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Title: Caribbean today
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DECEPTION: Caribbean teachers claim N.Y. made false 'green card' promises


NEW YORK - Hundreds of
teachers from the Caribbean
claim that New York's
Department of Education
(DOE) lured them to city
schools with false promises of
green cards and financial aid.
In a massive rally on the
steps of City Hall in lower
Manhattan on Feb. 27, the
teachers, supported by the
New York-based Association
of International Educators
(AIE) and the Black Institute,
demanded immediate action
and response to what they
described as "the lack of sup-


port from the DOE, which has
resulted in the 10-year uphill
battle to get on the right path
to permanent residency."
AIE Chairperson Judith
Hall said the teachers have
been treated as "indentured
servants.
"How is this possible
when we were chosen because
we were the best and brightest
our countries had to offer?"
she asked.
"This is an egregious situ-
ation, and we are demanding
redress on the city, state, fed-
eral and international levels,"


she added.
A report released on Feb.
27 by the Black Institute on
behalf of the AIE, entitled
"Broken Promises: The Story
of Caribbean International
Teachers in New York City's
Public Schools", claimed that
the Caribbean teachers were
first lured to New York by
promises of continued educa-
tional opportunities, housing
assistance, and a path to per-
manent residency in the
United States. It noted that
the teachers "uprooted their
families in the hopes of


redefining a better future."

'VICTIMIZED'
Recruited by New York
City Public Schools, beginning
in 2001, the AIE said it was
formed by Caribbean teachers,
"who continue to feel victim-
ized."
The association provides
them with a support group, as
well as the opportunity to com-
bine efforts to find a solution.
The AIE said in early
2001, when the U.S. economy
was booming and there was
a teacher shortage, more


than 500 teachers from the
Caribbean came to New York
City schools to work. After
almost 10 years, the AIE said
most of the teachers still lack
"green cards" or permanent
residence, adding their immi-
gration status mI.,ikL it
impossible for their spouses
and children to work."
The teachers are, there-
fore, demanding a meeting
with Schools Chancellor
Cathie Black and legal assis-
tance from the Education
Department.

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Judge sets April 4 date for 'Dudus' Coke's return to U.S. court


NEW YORK - A United
States federal judge has set


alleged Jamaican drug kingpin
Christopher "Dudus" Coke.


Coke arrives in New York after extradition from Jamaica.


Manhattan, said the new date
is necessary for prosecutors
and defense attorneys to
review discovery materials
and file possible motions.
Coke, 40, who last June
was extradited to the U.S.
from Jamaica, has pleaded not
guilty to drug and weapons
charges.
He was taken into custody
in Jamaica and waived his
right to an extradition hearing
there.
According to a supersed-
ing indictment filed in
Manhattan federal court here,
Coke has led a criminal organ-
ization known as the "Shower
Posse" since the early 1990s,
with members in the U.S.,


Jamaica and other countries.
"At Coke's direction and
under his protection, members
of his criminal organization
sold marijuana and crack
cocaine in the New York area
and elsewhere, and sent the
narcotics proceeds back to
Coke and his co-conspira-
tors," said the U.S. attorney
for the Southern District of
New York in a statement.
"Coke and his co-conspir-
ators also armed their organi-
zation with illegally trafficked
firearms," it added.

CONSPIRACY
Coke is charged with con-
spiracy to distribute cocaine
and marijuana and conspiracy


to illegally traffic in firearms.
If convicted on the nar-
cotics charge, prosecutors said
he faces a maximum sentence
of life in prison and a manda-
tory minimum sentence of 10
years in prison, as well as a
fine of up to $4 million.
He also faces a maximum
sentence of five years in
prison on the firearms traf-
ficking charge and a fine of up
to $250,000, prosecutors said.
Attempts to arrest Coke
sparked four days of gun bat-
tles between security forces
and his supporters in West
Kingston, Jamaica, that left 76
people dead.



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U.S. offers new amnesty deal for American

residents with bank accounts in Caribbean


WASHINGTON, D.C. - The
United States' Internal
Revenue Service (IRS) is
offering a new incentive to
offshore bank tax evaders,
urging them to come forward
and declare their hidden
accounts in the Caribbean and
other countries.
The IRS said last month
that while it will provide
stiffer penalties there will be
no risk of prosecution.
IRS Commissioner
Douglas H. Shulman said
under the initiative, American
residents with hidden offshore
accounts in the Caribbean,
such as the Cayman Islands,
have until Aug. 31 to come
forward voluntarily and report


the accounts in exchange for
penalties.
He said while the penal-
ties will be below what the tax
evaders would ordinarily pay,
they are still higher than those
offered in an earlier amnesty
program.
Shulman said the addi-
tional carrot in the new pro-
gram is a continued promise
by the IRS not to prosecute
those who come forward for
tax evasion.

HIGHER RISK
"The risk to individuals
hiding assets offshore is clear-
ly increasing," said Shulman,
disclosing that the IRS created
the latest program amid a


widening crackdown by U.S.
federal authorities on offshore
accounts sold to wealthy
Americans by Swiss and
Swiss-style banks.
The crackdown, which
began with the Swiss giant
UBS, has since spread to
other banks, including HSBC.
Shulman said the previous
program required extensive
disclosures about the network
of banks, financial advisers,
trust executives and other
intermediaries involved in
helping to hide a client's money
offshore. He said the authori-
ties are "data-mining" those
roadmaps to further root out
tax cheats, adding that while it
is legal for Americans to own
foreign banks accounts, not
declaring their contents to the
IRS constitutes tax evasion.
The IRS commissioner
said the new program requires
individuals to pay a penalty of
25 percent of the amount in
their foreign bank accounts in
the year with the highest
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Buju Banton faces prison term in U.S. on


Jamaican reggae star Buju
Banton is now waiting to
find out how much of his
future will be spent in a
United States prison cell after
being found guilty of drugs
and weapon charges last


Buju Banton faces reporters outside a
Tampa courthouse.

month in Florida.
Banton, whose real name
is Mark Myrie, was convicted
in a Tampa court last month
of conspiracy to possess with
intent to distribute five or
more kilograms of cocaine,
possession of a firearm in fur-


therance of a drug-trafficking
offense, and using the wires to
facilitate a drug-trafficking
offense.
He was cleared of the
charge of attempted posses-
sion with the intent to distrib-
ute cocaine.
Banton's lawyer has since
filed a motion in a Florida
District Court calling for
acquittal and a new trial for
the 37-year-old, who won a
Grammy award in the reggae
category last month for his
album "Before The Dawn",
but is facing a sentence
between 15 years to life
imprisonment. David Oscar
Markus also wants his client
to be released from lock-up
pending his appeal.
Banton is currently in a
Pinellas County jail awaiting
sentencing. Up to press time
no date had been set for his
sentencing.
The artiste had earlier
rejected a two-year plea deal,
which was offered to him by
the prosecution, claiming his
innocence.

SUPPORT
Prior to last month's trial,
which began on Valentine's
Day, Feb. 14, Banton received
a warm show of support
from fans attending his mid-


Trinidadian babysitter guilty of

letting toddler drown in bucket


NEW YORK - A jury last
month found a Trinidadian-
born babysitter guilty of let-
ting an 11-month-old baby
drown in a bucket of water
while she nodded off on a cold
medicine.
Kristal Khan, 30, who
lives in the Richmond Hill
section of Queens, was found
guilty of reckless assault and
endangering the welfare of a
child in the Queens Supreme
Court.
She faces up to four years
in prison at her sentencing for
the death of James Farrior.
The infant died June 15,
last year, after crawling into a
mop bucket Khan had left out
in a Richmond Hill home that
doubled as a daycare center.
Prosecutors said Farrior
fell into the bucket while reach-
ing for a yellow rubber ducky
bobbing in six inches of water.
Farrior's mother, Chrisann
Josiah, wept as she heard the
verdict.
"Guilty, guilty, guilty,"
Josiah screamed. "If I saw the
bucket and knew that she was
taking NyQuil, I would never
have left him there."
The jury of eight women
and four men reached their
decision in less than a day of
deliberations.


Two jurors said the most
damning evidence was a
videotaped statement Khan
gave to investigators hours
after the drowning.

CONFESSION
"On the video, she admit-
ted all that she had done," a
male juror told reporters.
\IIL drank the NyQuil. She
didn't do what she was sup-
posed to do while caring for
children. She should not have
left out a bucket of water."
Justice Richard Buchter
ordered Khan held in lieu of a
$100,000 bond while she awaits
her Mar. 28 sentencing.
Prosecutor Leigh
Bishop also urged the judge to
bar Khan from seeking work
as a daycare provider. He
cited an Internet advertise-
ment in which Khan, posing
with her two young children,
promotes her services as a
tutor. The judge said he would
take up the issue at the sen-
tencing.
Khan also faces deporta-
tion back to her native
Trinidad and Tobago upon
completion of her sentence.
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January concert in downtown
Miami. During his perform-
ance, he again proclaimed his
innocence and, along with
Markus, expressed confidence
that he would be exonerated.
Banton spent two days
testifying on the witness stand
during the trial, claiming that
he was guilty of nothing more
than talking too much. But


drugs, weapon
the jury stunned Banton's
supporters with the guilty
verdict.
"We are all devastated,"
Markus said to reporters cov-
ering the case at the Sam M.
Gibbons Federal Court fol-
lowing the verdict.
An earlier trial, following
his Dec. 2009 arrest, ended
with a hung jury.


conviction
The prosecution claimed
that Banton helped orches-
trate the drug deal. He was
arrested in connection with an
attempted cocaine purchase.

BRAGGED
It all began when Banton
met U.S. government inform-
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Guyanese gets life sentence for role in plot to blow up New York's JFK Airport


NEW YORK - A United
States federal judge has sen-
tenced to life in prison the
Guyanese-born leader of a
plot to blow up fuel lines and
tanks at John F Kennedy
International (JFK) Airport in
New York.
Judge Dora Irizarry of
Federal District Court in
Brooklyn imposed the stiff
sentence on Russell Defreitas,
67, a former cargo worker at
JFK, who is also a United
States citizen.
"The defendant was a
mastermind, this was his baby,
this was his idea," said the
judge before handing down
the sentence last month.
"The offenses that were
contemplated here, that the
jury found Mr. Defreitas guilty
of, are extremely serious," she
added.
Defreitas was convicted in
August of conspiracy to com-
mit a terrorist attack after a
trial in which prosecutors
played secretly recorded
conversations in which he
planned the attack and
expressed his abhorrence for
the U.S. The recordings were
made by convicted drug deal-
er Steven Francis, who


worked as an informant and
contributed some financial
and logistical support to the
conspirators.

OTHERS
Besides Defreitas, three
other Caribbean-born men
were also charged in the plot,
including Abdul Kadir, who


once served as mayor of
Linden, Guyana's second
largest city, and a former
member of Guyana's
Parliament. Kadir was con-
victed of conspiracy and sen-


tenced to life in prison in
December.
Another defendant,
Guyanese Abdel Nur, pleaded
guilty to providing material
support for terrorism and was
sentenced to 15 years in
prison. The fourth man,
Trinidadian Kareem Ibrahim,
is yet to be tried.
Prosecutors said Defreitas
devised the sinister plan
intending to cause a chain
reaction of explosions along a
pipeline that runs between the
airport and other parts of New
York City. The plotters hoped
to destroy the U.S. economy,
prosecutors said, and tried to
contact Adnan G. el-
Shukrijumah, a Qaeda opera-
tive with explosives training.
"It will take out the whole
entire area," Defreitas told
Francis on the tape recording.
"The whole of Kennedy will
go up in smoke. A few people
might escape, but escape to
where? The Jamaica Bay?"

'SMALL MIND'
At the trial, Defreitas's
lawyers portrayed him as
more disagreeable than dan-
gerous. One of his lawyers,
Mildred Whalen, described


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him as "a man with a small
mind, a big mouth and an ugly
imagination".
Last month, Whalen
pleaded unsuccessfully with
Judge Irizarry to sentence her
client to no more than 15
years.
"This was a group of peo-
ple who were aspirational


"The defendant was a mas-
termind, this was his baby,
this was his idea" - judge

rather than operational," she
said of the plotters. "Until the
government got involved, this
was talk."
But prosecutors dis-
agreed, presenting a wide
array of evidence during the
trial, including hours of
recordings. They showed


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Bertha Lewis, president
and founder of the Black
Institute, said the 'Broken
Promises' report highlights
the "hidden nexus of educa-
tion and immigration reform.
"These teachers were
recruited to teach in some of
the most difficult and poorest
school districts. They did
what was asked of them, and
they deserve to be treated
fairly and humanely," she
said, adding "promises were
made, promises were broken;
this report calls upon the
DOE to keep its promises."

FRUSTRATION
Trinidad-born Antoinette
Nesbitt, who came to New
York in August 2001, said, she
is frustrated and outraged by
the lack of respect shown to
Caribbean teachers.
"Teachers are profession-
al role models for school


Defreitas had traveled to
Guyana and Trinidad and
Tobago to seek support for
the plot and had pushed it for-
ward on numerous occasions,
sometimes speaking with clear
relish about his desire to cause
death and destruction.
Marshall L. Miller, one of
the prosecutors, said Defreitas
had masterminded the con-
spiracy and that Francis had
merely followed.
"The group took signifi-
cant steps toward committing
this offense," he said. "They
were acting not at the Iu1L'Io-
tion of the government, not at
the behest of the government.
"Not only was the plot his
[Defreitas] idea, he explained
that he'd been thinking about
for years," added Miller at the
sentencing.


Buju Banton faces prison term in U.S.

on drugs, weapon conviction


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ant Alexander Johnson in
mid-July 2009 and reportedly
bragged that he financed
drugs and wanted to expand
his operations. During his tes-
timony, Banton denied he was
a participant in any drug deal.
During an undercover law
enforcement operation in a
Florida warehouse last year,
Banton was seen on video-
tape tasting cocaine.
The guilty verdict stirred
a wave of emotion among the


Caribbean community, both
in the U.S. and the region.
Some claimed Banton was
being targeted because of
anti-gay sentiments he
expressed in his song "Boom
Bye Bye", which he recorded
years ago.
But others believe
Banton's involvement showed
that he was not totally inno-
cent and he should be punish-
ment for his association with
illegal drugs.


children every day in the
classroom, yet this process of
our teachers obtaining green
cards has been drawn out
over many years because the
Department of Education
chosen attorneys have classi-
fied us as unskilled workers,"
said Nesbitt, who has been
teaching special education at
Public School 276 in the
Canarsie section of Brooklyn
ever since her arrival here.
"This classification is cost-
ing us financially. We have to
pay visa-related fees annually,
and we experience lost
income because our spouses
and dependents are unable to
work," she added, fearing that
she and her colleagues would
be deported back to the
Caribbean if they are laid off
because of a lack of a green
card.

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FRIENDSHIP BOND: U.S. renews commitment to St. Lucia


WASHINGTON, D.C. - The
United States has renewed
its commitment to the
Stephenson King administra-
tion.
"The United States
remains committed to
strengthening the ties
of friendship between
our two nations," said
U.S. Secretary of
State Hillary Clinton
in a statement issued
here last month as
St. Lucia prepared
to mark its 33rd
Independence.
"As you cele-
brate your
Independence, know
that the United States
stands with you as a
partner and friend as
we work toward a
more a peaceful and
prosperous future for
all our people," she Clinton
added.
Clinton said the U.S. and
St. Lucia are united by their
shared values and commit-
ment to democracy, freedom
and the rule of law.
"We are working together
through the Caribbean Basin
Security Initiative to reduce
illicit trafficking, crime and
violence and promote social
justice," she said.


"We are reducing the
incidence of HIV and AIDS,
treating those infected and
slowing the spread through
the Partnership Framework
for HIV and AIDS.


"And we are partnering
to expand clean energy as part
of the Energy and Climate
Partnership of the Americas,"
she added.

INDEPENDENCE
After granted home rule
in 1967, as one of the West
Indies Associated States, St.
Lucia, on Feb. 22, 1979,


achieved full Independence
from Great Britain in cere-
monies boycotted by the
Opposition St. Lucia Labour
Party (SLP). The SLP had
advocated a referendum
before cutting
ties with
Britain.
The late Sir
John
Compton,
head of the
United
Workers Party
(UWP),
became the
country's first
prime minis-
ter.
The UWP,
then in power,
called for new
elections and
was defeated
by the SLP
The UWP,
with Compton
as its leader, was returned to
power in the elections of 1982,
1987, and 1992. Compton
resigned in 1996, and Vaughan
Lewis took over as prime min-
ister.
Kenny Anthony became
prime minister in 1997, when
his St. Lucia Labour Party
won 16 of the 17 parliamen-
tary seats.


In 2006, Sir John, referred
to as the I a.IIlr of St.
Lucia", returned to politics
five years after retiring, and
his UWP swept the elections.
Sir John became prime


HALIFAX, Nova Scotia -
Canada's Defence Department
says the Canadian military has
completed a month-long
deployment to the Caribbean
Sea, where it helped intercept
$33 million worth of cocaine.
The Defence Department
said Canadian forces were
part of a multinational team
focused on stopping overseas
drug trafficking in the
Caribbean and East Pacific.
It said the HMCS Toronto
and two CP-140 aircraft were
part of a United States-led
task force that intercepted
more than 1,650 kilograms
of cocaine during its month-
long deployment.
The Defence Department
said about 250 Canadians also
participated in the mission.
It said it was the first time the
U.S. Coast Guard's law-


minister once again, at age 82,
but died in office in 2007 and
was succeeded by King.
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enforcement detachment has
used a Canadian navy ship to
conduct operations.
"I'm very proud of the
part played by the men and
women of HMCS Toronto,
and our aircrews, in keeping
drugs off Canadian streets,"
said Canada's Defence
Minister Peter MacKay in
a statement.
"Our sailors and air per-
sonnel are a key component
of international efforts to
interdict cocaine destined for
North America," he added.
Canada has been part of
multinational operations to
combat drug smuggling in the
Caribbean Basin and East
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Abe Lincoln tried to deport slaves

to Caribbean . British academics


LONDON, England - Two
British academics say former
United States President
Abraham Lincoln wanted to
send many American slaves
to British colonies in the
Caribbean.
Phillip Magness and
Sebastian Page claim in
their forthcoming book,
"Colonisation After
Emancipation: Lincoln and
the Movement for Black
ReL I I IL m In , that docu-
ments uncovered in British
archives show that Lincoln
was rather less enamored
by the prospect of a racially-
united America than is often


assumed.
The 16th U.S. president is
revered for winning the
American Civil War (1861-65)
and bringing an end to slav-
ery.
Historians have earlier
conceded that Lincoln pro-
posed sending some of the
freed slaves to new colonies,
but they have dismissed it as a
ruse designed to placate racist
voters in the unified America.
But, according to
Magness and Page, evidence
shows that Lincoln was seri-
ous about black colonization
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billionaire banker Allen
Stanford, accused of master-
minding a $7.2 billion Ponzi
scheme, involving his
Antigua-owned Stanford
International Bank (SIB), is
suing United States govern-
ment agents who built the
case against him for a similar
amount.
The suit, filed in federal
district court here last month,
says the agents - including
federal prosecutors, FBI
agents and regional officials
of the Securities and
Exchange Commission
(SEC) - conspired to deprive
Stanford of his constitutional
rights.
The lawsuit says the
agents violated Stanford's
rights to due process and
effective counsel, as well as
constitutional prohibitions
against unreasonable search
and seizure and excessive
fines.
"Mr. Stanford alleges that
agents of the United States,
known and unknown, com-
bined, agreed and conspired
to deprive Mr. Stanford of his
civil rights by and through
tactics taken under the color
of law, but which violate basic
constitutional principles", the


complaint read.
INDICTMENT
The SEC sued Stanford
on Feb. 16, 2009, and won a
court order freezing his assets
and placing his companies in


Stanfora


receivership.
The Justice Department
followed in June with a 21-
count criminal indictment. As
a result, Stanford turned him-
self in to authorities. He has
been held without bail ever
since, with a judge ruling he is
a flight risk.
The trial was scheduled to
begin last month, but has


been postponed indefinitely
after Stanford became addict-
ed to prescription anti-depres-
sants while in government
custody.
In Sept. 2009, Stanford
was severely beaten by anoth-
er inmate at the privately run
federal detention center
where he was being held.
Stanford underwent surgery,
but the lawsuit says authori-
ties ignored a hospital physi-
cian's recommendation that
he be given an MRI.
The lawsuit claims
Stanford was rendered incom-
petent due to untreated trau-
matic brain injuries, as well
as being i\L rmciLdkILd by
government doctors" over a
13-month period.
Stanford alleges in the
lawsuit that the government's
misconduct did not begin with
his treatment behind bars. It
says the SEC and the court-
appointed receiver effectively
began prosecuting Stanford
long before he was ever
charged criminally, working
in concert with Justice
Department officials.
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CCJ rejects applications from

three Bajans wanted in U.S.


PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -
The Trinidad-based Caribbean
Court of Justice (CCJ) has dis-
missed applications from three
Barbadian men wanted in the
United States.
The men, Sean Gaskin,
Frederick Christopher
Hawkesworth and John
Wayne Scantlebury, had filed
separate applications for an
extension of time within
which to seek special leave to
appeal to this court, as well as
special leave to appeal.
They also filed an applica-
tion for leave to appeal to this
court as a poor person.
The CCJ, in a ruling late
last month, said that while the
appeals were filed separately
they were heard together.
"Given that the circum-
stances surrounding each of
them are almost identical it is
accepted that they would
either all succeed or all be
denied," the court said.
The CCJ said that it heard
the applications by audio con-
ference on Jan. 28 and dis-
missed the applications, prom-
ising to give a written judg-
ment at a later date.

EXTRADITION
The men were arrested in
2004 in connection with extra-
dition proceedings initiated by
the U.S. government. The
CCJ noted that the matter had
been heard in the courts and,
in July 2008, the Court of
Appeal granted leave to
appeal to the CCJ "as of right
to an intended appellant in
any civil or criminal proceed-
ings which involve a question
as to the interpretation of the
Constitution".
It said that the Court of
Appeal imposed two condi-
tions in granting leave to
appeal to CCJ including that


the applicants provide security
for costs in the amount of
BDS$15,000.00 ($7,500) within
60 days from the date of the
making of that court's order.
The CCJ noted that the
applicants did not comply with
the Court of Appeal's order
and that no security for costs
was provided. It said instead
they filed a notice of appeal in
Dec. 2009 and took no further
step until June 2010 when they
filed an application to the
Court of Appeal for leave to
appeal in relation to the pend-
ing appeal.
But the Court of Appeal
dismissed this application for
failure to comply with the
rules and last December they
filed an appeal before the
CCJ.

'IMPOVERISHED'
In their case, the applicants
claim they are impoverished
and unable to provide security
and, secondly, that the matters
raised by his appeal involve a
question as to the interpreta-
tion of the constitution.
But in its ruling the CCJ
said "we are wholly unim-
pressed by these submissions",
listing also a number of
breaches the applicants made
in getting the matter before
the Port of Spain based
regional court, which serves as
Barbados's final court.
"This is a case where
repeated and egregious
breaches of the rules have
served only to prolong the
final disposition of a hearing
before the Chief Magistrate
that is still to be completed.
There is no cogent explana-
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U.N. chief demands 'concrete results' from Caribbean


UNITED NATIONS -
United Nations Secretary-
General Ban Ki-moon has
called for .nn.rtIL rLulh in
the quest for self-determina-
tion by the world's 16 remain-
ing Non-Self-Governing
Territories, including many
in the Caribbean.
Remaining on the list
of Non-Self-Governing
Territories in the Caribbean
are Anguilla, Bermuda,
British Virgin Islands,
Cayman Islands, Montserrat,
Turks and Caicos, and the
United States Virgin Islands.
In addressing the first
meeting of the 2011 substan-
tive session of the Special
Committee on Decolonization,
Ban said these t, rL ilII ' could only be
achieved through the "con-
certed . I rl, ' of all stake-
holders, including the special
committee, the administering
powers and the peoples of the
territories.
"On a case-by-case basis,


those territories have to be
given the opportunity to exer-
cise their right to self-determi-
nation in order to take the
interests of their peoples fully
into account," he said.
"Colonial situations are
completely outdated and must


ban l- Ivioon


be addressed with renewed
vigor and creativity," he
added.

WAY FORWARD
In his report last year to
the General Assembly on the


"Second International Decade
for the Eradication of
Colonialism", Ban recalled
that the assembly had request-
ed the special committee to
continue to seek suitable
means for "the immediate and
full implementation of the
Decolonization Declaration.
"In practice, this would
mean that the committee
could assess its past work and
achievements in order to chart
a way forward, together with
the administering Powers, for
the ultimate benefit of the
peoples of the Non-Self-
Governing Territories," he
said.
"...It is my hope that dif-
ficulties encountered in the
recent past will gradually be
overcome, thereby strengthen-
ing the committee's determi-
nation to develop effective
formal and informal modali-
ties that would help it accom-
plish its mandate."
4


U.S. prosecutors reject grounds for mistrial in

Cuban militant's tourist bombings case


EL PASO, Texas- United
States federal prosecutors
have accused the lead attorney
for Luis Posada Carriles of try-
ing to mislead the court by
claiming the U.S. government
delayed delivery of documents
that could exonerate the
Cuban exile militant of
responsibility in a string of
Cuban tourist site bombings
in 1997.
In a written motion last
month, the prosecutors said
that Posada's attorney, Arturo
V Hernandez, is seeking a
mistrial by raising issues that
have "no direct bearing" on
the current case.
Posada is also alleged to
be the mastermind behind the
bombing of a Cubana Airliner
off Barbados in the mid 1970s.
The case, in a federal district
court here, centers on whether
Posada lied about his alleged
role in the bombings and how
he sneaked into the U.S.

f\ LSwB


Hernandez alleges that the
prosecution failed to advise
the jury that a key Cuban gov-
ernment witness against
Posada, state security
Lieutenant Colonel Roberto
Hernandez
Caballero, was
also a coun-
terintelligence
agent in
Havana.
U .S. le
District Judge
Kathleen
Cardone, who Carriles
is presiding
over the trial, halted the case
last month, saying she needed
more time to consider the mis-
trial motion.

FINGERPOINTING
A declassified FBI report
is at the heart of the com-
plaints filed by Posada's attor-
ney. It quotes an unidentified
informant inside Cuba's


Ministry of the Interior as say-
ing in 1997 that the bombings
were the work of Cuban intel-
ligence services. But prosecu-
tors called that "an attempt to
point the finger away from
Posada and toward the Cuban
government," labeling it "con-
jecture."
Posada's attorney also wrote
that the FBI report was included
in an envelope of records deliv-
ered only a few days after the
trial began Jan. 10.
Hernandez said he was
too busy with jury selection
and preparing his own opening
statements to examine the
envelope immediately.
In their written response,
the prosecutors said they
delivered the 12 pages of
documents soon after they
obtained them and that if
Hernandez did not read them
right away it was his own fault
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TPS immigration program for Haitians successful US .S. Group records asylum victories
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A - I- < Mayorkas told reporters here. for Caribbean nationals in US
top United States immigration "How quickly, effectively and U


otticial says a year atter the
devastating earthquake in
Haiti, the administration of
President Barack Obama has
received more than 53,000
applications from Haitians
seeking Temporary Protected
Status (TPS) in the U.S., dis-
closing that it has approved
the vast majority.
Alejandro Mayorkas,
director of U.S. Citizenship
and Immigration Services, said
his agency's response to the
disaster showed that it could
handle a much larger immi-
grant legalization program like
the proposal known as the
DREAM Act, which would
provide a path to citizenship
for hundreds of thousands of
young illegal immigrants.
January was the deadline
for Haitians to apply for TPS,


Mayorkas
which gives most Haitians who
were in the U.S. on the day of
the earthquake, Jan. 12, 2010,
the right to stay and work
legally for 18 months while
Haiti tries to recover.
"I think our performance
and our execution of the TPS
program serves as a model of
our ability to execute immi-
gration reform programs,"


etticiently we responded to
the disaster is a standard for
us to adhere to," he added.

EXTENSION
Though TPS for tens of
thousands of Haitians living
illegally in the U.S. is sched-
uled to expire on July 22,
Haitian immigrant advocates
say they expect the U.S. to
extend the status, as it has for
immigrants from other coun-
tries crippled by war or natu-
ral disaster.
Mayorkas said at least
46,000 Haitians have already
been granted TPS, adding that
his agency is still processing
applications that arrived
before the deadline. He said
he expects the total number of
approvals to exceed 49,000.


Jamaican-born aviator Barrington Irving, left, joins Miami-Dade County Vice Chairperson Audrey M. Edmonson, center, and Didier
Fabien, chair of Miami-Dade's Black Affairs Advisory Board, for the opening of the Stephen P. Clark Center's Black History Month
Exhibit, which ran throughout February. Irving is a pilot and founder of Experience Aviation Inc. He is the youngest African
American to fly solo around the world.

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NEW YORK - Immigration
Equality, an organization
which works to secure asylum
for individuals persecuted in
their home country based on
their sexual orientation, gen-
der identity or HIV-status,
said it won dozens of cases for
clients from the Caribbean in
2010.
The organization said that
it won a record 101 cases last
year.
"An overwhelming num-
ber of the victories, 38, were
for clients from the
Caribbean, with 28 of those
for individuals from Jamaica,"
it said. There were four suc-
cessful cases from Grenada.
"Other cases included 24
asylum seekers from Central
and South America; 16 from
Eastern Europe (including
seven Russian clients); nine
from the African continent
and five from the Middle
East."
The organization, which
maintains the largest network
of pro bono attorneys, in addi-
tion to its in-house legal staff,
is dedicated solely to seeking
asylum for Lesbians, Gays, Bi-
sexual and Transgender
(LGBT) asylum seekers.
Immigration Equality said
that it has 97 additional cases,
filed in 2010, which are await-
ing a ruling, as well as several
cases filed prior to 2010.
"For too many lesbian, gay,
bisexual and transgender peo-
ple, the world remains a dan-
gerous place," said Rachel B.
Tiven, the group's executive
director.
"In many cases, the
clients who turn to
Immigration Equality for help
are literally running for their
lives. They have been mis-
treated and beaten by authori-
ties in their home country,
disowned by their families and
ostracized by society. By offer-
ing them safe haven, the
United States is not only sav-
ing their lives, but benefitting
from the talent, skills and
service these asylees bring to
our country. We are proud,
and honored, to help them
begin life anew here in their
adopted homeland."

VULNERABLE
Since the mid-1990s, the
United States has recognized
persecution due to sexual ori-
entation and gender identity
as a basis for seeking asylum.
In the past five years,
Immigration Equality and its
partner law firms have repre-
sented more than 500 LGBT
people fleeing persecution
abroad. Clients have hailed
from some of the most notori-


ously homophobic countries
in the world, including
Uganda, Syria and Egypt.
"Every day, we hear from
vulnerable LGBT people who
desperately need legal help
and have nowhere else to
turn," said Victoria Neilson,
Immigration Equality's legal
director.
"Our in-house legal staff
maintains an average open
case load of more than 100
cases at any given time. It is
our generous network of pro
bono firms, which donate so
much time and energy to our
clients that make the breadth
of our work possible. With
their help, we are able to
tackle some of the most com-
plicated, heart-wrenching
cases and ensure that we
help as many people as
possible."

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Doing multiculturalism right


CARIBBEAN TODAY * MARCH 2011 * 9






Mind games: The task of emotional servicing


Among their other
headaches, some of
Europe's bi,.-sl lead-
ers are troubled by the luke-
warm state of their countries'
melting pots.
As in the United States,
a combination of economic
recession, terrorism fears and
electoral politics has made
scapegoats out of immigrants
and government multicultural-
ism policies. Unlike the U.S.,
they don't have a melting-pot
tradition. Instead they've tried
a brand of multiculturalism
that's getting bad reviews.
State multiculturalism has
had "disastrous results," says
British Prime Minister David
Cameron. It has "totally
failed," says German
Chancellor
Angela
Merkel.
"Clearly yes,
it is a failure,"
agrees French
President
Nicolas
Sarkozy.
Has
"multi-kulti," CLARENCE
as the PAGE
Germans call
it derisively,
indeed failed Europe's great
leaders? Or are they simply not
doing it right?

RESPECT
Multiculturalism means dif-
ferent things to different peo-
ple. On its best days, it is a
salad bowl or mulligan stew
alternative to the melting pot.
In this country, it means a
respect for cultural dlle rL n11.L
while remembering that, most
of all, we're all still Americans,
part of a cultural mainstream
that is worth assimilating into,
even if our leaders sometimes
make
mistakes.
Cameron, Merkel and
Sarkozy, among others, are rec-
ognizing that their multicultur-
alism policies have brought
respect for cultural diversity,
but have failed to integrate and
assimilate diverse ethnic com-
munities, particularly Muslims,
into the mainstream. When
Merkel says Germany's experi-
ment has failed, for example,
she is talking about her coun-
try's "gastarbeiters," or guest
workers of mostly Turkish,
Arabic and Kurdish stock.
Invited since the early 1960s to
fill labor shortages, they have
stayed longer and grown larger
in population than expected
without fully integrating or
assimilating.
Now Merkel is facing a
tough re-election campaign,
with voices on the right grum-
bling about immigrants while
German industrialists want
even more immigrant workers.
As a result, Merkel took pains
to say that all immigrants are


still welcome, but she also asks,
among other requests, that they
please try to learn some
German.
Cameron called for a
"more active, more muscular
liberalism" in a recent Munich
speech to counter the current
"doctrine of state multicultural-
ism" that has led to alienation
and even jihadism among
young British Muslims. Instead
he called for the active promo-
tion of democratic values, the
rule of law, freedom of speech
and equal rights.

AMERICAN MODEL
That begins to sound like
the American model. Our
debate has centered in various
ways on how cultural differ-
ences can be respected without
causing our melting pot to boil
over.
Sometimes we have pan-
icky outbursts of xenophobia,
like Arizona's recent legislation
to outlaw ethnic studies. The
state's new Attorney General
Tom Horne wrote the law when
he was the state's superintend-
ent of schools. He thought the
Mexican-American studies
classes offered in Tucson's
schools encouraged too much
separatism and resentment
toward mainstream American
culture. Unfortunately, his rem-
edy probably alienates immi-
grant communities even more.
So does Oklahoma's refer-
endum that voters approved in
November to outlaw Shariah
law, even though there was no
known effort to impose the
Islamic legal code in their state.
At least a dozen other states
are reported to be considering
similar legislation, despite its
distinct aroma of Islamophobia.
In short, there's a thin line
between efforts that encourage
full participation in mainstream
American culture and those
that punish one particular cul-
ture. We can oppose arranged
marriages, animal sacrifices,
speech censorship and other
cultural practices that conflict
with American laws and free-
doms without disrespecting the
home cultures of those who sin-
cerely want to be Americans.

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We often acquire stuff
on a whim, or maybe
even take great
thought before we actually
buy the product.
But what many people do
not take into consideration is
the future life and efficiency
of the product.
So one factor that's
important after you acquire
anything is the after-sales
service.
The same goes for people,
especially women, who seem
to constantly need servicing of
the emotional kind in order to
function, or even exist with a
modicum of normalcy. You
can't just get a woman, have
her in your life and not do any
preventative maintenance.
But how do you service
emotionally? Well, first you
have to bear all her burdens
with her. Hey, never mind
yours, as they do not matter.
Hers take utmost priority. You
must understand and appreci-
ate that she has mood swings,
why she runs hot and cold,
and that it's as a result of a
traumatic childhood. You
must know when to approach
and when to back off, and you
had better listen keenly to
every word as she relives her
tales of woe with her ex-hus-
band or past lovers who did
her wrong.
You better not see their
perspective either, but take
her side always.
You must understand and
don't dare mention your past
either, for her grief is more
important than yours. You
had better shoulder her bur-
dens even as you bear hers
too and be stoic about it with
none of that lower deck econ-
omy class sentimentality
either.

SHARED PROBLEMS
Well, in the case of emo-
tional servicing, not only do
you take your bag of burdens,
but you have to take and bear
hers as well. Then, if the past
isn't bad enough, you also
have to provide servicing for
the current burdens too. All
the problems of her family
become your problems too.


Now
don't get me
wrong, as in
a relationship
that's how it's
supposed to
be. The only
problem is
the one sided
nature of the TONY
equation, as ROBINSON
your family
problems
don't mean a hoot to her or
are way down on her list of
priorities.
To provide emotional
servicing you have to be a
therapist, even though you
may not have the qualifica-
tions, the patience or the


wherewithal to provide such a
service. You have to be a mas-
ter mechanic and fix all the
complicated problems that
come with the complex emo-
tional machinery.
Worse yet, there are no
diagnostics, as you have to
also be clairvoyant and know
exactly what's bothering her.
Plus you have to be like
Hercules, Atlas, Samson -
strong, be like a rock and
never buckle under the weight
of what she brings to the
table.

ONE-WAY
What often happens is

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Turning points: Miami-Dade's defining moments of the past decade


CARLOS ALVAREZ
The tumultuous economy
is bringing out the pes-
simist in all of us. And
while it is hard to see beyond
the challenges of today,
Miami-Dade County is mov-
ing forward. We are a vastly
different place than just 10
years ago, with a lot more
to offer our residents and
visitors.
Here are a few turning
points of the past decade in
Miami-Dade:
Sept 2002 - We begin the
long journey toward restoring
voter confidence. Three vot-
ing systems, two directors,
unprecedented poll worker
training and dozens of suc-


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cessful elections later, we have
demonstrated that the most
fundamental mechanism of
our democracy works.
Nov. 2004 - Voters over-
whelmingly approve the
Building Better Communities
Bond Program. The program
has touched every neighbor-
hood.
Sept 2005 - Hundreds of
phone numbers became obso-
lete with the introduction of
three numbers - 311. The 311
Answer Center is the first
multi-jurisdictional call center
in the United States. Find a
park, report illegal dumping,
or get up-to-date hurricane
information.
Oct. 2006 - The
Adrienne Arsht Center for


the Performing
Arts puts us *.
on the interna-
tional cultural
map, and ,
proves public-
private part-
nerships can
work.
Nov. 2007 Alvarez
- Miami
International Airport's South
Terminal opens, expanding
our gateway between Miami-
Dade County and the rest of
the world. Together with the
renovated North Terminal,
Sky Train, Miami Intermodal
Center, improved retail and a
renewed focus on customer
service, a new, modern airport
is evolving.


Doing multiculturalism right


(CONTINUED FROM PAGE 9)
BALANCE
Doing multiculturalism
right calls for striking a balance
between a respect for diverse
cultures and a respect for the
common culture we all share.
Regardless of their origin,
immigrants to this country tend
to be driven by a desire to find
opportunity and stir Ilk nmsIlh 1
into our melting pot. Even if


the first generation resists, their
children tend to embrace the
America of "Sesame rI L I
and Big Macs with great enthu-
siasm.
By contrast, Europe has
allowed large communities of
immigrants to grow in little eth-
nic enclaves that endure from
one generation to the next with
remarkably little assimilation,
compared to their American


counterparts. Each side accuses
the other of refusing to mingle
and assimilate.
Don't blame multicultural-
ism for that failure. Blame peo-
ple. People will have to fix it.
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Nov. 2007 - Miami-Dade
County gets a 20-year con-
sumptive use permit from the
state, and makes an unprece-
dented commitment to water
conservation. The permit was
the jumping-off point for a
$1.8 billion water supply plan.
We will (eventually) be recy-
cling nearly half of all the
wastewater we use.
July 2009 - Ground is
broken on a new Marlins ball-
park. The project creates
thousands of local jobs, stimu-
lates our economy, expands
our urban core and ensures
the beloved sport of baseball
remains in this community for
generations to come.
Nov. 2010 - Crime reach-
es a new low in Miami-Dade.
June 2010 - Construction
begins on the Port of Miami
Tunnel, the most significant
investment at our port since
the creation of Government


Cut. The tunnel will improve
port access, increasing con-
tainer cargo traffic, and allevi-
ate traffic congestion in down-
town Miami and surrounding
neighborhoods.
Nov. 2010 - Just in time
for Art Basel, Museum Park
breaks ground. Anchored by a
new Miami Art Museum, the
project proves Miami-Dade is
emerging as one of the world's
great cultural communities.
We continue to advance.
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services that address our com-
munity's needs and enhance
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4


Mind games: The task of emotional servicing


(CONTINUED FROM PAGE 9)
that it's a one-way street,
where the woman's needs are
so demanding that it literally
drains the man of all that he
can give. No wonder many men
choose a car that hardly needs
servicing, and a woman who fits
into that same category.
I'm not saying that men
don't need emotional servicing
also, but you hardly hear
women complain that men are
constantly in need of emotion-
al massaging. Except of course
for the occasional ego boost.
But, all in all, men are pretty
much self-maintaining.
It's the demands of the
female that wears down the
man. And many men, in trying
to meet these demands, end
up wearing out themselves.
Speak to any couple and hear
who has more complaints.
Isn't it usually the man who
always rolls his eyes and says?
"My wife is never satisfied, I
have to be careful what I say
and even how I say it. She
needs constant servicing and
reminds me of those early
high powered, delicate Italian
cars, high performance, but
have to be serviced every
weekend." Mama mia.

MEN'S NEEDS
Very rarely do you hear
women speak that way of
their men. The truth is, things
bother men too, but they don't
need constant servicing to
soothe their feelings or bring
them back to a good mood.
Most men are self-servicing,
but women, with their vast
array of moods, need constant
servicing to keep them
purring.
Servicing her emotionally
is not easy, and not many men


have mastered it, hence the
huge turnover of spouses and
the increasing divorce rate.
You also have to be a clown
and make her laugh. But who
cheers you up when you are
down, who drags you up from
your doldrums?!
Women do need to be
constantly told how beautiful
they are, and you simply can-
not say it often enough. And
let's not forget the reassurance
of your undying love either, as
his has to be said with more
regularity than the chants of
the monks during Vespers.
Unlike servicing motor
vehicles, this constant servic-
ing can take its toll, as some
people never let go of their
past, and invariably it impacts
not only on their present and
future, but on yours also.
Every man who they meet suf-
fers with them, shares their
pain, absorbs their grief and
has to constantly service her,
and may get broken himself if
he's not careful.
The truth is, women never
seem to let go, but hold on to
memories of their past like an
ancient scribe. Men on the
other hand are expected to be
skilled sailors in this emotion-
al storm, plus be master fixers
of emotional stress.
Men seem to bounce back
faster, be able to cope with the
problems of their past better
than women and perhaps
that's why it seems that men
have very little worries.
Emotional servicing, what
a task. No wonder men die ear-
lier than women. Survived by
his wife... all because of the toll
taken by emotional servicing.
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U.N. wants cheaper costs

for Caribbean remittances


GENEVA, Switzerland,
CMC - The United Nations
Conference on Trade and
Development (UNCTAD) has
called for cheaper ways for
Caribbean and other migrant
workers to send money back
home so as to maximize the
economic impact.
Noting that money sent
home by economic migrants
working in foreign countries
exceeded $300 billion in 2010,
UNCTAD said that "this vast
and growing tide of income
needs to be safeguarded and
channeled so that it does the
most good for families and
economies in the world's poor
nations."
It said experts at a recent
two-day meeting here, entitled
"Maximizing the development


impact of rL 1 Id n e iL ',
agreed that rL IlllllnllL are
now a major economic force,
and they must be better
understood and harnessed for
development."
They stressed that less of
this money should be lost in
transmission, and more should
be invested in the il.hL
broad-based social and eco-
nomic growth of economies
that originally were weak
enough for citizens to feel
compelled to leave and work
elsewhere."

POVERTY
UNCTAD Deputy
Secretary-General Petko
Draganov said though the
effects across countries are
(CONTINUED ON PAGE 12)


How to shop around for the

credit card that suits you
ANYA KAMENETZ

F finding the right credit
card is about understand-
ing your personal spend-
ing habits and financial history.
If you're looking to start
your credit history or re-estab-
lish credit, or if your credit
score is currently on the lower
end, below 650, you might find Picking the right card is important.
it easiest to start with a store
card from a department store there are lots of good reasons
or anywhere you shop often - to do so-this should be your
even Costco or Amazon.com. first stop for a secured card. If
Or you can try a secured not, Bankratecom lists secured
card, where you put down a set cards from Applied Bank and
amount of cash as collateral, Public Savings Bank.
say $500, and that becomes After a year making regu-
your credit limit. If you already lar payments on a secured card
belong to a credit union - and (CONTINUED ON PAGE 12)


A better use for your tax refund


STEVE ROSEN

Afew family celebrations
are perfect for buying
United States savings
bonds - the birth of a baby,
birthdays, confirmations and
high school graduations.
Now, add filing your taxes.
It's part of a push by the
Internal Revenue Service
(IRS) this tax-filing season to
help put your refund money to
work for college education or
other long-term savings needs
rather than recycling the cash
back into your wallet.
If you receive a refund,
you can buy Series I savings
bonds for yourself or you can
share the wealth as a gift for up
to two children, grandchildren
or other loved ones. A pilot
program found that the over-
whelming majority of people


used their refund to buy sav-
ings bonds for their children
or grandchildren.
The IRS officially
launched the program last
year, and the agency said near-
ly 100,000 savings bonds worth
about $11 million were pur-
chased.
Uncle Sam has more to
promote this year. The IRS
added the gift purchase option
in time for the start of the tax
season, and it changed provi-
sions for designating co-owners
and beneficiaries.
The Series I bonds must be
purchased in $50 increments up
to $5,000, and will be delivered
by mail in paper form either to
you or the person you desig-
nate. Interest accrues every six
months at an inflation-adjusted
(CONTINUED ON PAGE 12)


CARIBBEAN TODAY * MARCH 2011 * 11





IRS showdown: Tips for filing your U.S. tax return


ELLIOT RAPHAELSON
Most individuals find
that the federal tax
code is too complicat-
ed for them to prepare their
own taxes. If you decide to
hire someone to prepare your
federal return, make sure that
your preparer has the proper
background and experience.
Some of the most important
considerations follow:
* If you have a complicat-
ed return, you should consider
using a CPA, enrolled agent or
attorney - Such preparers will
likely be more expensive than
others; however, they are also
required to demonstrate con-
tinued education in order to
maintain their credentials. I no
longer prepare federal taxes for
clients, but I once was an
enrolled agent, and I can assure
you that in order to become
one, you have to pass a rigor-
ous four-part examination.
* If you have a relatively
straightforward return - even
if you itemize - you should
consider using AARP volun-
teer preparers - This program
is available throughout the
United States. I have volun-
teered for AARP preparing
taxes for the general public.


The IRS monitors the training
of AARP volunteers, and
none of them can prepare
taxes unless they undergo the
proper training and pass a
comprehensive test prepared
by the IRS.
Moreover, AARP uses
sophisticated software that


ensures consumers that all
proper deductions and credits
are taken into consideration.
There is no cost for this
service. You do not have to be
an AARP member, and there
is no age limitation. The only
disadvantage is that because
the program is so popular, you
may have a long wait during
the day to have your return
prepared.
Call your local AARP


chapter to find out where and
when you can use this service.
Ask them what restrictions
apply. You don't want to wait
all day and find out your
return cannot be prepared by
AARP
* You should make sure
that there are no complaints
made against your preparer -
Check with the Better
Business Bureau.
* If your preparer is not a
CPA, enrolled agent or lawyer
- You should ask whether he
has any professional designa-
tion, and what the require-
ments are for that designation.
* Avoid any preparer who
bases his compensation on the
size of your refund - Don't be
afraid to ask how he computes
his fee. Is it a fixed price
based on the type of return?
You should not employ a pre-
parer without having a pretty
good idea as to what the cost
will be. Don't hesitate to ask
for references.
* Ask the preparer if
he has a Preparer Tax
Identification Number (PTIN)
- This is a new IRS require-
ment. Do not use a preparer
without one.

(CONTINUED ON PAGE 12)


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Rainy day risks: How to wisely invest to boost income


ELLIOT RAPHAELSON

If your investment advisor
tells you he can get high
income or high rates of
return without risk, it's time
for you to obtain a new advi-
sor.
There are no high rates of
return without risk.
Moreover, in today's market,
even investments that once
were considered conservative
are fraught with risk, which
makes investing to generate
high income especially tricky.
The bi-clI challenge
under current market condi-
tions is that the most conser-
vative investments return
almost nothing, so any
investor interested in income
has to take some risk.
Below are some invest-
ment alternatives that can


provide higher income, but,
while conservative, are not
risk-free:
* Conservative invest-
ments - Typically conservative
investments - namely,
Treasury bills, money market
accounts, money market
funds, and short-term certifi-
cates of deposit - now pay
investors very low rates of
return, generally less than one
percent. To obtain a rate of
return above two percent, you
would have to commit your
funds to something like a five-
year certificate of deposit. If
you require funds on a short-
term basis, then you should
use these conservative invest-
ments in order to avoid any
possible capital loss.
* Common stocks that pay
high dividends - Many
investors are now skeptical


about investing a significant
portion of their portfolio in
the stock market. But unfortu-
nately, most people can't


The right choices are harder to make.

afford to rely solely on conser-
vative, low-return investments.
In 2009 and 2010,
investors poured money into
individual bonds and bond


mutual funds. Until the last
quarter of 2010, these invest-
ments did very well. However,
in the last quarter of 2010, and
so far in 2011, individual
bonds and intermediate and
long-term bond funds have
lost a great deal of their value.
Bond experts like Bill
Gross of Pimco, a leading
investment company, have
been warning investors to
lessen their exposure to
bonds, and especially to avoid
long-term bonds of any kind. I
have heeded his advice, and I
u_'12L'I you do the same.

ALTERNATIVE
One alternative to consid-
er is investing in common
stocks that have a history of
both high dividends and fre-
quent dividend increases. You
should know, however, that


corporations are under no obli-
gation to pay any dividends
regardless of prior history.
Because of changing eco-
nomic conditions, no one can
predict with certainty which
corporations will be able to
maintain their dividend and/or
increase it regularly. For that
reason, it is important to have
a diversified portfolio. The eas-
iest way to do that is through a
"no-load" mutual fund such as
Vanguard or Fidelity. Both
have funds that concentrate on
corporations with an excellent
history of maintaining or
increasing dividends.

Edited from article written
by Elliot Raphaelson.
� 2011 Elliot Raphaelson.
Distributed by Tribune Media
Services, Inc.
4


How to shop around for the credit card that suits you


(CONTINUED FROM PAGE 11)
or store card, you should be
able to transition to an unse-
cured card.

OPTIONS
If you are paying down
debt, you should aim for zero-
percent introductory interest
rates and no annual fees. These


(CONTINUED FROM PAGE 11)
rate. The interest is exempt
from state and local - but not
federal - income tax.
Bonds bought between
now and April's filing deadline
will earn 0.74 percent.

STARTING OUT
The starting point is IRS
Form 8888. This Allocation of
Refund form must be included
when you file your federal
income tax return. If you are
scheduled to receive a refund,
follow the instructions on Form
8888 to instruct the IRS that you
are using part or all of your
refund to buy savings bonds. The
money can also be channeled
into your bank account, mutual
fund or retirement account.
You can designate anyone
to receive a bond and also des-
ignate the co-owner or benefi-
ciary.
Generally, the bonds must


will allow you to transfer your
current balance and pay no
interest for up to 21 months
while you make your debt
shrink. Current offers that look
good are the Citi Platinum
Select MasterCard and the
Chase Freedom Visa.
If you pay off your bill every
month, without fail, it could
make sense to look for a rewards


be held at least one year. But
after that, the bond owner can
redeem them, though there is a
penalty of three months' inter-
est if the bonds are held less
than five years. After five
years, no penalties apply for
early withdrawals.
The puny returns on
Series I bonds are competitive
with certificates of deposit and
some money market accounts,
but that's about it. Still, I'm for
anything that encourages you
to sock away a few bucks for
the future.

BOND INFORMATION: To
check the status of a savings
bond purchase request, go to
the refund section of the IRS
website, www.irsgov, or call
1-800-829-1954.

� 2011 Tribune Media
Services, Inc.


card - airline miles cards, like the
Escape by Discover Card, and
cash-back cards like Blue Cash
by American Express are among
the most popular.
However, recent research
shows that belonging to a
rewards program tends to
increase both spending on the
card and credit card debt. If
you don't want to fall into that
pattern, limit your use of plastic
to certain predefined expenses -
like business travel, or your cell
phone bill.

BEST DEALS
There's a world of sites out
there to help you find the best
deals and most up-to-date offers
for both the cheapest cards and
the most generous reward cards.
Among the general guides,
Creditcardguide.com and


Cardhub.com are especially
clear and comprehensive.
NerdWalletcom and
BillShrink.com are a little
more sophisticated. They cus-
tomize their recommendations
as much or as little as you want,
based on your average bill,
bi,-Ll spending categories,
and other details of your cur-
rent spending habits. These
sites can estimate exactly how
much you'll save by switching.
Also check out
AskMrCreditCardcom,
which publishes annual lists
of the best cards.
Keep in mind that most
people don't need more than
one or two credit cards - one
for personal use, say, and one
for business use. Having too
many makes them hard to keep
track of and can put you in dan-


ger of overspending.
Also, if you apply for mul-
tiple credit cards at the same
time, your credit report can be
dinged by having too many
inquiries. So shop carefully
before you choose.
Keep in mind: Not all credit
card companies are equally fair
in their dealings. According to
the website Consumer Affairs
(www.consumeraffairs.com),
three credit card issuers made it
to the list of companies overall
that attracted the most con-
sumer complaints: C'hl,, Bank
of America and Capital One.

� 2011 Anya Kamenetz
Distributed by Tribune Media
Services, Inc
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U.N. wants cheaper costs for Caribbean remittances


(CONTINUED FROM PAGE 11)
varied, remittances have
reduced poverty at the house-
hold level in many developing


countries. A recent UNCTAD
study found that, in countries
where remittances make up
five percent or more of GDP,
on average a 10 percent rise


in remittances leads to a
reduction of 3.9 percent in the
poverty headcount ratio.


IRS showdown: Tips for filing your U.S. tax return


(CONTINUED FROM PAGE 11)
* Before you meet with
the preparer, you should be
well organized - Have all your
records specifying income,
amounts withheld, brokerage
statements, deductions, past
year return (if applicable),
and the Social Security num-
bers of all your dependents.
The less organized you are,
the more it will cost to have
your return prepared, and the
result is much more likely to
be inaccurate.

TAX CHANGE
One important tax change
for 2010 is related to tradition-


al IRA conversions to Roth
IRAs. There are no longer
any income limitations for this
conversion, starting in 2010.
The entire amount of the
conversion you made in 2010
has to be reported as taxable
income; however, you can
elect to report half the income
in 2011 and half in 2012.
In order for you to make a
conversion for 2010, you
would have had to make it by
Dec. 31, 2010.
However, you should con-
sider making conversions in
the future. Roth IRAs provide
significant long-term advan-
tages. Specifically, after a five-


year holding period, and after
age 59 1/2, all withdrawals,
including earnings, are tax-
free; moreover, you have no
restrictions on when you can
make withdrawals.
Roth IRAs have signifi-
cant advantages for retirement
and estate planning. You
should discuss these options
with your financial planner or
attorney.

� 2011 Elliot Raphaelson.
Distributed by Tribune Media
Services, Inc.
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Caribbean fix: Delicious chicken salad served with plantain pie


Chicken salad with plantain pie.
A quick, delicious fix
with a Caribbean fla-
vor. That's what
Caribbean Today's recipe is
this month, compliments of


Publix Apron's Simple Meals.
It features some of the
region's favorite ingredients
coming together for a delight-
ful meal.


Chicken salad

Ingredients

* 1 lemon (for juice, rinsed)
* 1 (10-ounce) package
roasted, diced chicken
* 1 (8-ounce) can pineapple
tidbits in juice (drained)
* 1/3 cup light mayonnaise
* 1/4 cup diced pimientos
(drained)
* 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
* 12 to 16 Bibb lettuce leaves
(rinsed)

Steps
Squeeze juice of lemon into
medium bowl. Stir in remain-
ing ingredients (except let-
tuce) until well blended.
Chill salad (or may be
served at room temperature).


Arrange lettuce leaves on
serving plates; mound chicken
salad in center and serve.

Plantain pie

Ingredients

* 1 prepared nine-inch pie
crust
* 2 well-ripened plantains
(rinsed)
* 1 (24-ounce) jar mango
slices in light syrup
(drained)
* 2 eggs (or 1/2 cup egg
substitute)
* 1 tablespoon brown sugar
* 1 tablespoon honey
* 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
* 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt


Steps
Preheat oven to 4500
Farenheit. Arrange pie crust
in nine-inch pie plate; pinch or
fold edges of dough to finish.
Cut ends off plantains;
slice through peel lengthwise
for easy removal. Remove and
discard peels; place plantains
in blender (or food proces-
sor). Add remaining ingredi-
ents and process 20-30 sec-
onds, scraping sides down as
needed, or until smooth and
fully blended.
Pour mixture into pie
crust. Bake 30 minutes or
until center of pie is set and
crust is golden. Cool com-
pletely and serve.
Makes eight servings.


Sizzling sample: Pineapple salsa

salmon combines with rice treat


Fish and fruits are always
healthy and often deli-
cious. Combined, they
can make a great meal with a
Caribbean flavor.
Take this pineapple salsa
salmon and rice meal being
offered by Publix Apron's
Simple Meals. It's Caribbean
Today's special treat this
month:


Salsa salmon and rice


Ingredients

* 1/2 lb fresh pineapple
chunks
* 4 salmon fillets (skin
removed; 11/2 lb, thawed)
* 1 cup refrigerated fresh salsa
(from Produce)
* 1 tablespoon honey mustard
* 2 teaspoons cornstarch
* 2 teaspoons prepared horse-
radish
* 2 cups instant rice
* cooking spray
* 1/2 teaspoon lemon pepper
seasoning


Preparation

* Chop pineapple into small
pieces.
* Check fish for bones (wash
hands).

Steps

Combine pineapple, salsa,
honey mustard, cornstarch,
and horse-
radish; set
aside. Cook
rice following
41 package
instructions.

S Preheat large
saute pan on
S medium-high
S * two to three
Minutes.
* Coat both
Sides of fish
with cooking
spray; sprin-
kle with
lemon pep-
per. Place
fish in pan;
cook three
minutes.
Turn fish and
add salsa mixture. Cover and
reduce heat to medium; cook
five to seven minutes or until
145"F (or flesh separates easi-
ly). Serve fish and sauce over
rice.
Complete the meal with
fresh steamed (or micro-
waved) asparagus, crusty
French bread, and key lime
pie or fresh cut fruit for
dessert.
Also, try this recipe with
peach salsa for a sweeter fla-
vor.
Total time: 25 minutes.
Makes four servings.


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Region praises U.S. help in AIDS fight


The Caribbean has praised
the efforts of the United
States towards reducing the
high incidence of the disease
in the region.
During a recent meeting
of the Caribbean Regional
Framework for HIV/AIDS
(PEPFAR) St. Kitts and Nevis
Prime Minister Dr. Denzil
Douglas said that since 2003,
Washington has provided $48
billion towards a global fund
for dealing with HIV/AIDS,
adding the U.S. "has been the
largest contributor by any
nation to combat a single dis-
ease in world history."
The meeting was aimed at
strengthening the health part-
nership between the U.S. and
the Caribbean. Organizers
said it would also provide an
opportunity to build a strong
partnership to combat HIV
and AIDS with the entire
Caribbean.
Dr. Douglas, who has


responsibility for HIV/AIDS
in the quasi-Caribbean com-
munity (CARICOM) Cabinet,
told the
Meeting that
while some
Caribbean
countries
had initially
benefited
from the
U.S. global
fund, recent
Douglas U.S. legisla-
tion meant
that countries other than Haiti
and Guyana were beneficiar-
ies of the program.

SIGNIFICANT
"The act is of very
extreme significance to us in
the Caribbean," he said. "It
accords with the spirits of
CARICOM response to these
diseases (tuberculosis, malaria
and HIV/AIDS) and the posi-
tion to which CARICOM


leaders articulated to the then
(U.S. President George W.)
Bush administration during
what has been described as
the celebrated U.S.-Caribbean
dialogue held in Washington
D.C. in June 2007."
Dr. Douglas said that the
U.S. fund "is a lesson to the
other partners in the develop-
ing world because nowhere is
this better illustrated in the
consistently high contribution
of the United States Global
Fund for HIV/AIDS at a time
when other countries are
wavering in their support." He
warned that stopping funds to
developing countries in the
battle against HIV/AIDS
"would reverse the gains of the
past decade that has resulted
in the modest but surely steady
decline in prevalence rates."

- Edited from CMC



Shape up: P.M, warns citizens about health care


BASSETERRE, St. Kitts,
CMC - Prime Minister Dr.
Denzil Douglas says almost
half of the population of St.
Kitts and Nevis is obese and
urged citizens to get involved
in physical exercises.
"The first thing we have
to do is get up and move. We
all know the old physical fit-
ness rule: Never lie down if
you can sit; never sit if you
can stand; never stand if you
can walk; and never walk if
you can run. First thing, again,
then, is move," said Dr.
Douglas, who is also a med-
ical practitioner.
Speaking on his weekly
radio program "Ask the
Prime Minister", Dr. Douglas
said 45 percent, almost half, of
the people in the twin island
federation are obese.
IL 1, women, make
those annual check-ups a pri-


ority. People today get very
nervous about their cell-
phones breaking, but they can
be very laid back and indiffer-
ent, really, about what is hap-
pening with their bodies.
"It is wrong, wrong,
wrong to go to the doctor only
when we are sick."

CHECK-UPS
He urged women to do
their pap smears, which the
government has made avail-
able at every health clinic on
this island free of charge.
He also urged men to check
for prostate checked once a
year.
"Everybody knows that
there are aspects to the exam-
ination you will not like,"
Douglas said. "But however
strange you may find the
examination, no physical
examination can begin to


compare with the pain, confu-
sion, and trauma of serious ill-
ness. If it is of any comfort,
just remind yourself that all
men get this procedure done -
not only you."
"...Forget about what you
do or do not like. Stand up.
Step forward. Protect yourself.
Prolong your life. Avoid pain
and suffering the smart way."
With breast cancer the
leading cause of cancer in
women in St. Kitts and Nevis,
the government is taking a
targeted response. He said the
Ministry of Health has been
organizing sessions to teach
women how to examine their
breasts properly and urged
women to master this tech-
nique, and to perform it regu-
larly because prevention is far
better than cure.


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Caribbean educator supports call

for condom distribution in schools


CASTRIES, St. Lucia, CMC -
A regional educator has
thrown her support behind
calls for the distribution of
condoms in schools as part of
the battle against the spread
of HIV and AIDS.
Virginia Albert-Poyotte,
coordinator of Castries-based
Education International, says
the issue must be tackled since
advocating that students exer-
cise safe sex or abstinence
could not be considered a
guarantee. She said the
responsibility to formulate
policy on
such issues
is that of the
authorities.
"We are
promoting
abstinence
for students
as best as
we can, but
given the
situation
with our young people it is
one thing to preach, but
another thing to practice, and
therefore we have to give
them the alternative which is
the use of condoms," Albert-
Poyette said.
"But we need to make it
clear that we do encourage
students to stay away from
sexual activity."
Albert-Poyotte said that
at a recent workshop in St.
Lucia representatives of 12
regional teacher trade unions


did an evaluation of a five
year project on HIV and
AIDS and education for all.
She said it was discovered
during the evaluation exercise
that research and policy
development are two critical
tools which are yet to be
employed in the fight against
HIV and AIDS.

DEFICIENCY
"The unions have recog-
nized the deficiency...and as a
result of their evaluation they
have decided that they need
to give priority
to research to
ensure they
have their data
Correct, which
they will use to
develop poli-
cy," Albert-
Poyette said.
"The unions
need to have
policy to guide
them in dealing with issues
related to educational for all
and HIV and AIDS and they
need to influence government
policy in terms of what kinds
of regulations are in place to
help, and treat people and
prevent the spread of HIV
and AIDS, and generally how
do we work towards improv-
ing the quality of education in
our schools."
4


CASTRIES, St. Lucia, CMC -
A regional health program
aimed at reducing the stigma
and discrimination associated
with HIV/AIDS in the
Caribbean was launched here
late last month.
The PANCAP Regional
Stigma and Discrimination
Unit (RSDU) said other
launches are planned for
Organization of Eastern
Caribbean States (OECS)
countries, Belize, Jamaica
and Guyana.
The RSDU project, estab-
lished in Jan. 2009 with fund-
ing from the Department for
International Development in
the United Kingdom, is based
on the theme "Breaking
Down the Walls of Shame and
Blame".
Project Director Dr. Sonia
Alexander told the Caribbean
Media Corporation (CMC)
that the two-year program,
managed by the Barbados-
based Associates for
International Development


Incorporated (A.I.D. Inc.),
will seek to decrease stigma
and discrimination against
people living with HIV/AIDS,
their families and other vul-
nerable groups.

PARTNERSHIPS
"The RSDU project will
be implemented in St. Lucia
and other OECS islands,
Belize, Jamaica and Guyana
through partnerships with the
National AIDS Program
(NAP), civil society, non gov-
ernmental organizations
(NGOs), faith based organiza-
tions (FBOs), and the commu-
nity.
"The objectives are to
build capacity in country and
to further encourage and
empower people living with or
affected by HIV and margin-
alized or vulnerable popula-
tions to participate in the
struggle against stigma and
discrimination," she said.


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St. Lucia launches program


to fight AIDS discrimination





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Lauderhill to host 'Pieces of Jamaica' exhibition


LAUDERHILL, Florida -
Jamaica's beauty and culture
will be on display during
March at the Lauderhill Art
Center Gallery (LACG) in
South Florida through the
"Pieces of Jamaica" visual
and performing arts exhibi-
tion.
The event will showcase
Jamaica as seen through the
lens of photographer David I.
Muir. It will also feature the
works of guest artists Shurnett
Haughton-Cole and Niki
Lopez.
According to Muir, "This
is an excellent way to high-
light Jamaica's beauty and cul-
ture; my photography and the
works of Shurnett and Niki,
while promoting the LACG,"
Muir explained in a recent
press release.
"It will be a great oppor-
tunity for people to come out
and see different aspects of
Jamaica and experience the
culture that will be on display
throughout the exhibition."

CULTURE
The exhibition will show-


case various cultural aspects
of the island in dance, music,
poetry, culinary and other
expressions, as it explores the
complexity of Jamaica's cul-
ture and people.
On Mar. 12, the youth can


enjoy "Family, Fun and
Frolic", by learning Jamaican
ring games, such as "dandy-
shandy", and hear "Anancy"
stories.
The exhibition will fea-
ture eight events overall -
each focusing on a different
theme - with the grand open-


ing set for Mar. 10 and the
"Professionals Night Out" on
Mar. 17, which will include
poetic expression along with
visual art.
On Mar. 19 there will be a
screening of the docu-film
"Why Do Jamaicans Run So
Fast?", which will be hosted
by the Jamaica Arts
Development Foundation
(JADF). The final event of
this exhibition is on Mar. 31.
"Pieces of Jamaica" is
being presented under the
patronage of Sandra Grant-
Griffiths, consul general of
Jamaica to the southern
United States. Broward
County Commissioner Dale
V.C. Holness and Jamaica
Diaspora representative
Marlon Hill are also sched-
uled to be part of the opening
event.
The gallery is located at
1713 N.W. 38th Ave. in
Lauderhill.
For more information,
call Muir at 954-200-5110 or e-
mail info@davidiphoto.com.
e


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are scheduled to take the
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set for Mar.
19 and 20
in South
Florida.

Members
of the New
Edition
group -
Bobby
Brown, Wilson
Johnny Gill
and Ralph Tresvant - have
been added to a line-up that
already includes Lauryn Hill,
Charlie Wilson, Al Jarreau
and Jazmine Sullivan. Brown,
Gill and Tresvant will perform
under the name Heads of
State.
Also listed for the show


Marsalis.
The music festival will be
staged at SunLife Stadium in
Miami Gardens.
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about "Jazz in the GardL in ,
call the 877-640-5299 or
visit www.jazzinthegardens.com


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aribbean entertainers
were again among the
winners at the 2011
Grammy awards held last
month.
Barbadian Rihanna won
a Grammy for "Best Dance
Recording" for the song
"Only Girl (In the World)",
which is featured on her
album "Loud".
It was Rihanna's third
Grammy. She previously won
twice in the "Best Rap/Sung
Collaboration" for her feature
on Jay-Z's "Run This Town'
in 2009, and her hit single
"Umbrella" in 2007.
Troubled Jamaican star
Buju Banton. Banton won the
award for "Best Reggae
Album" for "Before the
Dawn". Banton did not


attend the ceremony and later
in the month Banton was
found guilty of weapon and
drug charges.
Other
Grammy win-
ners from the
region includ-
ed Chucho
Vald6s and the
Afro-Cuban
Messengers,
who won for Rihanna
"Best Latin
Jazz Album" for "Chucho's
Steps", and the Spanish
Harlem Orchestra, which won
in the "Best Tropical Latin
Album" category for "Viva la
Tradici6n".


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the Annual Diva Foundation Fund Raising Reception held recently at the Jamaican
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U.S. slaps new measures for

mail, cargo from Barbados
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, TSA has impacted negative
CMC - The Barbados govern- on mail services worldwide
ment says it has been advised and as a result "all classes
by the Department of mail to and from Barbados
Homeland Security (DHS) would encounter delays an
and other United States would continue to do so in
agencies that they have imple- initely.
mented a number of measures "With regard to our
"to enhance existing security Express Mail Service to th
procedures for screening USA, it will continue to be
inbound airmail and cargo to given priority treatment bt
the U.S." we can no longer offer our
A Barbados Government customers guaranteed deli'
Information Service States times as a result of the abo
(BGIS) said the local postal Therefore, it will inevitable
agency has been informed by delayed".
the Transportation Security The Postal Service is
Administration (TSA) that all reminding customers that
mail intended for dispatch on result of the U.S. directive
passenger and cargo aircraft and in order to expedite lo
to the U.S. must be screened mail going through foreign
and mail will encounter a pre- customs, each item must h
determined "cooling" period a completed customs decla
prior to its dispatch. tion form or commercial
"In addition, it is the air- invoices for items containii
lines' responsibility to ensure merchandise.
the security measures mandat- "Furthermore, counted
ed by the DHS are imple- staff personnel must make
mented. Toner and ink car- sure that vague entries suc
tridges will be prohibited on '$0 value', 'Household Iter
passenger aircraft; and all 'No Commercial Value', ar
cargo identified as high-risk 'Personal Effects' are not t
will go through additional and as they do not reveal the e
enhanced '.L rn inI including nature of (c nlll 1l ', the sta
inbound international mail ment noted.
packages, which must be "These measures com
screened individually and cer- the wake of a failed terrori
tified to have come from an attack to conceal and ship
established postal shipper", Improvised Explosive Dev
the statement noted. on an aircraft destined for


NEGATIVE IMPACT
The Barbados Postal
Service said the action by the


U.S. on October 28, last
year", BGIS added.


U.S. signs secure seas agreement with St. Lucia


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CASTRIES, St. Lucia, CMC -
St. Lucia has signed a memo-
randum of understanding
(MOU) with the United
States that allows for further
protection of the island's
coastal borders.
Prime Minister
Stephenson King said that the
Secure Seas Program (SSP)
will not only provide assis-
tance to the local police, but
that it also had a very strong
social component.
"We believe that the fight
against crime, the fight to pro-
tect our borders can be done
in a number of ways, there
must be a multi-faceted
approach from the social
angle and also at prevention
and protection level," King
said.


The SSP is intended to
assist St. Lucia and other
Eastern Caribbean states
combat drug trafficking. It is
an integral part of U.S.
President Barack Obama's
Caribbean Basin Security ini-
tiative first announced at the
U.S. Caribbean summit in
2009.
Under the program,
Washington will provide assis-
tance to St. Lucia and other
Caribbean nations in strength-
ening their capacity to better
combat drug trafficking.

BENEFIT
National Security
Minister Guy Mayers told
the signing ceremony Monday
that marine unit of the St.
Lucia Police Force will benefit


from the project.
"The countries where the
demand is to have a responsi-
bility to assist this region in
combating the trafficking of
drugs and I am therefore very
pleased that the USA has
realized this and are cooperat-
ing with us in providing the
assets that will help us protect
our porous borders, because
all of the members of the
Regional Security System
(RSS) have similar problems,"
Mayers said.
In addition to signing the
MOU, the U.S. also handed
over the refurbished Ganters
Bay Pier that serves as a base
for the marine unit.
g


Dominica announces new date for night-landing by LIAT


ROSEAU, Dominica, CMC -
Six months after a paid inaugu-
ral night flight, the Dominica
government announced that
LIAT would begin scheduling
night operations to Dominica
in mid-April.
Public Works Minister
Rayburn Blackmoore said that
based on discussions between
LIAT and the Eastern
Caribbean Civil Aviation
Authority (ECCAA), new
developments are underway
for the commencement of
night-landing here.
"Based on the discussion
with the ECCAA, LIAT will
be able to come to Dominica


sometime in mid-April, 2011
pending the approval of the
publication of the Instrument
Approach Procedure,"
Blackmore said.
"I want to say (that) we
have gotten the actual
approval for the publication of
the chart because all the infor-
mation has to be contained in a
graphic form by way of a chart
so that it can be used by the
various airmen."

DELAY
LIAT made its inaugural
night flight into Dominica on
Sept. 20, 2010, a chartered
flight by the Dominica govern-
ment. However, since then, the
carrier has not included
Dominica on its night itinerary.
Last December LIAT said
it was still awaiting an
approved instrument approach


in order to commence sched-
uled night operations into the
Melville Hall Airport.
The airline's Director of
Flight Operations Captain
George Arthurton noted then
that LIAT has repeatedly
emphasised that although it
would like to commence
scheduled night operations into
Dominica as soon as possible,
it is unable to do so until an
instrument approach has been
approved by the ECCAA.
"LIAT's operating stan-
dards require that an instru-
ment approach is available for
scheduled night operations,"
Arthurton explained. "The
current ECCAA Phase One
approval only permits visual
approaches into Dominica at
night."


Cops seize $1 M in cocaine

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MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica,
CMC - Officials of the
Customs Department said
police seized a large quantity
of cocaine from a cruise ship
from Colombia, docked at the
Freeport Cruise Shipping Pier
in this tourist resort town.
The department said 50
pounds of cocaine valued at
J$100 million ($ 1.1 million)
was seized during a five-hour
operation late last month.
A quantity of the cocaine
(22 pounds) was found
strapped to a man who was
identified as Ricardo Chin, a
passenger on the cruise ship,
while another 28 pounds was
found in a suitcase in a cabin
occupied by another passen-
ger.
Chin was taken into cus-


tody and will answer to
charges of breaching the
Dangerous Drugs Act, the
Proceeds of Crime Act as
well as the Customs Act.
Following the drug find,
scores of passengers, who had
just returned from excursions,
were forced to wait in long
lines and were searched prior
to re-boarding while local
shipping agents, who had
transactions on the ship, were
not allowed access.
Last month a cruise pas-
senger was held at a newly
opened port in Falmouth in
the northern parish of
Trelawny after attempting to
board a vessel with cocaine.


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Ban lifted: Jamaica blames possible hoax for suspension of cargo to U.S.


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KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC -
The Jamaica government said
the bomb scare that caused
American authorities to imme-


diately introduce a 72-hour
suspension of commercial
cargo to the United States
may have been as a result of


an elaborate hoax.
"Preliminary investigations
conducted by the National
Intelligence Bureau ,uLh-l "I


that the report is a
hoax, maliciously creat-
ed to defame an
employee of an airport
concessionaire,"
Transport Minister
Mike Henry told
Jamaica's Parliament.
"Investigations are
continuing to confirm,
beyond a doubt, the
preliminary findings as
well as apprehending
those who may be
responsible for this dis-
ruption to internation-
al civil aviation,"
Henry said, adding that
Jamaica is maintaining
a high level of security
screening for both pas-
sengers and cargo on
all outgoing flights.
THREAT
On Feb. 27, the
Transportation Security


Administration (TSA) in the
U.S. said it was suspending all
air cargo to and from Jamaica
for a 72-hour period after
receiving what it that termed a
credible threat that an explo-
sive device could be placed on
Air Jamaica plane.
Officials from Jamaica's
Civil Aviation Authority
(CAA) said they were advised
of the emergency measure
after an Air Jamaica plane
was delayed at the Fort
Lauderdale Airport in Florida
as a precaution ahead of the
implementation of the three-
day suspension of cargo on
flights.
Several persons, including
a policeman, were detained
as investigations involving
local police and FBI agents
intensified.
- CMC
e


Guyana wants fair assessment

on human trafficking from U.S.


GEORGETOWN, Guyana,
CMC - Guyana has told the
United States that its inaugu-
ral talks between the two
countries will result in
Washington delivering a fair
assessment of the human traf-
ficking situation in the country.
The Bharrat Jagdeo
administration
has been criti-
cal of the
reports pub-
lished by the
U.S. on human
trafficking in
the Caribbean
community
(CARICOM) Rohee
country and
recently Home
Affairs Minister Clement
Rohee led a delegation that
had talks with officials from
the U.S. embassy here on the
issue.
In a written submission,
the local delegation said that
Guyana last year conducted
five investigations of
Trafficking In Persons (TIP).
The submissions also showed
that there were four TIP
reports with six victims- three
below age 18, leading to three
prosecutions and one offender
convicted and sentenced to
three years jail, according to a
Guyana government statement.
"Given all the measures
that have been put in place by
Guyana and the frank and cor-
dial engagement with the U.S.
Embassy Charg6 d' Affaires,
the Guyana team expects that
the US 2011 Report on TIP
would be a fair and accurate
representation of the situation


in Guyana", the statement
added.

U.S. GUIDE
Guyana said its submis-
sion was framed on the bench-
marks set out by the U.S.
Congress in Sections 108 and
110 of the US Trafficking and
Victims Protection Act.
"Guyana reiterated that it
did not accept the findings of
the 2010 Report and the rank-
ing of Guyana for the second
year as a Tier 2 Watch List
country and made it very clear
that it expected a fair and
accurate assessment in 2011.
"For the first time, in keep-
ing with the understanding
adumbrated at previous engage-
ments with the U.S. administra-
tion, the Government of
Guyana was consulted and
invited to submit its responses
for the year ending April 2011
in relation to its efforts to com-
bat TIP", noted the statement.
Guyana also urged the
U.S. to provide information
about suspected TIP cases at
any time, rather than restrict-
ing it to the time of preparing
the U.S. Annual Report.
"Acknowledging that
there might be information
that has not come to the
Government's attention, the
members of the Guyana
Government indicated that in
the interest of combating the
scourge of TIP that it was
prepared to receive and inves-
tigate any information that
the US Embassy officials may
have received in relation to
TIP", the statement read.
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and adventures, the ship departed Falmouth. The port is a $220 million project under development by Royal Caribbean Limited
(RCCL) in partnership with the Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ) for the berthing of the cruise line's Genesis class ship, the newest
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Roach grabs 'hat-trick' as Windies win at CWC


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T&T's John aims at MLS return


NEW DELHI, India, CMC -
Kemar Roach snared the
Netherlands' last three wick-
ets to capture a rare Cricket
World Cup (CWC) hat-trick
in a dramatic finish, firing
West Indies to a crushing 215-
run victory over Netherlands
late last month.
Roach got palpable leg
before wicket verdicts to dis-
miss Pieter Seelaar for one,
and Bernard Loots for a
first-ball duck before he
bowled Berend Westdijk for
another first-ball duck, as the
Netherlands, chasing a target
of 331 for victory, were demol-
ished for 115 with 111 balls
remaining in the Group-B
match at the Feroz Shah Kotla
Stadium.
Bowling typically fast,
full-length, and gaining appre-


T wo leading high school
teams from the
Caribbean are sched-
uled to compete as special
guests in the 2011 American
College Cricket Spring Break
Championship in South
Florida this month.
Jamaica's Excelsior High
and Presentation College
Chaguanas of Trinidad and
Tobago will play against uni-
versity teams from North
America at the cricket stadi-
um in Lauderhill.
It will be the second year
in a row that teams from the
Caribbean will make appear-
ances at the stadium. The
University of the West Indies
participated in the 2010
championship.
"(Former and current
West Indies players) Courtney
Walsh, Chris Gayle, Patrick
Patterson and Uton Dowe


The seventh annual True
Blue WL lk nJ Dennis
Ziadie Cup soccer com-
petition will be held this
month in South Florida.
The event, which features
alumni teams representing
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ciable reverse swing, Roach
was virtually unplayable, and
outgunned the Netherlands
batsmen to finish with his best
one-day international figures
of six wickets for 27 runs from
8.3 overs to earn "Man of the


attended Excelsior High
School, and its cricket pro-
gram continues to be of a high
standard with two students
currently in the Jamaican
under 15 and under 19
teams," Excelsior Principal
Deanroy Bromfield told the
championship's website. "We
have made the semi-finals
every year since 2006, and
eight of the players have
Senior Cup experience."
According to the
website, Presentation College
Chaguanas has also produced
West Indies cricketers,
including Adrian Barath,
Ravi Rampaul, Dinesh
Ramdin, Theo Cuffy, Dinath
Ramnarine and Suruj
Ragoonath.
According to a press release
from the school, "Presentation
College is pleased to have been
invited to Lauderhill, Florida to


St. George's College, is sched-
uled for Mar. 26.
The competition is being
staged in honor of Dennis
Ziadie, a former Jamaica
national player who coached
both high schools. The 2011
event will mark the 24th year
of Ziadie's death in a motor
vehicle crash at the 1986
World Cup in Mexico.
This year Grace Kennedy
Remittance Services/ Western
Union will donate two cash
prizes: $100 to the winning
school and $50 to the second
place.
Camperdown High
School Past Students'


Match" honors.
"Hat-trick was not on my
mind, but then captain
(Darren Sammy) pointed out
to me I was on a hat-trick, and
it worked out," said Roach.
He became the second
West Indies bowler to take an
ODI hat-trick, but the first
from the Caribbean, and sixth
overall, to claim it at CWC.
Jerome Taylor was the first
West Indies bowler to take an
ODI hat-trick five years ago,
at the ICC Champions
Trophy in India at Mumbai's
Brabourne Stadium.
West Indies ended last
month with a win and a loss -
to South Africa - in two CWC
matches during February. The
CWC continues this month.
*I


participate in the 2011 American
College Cricket Spring Break
Championship and we see this
as an opportunity to 'blood'
some of our talented young
players. Additionally we are
eager to exercise our civic
responsibility as ambassadors by
partnering with the Borough of
Chaguanas (our hometown) in
deepening the sporting and cul-
tural ties with its recently
twinned city of Lauderhill,
Flordia, the championship
hosts."
The two Caribbean high
schools will play games
against U.S. and Canadian
universities. On Mar. 19 they
will play a feature game
against each other under lights
at the stadium.
For more information,
call 954-732-5527.
*


Association will defend its
title as champions of the All
Girls/Co-Ed Schools Alumni
Penalty Kick-off.
The soccer events will be
held starting noon at the
Ansin Sports Complex, 10801
Miramar Blvd. in Miramar.
Other "True Blue" week-
end festivities scheduled for
South Florida include:
* The True Blue Mixer,
from 7 p.m. to midnight on
Mar. 25 at the I.T. Parker
Community Center, 901 N.E.
Third St. in Dania Beach;
* True Blue After Party, 9
p.m. to 4 a.m. Mar. 26 at
Cocomo's Bar & Grill, 4519


CARSON, California - Stern
John may be on the verge of a
return to Major League
Soccer (MLS).
Chivas USA coach Robin
Fraser disclosed late last
month that the Trinidad and
Tobago international has
joined the club's preseason
training camp.
"He's coming off an
injury, and he's looking for an
opportunity to get on with a
club," said Fraser.
"But when a guy has
scored goals like he has in the
places he has, you take a look
at him. He is one of [the best
MLS goal-scorers) I know."
The 34-year-old John is
currently battling back from a
knee injury that helped cut
short his stint with English
side Ipswich Town last year.
During his career in the MLS,
John played for the Columbus
Crew from 1998 to 1999. He
was the Golden Boot winner
in his first year with 26 goals,
while he tied for the MLS


SPORT
* Fort Lauderdale Strikers
signs Jamaican
The Fort Lauderdale Strikers
soccer club has signed Jamaica
international defender Lance Laing
for the upcoming North American
Soccer League (NASL) season.
Laing, 22, is a native of
Trelawny. He began his profession-
al career with Harbour View FC.
and Village United. He has also rep-
resented the national team at the
under 17 level.
The Fort Lauderdale Strikers,
formerly Miami FC., is South
Florida's only professional soccer
team.

* Reggae Boy joins MLS's
Dynamo
Defender Jermaine Taylor has been
acquired by Major League Soccer's
Houston Dynamo from the Jamaican
club St. George's.
The 26-year-old has appeared
37 times for Jamaica's senior
national team and, along with cur-
rent Dynamo midfielder Lovel
Palmer, helped the Reggae Boyz win
last year's Digicel Caribbean Cup.

* Jamaica reaches U-17 soc-
cer World Cup
Jamaica beat Honduras 2-1 in
the quarter-final of the CONCACAF
Under-17 Boys' Championship last
month to become the lone country
from the Caribbean to reach the
2011 Boys World Cup finals, which


N. Pine Island Rd. in Sunrise.
* True Blue Church
Service, 10 a.m. Mar. 27 at
Church of the Holy Family,
18501 N.W Seventh Ave. in
Miami Gardens.
For more information, visit
http://www. trueblueweekend.c


aiern
lead in goals scored with 18
in the second year.
John spent extensive time
in England with a number of
clubs including Nottingham
Forest, Coventry City, and
Sunderland.
He also help the Soca
Warriors reach the 2006
World Cup, where he
appeared in all three group
stage matches.




BRIEFS
will be held in Mexico this June.
Jason Wright scored for
Jamaica in the 13th and 46th min-
utes. Brian Roches scored the lone
goal for Honduras in the 65th
minute.

* Bishoo replaces Bravo at
CWC
Guyanese leg-spinner
Davendra Bishoo replaced injured
all-rounder Dwayne Bravo in the
West Indies squad at the 2011
Cricket World Cup being staged in
India, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh.
Bravo suffered a knee injury
bowling in the Windies' first match
against South Africa.

* Jamaican signs two-year
USL deal
Orlando City have fortified their
central defense with the signing of
Jamaica international Demar Stewart.
The club announced late last
month that it had reached terms
with Stewart for a two-year agree-
ment that links Stewart with com-
patriot Kieron Bernard in the heart
of the defense of Orlando City,
which plays in the United Soccer
League (USL).
"We are delighted to have a
player of Demar's quality joining
us," said Phil Rawlins, owner and
president of Orlando City.

Compiled from various sources.


om or the True Blue Weekend
Facebook Fan Page -
http://www.facebook. com/true
blueweekend.
*


Caribbean high schools to play cricket in

Lauderhill 'Spring Break' championship


'True Blue' alumni soccer kicks off


Mar. 26 in South Florida






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Aristide's return to Haiti stalls; Miami lawyer

accuses U.S., France of political interference


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Opposition thwarts death

penalty in T&T Parliament


PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti,
CMC - Weeks after the
Haitian government gave a
diplomatic passport to former
President Jean-Bertrand
Aristide, his planned return
appears to have stalled amid
unresolved security and logisti-
cal concerns, according to his
lawyer.
Aristides's Miami-based
lawyer Ira Kurzban has
accused the United States and
France of interfering with his
client's efforts to return home
since he was forced into exile
in 2004.
"The idea that Aristide
can simply get on a plane and
come back to Haiti ignores the
fact that he's not just a Haitian
citizen returning home," he
told reporters.
"There are security con-
cerns and powerful govern-
ments that have already
expressed a desire to keep
him out of the country," he
added.
Determining when or if
Aristide might return from his
exile in South Africa continues
to be difficult. American offi-
cials have clearly stated that
they oppose efforts to bring
him back before Haiti's Mar.
20 second round presidential
elections, arguing that
Aristide's presence would cre-


ate instability - a charge his
supporters deny.

PRESSURE
Supporters regard
Aristide, a former Catholic
priest, as a true democratic
leader, who could pressure the


Arlsiae


government and international
donors to help the poor. But
Kurzban said international
opposition is a concern,
because all commercial flights
from South Africa fly through
countries allied with the U.S.
He also said it is not clear
whether a private flight would
be held on the ground by the
South African authorities, or if
it would be allowed to land in
Haiti.
While Haiti's top officials -
including the president and
prime minister - have said


Aristide has the right to return,
they have failed to outline spe-
cific plans for it, especially in
terms of security. Kurban said
a letter he dispatched to the
Haitian foreign ministry
requesting that the government
work with South Africa to
ensure Aristide's return has
received no response.
"This country needs to be
rebuilt and that needs to be the
priority right now," said Alice
Blanchet, a special advisor to
Prime Minister Jean-Max
Bellerive, when asked about
Aristide's return.

WAIT
Some of Aristide support-
ers, acknowledging disappoint-
ment, have even begun to
think that it might be better for
him to wait. That may mean
trying to return under a new
president who would be less
friendly that the current presi-
dent, Rend Pr6val.
But Patrick Elie, a political
activist who has served in the
Aristide and Pr6val govern-
ments, blamed Aristide's own
political organization, Fanmi
Lavalas, for failing to build
widespread support and to
prI.,llr the return of some-
body who is a living symbol."
e


PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad,
CMC - The Trinidad and
Tobago government suffered a
major blow to its attempt to
have the death penalty carried
out on convicted murderers
after Opposition legislators
banded together late last
month and refused to provide
the necessary special majority
vote for the successful passage
of the amendment to the coun-
try's constitution.
Prime Minister Kamla
Persad Bissessar, in a last
minute bid on Feb. 28 to save
the amendment to the constitu-
tion, had sought to suspend the
sitting of Parliament and hold a
meeting with Opposition
Leader Dr. Keith Rowley, who
declined the offer.
But Persad Bissessar said
her administration regarded
the measure "as an important
measure," adding that "it was
most unfortunate (for the posi-
tion adopted by Rowley)
because at the end of the day it
will be the innocent people of
this land who will suffer.".
Earlier Rowley had called
on the government not to inter-
fere with the constitution and
that executions could be carried
out without the amendment.

'RANSOM'
But Attorney General


Anand Ramlogan said that
expert advice from prominent
attorneys did not support the
Opposition's position. Later, in
winding up debate, Ramlogan
urged the Opposition to seri-
ously consider the ramifica-
tions of their position.
"I beg of you don't hold
this nation to ransom,"
Ramlogan said, adding "I ask
my friends to consider the
innocent and not to stand with
those who murder them."
The nine-month-old Persad
Bissessar government needed a
special three-fourths majority
to ensure passage of the legisla-
tion that would have catego-
rized murder in T&T. But when
the matter was put to the vote,
all 29 government legislators
supported the measure while 11
from the Opposition benches
voted. Former Foreign Affairs
Minister Paul Gopee Scoon was
not present when the vote was
taken in the 41-seat Parliament.
According to government
figures, 3,335 murders were
committed here between 2002
and 2010 and, so far this year,
more than 70 people have
been killed.
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