too hard to figure
out who to vote for.


1. TRUE Research shows
that when faced with a ballot
of two unknown candidates
most people vote for the can-
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tion. Voters can't change the
nation's laws, but they can
change judges who are unwor-
There are 90 Broward
county judges, 79 are white
and of those 49 are Jewish.
Only five of the 90 judges are
black. Not sure which judges
to vote for? The American
Bar Association has defined
criteria for judges. judges
* uphold the rule of law
* be independent
* be impartial

* have appropriate tempera-
ment and character
* possess the appropriate
capabilities and credentials
* represent a judicial system
should be racially diverse
and reflective of the society
it serves.

Times have changed. There
was a time when sitting judges
were rarely challenged for
candidates' fear of retribution.
In the 2010 judicial race in
Broward County, for example,
10 of 11 circuit court judges
are being challenged. Circuit
criminal court judges rule on
felony matters (any crime
punishable by more than one
year in state prison) murder,
sexual offenses, robbery,
fraud, crimes against property,
drugs, etc. Circuit civil matters
include automobile negli-

gence, professional malprac-
tice, condominium lawsuits,
mortgage, foreclosures, prod-
uct liability.
Judges decide who lives,
who dies, who pays and how
much. Over the course of your
lifetime, you are more likely
to be directly affected by
judge's decision, than a con-
gressional or presidential deci-
sion. Some judges are more
sensitive to immigration issues
than others.
Taxes are mandatory. Voting
in primary elections ought to
be mandatory too.

3. FALSE There are two
other ways to vote for the pri-
mary election. First, there is
early voting Aug. 9-24.
Second, there is absentee vot-
ing. Call the Supervisor of

PCAMRCA- r~mleBmiutary eia-
tor Desi Bouterse has been
elected president of this
Caribbean community
(CARICOM) country.

Justice n Pos c Mn sed
Chandrikapersad Santokhi
during a parliamentary vote in
Suriname last month.
Bouterse's Mega
Combination (MC) party
struck a deal with his former
military rival Ronnie
Brunswijk to nominate Robert
Ahmee 1,,ch iman of t d
Industry (KKF), as his run-
ning mate.
The outgoing New Front
coalition (NF) has nominated
Natural Resources Minister
Gregory Rusland for the post
of vice-president.
Speaking prior to the
vote, Bouterse said that he

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51 seats in Parliament in the
May 25 gener-
al elections.
In 1980,

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coup and
ruled until
Nov. 1987
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tions in May 1991.
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strongman is now before the
court on trial for the Dec.
1982 murders of 15 political
opponents of his then-military

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Internationally-acclaimed pop
star Wyclef Jean has
announced his candidacy to
contest the presidential elec-
tions in Haiti later this year.
"If not for the earthquake, I
probably would have waited
another 10 years before doing
this," the Haitian-born super-
star told reporters early this
month, adding "the quake
drove home to me that Haiti
can't wait another 10 years for
us to bring it into the 21st cen-
tur.he earthquake on Jan.
12 killed more than 300,000
people and left more than one
million others homeless. It
also destroyed a number of
buildings in the French speak-
ing Caribbean community
(CARICOM) country.
Jean, 37, who had been in
the forefront of relief efforts,
said he was convinced that
now is the best time for him to
seek to become president of
one of the poorest countries in

the world.
"If I can't
take five years
out to serve my
country as pres-
ident, then
everything I've
been singing
about, like
equal rights,
doesn't mean
anything," said
the popular hip
hop artist, who
was raised in
Ikooklyn, New

announce his candidacy then,
Jean said he is qualified to run
for Haiti's highest office and
visited the capital Port-au-
Prince to meet with his
lawyers and have his finger-
prints taken by the judicial
police as part of the legal
process of preparing to con-
test the polls. The deadline
for candidates to register is
Aug. 7.
"I basically come out to
Haiti...because it was impor-

tant that I do my finger-
prints," Jean said then.
Jean, who is popular
among Haitians, particularly
the young, is the founding
member of the hip-hop trio
The Fugees. He established
the Yele Haiti Foundation in
2005 to provide humanitarian
aid to the people of the coun-
try. Jean said that Haiti's
future rested on education,
job creation and investment.

Wyclef Jean

sador-at-llar esuprtd

Prival in his 2006 re-election
Jean's uncle Raymond
Joseph, Haiti's current ambas-
sador to the U.S., is also
expected to be among the can-
didates for the Nov. 28 presi-
dential and general elections.
Late last month Jean took
legal steps toward contesting
the presidential elections.
Although he did not


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4. FALSE It's easy if you get
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American Voters' Guide. A
non-partisan group of con-
cerned Caribbean Americans
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consult with an advisory panel
of Caribbean American attor-
neys and community leaders,
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mid-1990s as a member of The
Fugees, a United States-based
hip-hop and reggae group.
But he now performs as a solo
In 2007, President Rend
Prival, who is prohibited by
Haiti's constitution from seek-
ing a third consecutive term,
named Jean a Haitian ambas-

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Organization of American
States and the Caribbean com-
munity (CARICOM) will send
a joint electoral mission to
earthquake battered Haiti
ahead of the legislative and
presidential elections in
OAS Assistant Secretary
General Albert Ramdin told a
meeting of the Group of
Friends of Haiti that the mis-
sion, comprising more than
150 people, will be deployed
throughout the French speak-
ing CARICOM member state
ahead of the elections sched-
uled for Nov. 28.
He said the mission would
be charged with following the
electoral process in the months
before the elections as well as
the voting on Election Day.
An OAS statement said it
is hoped that a core group of
people will arrive in Haiti at
the beginning of this month.
Ramdin said this would be the
first time that the OAS and
15-member CARICOM
grouping have partnered to
provide electoral observation
"We believe that if a
country is in need of help,
whether it's political, econom-
ic or social, or whether it is in

need of technical assistance,
we need to work together with
the sub regional integration
entity or cooperation entity, in
this case CARICOM," he
said, adding that preparations
for the November elections
were moving ahead smoothly.
"From a technical perspective,
preparations for the elections

successful elections could
speed up the reconstruction
process of the country that
was hit by a powerful earth-
quake on Jan. 12, killing more
than 300,000
people and
leaving more
than one mil-
lion others
"If we
have elections
at the end of
the year, we Ramdin
may have a
much better situation by
February next year to intensi-
fy the process of social and
economic reconstruction, and
work towards sustainable
development," he added.
Legislative elections in
the Caribbean country were
postponed after the earth-
quake and the OAS has been
involved in various aspects of
the electoral process, includ-
ing the registration of new
voters, providing technical
assistance to Provisional
Electoral Council (CEP) as
well as technical expertise and
equipment for the establish-
ment of tabulation centers.

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad,
_M The ruling People's
Partnership an amalgam of
five political parties and trade
unions -swept the local gov-
ernment elections here late
last month, winning 11 of the
14 corporations and regional
councils, according to prelimi-
nary results.
But the main Opposition
People's National Movement
(PNM), whose leader, Dr.
Keith Rowley conceded
defeat early on July 26, held
on to the Port of Spain City
Corporation that John
Rahael, former mayor and
government minister,
described as the "crown

"I would have preferred
to be giving you much better
news from Balisier House
(PNM headquarters)," said
Rowley said in his concession
speech., "but...the news is not
as good as we would have
liked it to be. As of now we
would have lost the local gov-
ernment election quite com-
prehensively, which is not very
surprising to us given the fact
we view it as a bit of a contin-
uation of an election that took
place eight weeks ago.
"Eight weeks ago there
was a general election and we
suffered a very significant
defeat and local election
seemed to have gone very
much the same way, except
that the winners added to
their performance."

"It was a very difficult sit-
uation for the PNM, notwith-
standing our best hopes and
expectations," he added. "We
were coming out of a very
heavy defeat. There were

changes in the party. We had
to get candidates at a short
notice. The campaign issues
were very restricted in that
the Government was only
eight weeks old and basically
what we were campaigning on
was basically our own record,"
he added.
The PNM retained
the Port of Spain City
Corporation, San
Juan/Laventille Regional
Corporation and the Borough
of Point Fortin in the elections
that had been postponed at
least on three occasions by the
then PNM government of
Patrick Manning.
The PNM had controlled
nine of the corporations, while
the United National Congress
(UNC), a leading member of
the People's Partnership, had
control of the other five cor-
Prime Minister Kamla
Persad-Bissessar welcomed
the results of the local govern-
ment elections, saying that it
had completed the victory of
the People's Partnership that
began on May 24 when it won
29 of the 41 seats in the gener-
al elections.
"The victory in Trinidad is
now complete. This is a victo-
ry of the people, by the peo-
ple and for the people,"
Persad-Bissessar said, adding
"politics will never be the
same again in TT. No one will
ever be allowed to take you,
the electors and voters for
A total of 973,179 persons
were eligible to vote in the
July 26 elections, but initial
reports indicate that that the
voter turnout was extremely

Haiti's elections will decide who
replaces RenB Prival as president.
are well on target, they are on
schedule. So if everything
goes well in terms of technical
preparation we believe we can
have free, fair and credible

Ramdin said that staging

The VALLEY, Anguilla,
CMC Jerome Roberts, a
member of the fledgling
Opposition Anguilla
Progressive Party (APP) has
crossed the floor and joined
the governing administration
of Chief Minister Hubert
Roberts's move came as a
surprise when legislators g~ath-
ered recently to debate the
revised budget that was pre-
sented by Hughes, who is also
finance minister.
In a brief address to
members of the House of
Assembly, Roberts said the
current state of the island's
economy and finances

prompted his decision to join
the government.
"I will now fulfill my
bonded duty to the people of
Sandy Hill and the people of
Anguilla by extension and
finally answer the call to serv-
ice as I would humbly journey
across to the other side of the
floor and join the Anguilla
United Movement as a proud
member of the Anguilla
Progressive Party," Roberts
He added that he would
continue working, and speak-
ing on behalf of the people of
Anguilla "for what is good
and objecting what is bad."

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Te venom of hate has
begun flowing rabidly
Since United States
District Judge Susan Bolton
slammed the brakes on the
controversial Arizona law that
would have made it illegal to
be "illegal" in that U.S. state.
Ever since the judge's
brave and bold ruling late last
month, which
dela ed the
most con-
tentious pro-
visions of the
law, including
a section that
rec uired offi-
cers to check
a person's FELICIA
immigration PERSAUD
status while
other laws, the hate mail has
begun flowing into her office.
A cU.S. marshal in Arizona
was quoted as saying that
Judge Bolton has received
thousands of phone calls and
e-mails since her preliminary
injunction July 28 that put key
provisions of the state's immi-
gration law on hold, many
"from people venting and who

have expressed their displeas-
ure in a perverted way.
And the outrage from
the right against Bolton is not
simply focused on her.
Arizona Democratic
Representative Raul Grijalva'
a vocal opponent of his state's
controversial immigration law,
has closed his district office in
Yuma after a bullet was dis-
covered inside, the Hill
reports. In a statement'
Grijalva' s office said one of
the office windows had been
"A shattered window and
bullet inside the office were
found earlier today. Police are
investigating the incident and
have not released details .
about a potential motive," his
office said. "Rep. Grijalva
intends to open the office,,
again as soon as possible.
The bullet was found one
day after a judge blocked the
most controversial parts of the
Arizona immigration law'
which went into effect last
month. Opponents of the
measure held protests in

I recently saw this article on
the 'Net that addressed the
issue of why men won't com-
mit. It even gave seven or so
clues to look for that indicate
that a man will never commit.
Among them were, "He's
always taking you to out of
the way places where no one
will see you together ,
"Posting his status as 'single'
on his Facebook profile ,
"Never letting you meet his
family", "He never takes you
to weddings "You can't visit
him without calling first", "He
always puts down his exes and
calls them crazy", and stuff
like that. All tell-tale signs
that the guy will never com-
The irony is, when a
woman finds a 'good man' she
really sticks to him. But even
so, she wants more, and wants
him to commit to her only. A
difficult task for some men
and that is the bane of many
It's always heartrending
for a woman when her man of
many years moves on to his
next girlfriend and then sud-
denly commits his life to her.
What many women do not
realize is that it's not only her
that's the factor, but more
importantly the timing. So not
because he's been with you for
donke 's years means ay-
thing t him he just wa n't
ready to commit to you at that
t me
imAnd women go through it
too, for it's not the first great
guy that they meet that they
commit to. In many cases the
guy who they end up with isn't
really as good as the previous
guys, but she was ready at that
Women have this commit-
ment gene that just locks them
in like a laser beam on men
that they meet. What also
happens is that women pres-
sure men into commitment,
giving them a timeline, a
roadmap, a futures plan
regarding where they want to
be at a certain time. And we
all know that many men don't

handle stress
well. Their
response is to
fight or flee.
It's easier to

makes the TONY
man seem as ROBINSON
if he has no
control of the
relationship, and that it's her
who is calling the shots. Men
can't deal with that. And in
any case, it's after marriage
that the woman calls the shots
anyway, so let him enjoy his
freedom...for now.
Usually, if you just allow
things to run its course, the
man will do it when he sees
fit. And if he doesn't, then so
be it. But you cannot force
him to commit.
The expert women play
their men the same way
anglers catch fish. First they
reel him in, then relax the
pressure on the line, reel him
in a little closer, then relax
again...reel him in some
more, then relax. After a
while she has him in her net
and he wasn't even aware of
what hit him. It's an art.
Men love, and love
deeply, but it doesn't mean
that the woman who he

decides to settle down with
will be his entire world. That's
because men love for the
moment, and trust me, that
moment will pass faster than
you can say, "commit to me."
That confuses women, for
somehow when a woman
loves, she loves deeply and
least more permanently than a
That's why women will be
so confused that a man can
profess to love them this
week, but move on to another
woman next week. That's
another reason why men
rarely say those three words -
"I love you" to women. The
women believe it, take it to
heart, and then think that the
man is committed to her for-

So as a result, men don't
say it, as it locks them in. Plus
men love differently from
women. A man will love his
woman dearly, yet still sleep
with another woman. That
too, women will never under-
Just because he loves you
doesn't mean that he has com-
mitted his genitals to you only.
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On health care, the
Afghanistan war and every
other issue this administration
really cares about, the presi-
dent sets deadlines. Not this
Yet he had to say some-
thing, even if
the speech
was more
about politics
than policy.
Tea Party
have been
much of the
debate, shift- CLARENCE
ing Congress PAGE
and the pub-
lic toward
draconian solutions driven
more by emotions than good

Impatience has caused
Obama's popularity rating
among Latinos to fall to 57
percent from 69 percent in
January, according to a June
Gallup poll. "Obama broke a
promise," Univision anchor

Jorge Ramos, a leading cam-
paigner for comprehensive
immigration reform, recently
complained. "It's just that sim-
Obama's Justice
Department is expected to file
suit against Arizona's new law
that requires police officers
who have reasonable suspi-
cion to question the immigra-
tion status of people whom
they have stopped and
detained for other reasons.
Obama threw down his
marker as firmly on the side
of comprehensive immigration
reform of the sort that
President George W. Bush,
Sen. John McCain and some
other Republican lawmakers
supported before conservative
backlash left McCain fighting
for his own party's re-nomina-
tion this year in Arizona.
Meanwhile, Senate
Majority Leader Harry Reid
could use a strong turnout
from Hispanic voters, who
usually vote Democratic, in
his own fight for re-election in
Without mentioning the

expected lawsuit, Obama criti-
cized the Arizona law and put
the onus back on Republicans
for the collapse of progress on
comprehensive reform. He
made all the right points.
Quoting President George W.
Bush, he described an
approach that was identical to
what Bush and McCain sup-
ported, then invited
Republicans to jump on board

He outlined the debate as
essentially a clash between
two goals that need to be rec-
onciled: On one side, control
the borders. "We have more
boots on the ground on the
Southwest border than at any
time in our history," he said
twice. Yet, that's not enough
for opponents who insist on
pursuing the impossible goal
of actually sealing the border.
On the other side: a
"pathway to legal status" for
illegal immigrants who already
are here. Like Bush's propos-
al, his plan calls for illegal
immigrants to admit they
broke the law; be required to
register, pay their taxes, pay a
fine, learn English and "get
right with the law before they
can get in line and earn their

That sounds reasonable
enough to please both sides
without fully satisfying either,
which is the essence of com-
promise. But where's the new
legislation that might move
Obama's promise into law?
Don't hold your breath.
Obama suceded a good
"middle ground" between
expelling all illegal immigrants
and granting them all blanket
amnesty, but he did not offer
much in the way of details as
to how that semi-amnesty
might work.
Obama's omission of
timelines indicates he doesn't
expect to get anything passed
this year and Democrats are
only expected to lose congres-
sional seats in November.
That means Obama-style com-
prehensive reform will be
even harder to win, unless it's
moved during the lame duck
session after November when
getting re-elected is less of a
Either way, we can expect
a lot more talk, with or with-
out much action.

@ 2010 Clarence Page.
Distributed by Tribucne Media
Services, Inc.

I grplnwihtethorny issue of immigra-
tion "this administration
will not just kick the can down
the road," says United States
President Barack Obama -
after almost a year and a half
of kicking that can down the
During his presidential
campaign, candidate Obama
pledged to come up with a
comprehensive immigration
bill during his first year in
office. Recently, almost six
months into his second year in
office, he delivered his first
major speech on immigration.
Better late than never.
Yet chances for actual
immigration reform legislation
this year appear to be more
elusive than ever. Obama
praised a broad outline sug-
gested by senators Lindsey
Graham, a South Carolina
Republican, and Chuck
Schumer, a New York
Democrat. But they haven't
produced a bill.
Even more telling,
Obama's speech mentioned
not even a hint of a deadline.

why men fear commitment,
they are afraid of limiting
toh bisexuality to one woman
Yes, men love in compart-
ments, and can put one sec-
tion in a box even as they
open another box for some-
one else.
Women will never under-
stand this, for when they love,
they love from one box only,
and they commit their bodies,
brains, emotions and life to
that man. That's why women
will put up with so much

abuse and crap from men, for-
ever committing to them even
as they heap on abuse after
a use. it' hbclause tey love,

emotional commitment that
will never die.
A man on the other hand
will love yes, but still walk
out, only to love somebody
else, and quickly too. Or he
will love concurrently, having
a mistress on the side for
many years, but still, never
leaving his wife.
Still, there comes a time
when a man gets tired of the

streets, tired of playing
around and he'll commit to
one woman. Even so, smart
mn tsatthe and gudtedeby
feel too comfortable.
So many men will never
commit, and even when you
think that they have commit-
ted, do not let your guard
down, for he will leave in a
flash, and love another...and
another...and another.

Phoenix in conjunction with
the law going into effect.

These two incidents came
amidst protests both against
and in support of the ruling
that saw police dressed in riot
gear arrest demonstrators,
including an elderly female
chrih miit ea eBu tA ona

up. Despite the ruling, which
also barred the July 29
enforcement of parts requiring
immigrants to carry their
papers and banned illegal
immigrants from soliciting
employment in public places -
a move aimed at day laborers
that congregate in large num-
bers in parking lots across
Arizona and blocked officers
from making warrant-less
arrests of suspected illegal
immigrants, Arizona officials
have appealed Bolton's ruling,
with Republican Governor
Jan Brewer calling the deci-
sion halting the law "a bump
in the road.
But for now, immigrants
have won a small and needed
vic ory in tide of racis ,
anti-immigrant sentiment that
has been boiling since a black
man took the helm of the
White House and the U.S. As

Anthony D. Romero, execu-
tive director of the ACLU
noted: "This is a major step
that will help protect the resi-
dents of Arizona against racial
profiling and discrimination,
and the Obama administration
deserves praise for its princi-
pled decision to challenge this
law despite pressure to stay
silent. A single state's frustra-
tion with federal policy cannot
be allowed to hijack federal

pi r~iti in ca tht im de
effective law enforcement,
threaten the rights of citizens
and non-citizens alike and vio-
late core American values.'
Let's make sure the haters
and their hate mongering
don't win. After all, no human
being is an illegal alien despite
the copycat measures in as
many as 20 other states
around the country.
Now it's time for
President Obama and the U.S.
Congress to get back to work
and truly come up with a rea-
sonable and rational solution
to the country's illegal immi-
gration woes.

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CaribWorldNews, com,
CaribPR Wire and Hard Beat

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Caribbean born nationals
have been found guilty of
plotting to blow up jet fuel
tanks at John F. Kennedy
International Airport three
years ago.
The jury deliberated for
five days before bringing a
guilty verdict against Russell
Defreitas, a former JFK cargo
handler, and Abdul Kadir,
once a member of Guyana's
The two men were con-
victed on multiple conspiracy
Kadir was, however,
acquitted of one charge sur-
veillance of mass transporta-
tion. But he has maintained
his innocence, and his lawyer
Kafahni Nkrumah said he is
"totally disappointed.
"There's more than just
the evidence Mr. Kadir was
coming up against. There's the
atmosphere of fear in the
country...of Muslims, Islam
and fear of terrorists, especial-
ly in New York City,"
Nkruman added.

Defreitas's attorney
Mildred Whalen said there
wouldn't have been a case
without the government's
"I think it was clear these
guys couldn't act on their
own...and didn't act on their
own," Whalen said, adding
ute re deeply disappointed."
Both defendants plan to
According to the indict-
ment unsealed in 2007, the
men, along with Abdel Nur,
60, who was extradited from
Trinidad and Tobago to stand
trial and Trinidadian Kareem
Ibrahim, 59, had hoped to
\.lusc greater destruction
than in the September 11
attacks" by using explosives to
ignite a fuel pipeline feeding
JFK and to destroy the airport
and parts of Queens, where
the line runs underground.
The authorities said the plot,
which the men code-named
"Chicken Farm", never got
past the planning stages.

Under a recent plea
agreement, Nur has avoided
the possibility of life in prison
if convicted. He now faces up
to 15 years in prison, prosecu-
tors said.
Ibrahim has been granted
a separate trial after he had
gone on a hunger strike in
prison and became ill. It is
now unclear when he would
be tried.
Defreitas, a 66-year-old
naturalized U.S. citizen from
Guyana, and Kadir, 58, were
arrested in 2007 after an
informant infiltrated the plot
and recorded them discussing

it. Prosecutors alleged that the
two men wanted to kill thou-
sands of people and cripple the
American economy by using
explosives to blow up the fuel
tanks and the underground
pipelines that run through an
adjacent Queens neighbor-
hood. Authorities say the men
sought the help of militant
Muslims, including an al-Ouida
operative, in Guyana.
The defendants wanted to
set off an explosion "so mas-
sive...that it could be seen
from far, far away," Assistant
U.S. Attorney Zainab Ahmad
said in closing arguments.

The two men shut their
eyes when the verdict was
read and whispered quietly to
their attorneys. During the
trial, their lawyers described
the two men as clueless trash-
talkers who were led astray by
the informant, a convicted
drug dealer. Prosecutors relied
heavily on the informant's
secret recordings, which cap-
tured Defreitas bracine about
his knowledge of Kennedy
Airport and its vulnerabilities.
"For years, I've been
watching them," he said of the
fuel tanks while on a recon-
naissance mission with the
He also marveled at the
lack of security, saying, "No
solider. Nothing at all."
In other tapes, Defreitas
ranted about punishing the
U.S. with an attack that would
"dwarf 9/11." He told the
informant his U.S. citizenship
gave him cover.
"They don't expect
nobody in this country to do
something like this. They have
their eyes on foreigners, not
me," he said.
Kadir testified in his own
defense, denying he was a mili-
tant Muslim who spied for Iran
for years before joining the JFK
scheme. He told jurors that he
warned the plotters: "Islam
does not support .Irow~ inn or
killing innocent people."
As part of the plot,
Defreitas and the informant
travelled to Guyana to try to
meet with Kadir and show him
homemade videotapes of the
airport's so-called fuel farms.
The plotters also discussed
reaching out to Adnam
Shukrijumah, an al-Qaida mem-
ber and explosives expert who
was believed to be hiding out in
the Caribbean at the time.
Shukrijumah, an FBI-
most wanted terrorist, was
indicted in federal court in
Brooklyn recently on charges
he was involved in a failed
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Lpoiiin hFv ogan-
ized sessions this month
for students, who will be
heading back to school for the
new term shortly, to receive
free immunization shots.
Medical staff from the
Miami-Dade County Health
Department are scheduled to
be present to administer the
required and recommended
vaccinations for children up
to age 18. For a child to
receive immunizations, his or
her parents) or legal
guardian must show the
child's immunization record
and also be present at the
time the shot is administered.
In addition, staff will pro-
vide Certificates of
Immunizations (Form 680 or
"Blue Card") for attendees.
The following is a listing of
sessions being offered:

Dennis Moss
will host a ses-
sion at the
South Dade
Center, 10710
S.W. 211th St.
in Cutler Bay.

* 10 a~m. to 2
p.m. Aug. 19 -
Katy Sorenson
will host a ses-
sion at Leisure
Lake Park,
29305 Illinois
Rd., Miami.

The New Gange~l r ', will high-
light successful habits for life
and business. Admission is
$10 in advance. The panel will
include Jerry Rushin, current
president and general manag-
er of WEDR 99.1 and
WHOT Hotl05.1FM radop
The weekend ends Aug. 8
at the company's flagship
event "The 7th Annual All
Star Basketball Game", fea-
turing Hotl05.1FM versus
The City of Miami Gardens
playing alongside celebrities.
Individuals who pay to
enter will receive a book bag
with school supplies inside -
while supplies last. Doors
open at 5 p.m. Tickets are $10
in advance.
For more information,
call 305-986-3926 or visit or
www. wantickets. com.

pase Designz plans to
hand out over 1,000 book
Sbag~s with school supplies
inside, during, its annual all
star weekend this month.
Spase's "7th Annual All
Star Weekend" is a series of
events targeted at helping par-
ents and children of South
Florida prepare for the
upcoming new school year.
The weekend kicks off
Aug. 6 with a bowling tourna-
ment at Sparez Bowling cen-
ter, 5325 Sterling Rd. and
University Avenue in Davie.
The tournament starts at
7 p.m.
The next event will be
staged the following day at the
Lou Rawls Theater on the
campus of Florida Memorial
University, 15800 N.W. 42
Ave. It will feature a motiva-
tional seminar delivered by
local and national speakers.
The seminar, titled "Smart Is

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One week before school
*Many schools will reveal
the all-important class lists.
Prepare your child in case she
doesn't get the teacher she
wants or finds out her best
friend is in a different class.
Show excitement no matter
which teacher she is assigned.
*Print out the school
rules from the website and
review them with your child.
*This is a good time to
talk about academic expecta-
tions, too. Discuss the curricu-
lum and the fun things your
child will be learning.
*Review the school rou-
tine. Talk about catching the
bus, going to after-school care,
and getting to and from activi-
*Talk with your child
about the start of school. Ask
what lingering worries he has
and what you can do to help.
*Do a dry run or two-
waking up early, getting ready,
and leaving the house on time.
*Go over supply lists to
make sure you have every-

The night before school

your child's cues
about the new
school year. He
or she may want
to talk about the
first day, or he or
she may prefer to
play it cool.
Pack lunch
with your child's
help. Or, if he or
she is old
enough, have
him make it him-
self. If your child
is buying lunch at
school, include
the lunch card or
money in his
backpack and
remind him
where it is.
*Help your
child pack his

the re-opening of school,
parents can take several
steps to help their children
start the term positively.
Below is a listing of some of
those tips:
*Talk to your child about
his or her goals for this school
year Does he or she want to
make new friends? Improve
grades? Do better at sports?
Learn to play an instrument?
Help figure out ways for him
or her to have the school year
he or she wants.
*Start setting alarm clocks -
Gradually roll back bedtimes
and wake-up times to ease
kids into their new schedule.
*Check the school web-
site for news about the
upcoming year.
*Firm up transportation
plans Find out whether the
bus route has changed and
what time you can expect it to
arrive. Confirm carpool
*Shop for school supplies
-Now is a good time to stock
up on basics your kids will use
all year, like paper and pencils.
*Push your child to finish
summer reading and school-
work assignments Shift into
nag mode if necessary.
*Get out the master cal-
endar and mark important
dates, activities, and appoint-
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*Make an extra effort to
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*If you have time, take a

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*Give your kids an extra hug
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On the first day of school:
*Get everyone up a few
minutes earlier than you think
is needed just to make sure no
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KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC -
The Mona campus of the
University of the West Indies
(UWI) is to introduce several
belt-tightening measures in a
bid to survive, as it struggles
to adjust to a one billion
Jamaican dollar ($11.7 mil-
lion) cut in its subvention
from the Jamaica government.
Among the big reforms is
putting pressure on perma-
nent lecturers who have been
getting full pay for half their
scheduled classroom time,
resulting in a ballooning wage
bill for temps, The Gleaner
newspaper reported.
The sweeping changes
could include cuts in the num-
ber of part-time academic
staff, a reduction in the num-

ber of administrative staff and
changes in areas such as the
bursary and the human
resources departments.
Though no
full-timers will
be cast aside, a
number of
part-time lec-
turers and
staff may lose Shirley
their jobs in a
shake-up to take place in the
short term by September;
the medium term by
December; and the long term
-by the start of the 2011-2012
school year.

But in a bid to calm fears,
Professor Gordon Shirley,
principal of the Mona campus,
said that job cuts were not the
first order of business
although all cards are on the

"I have not indicated that
there are to be any staff
reductions," Prof. Shirley said.
"What I outlined are some
efficiency measures.
"I also indicated that it
may lead there but that's not
where we are starting. We
have to ensure that we look
under every stone to make
sure that there is nothing left,"

demic programs will be dis-
cussed. And, at 2 p.m., college
officials will discuss various
available student services.
Special workshops and
courses offered through the
Center for Community
Involvement, Florida Center
for Literary Arts and the
Earth Ethics Institute will also
be highlighted.
MDC's Wolfson campus is
located at 300 N.E. Second
The event is open to the
public. To register, call 305-

degrees, the new accelerat-
ed associate degrees, culi-
nary arts management, parale-
gal studies and other pro-
grams at Miami Dade College
will be offered during MDC's
free "Lunchtime Orientation"
this month.
The event will be held on
Aug. 13 at MDC's Wolfson
The orientation will run
from 11 a~m. to 3 p.m.
At 11 a.m., there will be a
session for new students and
parents. Refreshments will be
served at noon.
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Audrey Marks, right, Jamaica's ambassador to the United States, welcomes Owayne Rodney, the island's participant in the
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Rodney for being champion of the Gleaner Children's Own 2010 All-Island competition and for representing his country at this
year's international Spelling Bee competition in the U.S. capital.
"You have done your country, your parents, your school and indeed yourself proud," the ambassador said.
"I feel very happy that God has given me the opportunity to represent my country at this national Spelling Bee competition,"
Rodney responded.
Marks also praised Rodney's coach Primrose Swaby, who she described as a trailblazer for producing this year's champion
from the parish of Clarendon and for her commitment to nurturing young people in that parish.

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NASSAU, The Bahamas, CMC
- The Bahamas government said
that no fees were being charged
for students entering public
schools after a child's photograph
was posted on the Internet criti-
cizing the existing policy.
"As a political figure I
expect that I will be attacked
publicly; however, I do not
expect innocent children to be
used in this manner. I was partic-
ularly appalled because I am told
that even when these images are
removed they can still be
recalled from cyberspace in per-
petuity," Education Minister
Desmond Bannister said in a
statement late last month.
He said when the matter
was raised in Parliament "I
expressed my disgust at the
manner in which an innocent
child was used."
Bannister said Section
38(1) of the Education Act pro-
vides that no fees shall be paid

for admission to any public
schools and that section also
requires the minister to provide
books, writing materials, sta-
tionery, practice materials and
other articles "which are neces-
sary to enable pupils to take
full advantage of the education
which is provided in so far as
his resources permit".
Bannister apart from par-
ents and guardians not having
to pay fees for their children
entering public schools, "no
child is to be denied entry into
any public school for any finan-
cial reason whatsoever."
He said when the Hubert
Ingraham government came to
power in 2~007 it found a system
where schools were seeking to
assist parents by charging regis-
tration fees. But the main prob-
lem with that system, he added,
was that there was no uniformi-
ty between schUools

of J$420 million (4.9 million)
Shirley noted that this would
mean that some lecturers
would work outside their

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want to teach."
The Mona campus is expected
to save a further J$400 million
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restructuring its administra-
tie and non-academic staff.

the professor said.
Shirley indicated that the
university was not making the

rs ursces rp eening more
than two-thirds of its expendi-
ture for 2008-09, according to
its most recent bookkeeping.
He explained that full-time
academic staff should have 10
contact hours with students
each week but, in many cases,
full-time lecturers were doing
much less.
He added that mn some
cases, full-time members of
the academic staff were col-
lecting salaries while doing as
little as five contact hours
each week.

Under the planned
restructuring, all full-time staff
will be kept on, but they will
be required to do the 10 con-
tact hours, allowing for
reduced wage allocations to
part-timers. Heads of depart-
ment have been instructed to
allocate more teaching hours
to full-time staff. This is
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of Independence this year
will not just be about cul-
tural performances and cele-
brations. Jamaicans at home
and in the diaspora will be
encouraged through song to
unite for the nation's interest.
Spearheaded by attorney
Marlon Hill, a Jamaican
Diaspora Board member, the
"I Am Jamaica" unity cam-
paign has finally taken shape.
"About a year and a half
ago, we had a conversation
with Hopeton Lindo, Danny
Breckenridge, and some other
artistes in the (entertainment)
industry to help us to put
together a theme song that
would capture the message we
are trying to communicate -
that every person, whether
home or abroad, is part of the
brand Jamaica and is part of
the greater effort of support-
ing what Jamaica needs and
what Jamaican communities
need," explained Hill on a
recent conference call.
Launched this
Independence season, the
song "I Am Jamaica" aims to


through music
"Everyone knows the
challenges that we have had
over the years, both recent
and in the past," he explained.
"We are simply looking at this
Independence season as an
opportunity to individually
take hold of the change for
the type of positive action we
would like to see both in
Jamaica and the Jamaican
A website has also been
created to help reinforce and
carry the message across the
globe. Visitors to iamja- will be able to
watch the music video. Also
on the site is "A Declaration
for Positive Action and
Accountability", a personal
contract that can be electroni-
cally signed and submitted as
a pledge of oneness, hope, and
"Jamaica means so much


instill pride, unity and hope
for a better Jamaica through
its patriotic words:
We may be scattered far
and wide, to the four corners
of the earth
But we are proud to be
Jamaicans, we hold our heads
up high
We are part of this dias-
pora, for what it's really worth
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and that's no lie...

The song was a collabora-
tion of several noted Jamaicans
in the music, entertainment
and business industries, includ-
ing singer Lindo, musician Paul
Gauntlett, Hill, musician
Robbie Shapespeare, and
singer Orville \Ilapp!"
To demonstrate that unity,
performing artistes gave freely
of their time and talents, com-
ing together in music studios
in Jamaica, Miami and New
York to record the song.
Those lending their voices
include Shaggy, Lindo, Fiona,
Freddie Mc~iregor, Anthony
Cruz, Marcia Griffiths,
Courtney John, Sophia Brown,

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Jamaican singers, from left, Freddie McGregor, Marcia Griffiths and Hopeton Lindo, do
their part for 'I Am Jamaica'.

Peter Gee and Tony Gold.
The theme song will be
rolled out internationally
through radio, youtube, face-
book, twitter, and distributed
by VP Records. An accompa-
nying music video, directed by
Lukkee Chong and Max Earle
of Frame by Frame
Productions, highlighting
Jamaican scenes and the actual
studio recording sessions, will
also be available worldwide.

Hill said the hope is to
reach the diaspora across the
globe as well as Jamaicans at

CMC Veteran calypsonian
Anthony "Gabby" Carter
rolled back the years to claim
his sixth Pic-O-De-Crop
crown as Barbados's top calyp-

In :-sur ths ad.cision, 52-
year-old Gabby finished well
ahead of the nine other com-
petitors with 441.5 points, beat-
ing two-time monarch
Adrian Clarke into second
place in the most antici-
pated show of the annual
Crop Over Festival late
last month.
Gabby, returning after
a two-year hiatus, ren-
dered spirited performanc-
es of "Oh Haiti" and "Ole
Aslic to claim the crown.
Clarke, who last won
the coveted title two years
ago, amassed 424 points
after performing "Crowd
Ro ysons,~c and "No Plastic
Bag Day". Stedson "Red
Plastic Bag" Wiltshire, the
defending 2009 monarch
and nine-time winner, fin-
ished in third place with Gabby
418.5 points.
Wiltshire, the only calyp-
sonian with more titles than
Gabby, sang the social com-
mentary "Sig~ns" and the politi-
cal :o-enary ewsa i
parliamentarian Hamilton
Lashley has switched political
allegiance between the island's
two main political parties on
more than one occasion.

Veteran performer John King
was fourth, followed by
Terencia "TC" Coward and
former Square One vocalist
Anderson "Blood Armstrong",
who tied for fifth.
Armstrong and Coward

were victorious in the Party
Monarch and Sweet Soca
Monarch competitions last
Despite strong renditions
of "Not My Son" and "Sing"-
a sngd 1n sh hB ,Ci Itribute
the same time poking fun at
the perennial winner's style of
calypso over the years,

exciting image travelers
get when they think
about the Caribbean is the
focus of a
new gru

tion open-
ing this u
month in .
Miami. i

artist talk is scheduled for
2:45 p.m. Aug. 14.
According to the presen-
ters, the artists for the exhibi-

Diaspora Vibe Galler is
located at 3938 N. Miami Ave.
in the city's Design District.
Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to

"Carib- .
bean, Theeauigy Yo

Like it",

artists Paul d
Jean-Jacques, Carol Jamie,
Lisa Remeny, Patricia Roldan,
Norma Trimborn and Brian
Wong Won, will be on display
at the Diaspora Vibe Gallery
from Aug. 12 to Sept. 23. An

* -

tion, some born in the
Caribbean, others with par-
ents who are from the region,
have been engaged in a dia-
logue of what the definition of
Caribbean art is.

6 p.m. Tuesday through
Friday. For more information,
call the gallery at

Armstrong was not able to
land the coveted double this
Crystal Cummings-

rounded out the field.
Gabby won his first crown at
age 19 in 1968 and again in
1969, 1985, 1997, 1999 and
2000. In addition to his crown,
trophy and cash prizes, the
monarch also won a Ford
Focus car.
The 2010 Crop Over festival
was scheduled to climax with
the Grand Kadooment street
parade on Aug. 2.

"Marcus Garvey Rootz
Extravaganza", the annual
South Florida celebration to
observe the birth of Jamaican-
born Pan-African patriarch
Marcus Mosiah Garvey, will
be held on Aug. 17 in Fort
This year's event, which
will mark the 123rd anniver-
sary of Garvey's birth and
focus on the theme "Honoring
our Pan-African Ancestors

and the Rastafari Elders", will
be staged the Joseph C.
Carter Park, 1450 W. Sunrise
Scheduled keynote speak-
er will be Dr. Willie Myles,
founder of the Campaign to
Save a Generation.
Activities, which will run from
6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., include
multimedia audio-visual pre-
sentations, distribution of
back-to-school supplies, issu-

ing of community service
awards, spoken word perform-
ances and performances by
African dancers. Food and
refreshments will also be
Admission to the event is
free. For more information,
call the Rootz Foundation Inc.
at 954-981-1176 or Carter
Park at 954-828-5411


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Jamaican-born musician and songwriter Jimmy Cliff is in the groove as he wows the capacity crowd at last month's
"SummerStage" series in New York. Cliff, who was recently inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, performed a number of
hits, including "You Can Get It If You Really Want", "Many Rivers to Cross" and "I Can See Clearly Now", made popular by the
movie "Cool Runnings".

Caribbean natural disasters take spotlight at History Miami

Comprehensive, affordable healthcare for 1Miami-Dade
Miami-Dade County is a national model for making healthcare more affordable
and more accessible to residents.
A year ago, through a partnership with our Office of Countywide Healthcare Planning and Blue Cross
Blue Shield of Florida, we launched Miami-Dade Blue, a low-cost and comprehensive healthcare plan
designed specifically with Miami-Dade residents and small businesses in mind. Nearly 3,500 people are
now enrolled in this insurance program. That's 3,500 people who may have otherwise denied themselves
preventive care (that costs all of us in the long run), avoided seeing a doctor until it was too late, or unnec-
essarily clogged our already crowded emergency rooms because the ER was their primary care provider.

Participants in Miami-Dade Blue can choose from among nearly 2,000 primary care providers and
specialists. They gain access to Jackson Health System's three hospitals and its primary care centers'
as well as other respected medical centers throughout our community, including Baptist Homestead'
Coral Gables, Memorial and Palmetto. With premiums starting as low as $112 for 35-year-old men and
$124 for women, Miami-Dade Blue has exceeded all expectations and continues to offer so much promise.
But even with all of its success, we know Miami-Dade Blue can't reach all of the estimated 600,000 unin-
sured in our community. We know there are still those who fall through the cracks with incomes so limited
they find themselves choosing between mortgage payments, car payments, food and health insurance. So
we have found yet another way to enhance an already successful Miami-Dade Blue program.

With $500,000 from the state, we will now be able to cover a portion of the monthly insurance premium for
approximately 400 low-to-moderate income residents under an initiative named the Health Insurance
Utilization Program (HIUP). HIUP provides assistance for individuals making a minimum of $16,000 and
a maximum of $27,000 a year. This limited premium assistance will only go so far, but it is one more way
Miami-Dade County is chipping away at our community's healthcare challenges.
Initial enrollment took place on July 14 23, but individuals are encouraged to apply until al1 slots are
filled. Miami-Dade residents who think they are eligible for Miami-Dade Blue and/or premium assistance,
can learn more by calling 311 or visiting Remember, this is not free health care.
Participants will still be responsible for paying a portion of their premium each month.
We know there is no one answer to tackling our health care challenge, but this is yet another component
that works with our initiatives on expanding primary care and reducing chronic diseases through our com-
mitment in getting people insured and improving the health of our residents.


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Veteran reggae singer/produc-
er and sound system operator
Lincoln Barrington Minott,
popularly known as Sugar
Minott, is dead. He was 54.
Family members and
friends said that Minott, often
referred to as the Godfather of
Dancehall, suffered from a
heart condition and died last
month at the University
Hospital of the West Indies in
his native Jamaica.
Minott formed his own
label, Black Roots, in the 1980s
and helped develop talent
including the late Garnett Silk.
Named "Sugar" because of his

sweet vocals,
he managed to
blend roots,
lovers rock,
soul and
his most popu- Minott
lar hits were
"Hard Time Pressure",
"Vanity", "Mr. DC" and
"H~ang, On Natty".
H~e was scheduled to
release his latest album Ne il
Day" last month.

natural disasters, including the
1690 and 1907 Jamaica earth-
quakes; the 1902 St. Vincent
and 1904 Martinique volcanic
eruptions; and the 1926 hurri-
canes in The Bahamas and
For thousands of years,
the people of the Caribbean
have endured earthquakes,
volcanic eruptions and hurri-
canes. Some have caused
severe damage, including loss

of life and destruction of
property. Among the most
recent tragedies is the January
earthquake in Port-au-Prince,
Haiti, which killed thousands
of people.
The exhibition will run
through Aug. 29 at the
Museum of HistoryMiami,
101C W. Flagler St. in Miami.
For more information,
call 305-375-1492.

An exhibition featuring
images linked to his-
Atoric disasters, which
have affected the Caribbean,
including a 1500 hurricane
described by Christopher
Columbus, is on display in
South Florida.
"Natural Disasters of the
Caribbean, 1495-2010" pres-
ents prints, photographs and
images from HistoryMiami's
collections, illustrates various

* 'Phashionistas' show
"Phashionistas on the Runway:
Plus Size Edition" fashion show will
be staged at 8 p.m. Aug. 22 at
Renaissance Hotel, 1230 S. Pine
Island Road in Plantation, Florida.
The show is being presented
by Maurice Tucker and Mackenze
Model Agency.
For more information, call 954-
639-6922 or e-mail info~pha-

* JADF Iaunch
The Jamaica Arts Development

Foundation, Inc. (JADF), a Florida-
based nonprofit organization, cele-
brated the foundation's launch in
South Florida last month. JADF's
mission is to provide educational
and developmental opportunities
that promote awareness, manage-
ment effectiveness, and creative
excellence among Jamaican arts
and entertainment practitioners
Compiled from various

to all of us, and to be a part of
re-instilling a sense of unity
amongst Jamaicans at home
and abroad is a great thing,"
declared Lindo.
"Music is a common lan-
guage of our people for genera-
tions, and at this point in our
history we need to bring back

that positive vibe in our music
and in our daily actions. The
time is right now...Together we
can make a difference. I am
Jamaica "

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


'I Am Jamaica' looks to inspire unity

among island's people through music


Today almost everybody
Enjoys grilling fish.
A beautifully browned
surface and a hint of smoky
flavor work wonders for
seafood. So, too, doesthe
intense heat of a grill, which
can cook fish fillets through
quickly, leaving, their surfaces
with a touch of crispness while
their interiors stay perfectly
The first step is to choose
the right kind of fish. Good
choices include sea bass, tuna,
mahi mahi and swordfish. But
one of my favorite choices for
grilling is salmon, because it
has a fairly high fat content
that keeps it extra moist and
Make sure it's fresh. Buy
your seafood from a store that
has a reputation for quality
and a frequent turnover of its
product. Avoid any fillets that
lack bright, moist color, that
don't look firm, or that have
any kind of "off" smell.
Good fish doesn't need
much seasoning. In this recipe,
I simply sprinkle the fish with
some salt and pepper, and
serve it with an intense-tasting
warm tomato butter sauce.

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results, a simple, hands-off
approach is best for fish. Pat
the fillets dry, as moisture
could lead to them sticking to
the grilling. For an added pre-
caution, lightly coat them with
nonstick cooking spray, and
then season lightly.

Don't fuss with the fillets
once they're on the grill. Just
turn them once, halfway
through the cooking time.
Don't overcook the fish.
To test for doneness, insert
the tip of a sharp knife into
the center of a fillet: It should
still look very slightly under-
cooked inside, the equivalent
of medium for a piece of
meat. By the time you get it to
the table the residual heat in
the fillet will complete the
cooking, yielding, moist, per-
fectly done results.

Grilled salmon with tomato

Tomato butter
* 2 large, ripe tomatoes,
* 1 garlic clove
* 1 sprig fresh basil
* 4 sprigs fresh parsley
* 2 shallots, thinly sliced
* 1/2 small organic carrot,
thinly sliced
* 1 cup dry white wine

intensely flavored, 15 to 20
minutes longer. Taste and, if
the flavor needs more intensi-
ty, stir in the tomato paste.
Reduce the heat to low and, a
little at a time, whisk in the
butter. Then, hold a fine-
meshed strainer over a clean
saucepan and pour the sauce
through the strainer, using a
rubber spatula to press it
Season to taste with salt,
pepper and, if necessary, add a
little more vinegar. Cover and
keep warm.
While the sauce is cook-
ing, preheat an outdoor grill.
When the grill is hot, lightly
spray the salmon fillets on
both sides with some nonstick
spray and season both sides
with salt and white pepper.
Carefully place the fillets on
the cooking grid and grill just
until cooked through, three to
four minutes per side.
Spoon the tomato butter
onto each of four serving
plates. Place a grilled salmon
fillet on top and garnish each
fillet with a basil leaf. Serve
immediately. Serves four.

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Caribbean community here cel-
ebrated the 75th birthday of
the calypso king of the world,
the Mighty Sparrow, Caribbean
American Congresswoman
Yvette D. Clarke said that she
has ensured that he is listed in
the United States
Congressional Record.
"It is important that the
entire nation knows what the
Mighty Sparrow has done for
us," Clarke, the daughter of
Jamaican immigrants, told an
honor ceremony at Brooklyn
Borough Hall, downtown
Brooklyn last month.
"So we have entered him
in the Congressional Record,"
added the repre-
sentative for the

Reading from the
record, Clarke said
Sparrow, whose
real name is
Slinger Francisco,
has entertained
audiences "from
the Caribbean to
Asia and all points
in between," in a
career spanning
over 50 years.
She said the
Mighty Sparrow
was born to poor,
working-class par-
ents in Grand Roy,
Grenada, and
migrated to his
adopted home-
land, Trinidad and
Tobago, when he
was a year old. As Mighty Sparrow
a child, Sparrow
attended New Town Boys
School in T&T and sang in St.
Patrick's Catholic Church
"where his talent was quickly
recognized, as he became head
choirboy," the congresswoman

She listed among his influ-
ences leading American
artistes, such as Nat King, Cole,
Frankie Laine, Sarah Vaughn,
Billy Eckstein, Frank Sinatra
and Ella Fitzgerald, as well as
Trinidadian calypso pioneers
Lord Melody, Lord Kitchener,
Lord Christo, Lord Invader
and the Mighty Spoiler.

The Congressional Record
states that "T~he Birdie", as
Sparrow is also called, had
found success early with his hit
"Jean and Dinah" at age 20.
"Not satisfied with early suc-
cess, he followed up with a

University of the West Indies;
and general contributions to
music and society, with then
New York City Mayor Ed
Koch proclaiming Mar. 18,
1986 "The Mighty Sparrow
Day", the Congressional
Record notes.
"I hope all of my col-
leagues will join me in celebrat-
ing the birthday and extraordi-
nary body of work that The
Mighty Sparrow has con-
tributed during his career as a
lyricist, composer, singer, come-
dian and entertainer," Clarke

New York City Mayor
Michael Bloomberg
said Sparrow
"touched the lives of
countless listeners.
event is a terrific
opportunity to com-
memorate all of
your past accom-
plishments while
looking forward to
many more on the
horizon", he said in
a statement read by
Roy Hastick, the
president of the
American Chamber
of Commerce and
Borough President
Marty Markowitz
said, in jest, that he
became a "Trini" -
short for Trinidadian
because of the
Mighty Sparrow,
stating that
Sparrow's "Congo Man" was
one of his favorite songs.
"It is wonderful that you
can understand his music and
his words," said Markowitz,
declaring July 10, 2010 "The
Mighty Sparrow Celebration
Citations were also pre-
sented to Sparrow by New
York State Senate Majority
Leader John Sampson, the o
of a Guyanese father, and New
York State Assemblyman
Jamaican Nick Perry.


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www.muchtadidrumfest. com.

Santa Rosa Festival Aug. 24
The Santa Rosa Festival cele-

Trinidad and Tobagr raeig o
this summer will have
the chance to take part in
some of the island's revered

brates the cross-cultural rela-
tionship between the
Amerindians and Christianity.
About 300 descendants of the
Carib Amerindians, who set-
tled the Caribbean before
Columbus arrived, formed a
community near Arima in
Trinidad to protect their cul-
tural traditions.
The festival features a
procession headed by the
Carib Queen, a lunch with tra-
ditional Amermndian food, and
a display of arts and crafts.
For more information
on these events in Trimidad
and Tobago, visit
com or

events. Two are listed below:

Tobago Muhtadi Drumming
Showcasing the cross-cul-
tural influences of the drum,
the sixth annual Tobago
Muhtadi International
Drumming Festival will take
place Aug. 7-8 at the Dwight
Yorke Stadium.
A celebration of rhythm
and culture, the two-day event
features workshops, individual
performances and group pro-
ductions performed by percus-
sionists from the Caribbean
and around the world. Visitors
and locals will be treated to
rhythms and beats from some
of the world's best drummers.

rapid succession of hits, includ-
ing 'Carnival Boycott',
'P.A.Y.E.', 'Russian Satellite',
'Theresa', 'Good Citizen', 'Salt
Fish' and 'Penny Commission',
just to name a fc\ w it noted.
The Record stated that
Sparrow's songs cover a "broad
range of socially conscious top-
ics including education, tyranny
in Africa, animal cruelty and
the welfare of his home of
Trinidad and T( llne '.
The Mighty Sparrow's
accomplishments include multi-
ple T&T Road March
Competition titles; multiple
Calypso Monarch titles; an
honorary doctorate from the

Hors d'oeuvres will be
served between 7 p.m. and 8
p.m. Dinner is at 9 p.m. The
function ends at 2 a.m.
Ticket prices and other
information about the ball
may be obtained from the
office of the T&T consulate in
S uth Florida.

he eighth annual chari-
Ttable ball, to commemo-
Trate the 48th anniver-
sary of Trinidad and Tobago's
Independence, will be held on
Aug. 21 at the Signature
Grand, 6900 W. State Road 84
in Davie, Florida.
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and DJ Maestro.

Cultural festivals help spice up

T&T'S Summer

'Sparrow' listed in U.S. Congressional Record

The Tobago Muhtadi Drumming Festival helps spice up the summer.

Independence Ball set for Aug. 8


On the heels of her visit to
Montego Bay, Jamaica for the
31st Caribbean community
(CARICOM) Summit, newly
elected Trinidad and Tobago
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-
Bissessar stopped off in South
Florida to market the twin
island republic as the perfect
business and trade partner.
Addressing business lead-
ers and politicians at a recep-
tion last month, Persad-
Bissessar, the island's first
woman prime minister,
explained to the audience that
"alliances must be created
between and among business
communities" and that
"Trinidad and Tobago is ready
for business".
Based on the text of her
speech, a copy which was
obtained by Caribbean Today,
she highlighted T&T's
strengths. The prime minister
explained that T&T long ago
established a bustling petrole-
um industry, which was first
commercialized in 1908 with
natural gas going, the same
route in 1953. The twin-island
republic quickly became a
major source of natural gas
for the United States, she


The prime minister
explained, however, that T&T
must now diversity its oil and
gas-based driven economy.
"We must build sectors,
which in the next 10 to 20
years will replace some of the
income that we now derive
from oil and gas", she noted
in her prepared speech.
"The non-energy sector is
key to our diversification
effort and the reduction of our
dependence on earnings from
the existing exhaustible ener-
gy resources which we now
Persad-Bissessar noted
that while the production of
methanol, ammonia, and steel
remain viable areas of invest-
ment, the country is looking at
renewable energy as a major
investment focus for the
"We want to make
Trinidad and Tobago more
competitive, more innovative
in our current industries", she
explained. "Eventually we will
be looking for new marketing
and development opportuni-
ties and here we will seek to
capitalize on the positive rela-
tionships we already enjoy
with countries such as the
United States, Canada and

According to the prime minis-
ter, T&T already has formal
trade agreements with coun-
tries such as the Dominican
Republic, Costa Rica,
Venezuela, Colombia, and
those from the European

tor, ethnic products, food pro-
cessing, the maritime industry,
services industries, biotechnol-
ogy, pharmaceuticals and food
She also noted the devel-
opment of a new Information
Communication Technology
Industry (CTI) sector park
that she claimed "is poised to
be a world-class, state-of-the-
art science and technology
park and a central location for
established and emerging
Persad-Bissessar noted
the effect of the global eco-
nomic crisis, but sought to
allay the fears of potential
"There is no denying the
fact that the economy of
Trinidad and Tobago wit-
nessed negative growth due to
the global economic down-
turn", her speech noted.
"Indeed our economy experi-
enced a contraction of about
three percent in 2009, as a
result of the global crisis,
which adversely impacted
commodity prices inclusive of
oil and natural".
However, she explained
that a major financial group in
T&T and in the wider
Caribbean has expressed opti-
mism about commodity-based
economies like T&T with the

expectation that the twin-
island republic will have posi-
tive growth in the coming
year. The government, accord-
ing to Persad-Bissessar,
expects to return to positive
growth by the end of 2010.
The prime minister also
implored CARICOM leaders
to look at the challenges
affecting the region from the
external environment and
their impact on regional
development, but use the
adversities as tools for growth.
"Certainly the global eco-
nomic downturn brought into
sharp focus the interconnect-
edness of world .\ onoI~mle ~,
Persad-Bissessar stated.
"Small Caribbean
economies intersect with the
rest of the world and indeed
they are quite easily affected
by adverse conditions...I chal-
lenge you to allow that con-
vergence of economies, with
respect to Trinidad and
Tobago, to be one which pro-
motes prosperity, facilitates
innovation, creates wealth and
improves the standard of liv-
ing for all our e ve ns .

Dawn A. Davis is a freelance
writer for Caribbean Today.
Photograph by U. Bennett.

Union, and is currently work-
ing on an agreement with
Canada. The hope is also to
negotiate a trade development
agreement with the U.S.
The prime minister noted
that T&T's strong eight per-
cent GDP growth over the
past 10 years is an indication
of the twin-island republic's
readiness for a business and
investor-friendly climate. She
also listed some of the sectors
where business opportunities
now exist, including the cul-
tural and entertainment sec-

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"Tobago Heritage fcllnial '
ran from July 16 to Aug. 1.
Over the years the festival
has been used as a celebration
of culture to educate and
entertain visitors and youth,
Each village contributes a
unique presentation.
The main event each year
is the traditional "Ole Time
Wedding", hosted in the vil-

lage of Moriah. This marriage
ceremony highlights the influ-
ences of European culture on
the local population, featuring
a colorful procession of a
satin-garbed and top-hatted
wedding party, and guests
dancing in the streets.
For more information,

he lesser-known half of
Tthe twin-island republic
of Trinidad and Tobago
knows how to hold its own in
the spotlight.
An annual event which
pays tribute to Tobago's tradi-
tions and the impact of the
destination's predominant
African heritage is held each
summer. This year, the

Trinidadian jurist Karl
Hudson-Phillips is among a
panel of experts appointed to
conduct an independent probe
into whether Israel's raid on
Gaza-bound aid ships violated
international law.
Ambassador Sihasak
Phuangketkeow, president of
the United Nations Human
Rights Council, appointed the
experts to an international
fact-finding mission to "inves-
tigate violations of interna-
tional law, including interna-
tional humanitarian and
human rights law, resulting
from the Israeli attacks on the
flotilla of ships carrying
humanitarian assistance",
which took place on May 31.
In addition to Judge
Hudson-Phillips, the other
experts are Britain's Sir
Desmond de Silva and Mary
Shanthi Dairiam of Malaysia.
"The expertise, independ-
ence and impartiality of the
members of the mission will
be devoted to clarifying the
events which took place that
day and their legality. We
call upon all parties to fully
cooperate with the mission
and hope that this mission
will contribute to peace in
the region and justice for
victims Amb

Phuangketkeow said.

The establishment of this
independent international
fact-finding mission was decid-
ed on June 2 by the council
that had previously held an
urgent debate on the raid on
the flotilla by Israeli Defense
Forces. The U.N. council
deplored "the
loss of life of
innocent civil-
ians" during
that debate. :
experts will
now define
their plan of
action and Hudson
make contact
with all relevant parties prior
to travelling to the region.
They are expected to report
on their findings to the United
Nations Human Rights
Council at its fifteenth session
in September 2010", a recent
U.N. statement noted.
Hudson-Phillips, a former
attorney general in T&T,
served as a judge of the
International Criminal Court
from 2003 to 2007. He has
returned to private practice in
T&T and Grenada.

brate this day every August
with a strong emphasis on
African-oriented cultural
events, such as street parades
featuring towering moko
jumbles or stilt-walkers, an
Emancipation Village in Port
of Spain that offers arts and

crafts, as well as a live show-
case with both local and inter-
national performers.
In addition, the Great
Race, a power boat race from
Trinidad to Tobago, takes
place during this weekend.

This public holiday com-
memorates the libera-
tion of African slaves
throughout the English speak-
ing Caribbean in 1839.
In Trinidad and Tobago,
the tradition remains strong.
Since 1985, locals cele-

CMC Retired Court of
Appeal judge Mustapha
Ibrahim, will chair a five-
member commission of
inquiry into the attempted
coup by members of a radic
Muslim group that sought t
overthrow the Trinidad and
Tobago government in 199(
Prime Minister Kamla Pers
Bissessar has announced.
She told Parliament lat
last month that the other
members of the commission
are former independent ser
tors Dr. Eastlyn McKenzie
and Dianna Mahabir-Wyatl
former Barbados attorney
general and senior govern-
ment minister, Dr. Richard
Cheltenham, Q.C, and inte
national security consultant
and United States war vete
Dr. H.A Mohammed.

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T& T celebrates Emancipation Day on Aug. 1

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failed 1990 coup
d, Leader of the Jamaat-al- wol
Muslimeen group Yasin Abu
Bakr led more than more than
100 members in coordinated
attacks on the Parliament and
the lone television station on
cal July 27, 1990, hoping to over-
o throw the hen government of 90:
Prime Minister ANR
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;ad- including one legislator, Leo
Des Vignes, were killed dur- (
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that ended on Aug. 1. 1
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na- tried for treason, but the Se
Court of Appeal upheld the
t, amnesty offered to secureV
their surrender, and they were
released. However, The
L. London-based Privy Council,
r- the country's highest court,
t later invalidated the amnesty,
ran but the Muslimeen members
were not re-arrested.

Persad Bissessar told leg-
islators that it was important
to hold the inquiry since it
would provide an opportunity
for healing within the country.
"Better late than never," she
said, adding that the cost in
staging the public inquiry can-
not be counted in terms of
dollars and cents.
"The memory of the trau-
ma is alive," the prime minis-
ter said, adding that she hopes are
many answered questions will
be answered as a result of the
inquiry. by
The prime minister, who
defended the decision to for
appoint the inquiry by point- gua
ing to various inquiries world- add
wide long after the event had
occurred, gave no indication ToC
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Seymour spoke in refer-
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uprising in Tivoli Gardens,
Jamaica, where, in an attempt
to capture alleged "Shower
Posse" leader Christopher
"Dudus" Coke for extradition
to the United States, Jamaican
police came under heavy gun-
fire, allegedly from allies of
Coke. The near week-long
clash resulted in more than 70
deaths and a possibly marred
image of the island paradise.
But appearances may be
deceptive as local businesses
attest to a short-lived, central-
ized disturbance.
"Business travelers can-
celled reservations, because
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kicked off its 2010 summer/fall
travel road shows in the United
The tour is aiming to pro-
mote the Caribbean island
under the theme "Live the
Legend", which highlights the
uniqueness and authenticity of
the destination's products, serv-
ices and attractions to the tray-
el agent community.
The shows will feature St.
Lucia Tourist Board's (SLTB)
marketing and sales teams are
scheduled to visit during the
first week of August.
According to Nerdin St.
Rose, SLTB's vice president of
marketing and sales, her team

will tour about
20 U.S. cities
in August,
September and
early October,
before turning
over the sales
effort to the
Canadian S.Rs
office mn mid-
Scheduled stops include New
Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland;
Washington D.C./ Virginia,
North Carolina, Georgia,
Florida; Texas, Wisconsin,
[Illinois, Ohio, Michigan,
Massachusetts, Connecticut and
New York.

not affect us in New
Karl Angell, director of
communications for the
Jamaica Constabulary Force
(JCF), said Tivoli Gardens is
quiet now as the military and
police are taking a different
approach to crime. The securi-
ty forces intend to go mnto
communities and work with
the people. Angell said in the
past the military was seen as
an outsider and residents who
communicated with the police
were called milsrme rs '.
"(Now) the security forces
will be friendlier to the peo-
ple," Angell explained.
In an effort to restore
Jamaica's image as the island
paradise, the Jamaican Tourist
Board, along with Air
Jamaica, recently invited sev-
eral influential persons to the
island. The group included
journalists, clergymen, travel
agents and Jamaican diaspora
community leaders. The ven-
ture was dubbed diaspora
"Familiarization" tour of
Kingston. It included discus-
sions with police and military

personnel on their plans to
keep the island safe.
At the end of the four
days, invitees (which included
this writer) were impressed
with the beauty and majesty
of Jamaica and at no time felt
unsafe during their stay.
Participants were housed in
New Kingston, but toured
downtown Kingston, including
the Tour Coins and Note
Museum at Bank of Jamaica.
Devon House and Fort
Clarence Beach were also vis-
Kay Chong, director of
Air Jamaica, said the objec-
tive of the initiative was to
broadcast the good news of
vacationing in Jamaica and to
dispel the misinformation that
Kingston is not safe for travel.
"Kingston has a lot to offer,"
Chong said, "not only for visi-
tors, but for those returning
home as well.

Judith Huds~on is a freelance
writer for Caribbean Today.

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"I was born to help," said
Norma Bancroft, president of
the Florida Organization of
Jamaicans (FOJ). "I am fortu-
nate, so I can give back to the
less fortunate."
Bancroft, a native of
Jamaica, makes her living as
an interior decorator and ven-
dor with Miami-Dade County.
However, it is her love for
people and her extensive char-
ity efforts that she is best
known for.
Bancroft started giving
back 30 years ago and her phi-
lanthropy has only multiplied
since. She asserts that giving
back comes naturally to her
because she was involved in
charity work as a young
woman when she joined The
St. John Ambulance
Association in Jamaica.
Greatly moved by Haiti's
devastation from the Jan. 12
earthquake, Bancroft, as she is
known for doing, used her
own funds to aid that
Caribbean nation's recovery.
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impoverished Haiti's people.
According to Bancroft, dona-
tions came from as far away as
Texas, and though the $2,000
she raised fell short of her
$6,000 goal needed to ship
boxes to Haiti, she had no
problem coming up with the

helped assemble 153 boxes at
the Antilles Freight
Corporation, which were later
shipped by Food for the Poor
to Haiti to be distributed.
"The boxes were already
organized," Bancroft
explained. "Distributors didn't
have to open them to distrib-

"When anything is given
out on the island, the people
in the rural parts of the island
tend to be overlooked,"
Bancroft noted.
Arthur Bell, FOJ's vice
president, who has known
Bancroft for over 40 years,
calls her "a phenomenal per-
son" who "only wants to hear
about someone suffering, and
she plunges right in to help.
"She never stops," Bell
said. "She continues to give of
herself. She asks for no
reward and no publicity."

Bell emphasized that
Bancroft's charity work
extends beyond the Haitian
relief effort to include
Mexican migrant workers and
poor Jamaican students in the
United States. Bancroft often
hosts Christmas parties for the
migrant workers and finances
scholarships for the students.
He added that Bancroft, in
collaboration with Barry

University, has set up a schol-
arship in his wife's name The
Yvonne Bell Scholarship -
which allows poor Jamaican
students to attend the private
In addition, Bell said
"(Bancroft) has donated 40
foot containers to be used as
classroom in Alligator Pond,
"I just don't know what
else to say about her," Bell
said. "Her kindness knows no
Bancroft's wish is to work
until she can no longer do so,
and to give as long as she has
something to give.
"My reward is to put a smile
on people's faces," she said
with her own wan smile when
asked what she wanted in

Judith Huds~on is a freelance
writer for Caribbean Today.

Bancroft, left, helps prepare a charity shipment.

"People were already giv-
ing food," Bancroft said. "So I
wanted to give blankets, tow-
els, pillows, pillow cases and

Some FOJ members

ute the items. All they had to
do was hand out the boxes."
She said she was delighted
that the boxes were sent to
rural Cap-Haitian instead of
thc scnrl t o t h 1 ief

Several events to mark Jamaica's
Independence this month will be
hosted in the United States.
Below is a listing of some. (The
events, unless otherwise stated,
will be held in Florida.)

Aug. 7
* 2 p.m. Family Day Picnic -
Jamaica Independence
Cokbra!.li. .n at Miramar
Regional Park Corporate
Pavilion. Hosted by Friends of
Good Shepherd. Call 954-441-
9886 for more information.
* 6:30 p.m. Jamaica Gala
Fundraiser, The Jamaica
Foundation of Houston at
Westin Galleria Hotel, Grand
Ballroom, 5060 W. Alabama,
Houston, Texas. Visit
www~jamaicafound ationofhous- for more information.
* 7 p.m. "Celebration
Concert" marking Jamaica's
48th Independence at Berean
Church of God, 3601 Davie
Blvd. Call 954-792-1110 or 954-
792-1115 for more information.
* 7 p.m. Annual Independence
Ball, Jamaican/American
Association of Central Florida at
Rosen Plaza Hotel, 9700
International Dr., Orlando. Call
407-292-3719 for more informa-
* 7 p.m. Annual Independence
Ball at Renaissance Waverly
Hotel, Cobb Galleria, Atlanta,
Georgia. For more information,
call 770-953-4500, 404-425-8674
or 404-787-4206; or visit
www. ajaatlanta. org.

Aug. 8
* Noon to 9 p.m. Jamaica
Independence Cokbr;.lli. .ns "Fun
Day" at Miramar Reg~ional Park,
Miramar. Call 954-251-1643 and

954-394-0758 or visit for
more information.
*3 p.m. Mass of Thanksgiving
- Jamaica Emancipation and
Independence at Our Lady
Queen of Heaven Catholic
Church, 1400 S. State Road 7.
Call 954-974-8453, 954-443-9248
or 954-485-6840 for more infor-

Aug. 15, 3 p.m. Annual thanks-
giving service at First United
Methodist Church, 230 Prima
Vista Blvd., Port St. Lucie,
Florida. Call 772-879-9414 or
772-5.5---l'lli for more informa-

Aug. 20 Caribbean Cultural
Association Independence
Observance in Tampa, Florida.
A joint celebration of Jamaican
and Trinidad and Tobago
Events dates and times are
subject to change. Please contact
the affiliated organizations or
producers for details.

Local entrepreneurs will be able
to showcase their products and
services during Caribbean
American For Community
Involvement, Inc.'s (CAFCI)
15th annual "Business Expo
Family Fun Day" from 1 p.m. to
5:30 p.m. Aug. 21 at Royal Palm
Beach Cultural Center, 151 Civic
Center Way, Royal Palm Beach,
This year's theme is
"Business Survival in
Challenging Times". For more
information, call 561-791-1618 or

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Caribbean Americans are
expressing hope that
the recent criminal con-
viction of high profile,
Jamaican-born, former
Miramar City Commissioner
Fitzroy Salesman will not
damage their image, especially
those seeking public office
with local elections looming.
Following a series of legal
troubles starting around 2005,
Salesman was recently con-
victed in South Florida of tak-
ing bribes and sentenced to
four years and three months
in prison,
The court's decision has
sparked discussions in the
Caribbean American commu-
nity over Salesman's plight.
Some opinions have been
more vociferous than others,
according to checks by
Caribbean Today es eciall
among Jamaican American
in South Florida. The consen-
sus appears to indicate that
the colorful and outspoken ex-
commissioner was not repre-
sentative of the overall com-
munity's character, which will
lessen the impact of his legal
Jamaican-born Barbara
Savage, a Broward County
resident, does not believe the
Salesman issue is a stain on
the Jamaican American com-
"I don't think all
Jamaicans are as cocky as
him," Savage told Caribbean
Today recently
"If you were to do a sur-
vey among Jamaicans in the
community, how many other
Jamiaos i"Anbpopweu epdo e
that? Not many. Plus, if you
look at his history, it is clear
he has a problem. So, this
issue has nothing to do with
being a Caribbean person, it is
a problem he has to deal with

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person to judge everybody,"
Savage said. "With local elec-
tions coming up, Salesman's
criminal conviction will not be
looked at in a Caribbean con-
text. I don't think Caribbean
nationals will suffer as a result
of Salesman. I think people

"He (Salesman) is one indi-
vidual and no one should
judge what happened to him
as something that everyone
else would be involved in,
whether they are Caribbean
or not," said Holness, who
added that he does not believe
Salesman's legal problems will
affect his own campaign.
According to Martin,
there are plenty of positive
examples in the Caribbean
American community.
"Hazel Rogers, Winston
Barnes, Eric Brown, Dale
Holness, George Pedlar are
all Caribbean Americans, just
to name a few, who are, or
have been public servants who
have not been associated with
anything illegal," she said. "So
why should one person be
used to predict the behavior
of others?"
There was also confidence
expressed in the resilience of
Caribbean Americans to with-
stand the public downfall of
one of their own. Broward-
based attorney Jahra
McLawrence, who was born in
Dominica, is therefore looking
to the community for support
this month in his bid for
Broward County Court judge.
"The Caribbean
American people that I have
come across are enthusiastic
about voting, enthusiastic

about getting involved, getting
informed about the voting
process," he said, adding that
legal troubles are not exclu-
sive to Caribbean people.
"I don't think they are looking
back. They are looking for-
ward. It's our nature."

Some acknowledged that
adversity will always occur,
but it is how residents handle
it that matters.
"Every community in
South Florida has had to deal
with leaders who have faced
challenges," said Marlon Hill,
an attorney and Jamaican
Diaspora Board member.
"The Caribbean community is
just coming into its own and is

not immune from these inci-
dents. The community will
learn, move on, and be better
or more cognizant from it."
But others, like Jamaican-
born retail manager Michael
Finlay, do not feel sorry for
"Salesman first got him-
self in trouble when he pulled
the gun in the supermarket,"
said Finlay referring to anoth-
er incident which landed the
ex-commissioner in a legal
tangle. "He could have apolo-
gized and move on, but he
was too cocky. It is definitely
an ego thing with him. He
behaves in such a way that
people always have negative


Ex-Miramar City Commissioner Fitzroy
Salesman in one of his many court
appearances in recent years.

will start to scrutinize politi-
clans more.
According to Valerie
Martin, a teacher and 21-year
Miramar resident, while the
ex-commissioner's problems
could possibly leave an ugly
mark on the Caribbean
American community, they
also indicate that immigrants
are no different those born in
the U.S.
"I think the Salesman sit-
uation has created somewhat
of a stain on the community,"
said Martin. "But it illustrates
that we are not exempt from
poor judgment, greed, arro-
gance, etc. I think to pretend
it didn't happen would be to
subscribe to denial, but I don't
think this incident has or will
deast rbob te ed iblt of

Jamaican-born Lauderhill
City Commissioner Dale
Holness, who is running for
Browr scun~ty cmi h oon-
porates a nine-city area, said
Salesman will likely be seen as
the exception, rather than the
rule, when it comes to how
Caribbean Americans are
vie d.

and campaigns were a crime,
"I guess all the way down
from the White House to city
halls, crimes have been com-
But Judge Cohn described
Salesman's actions as "para-
doxical," noting that "Mr.
Salesman would openly recog-
nize the illegality of pay to
play but, nevertheless, engage
in the illegal action.
The sentencing guidelines for

Salesman, based on the
amount of money involved
and his criminal history,
ranged from 51 to 63 months.
Assistant U.S. Attorney
Jeffrey Kaplan, who prosecut-
ed the case, had recommend-
ed that Salesman receive the

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like a knife as David Sullivan
became yet another victim of
the economic crisis.
He added to the thou-
sands of tourism employees in
the Caribbean who have been
made redundant as a result of
the unfavorable economic cli-
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will likely persist into 2010", is
coming to pass. What adds to
the gloom is that remittances
are on their way down, argues
Jwala Rambaran, Caribbean
economist and managing
director of CAP-M Research.
"Remittances are down
sharply in the Caribbean,
especially those coming from
the (United States) U.S. which
is at the center of the crisis,"
said Rambaran.
He said this is destructive
to any economic recovery as
the Caribbean is actually the
most dependent region in the
world on remittances. In rela-
tion to gross domestic prod-
uct, remittances accounted for

at least 15 percent of the
region's GDP before the
global recession

The economist fur-
ther expressed pessimism
that the region is growing c
out of the recession. He
argued that even Trinidad
and Tobago, the strongest
country in CARICO)M, is
still feeling constraints as
a result of the recession.
He added that the .
tourism-based countries in .I -.
the eastern Caribbean -'
have been hit quite hard 6.1.
and are not expected to F
recover fully until at least .
2011. His outlook for 1
remittances is supported
by the report from the
IMF, which states that
"the outlook for remit-
tances is not favorable".
But his pessimism is
not shared by the World The I
Travel and Tourism peop
Council (WTTC). That
organization contends that
there are definite signs the
recession is coming to an end,
adding that even during the
recession some islands showed
increases in tourism arrivals,

The IMF noted "the U.S.
economy appears to have hit
bottom in the second quarter
of 2009 and is showing signs of
recovery after a sharp contrac-
tion". Further, the UNWTO
noted that experts have
picked up an air of optimism
from the U.S.
Moreover, UNWTO argued
that while things will be chal-
lc ng~ing results show that the
decline in international
tourism may have bottomed
out. Data from Oxford
Economics support this
stance. And in its annual
report Preliminary Overview
of the Economies of Latin
America and the Caribbean
2009, there are positive
prospects for growth rates for
most countries.

However, the organization
expressed reservation as to
whether the recovery will be
Nevertheless, as the
UNWTO noted, one of the
main challenges to the recov-
ery of the recession is the
unemployment rate and this is
both for the Caribbean and
major economies.
The IMF noted that
"bleak employment condi-
tons and a pdrot actedep ocess

repair will weigh down on the
outlook for remittances and
tourism in the LAC region,
especially affecting countries

inth s nevsmany in the
region, especially in the
tourism industry, apprehen-
sive, fearing the possibility of
hearing the words: "You're

- Edited from story by Sarah
Peter/Special to

economic crisis has slowed the flow of remittances from the U.S. to the Caribbean and cost
lie jobs.

which is a major economic
indicator for Caribbean. The
rate of decline appears to be
leveling off and is not as dra-
matic as the beginning of the
recession, which breeds opti-
mistic beliefs, WTTC claims.

Moreover, the United
Nation's World Tourism
Organization (UNWTO)
Barometer states "the
Caribbean is showing signs of
stabilization and recovery .
Professor of Economics at
Cardiff University Keith
Whitfield noted that the
Ca:;'P"" 'sdefintl in ts
argued that some of the major
world economies are on their
way to recovery, claiming that
some co ntrie are even out

Caribbean is gradually getting
He added that all of the
talk about a double dip reces-
sin and a lon -teerm depres-

So if Whitfield's argument
that an improvement in the
U.S. economy will bounce
onto the Caribbean, then the
economic prospect for the
region should be optimistic.


things to say about him."
Finlay said Salesman being of
Caribbean descent will not
have an iompia t onovo es tn
links to the region.
"People will vote for
Caribbean candidates just the
same," he explained.
But Salesman should not
expect forgiveness any time
sonAs far as I am con-
cerned," said Finlay, "I would

For Martin and others,

Caribbean Americans' contri-
bution in the U.S., especially
in South Florida, cannot be
diminished by Salesman's
"Caribbean Americans
are very much major contribu-
tors to what Broward County
is and they must be a part of
the political landscape," she
"There is no choice in
this. Sometimes the public
gets an honest politician and
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cramps are painful but not
threatening; that's because
body temperature is normal
even though muscles are in
spasm. But in heat exhaustion,
body temperature is high,
often above 103 degrees E
Other symptoms include
weakness, lethargy, loss of
concentration, headachad
nausea; muscle cramps may
also occur.
Heat exhaustion impairs
mental clarity and judgment,
so you may not recognize the
problem as it develops. Be
alert for early symptoms and
take corrective action as soon
as they appear. Be watchful,
too, for signs of heat exhaus-
tion in others; confusion, pro-
fuse sweating, and flushed,
clammy skin are among the
Move the victim to a cool
place as soon as possible;
remove his clothing and fan
him en route. You should
apply ice packs if they're
available, cool fluids if not.
Cool fluids on the skin will
lower body temperature, but
it's even more important to
get them down the hatch.
Don't force someone who is
weak and confused to drink
too much too fast, but keep

offering small amounts of
fluid until hydration is
*Heat stroke It's the ill-
ness that kills each and every
summer, even with treatment.
There are two distinct forms
of heat stroke. Classic heat
stroke is the more common.
It's also called epidemic heat
stroke. The typical victims are
elderly people who stay in
their stifling apartments with-
out air conditioners or fans.
The other form is exertional
heat stroke, also called spo-
radic heat stroke because it
occurs in isolated cases rather
than in community-wide out-
breaks. The typical victim is a
man who exercises vigorously
in the first few days of a hot
spell; many are young, and
most are out of shape. Heavy
clothing, exposure to direct
sunlight, and dehydration
often add fuel to the fire -
and the hazard is greatest
when it's least expected.
Heat stroke is a medical
emergency. It starts out look-
ing like heat exhaustion, but
its symptoms are more severe,
and they progress more quick-
ly, as lethargy, weakness, and
confusion evolve into deliri-
um, stupor, coma, and
seizures. Body temperature

rises drastically, often exceed-
ing 105 degrees or 106
degrees. Even with so much
excess body heat, the victim's
skin may be pale and inappro-
priately dry due to a failure of
normal sweating.
Heat stroke is a killer
because it damages the heart,
liver, kidneys, brain, and blood

clotting, system. Survival
depends on prompt transfer to
an emergency ward for aggres-
sive treatment. Expert meta-
bolic and cardiovascular care is
mandatory, but even in this era
of high-tech medicine, the best
way to lower a heat stroke
patient's temperature is to

Even before climate
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mers were hot. And
whatever the future holds for
our environment, summers
will be hot.
Summer's heat is more
than a hardship, it's a killer. In
an average year, about 200
Americans die from heat-
related illnesses. In hot sum-
mers the toll can double.
Many more people suffer less
severe heat-related illnesses.
But if heat is inevitable,
illness is not. A few simple
precautions can protect you
from becoming a seasonal sta-
tistic. In medical terms, heat
can produce three distinct pat-
terns of injury:
*Heat cramps Most
men experience muscle
cramps from time to time. It's
OK to dismiss the occasional
cramp as a simple Charleyy
ha rc ', but if you get recur-
rent cramps in hot weather,
you could be heading for trou-
ble. Heat cramps signal dehy-
dration severe enough to
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oxygen they need to exercise.
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among Haitian immigrants in
the United States is similar to
the rate for African
Americans, challenging previ-
ous notions that Haitian
immigrants have a higher
prevalence of AIDS than all
other groups.
The study, titled "HIV
among Haitian-born persons
in the United States, 1985-
2007", is the first to report on
HIV surveillance and AIDS
trends for Haitians compared
to the U.S. population and
African Americans. It was
conceptualized by the
National Haitian-American
Health Alliance (NHAHA),
in collaboration with
researchers from Harvard
Medical School, the Centers
for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC) and
Cambridge Health Alliance, a
Harvard-affiliated health sys-
The study was led by
Haitian American Dr. Linda
Marc-Clerisme, a social epi-
demiologist who specializes in
the psychosocial aspects of
HIV/AIDS at the Center for
Multicultural Mental Health
Research at Cambridge
Health Alliance.
Researchers analyzed
CDC surveillance data from



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adults and adolescents livir
in the U.S. diagnosed with
AIDS. Cases were identify~
by the designation of "Hail
as place of birth on the CD
case report form.
The population
denominators used
to compute AIDS
rates comparing
and Haitian commu-
nities were based on
data from both the
U.S. Census Bureau
and Haitian con-

When the
research team used
census denominators
to calculate the
AIDS rate among
Haitian immigrants,
findings showed that
per every 100,000, 78
persons from this
community were
diagnosed with
AIDS, which sug-
gests a seven-fold
in the CDC surveil-
lance database. But
when population
estimates from the
Haitian consulates
were used, the AIDS

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MIAMI, Florida Baptist
Health International Center of
Miami, a division of Baptist
Health South Florida, recently
presented five automated exter-
nal defibrillators (AED)
to the Medical
Association of Jamaica
(MAJ) during a press
conference in the
Caribbean island.
ItapllslI Health
International is commit-
ted to aiding its
Caribbean neighbors by

vta heathc r 1sourc
and access to the latest
medical technology," said
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Biggs, vice president of Dr.h C
South Miami Heart sp
Center, who presented the defibr
AEDs. pei
Is..plls:~ Health's
ongoing responsibility to
Jamaica is unwavering, and the
donation of the AEDs is a tes-
tament to the organization's
support for the local medical
"As a Jamaican who cares

ums and medical teams for the
Jamaica Defence Force,
Ministry of Health and
University of the West Indies
Mona campus as recipients of
the equipment. Following the
donation, Dr. Biggs conducted
a training session for represen-
tatives from each team to
ensure that they are certified in
the proper administration and
use of the AEDs.

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one of our very own," said Dr.
Winston De La Haye, president
of the MAJ.
"The organization's mission
to bring the highest quality care
and medical resources to
Jamaica with the guidance of
Dr. Biggs is evident through this
important contribution, and we
hope to continue working
together to identify areas that
need our .Ilienlil n, including
overall heart health, which is a
top concern for our citizens.
Dr. Biggs was recently rec-

ognized by the South Florida-
based organization Identify,
Connect, Activate the Black
Accomplished (ICABA) as one
of the 1IIII Most Accomplished
Blacks in Law and Healthcare".
As vice president of South
Miami Heart Center, she is
responsible for the strategic
development and management
of its comprehensive cardiovas-
cular program.
Dr. B~iggs has also been
instrumental in planning and

implementing ongoing educa-
tional and community health
outreach programs in Jamaica,
including the annual donation
of hygienic supplies and cloth-
ing to SOS Village in Montego
Bay. On July 20 Dr. Biggs
joined South Miami Hospital's
Caribbean Charity for Children
for this year's donation to more
than 110 children.

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heart-related emergency, I am
extremely gratified by this
event because this equipment
will help save the lives of fellow
countrymen. "
The MAJ has selected the
National and Trelawny stadi-

representation for African
Americans in the CDC AIDS
surveillance database.
"The U.S. Census Bureau
acknowledges that foreign-
born populations are often
'hard-to-count' if they are
undocumented," said Dr.

Marc-Clerisme. "This may
explain the difference in the
population estimates used and
the esul ing discrepancy in
AIDS ates.

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immerse him in a bath of ice water or to spray
him with cold water and turn on a strong fan.

Hydration is essential, and it takes a lot of liq-
uid to preserve your body's circulation and
replace the fluid lost in sweat. Even if you're
sedentary, you may need 10 to 12 cups of water
a day in hot climates; if you exercise, you'll
need much more. Cool liquids are best.
Despite the popularity of sports drinks, nothing
beats water.
Hydration is necessary, but it's not suffi-
cient to stave off summertime heat. Here are a
few additional tips:
*Get away from the heat An air-condi-
tioned room is best, but even a fan will help. If
you can't cool your own home, take refuge
with a friend or relative. Some communities
provide emergency cooling centers during heat
*When you go out, stay out of the sun and
avoid the midday heat as much as possible -
Wear loose-fitting, light-colored garments.
*Don't exercise when it's hot or humid If
it's humid and above 80 degrees to 85 degrees,
jump in a pool or work out in an air-condi-
tioned gym. If you exercise outdoors, do it in
the early morning or evening. Slow down; walk
instead of j: pping or use a cart.
*Above all, listen to your body Muscle
cramps, fatigue, weakness, nausea, impaired
concentration, confusion, lightheadedness,
labored breathing, chest discomfort, and a
rapid or erratic pulse can all be signs of trou-
ble. Heed your body's warning signals; if you
feel ill even a little ill get to a cool place,
drink plenty of cool water, and be sure help is
available if you don't improve promptly.
Among summer's seasonal hazards, heat is
the worst particularly when it lingers day
afterLsn to warnings from the weather serv-
ice and your body, and take all necessary pre-
cautions. It's the cool thing to do.

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Heat's Haslem to join 'Hooping for Hope'
American professional
basketball player
AUdonis Haslem is
expected to join Jamaican
Wesley Frater, president of
Miami-based Tournament of
Champions, Inc., for the sev-
enth annual "Hooping For (
Hope Tour" Aug. 11-16 in : I
Ocho Rios, Jamaica. .~~3 i h *;-
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Caribbean athletes shin at World Juniors

at major competitions, includ-
ing the Olympics and World
Championships, since she
made her debut for Jamaica in
1979. She said last month's
accomplishment ranked with
her best career efforts.
"It's right up there with all the
medals I have won," Ottey
said. "I don't know if there's
any athlete over 40 competing
out here in sprinting, so to be
competing at 50 is great."
Slovenia did not qualify
for the final of the 4x100.
Ottey admitted that age does
have its drawbacks.

"My leg was difficult
because I had the anchor leg,"
she said. "Normally, I catch
people, but this time I couldn't
catch anybody so it was diffi-
Ottey competed at seven
Olympic Games, the first one
in Moscow in 1980. She wants
to run at the 2011 World
Championships in Daegu,
South Korea and is also think-
ing about the 2012 Olympics
in London, England.

Merlene Ottey, the for-
mer Jamaican sprint
queen, made another
bold statement on the track
last month by becoming the
oldest athlete to compete at
the European Championships.
Ottey, now 50, ran the
anchor leg on the 4x100
meters relay for her adopted
country Slovenia at the meet
in Barcelona, Spain. Nicole
Brakebusch-Leveque, a
marathon runner for France,
was the previous oldest to
compete at the meet at age 47.
Ottey has won 29 medals

The young track and field
stars of the Caribbean secured
12 medals at last month's
IAAF World Junior
Championships in Moncton,
Cuba led the region's
medal haul with four, includ-
ing three gold and a silver.
That tally placed the Spanish-
speaking island fourth overall
in the medal table.
Jamaica led the English-
speaking Caribbean nations
with three medals a gold, sil-
ver and bronze to finish tied
for 10th. Trinidad and Tobago
tied for 16th place with two
medals a gold and a bronze.

The Bahamas and Grenada
both finished in 20th spot
after each nation won a single
gold medal.
Jamaica's Dexter Lee
earned his country's only gold
by winning the men's 100
meters. Grenadian 17-year-old
Kirani James won the men's
400 meters in 45.89 seconds,
while T&T's Jehue Gordon
won the men's 400 meters hur-
dles in 49.30 seconds. Shaunae
Miller, of The Bahamas, was
the English-speaking
Caribbean's only female gold
medal winner when she
secured the 400 meters.

the city of Miramar. It will
include three games: Cornwall
O~ld Boys v. Meadowbrook
Old Boys; Jamaica Nats v.
Pelican Masters; and K.C. Old
Boys v. Calabar Old Boys.
Hunt is a former soccer
coach at K.C., Calabar and
Meadowbrook high schools.
He also coached Jamaica's
national under-17 team.

Te Florida chapters of
the Calabar and
TKingston College alum-
ni associations will present the
second annual David "Wag.I -
Hunt Memorial Classic soccer
tournament on Aug. 21 in
South Florida.
The tournament, which
begins at 1 p.m., will be staged
at Miramar Regional Park,
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Merlene Ottey: Still racing against the world at age 50

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'Wagga' Hunt soccer tourney in Miramar


Pay up: World Bank
WASHINGTON, D.C. Six Estonia ($50,01
months after Haiti's devastat- It said add
ing earthquake, the World butions are exl
Bank is urging donors to Canada, the E
deliver on aid pledges in order Commission, F
to keep the reconstruction Mauritius, Oat
momentum going in the Arabia, South
French-speaking Caribbean Sweden and th
community (CARICOM) States.
As fiscal agent for the 'MAKE GOO
Haiti Reconstruction Fund "We are ct
(HRF), the Washington-based the internation
financial institution said that it to make good
has to date received formal pledges, but wt
confirmation for only $98 mil- stand that man
lion. In March, the interna- tries need to ge
tional community had pledged from their bud
$5.3 billion to Haiti at a tems," said Pal
donors' conference at the World Bank re
United Nations. president.
But the World Bank said As question
Brazil has been the largest pace of recons
contributor to the fund with World Bank o~
$55 million, followed by stressed the im
Norway ($31.2 million), keeping a bala
Australia ($8.6 million), disbursement (
Colombia ($3.2 million) and good governan

litional contri-
pected from
'rance, Georgia,
:ar, Saudi
Korea, Spain,
re United

currently urging
lal community
on their
e also under-
ly donor coun-
et approval
getary sys-
mela Cox,
:gional vice

,ns about the
truction linger,
officials have
Importance of
nce between
of funds and
ice, which they

said proved to be a success in
Aceh's reconstruction follow-
ing its devastating 2004 tsuna-
mi. Cox said the bank as
well as donors and partner
institutions are committed to
rapid results for Haiti within a
good governance framework.

benefit the poor," she said.
World Bank Haiti Country
Director Yvonne Tsikata said
the fund's actions complement
and support any other bilater-
al initiatives by pooling
resources from many donors
and reducing transaction costs
for government and donors.
"The beauty of this multi-
donor approach is that we
draw on the comparative
advantages of proven interna-
tional and locally-active part-
ners, such as the IDB (Inter-
American Development
Bank), the U.N. and others,"
she said.

Meantime, former U.S.
President Bill Clinton said he
plans to put pressure on gov-
ernments that have been slow
to deliver on promises to aid
Haiti's reconstruction efforts
in the wake of the Jan. 12

Jamaicans be

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KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC -
Most Jamaicans believe that
Prime Minister Bruce Golding
lied to the nation regarding the
extradition of reputed gang
leader Christopher "Dudus"
Coke to the United States and
that he no longer has credibility
with citizens, according to a poll
published here.
The poll, commissioned by
the RJR Communications
Group last month, shows that
47 percent of those questioned
believe Golding should have
resigned over his role in the
whole affair. However 43 per-
cent disagreed, and felt the
prime minister should remain in
The poll, which was con-
ducted by Ian Boxhill and
Associates from July 17 to 21,
examined issues surrounding
the Golding's credibility and
trustworthiness. The pollsters
questioned just over 1,000 per-
sons in the survey that has a
margin of error of plus or minus
four percent.

In May, Golding admitted
that he knew of attempts to
lobby the U.S. government to
drop its extradition request for
Coke, who faces life imprison-
ment in an American jail if con-
victed of drug and gun related
charges. The government had in
the past defended its decision
not to extradite Coke, stating
that it would not act hastily and
violate the extradition treaty
between the two countries.
But in a statement to
Parliament, Golding acknowl-
edged that he had \.lnalloncJJ '
persons in the ruling Jamaica
Labour Party (JLP) to approach

"I'm going, to call all those
governments and say, the ones
wiho said they'll give money to
support the Haitian g~overn-
ment," Clinton, the U.N.'s spe-
cial envoy to Haiti and co-chair
of Haiti's reconstruction com-
mission, told reporters here.
"I want to try to get them
to give the money, and I'm
trying to get the others to give
me a schedule for when they'll
release it," he added, blaming
the slow pace of aid partially
on the global economic crisis.
"I think that they're all having
economic trouble, and they
want to hold their money as
long as possible," Clinton con-
He said six months after the
earthquake that killed an esti-
mated 300,000 people and left
an estimated 1.3 million home-
less, most governments have not
delivered any funds at all.

believe P.M. lied

ke affair ~ poll
the U.S.-based law firm Manatt
Phelps and Phillips to lobby
Washington on the extradition
Coke has since been extradited
to the United States and is now
awaiting trial.

"The Aceh experience shows
that this is the key to success.
That means projects must be
viable and designed to truly

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad,
CMC Attorney General
Anand Ramlogan says he will
not be rushed into making a
decision in the extradition of
two financiers of the United
National Congress (UNC), a
leading partner in the People's
Partnership government, to
the United States where they
face more than 90 criminal
"This is not a decision one
can rush, bearing in mind that
the situation is susceptible to
judicial review. To rush it
would be to defeat the very
objective that some people
have in mind. Due process
and the rule of law will prevail
and there will be a fair deci-
sion at the end of the day,"
Ramlogan told reporters.
Businessmen Ishwar
Galbaransingh and Steve
Ferguson lost a constitutional
motion challenging the legali-
ty of an extradition request
from the U.S. last month.
Justice Vasheist Kokaram
also dismissed the conservato-
ry order, which was issued on
June 16 preventing Ramlogan
from authorizing
Galbaransingh and Ferguson's
extraditions until conclusion
of the motion filed.

The ruling meant that the
decision to extradite the busi-
nessmen was up to Ramlogan.
"Now that my hands have
been untied, there is a process
that needs to be followed, and
the accused here are in fact
behind a bar," he said. "That
means the process will now
take place to consider the rep-
resentations made. But

because we objected to bail, it
means that we have eliminat-
ed the possibility of abscond-
"What has to happen now,

States of America and their
Justice Department, to also
make representations as to
why Mr. Galbaransingh and
Mr. Ferguson should be extra-
dited...when I have both sides
of the story, then I can inde-
pendently exercise the discre-
tion given to me as attorney

l ia and WANTED
decision Galbaransingh and
Ferguson are wanted in
Ramlogan Florida, where they were
indicted on fraud charges
any deci- relating to the re-development
suscepti- of the Piarco International
is a Airport here.
ge, lis- The two men had filed for
judicial review of a decision
by the then Attorney General
John Jeremie to commence
the extradition proceedings,
claiming~, among other things,
~that they would not get fair
~trials and that Jeremie had
been politically biased against
an They also argued that
instead of being extradited
they should be tried before
requested local courts and if they were
the to be extradited via the
en I Extradition Act, then their
~ion." fundamental rights will be
gan said infringed.
look Tche businessmen's initial
ons. lawsuit was dismissed by then
wvis...and High Court Judge Nolan
:an't be Bereaux, who ruled on April 5
er," he that there was no indication
tions on the evidence of bias, nor
:d and he did the two men have a right
ime to to be put on trial locally, and
nations that the lawsuit was prema-
d to ture. The matter was also dis-
missed by the Privy Council.
vite the +

"To rush it would be
defeat the very object
that some people ha
mind. Due process a
rule of law will prev~
there will be a fair de
at the end of the day

bearing in mind that ~
sion we take may be ~
ble to judicial review,
process that will enga
tening to the


legal advice
from a legal
team that is
chaired by Mr.
James Lewis,
Counsel from

The Boxhill poll also indi-
cates that Prime Minister
Golding is battling a credibility
problem as 54 per cent felt he
cannot maintain credibility with
the Jamaican people, while 52
per cent felt he did not have the
moral authority to lead.

In addition, 63 percent of
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delayed for nine months.
According to pollsters, just
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dents believe the prime minister
has not been truthful with the
nation, on his administration's
role in the Coke extradition
Only 21.5 percent thought
he was being truthful and seven
percent were not sure.


London, and
getting repre-
sentations from the r~
state agency, namely 1
United States, and thl
would make my decis
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Lewis needed time to
over the representative
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