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The Antigua and Barbuda
government has expressed
disappointment at the decision
by United States authorities to
arrest and indict a number of
individuals engaged in online
Internet gaming, page 2.


Tons of rubble piled on the
roadside, mass graves and
disgruntled citizens burning
tires in the street. The world
has seen Haiti's desperation.
But there are brighter images
of the French-speaking
Caribbean nation, page 9.


Jamaican singer Alvin James
Brown, better known as A.J.
Brown, is admired for his
vocals. However, his expres-
sions are not limited to his
voice. Brown is also a fine
artist trying to expose his
"other side", page 11.


COME ON


BOARD
- Haiti's President-elect Michel "Sweet Mickey"
Martelly has called on his compatriots in South
Florida and in the diaspora generally to help him
rebuild the earthquake-ravaged, French-speaking
Caribbean community (CARICOM) country, page 3.


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U.S. cracks down on Antigua's Internet gaming


ST. JOHN'S, Antigua, CMC -
The Antigua and Barbuda
government has expressed dis-
appointment at the decision
by United States authorities to
arrest and indict a number of
individuals engaged in on line
Internet gaming.
Finance and Economy
Minister Harold Lovell
described the recent indict-
ments as the latest efforts by
Washington to shut off compe-
tition in remote
gaming in viola-
tion of interna-
tional law.
"I am con-
cerned that at
this point in
time United
States authori-
ties continue to
prosecute non-
domestic suppli-
ers of remote W.
gaming services
in clear contra-
vention of International law,"
Lovell said.
"I am not aware of any
other situation where a
member of the World Trade
Organization (WTO) has
subjected persons to criminal
prosecution under circum-
stances where the WTO has
expressly ruled that to do so is
in breach of an international
treaty."

LOGGERHEADS
The two countries are at
loggerheads over the issue of
internet online gaming with


St. John's seeking to recover
millions of dollars in lost rev-
enue based on a WTO ruling
that Washington has not yet
fully accepted.
"The WTO ruled that
these kinds of laws criminaliz-
ing the provision of remote
gaming services are contrary
to the obligations of the
United States under the
WTO agreements," said
Mark Mendel, Antigua's legal


counsel in the WTO matter.
"The United States, being
a very heavy user of the WTO
rules to its own benefit, simply
cannot continue to prosecute
persons for engaging in legiti-
mate International com-
merce."
He said there have been
recent initiatives to authorize
remote gaming in various
American states and the pro-
liferation of state sanctioned
gambling in America general-
ly.
"What the United States
has attempted to cloak as a


moral issue is
now clearly
nothing but
economic pro-
tectionism at
its worst.
Rather than
engaging with
Antigua and
the world


Lovell


gaming com-
munity to reach a reasonable
accommodation on this rela-
tively new but now globalized
form of economic commerce,
the United States has instead
determined to protect its
domestic gaming interests
regardless of International
legal obligations.
"This is very hard to rec-
oncile not only with its pro-
nouncements regarding the
imperative of other countries
to strictly observe their WTO
trade obligations but also with
stated official United States
government policy of adher-
ence to the rule of law."

COMPROMISE
A government statement
said that having won a hard-
fought dispute at the WTO
against the U.S. of remote
gaming services to American
consumers, "Antigua has spent
considerable time and effort
trying to reach a compromise
with American authorities that


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Bin Laden's death will demoralize

al-Qaida ~ CARICOM chairman


ST. GEORGE'S, Grenada,
CMC - Grenada's Prime
Minister Tillman Thomas
believes the death of Osama
Bin Laden could demoralize
the Islamist group al-Qaida,
which has been blamed for a
number of terrorist activities
around the world, including
the Sept. 11, 2011 attack in
the United States.
"One thing that is for
sure, his death will demoralize
the group and there is the
likelihood of different frac-
tions emerging because the
person they looked on as a
leader is no more," said
Thomas, adding "he was the
person who guided the mem-
bers and he will not be
replace very easily."
The U.S. confirmed that
Bin Laden had been killed by
a special American military
unit in Pakistan on May 1 and
at press time Thomas, who is
chairman of the 15-member
Caribbean integration group-
ing CARICOM, said he was
still awaiting more informa-
tion Kb 1 I officially make
a CARICOM response.
"But I am sure his death
will affect his followers and
security around the world,"
Thomas told the Caribbean
Media Corporation (CMC).


(CONTINUED ON PAGE 6)

Rights group backs decision
NEW YORK - A leading
human rights group here says .....
that the prosecution of the
former dictator Jean-Claude
"Baby Doc" Duvalier repre-
sents a landmark opportunity
for the Haitian justice system
to address some of the worst
crimes in country's history.
In a 47-page report
released last month, Human
Rights Watch examines the
legal and practical questions Duvalier
surrounding the case, conclud- addresses Haiti's ca
ing "Haiti has an obligation carry out the trial, t
under international law to tion of the statute
investigate and prosecute the tons, and Duvalier
grave violations of human involvement in alle
rights under Duvalier's rule". na acts.
nal acts.
The report, entitled "The Duvalier
"Haiti's Rendezvous With be the most import
be the most import
History: The Case of Jean- na case in Haitian
Claude Duvalier", alsoal case in Haitian
Claude Duvalier", also
said Reed Brody, la


Thomas, who is also the
national security minister, said
that like every members of
the international police organ-
ization (INTERPOL), local
law enforcement officials have
been put on high alert.

WARNING
INTERPOL has warned
against possible reprisals from
al-Qaida affiliated or inspired
terrorist groups as a result of
Bin Laden's death.
"The world's most-wanted
international terrorist is no
more, but the death of Bin
Laden does not represent the
demise of al-Qaida affiliates
and those inspired by al-
Qaida, who have and will con-
tinue to engage in terrorist
attacks around the world,"
Interpol Secretary General
Ronald K. Noble said.
"We therefore need to
remain united and focused in
our ongoing co-operation and
fight, not only against this
global threat but also against
terrorism by any group any-
where," he added.

Caribbean American
Congresswoman calls Bin
Laden's death 'historic day
of justice for U.S.', page 18.
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'VIOLATIONS'
Duvalier returned to Haiti
on Jan. 16, after nearly 25
years in exile, and was
charged with financial and
human rights crimes. The
investigation is underway.
Human Rights Watch said
Duvalier's rule, from 1971 to
1986, was marked by "system-
atic human rights violations.
"Hundreds of political
prisoners, held in a network of
prisons known as the 'Triangle
of Death,' died from mistreat-
ment or were victims of extra-
judicial killings.
"Duvalier's government
repeatedly closed independent
newspapers and radio stations.
Journalists were beaten, in
some cases tortured, jailed,
and forced to leave the coun-
try", it added.
Human Rights Watch said
Duvalier could potentially be
held liable under Haitian law
as an "accomplice" to crimes
committed by his subordinates
or as "a superior who failed to
prevent or punish crimes
under his command".


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U.S. changes deportation rules

for nationals from Caribbean


MIAMI, Florida - United
States immigration authorities
have changed the way thou-
sands of Cubans facing depor-
tation comply with immigra-
tion rules.
The U.S. Immigration and
Customs Enforcement (ICE)
agency now requires Miami
residents to travel across
county lines to a Miramar
office for check-in.
ICE said that Caribbean
and other foreign nationals
with deportation orders, but
not in detention, must now
report to Miramar.
Before, they had to report
their whereabouts at an immi-
gration building in downtown
Miami.
ICE officials said that
the Krome Detention Center
serves detainees, while Miramar
serves non-detained deportees.
Though more than 30,000
Cuban exiles have been
ordered deported from the


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Caribbean nationals to report to different
locations.
U.S., fewer than 3,000 actually
have been removed since the
1980s, officials said. The
Cubans who have been
deported are mostly Mariel
refugees who arrived during
the 1980 boatlift.
Under an agreement
between the Cuban govern-
(CONTINUED ON PAGE 6)


For the Caribbean gov-
ernments, particularly
those in the sub-region-
al Organization of Eastern
Caribbean States (OECS),
the events unfolding in Libya
is more than just an attempt
to remove an African leader
from power.
For the nine-member
OECS grouping who have
adopted their own lines of
engagement with Libya, much
to the concern of some
Opposition parties, their main
concern is - what will become
of Libyan investment projects
in region?
As leaders of the OECS
member states anxiously await
the outcome of several negoti-
ated agreements with Libya -
including the opening of a
Libyan embassy in St. Lucia
and a bank in St. Kitts - Prime
Minister Baldwin Spencer of
Antigua and Barbuda admit-
ted that he is nervously watch-
ing developments in the North
African country.
In the midst of the unrest
in Libya, leaders in the region
have found th iLml\% caught
between the proverbial 'rock
and a hard place'. Many of St.
Vincent and the Grenadines'
major development projects in
recent years have benefited
from Libyan funding.

'BLOOD MONEY'
St. Vincent and the
Grenadines Prime Minister
Ralph Gonsalves defended
his government's receipt of
Libyan aid. According to the
prime minister, the $250,000


handed over to the Housing
and Land Development
Corporation (HLDC) by
Libya's Ambassador to the
OECS Ammat Ali in
February are to aid with
rebuilding the country after
the damage wrought by
Hurricane Tomas last year.
In nearby Dominica,
Prime Minister Roosevelt
Skerrit reiterated his govern-
ment's position that Dominica
will not break ties with Libya
because of the ongoing politi-
cal turmoil.
"Why should we termi-
nate relations with Libya?"
said Skerrit.
The same stance has been
taken by Prime Minister
Stephenson King of St. Lucia,
who said while his govern-
ment is monitoring develop-
ments in Libya, the two coun-
tries are not severing diplo-
matic relations. St. Lucia's
Foreign Minister Rufus
Bousquet says the march to
democracy in the Middle East
and North Africa is likely to
impact on investment projects
in the OECS sub-region.
Grenada has also found
itself in a similar position -
that of anxiously awaiting
financial aid. Last year, the
government announced it was
expecting a grant of $1.9 mil-
lion from Libya for public
works projects, in addition to
expecting Libya to forgive a
six million dollar debt.

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CARIBBEAN TODAY * MAY 2011 * 3





President-elect urges diaspora to help rebuild Haiti


Miami, Florida -
Haiti's President-
Elect Michel "Sweet
Mickey" Martelly
has called on his
compatriots in South
Florida and in the
diaspora generally to
help him rebuild the
earthquake-ravaged,
French-speaking
Caribbean communi-
ty (CARICOM)
country.
"We need your
help to accomplish
all that we have
planned for Haiti,"
he told nationals at
the Little Haiti
Cultural Center late
last month.
"We need you to
bring your talents
back to Haiti. We
need you to bring
your skills and
expertise back to Martelly ad
Haiti," Martelly said
as he urged the
Haitian diaspora to help him
honor his campaign pledge of
free education for citizens. He
proposed that one U.S. dollar
on every $100 wire transfer to
Haiti and a small levy on
every telephone minute would


about $50 million.
"The diaspo-
ra will be able to
send 860,000 kids
* to school for free
| and change their
.: .lives," he said.
After the
Jan.12 devastating
earthquake last
year, the Haitian
government and
the Inter-American
Development
Bank (IDB) have
H been working on a
plan to transform
Haiti's education
system. The plan
includes training
teachers and the
construction of
new schools.
Martelly's trip
- here came less than
a week after he vis-
ited the U.S. State
Department, the
World Bank and
the International
Monetary Fund (IMF), during
which he also urged his compa-
triots to work together for
nation building.


Middle East turmoil puts Libya's

Caribbean projects under threat


dresses the media during his recent visit to Miami.
go towards an education fund
to help him realize his goal.

CONTRIBUTION
Martelly estimated that
the phone levy would raise
$36 million annually, while the
wire transfers would raise





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U.S. honors 'Ladies in White' Cuban dissidents for defending human rights


WASHINGTON, D.C. - The
administration of United
States President Barack
Obama has honored a group
of mothers and wives of
Cuban dissidents, renowned
as the "Ladies in White", for
defending human rights.
William Burns, a senior
U.S. State Department offi-
cial, said Washington "stands
with the Damas de Blanco",
or "Ladies in White", who
have repeatedly called for the
release of all political prison-
ers in Cuba.
The "Ladies in White"
comprises female relatives of
about 75 dissidents arrested in a
Cuban government crackdown
of dissidents in Mar. 2003. All
have since been released, with
most going into exile in Spain
in an agreement brokered
between Havana's Catholic
Archdiocese and the Cuban
and Spanish governments.
Burns said the women are
"a poignant reminder of the


Ros-Lehtinen


day-to-day repression that
Cubans face."

BAY OF PIGS
The U.S. Congress recent-
ly saluted eight of the estimat-
ed 1,100 surviving members of
a group of Cuban exiles who
attempted to overthrow the
Fidel Castro administration in
the aborted Bay of Pigs inva-
sion 50 years ago.
"Though the operation
was not successful, the dedica-
tion and commitment that
these brave individuals illus-
trated during the conflict was


exceptional," said Miami
Republican Congresswoman
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen on the
floor of the House of
Representatives.
"The men who fought
courageously on that historic
day came from many back-
grounds, but all cared for the
freedom and liberty of Cuba,"
she added.
Observers say the Bay of
Pigs would go down as one of
the U.S.'s bi,_-,,lI strategic
blunders, when more than 100
men were killed, including
four U.S. pilots in the attempt-
ed coup. The Cuban exiles,
who eagerly volunteered for
the clandestine mission to top-
ple Castro, were left largely
abandoned in Cuba when U.S.
support for the mission evapo-
rated. The men were in their
teens and 20s when they left
Miami to fight Castro.
"These guys are ever at it,
their fervor ever present,"
said Ros-Lehtinen, adding
that they are "proud patriots,"
whose efforts have been
placed in the Congressional
Record. "The flame of liberty
is still burning bright."

'SPECIAL'
The veterans usually mark
the anniversary of the inva-
sion on April 17 and honor
those who died. But they said
it's the first time they've been


Nelson


so celebrated in the U.S.
Congress.
"In 50 years, we've not
had anything like this," said
Max Cruz, 73, "This one is
really special."
The veterans heard from
Cuban American members of
the U.S. Congress, including
Miami Republican
Congressmen Mario Diaz-
Balart and David Rivera, and
senators Bob Menendez,
Democrat of New Jersey, as
well as Florida Senator Bill
Nelson and Connecticut
Senator Joe Lieberman, who
called them "an inspiration.
"I'm leaving the Senate in
two years," Lieberman noted.
"And I'll tell you, I'd sure like
to see Castro go before I leave."
Senator Marco Rubio, a
Miami Republican who was
born in the U.S. to Cuban par-
ents a decade after the Bay of
Pigs, credited the veterans for
"keeping watch over this issue.
"Younger people, like


myself, who have never
known Cuba, have never visit-
ed there, feel aligned with that
cause because they kept it
alive," Rubio said.
Amado Cantillo, trained
as a frogman for the assault,
said he never expected the
CIA-trained, U.S.-led exile
group to lose to Castro,
though, at one point, the 1,500
men faced 60,000 members of
Castro's military.
"Unfortunately, we all
know what happened," he
said referring to the U.S. deci-
sion not to order more air
raids. "I always thought we
were going to go back."

HOPE
With the Castros still
firmly in power, some said
they're pessimistic about
changes to Cuba, but buoyed
by the explosion of Cuban
bloggers and activists taking
on the government.
Several said they remain
confident they'll see democra-
cy in Cuba in their lifetime -
or that of their children and
grandchildren.
"This event has given us
hope that Washington is still
wanting Cuba to be free," said
Julio Gonzalez Rebull Sr.
"It's late for us, but there's
another generation."
*


U.S. requests $73M to help Caribbean fight crime


WASHINGTON, D.C. - The
United States is requesting
$73 million to help The
Caribbean Basin Security
Initiative for fiscal year 2012.
Arturo Valenzuela, assis-
tant secretary at the Bureau of
Western Hemisphere Affairs,
made the request to the
Subcommittee on the Western
Hemisphere of the House
Committee on Foreign Affairs
last month.
Valenzuela said the fund-
ing is essential "to ensure that
traffickers and transnational
crime elements do not simply
shift routes, we are also
addressing citizen security in
the Caribbean."


The Caribbean Basin
Security Initiative reflects the
U.S. Administration's effort to
establish a sustainable security
partnership with Caribbean
countries - a region that com-
prises half of the southern
border of the U.S., he added.
Rising crime and violence,
largely related to the drug
trade, threatens regional secu-
rity and stability, Valenzuela
told the committee.

ILL-EQUIPPED
He said individual
Caribbean nations are ill-
equipped to handle these
issues on their own, and "we
have agreed on a partnership


to develop national and
regional capacities to address
the myriad of transnational
criminal issues throughout
the region.
"This funding is essential
to build on the work that we
have begun with our regional
partners," he added.
Valenzuela also request-
ed $282 million for the
Merida Initiative, which he
said will continue the
progress the U.S. and Mexico
have made to fight organized
criminal groups and associat-
ed violence at the border.

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U.S. jury
TEXAS - A 12-member jury
has acquitted former Central
Intelligence Agency (CIA)
operative Luis Carriles Posada
of lying about his role in the
1997 bombing of a Cubana air-
line off the coast of Barbados,
killing all 73 people on board.
The seven women, five
men panel deliberated for
three hours last month before
returning the not guilty ver-
dict against Posada of all 11
charges of lying about his
alleged role and about how he
sneaked into the United
States in 2005.
Posada, 83, was arrested
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Posada


after the bombing of the air-
line, but after being acquit-
ted by a military tribunal, he
escaped from jail while fac-
ing a civilian trial.
Posada and his three
lawyers embraced each other
as soon as U.S. District Judge
Kathleen Cardone read the
unanimous verdict.


GEORGETOWN, Guyana,
CMC - Guyana and the
United States have signed an
agreement aimed at dealing
with money laundering and
to counter narco-trafficking
under the Caribbean Basin
Security Initiative (CBSI).
The three-year accord was
signed by Guyana's Foreign
Minister Carolyn Rodrigues-
Birkett and U.S. Charge
D'Affaires Thomas C. Pierce.
Under the agreement,
the capability of the Guyana
Police Force (GPF) and the
Guyana Customs Anti-
Narcotics Unit (CANU) to
conduct counter-narcotics
operations at Guyana's ports
of entry would be enhanced,
the embassy explained in a
statement.
The program to counter
money laundering will provide
assistance to the Guyana
Financial Intelligence Unit
(FIU) and assist government
entities to enforce anti-money
laundering legislation.
This program is one ele-


acquits accused bomber of Cuban airliner off Barbados


"Anytime a jury has a
case, there's no telling what
they might do," Assistant U.S.
Attorney Timothy Reardo
told reporters. "But we
respect the jury's decision."
The decision culminates
four years of efforts by the
U.S. to convict Posada, who,
for decades, allegedly worked
to destabilize the Fidel Castro
government in Cuba and
other communist regimes in
Latin America. After sneak-
ing into the U.S. in 2005, pros-
ecutors said Posada sought
political asylum, then U.S. citi-
zenship.
They alleged that he lied
while under oath and during
court hearings about how he
entered the country and that
he denied masterminding a
series of hotel bombings in
Havana in 1997 that killed an
Italian tourist and wounded 12
others.

'THEATER'
In 1998, Posada admitted
in a New York Times inter-
view that he planned the
attacks, but later changed his
story.
Over the years, Cuba
and Venezuela have sought
Posada's extradition to face
murder charges, but a US
immigration judge has denied
their request, stating that he
would be tortured if sent
back.
"The theater was worth
more than the evidence in this
case," said Jose Pertierra, a


Washington-based lawyer who
represents Venezuela in its
case against Posada.
"The evidence was strong.
We heard the voice of Luis
Posada saying he was the
mastermind of the bombings,"
added Pertierra, who sat
through the case.
But Pepe Hernandez,


head of the Cuban American
National Foundation in
Miami, who trained with
Posada ahead of the aborted
Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba,
hailed the verdict.
"The U.S. government
had a very scant case.
Obviously, it didn't have any
evidence beyond that of Ann


Louise Bardach," he said,
referring to the reporter who
had interviewed Posada, dur-
ing which he initially admitted
to the 1997 hotel bombings in
Cuba.
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ment of a Guyana initiative, a
multinational effort to improve
security in the Caribbean
region. Guyana has partnered
with the other nations of the
Caribbean and the United
States to combat the drug trade
and other transnational crime
that threaten regional security.
The CBSI is a partner-
ship between the U.S. and
Caribbean nations to
advance citizen security in
the region. Through the
CBSI, Washington and the
Caribbean have agreed to
undertake cooperative efforts
to reduce illicit trafficking,
advance public safety and
security, and promote social
justice
"The agreement
signed... is part of a bigger
program of assistance to the
Caribbean region which will
include more than US$45 mil-
lion in the first year," the U.S.
Embassy added.
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6 * CARIBBEAN TODAY * MAY 2011





Jamaican pleads guilty to misleading U.S. Congress


WASHINGTON, D.C. - A
leading Caribbean newspaper
publisher and philanthropist,
who for years arranged for
members of the United States
Congress to attend business
conferences in the Caribbean,
has pleaded guilty to misleading
congressional staff about who
paid for the travel expenses.
The U.S. Justice
Department said Karl B.
Rodney, who is also the chief
executive officer of the weekly
New York Carib News newspa-
per and its foundation, pleaded
guilty to the charge in U.S.
District Court for the District
of Columbia last month.
Rodney, 73, a Jamaican, is
the only person to have been
charged in the scandal, which
prompted an ethics inquiry
of several lawmakers, said
Assistant U.S. Attorney
General Lanny A. Breuer. The
Justice Department said that
Judge Emmet G. Sullivan will
sentence Rodney on July 22.
Breuer said Rodney could
face a maximum of five years
in prison and a $250,000 fine
on the false statement charge.
However, federal prosecutors
have apparently agreed not to
seek a sentence of more than
six months. A New York


newspaper last month report-
ed that the agreement is part
of a deal struck by the govern-
ment and Rodney's represen-
tatives.
Breuer said Rodney,
through the Carib News founda-
tion and Carib News, organized
an annual conference for more
than a decade in the Caribbean,
called the Annual Caribbean
Multi-National Business
Conference. Conferences have
been attended by members of
Congress, he said.

ADMISSION
In 2007, the House of
Representatives modified its
travel rules to require, among
other things, that all privately-
funded travel by members of
Congress be pre-approved by


the House of Representatives
Committee on Standards of
Official Conduct (Ethics
Committee.) The pre-approval
process required the private
sponsor to submit a Private
Sponsor Travel Certification
Form disclosing, among other
things, the source of funding for
the member's trip, including
transportation, lodging and
meals.
"In pleading guilty, Rodney
admitted that he made false
statements on the Private
Sponsor Travel Certification
Form submitted to the Ethics
Committee in connection with
the 12th Annual Caribbean
Multi-National Business
Conference held in Antigua and
Barbuda from November 8-11,
2007", the Justice Department
stated.
It said Rodney acknowl-
edged several times in court
on that he was guilty of the
crime of false statements.
At the end of the 45-minute
hearing, Rodney blamed a
I,.p, of judgm ni, and said,
"I regret that deeply," the
Justice Department said.

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would recognize the legitimacy
conferred by the WTO judg-
ment with respect to Antiguan
remote gaming services, while
addressing any material con-
cerns United States authorities
might have with respect to the
provision of these services
from abroad.
"Last (month's) indict-
ments and other recent devel-
opments would seem to indi-
cate that the United States is
still unwilling or unable to
tackle the issue of offshore
remote gaming services in a


mature and legally compliant
fashion."
Lovell said that in light of
these developments "we are
examining all of the options
we have against the United
States as a result of the WTO
decision.
"We are confident that
the WTO rulings have signifi-
cant strength and we are now
looking into ways to capitalize
on that in order to achieve our
objectives," Lovell said.
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ment and the administration of
former U.S. President Ronald
Reagan in 1984, some 2,740
Mariel Cubans can be
removed. Less than 900 Mariel
Cubans remain to be deported.
All other Cuban exiles with
deportation orders have not
been removed because the
Cuban government, in general,
refuses to take them back, and
the U.S. has in place an infor-
mal policy of not deporting
Cubans.
U.S. officials have repeat-
edly said that removal of
Cubans would begin once
democracy reigns in Cuba.

CRIMINALS
Cubans are ordered
deported largely for the
same reasons as other foreign
nationals in the U.S., when
they are convicted of a crime.
ICE recently released a report
revealing that more than 2,000
criminals have been deported
to the Caribbean in the past
six months. The figures show
that from the start of the 2011
fiscal year in October last year
to the end of March this year,
88,497 criminal liL ni 'or
migrants were deported to
their country of birth in the
Latin America and the
Caribbean region.
A "criminal alien" is
defined under U.S. immigra-


tion laws as a migrant who is
convicted of a crime.
The number deported to
Latin America alone stood at
86,469, while 2,028 were sent
back to the Caribbean.
For the Caribbean, 1,066
criminals were sent to the
Dominican Republic followed
by 528 to Jamaica, and
Trinidad and Tobago with 125.
Belize received 74, followed by
The Bahamas with 65, and
Guyana 64.
So far this fiscal year, ICE
said 50 migrants have been sent
back to Aruba and 31 to earth-
quake ravaged Haiti. Other
Caribbean nations received far
less criminal deportees.
Cuba received 20 in the
past six months, Barbados 11,
Dominica 10, St. Lucia seven
and Antigua five. Four persons
were sent back to Bermuda,
while St. Kitts received three.
Two each were sent to
Suriname, the British Virgin
Islands and Cayman Islands.
The figures show that
Anguilla and the Turks and
Caicos, received one criminal
deportee each.
The bin-,lI receiver of
criminal migrants was Mexico
with 70,874 deported as of
Mar. 28.

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Obama names new U.S.

ambassador to Guyana


United States President
Barack Obama has
named a career diplo-
mat as the new ambassador
designate to Guyana.
D. Brent Hardt, who
served as charge d'affaires at
the U.S. Embassy
to Barbados and
the Eastern
Caribbean, has
been named to
the post pending
confirmation.
Hardt previ-
ously served as
deputy chief of
mission and
charge d'affaires
at the U.S.
Embassy in
Nassau, Bahamas Hardt
and at the U.S.
Embassy to the Holy See.
Prior to that, he served as
team leader for NATO Policy
in the Office of European
Political and Security Affairs
in the Department of State
and as Political-Economic
Section Chief at the U.S.
Embassy to Barbados and the
Eastern Caribbean.
Hardt joined the U.S.
Foreign Service in 1988, and
served as a consular officer in


Barbados, political officer at
the U.S. Embassy in Berlin,
Germany during German uni-
fication, and political-military
officer at the U.S. Embassy in
The Hague, where he also
served as an exchange diplo-


mat in the Netherlands
Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
He has a bachelor of arts
degree in history from Yale
University, and master's and
doctorate degrees from the
Fletcher School of Law and
Diplomacy at Tufts
University.
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KEYS TO RECOGNITION


Jamaica's Ambassador to United States Audrey Marks, right, receives the keys to the City of Fort Lauderdale from Broward
County Mayor Sue Gunzburger during the monthly meeting of the city commissioners last month at the Commission Chamber.
The ambassador was also presented with a proclamation for her accomplishments. Marks made her first official tour of South
Florida as part of a national outreach since assuming office in May 2010. Broward County is one of the fastest growing counties
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PALM BEACH
JERK FEST
The taste of Caribbean
cuisine will be the top attrac-
tion at the Palm Beach Jerk
and Caribbean Culture
Festival set for May 30.
The festival will be
staged from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.


ents and culinary skills. It
also provides vendors the
opportunity to market
products.
This year's entertain-
ment package is scheduled
to include performances
by reggae artistes Wayne
Wonder, Pinchers and
Assassin. The Fab 5 band


MAN OF THE YEAR
Broward County Commissioner
Dale V.C. Holness, left, receives
the "Public Official of the Year"
Award from Dexter Bridgeman,
."* .founder and chief executive
officer of Legacy Magazine,
which also named Holness one
of the "50 Most Powerful
Black Professionals in South
Florida". A committee of com-
munity leaders and business
executives choose the top 50
black professionals from nom-
inations submitted by their
peers. Legacy Magazine wrote
that Commissioner Holness,
who was born in Jamaica, is
"motivated by change" and
highlighted his efforts to
strengthen Broward County's
economy and create jobs.


at the Meyer Amphitheater
in downtown West Palm
Beach in South Florida.
The aims to celebrate
Caribbean cultural aware-
ness, showcasing artistic tal-


and the Stone Love sound
system will also provide
music.
For more information,
visit www.pbjerkfestival.com
or call 1-800-232-0001.


WOMEN'S CAUCUS
The annual Women's
Power Caucus (WPC)
Leadership Conference and
Marketplace Expo will be
held May 13-14 at the Hyatt
Regency Pier 66 Resort in
Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
The WPC aims to bring
together established and
emerging female leaders,
achievers and women of
action for events, work-
shops, panels, achieve-
ment awards, fashion and
networking.
For more information,
call 954-966-1233 or e-mail
woodielmg@gmail. com.


DAY OF SERVICE
The City of Miami
Gardens has teamed up
with T.R.I.P., a non-profit
organization that helps to
revitalize African
American communities in
need. for "Miami Gardens
Day of Service",
8 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 14 in
Miami Gardens, Florida.
The project aligns
with the city's Keep
Miami Gardens Beautiful
Program.
The "Miami Gardens
Day of Service" will consist
of repurposing an aban-
doned lot into a community
park in the Vista Verde
neighborhood. Volunteers
will have the opportunity to


paint, garden and install
equipment. No special skills
or experience are required.
To register as a volun-
teer, visit www.tripusa.org.


JAMAICA EXPO
Products from the
Caribbean will be on display
at the "Jamaican Business
Expo" scheduled for May
20-21 at the Sheraton Fort
Lauderdale Airport Hotel
in South Florida.
The expo will feature
keynote speaker Joe
Matalon, chairman of the
Private Sector Organization
of Jamaica.
For more information,
call 877-528-7222 or 305-
576-7888.


DIASPORA CONFAB
Jamaican nationals are
being invited to return to the
Caribbean island for the
Jamaica Diaspora Conference
June 15 to 17 in Ocho Rios.
The theme for the con-
ference is "One Nation:
Jamaica and its Diaspora in
Partnership".
For more information,
call Jamaica Diaspora
Advisory Board Member
Marlon A. Hill at 786-
349-2584.


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Exploring the other side of Haiti


ANIKA E. KENTISH
We've all seen the
images: the desper-
ate look of earth-
quake survivors, tons of rub-
ble piled on the roadside,
mass graves of the thousands
of unidentified victims and the
disgruntled Haitians burning
tires in the street.
The international per-
ception of Haiti is that it is
the poorest country in the
Western Hemisphere, it is a
voodoo country populated
by illiterate people who are
clueless on the processes of
democracy.
Yet from my travels I
have witnessed a beautiful
country with vast resources,
including educated, driven
people who are passionate
about moving the country for-
ward.
The dreadful truth is that
over the years we have accept-
ed these images and descrip-
tions sold to us by the interna-
tional media thereby perpetu-
ating the negative perceptions
of and attitudes towards this
creole-speaking country.
On this my third and
most insightful trip to this
mysterious place, I found
myself perplexed by two vast-
ly different sides of Haiti. The
differences could not have
been more evident when we
left the congestion of the city
and headed north to see
resorts and villages along the
country's west coastline. We
stopped at three resorts that
sat on pristine beaches with
gently rolling waves. Guests
lounged around on the beach
and near the pool reading a
book or simply soaking up the
sunshine. Surely this could
not be the same country that
has endured such hardship.
Outside of Port au Prince,
I was able to breathe the crisp
fresh air that was lacking in
the city and view the rolling
hills that overlooked the scat-
tered tents and one-room
houses. Our drive northward
took us along the west coast
to some beautiful beaches that
would rival any other in the
region.

'THE OTHER HAITI'
The journey to see "the
other Haiti" took me on a
short plane ride to Cap
Haitien on the country's
north coast. Driving along
the fringes of the historic city
was like a stepping back two
or three generations to a sim-
pler time where women were
seen outside pressing clothes
with a sod iron and children
made music from bamboo
pipes.
Cap Haitien was
untouched by the Jan. 12


earthquake so it gave a rea-
sonable picture of what life in
Haiti would have been like


that remained hidden from
the rest of the world. And
while the international media


The world has seen Haiti's desperate cries for help, but there are brighter images of
the French-speaking Caribbean nation.


before the devastation. I did
not see an impoverished
nation, but a country with
potential for considerable eco-
nomic development.
The pace in Cap Haitien
was a sharp contrast to the
hectic streets of Port au
Prince, where pedestrians,
cyclists, motorcyclists and
cars competed with "tap
taps" for space on the con-
gested streets. The "tap tap"
is a bus or truck that has been
converted for carrying a large
number of passengers. They
are known for their distinc-
tive colorfully painted panel-
ing and catchy names across
the windshield. The name
"tap tap" comes from the tap-
ping sound made when pas-
sengers knock on the panel-
ing to indicate they want
to stop.

ENDEARING
The most endearing quali-
ty about Haiti is the creative
genius and warm hospitality
of its people. They opened
their doors and welcomed
our group with open arms.
Evidence of their creativity
was on every other corner:
woven place mats, vivid paint-
ings, metal craft and hand-
carved furniture and sculp-
tures.
I marveled at the fact that
so many Haitians spoke sever-
al languages, many self-taught,
and were eager to learn new
things about other cultures.
This was the side of Haiti
worth seeing. It was the Haiti


remains transfixed on their
Haiti - the tiny impoverished
Caribbean nation, I will
remain with the memories of
my Haiti- a mysterious and
often misunderstood country
with a wealth of creativity and
culture.

Anika E. Kentish is CMC's
Antigua-based correspondent,
who was among international
journalists who travelled to
Haiti to cover the Mar. 20
presidential and legislative
council elections.
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The DNA says he didn't
do it. The prosecutor
and victim still say he
did, but DNA is definitive and
tests found none of Derrick
Williams's on the shirt the vic-
tim says her rapist wore when
she was attacked in 1992.
Williams, of Palmetto,
Florida, has always main-
tained his
innocence;
witnesses
placed him
at a family
barbecue at
the time of
the assault
and he
offered
blood and LEONARD
saliva sam- PITTS
ples to prove
he was not
the culprit, but the rapist had
left no sperm samples they
could be tested against and no
means then existed to extract
DNA from clothing.
So the case largely came
down to the victim's word
against his. On that basis,
Williams spent 18 years in
prison. He was freed last
month, his conviction over-
turned thanks to a DNA test
paid for by the Innocence
Project of Florida.
And maybe you think this
is the part of the story where
Williams, 48, gets his life
back, maybe with some finan-
cial compensation from the
state that wronged him. You
would be mistaken.
Williams is legally barred
from even applying. Under a
2008 Florida law, no one who
seeks compensation for
wrongful incarceration can


have prior felony convictions
on his record. Williams has
several nonviolent felonies,
including larceny. So the state
takes 18 years of his life, says
in effect, "Oops, my bad" and
that's supposed to be the end
of it? Incredibly, yes.

SHORTSIGHTED
The worst part is not that
the law is absurdly mean-
spirited and punitive. No, the
worst part is that it is also
absurdly shortsighted.
It has that in common
with laws and policies all over
the country that impinge
upon a former felon's re-entry
into the mainstream. In some
states, an ex-felon loses the
right to vote for life. Ex-
felons can also be denied
work, housing, loans and the
right to serve on a jury.
But here's the thing: if
you pinch off every avenue by
which a former offender seeks
to better him- or herself, what
route do you leave open?
Only the one that leads back
to prison.
Politicians love to posture
about being "tough on
crime". They compete to see
who can impose the more
Draconian punishment - from
candidate Bill Clinton execut-
ing a retarded man to Sheriff
Joe Arpaio serving prisoners
green bologna and moldy
bread. It's good politics to do
so and politics, make no mis-
take, is what this is all about.
So we toss aside the old ideal
that once a convict paid his or
her "debt to society", he or
she was entitled to a second
chance. Granted, not every

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that is blood
money! That is
blood money!"
-Opposition
Leader Arnhim
Eustace strong-
ly criticizes the
acceptance of funds by St.
Vincent and the Grenadines'
from the Libyan Leader
Muammar Gaddafi.

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mer prime minister
and leader of the
People's National
Movement (PNM)
political party,
fears escalation of
racial tension in
Trinidad and
Tobago similar
to elsewhere in
[ 4& fthe world if
authorities do
not deal with
the issue prop-
erly.

* "What the United States
has attempted to cloak as a
moral issue is now clearly
nothing but economic protec-
tionism at its worst" - Mark
Mendel, Antigua's legal coun-
sel in the World Trade


Organization matter,
criticizes U.S. clampdown
on the Caribbean country's
internet gaming industry.

* "It's not one of those situa-
tions (when one can say) it
can't happen here. It can
happen here and when it
happens here we must be
ready - National Security
Minister Brigadier John
Sandy says Trinidad and
Tobago remains a soft target
for terrorists.

- Compiled from various
sources.


ome people will lay down
with a witch for money,
while others will do it
with dogs. Such is their love
and lust for cash.
I will never understand it.
Cash for romance? That is the
question. Rupee or ruble, that
is the contention.
Money is the be all and
end all of civilization. Yet they
also say the
most power-
ful force is
love. So it is
indeed a
challenge
when people
are offered
one, only to
have the
other taken TONY
away. ROBINSON
I recently
heard a radio
program that dealt with this
subject. Almost three quarters
of the women said that they
got involved with men only
for the money and little else.
What is even more amaz-
ing is how many men get
duped, conned, fooled by
these women. There is the
man, in his 50s or 60s, worldly
wise, experienced, master of
his game, but stupid in matters
of love. He genuinely believes
that a 20-year-old hottie really
loves him and not his cash.

TEST
For a test, just take away
all that the man has and see
how fast those females flee. I
have seen that happen.
Do another test, look
hard at yourself, then look at
your woman. With your looks,
compared to hers, could you
really get a girl like her with-
out plenty cash?
What has brought on this
epidemic of women dealing
with men not for romance but
for cash only? Was it always
so but better disguised, or is
this new generation of women
just being more practical,


aware, and know how to get
exactly what they want? One
thing is sure, they are more
brazen. And the fish are bit-
ing.
Many poor saps will tell
you how in love they are and
how much the young girl loves
him and how he's sending her
to school and all that. But
how can you tell if a woman
really loves a man or if she
only loves his cash? In some
cases it's simple, as the looks
department can be an indica-
tor. If he is old and she is
young, it's usually not love,
but cash. No woman will be
with a poor old man.

GODFATHER TREND
The trend is growing and
getting even more serious, as I
even saw in the papers where
mothers are actually coaching
daughters, from as young as
age six, in the art of getting
money out of men.
But a large percentage of
these women, who are in it for
the money only, usually end
up with nothing in the end.
That's because cash will
always buy a newer model.
Yet now even schoolgirls
are in on it, and if you can't
deliver the cash, then it's later
for you Jack.
At least with a young-
boy-older-woman scenario,
the rules of engagement are
clear. They both know exactly
what they want from the out-
set, and know exactly what
they're in for, with no illusions
of love.
Not so with these gullible
men though, with more avail-
able cash than brains. They
say that the love of money is
the root of all evil, but pity the
poor man who knows not that
she loves him not, but only his
cash.

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offender would take that
chance. But to remove the
chance from the equation
altogether is to ensure that no
one can. It is to put a thumb
on the scales of rehabilitation.
If that makes life hard for the
ex-con trying to straighten out
his life, it's also no picnic for
the citizen who gets mugged
when the con decides it's
impossible.
Note that when a reporter
from the Bradenton Herald
tried to reach Derrick
Williams for an interview
recently, his sister said he was
out looking for a job. The
economy being what it is, his


resume being what it is, and
the political climate being
what it is, how would you
assess his chances? They are
poor at best. But we should
never be so "tough on crime"
as to make going straight
impossible. At least, assuming
our goal is to punish and reha-
bilitate.
Some days, it seems it's
just to punish - and then pun-
ish some more.

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'TS - ENTERTAfINMENlTh


'Double Exposure': Jamaican singer shows off his other artistic talent


SONIA MORGAN

Jamaican singer Alvin
James Brown, better
known as A.J. Brown, is
admired for his vocals and
straddling musical genres from
classical to reggae.
With songs like "All
Fall Down", "My Father, My
Friend" and a lucrative cabaret
career on the Las Vegas circuit,
he has accomplished much in
the music world.
However, Brown expres-
sions are not limited to his
voice. He is also a fine artist
who, in trying to expose his
"other idJL , recently launched
of an exhibition of his work
titled "Double E \p, ,,I urL in
Miami, Florida.
"I haven't given my art
the attention it deserves," said
Brown, "so I'm working at
addressing that."
Every month he posts
three pieces of art on his
Facebook ajbrownfanpage
and www.jamaicaart.comrn
sites.


Brown attended the
Jamaica School of Art, now
Edna Manley College for the
Visual and Performing Arts,
where he honed his skills. His
pieces draw on influences from
the Renaissance period and are
interwoven with his Caribbean
roots. He said his influences in
the art world are Jamaicans
Barrington Watson and
Albert Huey, plus European
Renaissance artists like Monet,
Manet and van Gogh.

FASCINATED
Brown said he is fascinat-
ed with the collection of
artists from the Renaissance
period not only for their vari-
ety and diversity, but the way
they commit 1h1 m11LN L; to the
study and research "of light
and atmosphere, perspective,
the effects of the elements on
the human body, the relation-
ship between nature and peo-
ple, the meanings and symbol-
ism of human gestures, the
interpretation and co-relation
of spirituality and religion."


Brown entertains art lovers who come to view his paintings with his other talent
singing.


Although Brown enjoys
painting, singing is his first
love IbL.au11 of the immedi-
ate gratification that it creates
when I'm singing and per-
forming." It also helps him


to release tension and feed off
the reaction from audiences.
NMior importantly,"
Brown said, singing provides
financial stability for me and
my family."


Painting, he explained,
takes more physical and men-
tal energy because of the
process. He prepares in sever-
al ways, including taking pho-
tos of the selected landscape,
portrait or still life. He said,
however, "the real satisfaction
comes when you look at the
piece and you know or decide
that it is finished."
As for "Double
E \p ,,inrL , Brown thought it
was groundbreaking the way
WDNA Jazz Gallery fused
music and art.
"Humans are intrinsically
drawn by and to these creative
processes," he said. "...I feel
blessed to been given the cre-
ativity to be able to express
both talents and it is great to
be able to present both talents
in one space simultaneously."

Sonia Morgan is a freelance
writer for Caribbean Today.


Shabba Ranks joins 'Best of the Best'

line-up set for May 26-30 in Miami


Jamaican dancehall icon
Shabba will join the likes
of Chris Brown, Damian
and Stephen Marley, Keri
Hilson, DJ Khaled, Trina,
Alison Hinds, Etana and
Marsha Ambrosius for the
"Best Of The Best Weekend
2011" from May 26-30 in
South Florida.
Ranks joins a list of per-
formers scheduled for the
back-to-back blockbuster con-
certs jumping off on May 28
and May 29 at Bicentennial
Park on Biscayne Boulevard
in downtown Miami.

Caribbean takes
ST. GEORGE'S, Grenada,
CMC - The Eastern Caribbean
Collective Organization for
Music Rights (ECCO) Inc. has
filed legal action against sever-
al major music users, accusing
them of failing to adhere to
copyright regulations.
ECCO said it is owed an
estimated one million (EC)
dollars ($370,300) in outstand-
ing royalties by three regional-


Shabba Ranks


alongside some of the top acts
in reggae, hip-hop, dancehall
and soca.
Day one is dubbed
"Spring Fest". It will feature
contemporary R&B artistes
and nationally syndicated
radio host and comedian
Rickey Smiley as host, along
with Jabba of Massive B.
For more information,
visit www.Ticketmaster.com
www.BestOfTheBestConcert.
corn


The Jamaican music icon
will perform on day two,


legal action against music pirates


ly based companies based in
St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the
Grenadines and Antigua and
Barbuda.
ECCO said it was also
taking legal action against
two companies in Dominica.
"ECCO is unable to
achieve its business objective
due to the non compliance by
businesses whose use of music
is central to their operation,"


said ECCO's General
Manager Steve Etienne
"By flagrantly breaking
the law or attempting to cir-
cumvent their responsibilities
as good corporate organiza-
tions they are prohibiting
ECCO reaching its mandate
and must either comply or
stop using ECCO's repertoire
of musical works," he added.


'Ole Time Sinting' comes to Miramar June 4


Jamaica's rich cultural tradi-
tion comes to South Florida
next month with the presenta-
tion of the "Ole Time Sinting"
with a pantomime flavor in
Miramar.
The tribute to late
Jamaican icon Louise "Miss
Lou" Bennett will be staged
at 7:30 p.m. June 4 at the


Miramar Cultural Center,
2400 Civic Center Place.
It will feature The
Jamaican Folk Revue,
Tallawah Mento Band, along
with special guest artistes
Leonie Forbes and Volier
"Maffie" Johnson. Malachi
Smith, Marie Gill, Dr. Sue,
Deborah Pinnock, Steve


Higgins, Chris Gilchrist and
the Carimer Theater Group
are also scheduled to make
appearances.
For ticket information,
call 305-613-4365 or 954-
257-0375.


NEW YORK - Barbadian
star Rihanna has secured
nominations in 18 categories
of the Billboard Music
Awards.
The sexy 23-year-old
singer is up for hot 100 artiste,
top female artiste and R&B
artiste. Rihanna's collabora-
tion with Eminem, "Love the
Way You Lie", has been nomi-
nated for six awards.
Rihanna is scheduled to
perform at the awards cere-
mony this month.
Eminem has 16 BMA
nominations, including rap
artiste and top male artiste.
Lady Gaga has 12.
There are 46 categories at
this year's BMAs. The winners

UB40's Ali

St. Kitts mus
Ali Campbell, founding
member of the world-
renowned reggae
group UB40, has joined the
line-up for this year's St. Kitts
Music Festival, scheduled for
June 23-25.
As UB40's lead singer,
Campbell has sold over 60
million records, toured the
globe, cinched four number
one singles, released 24 studio
albums and received an Ivor
Novello Award for
International Achievement.
Classic UB40 tracks include
IL d, Red Wine", "Can't Help
Falling in Love", "Kingston
Town" and "The Way You Do
the Things You Do".
In Oct. 2007 Ali released


are decided by Billboard chart
rankings. The winners will be
announced at the awards cere-
mony in Las Vegas.
Rihanna also secured her
10th number one hit last
month. Her single "S&M"
moved to the top spot of the
Hot 100 chart in the United
States spurred by the sales of
its Britney-featuring remix.
Rihanna also eclipsed a
record formerly held by Mariah
Carey, then 25, as the youngest
artiste to reach double figures
in chart-topping singles.

- Edited from News Americas
stories.



Campbell for

ic fest in June
a solo album, "Running Free",
which featured guest artistes
including Smokey Robinson,
Mick Hucknall and Sly and
Robbie. The album made it
into the top 10 on the United
Kingdom charts and also
achieved gold status.
In Jan. 2008, after 28 years
with the band, he announced
his departure from UB40 and
was followed a few months
later by keyboard player
Mickey Virtue, who joined
Campbell in his new band. His
subsequent three solo albums,
including his most recent
release "Great British Songs"
in 2010, have all been in the
top 15 on the U.K. charts.


Rihanna gets 18 nominations

for Billboard Music Awards





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American Black Flts Festival
July 6-9
The American Black Fihm Festival returns to Miami Beach with an
Opening Night Gala, the latest and best Black films from around
the world, panels and symposiums and other special events,
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Redland International Orchid Show
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and orchid vendors. An American Orchid Society judged event showcasing various types of orchids,
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Bajan painter wants Caribbean

visual art global, like music


The time has come to
create opportunities for
Caribbean artists on the
world stage, asserts a leading
regional artist.
Barbadian Ras Akyem-i
Ramsay, director of the


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Barbados-based art-aniMAL
Inc., has lamented the under-
representation of Caribbean
visual arts across the world.
This, he contended, offered
creative visionaries an oppor-
tunity for leadership in this
"virgin space.
"I hope to be to Caribbean
art what Bob Marley is to


Caribbean music," asserted
Ras Akyem-i, who has earned
global attention for his art-
work.
"We are creating a collec-
tive of contemporary, forward
thinking regional visual artists
to overcome global percep-
tions that limit us to tradition-
al images of fishing boats and
palm trees."

SUPPORT
Recently funded by local
venture capital firm BIM
Ventures, art-aniMAL's chief
executive believes he finally
has the support system to ful-
fill such a grand vision. He
pointed to support in the form
of finance and shepherding
(mentorship), which has given
him the launch pad to grow
his young and progressive art
company.
The campaign to give
Caribbean art global promi-
nence took off in November
with a presentation at the
Liverpool Biennial, a contem-
porary visual arts event in the
United Kingdom.


CARIBBEAN TODAY * MAY 2011 * 13


Walcott wins Caribbean prize


PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad,
CMC - St. Lucian-born Nobel
Laureate Derek Walcott was
awarded the $10,000 OCM
Bocas Prize for Caribbean
Literature at the inaugural
Bocas Literature Festival
which ended here late last
month.
Walcott was cited by the
judges for his ,Lmi ngIl effort-
less flow of the language and
imagery despite the poet's stat-
ed premonitions of the loss of
poetic power and inspiration.
"Walcott is still writing
great poetry, lovely cadences,


beautiful images," the judges
said of his work "White
Egrl-, .
They considered the
book-length poem, that is
divided into separate poems
and is an exploration of
bereavement and grief in
one's advanced years, to be "a
book that tells of a period of
life more usually talked at and
talked about than heard from
or listened to, which makes it
a very important work."
"White F -gr i, is Walcott's
14th book of poems.


BRIEFS


* Monty Alexander performs
in Florida
Jamaica's legendary jazz great
Monty Alexander will continue the
celebration of his 50th year in the
music business this month with a
May 22 performance at the
Broward Center for the Performing
Arts in Florida.
For more information, visit
www.montyalexander.com.

* T&T artist's one-man show
in Florida
A collection of works by Trinidad-
born artist Sirju Seeharack Mohan
will be on display in a one-man
show, which opens this month at the
Doreen Gauthier Library, 2200 N.E.
38th St. in Pompano Beach, Florida.


The exhibit, Mohan's first in
the United States, will feature at
least 50 oil paintings, pastels,
watercolors and pencil and ink
drawings.

* 'Dr. Sue' releases 'Miss Lou'
CD
Dr. Susan Davis, also known as
"Dr. Sue", educator, poet and
author, has released a compact
disc called "Ode to Miss Lou",
which pays tribute to Jamaican
cultural icon Louise "Miss Lou"
Bennett, a well known folklorist,
writer and educator who died in
July 2006.

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Peacock Soiree of the American Friends of Jamaica (AFJ) held last month at Jungle Island in Miami, Florida. At left is Miss Teen
Jamaica Florida Jessica Waite and at right Miss Jamaica Florida Shanice Cox. The international reggae artiste and philanthropist
was awarded the 2011 International Humanitarian Award from the AFJ for his dedicated humanitarian efforts in the area of health-
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14 * CARIBBEAN TODAY * MAY 2011





New N.Y. school's chancellor has Caribbean roots


NEW YORK - New York
City's deputy mayor who
traces his roots to
Barbados and St.
Croix has
replaced the
beleaguered
Cathleen Black
as the city's
school's chancel-
lor.
Mayor
Michael R.
Bloomberg last
month appointed
Deputy Mayor
for Education
and Community
Development
Dennis M.
Walcott in the
post following
what he termed
the resignation of
Black after just
three months in
the post. Walcott
Black was
heavily criticized
by parents and advocates
alike for lacking educational
experience to serve in the top
post, which was vacated last
year by Joel Klein.
Following approval from the
New York State Board of
Regents, Walcott stepped
down as deputy mayor.
Walcott served as deputy
mayor since the beginning of
the Bloomberg administra-


tion in 2002 and had been
Bloomberg's City Hall point


person on educational and
youth policy. Prior to the
mayor's election, Walcott
served as president and chief
executive officer of the New
York City Urban League, as
a member of the New York
City Board of Education, as a
kindergarten teacher, and as
an adjunct professor of social
work at CUNY's York
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Bloomberg for this opportuni-
ty to serve New York
City's 1.1 million school
children," said Walcott
last month.
"With my children
and my grandson, my
family now represents
four generations of New
York City public school
children, and I am deter-
mined to ensure that we
deliver
what our parents expect
and deserve - a higher
quality education."

CAREER
A graduate of New
York City public schools
- PS 36, JHS 192, and
Francis Lewis High
School - and a lifelong
resident of southeast
Queens, Walcott began
his career as a kinder-
garten teacher after grad-
uating from the
University of Bridgeport in
Connecticut with a bachelor's
degree and a master of educa-
tion degree. He later earned a
master of social work degree
from Fordham University and
served as an adjunct professor
of social work at CUNY's
York College.
Walcott, for more than
12 years, helped to expand
educational and youth service
programs, including Jeter's
Leaders and Bridge to
Brotherhood programs,
Healthy Start, Northern
Manhattan Perinatal
Partnership, and the 140th
Street Building Block
Program. His work centered
on academic excellence, pro-
moting attendance, drop-out
prevention, and developing
college scholarship programs
though effective public private
partnerships, including with
Wall Street.
Mayor David Dinkins
appointed Walcott as a city-
wide member of the New
York City Board of Education
in May 1993.
Walcott and his wife
Denise have four children and
two grandsons.

- Edited from News Americas


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Jamaica probes strategies


to curb student suicides


KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC -
The Ministry of Education
says it is now examining sever-
al measures aimed at curbing
the number of students com-
mitting suicide in Jamaica.
It said that the measures
were discussed at a recent
meeting of education stake-
holders and among the deci-
sions reached was the creation
of a round-the-clock hotline
for troubled students and per-
sons concerned about students
at risk of suicide.
The ministry said it would
also review its standard oper-
ating policy in respect of sui-
cides and other crises and see
how these can be improved
and strengthened.
"The existing partnerships
with various governmental
agencies, non-governmental
organizations and other enti-
ties are to be strengthened to
improve the response to sui-
cides, attempted suicides and
children at risk of committing
suicide," the ministry stated.
Those attending the meet-
ing, which was called by


Education Minister Andrew
Holness, also agreed that
there would be increased
efforts at getting psychiatrists,
psychologists and other serv-
ice providers to be more
closely linked in the provision
of assistance to troubled, at-
risk-of-suicide children.
"An instrument is to be
developed to identify and
track children at risk of sui-
cide, thus giving the Ministry
of Education a chance to
intervene early, thus prevent-
ing any attempt at suicide,"
the ministry stated.
The meeting followed the
recent suicides of 14-year-old
St. James High School student
Shaquilla Calame; Annalise
Authurs, a Grade 8 student
of St. James High School;
and 15-year-old Tia Murray
of Godfrey Stewart High.
There have also been
reports of unsuccessful
attempts by students to com-
mit suicide, the Ministry of
Education noted in a state-
ment.
*


Powell helps launch youth


mentorship program in T&T


PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad,
CMC - Trinidad and Tobago
has launched a national men-
torship program with former
United States Secretary of
State Colin Powell stressing
the need for young people to
have proper role models in
their lives.
"We got to find ways to
keep our eyes on every single
child who needs it, whether it
is the United States or the
Republic of Trinidad and
Tobago you name it, through-
out the world, because there
is a horrible alterative to it,"
said Powell, who is also the
founder of America's Promise
- one of the largest partner-
ships in the U.S. focused on
mentoring youths.
He told the launch cere-
mony last month that mentor-
ship is not just about doing
"something nice.


"It's a matter of national secu-
rity, it's a matter of national
economic growth, it's a matter
of reducing crime...it's a mat-
ter survival for all of us in
society," Powell said.
Mentors, Powell said,
must urge children to "believe
in yourself, believe in your
country, believe in your ability
to go far with your dream and
ambitions."
He said the
U.S., "with
- -r all our
Wealth, we
still have
children
who live in
poverty and
Powell are hungry,"
urging busi-
ness leaders to also get
involved in the program.

IMPACT
The program was estab-
lished in October last year
and T&T Prime Minister
Kamla Persad-Bissessar said
"the first phase of mentor-
training will begin on May 25
and 170 mentors already have
been screen for the program."
She said mentors would
be trained in a wide range of
topics, including life skills and
would help mentees with
social problems.


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teens overcome disdain for rebates


STEVE ROSEN
W would your teenager
throw away a $10
bill that you pressed
into his palm? You've got to
be kidding.
What about a $10 rebate
card?
Many teens would toss
the card in the trash without
giving it as much as a glance.
It's too much trouble for your
18-year-old to mess with. But
is that $10 rebate really any
different from the $10 bill?
Toss out that question at
the dinner table. You might
find the conversation will help
your son or daughter get a
better grasp of your family
values about money, spending
habits and the financial ABCs.
Recently, I received a $10
gasoline rebate card from BP,
a r., %rdJ 'for being a credit
card customer. All I needed to
do was fill my tank five times
with a minimum eight gallons
at a time. Easy, especially with
$3-a-gallon gasoline eating
into my wallet.
A friend, who also
received the BP offer, bought
just the minimum amount of
gas to maximize her $10 sav-
ings.
Would your teen go to all
that trouble to save a few
bucks? Probably not, unless
you flash a $10 bill to show
him what he's throwing away.
And even then, the lesson
might not sink in, especially if
Mom and Dad are paying for
the fill-ups.

'ABSTRACT'


The rebate card, on its
own, is "abstract and not con-
crete nii, iugIi to prompt
many teens to take advantage
of it, said Susan Beacham,
who runs Money Savvy
Generation, a Chicago area
financial education company.
All is not lost, however.
"One day, your (teen) will be
in your shoes and will not
throw it away," Beacham said.
So consider this a finan-
cial lesson for the future.
There's another teachable
message from this example
that involves shopping strate-
gically. Taking advantage of
rewards points can shave dol-
lars off the total tab for airline
tickets, restaurants and gro-
cery stores. You might as well
get something for your spend-
ing.
If you have a college-age
student who wants a credit
card, for example, look for
one that provides rewards
points for airline tickets and
other merchandise and servic-
es. With younger children,
require them to clip the
coupons out of newspaper cir-
culars or online sites for their
favorite cereal, candy or ice
cream. They'll see the savings
connection at the grocery
checkout line.
Take it one step further -
give your youngster the money
saved from the store coupons
as a reward for being thrifty.
There's nothing abstract about
that experience.

� 2011 Tribune Media
Services, Inc.


FlU to honor business school alumni


he entrepreneurs
behind Zumba Fitness,
LLC and the Tortuga
Rum Cake Company, both
Florida International
University College of
Business Administration
alumni, will be inducted into
FIU's Entrepreneurship Hall
of Fame on May 19, 2011 at
the Westin Colonnade hotel
in Coral Gables.
Benjamin Leon Jr., chair-
man and founder of Leon
Medical Centers, will receive
the "South Florida
Entrepreneur of the Year"
award at the event, titled
"The Magic of
Entrepreneurship".
Alberto Aghion, co-
founder and chief operating
officer of Zumba Fitness,
LLC, and Monique Hamaty-
Simmonds, chief executive
officer of the Tortuga Rum
Cake Company, will be hon-
ored during the 12th annual


ceremony, presented by
the College of Business
Administration and the
Eugenio Pino and Family
Global Entrepreneurship
Center.
Hamaty-Simmonds will
receive the "Builder Award",
recognizing her achievements
in growing Tortuga Rum Cake
Company into a multi-million
dollar company named by Inc.
Magazine as one of the fastest
growing private businesses in
the United States for four
consecutive years.
Aghion will receive the
"Founder Award" for his
work with Zumba Fitness,
LLC, which reportedly has a
worldwide following of over
10 million people.
Leon has been involved in
the healthcare field in Miami-
Dade County for more than
four decades.


CARIBBEAN TODAY * MAY 2011 * 15





Goldman Sachs investment banker to address

'Invest Caribbean Power Breakfast' in N.Y.


NEW YORK - An investment
banker at full-service global
investment banking and secu-
rities firm Goldman Sachs,
who was born to Barbadian
parents in Toronto, Canada, is
scheduled to deliver the key
note address at the "2011
Invest Caribbean Power
Breakfast" next month in
New York City.
Wendell Dave Dowrich,
vice president of risk and
capital markets in the
Financial Institutions Group
at Goldman Sachs, will
address Caribbean ministers
of tourism and delegates of
the June 9 event, set for 7:30
a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the New
York Marriott Marquis.
Dowrich, whose responsi-
bilities at Goldman include
providing risk management
advice to insurance compa-
nies, with specific focus on
capital markets reinsurance,
will speak on the prospects for


international investment in
the Caribbean region.
The event is being presented
by the Caribbean Tourism
Organization and digital
media solutions firm Hard
Beat Communications, Inc., in
collaboration with the
Caribbean
American
Chamber of
Commerce I
and Industry.
Before
Goldman,
Dowrich
worked at
Credit Suisse Dowrich
and, prior to
that appointment, was the
head of corporate planning
and analysis for Swiss Re's life
reinsurance business for
North America. He began his
career in employee benefits
consulting in Toronto, Canada
before relocating to Barbados
to become a member of the


management team of the
Barbados reinsurance opera-
tions of a Canadian insurance
company.
Dowrich attended pri-
mary and secondary schools in
Barbados and holds an bache-
lor of science degree from
University of Toronto, with
majors in actuarial science
and applied statistics, as well
as a master's of business
administration degree, with a
major in finance, from
Wharton School at the
University of Pennsylvania.
He is a fellow of the Society
of Actuaries and a member of
the American Academy of
Actuaries.
For more information
about the breakfast, call 646-
820-5694 or visit http://invest-
caribbeannow. coml.

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Free clinic in Broward County for persons living with HIV/AIDS on May 10


The Broward County
HIV Health Services
Planning Council and
the South Florida AIDS
Network's (SFAN) Joint
Client/Community Relations
Committee will host a free
public informational meeting
for individuals living with
HIV/AIDS from 6 p.m. to 8
p.m. May 10 at the Mizell
Center, 1409 N.W. Sixth St.


(Sistrunk Boulevard.) in Fort
Lauderdale.
The purpose of the event
is to link Broward County res-
idents living with HIV/AIDS
to treatment and support serv-
ices made available through
several Broward County Ryan
White-funded programs and
to reassure them they are not
alone in their journey toward
wellness.


The event will include
presentations on Ryan White
Part A Services, the South
Florida AIDS Network, the
State of Florida AIDS Drug
Assistance Program (ADAP)
and HIV Health Services
Planning Council. There will
be ample opportunity for resi-
dents to meet with representa-
tives from these organizations
to learn more about the serv-


ices and programs that they
are eligible for.
There will also be a
Mobile Testing Van, spon-
sored by Care Resource,
available to conduct free test-
ing from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
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Regional Health Planning
Council, 954-561-9681, ext.
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our toxic load has increased
beyond the body's ability to
handle the burden. They cite
increases in rates of diabetes,
heart disease, autoimmune
disease, autism, cancer,
Alzheimer's and obesity as
examples that the body is no
longer able to keep its house
clean. Detox experts believe
that our regular detox channels


SHARON B. SALOMAN

L Snake oil," declares
Robin Bernhoft, M.D.,
president for the American
Academy of Environmental
Physicians, when asked what he
thinks about over-the-counter
diet detox kits.
Since Dr. Bernhoft offers
detoxification treatments in his
southern California clinic, his dis-
approval might seem out of place.
But the medical detox his clinic
offers is different from what con-
sumers get from a detox kit pur-
chased at a health food store.
This is the confusing land-
scape of the detox diet world,
which ranges from books and
kits to clinic regimes and proto-
cols.
What is a "detox", any-
way? According to Phoenix
homeopathic physician, Bruce
Shelton, M.D., M.D. (H), a
detox involves converting an
insoluble toxin into something
water-soluble so that it can pass
out of the body.
But fasting, juicing, taking
detox herbal supplements or
following a restrictive diet rec-
ommended by one of the many
detox books won't accomplish
that, according to many health
experts.

BODY NEED
The mainstream medical
establishment has turned up its
nose at the idea that the body
needs help in clearing out tox-
ins. It contends that the body
does a commendable job detox-
ifying itself without any help
from the most commonly rec-
ommended detox regimens:
special diets, herbal supple-
ments and enemas.
In fact, our bodies are usu-
ally quite efficient at purging
the toxins we produce during
metabolism, as well as the ones
we might ingest, inhale or get
on our skin.
The regular detox channels
- lungs, kidneys, colon, lymphat-
ic system and most important,
the liver - are all designed to
detoxify our bodies. Yet there
are medical professionals, like
doctors Bernhoft and Shelton,
who believe that there are
instances when medical detox is
necessary.
Detox advocates say that


evidence to support most of the
claims made in favor of detox-
ing. The organization has found
no studies to support the validi-
ty of detox procedures, nor
proof that toxins stored in
organs and fatty tissue can be
released simply by altering
one's diet. At present, there is
one ongoing clinical trial spon-
sored by the National Institutes
of Health purporting that
dietary manipulation, coffee
enemas and pancreatic enzymes
can cure pancreatic cancer.

COMMON SENSE
Since the benefits of detox
have yet to be proven, you
might be better off taking a
common sense approach to
health symptoms:
* Before you try a detox
because you're tired, try sleep-
ing more.
* Before you try a detox
because you have chronic con-
stipation, try eating more fiber,
drinking more water and exer-
cising.
If you have menstrual
irregularities, bloating and gas,
headaches, joint pain and
memory issues, consult a med-
ical professional because those
might be signs of a serious ill-
ness unrelated to toxic buildup.
Self-prescribed, unsuper-
vised detox regimens carry
with them many risks: dehydra-
tion, nutrient deficiencies,
depletion of carbohydrate
stores, muscle loss, mineral
imbalance, bowel perforation
and metabolic abnormalities.
If you believe you're at
risk because of a medical con-
dition that might interfere with
one or more of the body's natu-
ral detox systems, or because
you've been exposed to high
levels of toxic materials, con-
sult a doctor for testing.

- Edited and reprinted
with permission from
Environmental Nutrition,
a monthly publication of
Belvoir Media Group.

� 2009 Belvoir Media
Group, LLC.

Distributed by Tribune Media
Services, Inc.
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mon detox methods.

were never meant to handle
the tremendous number of tox-
ins we are subjected to. Brenda
Watson, C.N.C., author of
"The Detox ro,�L;) , believes
that everything from the flame
retardant on your mattress to
your shampoo adds to your
toxic load.

TOXIN OVERLOAD
It's hard to argue with the
premise iil .,\'\. been exposed
to huge amounts of toxins. The
question remains, however,
whether the body can perform its
own detox or whether we need
outside help. Bernhoft believes
that depends on genetics.
"Each person's genes are
unique, which is why one per-
son thrives on something that
makes another person sick,"
says Bernhoft, who believes
people should be tested, espe-
cially if they have a chronic ill-
ness, work around toxic sub-
stances, or live in an area with
a lot of air pollution.
Once he's found a patient's
weakness, he strives to correct it
by adding enzymes or enzyme
cofactors to help the body do a
better job of detoxifying itself.
Is there science to back up
the theory of toxic burden and
the need for detox? The
Massachusetts-based organiza-
tion Natural Standard, which
analyzes and validates scientific
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Jamaica successfully defends sprint title at 2011 Penn Relays


PHILADELPHIA,
Pennsylvania - Usain Bolt and
Tyson Gay were palpably
absent, as Jamaica beat the
United States in the men's
4x100 meters relay as the cur-
tain came down on the annual
Penn Relays late last month.
Former world 100 meters
record holder Asafa Powell
joined Michael Frater, Nesta
Carter and anchor Steve
Mullings to clock 38.33 sec-
onds to prevail over the
American team of Walter Dix,
Wallace Spearmon, Trell
Krimmons and Mike Rodgers,
which clocked 38.46.
Powell ran an uncustom-
ary lead-off position, after tak-
ing heed of a long-time sug-
gestion made by Frater.
Carter took command on
the third leg of the race, with
Mullings holding off Rodgers
for the victory.
Jamaica's relay line-up
created an intriguing opening


Ronny Turiaf, who
plays for the New
York Knicks in
America's National Basketball
Association (NBA), has
announced he will host a
celebrity summer bas-
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Martinique this summer.
The event, sched-
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really shines and shows the
true warm and welcoming
character of our country."
Among the basketball
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(Charlotte Bobcats), Mickael
Pietrus (Phoenix Suns) and
Johan Petro (New Jersey
Nets).
Turiaf was born and raised


leg match-up with
2004 Olympic
champion Justin
Gatlin of the U.S.
returning to action
at Franklin Field.
His squad finished
third in 38.66.
"Over the
years, (Frater) has
been telling me
that if I lead off, it
will be a totally
different race,"
said Powell. "I've
always run the
anchor leg. I just
wanted to try
something new."


also on the anchor.
The Jamaicans took
the lead on the third
leg, when Olympic
and World 400 meters
* hurdles champion
S Melaine Walker ran
"*IK.' 51.3, after opening
. 200 legs by Simone
Facey and Kerron
Stewart, to win for the
fourth consecutive
year.
Other highlights
included Ristananna
Tracey of Jamaica's
J Edwin Allen earning
Asafa Powell, right, hands the baton to Jamaican teammate Michael Frater the "High School
at the Penn Relays. Girls Athlete-of-the-


BRIGHTEST
More than 180 athletes
from 16 nations took part in
the relays. But Jamaica's men
and America's women shone
brightest. Kenia Sinclair
anchored the Jamaica
women's sprint medley relay


with a time of one minute,
57.06 seconds split on the
800m leg to seal the win in
3:34.64 - eighth hundredths-
of-a-second off the world-best
set by Jamaica at the 2009
Penn Relays, with Sinclair


Meet" for relay
events. Tracey ran a 2:03.17
anchor in the 4x800 meters
relay for the fastest split in
meet history, and a 8:39.22
clocking for the number two
time. She also turned in the


in the small seaside town of Le
Robert, centrally located on
Martinique's Atlantic coast.
He was originally drafted into
the NBA by the Los Angeles


Lakers in 2005. He is also a
former member of the Golden
State Warriors. Turiaf plays for
the French national team.




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fastest split of 52.2 in the
4x400 meters relay.
At least half-dozen
Caribbean countries partici-
pated in the relays. They were
Bahamas, Barbados, Grenada,
Jamaica, St. Vincent and the
Grenadines, and Trinidad and
Tobago. With over 500, the
Jamaicans had easily the
largest contingent of athletes
and officials at the event.
After years of explo-
rations and negotiations, the
leading athletic secondary
school in SVG, the Thomas
Saunders Secondary School,
was finally able to compete in
the prestigious meet for the
first time. Though the school
was not able to make it to the
final in any of the events, it
won its heats in the 4x100 and
4x400 relays.
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Bin Laden's death 'historic day of justice for

U.S.' ~ Caribbean American congresswoman
NEW YORK - Caribbean gence and the counterterror- adding "as a representative of
American Congresswoman ism professionals who carried one of the most diverse dis-
Yvette D. Clarke says the death out this heroic operation," tricts in the nation, we must
of the leader of the al-Qaida Clarke, who represents the keep in mind that the death of
terror organization responsible largely Caribbean district in Osama Bin Laden does not
for the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks Brooklyn, New York, told the represent an attack on Islam
marks a "historic day of justice Caribbean Media Corporation but represents a key step in
for the United States and the (CMC). ending terrorism around the
rest of the world." world."
U.S. President Barack 'GRATEFUL' A number of Caribbean
Obama made the dramatic "I am grateful to hear that people were killed when the
late-night announcement on no military, CIA or counterter- terrorist organization bombed
May 1 from the East Room of rorism officials were killed. the World Trade Center
the White House, ending the We celebrate in the fact that (WTC) in New York.
long, elusive international this day may bring some solace Obama said a small team of
manhunt for Osama Bin to the many families affected U.S. operatives killed Bin Laden
Laden. by the heinous attacks on in Abbottabad, Pakistan, in a
"On behalf of the people 9/11," added the daughter of suburb about 35 miles north of
of the 11th Congressional Jamaican immigrants. Islamabad, in a helicopter
District of New York, we are "To those who have lost a assault on the massive, heavily
grateful to the Obama family member, loved one or a secured compound where he
Administration's leadership, friend, know that your loss will had been hiding.
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Ugly race talk heats up in T&T


PETER RICHARDS

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad,
CMC - The former chairman
of the Police Service
Commission (PSC) insists that
he is no racist, but his recent
statement regarding the hier-
archy of the police force has
once again brought to the fore
the underlying issue of race
relations in Trinidad and
Tobago.
Mohammed, a former
speaker of the local Parliament,
had his appointment revoked by
President George Maxwell
Richards after he (Mohammed)
told a joint parliamentary com-
mittee sitting that there were
too many persons of African
descent in the hierarchy of local
police service and he intends to
address the issue with assistance
from the Parliament.
"Fifty per-
cent of this
country are
people of East
Indian origin
and you are
asking them to
support the
Police
Service," Persad Bissessar
Mohammed
added.
But while Prime Minister
Kamla Persad Bissessar and
Opposition Leader Dr.
Keith Rowley denounced
Mohammed's "ethnic balanc-
ing" statement, former Prime
Minister Basdeo Panday said
the decision to revoke
Mohammed's appointment
"will further the consciousness
of racism existing in Trinidad
and Tobago."
Sat Maharaj, the secretary
general of the Maha Sabha,
the largest Hindu organization
here, said that there was "no
justification" for dismissing
Mohammed since he "was
only speaking the truth."

NECESSARY
However, Dr. Hamid
Ghany, political scientist and
senior lecturer in government
at the University of the
West Indies (UWI), said
Mohammed's revocation was
necessary.
"The ramifications of
Mohammed's statements
would have caused consider-
able damage to ethnic rela-
tions within the Police
Service," he added.
The 2004 figures released
by the Central Statistical
Office (CSO) show that of the
1.3 million population here,
persons of African descent
account for 39.6 percent, while
East Indian descents total 40.3
percent. Those categorized as
"mixed" total 18.4 percent,
with CliiiL ,, white and "oth-
ers" making up the rest of the
population. Patrick Manning,


who has been elected as prime
minister on two occasions, has
warned of social unrest in the
country if differences among
the population are not man-
aged properly.
"You see all this talk
about race, it gets us
nowhere," he added.
But the issue of race made
its way into the
Trinidad and
Tobago - -
Parliament last ,
month amid l
claims by .
Opposition leg- j
islators that the
five-member
coalition gov- Rowley
ernment had a
"racist policy".

REFORM
Rowley said that a report
on the reform of the Special
Anti-Crime Unit of Trinidad
and Tobago (SAUTT) submit-
ted to Cabinet, recommended
that SAUTT, in its restructur-
ing, be mindful of a need to
reflect the ethnic composition
of the country.
"There is nothing wrong if
the government has a policy
with this objective," he said.
"But come out with it in the
open."
But the coalition govern-
ment, whose leading partner is
the Indo-dominated United
National Congress (UNC), has
moved quickly to quell any
notion that it has a secret race
policy. Works and Transport
Minister Austin I,. k ' Warner,
who is also the UNC chairman,
questioned the motive behind
the Opposition motion.
"What they are trying to do
is to put in people's heads that
the People's Partnership is pur-
suing a racist agenda in a des-
perate bid to build up their
crumbling support," said
Warner, denying that the gov-
ernment also had a racist policy.
But as the oil-rich twin
island republic observed the
41st anniversary of the "Black
IP >1\\ r uprising, Makandal
Daaga, one of persons who led
the movement for equality for
Afro-Trinidadians in 1970, is
warning that the issue of race
could prove detrimental to the
country's progress.
"We are playing with trou-
ble if this thing continues,"
said Daaga, who has been
appointed by the present gov-
ernment as the cultural ambas-
sador to the Caribbean com-
munity (CARICOM).
Ordinary citizens have
also weighed in on the race
issue, with one writer to a local
newspaper warning that with
so many wars going on around
the world, "this country is
going down a path where we
will have racial war".


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