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Title: Caribbean today
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Publication Date: October 2010
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A United
judge has
set a
date for the
ed trial of
. Jamaica's
am- internation-
al reggae
singer Buju Banton, after a 12-
member jury failed to reach a
verdict in the case late last
month in Florida, page 2.

She is the
first Haitian
American to
lead an insti-
tution of
higher educa-
tion in the
States, and
Dr. Carole
Berotte Joseph is raising the
bar at a community college in
Massachusetts, page 8.

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TAMPA, Florida A United
States judge has set a new
date in December for the
drug-related trial of Jamaica's
international reggae singer
Buju Banton, after a 12-mem-
ber jury failed to reach a ver-
dict in the case late last
Judge Jim Moody was
also scheduled to hear argu-
ments for Banton's bail this
The entertainer was jailed
last December on charges of
conspiracy to possess and dis-
tribute cocaine and illegal pos-
session of a firearm in the fur-
therance of a crime. But last
month the foreman of the jury
told the court that the jurors
remained deadlocked on
whether Banton, whose real
name is Mark Myrie, was
guilty or innocent of the
"I don't know if we will
get to a final decision," he said
on Sept. 27. "...Since (Sept.
23) we have been reviewing
evidence, nobody has changed

their minds from their original
The matter remained
unresolved and Banton's
attorney David Markus then
filed a motion for a mistrial,
but the judge
rejected it.
37, faces the
possibility of
life imprison-
ment or
slapped with Buju Banton
fines running
into millions of dollars if he is
convicted on the charges. He
has been in jail since being
arrested at his Florida home.
His two former co-
accused lan Thomas and
James Mack have agreed to a
plea bargain with U.S. author-
ities and they will be sen-
tenced at a later date. Both
signed plea deals and agreed
to testify against Myrie in
exchange for lesser sentences.
However, neither man took

the stand. Mack pleaded the
Fifth Amendment. Neither
the prosecution nor the
defense found Thomas's testi-
mony to be of any assistance
to their case.
Myrie was reportedly
offered a two-year prison term
but refused. He has consis-
tently maintained his inno-
cence and claimed that he was
entrapped by U.S. govern-
ment informant Alexander
Johnson, who testified during
the trial.
According to Markus,
Banton's U.S. entertainment
visa was revoked by immigra-
tion authorities following his
arrest. If Banton receives bail,
he could be detained by U.S.
immigration and subject to
deportation if he does not
receive a bond that prevents
the immigration authorities
from doing so.
The bond hearing was set
for Oct. 6.

FLORIDA United States
immigration authorities have
charged four Caribbean
nationals with participating in
a drug and alien smuggling
operation here.
Immigration and Customs
Enforcement (ICE) special
agents said they arrested
Bahamian William Roberts,
50, and Haitians Luckson
Morin, 38, Guy Derilus, 54,
and Alphonse Pierre, 32, in
the alleged operation.
Roberts is charged with
alien smuggling. If convicted,
he faces up to 10 years in
prison followed by up to three
years of supervised release,
ICE officials said.
Morin and Derilus are
charged with attempting to
transport illegal aliens and
also face up to 10 years in jail
if convicted.
Morin and Pierre are
individually charged with
intent to distribute more than
five kilograms of cocaine and
face a maximum of life
ICE officials said that the
Caribbean nationals made
their initial appearances in
federal court on Sept. 28 and
were denied bail because they
were deemed to be flight risks
and a danger to the communi-
ty. Their arraignment is sched-
uled for Oct. 8.

Authorities said that on

Sept. 26, a U.S. Customs and
Border Protection (CBP) ves-
sel encountered the motor
vessel "Who Cares in the St.
Lucie Inlet in Martin County,
Florida, and, on boarding the
boat, found five persons
claiming to be Haitian nation-
als. CBP officers said they
also found four padlocked
carry on-sized pieces of lug-
gage, which contained "78
bricks of a white powdery
substance that field tested
positive for cocaine."
The authorities said that
Roberts, the captain of the
boat, was bringing the others
to the U.S. for the purpose of
financial gain, and had been
coordinating the delivery of
the five individuals with
someone known "Nixon", and
later identified as Morin.
The complaint further
said that, on Sept. 27, an
undercover ICE special agent
accompanied Roberts to a
meeting with Morin at a mari-
na in Stuart, Florida, purport-
edly to complete the delivery
of the foreign nationals, and
that Derilus accompanied
Morin at that meeting. During
the me e ting the complaint
said Morin promised Roberts
$3,000 per kilogram of
cocaine for his "unwitting
transportation of the cocaine
from The Bahamas."


complaints that Washington
has been slow in fulfilling
pledges of aid to Haiti, the
United States has appointed a
special coordinator for the
earthquake-ravaged, French-
speaking Caribbean country.
Secretary of State Hillary
Clinton said that Thomas C.
Adams would oversee U.S.
government engagement with
Haiti. She said this includes
diplomatic relations and the
implementation of a recon-
struction strategy in partner-
ship with the government of
Haiti, and other donors.
"Mr. Adams brings over 35
years of government experi-
ence to the department's long
term recovery effort in Haiti,"
Clinton said.
Adams previously served

as coordina-
tor of assis- -\\
tance to
Europe and g
from 2005 to '
2008, where ,
he was
for the
design and Clinton
tion of all U.S. assistance to the
29 countries that emerged from
communism in Europe and

Adams's appointment
comes amid growing concern
that none of the promised $1.15
billion in aid by the U.S. to
Haiti has been delivered. The
promise was among $5 billion

pledged by the international
community to Haiti at a special
donors' conference in March at
the United Nations. Former
U.S. President Bill Clinton, the
U.N.'s special envoy to Haiti
said that only 15 percent of the
money promised for 2010-11
has been delivered to Haiti. He
said the U.S. was among coun-
tries that have to date failed to
honor their pledge.
But State Department
adviser, Caitlin Klevorick, who
works on Haiti, said the current
U.S. administration is "in the
final phase of working with
them (Congress) on the release
of supplemental funding to
implement our long-term strate-
gy," adding that the money
could be disbursed within the
coming weeks.

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U.S. appoints coordinator for Haiti relief

"We in Barbados and the
wider Caribbean should not
bamboozle ourselves with
the notion that recovery is
dependent on factors of our
exclusive design and mak-

Stephen Lashley as the minis-
ter of family, culture, sports
and youth.


Thompson said that while
he would continue as prime
minister, he will now only
have the added responsibility
for national security, while
Attorney General
Freundel Stuart will be
the deputy prime minis-
ter and minister of
home affairs.
Sinckler has been made
minister of finance and
economic affairs that I
was once Thompson's
portfolio, while Ronald
Jones will be the minis-
ter of education and
human resource devel-
Michael Lashley is
the minister of housing, .
lands, urban and rural
development, with Thomps
John Boyce minister of
transport and works. Boyce
will also assume the position
of leader of the House.
The prime minister said
that Denis Lowe would be the
minister of drainage, water
resource management and
environment, while Donville
Inniss is the minister of health
and Richard Sealy responsible
for the tourism portfolio.
Dr. David Estwick is the
minister of agriculture, food,
fisheries, industry and small
business development, with

Esther Byer-Suckoo as the
minister of labor. Senator
Maxine McClean remains as
the minister of foreign affairs
and foreign trade with

Steve Blackett is minister
of social care, constituency
empowerment and community
development, with Haynesley
Benn the minister of com-
merce and trade and George
Hutson the minister of inter-
national transport and inter-
national business.

Thompson said that while
he would like to play a more
significant role "particularly in
these challenging economic
times when the signs are clear
that full global economic
recovery is still a fair distance
away" he was thankful that
one of the blessings of my
extended periods in North
America had been "the
opportunity to read and
observe, on a daily basis, the
performance and analyses
associated with the U.S,
European and North East
Asian economies.
We in Barbados and the
wider Caribbean should not
bamboozle ourselves with the
notion that recovery is
dependent on factors of our
exclusive design and making,"
he said.
The prime minister said
that his administration had
put in place several strategies
geared towards cushioning the
"shock and to minimize the

impact of the economic
decline." But he warned that
the \\< will be equally challenging
and it is for that reason that I
have assessed the future, in
the context of my illness and
reduced capacity, and have
determined that it is necessary
and prudent that I divest
aspects of my ministerial port-
folio that require robust, day
to day oversight."
The prime minister said
that his greatest wish" for
Barbados at this time is for all
citizens to use "adversity to
refocus our energies on what's
best for Barbados and that we
wrap our actions and our
utterances in the national flag
and the furtherance of this
great nation we call home.
"That's my challenge to
you. Unite and love," he said,
noting "if we can unite first
and foremost as sons and
daughters of these fields and
hills we call our very own,
nothing will hold us back. We
did it in the 60s and 70s, and
we make no wanton boast of
what we can achieve."

Story compiled from CMC

Fading health has forced
David Thompson to
trim his workload as
Barbados's prime minister and
re-organize the nation's top
decision-making body.
Thompson, who has been
getting treatment in the
United States as he fights pan-
creatic cancer, late last month
re-shuffled his Cabinet, drop-
ping some of the portfolios he
took on when his ruling
Democratic Labour Party
(DLP) came to office in 2008.
The changes were sched-
uled to become effective on
Oct. 4.
Thompson said that his
"reduced physical e..p.nt il -
had placed a strain on his abil-
ity to serve Barbadians as he
would have liked.
But he told the nation on
Sept. 30 that while people
could not control what hap-
pens to them "we can control
how we respond to what hap-
pens to us" and that he was
assuring citizens that "my
family and I are determined to
battle this illness and are fully
co-operating with the medical
teams here and in New York,
to ensure that all that's
humanly possible is done to
arrest and reverse this condi-
tion, while humbly recogniz-
ing that ultimately the will of
God will prevail."


Thompson cuts tasks, but stays as on Barbados's P.M. despite ill health


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St. Lucia's P.M. assures diaspora in U.S.

of importance to the Caribbean nation

NEW YORK Prime nationals of all walks of life government and the St. Lucia
Minister Stephenson King has under one roof to counsel and Tourist Board to working with
told St. Lucia's citizens abroad guide each other while pre- nationals abroad.
that they are critically impor- serving St. Lucia's culture "We are committed to a
tant to the development of the abroad. bigger and better homecoming
island nation, and its govern- next year, and efforts are
ment is not going to overlook 'HOMECOMING' SUCCESS already underway to capitalize
them. Jamaican American on the momentum that has
King, who addressed Assemblyman Nick Perry also been created," he added.
nationals late last month at pledged $100,000 in govern- St. Lucian Homecoming
Brooklyn's St. Lucia 2010, held this
House, also pledged both past summer, gave
political and financial St. Lucians a
commitments to working chance to form
closer with St. Lucians partnerships with
across the diaspora their brothers and
"St. Lucia has count- sisters who live
less human and natural overseas. It was
resources which combine .- also an opportuni-
to make it a gem in the ty to thank all St.
Caribbean, but one of Lucians, wherever
our country's most valu- they live overseas
able but often unherald- or at home, for
ed resources lies abroad .: the ways in which
overseas St. Lucians," they have helped
King said. make their coun-
From left, Prime Minister Stephenson King, Martha Smith of the Saint
"We always count on Lucia Consulate, and Jamaican American Assemblyman Nick Perry at try a better place.
them and we should do Saint Lucia House. It also
more to count them into encouraged those
our tourism and development ment funds to assist the house living overseas to invest their
plans and hopes for the with capital improvements. resources, skills and time in
future." "We are going to build on strengthening communities at
Pledging EC$300,000 the success of this summer's home and abroad.
($111,000) to the development homecoming celebrations,"
and upkeep of the new St. said Senator Allen Chastanet, CMC
Lucia House, Prime Minister St. Lucia's minister of tourism g
King told a packed audience and civil aviation who under-
that he was proud to see scored the commitment of the

T&T Charg eS Abu Bakr with murder

"REn Pv astPm nt
extended an olive branch to
former presidential candidate
and hip hop star Wyclef Jean,
just days after Jean officially
announced that he was no
longer seeking to be elected as
head of the earthquake-ray-
aged, French-speaking
Caribbean community
(CARICOM) country.
Prival pulled Jean on
stage here at a gathering of
the Clinton Global
Initiative (CGI) in what
observers described as a
gesture of goodwill.
It was the first meeting 4
between the two men since
Jean criticized Prival in his
new song, accusing him of
deception in allegedly
orchestrating the Aug. 20 Je
decision by Haiti's electoral
council that banned Jean from
the November 28 presidential
"He has made the plight
of Haiti visible throughout the
world even before the earth-
quake," said Prival in a
speech to hundreds of dele-
gates at the GGI.
"He (Jean) carries his
country in his heart and that is
why I have made him a good-
will ambassador."

While standing next to
Prival, Jean smiled but said
nothing. He has become a
sought-after kingmaker in the
presidential race, with candi-
dates hoping to capitalize on

h oopfuile i aLna tdhhe
was giving up on his presiden-
tial bid to focus on music.
The brief reunion
between Jean and Prival
occurred during a special ses-
sion on Haiti at the annual
gathering by former United
States President Bill Clinton,
who also serves as co-chair of

an, left, Prival

reconstruction efforts in
Haiti with Prime Minister
Jean-Max Bellerive. Clinton,
like Prival, called for foreign
donors to keep their commit-
ments to provide more than
$5.3 billion in aid.
Earlier, Clinton met with
several foreign ministers, hop-
ing to get their countries to
honor the pledges made to
Haiti which was battered by a
Jan. 12 earthquake that killed
more than 300,000 people and
more than one million others
homeless. Bellerive said Haiti
continues to struggle in dig-
ging itself from under the

PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad,
CMC Yasin Abu Bakr, the
leader of the Jamaat-al-
Muslimeen, has been charged
with murder.

BrenB i Bdr t Iman,
were charged on Sept. 29 fol-
lowing a coroner's inquest into
the death of Israel Sammy in
Coroner Nalini Singh, in
her ruling in the Port of Spain

Magistrates' Court, said she
found there was sufficient evi-
dence for both men to be
charged with Sammy's killing.
Both Bakr, leader of the

910e emep dc tpw the
ruling was handed down. The
two accused were taken to the
Maximum Security Prison in
Arouca and were scheduled to
return to court this month.

KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC -
At least 13 people were con-
firmed dead and several oth-
ers missing as heavy rains
associated with Tropical
Storm Nicole lashed into
Jamaica late last month,
The Miami-based
National Hurricane Centre
(NHC) said that the storm
was expected to produce total
rainfall accumulations of
between five to 10 inches over
the Cayman Islands, Jamaica
and Cuba with isolated maxi-
mum amounts of 20 inches
over Cuba and Jamaica.
Disaster and other offi-
cials here confirmed that a
number of persons had been
killed and that several houses
and buildings had also been
damaged or destroyed by the
floods associated with the

The Ministry of
Agriculture and Fisheries said
that two farmers in Flagaman,

St. Elizabeth had been washed
away and presumed dead. The
identities of the men were not
yet known at press time. The
ministry said there have also
been significant damage to
several crops in the farming
belt of South West St.
Police also confirmed that
one person had been killed
and six others, including four
children, were missing after a
house collapsed in the raging
waters of Sandy Gully in
Sandy Park, St Andrew. All
the occupants were said to be
asleep at the time of the inci-
dent that occurred during the
early hours of Sept. 29.
A search was also
launched near the delta of the
Hope River in Harbor View
where a man was reportedly
washed away by floodwaters.
Police reported that two men
tried to cross the river where a
high ford was washed away.

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HOUSTON, Texas The
judge in the upcoming trial of
disgraced Texan fancier
Allen Stanford has issued a
sweeping gag order, barring
the defendants, attorneys and
even Stanford's alleged vic-
tims from talking to the media
ahead of Stanford's January
Stanford and several of
his former top executives are
charged with running a $7 bil-
lion Ponzi scheme mainly
through his Antigua-based
Stanford Investment Bank
(SIB). He has denied the alle-
gations in the case that has
received worldwide media
United States District
Judge David Hittner issued
the order late last month after
Stanford agreed to grant a

jailhouse interview to U.S. tel-

regulations. Instead, Hittner
issued the order barring virtu-
ally all contact with the media
by not only the defendants,
defense attorneys and prose-
cutors, but also "the alleged
victims and all other designat-
ed or potential n n ne sse s in
the case.
"Such heightened publici-
ty surrounding these proceed-
ings potentially poses a signifi-
cant danger to providing a fair
trial by impartial jurors,
Hitter wrote.
Stanford was indicted in
June of last year on 21 criminal
counts, and has been in cus-
tody ever since. The Securities
and Exchange Commission
filed civil fraud charges against
him in Feb. 2009.

Caicos David Smith, the
Jamaican national who once
flew high as head of invest-
ment scheme Olint will have
to spend the next six-and-a-
half-years of his life in jail.
Smith was last month jailed in
the Turks and Caicos Islands
after pleading guilty to two
counts of conspiracy to money
laundering and two counts of
conspiracy to commit fraud,
Jamaica Observer newspaper
reports indicate.
The paper quoted Oliver
Smith, David Smith's lawyer,
as saying his
client agreed e
to plead guilty
so charges
against his wife
could be
meal'h plea
th ch

Smith have
been dropped
and her right
to travel has
been reinstat-
The jail
time came just over a month
after David Smith was
charged in United States
District Court in Florida with
fraud and money laundering
in a $200 million Ponzi
scheme he operated from the
Turks and Caicos Islands,
Jamaica and Florida.
Smith has waived his right
to be indicted by a grand jury,
allowing the U.S. attorney for
the Middle District of Florida
in Orlando to charge him with
four counts of wire fraud, one
count of conspiracy to commit
money laundering and 18
counts of money laundering.
The U.S. government also
seeks to seize $128 million
that Smith handled through
allegedly fraudulent wire
transfers; a Windermere,
Florida residence; various jew-
elry and precious stones; and
$40,000 that Smith transferred
to a husband and wife, accord-
ing to court documents.
Documents filed in U.S.
District Court in Orlando
explained how Smith created
private investment clubs
claiming to trade in foreign
currency for more than 6,000
In 2005 Smith reportedly
incorporated Overseas Locket
International Corporation
(OLINT) in Panama and
OLINT Corporation in

Jamaica. In 2006 he created
OLINT TCI Corporation
Ltd., which received funds
from people in the U.S.,
Jamaica and other Caribbean
islands, but not from the
Turks and Caicos. Also in
2006, Smith and an unnamed
TCI resident created TCI FX
Traders Ltd. allegedly
received a mutual fund license
from the Financial Services
Smith promised clients
returns on investments of five
to 10 percent monthly with
only 20 percent of their invest-


Stanford is being held
without bail at a federal
detention center here, and the
judge would have had to
approve the interview under
Federal Bureau of Prisons

ment ever being at risk, prose-
cutors allege. But Smith never
traded in foreign currency,
instead making false account
statements and paying clients
re turns with their own
money commonly called a
Ponzi scheme.
Smith is accused of trans-
ferring millions of dollars
from the TCI to I-Trade FX, a
company in Lake Mary,
Florida in which Smith was
the majority investor. Smith
and others then transferred
money through JIJ
Investments a Florida com-
pany owned by indicatedd
co-conspirators" into
accounts at different financial
institutions, prosecutors
OLINT reportedly has $6
million of investors' money
tied up in TCI Bank Ltd.,
which was closed in April
because of huge withdrawals
and nonperforming loans.
Creditors and shareholders
may be able to save the bank
with an offer from two
Eastern Caribbean banks, but
that would tie up OLINT
money for up to five years.
The U.S. will, however,
have to wait until Smith serves
his jail time before extraditing

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Jamaica's Consul General Sandra Grant Griffiths, center, in conversation with Jamaican nationals Elloreece Burrell, left, and
Bradley Lloyd during the consulate's recent Community Outreach Day in Tampa. During the event, staged last month at the
University Area Community Development Center in Tampa by the consulate general in Miami and partnering agencies, Jamaican
nationals were able to utilize the services of several domestic agencies in Florida. They were able to access passport applica-
tions, processed by representatives of the Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA), and birth, death and marriage
certificates, courtesy of the Registrar General's Department (RGD) in Jamaica.
"The experience was a great one, and the personal interaction, through our one-on-one contact with the clients, made it
easier to understand their needs," Desmond Graham, PICA's acting operations manager for citizenship services, told JIS News.

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Brian L. Reeley,1611, rionorary emisul general lur ot. Altts ariu Ivevis, receives mi
award of appreciation from Dr. Anselm E. Rawlins for his dedication and commitment
to the Caribbean country during last month's St. Kitts and Nevis Association of
Florida's annual Independence Dinner and Ball. Keeley is also president and chief
executive officer of Baptist Health South Florida. Dr. Rawlins is chairman of the
board. Baptist Health South Florida sponsored the event in Fort Lauderdale.

rk, 6447 N.E. Seventh Ave.
in Miami, Florida.
For registration informa-
tion, call 311 or visit
The seventh annual Lauderhill
Regional Chamber of
Commerce (LRCC) Expo will
be held from Oct 21-24.
The event, highlighting the
South Horida community noted
for its large Caribbean popula-
tion, kicks off with a business
expo from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct.
21 The following day's program
will feature the "Chamber
Awards Luncheon" from 11*30
which is scheduled to run from
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., there will be a
celebrity golf tournament and
awards luncheon. The expo will
close with the "Lauderhill Jazz
Jam", from noon to 6 p.m.
For more information,
including the location of
events, call 954-318-6118.

The 27th edition of Miami
Book Fair International, pre-
sented by the Florida Center for
the Literary Arts, will take
place Nov. 14-21, at Miami
Dade College's (MDC) Wolfson
Campus in downtown Miami.
For updates on Miami
Book Fair International, visit, call
305-237-3528, or e-mail

Economic survival and
enhancing Caribbean news
content will be the key issues
addressed at the first Media
Makers Unite Conference to
be held next month in
Montego Bay, Jamaica.
The conference, which is
scheduled for Nov.12-13 at
The Wexford Hotel. Visit
for more information.

Former Jamaica Prime
Minister PJ. Patterson will be
the guest speaker at the 12th
annual Eric E. Williams
Memorial Lecture at 6:30 p.m.
Oct. 15 in South Florida.
Patterson will discuss "The
Renaissance of Haiti: A
Template for Caribbean
Iniquilan The event willbe
held at Florida International
University's College of Law,
11200 S.W. Eighth St. in Miami.
For more information,
call 305-348-6860 or 305-271-

Pineapple Ball 2010 will be
held on Oct 15 at Fairchild
Tropical Botanical Garden in
Miami, Florida.
Among the evening's
highlights will be a twilight
champagne trolley garden
tour at 6:30 p.m. Food will be
prepared by chef Cindy
Hutson of Ortanique on the
Mile. Marine biologist and
environmentalist Dr. Guy
Harvey will receive the 2010
Award of Excellence, which
includes funding of a scholar-
ship at the University of the
West Indies to be known as
the Guy Harvey Scholarship
in Marine Science.
The annual event gener-
ates funding for Jamaican
charities and causes. For

mrai mi t

Two "Home Energy Savings
Workshops" will be held in
Miami-Dade County this
month. Both will run from
7 p.m. to 9 p.m., but registra-
tion begins earlier.
The first will be on Oct
13 at Bay Harbor Islands City
Hall, 9665 Bay Harbor Terr.
The second is scheduled for
Oct. 20 at Legion Memorial

Caribbean and other nationals
seeking to obtain a "green
card" or permanent residency
in the United States can try
the new 2012 lottery, which
opens this month.
The Department of State
last month said its DV-2012
Diversity Visa lottery program
registration period will open
on Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010.
Entries must be submitted
electronically via www.dvlot- between noon

The congressionally man-
dated Diversity Immigrant
Visa Program is administered
annually by the Department
of State and makes up to
55,000 Diversity Visas (DV)
available each fiscal year to
persons from countries with
low rates of immigration to
the U.S.

- CaribWorldNews

marriage fails it is always (I
am sure, without exception)
because of an unwillingness to
do the work of maintenance,
often through communication,
to ensure the health of the
We as a society must
uphold the sanctity of mar-
riage. For the health of our
society, marriage must be held
as a sacred institution.
Otherwise the 'wages' are
extremely expensive and more
costly than death.

- F. Callam

A loveless marriage, a lesbian
wife, bad sex/bad bed partner,
poor health of a spouse, odi-
ous spouse, or a negligent
spouse by any standard are all
potentially remedied through
communication. That is, both
parties engaging in a dialogue
to catch these issues early or
to fix it when one becomes
aware. I don't believe these
things happen overnight nor
do I believe that one awakens
one morning to discover that
love has died. Whenever a

(The following was written in
response to a Tony Robinson
column, titled "The wages of
sin", which appeared in a
recent Caribbean Today issue.)

Dear Caribbean Today,
According to your magazine
of August 2010, music star
Wyclef Jean is Haiti's hope.
We Haitians don't think so.
Our French back round
makes us believe that music
star deserves to be the king of

our next carnival, but the
president of Haiti must be an
higher educated person than a
rich rapper superstar.
Thank you very much.

Dr. Guy Mack,

Sincerely yours,

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KINGSTON, Jamaica It is a
task that has not shaken her
confidence, even though for
the last 50 years, Jamaicap
modern history has been
shaped by two powerful par-
ties the Jamaica Labour
Party (JLP) and the Peopley
National Party (PNP).
Others have emerged
over the years to challenge the
dominance of the two major
political parties, but Betty
Ann Blaine believes her new
political entity will not join
them in the political grave-
Blaine, a historian, uni-
versity lecturer, children
rights advocate and talk show
host, took the plunge in
August, launching the New
Nation Coalition (NNC). She
hopes to prove the skeptics
wrong and emerge victorious
when Jamaicans go to the
polls in the next general elec-
tions, constitutionally due in
The daughter of a market
woman from rural Jamaica
and a well-to-do white father
Blaine grew up relatively po< r
in what is now one of the
more depressed areas of the
ca ital, Kin ston
"Becau e my father, who


was a white-skinned Jamaican,
decided to marry my mother,
who was a black country
woman, his family didn't want
to have much to do with us.
We literally became the black
sheep of the family. While his
family lived very comfortably,
we grew up relatively
poor...his side of the family
was really ashamed of us,"
she said.
Blaine received her early
education in Jamaica and in
1971, she migrated to the
United States where she
attended Hunter College and
then Columbia University for
postgraduate studies and
became active in the Afro/
Caribbean movement.
On her return to Jamaica
years later, Blaine focused on
the rights of children, working
mainly in the poorer neigh-
borhoods of Kingston. Best
known as the founder of
the lobby group Hear the
Children's Cry, Blaine eventu-
ally made her way onto the
political scene in 2001 when
she became a founding mem-
ber and vice president of the
now defunct United People's
Party (UPP).
Blaine, who recently quit
her job as a talk show host,

the big spenders in Jamaica do
not want to back a new party
so that will be a challenge as

For her part, Blaine
believes Jamaica is ripe for
another party and divine guid-
ance will give the NNC immu-
nity from an early death.
"We are saying who we
are, we are not telling you
who you are. Christianity is
our brand, but our product is
open to everyone," she said.
One issue that helped
Blaine in deciding to re-enter
the political arena was the
much publicized controversy
surrounding the extradition of
alleged drug lord Christopher
"Dudus" Coke to the United
States, with a siege on poor
communities in Kingston that
resulted in 73 civilians and
three police officers dead.
"Jamaica's image was
badly tainted," she said. "We
have to regain and recapture
the image of who Jamaicans
really are, we are not drug
lords, we are not strongmen,
we are not criminals and drug
traffickers, there are criminal
elements in our country, we
know that. But the majority of


Betty Ann Blaine has launched the newest political party in Jamaica.

believes that the time is right
for her to enter the political
It is my walk, the bumps
and bruises along the way, the
good and the bad, my life
experiences that I think will
allow me to be a good leader
and this is how I'm presenting
myself to the Jamaican peo-
ple," she said. "You can't be a
good leader without having
made mistakes...The hardest
thing to do is to build a politi-
ca(party, the easiest thing to
do is to do nothing.
Blaine, who heads

Jamaica's 46th third party
since Independence in 1962,
will obviously face an uphill
battle. Lloyd B Smith, a politi-
cal commentator, said the
NNC will have to overcome
major financial and sociologi-
cal challenges.
You have to begin to
appeal to that Jamaican who
has been turned off from the
current system and it is going
to be a difficult challenge
because political parties
depend a lot on funding and,,
nobody likes to back a loser,
Smith said, adding "most of

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manager," and with
building a strong
management team as
well as boosting the
college foundation's
annual giving from a
nominal amount to
more than $300,000 in
the 2008-2009 aca-
demic year.
"She's an
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"Community colleges and
the critical role they play in
our global economy are not
fully appreciated or recog-
nized," says Berotte Joseph,
who is one of only 49 African
American women serving as
college and university presi-
dents in the U.S.
"Today community col-
leges account for nearly 45
percent of the country's col-
lege enrollment. They are the
foundation of a cost-effective,
quality educational track to
baccalaureate and advanced
degrees, and the source of a
highly skilled, technologically
sophisticated American work-

Jon Bower, chairman of
the college's board of trustees,
said Berotte Joseph has done

organized MassBay's academ-
ic divisions into five areas to
parallel the key economic
drivers in Massachusetts and
with a focus on student sup-
port and student success -
health sciences; humanities;
social sciences and profession-
al services; science, technolo-
gy, engineering and mathe-
matics (STEM); and trans-
portation and energy.
Berotte Joseph, along
with co-editor Arthur Spears,
recently published "The
Haitian Creole Language:
History, Structure, Use, and
Education". The book repre-
sents a global take on lan-
guage practice in Haiti and
the Haitian diaspora, especial-
ly in North America, with
contributors from established
Haitian scholars.


Five years ago, when
Carole Berotte Joseph
left State University of
New York (SUNY) to become
the first woman to head
Massachusetts Bay
Community College and the
first Haitian American to lead
an institution of higher educa-
tion in the United States,
those who knew her history
never doubted that she would
transform the institution.
A staunch advocate of
community colleges, Berotte
Joseph had a vision when she
took the helm not only to
make "MassBay" one of the
premiere community colleges
in the state of Massachusetts,
but in the country.
The fact that MassBay is
often overshadowed by its big-
ger, better known neighbors
Babson and Wellesley colleges
never deterred Berotte Joseph
from her vision of positioning

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Jamaicans are hard working,
talented, gifted and God-fear-
ing people and that is the mes-
sage we are putting out
Blaine said women also
bring a different kind of ener-
gy to politics not just in
Jamaica but the wider
"I think it's going to be
very important for the women
who step into those kinds of
leadership positions to really
provide the kinds of models
for other people to see. We
see things differently," she
said. "We should come with
that nurturing spirit that we
have as women. I want to see
more women coming into pol-
itics and serving."
If her party won a majori-
ty, Blaine wouldn't be the first
female prime minister; that
honor goes to Portia Simpson
Miller of the People's National
Party, who held office from
Mar. 2006 to Sept. 2007.
Simpson Miller is currently
Opposition leader, having been
succeeded by Bruce Golding.
Still, Yvonne McCalla
Sobers, an outspoken human
rights activist and founder of
Families Against State
Terrorism (FAST), said the
step taken by Blaine should

be al at there is a sig-
nificant role for women in pol-
itics because first of all, the
male approach has brought us
to where we are," she said. "I
think that females can bring
an approach which is more
hum ine 1 NC's future,

Sobers has words of caution.

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seems Republicans are really
living in a bubble, believing
they can surely win the United
States House back without
immigrant votes. After all,
why else would they kill the
dream of so many immigrant
students who could make such
an incredible contribution to
this country?
Is it just race hate or plain
politics GOPers that cause
you and your Tea Party
cohorts to not understand,
that despite your ignorant
rhetoric, the minority has
become the majority in this
country and there is no way
you will win a majority of
seats any-
where without
their votes?
month, the
party of "No"
and "colonial-
ist" Newt
again showed FELICIA
its redneck PERSAUD
hand by
stalling a U.S.
Senate meas-
ure that would have allowed
children of undocumented
immigrants to get on a path to
legalization. The DREAM
Act was aimed to grant per-
manent residency to immi-
grants who were brought to
the U.S. as children and who
have completed sometime in
college or in the armed forces.
It was attached by Democrats
to the Defense spending bill,
but Republican lawmakers
refused to budge, stalling not
just the dream for immigrants,
but the vote to repeal "Don't
Ask, Don't Tell" and of course
the budget for the armed
Instead, Republicans
quickly resorted to what they
do best attacking the Obama

administration and accusing
them of seeking amnesty for
illegal immigrants through
administrative changes within
the Department of Homeland
Security. The vote was 56-43.
Arkansas Democratic sena-
tors Blanche Lincoln and
Mark Pryor voted with
Republicans. Majority Leader
Harry Reid also voted to
block the bill in a procedural
move that allows the defense
bill to be revived later.

Brent Wilkes, national
executive director of the
League of United Latin
American Citizens, got it right
when he said the vote showed
that the Republican Party had
"once again proven that when
Latinos need support, they
support a different constituen-
cy even when the constituency
they are supporting does not
have a dog in the fight."
What Republicans in their
ignorance refused also were
the troops they claim to care
so much about by voting
against the defense bill and
against gay rights.
Democrats and the presi-
dent must become more vocal
in energizing the base and let-
ting all-immigrant, minority,
gays and progressive voters -
know that the choice come
Nov. 2 is between the party of
racists and "no", and the
incumbent. Despite the frus-
tration many on the left are
feeling we must go out and
vote for Democrats as the
alternative is simply too chill-
ing and daunting.
Let's remember that while
progress may seem slow and
the issues we care about are
not becoming a reality quickly,
President Obama has only
been in office less than two
years. What he inherited is,

any of us find
Dagwood and Andy
Capp comics funny,
as we do Raymond, from
"Everybody Loves Raymond"
on T.V. But, based on what I
hear from husbands and wives
in real life, this marriage thing
is far from funny.
Now I'm not knocking
marriage at all, even though
statistics show that well over
60 percent of marriages will
end in divorce. But there is an
upside, as recent reports
showed that people who stay
married have more money
than single people.
Marrying for money, it
turns out, works. A study by
an Ohio State University
researcher shows that a per-
son who marries and stays
married, accumulates nearly
twice as much personal wealth
as a person who is single or
The trick is to stay mar-
ried though, for divorce will
eat out everything, especially
if you're the man and will now
have to virtually support two
households. That's why some
people remain married in
spite of all the problems that
they experience. It's all about
the money.
But even as they remain
married, they complain, with
the husbands griping and the
wives bitching. Usually the
wives complain that the hus-
bands don't do their fair share
around the house; not with
the children, buying groceries,
or repairing stuff. The hus-
bands say that they do more
than enough, and furthermore
what's the point of employing
domestic helpers if the wife is
going to do housework any-
What I found most inter-
esting was this study that
showed that husbands who
helped a lot with the house-
hold chores got more sex from
their wives. This is scientific
fact. So husbands, if you want
more, just start doing more -
put on that apron, get out the

broom, rev up
the lawn
mower, take
out the paint
brush and see
how loving
your wife
I have
heard women TONY
doin it for ROBINSON
baubles, ban-
gles and beads
and even for hard cash, but as
payment for housework? If I
had known this all along I
would have done days work
more often.
Of course the wives who I
talk to say that it's not related,
it's not sex for chores. But
they do grudgingly admit that
having the husband around
the house and seeing him par-
ticipating does make them feel
closer to them. Ge ntle me n, I
suppol home economics class
and a handyman course if you
don't wish to become too
much of a hand man.
Here's what the husbands
say though: "My wife does not
respect what I do, my job, and
how stressful my days are.
When I come home from
work after being chewed out
by the boss or dealing with
staff, all she greets me with is,
You forgot to buy the bread

This seems to be a com-
mon cry. After dealing with
high-level finances, legal
wranglinggs, labor disputes,
political futures, the last thing
that he wants to hear is that
there is no orange juice in the
fridge and the cupboard door
needs fixing.

But apparently it's the
small stuff that makes wives
tick, and not doing it just ticks
her off even more. So the sci-
entists are right, the wives
build up this resentment and
cannot feel any sexual urges
because of that. Sex for
women is a highly complicated
issue, which deals with love,
affection, appreciation and
that sort of thing. Certainly far
more complex than men,
who'll say, "Honey I'm home,
take off your clothes.'
What is unfair though, is
that women expect men to
just automatically get with the
program and be instantly
housebroken. Instead what
you get are broken men.
Wives are by nature house-
bound, especially after they
have children. Then, nesting
instincts trip in. Her focus is
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Agreement (EPA) with
Europe, Guyana's President
Bharrat Jagdeo still maintains
that his country was right in
holding out until the last
minute to get a "better deal"
for the Caribbean.
* "We need serious leader-
ship in CARICOM. And I
say this without any water in
my mouth, we have not been
having serious leadership in
CARICOM" St. Vincent
and the Grenadines Prime
Minister Dr. Ralph

* "There is a pernicious
underground in this country
that is part of the trafficking
of people and that perni-
ciousness seems to be more
evident in certain high
places" Information
Minister Edmond Mansoor
recently claiming that human
trafficking is a bigger prob-
lem in Antigua and Barbuda
than many realize.

- Compiled from CMC and
other sources.

of at least a dozen potentially
serious candidates. It has also
touched off worries of a
return to the racially tinged
"Council Wars" that preceded
Daley's elec-
tion in 1989.
I can tell
you that --
Daley did .
right what
Fenty did
wrong: Wisely
following the
path of the CLARENCE
late Harold PAGE
Chicago's first
black mayor, Daley reached
out to all major groups in his
city's ethnic quilt, including
black voters who were his
bippol opponents. Starting
from nearly zero, Daley
increased his turnout among
blacks and other groups in
subsequent elections. He built
the kind of majorities that
frightened off potential con-
tenders. Even today, no other
major contender was ready to
run until Daley said he would-

Fenty, by contrast, was
voted out despite a recent
Washington Post poll in which
most voters said they thought
the District was on the right
track. Indeed, the city's mur-
der rate is down, funding for
his youth job programs was
up, and his nationally famous,
though controversial, schools
Chancellor Michelle Rhee was
clearing out low-performing
teachers, principals, school
buildings and bureaucracy in
ways that made other big-city
superintendents jealous.
Unfortunately, Fenty had
a deficit of people skills. He
turned out to be great at gov-

earning, but lousy at politick-
ing. Even bad schools and bad
teachers have their constituen-
cies. Old school alumni, for
example, are quick to believe
the worst unless you take time
to explain what you're doing
and why. Instead, Fenty's and
Rhee's hard-charging style
offered no spoonfuls of sugar
to help the harsh medicine go
There are lessons in these
examples for President
Obama. Although his black
support remains strong, it is
partly because his supporters
are circling wagons against
cheap-shot attacks tinged with
race, even if they don't explic-
itly use the words.
A recent Forbes article
written by conservative
Dinesh D'Souza and amaz-
ingly endorsed by Republican
presidential hopeful Newt
Gingrich offers the bizarre
notion that Obama somehow
is channeling Kenyan revolu-
tionary beliefs from his dead
father, whom Obama hardly
knew. Until now, both
Gingrich and D'Souza at least
were known for well-
researched, thoughtful ideas,
whether you agreed with them
or not. I even had the pleas-
ure of debating D'Souza on a
couple of radio programs after
he wrote a well-researched
best-seller in the 1990s called
"The End of Racism". We're
not there yet, I suppeded His
strange take on Obama's
thinking serves to prove my
@ 2010 Clarence Page.
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Services, Inc.

Black is back. So is
white. Less than two
years after President
Barack Obama's election, race
is making a political comeback
in the United States if it ever
really left.
A mere four years ago,
for example, Americans cele-
brated the rise of two hope-
filled post-racial stars: District
of Columbia Mayor Adrian
Fenty and Newark's Mayor
Cory Booker. Each was tout-
ed as a young, energetic, post-
civil-rights-era savior in the
mold of then-Senator Obama.
Multiracial coalitions of voters
elected them both. Each man-
aged to transcend race-based
politics and make gains wor-
thy of national praise.
Yet, despite their success-
es, Fenty was voted out of
office on Sept. 14. White vot-
ers still supported him almost
two-to-one, but black voters
in the majority-black city
turned on him by a similarly
wide margin.
Booker at least managed
to be re-elected in May with
59 percent of the vote,
although that was a sizeable
drop from his 72 percent land-
slide in 2006. As with Fenty,
most of Booker's losses came
from black voters.

The problem for both
ma ors is an old dilemma
faced by ethnic crossover can-
didates: How do you sail in
the predominately white
mainstream without being
scuttled by your ethnic or
racial base?
That's an old estion in
Chicago, where Mayor
Richard M. Daley's announce-
ment that he's not going to
run for re-election has ignited
the long-suppressed ambitions

* "We are a
wounded, we
are in pain, but
we are alive" -
Haiti's Prime
Minister Jean-
Max Bellerive
on his country's
struggle to recover from
January's devastating earth-
* "I am convinced that were
we to reinstitute hangings,
which is the law of the land,
it will have a dent on crime. I
am conymced" Trinidad
and Tobago Cabinet Minister
Austin "Jack" Warner makes
known his views on the death
* "I don't regret it. In fact
today we feel more vindicat-
ed than ever before that
many of the things we said
came to pass and the agree-
ment is haunting us in our
negotiations with others" -
Two years after the Caribbean

it. The research paper alludes
to it as a sort of tunnel vision.
The husband, on the other
hand, is a creature of the
street, so he now has great dif-
ficulty adjusting to this house-
hold chore thing. It is a colos-
sal sIrtled, so he finds solace
in working late at the office
or hanging out with the guys.
It's not about the effort of
work either, but just the
thought of having to work at
home. That's why some men
will opt for overtime, not for
the money, but just to escape
from taking out the garbage
on Thursday night.
The study continued: "One
of the solutions they arrived at
was examining their household
budget and setting aside funds
for the handyman to do chores
that the husband doesn't feel
willing or able to do."
But the wives countered
by saying: "Why should we
spend money when he can
mow the lawn on a Sunday?


Housewives rule. One
solution, the study says, is the
language of the wife. For
example she could say, "I'd
have more free time this
evening if you'd wash up the
"lie s, instead of saying,
You never do a damn thing
around the house, I have to
pick up after you, the least
you can do is put your plate in
the sink and even wash them."
One husband recently
told me, "This is how I deal
with her, anything she says, I
just say, yes dear, you rule
dear, you're the boss dear. I
just can't bother to argue any-
I wileast that wives,
although not abrogating their
domestic responsibilities
should also be like a girlfriend
to their husbands. After all, that
was what she was first. After
that, he'll do anything for her,
and she'll rule anyway...without
him even knowing.


like Bill Maher said, "a dying
patient." Now he's stopped
the bleeding, but the patient
cannot get up and walk yet..
He/she will. Let's just give him
some more time to do it and
110t resort to the persons who

caused the patient's almost
death in the first place.
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Shaver Thomas (Kansas
City Wizards), Shaun Francis
(Columbus Crew), Khari
Stephenson (San Jose
Earthquakes), Ryan Johnson
(San Jose Earthquakes), Dane
Richards (New York Red
Bulls) and O'Brian White
(Toronto F.C.) make up the
Reggae Boyz' MLS contin-

a level below MLS, for the
game. They are Kendall
Jagdeosingh and Keon Daniel,
who play for the Puerto Rico
"It's important for us to
start having a look at some of
the overseas-based players
available to the team for the
Digicel Caribbean Cup, and as

such we have opted to invite
some of the players that
are playing in the (United
States)," said T&T's
Operations Manager David
Jamaica beat T&T 3-1 in
August, the last time the two
countries met.

Several North American-
based players have been
called up for a friendly
soccer international between
Caribbean rivals Jamaica and
Trinidad and Tobago on Oct.
Both squads will feature
players from United States
Major League Soccer (MLS).

T&T has invited Cornell
Glen (San Jose Earthquakes),
Yohance Marshall (Los
Angeles Galaxy) and Julius
James (D.C. United) from
MLS. The Soca Warriors have
also summoned a couple of
players from United Soccer
Leagues (USL), which is rated

To Caribbean-born
players in the National
Basketball Association
have made major decisions
ahead of the 2010-11 NBA sea-
Many time all-star Tim
Duncan, of St. Croix, is hoping

14th season in the NBA. The
34-year-old center/forward late
last month declared himself fit
and ready for the Spurs' train-
ing camp ahead of a season in
which he is expected to carry a
lighter workload.
"That was the plan last
bad way for a stretch and
couldn't make that work," said
Duncan, a two-time NBA

MosM li e I w St.
Croix native Raja Bell also
made a huge decision before
the season, choosing to retum
to the Utah Jazz instead of tak-
ing up an offer from the cham-
pions Los Angeles Lakers,
whose pitch to woo him was
led by star Kobe Bryant.
Bell, 34, confessed it was
easy to turn down the invita-
tion from Bryant. The 6' 5"
guard, an 11-year NBA veter-

an, said familiarity would

Bell suffered a career-

appearances for Charlotte and


"There are things that I
remember from Utah that still
warm me up a little bit," said
Bell. "I had good times here.
My wife and I had great times
with the other players and
their wives. It was a great stop
along my ride."

for a significant reduction in

The Women's U.S. Open
Cricket Tournament
will be played Oct. 8-10
at the Central Broward
Regional Park in Lauderhill,
The tournament will fea-

ture five teams from across
the United States, including
states such as New York,
Washington, New Jersey and
California, plus a team from
The final will be played at

2 p.m. Oct. 10. The games are

Group B match at the Corona
Stadium. But a pair of goals
from David Horst lifted the
Islanders to a come-from-
behind 3-2 victory over Toluca
of Mexico at Juan Ram6n
Loubriel Stadium.
The defeat left Joe Public
on one point and no chance of
advancing to the quarterfinals
of the competition. In
Bayamon, Puerto Rico, Horst
scored in stoppage time to
complete a brace, and hand

the Islanders a remarkable
The Islanders seemed des-
tined for defeat when Hector
Mancilla scored twice in the
space of 15 minutes in the first
half to give Toluca a 2-0 lead
at halftime. The Islanders
equalized through goals from
Horst and David Foley, before
Horst headed home a corner
in injury time.

Two regional teams had
mixed fortune late last
month in the CONCA-
CAF Champions League, soc-
cer's bippol professional club
tournament in the Caribbean,
North and Central America.
Trinidad and Tobago's Joe
Public dropped out of con-
tention for a place in the next
round, but the Puerto Rico
Islanders fortified their hopes.
Joe Public was crushed 5-
1 by Santos of Mexico in a


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The winners of the 2010 Miss Miami Broward Carnival Pageant were crowned last month in South Florida. From
left are: Yasmin Berment, "Carnival Nationz Miami", first runner-up; Shelissa Gomes, "Party People Mas", 2010
Miss Miami Broward Carnival Queen, Miss Congeniality, and Desi Worrell Spirit of Carnival recipient; Shakira
Martin, "Splendeur International", second runner-up, Miss Photogenic and recipient of the People's Choice Award;
Genevieve Delince, "Fun Generation Mas"; and Havana Martin, "Euphoria Mas".


he had been involved in the
production of the new CD.
The album, which was
released first in North
America and Japan, includes
a note written by Banton
while he was incarcerated at
the Pinellas County Jail in
Clearwater, Florida. It is set
for release in the United
Kingdom and France this
month, followed by the rest
of Europe.
"Before The Dawn" is
Banton's ninth studio album.
It includes 10 tracks and was
recorded at the entertainer's
Gargamel Music studio in

Jamaican reggae star Buju
Banton released his latest
album late last month,
even as he battled criminal
charges in the United States.
"Before The Dawn" was
released on Sept. 28, the day
after a jury announced it
could not come to a decision
on Banton's drug charges. He
is set to face a new trial in
The new album debuted
at number two on the iTunes
reggae charts for the U.S.
The deejay, whose real
name is Mark Myrie, had
been locked up in a Florida
jail since last December.
However, reports indicate that

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Veteran Jamaican singer and
musician Ernie Smith will be
honored for his role as an
artiste this month in New
Smith will receive the
Pinnacle Award from the
Coalition to Preserve Reggae
Music (CPR). It is the highest
award CPR offers an artiste.
The presentation will be made
at CPR's annual Reggae
Culture Salute in Brooklyn on
Oct. 30, where Smith is sched-
uled to perform.
Smith, whose recording
career began in 1967 with his
recording of his composition "I
Can't Take It", is celebrating
the re-release of the album

"Country Mile" this year.
During the first five years
of his career, the composer,
lyricist and singer delivered
several hits. They included
"Bend Down Pitta Patta ,
"One Dream" and "Ride on
In 1972 Smith beat more
than 4,000 competitors from
around the world to win the
Yamaha World Music Festival
in Tokyo, Japan with his com-
position "Life is Just for
Living", a feat which gained
him international recognition
and is credited with introduc-
ing Jamaican music to Japan.

* 'Poets & Passion' launches fifth
"Poets & Passion", the Caribbean
Cultural Theatre's monthly celebration
of the work of Caribbean writers, kicks
off its fifth season this month with writ-
em Marlon James and Tiphanie
Yanique in New York.
The event will be staged at 7 p.m.
Oct.15 at the downtown Brooklyn
campus of St. Francis College, 182
Remsen St.

* Bounty Killer granted bail
A magistrate has granted dancehall
deejay Bounty Killer bail to the tune of
$5,851 after he appeared before her in
Jamaica on charges of assault and
unlawful wounding.
The entertainer, whose real name is
Rodney Pryce, is due to re-appear in
court on Nov.9to answer the charges
relating to allegations that he beat
Racquel Smith, who told police last month
that Pryce had beaten her with a ham-
mer, a mosquito repellant and a chain.
* Caribbean comedians to per-
form in N.Y.
Jamaican comedy duo Ity & Fancy Cat

will be in New York this month for one
performance at the George W Wingate
Campus in Brooklyn.
The show is scheduled for
8 p.m. Oct.10. The duo will be joined
by Susan Kennedy, from Trinidad and
Tobago, and reggae singer and produc-
er Highland "Dobby" Dobson.
Comedian Owen "Blakka" Ellis will
serve as host.
For ticket information, visit ww.vick-
*'Art Never Ends' exhibition
Miami-based artist Skip Van Cel will
present his "Art Never Ends" exhibition
through Nov. 5 at the Little Haiti Cultural
Center Gallery.
In the photographic exhibition, Van
Cell asks the question, "Who are the
arbiter of art?"
The center is located at 212-260
N.E. 59th Terrace, Miami, Florida. For
more information, call the cultural cen-
ter at 305-960-2969 or e-mail skip-

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every day to prevent being
overweight or obese, and get-
ting high blood pressure, heart
diseases, diabetes, arthritis

Blacks are more likely to
die from every one of these
conditions than whites and, as
a group, blacks eat less fruits
and vegetables than whites.
Every American should be
having five servings of fruits
and vegetables every day. It's
easy to remember just look
at the five fingers on your
hand to remind ou to remind

Only eight percent of the
American population eats five
servings of fruits and vegeta-
bles every day. Maybe that's
why America has the most
overweight residents in the
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great about fruits and vegeta-
bles? They are chock full of
the problem nutrients that
most under-consume folic
acid, potassium, fiber, Vitamin
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aging and phytochemicals -
plant pigments which decrease
the risk of cancer. Better still,
most fruits and vegetables are
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your car along with some nuts
or soy nuts to help you survive
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to eat, make sure that your
fruits and vegetables take up
half of your plate. Starches
(rice, potatoes, pasta, ground

B' cho he
Year" at the Caribbean
Hotel and Tourism
Association's (CHTA) annual
"Taste of the Caribbean" culi-
nary competition hosted in
Puerto Rico last month.
The honor of "Caribbean
Chef of the Year", sponsored
by Bahama Breeze restau-
rants, went to Graham Singer
of Antigua and Barbuda,
while "Caribbean Pastry Chef
of the Year", sponsored by

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The award for "Caribbean
Bartender of the Year" was
presented to Alva Preville of
St. Lucia, while Puerto Rico's
Osvaldo Ortega took home
the title of "Caribbean Junior
Chef of the Year .
Abhay Nair, a junior chef
from Trinidad and Tobago,
won the award for "Most
Innovative Dish", spiced

Multiple servings of fruits and vegeta-
bles each day can help stave off serious

The following are some
easy ways to get to closer to
your recommended five serv-
ings of fruits and vegetables:
1. Start at the freezer sec-
tion of your supermarket to
get some frozen berries the
cheapest berries around or
get some of your favorite
frozen vegetables (without
added fat and sauces).
2. Explore more dried
fruit raisins, cranberries,
prunes (dried plums), cur-
rants. Stay away from dried

Drinking 100 percent juice may be better
than taking soda.

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5. One of the bitual mis-
takes we make when we are
setting dietary goals is that we
set goals which are too lofty
and unreachable. Make your
goals realistic and easy to
reach. As long as you are
moving closer to the goal,
you're making progress. For
example, if it seems too hard
to move from your one or two
daily servings to five servings
of fruits and vegetables, start
by doubling the number of
servings of fruits and vegeta-
bles every day.
Instead of soda, have
some 100 percent fruit juice as
a serving of fruit. Fruit juice
usually has more calories and
less fiber (which most people
under consume). Fruit juice
needs to be 100 percent fruit
Dr. Marcia Magnus is an
associate professor of dietetics
and nutrition Florida
International University.

jerk, done with herbs and
spices, and cooked over a
slow, open fire from the
pimento (all spice) branches.
The HogAholics comprise
head chef Christopher
Hamilton, of Hamilton's, a
popular smokehouse in
Kingston; Chris Nakash, Zein
Issa-Nakash, Dale Delisser
and Richard Harrison.
Attendees who stop by
Jamaica's expo booth will be
offered samples of a selection
of sauces and spices from
Jamaican brands.
Representatives of the
Jamaica Tourist Board will also
be present to inform attendees
about the traditional use of
spices, seasonings and sauces
used in the creation of jerk
dishes, as well as their applica-
tion in American cuisine.
For more information
on the American Royal
Barbecue, visit To
learn more about Jamaica's
culinary culture, go to

Jamaica was prepared to
add its own spicy flavor to
one of the world's largest
barbeque contests this month.
Team Jamaica
HogAholics was one of more
than 500 teams set to fire up
the grills in culinary contests
Oct. 1-3 as part of Kansas
City's American Royal
"As a destination cele-
brated for unique culinary
techniques and delectable cui-
sine, it makes sense to have a
strong Jamaican presence at
the world's largest barbecue
contest," said John Lynch,
Jamaica's director of tourism.
Jamaica's five-member
team earned its invitation to
participate in the contest after
winning the 2010 Appleton
Estate All Jamaica Grill Off
in Kingston one of the
island's premier culinary com-
petitions in June.
Jamaica is world-
renowned for a similar style of
food preparation, known as

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Grace Jamaican Jerk
Festival, one of the
largest celebrations of
Caribbean foods in the United
States, returns to South
Florida on Nov. 14.
Attendance has grown
from its early days, starting in
2001. In recent years the festi-
val, scheduled to be held at
Markham Park in 2010, has
attracted up tol8,000 patrons.
Jamaicans usually provide
the largest portion of the
crowd, but the event wel-
comes every age and culture.
At its official launch at the
Stingers Nightclub on Sept.
15, festival Chairman Eddy
Edwards admitted that in
times past, organizers failed to
adequately meet the needs of
the large crowd that showed
"We only had seven ven-
dors," Edwards recalled of the
beginning, "and 4,000 people
showed up.
The festival has also
drawn more than 60 vendors.
Vice Chairman Sydney
Roberts said that the festival
got its name from the popular
jerk style of cooking coming
out of Jamaica.
"When we looked back at
the style of cooking that was
coming out of Jamaica, jerk,
was the most popular and thus
the (festival's) name was
Jerk-style cooking is
native to Jamaica. Meats are
dry-rubbed or wet marinated
with a mixture called
Jamaican jerk spice. Jerk sea-
soning is traditionally applied
to pork and chicken. Modern
recipes also apply jerk spice


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Best Use of Chocolate -
sponsored by Albert Uster
Imports: presented to the U.S.
Virgin Islands Culinary Team
for dark chocolate cayenne
silk cake, ripe plantain V.I.
rum ice cream and warm
white chocolate ginger mousse
strawberry pearls.
Hans Schank
Commemorative Award for
the Most Innovative Menu:
presented to the Barbados
team for pickled island conch
with sweet potato pudding,
honey glazed lamb rib
coconut infused sept nI
tomato jam and herb pesto,
Bajan spiced rubbed coulote
country style beef stew with
rice and vegetable croquette,
ginger scented carrot puree,
thyme jus and finished with a
breadfruit chip, aromatic
chocolate pone accompanied
by mango cream, nutmeg
cashew cookie crumbs and a
tropical rum sauce.
Most Creative
Bartender: presented to Elton
Sprauve, Mine Shaft
Restaurant & Bar, British
Virgin Islands.
Most Creative Rum
Drink: presented to Sean
Daniel, TGIF Restaurant
Most Creative Vodka
Drink: presented to Joshua
King, East End Caf6 & The
Cellar, U.S. Virgin Islands.
Most Creative Non-
Alcoholic Drink: presented to
Elton Sprauve.
The Spirit of the
Competition: presented to the
Puntacana Resort & Club
c in steamer resenting the

Many participants also
received medals at the func-
tion.CHTA also announced

the dates for the 2011 "Taste
of the Caribbean" culinary
competitions, which will be
held in Miami from June 22-
26. Next year's event is
expected to feature new cate-
gories, such an ice carving
competition and a greater
emphasis on consumer inter-
action, targeting future vaca-
tioners with flavors of
Caribbean cuisine.
"Taste of the Caribbean"
2010 was organized by the

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rubbed beef on a mozzarella
and shadow benni pesto along-
side a curried chicken and
canna and dashene accompa-
nied with a pumpkin and
sweet pepper chocka next to a
watermelon and pineapple
chow. The honor is tradition-
ally received by senior level

mixes to fish, shrimp, shellfish,
beef, sausage and tofu.
Jerk seasoning principally
rehes upon two items: allspice
(called pimento in Jamaica)
and Scotch Bonnet peppers.
At the festival, cooks demon-

that it gets the privilege of
having its name included in
the festival's name.
Joy Thomas, market
manager for Grace Foods,
said that the jerk fest is all
about food and that is what

This year marked the
return of the junior chef com-
petition to "Taste of the
Caribbean", a development
organizers said was aimed at
encouraging Caribbean youth,
But the feature was always the
"The Caribbean is home
to many of the world's most
incredible flavors and this
year's Taste of the Caribbean
was an amazing demonstra-
tion of our culinary passion,"
said CHTA President Josef
Forstmayr at the final
evening's award ceremony.
Let it never be said that
the Caribbean is bland or bor-
"When you hear about pep-
pers and spices, people should
File photograph know these are the flavors of
the Caribbean," he added.
"Let there not be another jerk
restaurant in New York with-
said out people knowing immedi-
ng for ately where this comes from."
l cus- Bowers, this year's
hem to Caribbean Pastry Chef of the
y and Year, credited the CHTA
f Grace Education Foundation for
winning the award. She is a
mas, "the three-time recipient of the
togeth- scholarship program.

Participants serve up a variety of delights each year at the festival.

state creative ways in which
jerk can be used.
Roberts said that what
appeared as a simple food
event nine years ago has
grown into a corporation -
Jamaican Jerk Festival USA,
Inc., supported by Jamaica
Awareness Inc. and Riddims
As Grace is the new title
sponsor of the event, (up until
last year the title sponsor was
Air Jamaica), Roberts noted

Year a

Grace is about. She
Grace is always looki
ways to serve its loya
towers and to allow t
experience the quality
multi-ethnic flavors o
"Plus," said Tho
event brings families
Roberts said each
new feature is added


Additional honors
bestowed at the "Taste of the
Caribbean" awards function,

Ang sB te e- p by
Certified Angus Beef: pre-
sented to the Barbados team
for its Bajan spiced rubbed
coulote, country style beef
stew with rice and vegetable
croquette, ginger scented car-
(sohtepdu thyb us tn fiin-
Best Use of Clicts, -
sponsored by United States
Dairy Export Council: pre-
sented to the Trinidad and
Toba o National Culina
Team for peppered shrimp
upon a tomato choka gua-
camole mozzarella roll served

turnip, "grilled roasted corn

gondola cashew nut crumble
topped with white chocolate

Chefs shine at 'Taste of

Joy of jerk: Annual Caribbean festival

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~ A Caribbean Today special feature

CMC A recent two-day
workshop examining the draft
Caribbean community
(CARICOM) Regional Policy
for Food and Nutrition
Security was told that
Caribbean countries continue
to rely heavily on imported
Figures released at the
workshop, coordinated by the
Guyana-based CARICOM
Secretariat and the U.N. Food
and Agriculture Organization
(FAO) with funding from the
European union and the gov-
ernment of Italy, show that
while Caribbean nations
account for more than two
percent of the world's agricul-
tural trade in the past, in 2010,
the figure had declined to less
than 0.3 percent.
"Our continued reliance
on food imports, instead of
reducing has actually been
increasing," said Guyana's
Agriculture Minister Robert
Persaud during the workshop
late last month, adding "our
net agriculture trade was sur-
plus then, standing at around
three billion U.S. dollars.
Today we are in a deficit, pay-
ing over USD$3.5 Billion
annually to import our food."

Persaud said that shifting
global trade patterns had not
aided the region economically
and had exacerbated econom-
ic inequalities and increased
poverty as well as contributing
to security challenges within
the regional grouping.
"This strategy must work
towards removing barriers
that our region now faces in
international trade and taking
into account socio-economic
impacts," he told delegates to
the workshop that ended on
Sept. 29.
Assistant Secretary
General, Trade and Economic
Integration Ambassador Irwin
LaRocque said the Caribbean
had found itself at a point
where access to safe and nutri-
tious food was plagued by the
rising cost of food and agricul-
ture inputs and other factors.
"This critical situation
that we are now facing raises
the question: How did we get
here?" LaRocque said, quot-
ing from a 2009 statement by
President Bharrat Jagdeo to
the World Food Summit in
Rome that the region was
seduced by the importation of
cheap food and paying less
attention to food security.


tival. In 2010 kite flying will be
introduced. Kite flying evolved
out of St. Ann, Jamaica, where
it was a huge hit.
Courtney Wallace, coordi-
nator for The Jamaica
International Kite Festival,
said that kite flying is now
global and introducing it to
the festival is akin to adding
another part of the Jamaican
culture to the event. Wallace
said that patrons new to kite
flying will have the opportuni-
ty to ask questions and view a
demonstration on how kites
are made. The West Indian
Kite Flyers Association, which
is based in Washington, D.C.,
is scheduled to participate.
Staples such as the popu-
lar jerk cook off and domino
competition remain in the fes-
tival's line up. At the jerk
cook off this year chefs are
competing for the $2,500 cash
prize, plus the opportunity to
hoist the Dutch Pot Trophy.
"Publix (supermarket)
sponsors the cook-off portion
of the fest," said June Minto,
a member of the festival's

Ruddy Schaaffe, the
director of the domino compe-
tition, said that the competi-
tion will include 25 tables and
100 people vying for the
$1,000 prize.
Richard Lue, a festival
board member, acknowledged
the festival's success, but
added that improved organi-
zation of the event will
enhance each patron's experi-
"By organization, I mean
parking, travel and trade,
Lue said.
He assured everyone that
the entertainment is truly
"We (organizers) will take
a true piece of Jamaica to
Markham Park, Lue said.

Judith Hudson is a freelance
writer for Caribbean Today.
Markham Park as located at
16001 W State Road 84.
For more information on the
.festival, visit www.jerkfesti- or call 954-369-9002.


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gram designed to make health
insurance more affordable.
Enrollment continues for
the new Miami-Dade Health
Insurance Premium
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HIUP), which is designed to
compliment Miami-Dade
Blue, a low-cost health insur-
ance plan introduced by
Miami-Dade County last year
in partnership with Blue Cross
Blue Shield of Florida.
Miami-Dade County resi-
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pant's annual household
income and monthly premi-
um. Individuals interested in
premium assistance should
visit or contact a federally
qualified health center
(FOHC), and bring income
and residency verification.
"MD-HIUP invests in
people who make an invest-
ment in their health," said
Miami-Dade County Mayor
Carlos Alvarez in a recent
press release.
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gets a check up at the recent Miami-
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Miami-Dade Blue and espe-
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help them pay part of their
health insurance premium."
For center locations or
more information on Miami-
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call 311 or visit
Miami-Dade Blue is a
public-private partnership
with Blue Cross Blue Shield
of Florida and the Miami-
Dade County Office of
Countrywide Healthcare
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administers MD-HIUP, which
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help with the fight against
Etana recently traveled to
meet with the organizers in
Barbados, where her message
to the public was recorded.
The scenes will feature Etana
sharing her perspective on the
issue of HIV/AIDS by provid-
ing some insight on the topic.
She shares her personal view
and outlines the importance of
getting tested.
Footage is available at, which allows
the public to be involved in the
development of the campaign
as it progresses. The final
product will result in a grand
promotion and advertising
campaign to spread knowledge
throughout the Caribbean, and
the world at large.

Information obtained from
the Jamaica Star.

eggae singer Etana has
been selected by the
Caribbean Broadcast
Media Partnership (CBMP) to
raise awareness on their
regional HIV/AIDS cam-
This initiative is devel-
oped by a partnership of tele-
vision and radio broadcasters
in over 24 nations. The cam-
paign seeks to inspire
Caribbean youths to help stop
the spread of the disease and
reduce discrimination against
people living with HIV/AIDS.
The involvement of the
international reggae singer
will include a series of public
service announcements fea-
ture Etana motivating all to
get tested and stay protected.
The campaign utilizes the
input of several influential
entertainers across the
Caribbean, who portray a pos-
itive and respected image, to

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summer, but it also brings the
often times unpredictable
influenza season.
The Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention

(CDC) is recommending that
persons six months and older
be vaccinated beginning this
year, as it steps up a public
awareness campaign in prepa-

ration for the flu season.
CDC Director Dr.
Thomas Frieden said each
year millions get ill by the sea-
sonal flu, which has a negative
economic impact due to hospi-
talizations and other factors.
"The best and first protec-
tion should be vaccination,"
he said while speaking at a
two-day Influenza Workshop
for Journalists held in Atlanta,
Georgia recently.
Dr. Frieden explained that
the economic and health bur-
dens caused by the flu can be
readily addressed with high
vaccination rates and more
attention to general hygiene.
According to Dr. Ann
Schuchat, assistant surgeon gen-
eral for the United States
Public Health Service (USPHS)
and director of the National
Center for Immunization and
Respiratory Disease (NCIRD),
the CDC is pushing "universal"
vaccination for everyone over
six months old as a better way
to prevent illness each flu sea-
son, and to expand protection
to the entire population.

The recommendation is a
significant shift from the pre-
vious guidelines for seasonal
flu vaccines, which included
only persons six months to 18
years old, individuals 50 years
and over, people at risk for
complications from the flu and
those who come in close con-
tact with them.

Dr. Schuchat said it is
challenging for the CDC to
move into the first flu season
following the recent H1N1
(swine flu) pandemic, citing
that the problem with flu is
that everything is unpre-
dictable and there is no way to
tell if and when there will be
another pandemic. The main
thrust is that people know
"anyone can get the flu," Dr.
Schuchat said, emphasizing
that "the more the population
is vaccinated is the more pro-
tected the population is."
However, she said the
CDC's job is to ensure that it
produces vaccines more quick-
ly, using 21st century technol-
ogy and research. Currently,
the technology used is 50
years old.
One of the concerns CDC
officials have is that many
people do not understand how
the flu works and why there
has to be a new vaccine each
season. People also tend to
confuse seasonal flu with an
influenza pandemic, like
2009's H1N1 and are unaware
that the vaccine developed for
the H1N1 would not be effec-
tive for another strain of flu.
According to Dr. Frieden,
"the flu vaccine is updated
each season and last season's
vaccine may not protect
against this season's flu." He
said the CDC determined that
this year, the flu would contain


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United States said it has part-
nered with the Guyana gov-
ernment and pharmaceutical
companies in expediting the
registration of HIV/AIDS
drugs for children.
U.S. Global AIDS
Coordinator Eric Goosby said
here last month that the new
public-private partnership
between the Bharrat Jagdeo
administration in Guyana and
the U.S. Preside nt <
Emergency Plan for AIDS
Relief (PEPFAR) would

make "safe pediatric HIV
medications available faster in
Guyana by expediting the
country's drug registration
process." He said through
the Pre-approval Access for
HIV/AIDS Therapies
(PaATH) mechanism, the
government of Guyana would
grant provisional approval to
pediatric HIV medicines
approved by the U.S. Food
and Drug Administration
within the U.S. Department of
Health and Human Services.
"These antiretroviral

drugs will then be available
for purchase and use in
Guyana while they await
full approval through the gov-
ernment of Guyana's drug
approval process," Goosby
said in a statement.

He said variations from
country to country in the drug
registration process also result
in delays to access, adding that
access to pediatric antiretrovi-
ral treatment is further com-
plicated by the fact that there

are fewer formulations of anti-
retroviral drugs for children
than there are for adults.
In Guyana, an estimated
18,000 people are living with
HIV, and about six percent of
these HIV infections are in
children, Goosby said.
"Recognizing the impact
of HIV/AIDS in Guyana, the
government of Guyana has
embraced the PaATH to fur-
ther their country's fight
against the virus," he said,
stating that Guyana has "long
been regarded as an innovator

and global leader addressing
regulatory issues specific
to the developing world,
particularly in the area of
Goosby said Guyana's
experience with the PaATH
would provide "best practices
and lessons learned" for other
PEPFAR countries interested
in expediting their drug
approval process. Based on the
success in Guyana, he said the
project would expand to other
PEPFAR-supported countries.

Florida Free healthy food,
education and counseling
are currently available for
Broward County women,
but relatively few of them
are taking advantage of it.
The Broward County
Health Department's Women,
Infants and Children (WIC)
program provides healthy
foods, nutrition education and
counseling, breastfeeding sup-

port and referrals for health-
care for more than 41,000
women and their children.
However, according to
Rebecca Hacker, nutrition
program director at the
Broward County Health
Department, there are thou-
sands of women, infants and
children who could benefit
from the program, if they
knew about it.
"While we have one of

the most active WIC pro-
grams in the state of Florida,
there are many more mothers
and children we could be
helping," she said in a recent
press release.

Broward County women
with low or moderate gross
family income of less than or
equal to 185 percent of pover-
ty guidelines, who are preg-

nant, have recently been preg-
nant, are breastfeeding, have
infants and children younger
than five-years-old who are at
nutrition risk (ex. under-
weight, overweight, low birth
rate, born prematurely) are
eligible for benefits.
In addition to free healthy
foods, WIC offers nutrition
education and counseling,
breastfeeding support, and
referrals for health care,

immunizations and communi-
ty services at no cost for those
who qualify.
Broward County residents
can apply by calling WIC at
954-767-5110 and 954-767-
5111; or by visiting
www.browardchelorg or any
of the WIC locations through-
out the county.

selves and patients from get-
ting sick, explaining that they
are also at risk of becoming
infected by their patients. He
said his organization also
needs to be able to grow the
vaccine faster and more reli-
ably in the lab and other vac-
cine production facilities.
The CDC has been
aggressively working towards
having a single, universal vac-
cine, which would be able to
prevent the flu regardless of
the new strains of the virus
occurring every year.
The CDC recommends flu
vaccines in October and
November, but believes vac-
cines can still be given even in
later months like January and

Sonia Morgan is a freelance
writer for Caribbean Today.

three strains, H1N1, H3N2 and
the Influenza B, all of which
are in the current flu shot.

The unpredictability of
influenza creates more of a
challenge for the CDC and
other organizations that work
together to determine the
strains of the flu and develop
appropriate vaccines. Although
epidemics of flu occur each
year, when they appear, how
severe they are and how long
they last depend on several fac-
tors. Sixty million persons fell
ill from the H1N1 pandemic,
270,000 were hospitalized and
13,000 died internationally.
This is why the CDC is contin-
uing to invest in preparedness,
training and surveillance.
Dr. Frieden recommends
that healthcare workers be
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The United States has signed
a Proliferation Security
Initiative Ship Boarding
Agreement with Antigua and
Barbuda that is aimed at
maritime secu-
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A state-
ment issued by
the U.S.
Embassy to
Barbados and cort
the Eastern
stated that Charg6 d'Affaires
D. Brent Hardt signed the
agreement with National
Security Minister Dr. Errol
Cort and that both officials
also participated in the official
opening of the new Coast
Guard facility at English
Harbour that was also attend-
ed by the Commander of
the Antigua and Barbuda
Defence Force Commander,
Colonel Trevor Thomas and
Major Noel Perez of the U.S.
Embassy's Military Liaison
"The Proliferation
Security Initiative Agreement
is a critical link in the com-
mon effort of the United

States and Antigua to prevent
the spread of weapons of mass
destruction worldwide. It will
allow the U.S. and Antigua to
cooperate on ensuring that
Antiguan-flagged cargo ves-
sels are not
used by WMD
which will in
turn support PL'
the reliability '
and sustain-
ability of
ship's registry Hardt
throughout the
world", the U.S. Embassy
The U.S. Southern
Command constructed the
new Coast Guard facility at
English Harbour in order to
further enhance the country's
maritime security capabilities.
The facility, built at a cost of
over $500,000, will provide a
strategic base on the southern
side of Antigua from which
the country's maritime units
can operate.
"This will significantly
decrease response times to


The 2010-2011 cruise
season at Broward
County's Port
Everglades is set to bring in
new ships, itineraries and
passenger services to South
According to a press
release issued on behalf of
Port Everglades, the port will
welcome the second of the
world's largest cruise ships.
Allure of the Seas, Royal
Caribbean International's
second Oasis-class cruise ship,
will be named at her home-
port, Port Everglades, and
begin sailing every Sunday
year-round on Dec. 5, 2010.
In addition, four other
newly built cruise ships will
debut at Port Everglades this
season. Holland America
Line's Nieuw Amsterdam
will be home-ported at Port
Everglades through the winter
beginning Nov.7.
Seabourn Cruise Line
will celebrate the United
States' debut of the Seabourn
Sojourn on Nov. 15.
Cunard Line's new Queen
Elizabeth will call at Port
Everglades on Jan. 16, 2011.
Meanwhile, P&O Cruises will
have three cruise ships calling
at Port Everglades for the first

time, including the line's new
Azura, which is scheduled to
arrive on Dec. 20, 2010. The
other P&O cruise ships com-
ing to Port Everglades for the
first time are Aurora, arriving

approximately 3.5 million
expected this year (fiscal year
2011 from Oct. 1, 2010
through Sept. 30, 2011).
Free Internet service,
WiFi, is now available in all

Port Everglades

on Oct. 26, and Ventura, arriv-
ing Jan. 4, 2011.
Port Everglades is one of
the busiest cruise ports in the
world. Since 2001, the port has
grown from 1.6 million multi-
day cruise passengers to

cruise terminals as a service of
the Broward County Board of
County Commissioners. This
WiFi service is especially use-
ful for guests arriving early to
board their cruise ship and for
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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad,
CMC Prime Minister Kamla
Persad Bissessar has con-
firmed that her four-month-
old People's Partnership gov-
ernment cancelled a multi-mil-
lion dollar contract with a

British-based company for
three offshore patrol vessels
(OPV) for use by the Coast
The 150 million pound
sterling ($237.1 million) con-
tract had been signed between

the former Patrick Manning
government and the BAE
Systems at Portsmouth Naval
Base, England.
Both National Security
Minister Brigadier John Sandy
and his junior Minister Subhas

Panday had been quoted by
the local media as saying they
were unaware that the con-
tract had been scrapped. But
the prime minister has con-
firmed media reports that the
deal, which the Manning gov-
ernment had considered criti-
cal to the state's war on guns
and drug running, had been
scrapped and that the British
company may need to pay
compensation to Trinidad and
"I am advised that BAE is
in breach of the contract," she
told reporters. "They are in
breach because of two rea-
sons. They are in breach
because of a delay which is
the most substantial cause we
have for termination of the
contract, but they are also in
breach because they have not
been able to supply the vessels
that they have been contract-
ed for."

She said that the country
had to pay TT$1.4 billion for
the vessels given the current
economic situation, adding
"do we need three OPVs?
"The country is not at
war...The country is at war up
and down in our streets and in
the towns and within Trinidad

and Tobago," she said, adding


a significant impact on the
drugs trade.
"They are slow and visible
from way, you could see them
from far," she said, adding
"what may be more useful are
smaller faster cutters that
could hide in inlets and then
come out."
Opposition Leader Dr.
Keith Rowley had also ques-
tioned the government's deci-
sion to cancel the contracts
that were first made public by
BAE Systems in a statement
issued to the United Kingdom
stock exchange last month.

requests for assistance in the
region as well as assisting in
drug interdiction efforts", the
U.S. stated, adding that it is
"dedicated to working with
our partners in the Caribbean
to provide security coopera-
tion and assistance wherever
possi e.
The agreement and the
construction project both
reflect our shared commit-
ment to strengthening region-
al security.
"Together with the recent

visit of U.S. Secretary of
Defense Robert Gates to the
region and our ongoing col-
laboration to implement
President (Barack) Obama's
Caribbean Basin Security
Initiative, these commitments
highlight the deepening
partnership between the
Governments and peoples of
the United States and Antigua
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KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent,
CMC St. Vincent and the
Grenadines and the United
States have signed a Ship
Boarding Agreement that
Washington said is part of an

initiative to prevent the
spread of weapons of mass
destruction worldwide.
A statement from the
U.S. Embassy in Barbados
said the agreement was signed

under the auspices of the
Proliferation Security
Initiative, and allows St.
Vincent and the Grenadines
and the U.S. to co-operate "in
ensuring that Vincentian-

flagged cargo vessels are not
used by traffickers in weapons
of mass destruction".
In April, the U.S. signed a
similar agreement with
Antigua and Barbuda and

that the accord would "sup-
port the reliability and sus-
tainability of Antigua's ship's
registry operations throughout
the world".

to the free exchange of information
pertaining to cruise and cargo opera-
tions, statistical information and general
market research.
"Trade between Brazil and the
United States has more than doubled in
the last 10 years, and Port Everglades is
becoming an increasingly important
player," said Luiz de Mello.
Like Port Everglades, the Port of Rio
de Janeiro handles cruise ships, container-
ized cargo, petroleum products and build-
ing materials. Five containerized cargo
lines at Port Everglades also serve Docas
do Rio, including Compati a Sud
Americana de Vapores (CSAV),
Hamburg Stid, Hapag Lloyd, Libra, and
Mediterranean Shipping Company.
Florida International Terminal and its
parent shipping line, CSAV, account for
much of the port's containerized cargo
trade with Brazil.
Port Everglades launched its
International Sister Seaports program
in Mar. 2007 and shortly thereafter
signed on two seaports interested in
becoming part of Broward County's
international family. The Port of Olbia,
located on the Italian island of Sardinia
and the Port of Xiamen in China were
the first official Sister Seaports to Port
Everglades. The Port of Marseille,
France, became Port Everglades' third
Sister Seaport in July 2008. Last year,
Port Everglades signed a memorandum
of understanding with the Panama
Canal Authority to encourage new
business and trade between both organ-
Port Everglades is the gateway for
international trade and cruise vacations
and one of the busiest cruise ports
worldwide. It is also one of the nation's
leading container ports. Port
Everglades is South Florida's main sea-
port for receiving petroleum products,
including gasoline, jet fuel and alterna-
tive fuels.

Friday's Port Everglades gained its
first International Sister Seaport
from South America when Director
Phil Allen signed an agreement with
Jorge Luiz de Mello, president-director of
Docas do Rio (Rio de Janeiro Port
Authority) in Brazil.
Brazil ranks as the fifth largest trad-
ing partner with Port Everglades, with
215,000 tons of containerized cargo in
fiscal year 2009 (Oct. 1, 2008 through
Sept. 30, 2009). Brazil is also the num-
ber one trading partner with Florida,
where Port Everglades handles more
containerized trade with Brazil than any
other Florida seaport.
South Florida's trade with Brazil is
more than $11 billion, according to a
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\Isle r Seaports programs are often
ceremonial, although we believe that
Port Everglades benefits in terms of
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