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This summer will mark the
court sentencing of at least
three high profile Jamaican
nationals in the United States,
including reggae artiste Buju
Banton, page 2.

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adidas Grand Prix meet aim-
ing to overcome obstacles by
taking another step outside
her comfort zone, page 7.


Culinary teams from the
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during the annual "Taste of
the Caribbean" competition
this month in Miami, Florida,
part of Caribbean Heritage
Month celebrations,
page 13.


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Summer sentencing for Caribbean nationals
WASHINGTON, D.C. - This
summer will mark the court
sentencing of at least three
high profile Jamaican nation-
als in the United States.


Popular reggae singer
Buju Banton is set to know his
fate on June 23. Banton, born
Mark Anthony Myrie, will be
officially sentenced some five
months after he was found
guilty of conspiracy to possess
with intent to distribute five
kilograms or more of a mix-
ture and substance containing
a detectable amount of
cocaine. He has been behind
bars since the jury delivered a
guilty plea.
His sentencing date
approaches as his defense
team of David Markus contin-
ues to petition the court to
have the gun charges against
him dropped. Banton, 37, will
appear before Judge James S.
Moody Jr. at a 30-minute


Buju Banton, left, and his lawyer David Markus will learn the entertainer's fate this
month.


hearing in Tampa, Florida. He
faces a maximum of life in
prison.
On July 22, newspaper
owner, Karl B. Rodney will


know his fate in a court here
for lying to the U.S. Congress.
He will face Judge Emmet G.
Sullivan. The offense of mak-
ing a false statement carries a


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convicted of
penalty fine of $250,000, a
maximum of five years in jail
and three years of supervised
release.
Rodney, 73, admitted in a
plea deal before Judge
Sullivan that, as founder of
the related, Carib News
Foundation,
he misled sev-
eral congres-
sional staff
about who
paid for the
travel expens-
es on the
Private
Sponsor Rodne
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 Nov. 8-11,
2007. The plea deal with fed-


crimes in U.S.
eral prosecutors spares his
wife, Faye Rodney, from any
prosecution.

RANGEL WRONG
Rodney is the only person
to have been charged in the
scandal, which prompted an
ethics inquiry of several law-
makers including Congressman
Charles Rangel. In Mar. 2010,
Rangel stepped aside as Ways
and Means Committee chair-
man. In Nov. 2010, the Ethics
Committee found Rangel
guilty of 11 counts of violating
House ethics rules, and on
Dec. 2, the full House
approved a sanction of censure
against Rangel.
On Aug. 11, the once rich
and powerful Olint founder
David A. Smith, is set to be
sentenced. Smith is slated to
appear before Judge Mary S.
Scriven, U.S. District Court in
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Caribbean teachers win major concession from New York's Dept. of Education


NEW YORK - Two lobby
groups say they have won a
significant concession from the
New York City Department of
Education (DOE) on behalf of
Caribbean teachers working
here.
The New York-based
Association of International
Educators (AIE) and the
Black Institute said, after a
10-year , runI.l they have
forced the DOE to change its
policy regarding the obtaining
of letters of support from


principals for Caribbean
teachers.
In the past, the DOE's
Division of Human Resources
(DHR) required international
teachers recruited to New
York to obtain letters of sup-
port from their principals,
advising it to continue pro-
cessing visa and resident alien
(or "green card") applications
for the educators.
The new DOE policy,
effective immediately, allows
principals to rate the perform-


ance of Caribbean teachers,
and has taken away the ability
of the principals to recom-
mend whether or not
Caribbean teachers' visas
should be renewed.

RATINGS
The determining factor
for the renewal of visa and
green card applications by the
DOE will be based on the rat-
ings assigned to the teacher at
an end of the year review,
based on both their perform-
ance and their history of


service.
"The AIE thanks the
New York City DOE for the
immediate termination of the
much-dreaded 'principal let-
ter', which, for several years,
was the weapon of choice
used by some vindictive, puni-
tive administrators to separate
international pedagogues
from service," said Judith
Hall, the Jamaican-born AIE
chair.
"It is a positive outcome,
and we celebrate this prece-
dent even as we recognize


that much remains to be
accomplished to secure per-
manent residency for those
educators recruited to teach in
the city 10 years ago.

ACCOUNTABILITY
The Black Institute said it
would continue to work with
the AIE in pushing the DOE
to "stay true to its word and
recognize the need to address
the lack of established resi-
dency, the ever-increasing

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New deadline: U.S. extends TPS for Haitians


WASHINGTON, D.C. - The
United States has extended
Temporary Protected Status
(TPS) for Haitians residing
illegally in the country.
Secretary of the
Department of Homeland
Security Janet Napolitano said
the extension will be effective
July 23, 2011, and is for an
additional 18 months. She
said the extension will allow
Haitian TPS beneficiaries to
remain in the country through
Jan.22,2013.
On Jan.15 last year,
three days after the massive
earthquake struck the
impoverished, French-speak-
ing Caribbean country,
Napolitano announced the
original designation of TPS
for eligible Haitian nationals,
who had continuously resided
in the U.S. It became effective
on Jan. 21 last year.
At least 48,000 Haitian
nationals with TPS reside in
the U.S., Napolitano said.
"In the extended after-
math of the devastating earth-
quakes in Haiti, the United
States has remained fully com-
mitted to upholding our


responsibility to assist individ-
uals affected by this tragedy
by using tools available under
the law," she said.
"Providing a temporary
refuge for Haitian nationals


who are cur-
rently in the
United States,
and whose
personal safe-
ty would be
endangered by
returning to
Haiti, is part
of this admin-
istration's con-


tinuing efforts to support
Haiti's recovery," she added.

LIMITS
Under the original desig-
nation, TPS applicants needed
to show that they had continu-
ously resided in the U.S. since
Jan.12, 2010, but the re-desig-
nation now permits eligible
individuals who arrived up to
one year after the earthquake
in Haiti to receive the protec-
tion of TPS.
Many of these individuals
were authorized to enter the
U.S. immediately after the


earthquake on temporary
visas, humanitarian parole and
through other immigration
measures.
"This re-designation of
TPS applies only to those
Haitians who have continu-
ously resided in the United
States since January 12, 2011,"
Napolitano said, making it
clear that Haitians who are
not currently in the United
States will not qualify for TPS
under the new designation.
She warned such persons
not to attempt to enter the
U.S. illegally "to try to take
advantage of this benefit."
Both the extension and re-
designation are effective July
23, 2011, said the Homeland
Security Department
Secretary, emphasizing that no
Haitian who arrived in the
U.S. after Jan. 12 this year will
be eligible for TPS.
"Haitians who attempt to
enter the United States now
or in the future will not be
granted TPS," she said, dis-
closing that the Department
of Homeland Security has
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Caribbean American school superintendent admits students cheated on exams


High profile Caribbean
American, who was
once chosen top
school superintendent in the
United States, has admitted
students in her district
received unfair help from edu-
cators for state-mandated
achievement examinations.
After previously denying
accusations of widespread
cheating, Jamaican-born Dr.
Beverly Hall, who served as
school superintendent in
Atlanta, Georgia for a dozen
years, last month conceded
that in 2009 students were
given assistance to pass the
Criterion-Referenced
Competency Test (CRCT).
Hall, who is retiring,
made the admission during a
videotaped address.
"It's become increasingly
clear over the last year that a
segment of our staff chose to
violate the trust that was
placed in them," she said in
the farewell to employees in
the district.
"I am confident that
aggressive, swift action will be
taken against anyone who
believes so little in our stu-
dents and in our system of
support that they turned to
dishonesty as the only
option."
Hall has declared she had


no knowledge of
cheating
A criminal
investigation into
allegations of cheat-
ing in the school dis-
trict was ordered by
then Georgia
Governor Sonny
Perdue last year
after he expressed
doubts over the dis-
trict's own probe
into changes on test
papers. While the
results of the state's
findings are not yet
known, Hall admit-
ted that they could
be devastating.
"I expect it to
draw some trou-
bling - no, some
alarming - conclu-
sions," she said in
her address.
According to
published reports
about possible
cheating in Atlanta's Hall charter
public schools, Hall, gaton
during her tenure,
emphasized raising test scores
as a priority. Since the scandal
she has been questioned by
investigators more than once,
including last month.
The Atlanta school dis-
trict came under scrutiny in


d the success of Atlanta's public schools, but an inve
show how much of that was fairly achieved.
2008, but Hall had consistent-
ly dismissed allegations of
widespread cheating.
Meanwhile, in her videotaped
presentation, Hall talked
about advancement of CRCT
scores in Atlanta school dur-
ing her tenure as superintend-


Sent. She also encouraged
educators to continue
work towards improving
the district.
"Despite the chal-
lenges ahead please con-
tinue learning, growing
and believing," Hall said.
"Please continue the
noble work that you do.
It has been a great privi-
lege to provide leadership
to all of you. I will cher-
ish forever my time in
Atlanta, and I will contin-
ue to hold you and our
students in my heart."

CREDIT
Hall came to
Atlanta's superintendent
post in 1999 after work-
ing in New Jersey. In
2009 she was named
"National Superintendent
of the Year" in the U.S.
She attributed the honor
to the "steady nine-
year...path of progress.
sti The trajectory has
been moving in the right
direction on all of the
metrics," she told Caribbean
Today, "whether you look at
student achievement, gradua-
tion rates, student attendance,
recruitment and retention of
teachers."
She credited her back-


ground in Jamaica for her suc-
cess. When asked about those
who questioned whether or
not she deserved the national
award, Hall pointed to her
success in Atlanta.
"In 2002, the graduation
rate was 23 percent," she
claimed in 2009. "Last year it
was 75 percent...Whatever
they say they just can't take
away the reality, the impact,
our administration has had on
the students who are doing
much better."
Some believe that her
intense drive to succeed at all
cost may have influenced her
staff to break rules. Hall
developed a reputation as a
hard taskmaster.
"I have very little toler-
ance for incompetence," Hall
told Caribbean Today two
years ago, "because the cost is
so tremendous for the chil-
dren."
The upcoming investiga-
tion results will prove how
much of a price the adults
who supervised them will pay
as well.

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U.S. wants new consumer protection rules on remittances to Caribbean


WASHINGTON, D.C. - The
administration of United
States President Barack
Obama has proposed new
rules geared towards protect-
ing consumers who send
money to relatives in the
Caribbean and other countries.
The U.S. Federal Reserve
said that the proposed rules
are expected to be finalized by
the new U.S. Consumer
Financial Protection Bureau, a
consumer watchdog agency.
It said the new agency will
implement provisions of the
Dodd-Frank financial overhaul
that the U..S Congress passed
last summer. It mandates that
remittance transfer providers,
such as Western Union Co.
(WU) and MoneyGram
International Inc. (MGI), dis-
close information about fees,
the applicable exchange rate
and the amount of currency to
be received by the recipient.
The U.S. Federal Reserve
said that this summer the
Consumer Financial


Protection Bureau will inherit
consumer protection powers
from it and other regulatory
agencies,
adding that,
as part of
that transfer,
the bureau
will take
over work
on remit-
tance trans-
fers.
The U..
Federal Warren
Reserve also
said that the Consumer
Financial Protection Bureau
will have broad authority to
write new rules and supervise
financial firms.
Consumer and public-
interest groups have com-
plained that Caribbean and
other immigrants are paying
excessive fees to send money
home, and that the fees are
not adequately disclosed.
Janis Bowdler, director of
the wealth-building policy


project at the National
Council of La Raza, a
Washington-based Hispanic
civil rights and advocacy
organization, described the
remittance market as "the
wild west of consumer prod-
ucts." She said the final regu-
lations will be "very valuable
for consumers" since they will
mandate "common ,i nL,
practices so that Caribbean
immigrants would not be
ripped off by companies.
Under the proposed rules,
the U.S. Federal Reserve said
remittance transfer providers


would be required to provide
prepayment disclosures that
include information about the
money transfer, such as the
exchange rate, applicable fees
and taxes, and the amount to
be received by the recipient.

'LOT OF MONEY'
The World Bank esti-
mates that the total volume
of remittance transfers to the
Caribbean and other develop-
ing countries reached $325 bil-
lion last year, adding that the
U.S. is the largest remittance-
sending country in the world.


A majority of remittances
from the U.S. are sent to the
Caribbean and Latin America,
the U.S. Federal Reserve said.
"There's a lot of money
moving in remittances, and we
believe if we can make that a
more competitive market, a
more transparent market, a
fairer market for families,
some of that money is going to
stay with the families instead
of draining off to other institu-
tions," said White House
adviser Elizabeth Warren.
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Caribbean teachers win major concession from New York's Dept. of Education


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legal fees, the concern of fami-
ly members aging out or being
unable to work, and the over-
all fear of deportation" for
Caribbean teachers.
In 2001, the New York
City Public School System
began a major recruiting inter-
national program, with many
teachers coming from the
Caribbean. They were lured
with promises of increased


educational opportunities,
financial assistance with hous-
ing, and a clear path to per-
manent residency.
But in February, the
Black Institute joined the AIE
in releasing a report, entitled
"Broken Promises: The Story
of Caribbean International
Teachers in New York City's
Public Schools", criticizing the
program.
The report demanded
action to resolve the "decade-


long uphill battle to ensure
that the DOE holds true to its
promises regarding interna-
tional teachers placed on the
path to permanent residency.
"This victory for the disen-
franchised, international edu-
cators marks a significant step
to ensure that promises made
by the DOE are kept," Hall
said.


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been repatriating Haitians
seeking to illegally enter the
United States since last year's
earthquake.
Napolitano said since Jan.
2011, the U.S. Immigration
and Customs and
Enforcement (ICE) has


removed "certain Haitians
who have been convicted of
certain criminal offenses, or
who pose a threat to U.S.
national security, and have
been issued a final order of
removal.
"ICE is prepared to
aggressively investigate and


present for prosecution those
who seek to defraud the US
government in an attempt to
gain TPS or engage in immi-
gration benefit fraud as the
result of the expansion of this
program," she added.
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Summer sentencing for Caribbean nationals convicted of crimes in U.S.


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Orlando, Florida. Smith had
also been set to be sentenced
in June, but the date was
rescheduled.
Smith copped a plea deal
in Orlando by admitting to
four counts of wire fraud, one
count of conspiracy to commit
money laundering, and 18
counts of money laundering.
According to the plea agree-
ment, for more than three
years Smith executed a Ponzi
scheme to defraud over 6,000


investors located in the Middle
District of Florida and else-
where out of over $220 million.
The wire fraud counts
carry a maximum penalty of 20
years in federal prison, a fine
of $250,000, and a term of
supervised release of not more
than three years. In addition,
for each count of wire fraud,
the fine may be assessed at
twice the amount of gross gain
or loss. The money laundering
counts each carry a maximum
penalty of 20 years in federal


prison, a fine of $500,000 or
twice the value of the property
involved in the transaction,
whichever is greater, and a
term of supervised release of
not more than three years.
Meanwhile, accused Ponzi
schemer, the once flamboyant
Antigua-based businessman,
R. Allen Stanford, is set to
face a September trial.

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Jamaican minister loses U.S. visa,

resigns; P.M. to re-shuffle Cabinet


Peer with Jamaican heritage gets

12 months in British jail for fraud


KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC -
Prime Minister of Jamaica
Bruce Golding has announced
plans to re-shuffle his Cabinet
following the surprise resigna-
tion of his Mining and Energy
Minister James Robertson.
A statement released last
month by the Office of the
Prime Minister gave no
indication as to when
the re-shuffle will take
place. Golding assumed
responsibility for the
Ministry of Energy and
Mining pending the
review of portfolio
responsibilities within
the Cabinet.
Junior Energy and
Mining Minister Laurie
Broderick is assisting
the prime minister in
the day-to-day opera-
tions of the ministry.
Robertson resigned
shortly after confirming Robertson
that the United States
had revoked his visa and his
wife's visa.
QUERY
Meanwhile, Robertson
has said he is sending a team
of lawyers to query the deci-
sion by Washington. The


team, which is assembling in
the U.S., will include a former
immigration judge.
Robertson's U.S.-based
attorney Kirk Barrow said the
team's first task will be to seek
audience with the U.S. State
Department concerning affi-
davits filed in court which


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make damning allegations
against Robertson.
According to Barrow, he
believes that unsubstantiated
allegations contributed to the
revocation of the visas.
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LONDON, England - Lord
Taylor of Warwick, the 58-
year-old former Conservative
party member and its first
black peer, has been jailed for
12 months for fiddling his par-
liamentary expenses.
He was sentenced late last
month after he had been
found guilty earlier this year
of filing falsely for travel and
overnight subsistence to make
some six false claims amount-
ing to more than �11,000 ($18,
135) from the taxpayers.
Lord Taylor had told the
House of Lords members
expenses office that his main
residence was a house in
Oxford so that he could claim
supposed traveling and
accommodation expenses.
However, it was later discov-
ered that he lived in the
Ealing district of London and
the house was owned by the
partner of a relative and that
the peer visited the place
twice.
LIED
Passing sentence at
Southwark Crown Court in
South-east London, Justice
Saunders said that Lord


Taylor had lied to journalists
investigating his expenses and
had lied also while giving evi-
dence on oath during his trial.


Lord Taylor


"The expenses scheme in
the House of Lords was based
on trust," the judge said.
"Peers certified that their
claims were accurate. They
were not required to provide
proof. It was considered that
people who achieved a peer-
age could be relied on to be
honest. Making false claims
involved a high degree of
trust."
John Taylor was born in
Birmingham, West London to
Jamaican parents. His father


Derief was a professional
cricketer for Jamaica and
Warwickshire and a well-
known coach. His mother was
a nurse. He has been
married twice, both of
which have ended in
divorce.
A lawyer by profes-
sion, Lord Taylor was
appointed to be a
part-time deputy dis-
trict judge in 1997 and
achieved a number of
positions and honors
in the law, education,
directorships in
finance, communica-
tions and administra-
tion.
He featured prominently
in the Conservative Party's
approach to the Caribbean
heritage sector of the elec-
torate.
After standing unsuccess-
fully for Parliament in 1992,
he was made the first black
Conservative peer as Baron
Taylor of Warwick four years
later. He resigned the party's
whip in July 2010 after he was
charged with the offenses of
false accounting.
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T&T man who set fire to cat

sentenced, faces deportation


NEW YORK - A Trinidadian
man who doused a cat with
lighter fluid and set it ablaze
because he was bored will
spend up to six years in jail
before facing deportation pro-
ceedings, a judge here has ruled.
Angelo Monderoy, 20,
was convicted in March of
arson, burglary and aggravat-
ed cruelty to animals for the
2006 immolation of the stray
cat called "Tommy Two
TIIIu .
"To torture and kill an
animal because you were
bored?" Brooklyn Supreme
Court Justice Michael Gary
asked in bitter bewilderment.
"There's no way the world
should not know what Mr.
Monderoy did here," he said
at the sentencing.
A jury found that
Monderoy and a friend grabbed
Tommy Two Times, took him
to an abandoned apartment in
their Crown Heights tenement
in Brooklyn, doused him with
lighter fluid and lit him afire in
the 2008 attack.
"This was not a whim, not
a fleeting decision in a teenag-
er's mind," said prosecutor
Josh Charlton.


The guilty verdict in
March marked the first time
DNA evidence led to a con-
viction in an animal abuse
case in the history of New
York State. The cat was found
badly burned outside the
building and investigators
were able to trace the crime
back to Monderoy.

MORE TROUBLE
The evidence also helped
bring more serious burglary
charges, for which Monderoy
got two to six years in an
upstate New York prison. He
also received the maximum of
two years for aggravated ani-
mal abuse and up to four
years for arson, all running
concurrently.
Because he has been
jailed for more than two years
awaiting trial, he is already eli-
gible for parole, but will likely
face deportation once out of
prison, officials said.
Monderoy's defense lawyer
had asked that he be treated as
a youthful offender and that
the court seal his record. But
Judge Gary refused - even after
Monderoy apologized.
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NEW YORK - Most of the
illegal Caribbean immigrants
rounded up for deportation by
the Untied States federal gov-
ernment, under a new cam-
paign, were deemed "non-
criminals", according to data
gathered by the New York
Civil Liberties Union
(NYCLU).
Since the end of March,
more than 70 percent of
undocumented immigrants
across the state who were
detained after cops shared
their fingerprints had neither
been charged with or convict-
ed of serious crimes and were
considered "non-criminals" by
the federal government, the
human rights campaigner said.
Immigration and Customs


Enforcement (ICE) deported
11 immigrants from New York
state since it began an enforce-
ment program two months
ago, but only one had been
charged with or convicted of a
felony, the NYCLU said.
"Eleven New Yorkers is
11 too many who have fallen
victim to this misguided and
unjust federal immigration
enforcement program," said
NYCLU advocacy director
Udi Ofer late last month.
An NYCLU analysis of
data from several counties
said 125 of 136 deportees were
not charged with or convicted
of a felony.
The NYCLU said that
New York Governor Andrew
Cuomo should suspend the


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ts campaigner
state's involvement in the fed-
eral Secure Communities
information-sharing program,
a cornerstone of the adminis-
tration of U.S. President
Barack Obama's immigration
enforcement efforts.
New York City is expected
to join 27 other counties in the
state that share their immigra-
tion databases with federal
immigration authorities.
Washington has argued
that the program boosts public
safety by identifying criminals
and deporting them. In a letter
to Cuomo, a group of 38 New
York State legislators, urged
him to withdraw the state
from the national program.
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Camp destruction in Haiti outrage U.S. lawmakers


WASHINGTON, D.C. -
United States lawmakers have
expressed outrage over the
recent destruction of camps in
the Delmas district of Port-au-
Prince, the Haitian capital, by
Haitian police and security
forces.
"It is mind-ba i-lin- that


any government official would
condone or ignore such
actions during a time when
Haiti is seeking to recover
from the crisis stemming from
the January 2010 earthquake
and the subsequent sluggish
rebuilding process", four U.S.
congressional representatives
declared in a joint statement
issued late last month.
I ,.I Il g hostile conditions,
including adverse weather, vio-
lence, and disease, shelter and
work are the priorities for
every dis-
placed
Haitian, and
must not be
compro-
llla J ', stated
Democratic
lawmakers
Donald Payne
(New Jersey), Clarke
Yvette D.
Clarke (New York), Frederica
Wilson (Florida) and Maxine
Waters (California).
"During President
(Michel) Martelly's visit to the
United States, we were all
encouraged by his assertion
that Haiti will face a new day -
a new beginning", the state-
ment added. "We extended,
and continue to extend, our
arms to assist and support the
people of Haiti and its govern-


ment as it transitions upward.
"We will not, however,
idly stand by and hear such
reports of evictions, without
seeking an explanation or tak-
ing action".

ATTACK
Wielding machetes and
knives, police and security
agents stormed the squalid
encampment north of down-
town Port-au-Prince last
month, tearing through the
makeshift tents as unsuspect-
ing campers fled for cover or
yelled in protest.
"This is the work of ani-
mals," resident Guerin Pierre,
told reporters, standing amid
donated plastic ,h, i i, ply-
wood and clothing strewn
across the gravel yard.
"This is the worst kind of
humiliation someone can expe-
rience. They chose to do this at
the start of the hurricane sea-
son. This is abuse," he added.
The destruction of about
200 makeshift tents in the
Delmas neighborhood was the
latest in a string of evictions
across this earthquake-rav-
aged capital, where victims of
the hemisphere's worst natural
disaster are being forced off
public and private property
with little or no warning.
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Jamaica's sprint queen gets ready to overcome rivals, fears in New York


The world's reigning
female sprint champion,
Shelly-Ann Fraser-
Pryce of Jamaica, will make
her Big Apple debut this
month at the adidas Grand
Prix meet aiming to overcome
several obstacles by taking
another step outside her com-
fort zone.
Fraser-Pryce, the most
recent World and Olympic 100
meters gold medal winner, will
not run her pet event on June
11 at the Icahn Stadium in
Randall's Island, New York.
Instead, she will match strides
with some of the world's best
over unfamiliar territory - the
200 meters. Fraser-Pryce said
she has no qualms about her
latest challenge, despite earli-
er fears about the event.
"A year ago I hated the
200 meters. I didn't like it one


bit," she explained during a
conference call with reporters
late last month. "...(Now) I'm
enjoying every moment of it
so far."
"So far" includes a big
win over fellow Jamaican
Veronica Campbell-Brown, a
two-time Olympic champion
in the event, at the May 7
Jamaica International
Invitational (JII) in Kingston.

SETBACKS
But, despite the bliss of
her recent wedding to her
long time partner, it has not
been all smooth going off the
track for Fraser-Pryce. She
said she suffered from a back
injury late last year and was
affected by cramps at the JII.
However, the bi-,-lI set-
back since she won the 100
meters at the 2009 IAAF


Fraser-Pryce


World Championships in
Athletics, a year after taking
gold at the Olympics, was a
suspension Fraser-Pryce
received for taking a banned
substance. The drug was a
painkiller, not a performance-
enhancing substance, but the
incident threw a dark cloud
over the sprinter.
"It was a devastating time
for me," said Fraser-Pryce.
She showed up to run for
Jamaica at this year's Penn
Relays in Philadelphia, after
her ban was lifted, "really
.,irLd of the possible
reception she would receive.
However, Fraser-Pryce said,
all went well as she was wel-
comed by everyone. Still, the
incident has spurred her to
become more focused on what
she wants to achieve.
"At the end of the day I


want to prove something to
myself," she said.
She explained she's "hid-
ing nothing." Now, she added,
"mentally I am stronger and
tougher than I've been before"
by overcoming the injuries and
suspension. She also said she
has not lost the drive to win.
"I'm always hungry," said
Fraser-Pryce, who is sched-
uled to face three-time 200
meters World champion
Allyson Felix at the adidas
meet.
New York, with its huge
Caribbean population, many
of whom are passionate about
track and field, promises to
offer a feast.

- Gordon Williams.
See related story in Sport,
page 17.
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'Know It, Avoid It, Report It': HUD fighting mortgage fraud through education


DAWN A. DAVIS

With a stubbornly dis-
tressed housing mar-
ket characterized by
depressed prices, foreclosures,
and ultra tight control on
lending, homeowners in the
United States are scrambling
to find ways to save their
investments, or simply keep a
roof over their heads.
This desperation has cre-
ated a new housing menace -
mortgage fraud. The opportu-
nity has been ripe for schemes
that have defrauded lenders,
consumers and even the gov-
ernment.
Some homeowners, aided
by unscrupulous real estate
agents and mortgage lenders,
try to reverse the bite from
the current economic climate.
They cook up schemes like
overstating income, fictitious
employment, hiding liabilities,
duping homeowners with
promises of fast cash, or cash-
back for scheme participants.
The schemes have been diffi-
cult to control, even with the
enactment of the Fraud
Enforcement and Recovery
Act of 2009.
But one government
agency said it is attempting to
stop mortgage fraud in its
tracks. The U.S. Department
of Housing and Urban
Development (HUD) has
instituted an anti-scam cam-
paign aimed at stopping abuse
of HUD administered funds.
HUD's Office of Inspector
General investigates scam
activities through its 13
regional and 29 field offices
throughout the U.S. Through
community outreach, educa-
tion, and a nationwide inves-
tigative unit, the government
agency is attempting to amp


up its fraud prevention pro-
gram.
"The bottom line is it is
misrepresentation of your
ability to assist someone in a
mortgage crisis," said Ed
Jennings Jr., HUD's regional
administrator for the U.S.
southeast.
"We are doing everything
we can to inform through
Facebook, Twitter, e-mail,
web, radio and print; trying to
let folks know that in their
most challenging times they
need to be better informed
about how they respond. Our
campaign is called "Know It,
Avoid It, Report It".
HUD is working with at
least 10 other federal agencies,
in addition to state and local
officials. Cities across the U.S.
have been hosting consumer
awareness events that bring
together HUD counselors,
city officials and residents in a
bid to build awareness.

SCAMMERS
HUD is fighting loan
modification scammers who
prey on vulnerable homeown-
ers. Jennings said the major
fraud activities include short
sale cons, illegal property flip-
ping -where the home is pur-
portedly sold to someone else
- and equity rackets.
Seniors are being target-
ed. He cautioned homeowners
to be aware of the ubiquitous
foreclosure rescue schemes. In
today's tough market some
property holders are consider-
ing reverse mortgages. This
type of mortgage is specifical-
ly for seniors 62 and older.
Fraud is a growing problem. It
allows the elderly homeowner
to take out equity in their
homes and receive a lump
sum or payments over time.


The loan becomes payable
upon the homeowner's death,
if the owner leaves the home
for more than 364 consecutive
days, or when the house is
sold. The problem is many
seniors are being targeted,
exploited and defrauded
because of lack of proper


Jennings


information.
"It is a safe way to go,"
Jennings said in addressing
reverse mortgages. "It is a
legal product that people can
access, but it's not for every-
one.
"We uI''LlI that anytime
you are about to make a deci-
sion about your mortgage, you
go to a HUD-approved hous-
ing counselor to talk about
your goals and your situation.
"These are people they
can trust. All of this is done
for free," Jennings added,
warning homeowners that
paying fees for counseling or
other so-called 'easy fixes'
should bring up a red flag.

NO QUICK FIX
The point is, there are no
quick fixes. However HUD,
along with other agencies and
its partners, are working to
inform and help burdened


mortgage holders. The Federal
Housing Administration
(FHA) is part of HUD. FHA,
created in 1934, provides
mortgage insurance on all
FHA-approved mortgage
loans. According to Jennings,
it holds about 40 percent of
the housing market. He
stressed that HUD works
directly with FHA-approved
mortgage holders who want to
get their loans modified.
"HUD-approved coun-
selors can work with anyone
with Fannie Mae, Freddie
Mac, FHA and VA loans,"
said Jennings. "We have about
97 percent of the market
between those entities in the
country. So, when you come to
a HUD-approved counselor
you will get assistance."
He cautioned that not
every mortgage crisis can be
saved. However, there are
measures available to those
who are hardest hit. Florida
Housing kicked off a program
in April that pays up to
$12,000 in mortgage payments
for up to six months for those
that are unemployed or under-
employed. This program is run
through the Treasury and
more information is available
at Floridahousing.org.
HUD and its partners
have been able to help home-
owners reduce their loan bur-
dens through its programs.
Jennings believes these strate-
gies have been able to help
counter the level of fraud
property holders are often
enticed into.
"We've had significant
mortgage rate reduction," he
said. "If you have an eight
percent loan and we can get it
down to four percent, that is
huge in regard to your month-
ly cash flow. Since April 2009


we have had over 10 million
homeowners that have refi-
nanced at lower rates. As a
result, that meant $18.8 billion
in total borrower savings."
Despite these programs,
many homeowners are still
fighting to stave off foreclo-
sure. Among the most affect-
ed states are Florida, George,
Nevada and California. But,
with programs like HUD's
anti-fraud campaign, con-
sumers are being offered more
information pointing to legiti-
mate assistance through the
government agencies that can
help.
"What we are seeing thus
far is more than double the
people that were reporting
issues are reporting now
because they are more aware
of what's going on," said
Jennings.
"We are hoping that the
numbers continue to go up as
a result of our efforts and
other partners...Our agency is
about safe and secure afford-
able housing."

HUD's seven-day, 24-hour hot-
line - 1-888-995-HOPE (4673)
- is available in 170 different
languages and callers can
remain anonymous. Help is
also accessible on the web at
www. HUD.gov/preventloan-
scams. Consumers can call
1-800-569-4287 to speak to a
HUD-approved counselor, or
visit the website listed above.
Counselors are available who
speak Caribbean dialect,
including creole and patois.

Dawn A. Davis is a freelance
writer for Caribbean Today.
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Amnesty International gives Jamaica failing grade on human rights


LONDON, England -
The international
human rights group -*
Amnesty International
has expressed concern
over the record num-
ber of people killed by
the police in Jamaica
last year, adding that
the island has also
failed to observe
human rights in many
areas.
In its 400-page
report for 2010, the
London-based group
said that evidence sug-
gested that some of
the killings may have
been extrajudicial exe-
cutions.
It also noted that
following a visit to
Jamaica in February,
the United Nations
special rapporteur on
torture reported that The ac
many people had been
beaten in detention by police


actions of Jamaica's police have been questioned.
and had also urged the
Jamaican authorities to ratify


the U.N. Convention
against Torture. The U.N.
official also reported that
children continued to be
held together with adults
in police detention, and in
some correctional centers.
He also said children
and adolescents in need
of care and protection,
children with learning
difficulties, and those in
conflict with the law were
often held together.
The report also men-
tioned last May's state of
emergency following the
West Kingston incursion,
which said at least 4,000
S people were detained, 76
people killed, and at least
43 complaints were
lodged with the office
of the public defender.
"In August, the
Independent Commission
of Investigations, which is
tasked with investigating
abuses by the security forces,


formally began its operations.
However, at the end of the
year, it was still engaged in
recruiting and training staff,
and mainly supervised investi-
gations carried out by the
police Bureau of Special
Investigation", the report
noted.

HOMOPHOBIA
Amnesty International
said there were scores of
homophobic attacks including
at least three cases of what it
dubbed as 'corrective' rapes of
lesbians. It pointed to a case
on Sept. 3, where a woman
was raped by a gang of six
men who had previously ver-
bally abused her.
A survey of 11 lesbian,
bisexual and transgender
women victims of violence
found that only one had
reported the rape to the police
and after two years she was
still waiting for the court hear-
ing. The others had not


reported the crime because
they feared being criminalized
on account of their sexual ori-
entation.
On the issue of the death
penalty, Amnesty International
stated that at least four people
were sentenced to death, but
no executions were carried out
last year.
Seven persons remained
on death row in 2010.
"In September, the gov-
ernment announced that it
was considering submitting to
the Parliament an amended
version of the Charter of
Rights. The amendment
would reverse a 1993 ruling by
the Judicial Committee of the
Privy Council, the highest
court of appeal, that execution
after five years on death row
was inhuman and degrading
punishment", the report
added.

- CMC
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YEAR ONE: Some positives, but fears haunt T&T's coalition government


PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -
One year after it convincingly
won the general elections, the
People's Partnership govern-
ment has begun its second
year in office amid allegations
of corruption, a less than
peaceful industrial climate
and fears of a lack of
dynamism in the Trinidad
and Tobago economy.
But Prime Minister
Kamla Persad Bissessar, who
has seen her ratings fall by 14
percent since coming to office
last year, has defended the
first 12 months of the five-
party coalition insisting "we
have been able to change the
tone of the national political
and civic discourse from one
that was combative and adver-
sarial to one of conciliatory
and understanding."
Political scientist
Professor Selwyn Ryan admits
it will be difficult to judge the
performance of the govern-
ment "given the mercurial and
dynamic nature of our politi-
cal process," saying that over
the past 12 months there has
been a big picture and a set of
small ones.
"It is good in parts," he
said. "The bigger picture,
however, has fewer blemish-
es."

BLEMISHES
Among the blemishes,
which the coalition has
labeled millII p', include
the controversial appointment
and then removal of Reshmi
Ramnarine, a 30 -year-old
communications technician, to
the top post at the Security
Intelligence Agency (SIA)


that government ministers administration" makes refer-


defended until media reports
showed that she had falsified
her qualifications.


Persad Bissessar


An opinion poll published
last month noted that the
Ramnarine '.indaI ' is the
"incident most likely to be
cited as the lowest point of
the prime minister's one-year
career".
In addition, the govern-
ment has been pushed on the
back foot in dealing with a
TT$40 million ($6.6 million)
state company contract link-
ing a personal friend of the
prime minister at whose fami-
ly home she stayed before and
after the May 24, 2010 general
elections.
But a 12-page advertorial
of "the major achievements
of the People's Partnership


ence to a number of "posi-
ti\ L , including stronger anti-
crime legislation, "promoting


good governance, openness
and transparency, sound eco-
nomic mnl.. Il 11L 11I ' as well
as positioning the country to
take advantage of the global
economic environment.
However, Martin Daly,
newspaper columnist and for-
mer president of the Law
Association of Trinidad and
Tobago (LATI), wrote that
"what the partnership touts is
not likely to overcome my dis-
appointment that its method of
governance is as flawed as that
of the (former Prime Minister
Patrick) Manning PNM
(People's National Movement)
which preceded it".
The government's insis-


tence that it is not able to pay
public servants more than five
percent wage increase has done
little to ease the industrial cli-
mate here, even though it has
been able to sign an agreement
with the powerful Public
Service Association (PSA).
But other trade unions, includ-
ing the powerful Oilfield
Workers Trade Union
(OWTU) and the umbrella
National Trade Union Center
(NATUC), have already sig-
naled their intention to fight
for more than the five percent
increase.

'WEAK'
In February, the
International Monetary Fund
(IMF) said economic activity
in the oil-rich country
rL m in.nL\ l k ' and that the
near-term outlook is "affected
by uncertainty". The IMF said
notwithstanding the improv-
ing global conditions and the
rebound in commodity prices,
the twin-island republic has
been hit hard by the global
financial crisis.
However, the
Washington-based financial
institution has commended
the authorities for the "contin-
ued prudent macroeconomic
policies that helped mitigate
the impact of external
shocks".
Meanwhile, Persad
Bissessar said that despite the
economic turmoil in Europe
and other parts of the world,
her administration had been
able to "stabilize our economy
and position it for sustainable
growth through an emphasis
on reduction in wasteful


spending and fiscal prudence."

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Obama talks nice on immigration


reform, but what's
United States President
Barack Obama is care-
fully creating the illu-
sion that he's serious about
immigration reform. In a major
speech in El Paso last month

idea that
reform will
strengthen the
middle class by
undercutting
an under-
ground econo-
my of cheap
labor, and will M
make the U.S. SANCHEZ
more competi-
tive globally.
But what can Obama do
to advance this reform? Some
would say not much, given a
Republican-controlled House
of Representatives. He could
be presidential, beginning
with setting new policy priori-
ties. He could halt further
hefty contracts with the
prison-building industry to
erect more detention facilities.
He could ensure that true
criminals - violent offenders -
will be deported, not the
immigrant caught rolling
through a stop sign or the
hundreds of young people
enrolled in college, the so-
called Dream Act students.
Is Obama's just covering him-
self? Making all the necessary
talking points about "putting
politics .lJd and lamenting
the pain of people "just trying
to get by" so he can later
claim, "I tried"?
If so, I don't entirely
fault him for it. Truth is, the
Hispanic Congressional
Caucus has been chewing
Obama's backside for months,
reminding him that as a presi-
dential candidate he promised
a pathway to legal status and
full U.S. citizenship for those
among the nation's 11 million
illegal immigrants who can
prove themselves worthy. But
caucus members are saving
face, too. Later, they can say
to their constituents, "We
tried."

'DEMOGOGUED'
As anyone paying atten-
tion to politics knows, the ille-
gal-immigrant issue has been
demagogued to the point of
caricature. If you're an elected
official and you say anything
the least pragmatic about the
issue - much less show any
compassion - your words can
and will be used against you in
the next election. Especially in
a primary if you're a moderate
Republican.
One promising sign is that
the administration has begun
calling conservatives' bluff on
the fallacy that the I, rdJ r


he willing to do?
must be secured first" before
other reforms can be crafted.
In El Paso, Obama pointed
out that his administration has
increased the number of bor-
der agents to the highest ever,
deported the most undocu-
mented immigrants ever, is
working closely with Mexico
on drug cartel violence and
achieved the goal of screening
100 percent of rail shipments
entering Mexico for guns and
money.
And yet, he predicted,
Republicans will probably
"move the goalposts".
"Maybe they'll say we need a
moat," he quipped. "Or alliga-
tors in the moat."
Yet we'll know the day
this administration or any in
the future is serious about
immigration reform when it
unequivocally speaks the
truth: Powerful interests in
this country demand low-wage
labor to do jobs Americans
won't submit to. Those inter-
ests include agribusiness and
meat processors and the like,
but they also include U.S. con-
sumers - you and me. Yes,
IIh<,, people" who have
crossed our borders illegally
are helping keep our cost of
living low. You don't need to
employ an illegal landscaper
or nanny to reap the benefits.

REFORM NEED
If we as a nation want to
keep those costs low and also
want to see our laws respect-
ed, we need comprehensive
immigration reform. That
means new policies to allow
legal entry to guest workers,
and a path to citizenship for
many qualified illegal immi-
grants already here.
Border crossings are
down, as the U.S. economy
has slowed. But people are
still paying thousands of dol-
lars to be smuggled, to risk
being raped, robbed, left to
die in the desert, or having
their family blackmailed for
even more money by the sort
of folks who handle this serv-
ice, increasingly drug dealers.
If there really were a
functioning way for such a
worker to arrive legally,
wouldn't they take that route
instead? Of course they
would. No such route exists
for many low-wage workers.
We have a bureaucratic sys-
tem, massively backlogged,
that meets neither humanitari-
an needs of immigrants nor
the country's economic and
security needs for low- or
highly skilled labor.
Americans also need to
understand that we cannot
deport our way out of this
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Dogs are better

Let's face it, it's a dog's
world, and even though
women curse men by
calling them dogs, it's a fact
that the preferred pet of
females is the dog.
Go figure.
Dogs seem to have it
made, and have been an inte-
gral part of our lives for cen-
turies. Why this creature
adopted us and shows us so
much love is a mystery, but
they are here to stay and
enrich our lives.
Everyone loves dogs -
children, women and men -
and when these animals go
missing or die, the grief is
often equal to that of when
someone dies. It's a regular
occurrence to see ads posted
in the press for missing dogs,
with rewards of thousands of
dollars offered, and some
women have even placed their
dogs above men.
It is true that men have
said, "Listen man, it's a fact
that dogs are above hus-
bands." And I have seen this
first hand, as women pamper
and cuddle their pets without
even a cursory glance at their
husbands. Many husbands
have to wait until the dog is
fed before he gets his meal,
and the reason that the wife
gives is, "You can help your-
self, but poor Poochie can't."
Hence the term, "Dog nyam
yu supper."
I have also seen where
women, when given a choice,
actually choose their dogs
over their men when the man
gives the ultimatum of,
"Either the damn dog
goes or I go." "Well, see you
later then," is her reply.
I have even heard of a sit-
uation where this couple
broke up because the woman
insisted on having her dog in


the bed with
them. Dogs
have it better,
I tell you.
Then there
are those
women who
have no man,
but focus
more atten- TONY
tion on their ROBINSON
dogs than
they would to
a newborn baby. They treat
those little pooches with such
nauseating love and affection,
that it makes you wonder if
they think that the animals are
human. They talk to them in
long sentences and even ask
them questions in the hope
that they'll answer.
"Oh Poochie, Mumsie
loves you so, yes she does,
she does...come give me a
hug...oh Poochie, what did
you do with my brush...
Poochie do you want your din
din now...you want to watch
TV instead?"

SHOCK
If you don't own a dog
and visit these women, you'll
be shocked and amazed at
how they treat them. I have
visited homes and heard
women tell me that the dog


doesn't think that he's a dog
and she therefore doesn't treat
him like one because she
doesn't want to hurt his feel-
ings. She shows more atten-
tion to the little mutt than she
does to her visitors and every
conversation is punctuated
with stories of the little cur.
I recently saw an article
that I!e--LILd that animals
not be called 'pets' anymore,
but 'human companions', so
as not to hurt their feelings. I
have seen a woman come on
TV bawling about her lost dog
and exclaimed that the dog
was her life, and that she'd
give anything to get it back. I
think she offered a consider-
able sum of money for the
safe return of her dog. Hey,
I'm not knocking it, for in
many cases, dogs love and
treat people better than peo-
ple treat and love their fellow
human beings.
Still, we all know that this
new found love for dogs by
women is a relatively modern
phenomenon. Men were the
original lovers of dogs, and if
you ask any old timer, he'll
tell you that women used to
resent how men treated dogs
back in the day. Well, I found

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* "We are being chastised for
our belief in fair play and free-
dom of speech but let not your
heart be daunted. We are
Caribbean people, our history
is tattooed with stories of
struggle, but we have always
risen" - Trinidad and Tobago's
Austin "Jack" Warner, vice
president of soccer's world gov-
erning body FIFA and who is
embroiled in allegations of
bribery, expresses his inno-
cence and defiance.

* "As long as we have colonial
or Overseas Territorial status,
we will always have racial
issues. Racism and colonialism


are synonymous with each
other" - government legislator
March Bean voices his views
over the ongoing Independence
debate in Bermuda.

* "It is the view
of some that the
accumulation of
skepticism and
disillusion-
ment...can
undermine the
progress already
made in building the
Caribbean community" -
CARICOM Chairman Tillman
Thomas gives his view on why
regional integration is lagging.

* "I'd like to say I'm sorry for
what happened. What I did
was wrong" - Trinidadian
Angelo Monderoy shows


remorse after he was convicted
on charges of arson, burglary
and aggravated cruelty to ani-
mals for setting afire a stray cat
called "Tommy Two Tnii% 'in
New York.

* "One of the reasons we are
doing so well is we have a rich
history" - Jamaica's World and
Olympic cham-
pion sprinter
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mess. The Center for American
Progress estimated that the
costs of a mass deportation
would be $206 billion over five
years, and possibly as high as
$230 billion. That's not going to
happen, on fiscal grounds
alone.
In El Paso, Obama's pre-
pared remarks included this,
intended as a slight to
Republicans: "When an issue is
this complex and raises such
strong feelings, it's easier for
politicians to defer the problem
until after the next election".


Dogs are
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some of those old timers who
regaled me with stories, plus a
history of why men loved dogs
so much, and why some men
even used to prefer the com-
pany of dogs over wives. This
was buttressed by secret e-
mails from some not-so-old-
timers who can't let their
wives know how they feel.
The first thing that one man
said, is that dogs don't nag,
and that the later that he
came home, the more excited
his dog is to see him. In con-
trast, his wife would curse him
when he came home late.
Another added, "If by chance
I called my dog by another
name by mistake, he wouldn't
care, but not so my wife. One
day I called her by her best
friend's name and I haven't
heard the last of it since."

DON'T CARE
Another thing is, dogs
don't care about bad habits,
and, "If I leave the toilet seat
up, my dog actually prefers it,
as he can drink when he
wants, but my wife makes a
scene whenever I do that."
What was also brought to the
table, was that the fact that
raising your voice to your dog
works all the time, but does
not have the same effect on
your wife. Speak to your dog
softly, in dulcet tones, tell him
to go outside and see if he
moves. Now raise your voice
in a stern commanding tone,
shouting, "Bruno, get off the
couch this minute," and see
what happens. Now try the
same thing with your wife and
compare the reaction.
Dogs are always ready to
do anything, but not so wives.
Just say, "Come, let's go out-
side and play," and your dog
doesn't hesitate. Not so wives,
who have a slew of excuses,
especially if you want to play
your favorite game with her.
And hear this now, dogs do
not ask questions or harass,


Yes, and it would be very
easy for Obama to keep toss-
ing rhetorical platitudes in
both directions with talk of "a
nation of laws" and "that first
glimpse of the Statue of
Liberty."
Or he can set aside the
flourishes and lead firmly,
changing the policies and
priorities within his adminis-
tration.

� 2011, The Kansas City
Star. Distributed by Tribune
Media Services.



better
but are always happy for your
company. Which brings up the
other point, dogs don't care if
they smell another dog on
you. Maybe you visited a
friend and played with his
dog, then came home. Your
dog wouldn't care. Not so
your wife though, who would
give you hell for the next few
months if she smelled another
woman on you.

LOYALTY
What is true is that dogs
almost never leave, and it's
only if he's treated very badly
that a dog will leave a house
and go to live somewhere else.
You may have seen rare cases
where dogs start to eat and
sleep next door, all because
the neighbor treats him better
than you did. He finds his
comfort zone and relishes it.
When that dog leaves, he just
leaves, and takes nothing with
him. Not so wives though,
who will take not only a half
of what you own, but also
what they came and saw you
with. You are the gift that
keeps on giving.
And the final proof and
test of a dog's unconditional
love is this, the experts say;
lock your wife and your dog in
the trunk of your car for a
couple of hours, then see who
is happier to see you when
you finally let them out.
And that's why dogs are a
man's best friend. I thank my
friends for the research, via e-
mail and secret codes hidden
from their wives. Dogs can
have fun days, and a dog's
love is precious, but some
people put dogs first and now
we know why.
So when someone com-
plains and says, "She treats
me like a dog," the response
should be, "Man, you are so
lucky, based on how people
treat dogs nowadays."

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Sean Kingston hurt in Miami Beach jet ski collision


Aruba film fest kicks off June 10


Jamaican American singer
Sean Kingston was seri-
ously injured in Florida
late last month after his jet ski
crashed into a Miami Beach
bridge.
According to his publicist,
the 21-year-old singer, who
came to international atten-
tion for his 2007 hit song
"Beautiful Girls", was taken
to the intensive care unit at a
local hospital following the
May 29 incident.
Reports indicate that
Kingston and a female passen-
ger were taken to the Ryder
Trauma Center. He reportedly
suffered head injuries.
The day after the acci-
dent, Joe Carozza, Kingston's
publicist at Epic Records,
said: "Sean Kingston is now
stabilized."
That same day Trav, a
hip-hop singer who features
Kingston in his latest song,
said Kingston is "doing well.
He just opened his eyes this
morning."
Sean Kingston was born
in Miami, but moved to
Jamaica as a six-year-old,
where he attended school in
Ocho Rios. His grandfather
was Jamaican reggae producer
Lawrence Lindo, better
known as "Jack Ruby".
The artiste changed his
name from Kisean Anderson
to Sean Kingston to reflect his
Jamaican heritage. His debut
album sold over a million


Kingston


copies. He also featured on
recordings done by other
artistes, including Justin
Bieber.
Kingston once told The
Associated Press news agency
that his music as a fusion of
reggae, pop, rap and R&B.
"It's Sean Kingston
genre," the artiste was quoted
as saying. "I have my own
genre...No disrespect to no
artiste or dudes out there. I
feel like I am my own person.
I am doing my own thing."


He also refused to use
profanity in his songs, telling
the Associated Press: "To put
it in my music, that's not the
message I am trying to send
out. That's not the type of
artist I am trying to be."

Reports from The Associated
Press and CNN contributed
to this story.


Bob Marley movie set for September release


LOS ANGELES, California -
Get ready for Bob Marley the
movie, coming to a theater
near you in the fall, some 30
years after his death.
Oscar-winning director
Kevin Macdonald hopes to
release "Marley" in September
at the Toronto Film Festival
before it hits major cinemas
across the globe. It will be
Macdonald's first documentary
on a musician.
The movie is set to focus
on the music and worldwide
impact of the Jamaican-born
reggae icon and was shot in
Ghana, Switzerland, Japan,
the United Kingdom and the
United States.
The world celebrated the
life and legacy of Marley on
May 11, the 30th anniversary
of the day he died from can-
cer. Barbadian singer
Rihanna, a big fan of Marley,
took to Twitter to pay her own
special tribute to the man who
continues to influence music
to this day.
"Bob we miss & LOVE
u! U made this lil journey of
mine possible by blessing the
world wit ur legend, which
lives on thru generations to
come RIP. Bob Marley U live


ivianey
on thru music and culture, as a
girl from a small island under
the sun, I owe it to you for
breaking MAJAH barriers for

"Bob we miss & LOVE u!
U made this lil journey of
mine possible by blessing
the world wit ur legend,
which lives on thru genera-
tions to come RIP"
- Rihanna tweets her tribute
to Marley

us. BOB MARLEY! One love
to you always! It's like u never
left! #OneLoveBobMarley",


she wrote.

NEW EXHIBIT
On May 11, 2011, The
Grammy Museum debuted a
new exhibit, titled "Bob
Marley, Messenger", on the
museum's second floor, that
focuses on Marley as a pri-
vate, spiritual man, as a pow-
erful performer who used his
lyrics to give a voice to the
disenfranchised and as a leg-
end who has inspired legions
of fans in the 30 years since
his death. Bringing together
more than 40 diverse artifacts,
rare photographs and more,
the exhibit features items
from the private collection of
the Marley family.
Robert Nesta Marley died
on May 11, 1981, at the age of
36, due to an advanced form
of melanoma. Marley released
13 albums over the course of
his career along with his band
the Wailers, with
"Confrontation" released in
1983 posthumously.
He was born in the parish
of St. Ann, Jamaica.

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he second annual
Aruba International
Film Festival (AIFF)
will be held June 10-16 in the
Caribbean island.
This year's festival will
showcase films from 13 differ-
ent countries and feature sev-
eral international premieres.
Among the international
premieres will be the
Massimiliano Bruno directed
Italian comedy "Nessuno mi
pub giudicare" (English title
"Nobody Can Judge Me");
American drama "Meet
Monica Velour", written and
directed by Keith Bearden; the
Mario Van Peebles directed
drama "Things Fall Apart",
starring rapper, actor and busi-
ness mogul Curtis "50 Cent"
Jackson, who is scheduled to


Knibb dies
KINGSTON, Jamaica - A
Jamaican drummer, who is
credited with helping to devel-
op and popularize the genre
of ska in his homeland, has
passed away at age 80.
Lloyd Knibb, according
to his wife Enid, died from
liver cancer on May 12. He
was an original member of
The Skatalites, a group which
was known for Knibb's frenet-
ic style.


* Mavado to appear in court
June 9
Jamaican entertainer David
Brooks, better known as "Mavado",
is scheduled to appear in court in
Kingston this month on a charge of
malicious destruction of property
following a recent altercation.
Police said that Mavado had
been offered station bail last month
after being formally charged. He had
been arrested with nine members of
his entourage, including manager
Julian Griffiths, who was charged
with assault.
Police said that the incident
occurred at the Jamaica Club on
May 21.

* Caribbean film screenings
The stage is set for the first
CaribbeanTales New York Film
Showcase at the Spike Lee
Screening Room at Long Island
University's Brooklyn Campus in
New York on June 11.
It gets underway at noon and
the program will include the screen-
ing the documentary "Fire in
Babylon", the story of how a West
Indies cricket side triumphed over
its colonial masters. Guests will also
view "Calypso Dreams, which
explores the roots of calypso
For more information, visit
www.caiibbeantales-


attend the festival; and
"Tequila" directed by Sergio
Sanchez Suarez.
AIFF will open with
"Meet Monica Velour" star-
ring Golden Globe Award
winning actress Kim Cattrall
("Sex and the City" franchise
and "The Ghost Writer")
who will kick-off the festival's
opening night at Paseo
Herencia.
The festival's "In
Conversation With..." series
will start on June 11, 2011
with Oscar winning director
Jonathan Demme ("The
Silence of the Lambs" and
"The Manchurian Candidate").
Demme will also present the
film "The Agronomist".


at age 80
The Skatalites split up
during the 1960s, but reunited
two decades later in New
York. Two of the group's
albums were nominated for
Grammy awards.
Knibb last performed with
The Skatalites in April. He is
survived by his widow, five
children, seven grandchildren
and a great grandchild.
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* Matis in Guam
Jewish-born reggae singer
Matis is taking his music to Guam.
The singer, according to Mid Pacific
Distributors Inc., will perform there
on June 9.

* Reggae in British Columbia
Some notable names will kick
off the "Reggae Revolution Tour"
next month in British Columbia,
Canada.
Gramps Morgan, son of Denroy
Morgan, patriarch of Morgan
Heritage, and Kymani Marley, son of
reggae legend Bob Marley, will be
part of the tour, which begins on
July 7 in Whistler.
The month-long tour will extend
to the United States, making stops
in Vancouver, Victoria, Spokane,
Seattle, Bellingham and Portland. It
will include two heritage festivals:
the 27th Annual Reggae on the
River in California. Gramps and
Kymani will share the stage with
Tony Rebel, Bushman and Queen
Ifrica.

Compiled from various sources,
including CMC and News
Americas.
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'Parent of the Year" stresses

reading to children at early age


Miami-Dade County
Community Action
Agency (CAA) has
named Roseland Jean Joseph,
from Catholic Charities' Notre
Dame Child Care Center, its
2011 "Parent of the Year".
Jean Joseph is the mother
of two sets of twins. One set is
currently enrolled at the cen-
ter. She volunteers at the cen-
ter, dedicating at least an hour
every day. She is a strong advo-
cate of reading to the children
and encourages other parents
to read to their children at
home. Through her voluntary
work she has motivated others
to become involved in various
activities at the center.
Jean Joseph's love of
reading and her desire to help
her children and others were
the contributing factors in her
decision to become an educa-
tor. She has so far completed
45 hours of DCF training,
receiving a child development
associate certificate (CDA),
and is currently enrolled at
Miami-Dade College studying
early childhood education.
Miami-Dade Community
Action Agency's Head
Start/Early Head Start
Program serves more than
6,700 children annually. The
primary goal of the programs


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is to assist families in obtain-
ing self-sufficiency, as well as
preparing children for kinder-
garten through a supportive
and nurturing environment.
For more information
about the Community Action
Agency's programs and servic-
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U.S, diplomat to leave Caribbean post this summer


WASHINGTON, D.C. - The
United States' top regional
diplomat is to step down from
his post this summer to return
to academia.
Arturo Valenzuela, the
U.S. assistant secretary of
State for western hemisphere
affairs, said he will be return-
ing to Georgetown University
here as a professor of govern-
ment.
"As you may know, the
university gave me a two-year
leave of absence to serve in
the administration, and those
two years have come to an
end this spring," he told
staffers recently.



SUMMER READING
The Miami-Dade Public
Library System and the Miami
Dolphins Foundation is team-
ing up to offer a summer of
reading for people of all ages.
The 2011 "Summer
Reading Program" begins on
June 11 and continues through
July 23, with a number of special
events and programs at library
branches throughout the county.
The program is divided
into three themes: "One
World, Many Stories" for chil-
dren up to agel2; "You Are
Here", for agesl3 to 18; and
"Novel Destinations", for
adults.
Children are encouraged to
read for two or more hours
each week, which qualifies
them to receive an entry ticket
for the grand prize, which
includes a Miami Dolphins VIP
Training Camp Experience,
Miami Dolphins VIP Game
Day Experience, Miami
Dolphins Memorabilia, gift
cards to Barnes and Noble,
Gamestop, Best Buy, Toys 'R
Us, among many others.
For adults, the weekly
challenge is to "travel" to a
novel destination through
books, books or VHS/DVDs.
Prizes include a Barnes &
Noble Nook eBook Reader
and gift certificates to Publix,
Barnes & Noble or Olive
Garden restaurant.
For more information, call
305-375-BOOK (2665).

DIASPORA CONFAB
Jamaican nationals will return


Valenzuela


"Although the exact date
of my departure has not been
set, it will take place some
time later this summer," he

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to the Caribbean island for the
Jamaica Diaspora Conference
June 15 to 17 in Ocho Rios.
The theme for the confer-
ence 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.

MIRAMAR VOLUNTEERS
The South Florida City of
Miramar, home to hundreds of
Caribbean Americans, is invit-
ing residents to get involved in
the decision making process on
matters relating to the commu-
nity by volunteering to serve
on a board and/or committee.
Boards and committees
are created by the Miramar
City Commission to serve in an
advisory capacity. Members of
boards and committees are
appointed to meet, research
and report their findings and
recommendations to the City
Commission as required in the
formation of the committee or
board.
For more information, visit
htp://www.ci.miramar.flus/city-
cerk/board for a list of boards
and committees. An application
must be completed by those
interested in an appointment to a
board or committee Applications
are available from the Office of
the City Clerk, 2300 Civic Center
Place, Miramar, Florida, 33025, or
on the city's website, http://
www.ci.miramar.flus/cityderk/b
oardapp/form apply.asp.
Additional information may
be obtained by calling the city


added.
Valenzuela took the post
in Nov. 2009 as U.S. President
Barack Obama pledged to
renew ties with the Caribbean
and Latin America. But the
financial crisis in the U.S. and
dual wars in Afghanistan and
Iraq kept the administration
distracted, analysts said.
He helped to orchestrate
Obama's visit to the Caribbean,
specifically Trinidad and
Tobago, for the 2009 Summit
of the Americas, and his recent
visits to Brazil, Chile and El
Salvador.





clerk's office at 954-602-3011.

CULTURAL
CONNECTION
WLRN has unveiled its
redesigned Cultural
Connection website at CUL-
TURALCONNECTION.org.
Since 2003, Cultural
Connection, a partnership
between WLRN and the
Theatre League of South
Florida, has offered same-day,
discount theater and show
tickets.
Redesigned by Miami-
based Factory Interactive, Inc.,
CULTURALCONNEC-
TION.org now provides easy-
to-use navigation for purchas-
ing tickets, enhanced venue
and performance details, a crit-
ic's corner for reviews and
commentary, as well as a link
to the WLRN.org Events
Calendar.
"WLRN plays a central
role in the cultural community
in South Florida," said John
Labonia, general manager of
WLRN. "We are excited to
offer this improved service and
to strengthen the connection
between the community and
their access to the area's vibrant
cultural and arts scene."
In addition to theater tick-
ets, the site provides discounts
to The Arsht Center, The
Broward Performing Arts
Center, as well as the Miramar
Cultural Center, to name a few.
Other discounted offerings are
available from Seraphic Fire,
Florida Grand Opera, New
World Symphony, and many
other dance and performance
programs.
Another goal of the site
was to provide theater man-
agers from Key West to Palm
Beach an easy way to promote
available tickets at a central
online hub.
For more information
about Cultural Connection,
please contact Michael Peyton
at 305-350-7978.


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'Taste of the Caribbean' to spice up Miami June 22-26 N.Y. lights up for Caribbean Week


Culinary teams from the
Caribbean will battle it
out during the annual
"Taste of the Caribbean" com-
petition this month in Miami,
Florida.
The event, which show-
cases the best cuisine from the
region, will be staged from
June 22-26 at the Hyatt
Regency hotel.
Taste of the Caribbean, a
competition-style event organ-
ized by the Caribbean Hotel
and Tourism Association's
(CHTA), features the region's
best practitioners in preparing
food and drink. It culminates
with the crowning of "Chef of
the Year", "Pastry Chef of the
Year", "Junior Chef of the
Year" and "Bartender of the
Year".
This year, Taste of the
Caribbean will feature 10
teams from Anguilla, The
Bahamas, Barbados, British
Virgin Islands, Curacao,
Jamaica, Puerto Rico, St.
Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago
and United States Virgin
Islands. The event will offer
an opportunity for food and
beverage staff to network, pol-
ish professional skills and-
cheer on colleagues in compe-
tition before industry peers
and consumer culinary enthu-


siasts.

EDUCATION
Taste of the Caribbean
will also feature an education-
al component for participants.
CHTA members and
Caribbean governments will
highlight some of the latest
culinary trends and topics.
This year's general sessions


and seminars include:
* The Importance of an
"Emerging Contemporary
Caribbean Cuisine: Its
Linkages and Effects on
Agriculture and Tourism".
This session will showcase the
importance of cuisine region-
ally and nationally as well as
focus on its contribution to the
economic health of the region.


Caribbean cuisine mirrors
the culture, art and music
of each region. The panel will
trace the history and evolution
of the cuisine, define where it
is today and outline how to
continue the growth and
development of the industry.
* Science and Flavor
Trends Behind the Sizzle(TM)
- Learn the difference
between the Certified Angus
Beef brand and USDA
Choice. Maggie O'Quinn,
executive account manager for
Certified Angus Beef LLC,
will share the advantages of
the brand, steakhouse trends,
as well as menu and merchan-
dising practices that can
improve profitability. Josue
Merced-Reyes, president of
InterEmarketing, will share
global trends on what cus-
tomers want in terms of food,
flavor and beverages
for 2011-2012.
* 10 Ways to Step it Up
with ClLh.. - Chef Jon
Ashton will teach ways to step
up a menu with more than 500
cheese makers. Chef Ashton
will also discuss the latest U.S.
cheese trends.
* After Dinner Cocktail
Workshop: New Profit
Opportunities - Discussions of
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Symposium to examine Rastafari's world impact


he Caribbean Tourism
Organization (CTO)
has announced its line-
up of events for Caribbean
Week 2011 in New York.
From June 5-11, the Big
Apple will take on the sights,
sounds and flavors of the
Caribbean when destinations
from across the region bring a
slice of Caribbean life to the
city. New York is welcoming
the region as the iconic Empire
State Building will display the
traditional Caribbean colors of
blue, green and yellow on

"We are thrilled to bring
the Caribbean back to New
York," said Sylma Brown-
Bramble, CTO's director of
marketing for the Americas.
"This year's celebration is
sure to be our bi_-,,lI and
most exciting Caribbean Week
ever. The local community will
get to experience why the
Caribbean is the number one
warm-weather destination and
offers so much more than just
sun and sand."
The Caribbean Travel &
Cultural Fair will take place
10 a.m. to 7 p.m. June 8 at
Vanderbilt Hall in Grand
Central Terminal. Admission
is free. It will feature
Caribbean performers and
entertainers, as well as a
Caribbean wedding organized
in collaboration with the
Global Bridal Group.


In addition, the fair will offer
consumers exclusive
Caribbean Week deals from
American Airlines Vacations
and Travelocity.

CULTURE
Caribbean Week will give
the local community an oppor-
tunity to experience the
region's diverse culture and
heritage: from its cuisine - as
renowned local chefs prepare
flavorful dishes at various loca-
tions such as Bloomingdale's
59th Street - to its fashionable
trends at the first-ever
Caribbean Fashion Show.
A complete list of
Caribbean Week 2011 events
include:
* Wednesday, June 8 -
Caribbean Fashion Show, 6:30
p.m. to 9 p.m. at Arena, 135
W. 41st St. in New York City.
* Thursday, June 9 -
Invest Caribbean Power
Breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to
9:50 am. at the Marriott
Marquis hotel in Manhattan.
This is a networking event
featuring venture capitalists
and investors sharing plans,
budgets and procedures for
investing in the Caribbean.
Tickets are $75.
* Friday, June 10 - The
Rhythms of the Caribbean
Ball, 7 p.m. to midnight at
The Plaza Hotel New York.
Hosted by NBC anchor Jenna
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C The Impact of Rastafari
on the Culture of Jamaica
and the World" will be the
focus of a symposium this
month in South Florida.
The event, part of the cele-
bration of Caribbean
American Heritage Month
2011,will be held 6 p.m. June
10 on the first floor of the
Morris Auditorium, Health
Professions Division at Nova

University,


in Fort
Lauderdale.
Presented
by Jamaica
Awareness,
Inc., it will Augier
examine ques-
tions surrounding the Rastafari
movement, and also serve as a
special tribute to the late
Professor Ralston "Rex"
Nettleford.
Decades ago, Rastafari in
Jamaica was brought to the
attention of a larger part of the
Jamaican and world communi-
ty by the publication of a
report on the movement by
three professors from the
University of the West Indies
(UWI). The "Report on The
Rastafari Movement in


Kingston, Jamaica" came in
response to a request by m, >1
prominent members of the
Rastafari bIre ilri n who asked
the UWI to do research. The
three professors who carried
out the interviews with the
movement
were M.G.
Smith, Roy
Augier and
Nettleford.
Of the
three authors
of the 1960
report, only
Augier is still Mama lyaddis
alive.

QUESTIONS
The Rastafari movement
and culture have grown world-
wide. Questions around how
they survived and spread, what
the movement
represents and
what its real
impact has
been, have
also remained.
The panel
discussion at
the sympo-
sium is expect- Barnett
ed to focus on
some of the deeper resonances
that emanate from the core of
Rastafari, as well as the more


recognized repercussions from
this worldwide phenomenon.
Augier will be the keynote
speaker. Panelists will include:
journalist and teacher Nana
Farika Berhane; Mama
lyaddis, multi-media producer
and community activist; Prof.
Michael Barnett, from Nova's
Department of
Sociology,
Psychology
and Social
Work; Dr.
K'admawe
K'nlfe, lectur-
er in
Department
of Berhane
Management
Studies at UWI; Dr. Jahlani
Bongo Niah, lecturer in the
Institute of Caribbean Studies
at UWI; and Robin "Bongo
Jerry" Small, historian, radio
host, commentator and social
activist. Ras Don Rico Ricketts
will moderate.
The discussion will be
broadcast live via video stream
over the Internet at
www. irieevents. com.
For more information call
305-405-2712 or visit
www.jamaware.org.


Caribbean Americans have prospered

in every sector of our society ~ Obama


The fabric of our nation
has been woven togeth-
er and enriched by the
diversity of our people. Our
legacy as a nation of immi-
grants is part of what makes
America strong, and during





pm'


uDama


National Caribbean American
Heritage Month, we celebrate
the rich history and vibrant
culture Caribbean Americans
have brought to our shores.
Immigrants from
Caribbean countries have
come to America for cen-
turies. Some came through the


bondage of slavery. Others
willfully left behind the world
they knew in search of a bet-
ter life. Regardless of the cir-
cumstances of their arrival,
they had faith their descen-
dants would have a chance to
realize their greatest potential.
Caribbean Americans
have prospered in every
sector of our society and
enhanced our national charac-
ter while maintaining the mul-
tiethnic and multicultural tra-
ditions of their homelands.
They are doctors and lawyers,
public servants and scientists,
and athletes and service mem-
bers. Their successes inspire
individuals in the United
States and abroad, and we
take pride in the contributions
Caribbean Americans contin-
ue to make to the narrative of
our Nation's progress.

HARD WORK
Their achievements are
borne of hard work and ambi-
tion, and my administration is
committed to creating path-
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Barbadian gets highest U.S. military decoration for exceptional service


BRIDGETOWN, Barbados,
CMC - Colonel Alvin
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Barbados Defence Force, has
received the United States'
highest military decoration -
the Legion of Merit award
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his "exceptionally meritorious
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Stuart congratulated Col.
Quintyne, noting that the
award exemplified "his dedi-
cation, commitment to service
and strong leadership quali-
ties." Quintyne said the award
represented the work of the
"loyal men and women who
serve within the ranks of the


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the history and legends from
InterEmarketing's Josue
Merced-Reyes. Practice with


Barbados Defence Force and
the government and people of
Barbados."
On the issue of security in
the region, Stuart said the
Caribbean remained vulnera-
ble to transnational crime and
also non-traditional threats,
such as natural disasters and


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pandemics. He said his admin-
istration is committed to
strengthening its collaboration
with the United States "in an
effort to promote peace and
security in the region."
g


Broward County Commissioner Dale Holness, left, presents a proclamation to Jamaica's renowned jazz pianist Monty Alexander at
the Reggae Jazz Fusion held late last month. The date of the show, May 22, was declared "Monty Alexander Day" in Broward
County, Florida.

Caribbean Americans have prospered in every sector of our society - Obama


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ways to prosperity that ensure
future generations of
Caribbean Americans, along
with all Americans, are able
to pursue and realize the
American dream.
This month, we also rec-
ognize the important friend-
ship between the United
States and the countries of the
Caribbean as we expand our
partnership to promote eco-
nomic development, demo-
cratic governance, citizen


security, and improved health
and education in the region.
Additionally, as Haiti contin-
ues to recover from last year's
devastating earthquake, we
remain committed to standing
beside the people of Haiti as
they rebuild their proud
nation, and to working with
others in the region to bring
lasting prosperity and stability
to the country.
Now, therefore I, Barack
Obama, president of the United
States of America, by virtue of


N.Y. lights up for Caribbean W
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* Saturday, June 11-
Wolfe. A "barefoot" black tie * Saturday, June 11
Caribbean Tales NY Film
affair. Tickets start at $350 Showcase, starting 2 p.m. at
and a portion of the proceeds the New School in Manhattan.
go to finance scholarships to Admission is free.
Admission is free.


the authority vested in me by
the Constitution and the laws
of the United States, do hereby
proclaim June 2011 as National
Caribbean American Heritage
Month.

Above is the edited text of
U.S. President Barack
Obama's declaration of June
as Caribbean American
Heritage Month.




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International partnership to boost Caribbean tourism


WASHINGTON, D.C. - The
Inter-American Development
Bank (IDB) and the UNWTO
have deepened their coopera-
tion on tourism development
in the Caribbean and Latin
America with joint activities
focusing on improving the
measurement of tourism,
strengthening governance and
promoting investment in the
region.
The cooperation program,
which will run until the end of
2012, got underway recently
with a Workshop on Tourism
Statistics.
With the participation
of representatives from
tourism administrations,
national statistics offices and
central banks, the workshop
represents an important step
towards increased coordina-
tion in tourism measurement.
The statistics component of
the program aims to reinforce


governance and tourism
policy in Uruguay, Brazil,
Argentina, Paraguay and
Chile by providing reliable
and harmonized tourism indi-
cators and data.
The project is part of both
organizations' objectives of
improving national tourism
statistics systems and acceler-
ating regional integration. The
statistics component further
includes the development of a
Regional Tourism
Observatory.

COLLABORATION
In the area of tourism
governance, IDB and the
UNWTO will collaborate
to set out a framework for
tourism governance at the
national and regional levels.
Special attention will be given
to tourism promotion organi-
zations.
The third activity is


focused on the promotion of
direct private investment, as
well as on public investment
strategies. Research will be
carried out on the key factors
driving private investment
decisions including legislation,
fiscal policy, credit lines, war-
rants, administrative proce-
dures and capital movement.
Tourism is one of the
largest and fastest growing
sectors in the region. It plays a
critical role in creating jobs,
providing foreign currency
and generating and distribut-
ing wealth.
In 2010, Caribbean and
Latin American destinations
received around 74 million
international tourist arrivals.
In 2009, tourism to the region
generated just over $58 billion
in international tourism
receipts.


KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC -
Efforts are underway in sever-
al Caribbean countries to use
medical tourism to diversify
their tourism product and
bring in much-needed foreign
investment.
"The growth of this form
of tourism would lead to the
development of new resorts
that are conducive to recuper-
ation and rejuvenation, pres-
ent new possibilities for the
employment of highly skilled
and specialized health profes-
sionals locally,
and recapture
those health
professionals
who have
migrated," the
United
Kingdom-
based
International Bartlett
Medical
Travel Journal (IMTJ), a pub-
lishing firm, recently quoted
Jamaica's Tourism Minister
Edmund Bartlett as saying.
"The move to position the
island to benefit from the
lucrative medical tourism mar-
ket is part of a thrust to diver-
sify our growing tourism sec-
tor, as well as boost visitor
arrivals and earnings," he
added.
Bartlett said a task force
has been established through
Jamaica Trade and Invest to
examine Jamaica's potential as
a medical tourism destination.
The task force, chaired by
Jamaica's tourism ministry,
will also guide the develop-
ment of an appropriate policy
and regulatory framework.

U.S. PULL
It will see if Jamaica has
potential as a major medical


tourism destination given its
close proximity to the United
States, which is a major source
of travelers seeking outbound
medical care, and which has a
well-established air trans-
portation network that is con-
ducive to quick and easy trav-
el, IMTJ said.
It noted that the
Barbados Fertility Center is
advertising "IVF holiday
packages that bundle airfare
and accommodation with air-
port and clinic transfers". IVF
costs are not included in the
package prices.
IMTJ also stated that
Guyana's President Bharrat
Jagdeo has secured a $18 mil-
lion line of credit from India
to build a new specialist surgi-
cal hospital. The hospital will
offer procedures such as organ
transplants and cosmetic sur-
gery to medical tourists.
Construction will start this
year and is
scheduled to
end in early
2014.
An
unidentified
Indian compa-
ny will build
the hospital,
and Indian Douglas
medical spe-
cialists will operate it, the
IMTJ claimed. It noted that
Umesh Rampersad of the
Private Hospitals Association
of Trinidad and Tobago
(PHATT) is keen on develop-
ing the U.S. medical tourism
market. But local hospitals
only have 325 hospital beds
available, IMTJ noted. It said
private hospitals attract
patients from neighboring
Caribbean territories in the
twin-island republic.


But to take it to the next
level, IMTJ urged the
Trinidad and Tobago
Ministries of Health and
Tourism to "develop a strate-
gic marketing plan that would
quantify and qualify the
opportunity, as well as
describe the best way for-
ward". IMTJ said St. Kitts has
started constructing an 18-bed
surgical hospital, which will
offer the latest CT, MRI and
cardiac equipment. It noted
that the St. Kitts American
University Hospital is a joint
venture between the
American Hospital
Management Company
(AHMC) and the Royal St.
Kitts Beach Resort Limited
(RSKBRL), and is to be
opened in 2013.
"This new venture will
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Publisher


CARIBBEAN TODAY * JUNE 2011 * 15





Caribbean visitors to U.S. set to rise


WASHINGTON, D.C. -
Visitors from the Caribbean
to the United States are fore-
cast to grow this year.
That's according to new
data released by the U.S.
Commerce Department. The
department predicts that visi-
tors from the Caribbean will
spike by some five percent
this year, a bounce back from
zero growth last year.
Central America is also
set for a growth this year, by
some four percent, over a
flat year last year. However,
visitor arrivals from South
America could see a drop off
to 12 percent, down from 19
percent last year.
Analysts say, however,
tourists from Brazil are


expected to rise dramatically,
boosting U.S. exports in
tourism-related services.
Jamaica and Guatemala
are the only two countries in
the LATAM region that are
forecast to register no growth
in arrivals of tourists this year.
Overall, the U.S. is expecting
a six percent to eight percent
average annual growth in
tourism over the next five
years, and this year, 64 million
foreign travelers are projected
to visit the U.S., spending
$144 billion during their stays,
setting a new record for travel
exports

Edited from News Americas


Caribbean Airlines heads to Orlando


his sum-
mer,
Caribbean
Airlines will be
operating a spe-
cial service to a

tination.
In addition to
Fort Lauderdale
and Miami, cus-
tomers can book
flights for the
months of July and August to
Orlando, Florida.
The Caribbean Airlines
summer service to Orlando,
Florida will operate twice
weekly (Tuesdays and
Friday) into Orlando's MCO
International Airport for the
months of July and August.
In addition to this direct
service, passengers have the
option of purchasing all-inclu-
sive packages to customize
their own Disney vacation on
the Caribbean Airlines website
(www.caribbean-airlines.com).
"We are excited about pre-


senting our customers with yet
another option when they are
planning for that very special
family vacation," Laura
Asbjornsen, Caribbean
Airlines head of corporate
communications said in a
recent press release.
"Caribbean holiday mak-
ers can now connect to Piarco
International Airport (in
Trinidad) from the other
Caribbean islands we service,
and get directly to Orlando."


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Worker indicted in death of Jamaican patient in N.Y. hospital waiting room


NEW YORK - Law enforce-
ment officials in the Brooklyn
District have charged a hospi-
tal worker here with falsifying
records in the case of a
Jamaican psychiatric patient
who died on a waiting room
floor nearly 24 hours after
arriving in an ambulance.
The indictment alleges
that a psychiatric technician at
the sprawling Kings County
Hospital in Brooklyn, Easton
Royal, 53, falsified records to
erroneously indicate that he
had been checking in on
patients.


Esmin Green, 49, died in
the waiting room at the New
York City-run psychiatric
facility in 2008.
Royal's indictment
includes two counts of "falsify-
ing business records in the first
degree", and one count each
of "offering a false instrument
for filing in the first degree"
and "reckless endangerment in
the first degree."
If convicted, District
Attorney Charley J. Hynes
said, Royal faces a maximum
of 11 years in prison.
A security video released


by the New
York Civil
Liberties
Union and
other lawyers
showed Green
collapsing to
the floor and
lying there Green
while workers
ignored her. The medical
examiner found that Green
died of blood clots.

ACCOUNTABLE
A lawyer for Green's fam-
ily, Sanford Rubenstein, said


they welcomed the criminal
charges.
"The family believes that
anyone who was involved in
the cover-up or the wrongful
death of Esmin Green should
be held accountable criminally
so that what happened to
Esmin Green does not happen
to anyone else," he said.
"They look forward to
justice being done with this
case," he added.
Family members, most of
whom currently live in
Jamaica, settled with New
York City for $2 million dol-


lars in 2009.
Adele Flateau, a spokes-
woman for Kings County
Hospital Center, said Royal
was suspended.
"The Kings County
Hospital psychiatric program
staff have worked tirelessly
since the death of Ms. Green
and have made major improve-
ments and reforms that have
turned around and brought sta-
bility to the program," she said,
citing a change in clinical lead-
ership and a policy review.


Jackson Health honors Caribbean nurses for excellence


Fifteen professionals with
Caribbean backgrounds
were recently honored
with "Nurse of the Year"
awards at a public celebration
held at Jackson Memorial


advanced practice nurse, a
registered nurse and a rookie
nurse from each of Jackson
Health System's patient care
centers, specialty areas, satel-
lite centers and hospitals were


From left, front row: Myrna Lee-Keow, Olive Lewis and Marie Gelin; middle row: Marie Theod
Louis, Dawn Allen and Bensita Joseph; back row: Angela L. Jones, Jean Jecrois, and Marcell
Honored nurses not in photograph are Maureen Allen-Barnes, Gerry Francois, Nicole Thomps
Joseph and Marietta Gervais.


Hospital in Florida.
As part of "National
Nurse Week" activities, a
licensed practical nurse, an


selected by their colleagues as
the nurses who have con-
tributed the most to quality
care throughout the system.


The nurses received their
awards from Carlos A.
Migoya, president and chief
executive officer of Jackson
Health System; and Leah S.
Kinnard, senior vice president
for Patient
Care Services
and chief nurs-
~:gr ing officer.
S Three
Caribbean
nurses were
among the
recipients of
V -the "Clinical
Excellence
Award" pre-
sented annually
to the nurse
who best exem-
plifies selfless
dedication,
compassion
and nursing
pride system-
wide through-
out the years.
at, Marie-Jean They were
Nicholas. Dawn Allen,
on-Bowie, Marie Holtz
Children's
Hospital and
Jackson Memorial Hospital's
Women's Hospital Center;
Marie Jean Louis, Jackson
North Medical Center; and


Marie Joseph, Jackson Mental
Health Hospital.
To qualify for the "Nurse
of the Year" awards, nurses
must have been employed for
at least three years of continu-
al service; for the "rookie"
category, it can be one year or
less. The nurses must also
demonstrate excellence in job
performance, proven by a
consistent, above-average
evaluation. There can be no
record of counseling or disci-
plinary action in their person-
nel files within the last three
years, and they have to
demonstrate fulfillment of
Jackson Health System
Standards of Excellence.
There must also be evidence
of well-rounded professional
activities that consolidate the
nurses as role models.
Nurse of the Year hon-
orees were:
* Guillermo A. Barquero
and Marie Theodat -
Ambulatory Care Center;
* Marie Gelin -
Cardiovascular Services;
* Jackie Master, Maureen
Allen-Barnes and
* Deborah C. Rushing -
Community-Based Primary
Care Centers;
* Gerry Francois and
Lorena Carrasco - Corrections
Health Services;
* Bensita Joseph -
Education and Development
* Douglas Houghton and
Gelena Dimaano - Emergency


Care and Trauma Services;
* Nicole Thompson-
Bowie, Angela L. Jones and
Dawn Allen - Holtz Children's
Hospital;
* Marcell Nicholas and
Bernadette Jeanniton -
Jackson Memorial Long Term
Care Center;
* Elizabeth Maybee and
Leonila Liddell - Jackson
Memorial Perdue Medical
Center;
* Barbara Seay and Marie
Jean Louis - Jackson North
Medical Center;
* Carina A. Ryder, Maria
E. Fernandez and Dolce
Ortaliz - Jackson South
Community Hospital;
* Philip Dlugasch, Jean
Jecrois and Olive Lewis -
Medical-Surgical Hospital
Center;
* Marie Joseph - Jackson
Mental Health Hospital;
* Myrna Lee-Keow,
Marietta Gervais and
Rocio Mariel Simunovic -
Ortho-Rehab-Neuroscience
Hospital Center;
* Nichole Crenshaw,
Anne-Marie Fernandez and
Jacqueline Buigas. -
Perioperative Services;
* Maribel Valmocina and
Maria Luisa Rodriguez -
Specialty Areas; and
* Nancy E. Griffis, Denise
Lamothe and Ozaida Astapan
- Women's Hospital Center.



Caribbean probes potential of

medical tourism


(CONTINUED FROM PAGE 15)
attract patients seeking a qual-
ity medical tourism destina-
tion, such as St. Kitts, while
also finding an effective way
of increasing access to state of
the art diagnostic equipment
for the local population," said
St. Kitts and Nevis's Prime
Minister Dr. Denzil Douglas.
Randall D. Arlett, of AHMC,


said the St. Kitts American
University Hospital is being
developed as part of the over-
all continuing development of
the Marriott St. Kitts Beach
Resort complex.
"This project is the result
of an in-depth study on med-
ical tourism," he said.








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Strong Caribbean presence

at Gold Cup soccer in U.S.


The finest teams from the
Caribbean will test their
skills against soccer
powerhouses from Central
and North America in the
2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup
tournament this month.
The Caribbean will be
represented by reigning and
many time regional champion
Jamaica. The Reggae Boyz
will be joined in Group B by
Grenada. The two teams will
clash in their opening round
game on June 6 at the Home
Depot Center in Carson,
California.
Cuba, in Group A, and
Guadeloupe, Group C, are the
other two Caribbean nations
involved in the 12-team com-
petition, which will be played
throughout the Untied States.
Jamaica and Grenada are
joined in Group B by Central
American teams Honduras
and Guatemala. The Boyz
will tackle Guatemala on June
10 at Florida International
University Stadium in Miami,
Florida, the same day and
venue for the Grenada against
Honduras clash. The teams
will conclude group play on
June 13 at Red Bull Arena in
New York with Jamaica
against Honduras and
Grenada versus Guatemala.

CUBA, GUADELOUPE
Cuba's Group A oppo-
nents will include Central
Americans Costa Rica, El
Salvador and defending Gold


Cup champion Mexico. Cuba
opens against Costa Rica on
June 5 at Cowboys Stadium,
Arlington, Texas, and finish
group play against Mexico on
June 9 at Bank of America
Stadium in Charlotte, North
Carolina, and El Salvador on
June 12 at Soldier Field,
Chicago, Illinois.
Guadeloupe finds itself
in a group with North
American teams U.S. and
Canada, plus Panama from
Central America. The
Caribbean nation plays its
first game on June 7 against
Panama at Ford Field in
Detroit followed by matches
against Canada on June 11 at
Raymond James Stadium in
Tampa, Florida and the U.S.
on June 14 at the Livestrong
Sporting Park in Kansas City,
Kansas.
On June 18, the Group A
runner-up and Group B run-
ner-up will play in the quarter-
final, along with the winner of
Group A versus the third
place team from either Group
B or C.
The quarter-final round
continues on June 19, with the
Group B winner versus the
Group C runner-up and the
Group C winner against the
third place team from either
Group A or B.
The semi-finals are sched-
uled for June 22 with the final
slated for June 25 at the Rose
Bowl in Pasadena, California.
*


Jamaica will be the sole
Caribbean representative
at the 2011 Under-17
World Cup soccer finals, which
begins this month in Mexico.
The Young Reggae Boyz,
who qualified for the tourna-
ment from the CONCACAF
regional finals played earlier
this year in
Jamaica, are
drawn in
Group B,
where they
will play all
their prelimi-
nary round
matches in
Monterrey. Downswell
Jamaica
will face Japan on June 18, fol-
lowed by group matches
against Argentina on June 21
and France on June 24.
According to coach
Wendell Downswell, Jamaica
knows little about its opening
game opponent, but if the
youngsters can approach the
games with confidence then
the Caribbean will be well


represented at the World Cup.
"Once we can get our-
selves in a very positive mode,
especially in the first game,
once we can come out of that
first game unbeaten, then
there's the prospect that we
can move on," Downswell
said last month.
This year will be the sec-
ond time that Jamaica has
reached the Under-17 World
Cup finals, after making an
appearance in 1999.
Raymond Bogle
and Stephen Brown, two of
Jamaica's top referees, have
been appointed to officiate at
the Under-17 World Cup.



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Caribbean stars line up for Grand Prix meet in N.Y.
several of the world's best United States, the three-time Fraser-Pryce's Jamaican
athletes, featuring out- World champion in the event, club teammates, World
standing performers from Fraser-Pryce said she's champion 100 meters hurdler
the Caribbean, are scheduled "excited" to run in New York Brigitte Foster-Hylton, and
to compete at the adidas for the first time and will use sprinters Michael Frater and
Grand Prix this month in New the race to gauge her form Sherone Simpson will also
York. and fitness with an eye on try- compete in New York.


The line-up for the
June 11 track meet, at Icahn
Stadium, Randall's Island, will
include Jamaica's World and
Olympic 100 meters champion
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who
is down to run the 200 meters.
She will face American
Carmelita Jeter, who was
ranked number one in the


Ferguson-McKenzie
100 meters last year,
Bahamian Debbie Ferguson-
McKenzie, the 2001 World
champion in the 200 meters,
and Allyson Felix of the


Thompson


ing for the 100/200 meters
double at this year's IAAF
World Championships in
Athletics in Daegu, South
Korea.

RIVALRY
She is also looking for-
ward to renewing the sprint
competition between athletes
from the U.S. and Jamaica.
"The rivalry has been
really, really wonderful," she
said, calling the match-ups
friendly, competitive, plus
boosting recognition for
women in track.
"It builds our sport," she
added.


In the men's
100 meters, rising
Jamaican sprinter
Nickel Ashmeade
will join Frater,
a 2005 World
Championship
silver medalist,
# 2008 Olympic
silver medalist
Richard Thompson
of Trinidad and
Tobago, Jamaican
Nesta Carter and
American Wallace
Spearmon (USA)
to battle 2007 World
champion Tyson
Gay of the U.S.
Thompson is the defend-
ing adidas Grand Prix champi-
on. Carter ran 9.78 seconds in
2010 to tie Gay for the fastest
100 meters time of the year.
Spearmon is a three-time
World Championship medalist
at 200 meters and ranked
number two in the world last
year at that distance.
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FIFA suspends T&T's Warner pending

investigation into bribery allegations


ZURICH, Switzerland, CMC
- Soccer's world governing
body FIFA has temporarily
suspended its Vice President
Jack Warner and former pres-
idential candidate Mohamed
Bin Hammam, but cleared
President Sepp Blatter over
bribery allegations.
Debbie Minguell and
Jason Sylvester, two
Caribbean Football Union


officials, have
also been sus-
pended from
activity con-
nected with
the game until
full inquiries
into bribery
allegations Warner
against them
were completed.
FIFA's Ethics Committee,


in a decision made late last
month here, said it was satis-
fied there was a case for
Warner, a native of Trinidad
and Tobago, and the other
officials to answer, but
stressed they were regarded
as innocent until proven
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Haiti's Senate allows dual nationality


PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti,
CMC - The Senate has
approved an amendment to
the Constitution allowing for
Haitians to hold dual citizen-
ship.
The amendment was
passed last month and means
that Haitians living overseas,
particularly in the United
States, will now have more
rights in their homeland.
The law had originally
banned Haitians from holding
dual citizenship.
During the last presiden-
tial election, singer Wyclef
Jean had to undergo various
legal challenges to get his
name placed on the ballot
paper. Officials said that the
new law will allow those
Haitians in the diaspora to run
for lower levels of office and
own land.
The new law was sched-


uled to take effect after it is
published in The Monitor, a
government publication.

U.S. SUPPORT
Meanwhile, some U.S.
legislators have already sup-
ported the amendment, recog-
nizing dual or multiple nation-
alities for Haitians.
Miami Democratic


Congresswoman Frederica
Wilson, who visited Haiti
recently, welcomed the
change.
"What they are describing
is fine," said Wilson, who rep-
resents the largest constituen-
cy of Haitian Americans in
the U.S.
The congresswoman said
she was also deeply concerned
about the fate of thousands
of Haitians who received
Temporary Protected Status
(TPS) in the U.S. following
the earthquake. TPS comes up
for renewal in June. Wilson
said she and members of the
Congressional Black Caucus
are fighting to keep the bene-
fit that allows tens of thou-
sands of Haitians to legally
live and work in the U.S. tem-
porarily.


Dookeran steps down as COP leader in T&T


PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad,
CMC - Political leader of
the Congress of the People
(COP) Winston Dookeran
has announced that he will not
contest the upcoming internal
party elections because of
concerns within the member-
ship about his leadership style.
Dookeran, who was
instrumental in the formation
of the COP in 2006, as well as
the ruling People's
Partnership (PP) coalition,
made the announcement after
a meeting involving executive
members and parliamentary
representatives at the party's
Flagship House headquarters
in the capital late last month.
"I will not offer myself as
a candidate for the leadership
of the Congress of the People



Guyana gives
GEORGETOWN, Guyana,
CMC - Prime Minister Samuel
Hinds has been conferred
with the Order of Excellence
(O.E), Guyana's highest
national
award.
Also hon-
ored as the
country cele-
brated its 45th
anniversary of
political ~
Independence
was Dr. Hinds
Desrey Fox,
former minis-
ter in the Ministry of
Education, who was posthu-
mously conferred with the
country's third highest honor,
the Cacique Crown of Honor
(CCH).
University of the West
Indies (UWI) Vice Chancellor
Professor E. Nigel Harris, and


on the July third election," he
said.
"Many have been dissatis-
fied with my style of leader-
ship. I acknowledge that each
individual has (his or her) own
style, but what I do know is
that it is not style that matters,
it is content that matters; con-
tent measured in the end by
results."

ROLE
Dookeran said he would
still have a role in the party
and his decision would in no
way affect the PP government.
He will remain as minister of
finance and Member of
Parliament (MP) for
Tunapuna.
Dookeran has made it
clear that he will not be


endorsing any candidates in
the upcoming internal election
and has urged membership to
carefully assess those running
for office in the COP on the
basis of their track record.
So far, Anil Roberts,
minister of sport and youth
affairs and M..P for D'Abadie/
O'Meara, as well as COP
Vice-Chairman Vernon De
Lima, have confirmed they
will be contesting the election
for the post of political leader.
The Trinidad Express
newspaper reported sources
within the party as saying that
the M.P for St Augustine
and Minister of Legal Affairs
Prakash Ramadhar is also
expected to throw his hat in
the ring.


PM. highest national award


the principal of the St.
Augustine Campus of the
UWI Professor Clement
Sankat, also received the
CCH, while Dr. Arlington
CliLe ly, executive director of
the Caribbean
Agricultural
Research and
Development
Institute
(CARDI), was
awarded the
Arrow of
Achievement. Sar
The country's
second highest
award - the Order of Roraima
(OR) - was given to the
Minister of Legal Affairs
Charles Ramson and Acting
Chancellor of the Judiciary
Carl Singh.
West Indies cricketer
Ramnaresh Sarwan received
the Medal of Service, along


with squash star Nicolette
Fernandes. Commissioner of
the Guyana Police Force
(GPF) Henry Greene
received the Disciplined
Services Star (DSS), while
assistant commissioners Leroy
Brummel, Seelall Persaud,
Gavin Primo and George
Vyphius, along with Chief
Fire Officer Marlon Gentle
and Senior Superintendent
of Prisons Colin Howard
received the Disciplined
Services Medal (DSM).
Guyana also honored sev-
eral groups and organizations,
as well as members of the mil-
itary, for their services to the
country.
Guyana became an
Independent nation on May
26, 1966.


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World Bank boss urges Caribbean

governments to tap into diaspora


PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad -
The managing director of the
World Bank is urging
Caribbean governments to tap
more into their diasporas.
Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala,
in a speech to last month's 12th
William G. Demas Memorial
Lecture at the Caribbean
Development Bank here,
insisted "disapora bonds are an
innovative instrument to mobi-
lize the Diaspora's savings."
He noted that Caribbean
countries receive the equiva-
lent of seven percent of gross
domestic product in remit-
tances every year, with Jamaica
alone accounting for one mil-
lion or more nationals abroad
who send home nearly $2 bil-
lion in remittances annually.
"These Jamaicans may not
be very wealthy, but because of
their number, significant
amounts of development fund-
ing could be raised if the dias-
pora can be encouraged to
invest even small sums in


Jamaica," said Okonjo-Iweala.

BONDS
He explained that 111Ih,
bonds would be structured like
any bonds on the market, but
would be sold by governments,
private companies, and public-
private partnerships to
Caribbeans living abroad."
"They would be sold in
small denominations, from $100
to $10,000, to individual
investors or, in larger denomina-
tions, to institutional and foreign
investors," Okonjo-Iweala said.
He noted that Greece
announced a few months ago
that it was preparing to issue
$3 billion worth of diaspora
bonds in the United States.
India and Israel have issued
diaspora bonds in the past,
raising over $35 billion, often
in times of financial crises.

- Edited from News Americas


Former Jamaica security minister dies


KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC -
Former Jamaica National
Security Minister Colonel
Trevor McMillan died late last
month after a long illness.
McMillan, a former police
commissioner, was appointed
national security minister in
May 2008, but resigned on
April 6, 2009.
In 2007, prior to the general
elections, McMillan, a former
head of the Jamaica Defence
Force (JDF), became involved in
politics and was appointed to the
Senate by the then Opposition
Jamaica Labour Party (JLP).
National Security Minister,
Dwight Nelson, commenting on
Mc Millian's death, said it was a
sad day for Jamaica.
"In all the capacities that
he has served, he has excelled
and we're really going to miss


him," Nelson said. "I myself,
from time to time, touched
base with him on matters of
national security. He was a
fountain of experience and
expertise and I will personally
miss him for the advice and
guidance that he gave to me. It
is a great loss for Jamaica."
JLP's General Secretary
Aundre Franklin said
MacMillan had an "undying
commitment to public service
and the well being of every
Jamaican citizen."
McMillan's widow Dr.
Olivia I' .tlls" McDonald
told local radio that he died in
her arms and in the presence
of their son. She said it is diffi-
cult for the family, but they
have fond memories.


Haiti's president names new P.M.


PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti,
CMC - Newly sworn in
President Michel Martelly
geared up for his first major
political battle with the
Opposition dominated
Parliament by naming a busi-
ness executive as his choice
for prime minister.
Martelly formally nomi-
nated Daniel-Gerard Rouzier
last month to replace Jean-
Max Bellerive, who came to
the post in Nov. 2009 under
former President Ren6 Pr6val
and had expressed a desire to
continue in office.
The two chambers of
Parliament are dominated by
the Inite party, who backed
Martelly's rival for the presi-


dency and as the second high-
est political figure in the
French-speaking Caribbean
community (CARICOM)
country, Rouzier, if appointed,
will play a key role in efforts
to get moving with stalled
reconstruction after the devas-
tating damage of after last
year's devastating earthquake.

The United States-educated
Rouzier is president of a pri-
vate power company and owns
a car dealership. He also has
served on the board of a reli-
gious charity-based group in
Coconut Creek, Florida.
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