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the Jamaican community.
His mega-watt smile has lit
up hundreds of faces. Steve
Higgins - soloist, public
speaker, actor, director and
producer - is again ready to
take the stage, page 7.

Former
Haitian dic-
tator Jean
Claude
Duvalier
surprisingly
returned to
the French
Caribbean country last month.
Now another ex-leader wants
to return. All this while the
nation struggles to recover
from an earthquake and
election turmoil in "Eye on
Haiti", page 8.


Jamaica's National Dance
Theater Company (NDTC) per-
formers will hit the stage for a
"Caribbean Dance Celebration"
this month in Florida, offering
not just entertainment, but
honor to the group's founder
and artistic director Professor
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U.S. to offer amnesty for owners of hidden Caribbean offshore bank accounts


WASHINGTON, D.C. - The
United States says it plans to
announce a new amnesty pro-
gram aimed at encouraging
wealthy Americans with hid-
den offshore bank accounts in
the Caribbean to come for-
ward, declare the funds and
pay the necessary taxes.
Late last month, Internal
Revenue Service (IRS)
spokesman Frank Keith said
that the program would be
formally announced "very
shortly" and would not offer
terms as generous as those put
forth in a similar initiative last
year.
Senior tax lawyers say the
announcement will most likely
come within several weeks,
ahead of the 2011 tax filing
season.
"The government wants
to encourage people not to lie
on their upcoming returns,"


said Robert
Katzberg, a
criminal defense
lawyer in New
York with off- t '
shore bank
clients in the
Caribbean and
Switzerland. . .
The previ- -
ous so-called
voluntary dis- ,
closure pro-
gram, which
ended last , S
October, was The IRS wants U
carried out amid
a crackdown on Swiss private
banks and their clients who
hid money from the govern-
ment. The program was
used by more than 15,000
Americans with hidden
accounts, some holding hun-
dreds of millions of dollars,
the IRS said.


.S. residents to declare Caribbean accounts.
It said an additional 3,000
with accounts at various off-
shore banks, including the
Cayman Islands, came for-
ward after the Oct. 15 dead-
line.
Some taxpayers disclosed
their smaller accounts at UBS,
the Swiss giant that was at the


center of the crackdown, but
did not disclose their larger
accounts at smaller Swiss
banks, Katzberg said. He said
that if caught, the omission
could leave them exposed to
criminal penalties for lying in
addition to fines and penalties
for taxes owed.

WIDER PROBE
The U.S. Justice
Department said it is conduct-
ing a widening investigation
into the smaller Swiss banks,
known as cantonal banks that
may have allowed wealthy
Americans to evade taxes,
sometimes working with larger
banks based in Switzerland.
U.S. prosecutors said they
focused on a technique in
which American clients were
encouraged to open a small
account and declare its con-
tents to the IRS while keeping


the bulk of their money else-
where in undeclared accounts.
Steven Miller, the IRS
deputy commissioner for serv-
ice and enforcement, said that
the new initiative would be
"somewhat similar" to the
October program.
Under the previous pro-
gram, taxpayers who came
forward before Oct. 15 were
subject to a reduced penalty
of five percent to 20 percent,
depending in part on whether
their wealth was inherited.
They were also penalized just
once, on the highest balance
in their affected accounts over
the previous six years, instead
of for each of the six years, a
level that can leave account
holders owing more in taxes
than they have in the account.

CMC
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U.S. deports 1,268 to Jamaica


The number of deportees
from the United States
to Jamaica continues to
fall.
The Jamaica Observer
newspaper reported last
month that 1,268 Jamaicans
were sent home from the U.S.
in 2010. That represents a
drop from the 1,480 in 2009
and 1,603 the year before.
According to the report,
which quoted a security
attach at the Jamaican
Embassy in Washington D.C.,


"more than 300 other
Jamaicans have exhausted
deportation proceedings and
have been given final removal
orders, while orders are pend-
ing against another 488".
It noted that many 2010
deportees had "not committed
what would be considered a
serious crime," and that most
had had overstayed their
"entry pL rmin '. Some were
deported for drug-related
offenses and murder.
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Former gov't minister is St. Vincent's

new consul general in New York


NEW YORK - After 15
months without a consul gen-
eral in New York, the Ralph
Gonsalves administration
in St. Vincent and the
Grenadines has filled the post
with the appointment of a for
mer government minister.
Former Member of
Parliament Selmon Walters,
who represented the South
Central Windward constituen-
cy, has been approved by
Cabinet to take up the post,
effective Feb. 1.


United States Ambassador
La Celia Prince confirmed
Walter's appointment without
elaboration.
Walters - who held the
portfolios of minister of social
development, co-operatives,
the family, gender and ecclesi-
astical affairs, and rural trans-
formation, information, postal
services and ecclesiastical
affairs - did not contest the
December poll. He replaces
Cosmus Cozier, the first offi-
cial consul general in New


York. The former banker
retired in Aug. 2009. Cozier,
an ex-Parliamentarian, had
held that post from Dec. 2001.
When the incumbent
Unity Labor Party (ULP) first
assumed power, following the
2001 elections, it created a
separate consulate general,
splitting the Mission to the
United Nations. Previously,
the mission was also responsi-
ble for consular affairs.
4


Deportations concern Haitian legislator in N.Y.


NEW YORK - A Haitian-
born legislator here has
expressed concern over the
decision by the administration
of United States President
Barack Obama to resume
deporting natives of the French
Caribbean country back to
their homeland.
Dr. Mathieu Eugene, the
first-ever Haitian to be elected
to the New York City Council,
said that he is appalled that
the deportations have resumed
despite a lingering cholera epi-
demic, the "unforgiving mis-
ery" caused by the devastating


earthquake a year ago and a
political crisis of unpredictable
consequences.
"Haiti has gone from
tragedy to tragedy, and this is a
very difficult moment in its
history," Eugene told reporters
late last month, adding "the
country is going through so
many hardships and struggles
that it's hard to believe we are
sending people back, knowing
how terrible conditions are."
Dr. Eugene said more
than 100 Haitians from the
New York area had been sent
back since U.S. immigration


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authorities
resumed
deportations in
mid-January.
The medical
doctor, said he
was horrified
by the health
crisis he found Eugene
in the French-
speaking
Caribbean country during a
recent visit.
"I saw a devastated coun-
try, where thousands of people
are still sleeping in tents in
very inhuman conditions, terri-
bly poor sanitary conditions.
Senior citizens, sick people,
pregnant women and children
all together and all in need of
the most basic necessities:
food, clean water to drink,
medicine," Dr. Eugene said.
"This is not an appropri-
ate time to send anybody
back," he added.

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Buju Banton will be hoping he
gets some love from the
United States justice system
when his re-trial on drug and
gun-related charges begins on
Valentine's Day.
The Jamaican reggae/
dancehall star, coming off an
inspiring stage performance on
Jan. 16 in South Florida after
more than a year in lock-up, is
scheduled to face more serious
business beginning Feb. 14 in
the Sam M. Gibbons Federal
Court in Tampa, Florida.
Late last month Judge
James Moody set the date for
Banton's second trial after a
scheduled December date had
to be postponed.
Banton, whose real name
is Mark Myrie, remains on
$250,000 bail, but is under
house arrest.
"February 14 is
Valentine's Day," Banton's
attorney David Markus told
the Jamaica Observer newspa-
per late last month. "We hope
the jury gives us some love."
During last month's
Ik I rL The Dawn: Buju


Banton and I rl nd, concert
at the Bayfront Amphitheater
in downtown Miami, Markus
said the entertainer was
appreciative of the near-
capacity crowd that turned up


to support his near-two hour
performance. He also said
Banton had handled the stress
of his legal troubles well, and
believed he would be acquit-
ted of the charges.
During the show Banton
said he was not hillr" but
"better" because of his legal
ordeal. He entertained with
many of his long list of hit
songs, some which appeared


to indirectly reflect on his
legal dilemma. Banton also
repeatedly questioned why he
was still facing prosecution.
"Why do you wish to see
the Banton cry? Is it because I
said Boom Bye Bye?" he
asked. "Is it because I say
Rastafari? Is it because I'm
black and I'm not shy?"
Many people in the audi-
ence showed their support for
the artiste by waving flags and
wearing T-shirts and buttons,
some which read "Free Buju".
In September, Banton
faced charges of conspiracy to
possess with intent to distribute
cocaine. He was also accused of
aiding and abetting the posses-
sion of a firearm during a drug-
trafficking offense. But jurors
could not reach a verdict after
the weeklong trial.
Banton, who was arrested
in Dec. 2009, faces up to 20
years in prison if convicted.
Two other men arrested in
connection with the case
pleaded guilty.
4


New Buju Banton trial begins Valentine's Day


U.S. provides millions to fight human trafficking in Haiti


WASHINGTON, D.C. - The
United States said its Office
to Monitor and Combat
Trafficking in Persons is pro-
viding grants totaling $4.75
million to strengthen Haitian
institutional and civil society
capacity.
The agency said the office
will identify and respond to
human trafficking, with funding
from the U.S. Congress under
the Supplemental Act, 2010.
"The award of 10 addi-
tional grants signifies the
United States' continued com-
mitment to rule of law and the
protection of children in Haiti,
as well as strengthening law
enforcement responses against
traffickers taking advantage of
vulnerable persons in a post-
disaster situation", the U.S.
State Department noted.


It said the organizations
receiving the grants will work
with local partners to help
draft anti-trafficking legisla-
tion, support direct services
for victims' recovery, and pre-
vent human trafficking and
gender-based violence in the
internally displaced persons
camps.
Additionally, it said those
organizations will increase
the capacity of targeted law
enforcement agencies to
111\ L I'ngdl and prosecute
trafficking cases and social
welfare agencies to recognize
human trafficking and make
referrals for services.

'HIGH PRIORITY'
"As the issue of involun-
tary child domestic servitude
under the 'restavek' (child


labor) system continues to be
a high priority, grantees will
also increase public awareness
about it", the statement
added.
The 2010 Trafficking in
Persons Report estimates
225,000 children were
enslaved before the Jan. 2010
earthquake. Anti-trafficking
experts were part of the emer-
gency response and the plan-
ning to rebuild in Haiti, the
State Department noted.
Following the earthquake,
the Office to Monitor and
Combat Trafficking in Persons
funded nearly $1 million in
new grants to respond to the
heightened risk of trafficking
of Haitian children.

- CMC
4


Cuba blames U.S. anti-terrorism measures for mail ban


HAVANA, Cuba - Cuba has
suspended delivery of mail
destined for the United States,
stating that letters were being
turned back because of anti-
terrorist measures in the U.S.
"Until further notice, we
cannot continue to accept any
type of delivery," said Cuba's
mail service, Correos de Cuba,
in an announcement read on
state television late last month.
It added that it was forced
to suspend service because the
airlines that it uses to ship
mail through third countries
"have returned all of the cor-
respondence" as a result of
the new security measures in
the U.S.


The U.S. Postal Service
confirmed that there are
mI 'lll1 i1Lt 'connected with
the Transportation Security
Administration (TSA) that it
said has caused mail to "accu-
mulate." Postal Service
spokesman Dave Lewin said
the U.S. is still accepting mail
from Cuba, but, as airlines
that carry the Cuban mail
were attempting to meet the
TSA requirements, the mail
piled up.
"Air carriers ran out of
space and began returning
mail to Cuba," he said.

RE-ROUTE
Since there is no direct


mail service between the two
countries, Cuba sends mail
through Canada and Mexico.
"There have been some
issues regarding some TSA
initiatives implemented in
November," Lewin said,
describing those initiatives as
"post cargo bomb t rL .I
requirements.
Many Cubans use the tra-
ditional postal system to send
messages to relatives in the
U.S., in part because phone
calls are prohibitively expen-
sive and the Internet is not
readily accessible.
4


Guyanese gets

for U.S. airport
NEW YORK - A 60-year-old
Guyanese national will spend
the next 15 years of his life in
jail for his role in a plot to
carry out a bombing at John F
Kennedy International
Airport (JFK).
Abdel Nur was last month
sentenced after pleading guilty
in 2010 to providing support
to the plot. Nur pleaded guilty
in June shortly before trial to
providing support for the plot.
Daniel Nobel, a lawyer for
Nur, said his client was "disap-
pointed but not surprised" by
the sentence.
Nur is being treated for
lung cancer and will likely be
designated to a federal med-
ical center with the ability to
provide treatment while he
serves his sentence. He faces
deportation after completing
his sentence.
Nur was part of a plot
that federal prosecutors in
Brooklyn said was master-
minded by another Guyanese,
Russell Defreitas. Defreitas, a
former air cargo worker, was
accused of being behind the
plot to blow up aviation fuel
tanks and a pipeline at JFK in
2006. He sought Nur's help in
connecting with a Trinidad
militant group.

'MAJOR LOSS'
Defreitas, 67, was hoping
to %.tLI major economic loss
in the United States," prose-
cutors said. He and Abdul
Kadir, 59, a former member of


15 years in jail

t terror plot role
Guyana's Parliament, were
convicted of criminal charges
in the plot last August.
Defreitas is awaiting sentenc-
ing, but Kadir was sentenced
to life last December for his
role.
A fourth defendant,
Kareem Ibrahim, 65, a citizen
of Trinidad, was granted a
separate trial, slated for April,
due to a medical condition.
The JFK plot members'
ultimate goal was to reach
Adnan G. El Shukrijumah, a


Nur being arrested.


wanted in connection terrorist
and who is a member of al-
Qaeda, the Muslim terrorist
group led by Osama bin
Laden, prosecutors said.

- CaribWorldNews
4


Stanford unfit for trial~ judge
HOUSTON, Texas - A Stanford's trial had been
United States federal judge scheduled to begin last month,
has ordered disgraced finan- but it was delayed after the
cier Allen Stanford to remain Jan. 6 hearing in which attor-
in federal custody while neys debated his ability to
undergoing treatment for drug assist in his in defense. Three
addiction and further evalua- psychiatrists, including one
tion of his competence to hired by the government, tes-
stand trial. tified then that
Late last month, U.S. Stanford takes
District Judge David Hittner heavy doses of
ruled that Stanford, who anti-anxiety J
owned businesses in Antigua, and antide-
cannot be tried until he under- pressant drugs
goes detoxification from that render
addictions to medications he's him incompe-
received in jail. He recom- tent to stand
mended the government send trial.
Stanford to a federal Bureau Defense
of Prisons medical facility, attorneys had Stanford
Hittner also admonished requested
prosecutors and defense attor- mental evaluations after
neys to "diligently prepare Stanford was injured in a
this case to proceed to trial." Sept. 2009 altercation with a
Stanford and other offi- fellow inmate at a detention
cers of his Houston-based center in Conroe.
Stanford Financial Group Stanford has been held
are accused of defrauding without bail as a flight risk
investors of $7 billion in a since he was indicted in June
scheme based largely on cer- 2009.
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International Bank.





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Groups petition U.S. to stop Haitian deportations


MIAMI, Florida - Six human
rights groups in Miami and
Washington D.C. have filed an
emergency petition with the
Inter-American Commission
on Human Rights (IACHR)
to halt the deportation of
Haitians by the United States.
The petition - submitted
by the University of Miami
School of Law Human Rights
and Immigration Clinics, the
Florida Immigrant Advocacy
Center, the Center for
Constitutional Rights,
Alternative Chance and the
Loyola Law Clinic and Center
for Social Justice - argues that
deporting people at this
moment to Haiti will result in
serious human rights viola-
tions.
"The U.S. government is
violating important human
rights obligations," said
Caroline Bettinger-Lopez,
director of the Human Rights
Clinic at the University of
Miami School of Law.
"These deportations will
compound a catastrophic pub-
lic health and humanitarian
crisis in the poorest country in
the Western Hemisphere," she
added.


"It is sim-
ply uncon-
scionable to
resume depor-
tations to Haiti
on the one-
year anniver-
sary of one of
the most dev- Bettinger-Lopez
stating natu-
ral disasters in world history,
especially as a cholera epi-
demic rages across the coun-
try."

PRECAUTION
The petition asks the
IACHR to order the U.S. to
adopt precautionary measures
to prevent "irreparable harm"
to the Haitians subject to
imminent deportation.
Specifically, it asks the U.S. to
continue its stay of deporta-
tions, release the petitioners
and grant "deferred action"
status to all people facing
removal.
Last year the USCIS
announced that it would give
Haitian nationals another six
months to apply for
Temporary Protected Status
(TPS). The initial deadline for
applications was July 2010.


But last month, the said it
was resuming the deportation
of Haitians who have finished
serving time for violent crime.
It also said it is becoming
more strict on granting
Haitians humanitarian parole,
which is used sparingly to
bring in someone otherwise
inadmissible to the U.S. tem-
porarily due to a compelling
emergency.
The U.S. had typically
extended TPS to immigrants
from countries - such as El
Salvador, Honduras, Somalia,
and Nicaragua - where sud-
den conflict or disaster has
prevented them from return-
ing safely.

- CMC

More, including 'Baby Doc'
Duvalier's presence in the
country, the possible return of
another exiled former presi-
dent, Jean Bertrand Aristide,
and lingering problems from
last year's earthquake, in
Caribbean Today's "Eye on
Haiti"feature, page 8.
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Jamaican pastor indicted for

allegedly raping congregant


NEW YORK - Prosecutors in
New York have indicted a
Jamaican-born pastor at a
Bronx church for allegedly
repeatedly raping a teenaged
girl in his congregation.
Prosecutors charged that
Michael Clare, the 38-year-old
married leader of the Harvest
Worship Center in the
Wakefield section of the Bronx,
repeatedly raped the girl since
she was 12 years old.
Prosecutors said at his
indictment on Jan. 28 that
Clare has impregnated the
girl, who is now 15.
Authorities said they
learned of the alleged abuse in
June, when the girl told her
parents and police that Clare
had sexually preyed on her for
years. DNA evidence impli-
cated Clare, prosecutors said.
Clare was arrested on
June 14 on second-degree


rape charges, but the grand
jury on Jan. 28 upped the
charges to first-degree rape.

BETRAYAL
"He betrayed everyone's
trust," one congregant, who
identified herself only as
Kimberly, told reporters.
"What he's accused of doing is
sick.
"I trusted my kids with
him," she added. "A lot of
people did."
Clare, who is also the
principal of Harvest Prep, a
school run out of the church,
began preaching when he was
11, and became a pastor at 26,
according to court documents.
Clare is being held in lieu of
$50,000 bond. He faces up to
25 years in state prison if con-
victed of first-degree rape.
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British lord found guilty of fraud


LONDON, England - Lord
John Taylor of Warwick,
whose parents were born in
Jamaica, has become the first
parliamentarian in the United
Kingdom to be found guilty
by a jury of expenses fraud.
The jury at the at the
Southwark Court in South
London found the 58-year-old
guilty of six charges of claim-
ing falsely for �11,277.80 ($17,
877) worth of expenses
between Mar. 2006 and Oct.
2007, after deliberating for
five hours.

Deportations concern
(CONTINUED FROM PAGE 2)
2010 earthquake, the U.S. halt-
ed deportations to Haiti, and
Haitians who were in the U.S.
were granted Temporary
Protection Status. TPS is given
to citizens of a foreign country
due to conditions that tem-
porarily prevent its nationals
from returning safely or when
the country is unable to handle
the return of its nationals ade-
quately.
TPS for Haitians is set to
expire on July 22, and U.S. immi-
gration officials have said those
who were granted the special sta-
tus won't be deported.
Although the U.S.
Immigration and Customs
Enforcement (ICE) agency has
stated that only people with
criminal records will be deport-
ed, many Haitians are worried
that wider deportations could be
imminent. The ICE turnabout
came as a surprise to New York
immigration activists and civil
rights groups.
"The situation in Haiti has
not improved, and may be even


Taylor, son of Derief
Taylor, a Jamaican left-hand-
ed batsman who played
cricket professionally for
Warwickshire, took advantage
of the law which permits
members of the houses of
Parliament to claim expenses
for work-related travel
between London and their
home by claiming that he had
a house in rural Oxford when,
in fact, he lived in London
itself.



Haitian legislator in N.Y.
worse now than when the depor-
tations were halted in the weeks
after the devastating earthquake
of January 2010", three promi-
nent non-profit groups here - the
Center for Constitutional Rights,
the Institute for Justice &
Democracy in Haiti and
Alternative Chance - noted in a
joint statement issued recently.
Eugene said he wrote to
President Obama and
Secretary of Homeland Janet
Napolitano in December, ask-
ing them to review their deci-
sion to deport Haitians.
"I urged them to consider
the situation Haiti is in right
now," he said. "If they send
back criminals, life will be more
difficult for (earthquake) sur-
vivors.
"Right now, Haiti is like a
war zone. There is no security,
no resources. Now, those peo-
ple (sent back) can be even
more dangerous. I keep asking
myself how much more can
Haiti endure."

- CMC





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HINGTON, D.C. - A upcoming August election, he stated. erable economic growth" in noted.
Ig United States think may well ask, as a New York "As the the last 10 years, despite a Indicative of this tren
believess Guyana's mayor once did, 'How did I Guyanese use devastating flood in 2005. It that the allocation for edt


do?' The answer, in this
instance, must be: 'terribly'",
it added.
Chosen by former
President Janet Jagan to suc-
ceed her in office, COHA said
Jagdeo could only receive the
lowest of marks from any
independent evaluation.
"Through his tolerance
of crime, racism, and dismal
social progress, President
Jagdeo has turned in a fifth-
rate performance as president
of one of the poorest coun-
tries in the hemisphere", it


every strategy,
legal and ille-
gal, to flee the
dysfunctional
country,
Jagdeo will go Jagdeo
down in histo-
ry as a man
who did almost nothing for his
nation while in office", it
added.
CREDIT
But COHA noted that, to
his credit, Jagdeo has led
Guyana on a path of "consid-


said the Guyanese economy,
which is heavily dependent on
the export of six main com-
modities - rice, timber, gold,
bauxite, shrimp and sugar -
has expanded at an average
rate of three percent over the
past decade.
"Sadly, however, despite
this incremental improvement
in the Guyanese economy,
government officials have
been either unwilling or
unable to share this modest
prosperity with average
Guyanese ii/i ni , COHA


President Bharrat Jagdeo will
leave a "tattered legacy" when
he steps out of office later this
year.
"Stagnation, violence, cor-
ruption, arch-sectarianism,
and unfettered crime - this is
the heritage that President
Bharrat Jagdeo will bequeath
to his country", the Council
on Hemispheric Affairs
(COHA) noted in a statement
issued late last month.
"Now that Jagdeo has
announced that he will not
seek a third term in the


d is
Lca-


tion as a percentage of gov-
ernment spending is signifi-
cantly lower than it was 10
years ago, it stated. COHA
also noted that public spend-
ing on education dropped to
6.1 percent of total gross
domestic product (GDP) in
2007, down from 8.5 percent
in 2000.
Because of this "lack of
adequate spending on public
education," the think tank
noted, the percentage of pri-
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dren enrolled in such schools
dropped from 91.8 percent to
62 percent.
COHA warned that there
could be "pernicious social
consequences if education
continues to take a back seat
on the Guyanese a.ge nda .
On healthcare, it noted
there have been , n1m posi-
tive rLulh ' including an
increase in life expectancy and
a notable decrease in infant
mortality. But, it added,
"many exigencies, however,
remain unaffected", stating,
for example, that about a fifth
of the Guyanese population
still lacks access to clean sani-
tation facilities.
The World Health
Organization estimated that
Guyana has one of the highest
prevalence rates of
HIV/AIDS in Latin America
and the Caribbean.
COHA said Jagdeo's
tenure will also be remem-
bered for the "spike in violent
crimes experienced through-
out Guyana.
"The violence in Guyana
is all the bitterer for the ethnic
undertones that color it.
Guyana's motto - 'One
People, One Nation, One
Destiny' - only seems a cruel
joke in the face of the stark
division that has long seized


the country - a division that
Jagdeo has done almost noth-
ing to address", it added.
On balance, COHA noted
that Jagdeo has "failed during
his presidency to advance the
freedom and fairness of


Guyanese public life, or the
inequities of the Indo-
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Steve Higgins: 'Dat' Jamaican tenor brings post-Valentine romance


SONIA MORGAN
The sound of his high,
rich tenor resonates in
packed auditoriums
across South Florida. His
singing is a staple at numerous
events in the Jamaican com-
munity. And, his mega-watt
smile has lit up hundreds of
faces as he serenades
entranced women.
Steve Higgins - soloist,
public speaker, actor, director
and producer - is as talented as
he is humble. His sole p,' \\ r-
trip" is the crescendo of his
voice when he belts out any-
thing from soft classical music
to Jamaican folk songs.
Higgins, along with inter-
nationally renowned artiste
Cecil Cooper and one of
Jamaica's best voices David
Reid, make up Dem 3
Jamaican Tenors, a group that
has been preparing for two
post-Valentine Day shows this
month in South Florida. The
first is slated for 6 p.m. Feb. 19
at the Kendall Community
Church of God, and the sec-
ond at 5 p.m. the following day
at the David Posnack Jewish
Community Center in Davie.
Dem 3 Jamaican Tenors
has not performed in South
Florida for two years, but
played in New York last
September at the Park Plaza
Hotel and the year before as a
part of the York College
Concert Season. However,
Higgins said, he is often asked
when the trio would have
another show in South Florida.
This month's shows will be the
first time the group will be
doing a Valentine's perform-
ance, he added.
According to Higgins, the
shows will seek to dispel the
opinion of many Jamaican
women that Jamaican men are
not romantic and also disprove
the notion held by some non-
Jamaicans that Jamaicans only


enjoy reggae music.
"When most people think
of Jamaican music they think
of reggae and dancehall," he
told Caribbean Today recently.
"My purpose is to show that
we have this other side, a lot of
flavor with a lot of style and
humor and so that is how we
keep the audience very
engaged."
Dem 3 Jamaican Tenors
intends to show a gentler, more
romantic side to the Jamaican
man.
"This show is going to be a
much different show than the
last ones we've had," Higgins
said. "We have a brand new
repertoire that we're going to
present in superb delivery."

ENDURING TALENT
For those who know
Higgins only as a performer in
South Florida in the 10 years
he's been a resident of the
area, there is so much more to
know about this musical and
theatrical talent. His career in
the performing arts spans
decades and involves many top
class Jamaican acts.
Higgins has shared the
stage with celebrated actors
and actresses like Leonie
Forbes, the late C('larks, Hyatt,
Fae Ellington and Dr. Olive
Lewin. He said he learned
from those stalwarts, who
influenced not only his per-
formances, but his ability to
produce and coordinate top
quality shows.
In 20 years as a member of
The Jamaican Folk singers,
Higgins traveled widely inside
and outside Jamaica. Under
the tutelage of musicologist Dr.
Lewin he said he "learned the
rudiments of putting on a show
and gained invaluable experi-
ence." He recalled perform-
ances with the group in
Westminster Abbey in London
and in Drummondville,
Quebec, Canada where he said


Dem 3 Jamaican Tenors on stage, from left, David Reid, Cecil Cooper and Steve Higgins.


he "learned very quickly that
our (Jamaican folk) music is
appreciated all over the
world."
Although Higgins dJ\ ri h d
himself as "the least of the apos-
tk1\ when he spoke about Dem
3 Jamaican Tenors, he has been
called on to perform or arrange
music for significant occasions,
including funerals of prominent
Jamaicans.
"I sang at the lying-in-state
of (former Prime Minister)
Michael Manley and with the
choir at his funeral," Higgins
said.
He was in charge of
arranging the musical tributes
at the funeral of the late
Governor General Sir Florizel
Glasspole in 2000 and sang at
Lady Glasspole's funeral a
year earlier. When Dr. Wesley
Powell, the founder of
Excelsior High School, died,
Higgins was asked to arrange
the choir.
"Mrs. Powell thanked me
for that," he said.
Higgins was also tapped to
put together the music when
two other important figures,
Sir Phillip Sherlock, a scholar
and educator, and Hugh
Sherlock, the author of the


Jamaican National Anthem,
died.
"Hugh Sherlock instructed
me that whenever the anthem
is being sung, we should
always sing both verses,"
Higgins explained. "... It was
very important to him. He was
very specific about it, and
that's something I share with
all the consulates I come in
contact with."

DEM TENORS
In 2003 and 2004 Higgins
produced the romantic musical
"The Best Time of Your Life"
which had performances in
Jamaica, United States and
London. But, he said, it was
costly at times with a cast of
14. When he heard about
Spanish singers PlAcido
Domingo and Jos6
Carreras and the Italian
singer Luciano Pavarotti,
known as The Three Tenors,
he thought about a Jamaican
equivalent. Dem 3 Jamaican
Tenors was born.
In 2004, then Jamaican
Consul General to Miami
Ricardo Allicock asked
Higgins to form a group to
officiate and sing at Jamaica's
annual Independence service.


"We now have members
from some 20 churches in the
group South Florida
Caribbean Chorale. The group
has been extended to include
other nationals from the
Caribbean and we are 100
strong," Higgins said.
The chorale stages
Christmas concerts. The last
two were held at the
Plantation United Methodist
Church. Last year the group
gave most of its proceeds
from Easter and Christmas
concerts to the United
Methodist Committee on
Relief (UMCOR), which went
to Haiti. The group has also
performed at Holy Family
Episcopal, Holy Sacrament
and Miramar United
Methodist Church.
"The group decided to
stay together and continue
doing regular concerts,"
Higgins said.
Higgins also has a day
job. He is the Caribbean
regional manager for
Moneygram International,
which is responsible for
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I came home to help in Haiti's reconstruction ~ Duvalier U.S. will not stop aid to Haiti ~ Clinton


PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti, -
Former Haitian dictator Jean
Claude Duvalier has told
nationals that he decided to
end his 25 year exile in France
and return home to help in
the reconstruction of the
country following the Jan. 12
earthquake last year that
killed an estimated 300,000
people and left more than a
million others homeless.
But less than 48 hours
after he made a surprise
return to Haiti last month,
"Baby Doc" Duvalier was
slapped with several charges,
including corruption, theft and
misappropriation of funds that
were allegedly committed dur-
ing his 15 year rule.
Under Haitian law, the
charges must now be investi-
gated by a judge, who will
decide whether a judicial case
should go ahead.
In a prepared statement
last month, Duvalier, who


PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti,
CMC - Less than a week after
deposed Haitian leader Jean
Claude Duvalier made a sur-
prise return to Haiti, another
former head of state is eyeing
a return to the French-speak-
ing Caribbean country.
Jean-Bertrand Aristide,
who now lives in exile in South
Africa, last month sent a letter to
his former foreign press liaison
Michelle Karshan indicating that
he is "ready" to return home.
Aristide, a former Roman
Catholic priest, was swept out
of office in 2004 and he has
consistently blamed the
United States and France for
his downfall.
Karshan told reporters
that she received the letter


returned here on Jan. 16, also
expressed condolences to the
families of those killed.
"When I made the deci-
sion to come back to Haiti to
commemorate this sad
anniversary
with you, in
our country, I
was ready for
any kind of
persecution,"
Duvalier said
in a soft-spo-
ken voice.
"But I Duvalier
believe that
the desire to participate by
your side in this collaboration
for the national reconstruction
far outweighs any harassment
I could face," he said, in
apparent reference to the alle-
gations made against him by
Haitian authorities including
embezzlement, fraud, and
crimes against humanity.
The 59-year-old former


"directly" from Aristide, 57,
and his spokeswoman Maryse
Narcisse.
"The pur-
pose is very
clear: To con-
tribute to serv-
ing my Haitian
sisters and
brothers as a
simple citizen
in the field of
education", Aristide
wrote Aristide
in the letter dated Jan.19.
"The return is indispensa-
ble, too, for medical reasons:
It is strongly recommended
that I not spend the coming
winter in South Africa's
because in six years I have
undergone six eye u rgL ri' ,


leader ruled Haiti from 1971
to 1986 through terror and the
regime he inherited from his
father.
Human right groups said
thousands of Haitians were
imprisoned, tortured or killed,
during his rule. His brief state-
ment was followed by expla-
nations from a team of
American lawyers, including
Bob Barr, a former United
States congressman and presi-
dential candidate, who said he
was assisting Duvalier with his
international public image.
One of the lawyers,
Edwin Marger, denied that
Duvalier harbored any politi-
cal ambitions. But he said
Duvalier does want access
to funds frozen in a bank
account in Switzerland to con-
tribute to the reconstruction.

Compiled from CMC reports.


he added.
Seven months after he
was democratically elected in
1990 for his first term,
Aristide, who fought the
Duvalier regime in the mid-
1980s, was ousted by a mili-
tary junta. Three years later, a
U.S. invasion restored him to
power. But he went into exile
a second time in 2004 amid a
violent rebellion.
Aristide has been a
research fellow at the
University of South Africa in
Pretoria, where he has been
teaching and presenting
research papers, such as "Why
African descendants are still
facing poverty in Haiti".


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Clinton ended a one-day visit
here on Jan. 30 promising that
Washington will not suspend
aid to the impoverished
French speaking Caribbean
community (CARICOM)
country even as the disputed
presidential and legislative
elections results remain unre-
solved.
Late last month, U.S.
Ambassador to the United
Nations Susan Rice hinted
that the administration of
President Barack Obama may
cut off aid to Haiti if the Ren6
Pr6val administration did not
adopt recommendations by
the Organization of American
States (OAS) to resolve the
impasse. But, after meeting
with Haitian leaders, Clinton
rejected that notion.
"We're not talking
about any of that," she told
reporters. "We have a deep
commitment to the Haitian
people.
"That goes to humanitari-
an aid that goes to gover-
nance and democracy pro-
grams that will be going to a
cholera treatment center," she
said.

THREAT
But Clinton pressed
Haiti's leaders to adopt the
internationally-backed solu-
tion to the elections' dispute.
The continuing stalemate
threatens to further under-
mine the fragile peace in the
impoverished, French-speak-
ing Caribbean country.
"We've made it very clear
we support the OAS recom-
mendations, and we would
like to see those acted on,"
Clinton said.
"We want to see the voic-
es and votes of the Haitian
people acknowledged and rec-
ognized," she added.
In early January, the interna-
tional experts revised the dis-
puted preliminary results
from the chaotic Nov. 28 elec-
tions. Citing widespread irreg-
ularities in voting tallies, the
experts recommended that
presidential candidate and
popular musician Michel
"Sweet Mickey" Martelly be
included in the Mar. 20 sec-
ond-round runoff vote in
place of government-backed
candidate, Jude Celestin.
Former Haitian First Lady,
Mirlande Manigat, has
already been confirmed for
the run-off.

OAS SUPPORT
Besides the U.S., the
United Nations and major
western donors, like France
and Britain, along with the


European Union, have made it
explicit that they also support
the OAS's recommendation.
Despite the OAS report
and international pressure,
Celestin, a government tech-
nocrat and Preval prot6g6,
had not withdrawn from the
race up to press tiem, despite


Clinton


prodding from his own INITE
or Unity coalition to do so.
Washington has also revoked
the US entry visas of several
Haitians officials linked to
INITE and Celestin's cam-
paign.






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What Haitians can do for to

help themselves


JOHN KERRY
On Jan. 11, 2010, things
were looking up for
Haiti. United Nations
peacekeepers had cracked
down on
Haiti's notori-
ous gangs and
reduced
urban vio-
lence.
Dangerous
slums, like
Cite Soleil,
were safer
than they had JOHN
been in years.
President
Rene Pr6val had begun, albeit
haltingly, to enact political
reforms. Foreign investment
and economic growth, spurred
by United States trade benefits
and Haiti's active diaspora,
were ticking upwards.
In what passes for opti-
mism in Haiti, Prime Minister
Jean-Max Bellerive observed
that the country was moving
"to get out of misery to get
into poverty."
We know the tragic next chap-
ter to this story. On Jan. 12, lit-
erally and figuratively, it all
came tumbling down. An
earthquake killed upwards of
300,000 people and left over
1.5 million without shelter. The
quake set in motion a series of
events, including a cholera epi-
demic, that still has Haiti reel-
ing.
After the quake, we wit-
nessed many noble, generous
and courageous efforts by
Haitians and outside donors.
T, ge ile r they prevented the
catastrophe from exploding
into something worse.
Widespread famine, 1, lIini.
and violence did not occur.
Vital health indicators
remained stable. Even if just
under plastic or canvas, over a
million displaced Haitians had
protection from wind and rain,
and they had access to clean
water and latrines.

OPPORTUNITY
The once-in-a-generation
opportunity to "build back "re-
i in.�eliLd Haitian future, the
country has reverted to the
same dysfunctional political cul-
ture that has tormented its past.
Foot-dragging and petty squab-
bles have precluded solutions
to even the most compelling of
humanitarian problems.
As a result, 1.3 million
Haitians are still living in tents.
The cholera epidemic has
intensified and unemployment
and poverty rates have reached
epic proportions - unemploy-
ment rates in the formal sector
are up to 90 percent.
With ministries demol-
ished and thousands of govern-


ment employees killed, the
Haitian national leadership
had good reasons for its slow
response in the early months
of the crisis, but President
Prival and his government
have lagged in coordinating
rebuilding efforts. Even when
the international community
has developed plans and iden-
tified funding, the Haitian gov-
ernment has been slow to give
the green light to these proj-
ects. Major policy priorities,
such as creating decentralized
clusters of economic activity
outside the crowded capital,
have had no significant follow-
up.

BLAME
The donor community is
not without blame. Haitians
have complained, often right-
fully, that they have been left
out of meetings and decision-
making, that approved projects
do not conform to agreed pri-
orities, and that the non-
governmental community
often pursues duplicative proj-
ects without buy-in or support
from the government. The
U.S. has provided valuable
assistance and leadership, but
we have yet to articulate a
strategy for contributing to
rebuilding.
While there are no magic
solutions to these immense
challenges, the elements of a
way forward are clear.
First, the impasse that has
delayed the presidential runoff
election that was supposed to
occur last month month must be
resolved. Haiti needs a legiti-
mate leader to take office and
appoint a skilled team to imple-
ment a development vision for
the country. The international
community must work to
change the elites' traditional
calculus that a crisis is an oppor-
tunity, and we must make clear
that alleviating the suffering of
the Haitian people is our first
priority. Any candidate sabotag-
ing the ongoing efforts by the
Organization of American
States to solve the election crisis
should be disqualified.
(CONTINUED ON PAGE 10)


n my most recent trav-
el to the United States
I was amazed and
amused at the new types of
"bling" that the kids were
wearing. I even saw boys
wearing teeth with flashing
lights on them.
We scoff and deride, but
is bling really new? It seems
as if even in days gone by
there was bling, albeit called
by a different name. People
then adorned 1th mil', hL with
baubles bangles and beads,
plus fancy hairstyles or wigs to
cap off the ensemble. But a-
ha, the new generation rolled
it, skewed it, improved it and
took it to a different level.
We now are the proud
owners of bling. Bling is a
state of mind, an attitude, a
way of life that decrees. If you
got it flaunt it, and even if you
haven't got it, flaunt it anyway.
Bling is not real wealth, but
the appearance of real wealth,
giving true meaning to the
saying, all that glitters is not
gold - just bling.
For some people, from
they have a child, the poor kid
is subjected to bling. From
before the youth can walk or
talk, he or she is festooned
like a Christmas tree with ear-
rings, toe rings, finger rings,
nose rings, big chains (cargo)
multi-colored hairstyles,
designer clothes and expen-
sive track shoes to match.
Bling Baby.

TO IMPRESS
As they grow older, the
bling becomes even more pro-
nounced as the gold and silver
chains hang from their necks
like when ships drop anchor.
It's amazing the neck strength
of those wearers, as those
chains must carry a good
weight. Or are they hollow?
The clothes must be
baggy, with the pants hanging
down way below the waist and
with the underpants, usually
boxer shorts, showing above
the belt line. The shirt is big,
billowy, flowery like curtain
cloth and always open, unless
it's a mesh tank top that hugs
the mighty bling belly. The


boy's hair-
styles rival
that of any
woman, as it's
either corn-
rows that are
so neat you
could take
metric meas-
urements off TONY
them, or they ROBINSON
have all sorts
of multicol-
ored beads and trinkets twist-
ed in.
Many times I have had to
take a second look to deter-


mine whether it's a male or
female that's dressed up so.
Bling does have a veneer
of androgyny. Men with plait-
ed hair and earrings, some-
times in both ears, that's bling.
Let's not forget the teeth, as
no one has a toothy grin as a
man who is truly bling. Each
tooth must have on a different
character, usually from a deck
of cards, with gold being the
metal of choice. Sometimes
it's a gun or a bullet that
makes the tooth the whole
tooth.
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* "Duvalier has raped Haiti" -
St. Kitts and Nevis Prime
Minister Dr. Denzil Douglas
last month making it clear what
he thinks of the return to Haiti
of former dictator Jean Claude
"Baby Doc" Duvalier.

* "We have not really focused
on whether or not what
Jamaica wants going into the
future is a situation where for
you to be a Member of
Parliament, you must be a citi-
zen of Jamaica only, or whether


we want to recognize our reali-
ty that there are citizens of
Jamaica and of other countries
who manage their loyalty to
each country" - Jamaica's
Prime Minister Bruce Golding
weighs in on the issue of dual
citizenship.

* "I looked
around and saw
men with guns,
they looked like
ruffians to me.
I thought they
had come to
stop the debate"
- former Trinidad and Tobago
Prime Minister ANR Robinson
last month dec iimg his reac-
tion to the storming of T& T's


Parliament by members of the
radical Jamaat-Al-Muslimeen
group during an attempted coup
in July 1990. Robinson was a
witness called by the five-mem-
ber Commission of Inquiry into
the incident.

* "Why, you might ask, is what
happens thousands of miles
away in Arizona relevant to
anyone in the Caribbean?
More specifically, why is it rele-
vant to us here in St. Kitts and
Nevis? Because of what it has
to teach us" - St. Kitts and
Nevis Prime Minister Dr.
Denzil Douglas warns
Caribbean nationals that there
are lessons to be learnt from the
attempted assassination of


United States Congresswoman
Gabriella Giffords last month.

* "There are major issues sur-
rounding Mr. Duvalier and the
considerable range of human
rights abuses that took place in
Haiti during the 15 years that
he was in power" - Rupert
Colville, spokesperson for the
United Nations' Office of the
High Commissioner for Human
Rights, voices his organization's
concern over Jean Claude
Duvalier's return to Haiti last
month..

* "I just wanted to finish on a
high" - West Indies batsman
( I, i\ Gayle after blasting 92
runs from 40 balls in his final


innings for
Western Australia
in the I o,i) 2)
Big B,3%,b *cricket
tournament
Down Under.
Gayle, recently
named Jamaica's
"Sportsman of the Year",
smashed seven fours and eight
sixes. He then left to join the
West Indies for its three-match
one-day international tour of Sri
Lanka ahead of this month's
Cricket World Cup.

Compiled from CMC and
other sources.


Bling this, bling that


(CONTINUED FROM PAGE 9)
But it's the women of
bling who are the real eye
catchers. Oh for Versace,
Donatelli, Ferrucci, Calvin
Klein, Fubu, to pass by and
check out our futile femme
fatales. Their eyes would pop.

ON SHOW
Even in the pouring rain
they'll line up to get into night-
clubs, as the bling outfit shall
not go to waste. They'll merely
cover the fancy hairdo, kick off
the boots and bling out in the
club, as it has to be shown off.
Bling must also ring, as no
Bling outfit is complete with-
out the cellphone ensemble,
with multi colored instruments
that glow in the dark and ring
to the tunes and tomes of the


classical melodies.
The ultimate bling is to
have two or three cellphones
even though no call can be
made, as it's the old familiar
refrain, "My phone card run
out."
The choice drink of bling
is champagne, preferably
Dom Perrion or Moet.
To complete the uniform,
to be truly bling, the vehicle of
choice has to be an SUV,
preferably the Avalanche or
Escalade. The H2Hummer
carries bling, and you have to
really fix it up extra, acces-
sorize it with blue, purple or
green running lights that glow
under it, 10 million watt fog
lamps, plus lights in the
exhaust tail pipe, and rims
that continue spinning long


after the vehicle's parked and
the owner's gone to bed.
That's bling.
Superior Bling is when
there's a television or even two
embedded in the headrest of
the vehicle. If you check out
most of those bling guys with
the fancy wheels, they live
nowhere, but those that do,
really live stylishly. They
inhabit houses that would rival
Buckingham Palace, complete
with lions on the fence post,
gold plate on the toilet seat
and marble from Italy.

NOT SIZE
A truly bling house is usu-
ally huge, palatial. But bling is
not necessarily about size. Just
drive through inner cities and
you'll truly see some bling


Shipping


boudoirs, if you dare to enter
the portals.
To be bling, you have to
talk the language of bling. No
Standard English, but the bab-
ble of bling. I overheard this
guy talking on his "bling-
phone" and listened in marvel
and awe as I heard the lan-
guage of bling. I could only
hear his side of the conversa-
tion, which went something
like this: "Yow, fi real, loop
me, yu dun know, get jiggy,
slam it, pon der corner, repre-
sent, yu dun know, yu waan
see, yu dun know, yow, bus
me, yu dun know." Fi real
folks, fi real.
Bling continues even after
the dearly bling has dearly
departed. There is nothing as
fabulous than a bling send off,
the mother of all funerals. The


stretch limos, the Escalades,
the fancy fandangles, finery,
fashion fusion. The cacophony
of the ever-present bling-
phones, the gold chains, gold
teeth, gold diggers. Few tears
are shed, as the bling make-up
cannot be ruined.
What is also true is that
bling is usually short lived.
Bling is not real wealth, but
merely conspicuous consump-
tion. Real wealth lasts for gen-
erations, as the great families
of the world have proven.
Bling may last until the person
departs, but usually he out-
lives it.
In1\ lmllmiii ' Wah dat? Is
bling I bling boss, just bringing
out."

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What Haitians can do for themselves


(CONTINUED FROM PAGE 9)
Second, the donor com-
munity must communicate a
clear and coherent rebuilding
vision and strategy with time
lines and benchmarks. The
U.S. can play an important
role by publicly articulating an
overarching development poli-
cy to guide the allocation of
over $1 billion in assistance
appropriated by the Congress
last July. Haitian ownership of
any plan is key, but the
obstructionism and unwilling-
ness to lead cannot be tolerat-
ed any longer.
Third, we must recognize
and reinforce the remarkable
success of the U.N. peacekeep-
ing operation and the newly
trained Haitian National
Police, both of which have
been critical to stability and
the rapid decline in crime.
Fourth, Haiti must take
better advantage of the experi-
ence and know-how of its high-
ly skilled and wide-ranging
diaspora. The government has
many vacancies that 6migr6s
can fill - at a minimum through


a fellows program - to provide
critical support to ministries as
they attempt to stand up and
reorganize.
Finally, we must recognize
that rebuilding Haiti will
require a sustained commit-
ment and a long-term partner-
ship. The U.S. and the interna-
tional community have done
good work in Haiti in the past,
and Haiti is better for it today,
but the work was piecemeal
and short-term.
Partnership entails com-
mitment and maturity on both
sides. Haitians across society -
from the economic and politi-
cal elite, to the nascent and
unsteady civil society, to the
masses of poor - have to real-
ize that our concern for their
welfare does not give them
leverage to shun our demands
for progress. We cannot do the
tasks that only they can do.

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United States senator from the
state of Massachusetts.


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Historic photographic exhibit honors Blacks can learn from Jews, when it comes to history
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ova Southeastern
University (NSU) will
honor the legacy of Dr.
Martin Luther King, Jr. through-
out February and March as part
of its ongoing Black History
Month celebrations.
Among the highlights is
the photo documentary "And
Freedom For All", which cap-
tures King's defining "I Have
A Dream" speech and his par-
ticipation in the "March on
Washington for Jobs and
Freedom". The photographs
were taken by LOOK maga-
zine's Stanley Tretick, who
was John F Kennedy's presi-
dential photographer.
The exhibit, which is free
and open to the public, is on
view through Mar. 31 in the
Second Floor Gallery of
NSU's Alvin Sherman Library.
Other highlights of NSU
Black History Month celebra-
tions include talks from
"The Strengths of the Black
Family" series, including one
on "Black Love" on Feb. 14;


Stanley Tretick photograph
King leads protest march.

an African dance class on Feb
15, and an urban funk work-
shop on Feb. 18; plus a one-
man show about Langston
Hughes on Feb. 19, and a
journey toward natural hair
on Feb. 20;
For more information,
about the photo exhibit, call
954-262-4637. For a full pro-
gram of NSU's Black History
Month events, visit
www.nova. edu/blackhistory.


Spotlight on 'African Awareness' at Feb. 19

fundraising banquet in Lauderhill


Dr. Umar Abdullah-Johnson
is the scheduled keynote
speaker at a Black History
Month fundraising banquet on
Feb. 19 in Lauderhill, Florida.
His presentation is enti-
tled "African Awareness 101",
which will focus on the detri-
mental effects of special edu-
cation on students of color
attending public schools and
on what parents need to know
to safeguard their children.
Dr. Abdullah-Johnson is,
a school psychologist from
Philadelphia. He is a blood
relative of Frederick
Douglass, the great black
abolitionist and orator.


The banquet will be in aid
of the establishment of a
Marcus Garvey Multi-Purpose
Community Center in Fort
Lauderdale. It will be held at
the Warehouse, 3500 N.W.
15th St. in Lauderhill, Florida,
beginning at 7 p.m.
The program will include
audio-visual presentations,
live music, an African fashion
show staged by the Liberian
Association of South Florida,
cultural performances and the
Lalibela Muzik sound system.
For more information, call
954-981-1176 or 954-297-8593.


ix years ago I went to
Auschwitz. I remember
being surprised at the
number of Israeli school
groups there,
some literally
wrapped in
their national
flag.
Israeli
school kids, it
turns out,
often visit the
death camp
as a means of LEONARD
understand- PITTS
ing the geno-
cide that dec-
imated their people. Learning
this left me, not for the first
time, impressed with the way
Jews have institutionalized
Holocaust education. A sub-
ject that was considered large-
ly taboo into the 1970s has
since become the object of
manifold museums, memori-
als and oral histories.
As Maryla Korn, a sur-
vivor from Washington, once
told the Washington Jewish
Week newspaper, "Maybe by
talking and telling our stories,


Caribbean

community

joins BHM

celebrations

The Caribbean communi-
ty in South Florida will
be celebrating Black
History Month with a familiar
flavor in February. Below are
a couple of activities sched-
uled for the month:

* Feb. 13, 7 p.m. - Caribbean
Dance Celebration
presented by Jamaica
Awareness Inc. at Coral
Springs Center for The Arts,
7855 Coral Springs Dr.
Program to honor life and
work of Jamaican Rex
Nettleford.
For more information
call:
305-405-2712 or visit
www.jamaware.org.

* Feb. 19 - Have A Heart
Gala - "A Stroll Down
Memory Lane" - presented by
the National Association of
The Bahamas at Miramar
Cultural Center,
2300 Civic Center PI.,
Miramar. To reserve tickets,
call 954-888-1113/4 or e-mail
Rgomez@Bahamas. com.


The Black History Month
Committee at Florida
Memorial University
(FMU) will offer several
events during February,
including film screenings,
workshops, panel discussions,
stage readings, concerts and
spiritual worship services.
Some of the activities are
listed below:

* Feb. 10, 10 a.m. -
Homecoming Cultural Pride
Extravaganza on the front lawn.

* Feb. 11, 9 am. to 2 p.m. -
Black Pioneers in Aviation at
the Lehman Auditorium.
7 p.m. - Homecoming Greek
Step Show and Concert,
including performances by
Gyptian, Jagged Edge and


Slim at the A. ChIlI r
Robinson Athletic Center.

* Feb. 16, 5:30 p.m. - Oscar
Micheaux Film and Discussion
at the Lou Rawls Center for
the Performing Arts (LRCPA).

* Feb. 18, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. -
Melton Mustafa Jazz Festival
Workshops at LRCPA.

* Feb. 19, 7 p.m. - Melton
Mustafa Jazz Festival Concert
at LRCPA.

* Feb. 23, 5:30 p.m. - View
"Contextualizing Black
Europe", Sedat Pakay's film
on James Baldwin: "From
Another I'l.L at LRCPA.


FMU offers variety during BHM


we can restrain another little
monster from coming up.
How can you not talk?"

CONTRAST
Her words stand in stark
contrast to the responses I
once received from two black
women when I asked them to
describe a lynching they wit-
nessed in 1930.
"I try and put that behind
me," said Sarah E. Weaver-
Pate. "I'd just rather forget
that."
"Why bring it up?"
snapped Clara Jeffries. "It's
not helping anything. People
don't want to hear it."
Every January we hear
Martin Luther King's great
speech. Every February,
school kids dress up as black
inventors or social leaders.
But there is in us - meaning
the African American com-
munity - a marked tendency
to avoid the grit, gristle and
grime of our history. The
telling of those stories is nei-
ther institutionalized nor even
particularly encouraged.
It is time for that to


change.
I sat down intending to
write a different column. I
was going to blast Mississippi
Governor Haley Barbour for
his remarks about the so-
called "Citizens Councils",
which were popular in the
American South beginning in
the 1950s.
"Up north they think it
was like the KKK," he said in
an interview with The Weekly
Standard. "Where I come
from it was an organization of
town leaders. In Yazoo City
they passed a resolution that
said anybody who started a
chapter of the Klan would get
their a.. run out of town."

MISLEADING
It's a benign, misleading
picture sharply at odds with
the historical record. The
Citizens Councils - originally
the "White" Citizens Councils
- served the same purpose
social conservatism often does
today: to give racism intellec-
tual and moral cover and pro-
vide a camera-friendly alter-
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Nova Southeastern University Celebrates



Black History Month

Enjoy a month of art, music, food, lectures, and discussions.


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February 4-March 31, 2011
Second Floor Gallery at the AJvin Sherman Library, Research,
and information Technology Center
Pilaro l.louumei iLiry of the histuric 196.3 march iil the capital ler by
Martin Luthnr King, Jr., Crapl.,Ir:d by nwnad-w-inning itonok nga-inn
phctojourna:ist Stanley Tretick.


Fo a complete llsting of events, visit Lwww.n~a. edu/backhistory,


' ,CELEBRATING



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Saturday, February 5 from 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Alvin Sherman Librry, Research, and Information Technology Center
Traditional snill fnd ri Afriil:nr An iir:riii:ns will i.at a new twisi as resib 6t c:hef
Bill M1li0cll of 11i Pubiix Apro'Ss Cooking School will demonstratl poached
shrimp over homlny �jits cakes witn serranojellr. Sample goodle-o and leam
about new soul food choices
To attend, please call 1954) 262-5477.




Monday, February 14 from 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Gad DeSantis Buiding, Knight Auditorium
FacililaLtd by laimily dJieriav professor DDebra Nixon t rrn NSU's Graduatc
School of Hunan es and Social Sciences, this events ill feature film clips,
discussion, and debate,
For more I-nformatlon, call (954) 262-3008.



Saturday, February 19 at 7:00 p.m.
Mailman Hollywood building Auditorium
Newy o-ir based actor and '-Aiml Doln St. Clau r-i rI the I kfk and wrkf af
Harlem Peia stance io~n L..igstorn Hj?.he- in his or nman show', Laington
HUgyeps, The show corrbines theatre, poetry. and song! Space is lirmited;
riserval.onrs .Ia required.
To RSVP call Chetachi Egws, (954) 262-8073.



The Sevwnth Annual Carrie P Meek Outstanding Education
Leadership Achievement Award Ceremony
Thursday, February 24 from 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Signatre Grand in Dave
The Blai:k Heritagp Council of 1he Fis.:hler School of Ediuafiioni an~d H Iiulal
Sfrvices aL NSU vi I feature kL',lltL speaker Salori Thaomas-El and spcaial
(Jiest speaker Dennis Bga. senior ad~dser In tie U,S. Departnmet of Ed uctian.
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T&T launches 'International Year for People

of African Descent' pledge in 2011


(CONTINUED FROM PAGE 11)
native to the brutish igno-
rance of the Klan. But their
mission was never in doubt.
"The Citizens' Council is
the South's answer to the
mongrelizers," crowed one
pamphlet. "We will not be
integrated. We are proud of
our white blood and our white


heritage of
sixty cen-
turies...We are
certainly not
ashamed of
our traditions,
our conserva-
tive beliefs,
nor our segre-
gated way of
life."


Jews have en
similar experience
their struggle aga
Holocaust deniers
Americans must
the Jews have.


Which is hardly consonant
with the impression Barbour
leaves, but let that slide. The
governor, after all, is hardly
unique. Like Glenn Beck say-
ing conservatives authored the
civil rights movement and
Civil War apologists claiming
slavery did not cause that con-
flict, he is part of an appalling-
ly audacious conservative
effort to rewrite African
American history.
Jews have endured a simi-


lar experience, as seen in their
struggle against Holocaust
deniers. African-Americans
must respond as the Jews
have.
We must bear witness.
The energy spent blasting
Haley Barbour could more
productively be spent starting
an oral history project at
church. Or bringing elder
speakers into
schools to share
dured a segregation
e, as seen in memories. Or
linst encouraging
. African- children to visit
and mark the
respond as crucible places
of their ances-
tors. Or...?
We must
claim our remembered pas-
sages. It is in those passages
that a people define them-
selves. And Barbour's sugar-
coating of African American
history offers a stark
reminder: If we don't tell our
stories, someone else will.

Tribune Media Services.
Leonard Pitts is a columnist
for the Miami Herald.


PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad,
CMC - Trinidad and Tobago
has launched the United
Nations "International Year
for People of African
Descent, pledging to develop
a national program compris-
ing a series of activities befit-
ting the importance of the
occasion.
Prime Minister Kamla
Persad Bissessar said that
given the country's multi-eth-
nic society and historical lega-
cies, the International Year
for People of African Descent
assumes even greater signifi-
cance for T&T. She said that
her coalition administration
intends to develop a program
of activities through partner-


ship with various key stake-
holders that would include an
art competition reflecting the
history of the African pres-
ence.
She said there would also
be documentation of African
oral traditions, such as folk
tales as well as an exhibition
to highlight historical sites
and artifacts.
The prime minister said
there would also be a mural
to be done by young artists
from T&T, Ghana, Nigeria,
South Africa and Uganda and
public lectures by leading
researchers and civil right
leaders on topics appropriate
to this occasion.
In adopting the resolution


proclaiming 2011 as the
International Year for People
of African Descent, the U.N.
noted that it is aimed "at
strengthening national actions
and regional and international
cooperation for the benefit of
people of African descent in
relation to their full enjoy-
ment of economic, cultural,
social, civil and political
rights, their participation and
integration in all political,
economic, social and cultural
aspects of society, and the
promotion of a greater knowl-
edge of and respect for their
diverse heritage and culture."
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Lemon City Cemetery ceremony to honor Bahamians


dedication ceremony
for the memorial gar-
den and monument at
the site of the recently discov-
ered Lemon City Cemetery in
Florida, where 523 blacks are
buried, many of who were
Bahamian and early founders
of Miami, will be held on
Feb. 15.
The event will begin with
a procession at 9:30 a.m. led


by The Progressive Cornet
Band, directed by Donnie
Brown, and the Singing
Angels directed by Dr.
Richard Strachan.
In April of 2008 human
bones were discovered at the
construction site for the
YMCA of Greater Miami's
affordable housing project in
Miami, Florida. It was
revealed that the bones were


from black people, many
Bahamians and early founders
of Miami.
On Feb. 16, 2010 the
Lemon City Cemetery
Community Corporation, the
developers and the Y cele-
brated the local historic desig-
nation of the cemetery.
For more information,
call 305-448-3425.
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Jamaica's NDTC to celebrate Caribbean culture, dance in Coral Springs

- Show to honor Rex Nettleford, support his foundation


SONIA MORGAN

When Jamaica's National
Dance Theater Company
(NDTC) performers hit the
stage for "Caribbean Dance
CL I kchr.,in on Feb. 13 in
Coral Springs, Florida they
would have already marked
the one-year anniversary of the
death of the group's founder
and artistic director Professor
Rex Nettleford.
Yet the evening's proceed-
ings will honor the life and
work of the cultural and aca-
demic icon, who died Feb. 2,
2010, and the net proceeds
from the event will be donated
to the Rex Nettleford
Foundation.
According to Sydney
Roberts, president of Jamaica
Awareness Inc., presenter of
the show, the importance of
the NDTC and Nettleford's
contribution to dance in
Jamaica and the Caribbean
cannot be understated and
should be continued. He said
that is why it's important to
support the Rex Nettleford


research, trade unionism, dias-
pora building and philanthro-
py.
Although Nettleford was
known for his cultural influ-
ence, his philanthropy is prob-


Nettleford


ably his "best kept secret,"
according to Roberts.
"Throughout his life he
has sent many students
through college with his own
money," he said, "because it
was important to him that they


Foundation, which aims to get te opportunities ne was
continue the work of the late afforded as a young man from
professor in culture, education, a humble background."

Caribbean stars among nominees

for 2011 NAACP Image Awards


Roberts
explained that most
of the people who
danced with the
NDTC were poorer
kids attending uni-
versity, many of
whom could scarcely
afford the tuition.
"For the ones
who could not afford
it, he (Nettleford)
used his influence to
get them into differ-
ent dance schools
throughout the
world because he
valued the totality in
education in every
genre of dance," he
added. "He support-
ed kids who weren't
able to support
11LIms 1l\L~ at the
tertiary level, with-
out fanfare. Many
NDTC dancers get
scholarships...the
company sponsors
them and pays their
tuition while they
are away."

DANCE MASTER
There is no
question as to why
the NDTC among
Nettleford's primary NDTC's K
legacies, and why
Jamaica Awareness is dedicat-
ed to its continuance.


erry-Ann Henry performs "Life After Death".
"The importance of what
we are doing is in an attempt


to keep the work that he
did alive," said Roberts,
highlighting Nettleford's
impact on dance in
Jamaica and the
Caribbean.
Roberts called
Nettleford "the master of
Caribbean dance.
"Most of the steps
that are considered
Caribbean dance were
developed by the NDTC
under his tutelage,"
he said. "Dance compa-
nies in Jamaica mirror
the NDTC and there
are many other groups
throughout the
Caribbean doing these
same dances."
NDTC alumni have
not just branched out to
form their own dance
companies in Jamaica,
they have also had suc-
cess internationally.
Two prime examples
are Jackie Guy, one of
Britain's leading lecturers
in Afro Caribbean dance,
who choreographed "The
Harder They Come", and
Garth Fagan, who chore-
ographed "The Lion
King".
Contributed Roberts said one of
Jamaica Awareness's
goals for the Feb. 13
(CONTINUED ON PAGE 16)


NEW YORK
- Two top
Caribbean-
born singers
are among the
nominees for
this year's
NAACP
Image
Awards.
Barbadian
Rihanna and
Nicki Minaj of
Trinidad and
Tobago both
made the list,
joining nota- Nicki Minaj
bles such as
Tracy Morgan,
Vanessa Williams, LL
Cool J, Jay-Z, Usher,
Kanye West, Black
Eyed Peas, Tyler
Perry, Denzel
Washington, Justin
Timberlake, Jaden
Smith and Selena
Gomez.
Minaj is among
nominees in the
"Outstanding New
Artist" category,
while Rihanna joins
Mary J Bilge and Rihanna
Sade among others in
the "Outstanding Female
Artist" category. Rihanna is
also nominated, along with
Eminem, in the "Outstanding


Duo, Group or
Collaboration"
category.
The nominations
were announced last
month in Beverly
Hills, California by
stars including 50
Cent, Kimberly
Elise, Sanaa Lathan
and Smokey
Robinson.
The Image
Awards celebrates
the accomplishments
of people of color in
the fields of
television,
music, litera-
ture and
film, as well
RD as honoring
individuals
or groups
who promote
social justice
through
creative
endeavors.
The
42nd Image
Awards will
be aired live
on Fox tele-
vision net-
work on Mar. 4.

- CaribWorldNews


PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad,
CMC - Veteran calypsonian
Mighty Conqueror, real name
Leroy Paul, was killed a few
yards away from the calypso
tent he was due to appear in
as part of the 2011 calypso
season which opened here late
last month.
Paul, 71, was hit by a car


as he tried to cross the high-
way near the Calypso Revue
Tent that features popular
calypsonians such as Sugar
Aloes (Michael Osuna),
Crazy (Edwin Ayoung)
Mighty Chalkdust (Dr.
Hollis Liverpool) and Baron
(Timothy Watkins Junior).
Colleagues said that Paul,


whose popular tunes include
"Trinidad Dictionary" and
I rIl Water Yankee", was
on his way to rehearsal when
the accident occurred.
The calypso season opened
as Trinidadians get ready for
the annual carnival celebrations
that end on Mar. 8


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Dominica's 'jump up' blasts off St. Lucian Walcott wins top British literary prize


D ominica's carnival cel-
ebrations are already
underway. Here's a
look at some of the highlights
from the most festive season
in the eastern Caribbean
island:

* Through Mar. 5 - Calypso
featuring dozens of carnival
musicians, or calypsonians, who
compete for the "Dominica
Calypso Monarch"title. The
competition begins in the
weeks before the grand finale
on Mar. 5.

* Feb. 12 - Opening parade
featuring carnival queen and
princess contestants, popular
bands, dancers in colorful cos-
tumes, stilt walkers (also
called moco jumbles) and
cheerleaders.


* Feb. 20 and 27, Mar. 4 -
Princess Show/Teenage
Pageant/National Queen
Show which showcases the
talents and beauty of
Dominica's women and
culminates with the crowning
of "Miss Dominica" on
Mar. 4.

* Mar. 7 and 8 - "Jump-up"
featuring two days of costume
bands and street dancing.
In addition to events that take
place in the capital of Roseau,
several small villages across
the island also participate in
the local pageantry.
For information about
Dominica's carnival, visit
www.discoverdominica.com
or call Discover Dominica
Authority toll-free from the
United States and Canada at
1-866-522-4057.


LONDON, England - Nobel
laureate Derek Walcott has
won the T.S. Eliot Prize for
the best new collection of
poems published in the
United Kingdom or Ireland.
The St. Lucian born
Walcott, 81, took the prize
against competition from an
eclectic group of poets, includ-
ing fellow Nobel laureate
Seamus Heaney, Iraq war vet-
eran Brian Turner, and Sam
Willetts, whose debut collec-
tion came after 10 years lost
to addiction to and recovery
from heroin.
He received the �15,000
(S$23,651) from Valerie Eliot,
widow of T.S. Eliot, during a
ceremony at the Wallace
Collection, London late last
month.
The winning collection,
"White E gr, I, ', was described
by poet Anne Stevenson, the
chair of judges, as "moving


and technically flawless.
"It took us not very long to
decide that this collection was
the yardstick by which all the


walcott


others were to be measured.
These are beautiful lines;
beautiful poetry," she said.

PRAISE
Stevenson praised
Walcott's technical mastery,


saying: "It is a complete book
from first to last; each poem
belongs completely.
"He is a very great poet -
one of the finest poets writing
in English."
The collection - described
by the Guardian newspaper
reviewer Sarah Crown as a
,upL rh meditation on death,
grief and the passage of time"
- sees Walcott in elegiac
mood, the egrets of the title
become a shifting metaphor.
According to Stevenson, the
collection "sees a return to
his Caribbean setting after
sojourns in England and
America and he is, as it were,
blessing the world instead of
complaining about it."

- CMC


Steve Higgins: 'Dat' Jamaican tenor brings post-Valentine romance Jamaica's NDTC to celebrate Caribbean
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(CONTINUED FROM PAGE 7)
across the region, including
French, Dutch and English-
speaking Caribbean countries,
as well as some South
American nations. His job
takes him to the Caribbean
weekly, but he finds a way to
balance work and his music.
"I do believe my job is
very fulfilling, because I'm able
to point a lot of Caribbean
people to a very reasonable
passageway to send money to
their loved ones through
money transfer," Higgins
explained. "When I go Haiti,
for example and I do a Habitat
for Humanity home dedication,
I end up singing there...Same
thing in Guyana."

'WOW MOMENT'
Higgins's "wow moment"
came at the International


Music Festival in
Drummondville, which
featured performers from all
over the world.
"We did our 10 minute
routine - singing in Jamaican
patois - and when we finished
performing and we froze, there
was deafening silence," he
recalled. "Then, the stadium
erupted there was a sustained
applause for about 15 to 20
minutes. It was a tear-jerker
for me, but that was a moment
in time that I will never forget.
That was my wow moment."
Higgins also gives back to
the community through per-
forming solo, with the choir or
emceeing for various events,
without compensation. He is
the father of two, a daughter,
Simone, who is a final year stu-
dent at Florida International
University, and son Jonathan,


who attends Wolmer's Boys
School in Jamaica.
While living in Jamaica,
Higgins appeared in leading
roles in television and radio
commercials and plays staged
at places like the Ward Theatre,
The Little Theater and the
Philip Sherlock Center for the
Performing Arts. He also
appeared in musicals and the
Lorimar television series
"Going to E \Ire, '.
"My mantra is if I have
two people in the audience, I'm
going to do my best and leave
an indelible impression on
them," Higgins said, "because
you're only as good as your last
performance."

Sonia Morgan is a freelance
writer for Caribbean Today.


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"Kumina", featuring a young Nettleford as "Ki
Pansy Hassan as "Queen".

nity come out and represent,
so that people can understand
the work and know that we


give thanks to the people who
put in the work." The NDTC
will also hold master dance
classes on Feb. 11
for persons who
are interested in
learning
Caribbean dances.
The show, slat-
ed for the Coral
Springs Center for
the Arts, will fea-
ture a tribute sec-
tion and a per-
forming section.
The NDTC was
co-founded by
Rex Nettleford
and Eddy Thomas
in 1962, the same
year Jamaica
became
Independent. It
presents Jamaican
culture through
the performing
arts - focusing on
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Wikileaks revelations will change

U.S. diplomacy ~ Guyana pres


GEORGETOWN,
Guyana, CMC-
President Bharrat
Jagdeo hopes the recent
revelations on whistle
blowing website
Wikileaks will help
reshape diplomacy of the
developed world, partic-
ularly the United States.
"It will change
American diplomacy
and hopefully it will
make diplomacy from
the developed world
more transparent," he
told officers of the Jagdeo
Guyana Defence Force
at the opening of their annual
conference late last month.
Jagdeo said he was hoping
for more Wikileaks revelations
that would include Guyana
because it would expose how
policies are made by devel-
oped nations. The Guyanese
leader said the Western world
has been making policies for
developed countries based on
people's personal and domestic
matters and information
picked up at cocktail recep-
tions by their diplomats.

RETHINK
Jagdeo said the Wikileaks
revelations would force a
rethink of diplomacy or the
creation of secure connections


so that people like Wikileaks
founder, Julian Assange would
not "get their hands on it."
Heo reiterated that cable
messages between the U.S.
and United Kingdom, and the
then British governor prior to
Independence, had helped to
foment racial riots because of
fears that a Cheddi Jagan-led
administration in the 1960s
would have created another
communist country in the
hemisphere, second to Cuba.
"It never originated here,"
he said. "We were pawns in a
bigger scheme."


CARIBBEAN TODAY * FEBRUARY 2011 * 17





Wife of late Barbados P.M. takes seat in Parliament


BRIDGETOWN, Barbados,
CMC - Mara Thompson, the
wife of the former Barbados
Prime Minister David
Thompson, took her seat in
Parliament late last month,
less than 24 hours after she
was sworn in as the parliamen-
tary representative for the St.
John constituency which her
husband represented for
decades until his death last
October.
Accompanied by her
daughters Misha, Oya and
Osa-Marie, as well as her
mother, Monica Giraudy and
sister Jeannine, the 48-year-old
legislator was also greeted by
supporters and well-wishers
crowding the public gallery of
the House of Assembly.


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Mrs. Thompson, a St.
Lucian national, last month
whipped Hudson Griffith of
the main Opposition Barbados
Labour Party (BLP) to main-
tain the ruling Democratic
Party (DLP) hold on the seat.
In her maiden address she said
she was overwhelmed by all


the support she received from
her constituents and the coun-
try as a whole.
"Mr. deputy speaker it is
truly an honor and a privilege
for me to have the opportunity
to represent the people of St.
John here in this extreme
House of assembly," she said.
"I wish to recognize the work
of our late prime minister and
my beloved husband."
Prime Minister Freundel
Stuart told reporters that he
was looking forward to work-
ing with Thompson in
Parliament.
"She is no longer an unfet-
tered politician she is now in
the thick of it...and she real-
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Williams holds little hope to


win protest against Holyfield


NEW YORK - Sprint darling
Veronica Campbell-Brown led
the Jamaican invasion of three
marquee events at the Millrose
Games late last month.
The reigning women's
World Indoor sprint champion
opened her season in reassur-
ing style, when she extended
herself in the last 20 meters
and clocked 7.11 seconds to
win the 60 meters dash at
Madison Square Garden.
"It's early season, and
there's lots of room for
improvement," said Campbell-
Brown, who endured a 36-hour
travel delay from her home in
Atlanta.
"I believe track is 90 per-
cent mental, and if you're men-
tally weak, you cannot win. I'm
always mentally prepared."
Campbell-Brown was just
behind Lauryn Williams out of . ..
the blocks, but overtook the
American by halfway and Campbell-Brown wins the women's 60
cruised to the finish. Williams Lisa Barber, right, finished third.
took second in 7.22 seconds, "I could see Danielle out
while fellow American Lisa of the corner of my eye," said
Barber ran 7.23 to take the Dixon, ".. .and I wanted to ge
other podium position. in front of her.
Trisha-Ann Hawthorne It's my first race of the
and Vonette Dixon, two other season, and I just wanted to se
Jamaicans, finished at the back where I was. I wasn't expecting
of the field. to be this fast."
Earlier, Dixon covered
herself in glory when she post- ENHANCEMENT
ed the fastest time in the world Nesta Carter continued
this season with a surprise vic- to enhance his resume with a
tory in the women's 60 meters world-leading time of 6.52
hurdles in eight seconds flat. seconds to win the men's 60
American Danielle Carruthers, meters. Carter held off a
who ended the 2010 season late-race challenge from the
ranked ninth in the world, was American pair of Mike
the runner-up in 8.03 seconds, Rodgers and Trell Kimmons,
and Canadian star Perdita who ran 6.56 and 6.57, respec-
Felicien was third in 8.05. tively, to ensure that the U.S.
Trinidad and Tobago's Aleesha won the two-way duel with thi
Barber brought up the rear in a Jamaicans 23-17.
time of 8.35. Two other Jamaicans,


Unity-Jamaica among entrants

in Copa Latina soccer tourney


FLORIDA - Unity-Jamaica is
one of 32 teams selected to par-
ticipate in the El Nuevo Herald
Copa Latina soccer tournament,
scheduled to kick off this month.
Unity-Jamaica, along with
Universitario, were the top
two teams from a qualifying
tournament held in December.
The rest of the teams for this
year's Copa Latina were taken
from 75 names submitted.
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Copa Latina, promises to be
bigger and better than ever,"
said Tom Mulroy, president of
Se Habla Futbol, the organiza-
tion that runs the tournament.
"These teams are all high-level
teams, meaning the tourna-
ment will be very exciting."
El Nuevo Herald Copa
Latina is among the most pres-
tigious amateur soccer tourna-
ments in the United States,
representing nearly 20 coun-
tries from Latin America and
the Caribbean. Last year's
Copa Latina champion was
Honduras 5 Estrellas.
Kickoff for Copa Latina
2011 is Feb. 12. All games will
be played at Ted Hendricks
Stadium (Milander Park) in
Hialeah, Florida.
*


Lerone Clarke and Oshane
Bailey, were the back markers
with times of 6.67 and 6.71,
respectively.
"I tend to think Jamaica
is still the sprint capital of the
World," said Carter about
losing the U.S. versus Jamaica
duel.
"I thought it was a good
race. I stumbled at the start,
and I was a bit confused at the
finish, but I'm happy to come
out with Mike and Trell, and
be ready to go."
T&T's Renny Quow also
distinguished himself, when
he won the rarely contested
600 yards with a time of one
minute, 11.82 seconds. It was
the second time he has won the
event at the Millrose Games.

- CMC


MIAMI, Florida - Sherman
"The Tank" Williams feels
that his protest of the
result in his World Boxing
Federation (WBF) title fight
with American Evander
Holyfield will come to
nothing.
Williams, a 38-year-old
Bahamian, failed in his bid to
capture the WBF heavyweight
belt owned by Holyfield last
month when the fight was
stopped after the third round
and called a no-contest. The
48-year-old Holyfield suffered
a cut over his left eye in the
second round after an acci-
dental head butt from
Williams.
After the boxers retreated
to their corners at the conclu-
sion of the third round, the
fight was stopped, when
Holyfield told the referee he
could no longer see from his
left eye. The fight was ruled a
no contest because it did not
reach four completed rounds


to be considered official.
"We are protesting it (the
decision) with the WBF, and
God willing they will overturn
it, even though, to be honest
with you, I am not to opti-
mistic that they will change
the ruling," said Williams late
last month.
"To be honest with you,
my manager, and my team,
they are going through the
formalities."

NO CONFIDENCE
He added: "Do I have
confidence in the WBF over-
turning the no-contest deci-
sion into a knockout - no. On
(fight) night they could have
done that, but they didn't."
Williams, whose record
now stands at 34 wins, 11 loss-
es, and two draws, controlled
most of the opening rounds
and shook Holyfield in the
third round a flurry of body
shots in the closing minutes.
*


Grenada advances in Caribbean soccer


renada is now the
third best team in the
Caribbean Football
Union (CFU) region, follow-
ing a shake-up in the world
rankings.
The Grenadians have
benefited from a strong per-
formance in December's
Digicel Caribbean Cup
(DCC), where the Spice Boyz
finished fourth, and the sport's
world governing body FIFA
recently moved Grenada up
two places in the world rank-
ings to 92nd.
Grenada has overtaken
eight-time Caribbean champi-
ons Trinidad and Tobago,
which slipped seven places


and is now the region's fourth-
best team, with a world rank-
ing of 94th.
DCC champions Jamaica
continue to lead the CFU with
a world ranking of 59th. The
rankings have offered the
Reggae Boyz some breathing
space at the top, with CFU
number two Cuba six places
behind in the world at 65th.
Haiti clung to fifth place
in the CFU, following a six
position drop - the second
highest behind T&T - that
places it 96th in the world.
There were no significant
changes in the rest of the CFU
top 10.


T&T's 'Red Force' wins Caribbean 20/20 cricket title


Trinidad and Tobago was
last month crowned the new
Caribbean Twenty20 cricket
champions, following a
resounding 36-run victory
over Hampshire.
Playing the final without
injured captain Daren Ganga,
the "Red Ior , as the T&T
squad calls itself, bowled
with discipline to follow-up
gutsy batting, and limited
Hampshire to 111 runs for
eight wickets, after setting the
English Twenty20 champions
148 for victory in the grand
final at Kensington Oval in
Barbados.
Darren Bravo had led the
way for T&T with 41 runs
from 28 balls, which earned


him the "Man-of-the-Match"
award, and
Lendl
Simmons,
later named
the "Most
Valuable
Player", sup-
ported with
31.
But it was Bravo
left to stand-
in captain
Denesh Ramdin with an
enterprising 33 from 19 balls
to beef-up T&T's total to 147
for seven from their 20 overs,
after they seemed to lose their
way in the closing stages.
In the field, Jason
Mohammed was the pick of


the T&T bowlers with two
wickets for six runs from 2.1
overs, and Kevon Cooper cap-
tured two for 15 from 3.5
overs.
This is the second time
that T&T can call itself T20
champions of the Caribbean,
following its capture of the
2008 Stanford T20 Cup, which
was the forerunner for this
West Indies Cricket Board
official tournament.
T&T will be the region's
representative in India later
this year, when all the best
T20 sides from the leading
cricket nations meet for the
Champions League Twenty20.






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